UK Imams Warn Muslims against Joining Syria Jihad

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Approximately 100 Muslim leaders in Great Britain are urging fellow Muslims not to join the jihad in Syria.

The plea comes as the Islamic terror group calling itself the Islamic State, formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is calling Muslims worldwide to immigrate to the territory it has seized in Iraq and Syria to help build an Islamic state.

British imams are concerned Muslims will become radicalized and bring terrorism back to Britain.

"As we near the end of the first week of Ramadan our message is simple. We have come together to urge British Muslim communities not to fall prey to any form of sectarian divisions or social discord," Reuters quoted Qari Mohammed Asim, an Islamic prayer leader in the northern English city of Leeds.

The imams say fellow Muslims can still offer aid to those affected by the wars in Syria and Iraq from the United Kingdom in a "responsible way."

Authorities estimate as many as 500 Britons have already traveled to Syria to fight, and that some may have crossed into Iraq.

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