Muslim friends of Islamic State captive Alan Henning posted a YouTube video begging for his life, while other British Muslims had a sterner message for the Islamic State militants.
“Alan was moved by the suffering of the Syrian people, in particular the children,” said one fellow volunteer aid worker, Abu Abdullah, according to CNN. “Please do not take his life to pay for the crimes that the international governments have committed.”
“We beg you to tread the path of justice and show him the compassion in the heart of believers and in your heart,” he said. “We promised Alan safety and security as Muslims and ask you, the leader of Islamic State, to honor our ‘amana’ [bond of trust].”
Henning, a British taxi driver, had travelled to Syria via Turkey last year to bring aid to victims of Syria’s civil war. He was kidnapped by ISIS on Dec. 26, 2013, and has been a captive since.
The 47-year-old father-of-two had made similar trips in the past, and had called them “worthwhile.”
Now he is “under threat of imminent execution,” according to the report.
That threat led other British Muslims to be less soft-spoken than Abdullah.
According to CNN, over 100 British Muslim clerics and other leaders called for Henning’s release while condemning the Islamic State’s actions.
Mustafa Field of the Faiths Forum for London said that the militants are not acting like true Muslims.
“They’re acting as monsters,” he said. “They are perpetrating the worst crimes against humanity — this is not jihad.”
Field also spoke directly to the man with the British accent who has appeared in Islamic State videos of the brutal beheadings of James Foley, Steven Sotloff, and David Haines.
“John, we as Muslims are here to preserve lives,” Field said. “We cannot continue this barbaric action. Come back, face justice, and repent.”
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