Reformed jihadist: "Stay out of violence"

An Islamic scholar from Ipswich, who once fought as a jihadist, is pleading with British Muslims not to join the sectarian violence in the Middle East.

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Reformed Jihadist tells British Muslims 'Don't go'

A former Jihadist fighter, who now lives in Ipswich, is pleading with British Muslims not to go out and join extreme militant groups in the Middle East.

Muhammed Manwar Ali fought in Afghanistan, Kashmir and Burma in the 1980s. He says he's learnt from his experience and the level and extent of killing has now become extreme and driven by hatred and revenge.

He has also condemned the killing of journalist James Foley.

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Ipswich: Reformed jihadist pleads with British Muslims not to join sectarian violence

Muhammad Manwar Ali. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An Islamic scholar from Ipswich, who once fought as a jihadist, is pleading with British Muslims not to join the sectarian violence in the Middle East.

Muhammad Manwar Ali fought in Afghanistan, Syria and Burma in the 1980s, but says the Islamic State and the use of jihad today is extreme and the violence is inhuman and evil.

"Don't go to the Syria, Iraq conflict positions - don't go there.

Your heart cries, your heart bleeds and you feel emotional or sad.

Pray. Trust god that he has the affairs in his hands, he never supports injustice and falsehood. Our job is to be good and kind, wherever we are."

– Muhammad Manwar Ali

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