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Members of Irish Muslim community stage protest march against Islamic State

Members of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council
Members of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council

Members of the Irish Muslim community in Dublin are staging a protest march against the Islamic State extremist group this afternoon.

The Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council has organised the march, which will get underway at 1pm on O'Connell Street.

The Imam of the Al Mustafa Mosque in Blanchardstown, Dublin, Shaykh Umar Al Qadri, said Muslims want to disassociate themselves from the terror group.

"As Muslims, I believe it is our responsibility, and we do not remain silent any more," he said ahead of the rally.

"We must be very vocal and very open in publicly condemning terrorism, because it is being done in the name of our faith.

"These terrorist attacks - whether they are in any Muslim or non-Muslim country - they damage not only peace, but … they distort the message of Islam, they destroy the teachings of Islam."