Sheffield Mosque slams Rupert Murdoch for blaming Muslims for ‘jihadist cancer’ in tweet

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A Sheffield Mosque has slammed media mogul Rupert Murdoch for a tweet calling for Muslims to be held responsible for ‘jihadist cancer’.

The media mogul who owns Fox Corporation and Sky News, said on Twitter: “Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible.”

His comments come just days after a terrorist attack in Paris which left more than 12 people dead, including journalists who worked at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Yesterday five more civilians were killed at a kosher supermarket in Paris.

The tweet was retweeted more than 1,500 times, and favourited by more than 780 people.

Waheed Akhtar, secretary of Madina Mosque in Wolseley Road, criticised Murdoch’s comments.

He said: “Comments like that are just not helpful.

“These are terrorist acts and it is terrorists who are responsible for it. It is completely against the teachings of Islam.

“If people are not happy about something, violence is not the answer. It is a crime in all religions and all nations.

“There are a lot of people making comments about ‘Muslims should be held responsible’.

“Such comments coming from someone as powerful as Rupert Murdoch are not helpful at all.

“We condemn acts of violence and murder and we promote everyone living together peacefully.

“We have a supplementary school and we teach children to live together peacefully, to respect people of all religions and to grow up as a rounded adult.

“We also teach adults respect for one another.

“All we can do is condemn it, and we urge people to go to the vigil tomorrow in Barkers Pool.”

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