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Wednesday, 12 February, 2003, 12:34 GMT
Island's Muslim community calls for peace
An Iraqi soldier standing in front of a poster of Saddam Hussein
Muslims have spoken out against a war with Iraq
The Muslim community in Jersey is calling for a peaceful solution as the build-up continues for a possible war with Iraq.

There are thought to be up to 200 Muslims living and working in the island.

Over the past few months church leaders in both the UK and Jersey have raised concerns about any military action against Iraq.

Now the leader of the islands Muslims, Dr Hassan Al Waheedi, has spoken out.

I don't think there is much we can do apart from pray for peace

Dr Hassan Al Waheedi

He is calling for a peaceful solution to be found and wants people of all denominations to join together to pray for peace.

"I would like all people from all faiths to join us and pray for peace.

"The United States have made a decision and are going it alone so I don't think there is much we can do apart from pray for peace," he said.

He added praying is the only option open to Muslims in the island because the community is too small to influence governments directly.

"Highest standard"

His comments were supported by an American Methodist minister working in Jersey.

The Reverend Jeremy Troxler believes the majority of people oppose war.

"I love my country very deeply, I love the people they are very good people," he said.

"That is why it pains me so much to see them perhaps abandon their highest ideals on this.

"For me, to be patriotic is to hold your country to the highest standard that you know, for me it is the kingdom of God and it is my prayer that we will live up to that."




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