Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao condemned the beheading by the Abu Sayyaf Group of its Canadian hostage Robert Hall.
The group, through its spokesperson Abu Raami, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that the Canadian was decapitated after payment of the demanded P600 million ransom was not met 3pm Monday.
The group is still holding Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad and Marites Flor, Hall’s Filipina girlfriend.
Hataman said the killing of Abu Sayyaf of its hostages is against the teachings of Islam.
He said: “Now, as we receive reports of the Abu Sayyaf killing yet another one of its hostages, we express our deepest condemnation against this act of pointless violence and terrorism.”
“This is not what Islam stands for, and we refuse to let this turn us against our fellow Filipinos – not at a time when Ramadan teaches us sympathy, compassion, and love.”
Below is complete text of the statement of condemnation:
It has only been a week since Ramadan began, and it is appalling that this holy month we set aside for prayer and reflection has been already been violated by extremists here and abroad, as they wage violence in the name of our faith.
The refuge and shelter we share as Muslims has become a strange place for others. Extremists claim to follow the faith while they go against Islam’s message of peace and humanity. Their betrayal of Islam knows no bounds that even in the most holy days of Ramadan, they turn a time meant for prayers and contemplation into days of fear and horror.
Now, as we receive reports of the Abu Sayyaf killing yet another one of its hostages, we express our deepest condemnation against this act of pointless violence and terrorism.
This is not what Islam stands for, and we refuse to let this turn us against our fellow Filipinos – not at a time when Ramadan teaches us sympathy, compassion, and love.
Violence cannot and must not be so easily associated with one people, race, or culture. Many try to distort the Islam we know by heart, and it is our responsibility to make the truth of Islam known to people. Those who tread the path of violence and claim to do it in the name of Islam are, without question, merely men of sin who distort a faith that stands for peace.
They are not our people.
Our response to these attacks against our faith can be found in Islam itself: as Muslims we are taught that to kill one man means to kill all of humanity, and to save one man means to save all of humanity. It is then imperative for us work to together as Muslims in making sure that the criminals behind these acts of violence are made accountable to our people in the courts of law, and to save those who might fall into the hands of these men who do nothing but evil.
Let us pray for those who will forever be changed by this day, and let us stand together as we build and rebuild our faith in the midst of those who try to tear us apart.