ISTANBUL -- The hardline militant group the Islamic State released another video on Friday showing a brutal beheading. This time, the victim appears to be British aid worker Alan Henning, known for his selflessness and devotion to helping Syrians. In the video, a militant also threatens to kill another hostage, American Peter Kassig.
The fact that the video was released on the eve of Eid al-Adha, one of the most important holidays in Islam, was not lost on people on social media. The holiday commemorates Abraham's willingness to kill his son as an act of faith, for which God gave him a lamb to slaughter instead.
There has been much debate within the Muslim community over whether Muslims should have to condemn the group’s actions. The hashtag #NotInMyName has gone viral on Twitter, as well as the satirical #MuslimApologies. More than 120 Muslim scholars recently penned an open letter, denouncing the group's violence in the name of Islam.
The Islamic State has killed scores of Muslims, as well Christians and Yazidis, in its push to gain territory in Syria and Iraq, and establish an Islamic caliphate. This week, the group reportedly beheaded a group of male and female Kurdish fighters in northern Syria who were defending Kurds against the Islamic State's assault.
Here are some of the reactions on Twitter to Henning’s murder:
On the eve of Eid al Adha symbolism of beheading Alan Henning (RIP) all the more grotesque.You don't stand for me or my fellow Muslims #IS
— Amberin Zaman (@amberinzaman) October 3, 2014
Alan Henning, a man who travelled thousands of miles to help the people of #Syria, was murdered in cold blood on the eve of Eid al-Adha.
— Faisal Irshaid (@faisalirshaid) October 3, 2014
It is not Islamic to kill people, Alan Henning will be within my final Arafat du'a tonight. Eid is not a time to scare it is a time to unite
— Dana Abdulkarim (@DanaABDUL) October 3, 2014
— Ramna Shahzad (@ramna_s) October 3, 2014
The Alan Henning murder has just made Eid tomorrow a dismal Affair for Muslims in the west
— Enam (@JustEnam) October 3, 2014
— Akhlaq Hanif (@Akhlaq1386) October 3, 2014
So disgusted that Alan Hemming has been killed - and on the eve of Eid as well. This isn't Islam.
— Sahar (@Sahar_R7) October 3, 2014
Alan Henning, may you rest in peace. ISIS have chosen to stain Islam even further with their Eid timing. Speechless.
— Emy El-Shenawi (@EmyShenawi) October 3, 2014
Killing of Alan on Eid night shows ISISL have nothing to do with Islam. They are killers and must be punished. Alan was a great man. Sad...
— Imam Ismail (@Imammismail) October 3, 2014
What is left for us to celebrate? First Assad, now ISIS. From Eid massacre to Eid massacre. Death and destruction, right, left, and center.
— Razan Saffour (@RazanSpeaks) October 3, 2014