Where I stand
I feel extremely happy to live in the peaceful and beautiful United Arab Emirates, a well-governed state in which Islam is a temperate, empowering and ennobling force which underpins the rights and dignity of citizens, expats and guests.
I stand fiercely opposed to all religious extremism. As a Muslim, I especially oppose extremism perpetrated in the name of Islam.
I unequivocally condemn all aggressive violence, persecution, murder and terrorism committed by Muslim individuals and groups and I consider the radicalised and violent expressions of Islam to be among the world’s worst current scourges.
I firmly oppose and denounce the ISIS (the so-called Islamic State, or Da’ish), al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, the Taliban, the Muslim Brotherhood and groups like them, and I utterly reject the notion that their struggles or goals legitimately constitute jihad.— Professor Joel Hayward