Mum living in fear after flag outside her home mistaken for Islamic State propaganda
A mum is living in fear for the safety of her children after a flag outside her home was mistaken for that of Islamic State.
Shazia Ramzan, from Newport, South Wales, has an Islamic flag raised at the front of her home in tribute to an Muslim martyr.
But the 35-year-old is now terrified that her house may be targeted after disgruntled locals confused the black flag to be in support of the militant group Islamic State.
Mum-of-two Shazia said: “Al-Abbas is the flag-bearer of faith and loyalty and we did not want to cause any grief by putting the flag up.
“As Shia muslims we want to mourn the occasion every year. It is much more than just a flag – they gave their life for Islam, it’s thanks to them.
“People see the black flags and IS immediately comes into their heads. But the flag has been up for years. I just want them to know that we have nothing to do with IS.
“IS are scumbags. Islam does not say what they proclaim; Islam is beautiful and a true religion when followed correctly.
“True Islam does not say anything IS does.”
The black Abbas flag honours martyr Abbas ibn Ali who sacrificed his life for the children of his half-brother in the battle of Karbala on October 10, 680.
The flag shows the flag and leather water bag which belonged to Al-Abbas and never separated after he fell from his horse and died in battle.
But after locals held an anti-IS protest last week, Shazia is now terrified that her family home will be targeted by vandals.
She said: “I could put a sign on the wall, but that’s just for passers-by and I am frightened that our house will be bricked now.
“Even if I put a sign up, people driving will probably just see the IS letters.”