British Imam and broadcaster Ajmal Masroor has reacted strongly to comments from the BBC's head of religion linking the ISIS terrorist group with Islam, saying: "There is no Islam in ISIS whatsoever".
Aaqil Ahmed, the first Muslim to hold the prominent position with the national broadcaster, told a seminar at the University of Huddersfield that the public needed to understand that ISIS operate on "an ideology based on some form of Islamic doctrine. They are Muslims.
"'That is a fact and we have to get our head around some very uncomfortable things. That is where the difficulty comes in… because the vast majority of Muslims won't agree with [ISIS]."
Masroor, who contested the Bethnal Green constituency in East London for the Liberal Democrats in 2010, told talkRADIO's Yasmeen Khan that he rejected Ahmed's claims.
"They may claim to be representing Islam," he said. "But any nutcase can make any claim to anything they do and make it out to be Islamic.
"Islam is a religion which cannot condone and support the murder and barbarianism ISIS are doing. There is no value and no truth to it.
"I would be ashamed to hear anyone call them Islamic. There is no Islam in ISIS whatsoever."
Ahmed did find a supporter, though, in Dr. Taj Hargey, chairman of the Muslim Education Centre of Oxford, who said the BBC man's comments would "open up a debate".
"I think it will be huge for the hearts and minds of Muslims," he said. "We need to discuss these issues."
"We need to look at the theology of Islam and see where ISIS gets these extremist views from, what drives people to become fanatics."