By Sanya Burgess, news reporter
Saturday 9 March 2019
One of the world’s top Muslim leaders has called on Muslim countries to “adopt” Islamic State bride Shamima Begum following the cancellation of her British citizenship.
His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, said: “She claims herself to be Muslim so then a Muslim country should show sympathy to her.
“If the British government has stripped her of her nationality, then another country should adopt her, any Muslim country.”
He also put pressure on Bangladesh, who have so far refused to grant the 19-year-old a home, saying: “Since her parents were from Bangladesh, the first duty is of Bangladesh to take her as a national.”
Shamima Begum went to Syria to join Islamic State as a 15-year-old school girl and married a Dutch fighter shortly after her arrival.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid stripped her of her British citizenship, leaving her stateless pending any appeal, and living in a refugee camp in Syria.
Her infant son, named Jarrah, died on Friday – two days after being taken to hospital with breathing difficulties.