Locals Mistake Muslim Flag On Home As Representation Of ISIS Mil - My9 New Jersey

Locals Mistake Muslim Flag On Home As Representation Of ISIS Military Group

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Garwood, N.J.(My9TV) -

An unfamiliar flag displaying Islamic writing, hung outside the home of a Garwood, New Jersey resident became the talk of the town last week after some locals were concerned that this flag represented some kind of Jihadist organization.

This flag became a hot-button issue after a local resident tweeted out an image that quickly went viral of the flag flying on the house along with speculation that the NJ resident was associating himself with the radical Islamic group ISIS-which has been labeled by many countries as a terrorist organization.

However, that is not the case. The flag belongs to 44 year-old Mark Dunaway who is a practicing Muslim. He said he is proud to fly the Muslim flag and is surprised by all the attention he has received as a result of that.

“It's not my intention to offend anybody but I understand if you watch what's going on now they show horrific images with this flag in the background of the militant group, but that was not my intentions at all,” he explained.

The flag is in fact the same one that ISIS is using, but the message on display is a very common Islamic message written in Arabic that says “There is no God but Allah”.

Dunaway says that he's had this flag for ten years and it's important to him and his beliefs.

“This is not new, you can see it's old and faded,” he said.

The flag has since been taken down and the neighbor who misunderstood what it represented has also acknowledged and apologized for his rush to judgment.

 

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