The mainstream media makes us believe that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (or ISIL) is a pure Islamic law-compliant group. We at Anonymous would like to tell our readers that this is not true. Why? Because they do not follow the basic commandments of Islam at all.
Nihad Anwad, National Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, published a letter in which he attempted to explain the basic Islamic Laws that ISIS has violated:
- It is obligatory to consider Yazidi (Christian and Jews) as People of the Scripture.
- It is forbidden in Islam to deny women their rights.
- It is forbidden in Islam to force people to convert.
- It is forbidden in Islam to disfigure the dead.
- It is forbidden in Islam to destroy the graves and shrines of Prophets and Companions.
- It is forbidden in Islam to harm or mistreat Christians or any ‘People of the Scripture’.
- Jihad in Islam is a purely defensive struggle. It is not permissible without the right cause, the right purpose, and the right rules of conduct.
- It is forbidden in Islam to kill emissaries, ambassadors, and diplomats — hence it is forbidden to kill journalists and aid workers.
- Loyalty to one’s nation is permissible in Islam.
- It is forbidden in Islam to declare a caliphate without consensus from all Muslims.
Muslims all around the world have been speaking out against ISIS and other extremist groups. The problem is that sometimes people do not know, or chose to ignore, this fact. Here are the top Muslim organizations and the Vatican, who have spoken out against ISIS.
Image Source: The Vatican Radio – Muslim leaders from around the world gathered at the Vatican to condemn the attacks on the Iraqi Christians
The Organization Of Islamic Cooperation: “The Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam and has committed crimes that cannot be tolerated.” As the Vatican’s internal news source reported, the Secretary General for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which represents 1.4 billion Muslims in 57 countries around the world, condemned the Islamic State’s persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq, saying that the, “forced deportation under the threat of execution is a crime that cannot be tolerated.”
The Secretary General also distanced Islam from the actions of the militant group known as ISIS, saying they, “have nothing to do with Islam and its principles that call for justice, kindness, fairness, freedom of faith and coexistence.”
Image Source: Google Image – Al-Azhar University and Mosque
Al-Azhar University: “Islamic State is corrupt and, ‘a danger to Islam.'” Lebanese paper, The Daily Star, reported that Al-Azhar’s Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam, Egypt’s highest religious authority, denounced the Islamic State as a threat to Islam and said that the group both violates Sharia law and humanitarian law: “[They] give an opportunity for those who seek to harm us, to destroy us and interfere in our affairs with the [pretext of a] call to fight terrorism.”
Arab League: Strongly denounced the crimes against humanity carried out by the Islamic State. On August 11, Nabil al-Arabi, the Arab League Chief, denounced acts committed by the Islamic State in Iraq as “crimes against humanity,” demanding that they be brought to justice. According to Al Arabiya News, he said in a statement that he, “strongly denounced the crimes, killings, dispossession carried out by the terrorists (ISIS) against civilians and minorities in Iraq that have affected Christians in Mosul and Yazidis.”
Image Source: Google Image – Dr. & Prof. Mehmet Gormez
Turkey’s Top Cleric: “Islamic State’s threats are hugely damaging, truly awful.” Turkey’s highest ranking cleric, Mehmet Gormez, decried the Islamic State’s declaration of a ‘caliphate’ and argued that the statements were damaging to the Muslim community. According to Reuters:
“Such declarations have no legitimacy whatsoever,” Mehmet Gormez, head of the Religious Affairs Directorate, the highest religious authority in Turkey, which, although a majority Muslim country, has been a secular state since the 1920’s.
“Since the caliphate was abolished … there have been movements that think they can pull together the Muslim world by re-establishing a caliphate, but they have nothing to do with reality, whether from a political or legal perspective.” Gormez said death threats against non-Muslims made by the group, formerly known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), were hugely damaging.
“The statement made against Christians is truly awful. Islamic scholars need to focus on this [because] an inability to peacefully sustain other faiths and cultures heralds the collapse of a civilization,” he told Reuters in an interview.
Image Source: Google Image – The Muslim Council of Britain Trojan
The Muslim Council Of Britain: “Violence has no place in religion.” The Muslim Council of Great Britain condemned the Islamic State’s actions and expressed that they do not represent Sunni Muslims, according to The Independent. Shuja Shafi, a member of the council also said, “violence has no place in religion, violence has no religion. It is prohibited for people to present themselves for destruction.”
The Islamic Society of North America: “The Islamic State’s actions are to be denounced and are in no way representative of what Islam actually teaches.” The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) released a statement denouncing the Islamic State, “for its attacks on Iraq’s religious minorities and the destruction of their places of worship.” ISNA President, Imam Mohamed Magid, said, “ISIS actions against religious minorities in Iraq violate the Quranic teaching, ‘Let there be no compulsion in religion’ (Surat al-Baqara 2:256),” adding, “their actions are to be denounced and are in no way representative of what Islam actually teaches.”
Image Source: Google Image – Sheikh Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah Al ash-Sheikh leading prayers at the Mosque of the Prophet
Saudi Arabia’s Highest Religious Authority: “Terrorists like the Islamic State are the number one enemy of Islam.” On August 19, Al Jazeera reported that Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti, Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah Al ash-Sheikh, the country’s top religious authority, said that terrorism is anti-Islamic and said that groups like the Islamic State which practice violence are the, “number one enemy of Islam.” “Extremist and militant ideas and terrorism which spread decay on Earth, destroying human civilization, are not in any way part of Islam, but are enemy number one of Islam, and Muslims are their first victims.”
Muslim Public Affairs Council: Condemned the Islamic State and called for a, “stand against extremism.” On August 20th, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) released a statement condemning, “the barbaric execution of American Journalist James Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).” MPAC urged, “all people of conscience to take a stand against extremism,” and offered condolences to Foley’s family. MPAC also noted the importance of countering ISIS and other extremist groups by working, “to empower the mainstream and relegate extremists to the irrelevance they deserve.”
So when next time if someone tells you that only a few Muslims have spoken out against ISIS, you will know what to say.