Indian Cleric Issues Fatwa Against The Islamic State (IS): 'They Are Not Just Anti-Islamic But Are Enemies Of The Humanity'

September 2, 2014

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Following are excerpts from a media report on a fatwa issued by noted Indian cleric Shaikh Abu Bakr Ahmad against the Islamic State (IS), formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) led by Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

"Kozhikode [southern Indian state of Kerala]:  A noted Muslim cleric in Kerala today [August 30] issued a fatwa asking his community members to boycott the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other terrorist organizations. In his religious decree, General Secretary of All India Sunni Jam-e-yyathul Ulema, Sheikh Abu Bakr Ahmad said favoring the extremist organizations is antithetical to the Islamic Sharia.

"'The Muslim world is in dire need to take cognizance of the threats posed by the anti-Islamic outfits. The militant groups among Muslims are causing harm to Islam in the false garb of Islamists. Any support or endorsement to the extremist and terrorist organizations goes completely against the Islamic Sharia,' the Sunni-Sufi Islamic scholar said.

"Stating that the ISIS or their self-proclaimed Caliphate does not represent Islam by any means, the fatwa said, 'They are not just anti-Islamic but are enemies of the humanity.' 'Their ruthless activities against people in Iraq and Syria are not meant for helping Muslims but defame Islam. Their anti-western interpretation of Islam is only aimed to serve their political agendas in the wider Muslim world.

"'Supporting their activities through any means is forbidden according to the basic principles of Islam. I urge all the Muslims to condemn their activities and to pray for the people who suffer from their merciless activities,' he said."

Source: (India), August 30, 2014. The original English of the report has been lightly edited for clarity and standardization.



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