ISIL Enemy No 1 of Islam: Saudi Grand Mufti

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Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh has condemned Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State jihadists as “enemy number one” of Islam, Saudi Gazette reported. “The ideas of extremism, radicalism and terrorism… have nothing to do with Islam and (their proponents) are the enemy number one of Islam,” the kingdom’s top scholar said n a statement issued in Riyadh on Tuesday, August 19.

He cited militants from the Islamic State, which has declared a “caliphate” straddling large parts of Iraq and Syria, and the international Al-Qaeda terror network. “Muslims are the main victims of this extremism, as shown by crimes committed by the so-called Islamic State, Al-Qaeda and groups linked to them,” the grand mufti said, quoting a verse from the Holy Qur’an urging the “killing” of people who do deeds harmful to Islam, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.

Alsheikh’s comments reflected a growing international condemnation towards the self-claimed Islamic Caliphate. The world focus was turned to the volatile area after Al-Qaeda splinter group, ISIL, seized control of Iraq’s second city of Mosul on June 9, storming government buildings, TV stations, banks and hoisting the blacks. The fall of Mosul followed that of Tikrit, Anbar’s Fallujah and Ramadi as well as other parts since last December.

The situation on the ground has further deteriorated after Iraq’s most senior Shiite Muslim scholar Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani urged followers to take up arms against a Sunni militant insurgency in Iraq. Last June 30, ISIL made a surprise announcement of the establishment of a new Islamic “caliphate” and changed its name into the Islamic State. The declaration was made in an audio recording distributed online in which ISIL declared its chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi “the caliph” and “leader for Muslims everywhere”.

No Divisions

The Grand Mufti warned that dividing Muslims in the name of religion is a big crime. “In the circumstances the Islamic nation is living through, several countries have been destabilized” by extremists, who “divide Muslims” in the name of religion, Alsheikh said. He warned: “In Islam, after heresy, dividing Muslims is the greatest crime.”

The mufti urged “tolerance, which was at the origin of Islam’s growth and longevity.” Saudi Arabia labeled Islamic State, Al Qaeda, Syria’s Al-Nusra Front and other groups as “terrorist” in March and imposed long prison terms for offering them public support or giving them moral or material aid.

Earlier in June, King Abdullah vowed: “We will not allow a handful of terrorists, using Islam for personal aims, to terrify Muslims or undermine our country and its inhabitants.” Condemnations to ISIL’s actions were not limited to the Saudi Grand Mufti.

Last week, Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawqu Allam made similar remarks, saying the ISIL poses a danger to Islam and Muslims, tarnishes its image and spreads corruption. India Sunni and Shiite Muslims have united against the rise of ISIL, asserting that the actions of destroying holy sites, supporting sectarianism and divisions between Muslim groups cannot be attributed to a true Islamic state.

Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia’s largest Islamic group has condemned ISIL, urging the government to take firmer action against the possible spread of the movement in Indonesia. The Islamic Student Union (HMI) has also condemned Indonesian Muslims condoning and adhering to ISIL’s ideology.

World Scholars: ISIL Caliphate Is Null and Void

The recent declaration of the establishment of Caliphate by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) raised great controversy in Muslim circles and in the world at large. In the following statement, the International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) expresses reasons for rejecting such declaration. According to the IUMS, the step lacks realistic vision, is not based on consultation and Muslims’ consensus and ignores necessary preparation:

In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Gracious

The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) maintains that the declaration of the new Islamic Caliphate by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is devoid of all legal (Shar`i) and realistic standards, and urges all Islamic groups in the world to respect the Islamic concepts revered by the people. It also warns against opening the door for chaos in the field of Ijtihad, being exercised in isolation from Ahl al-Hall wal-`Aqd (those invested with binding authority), namely,  scholars, jurists and specialists in the Muslim Ummah.

All praise be to Allah. May peace and blessings be upon Allah’s Messenger, his family, his Companions, and those who follow them righteously until the Judgment Day. The IUMS had observed the statements issued by the so-called “Islamic State” organization that joined forces with other Iraqi groups to defend the Iraqi Sunnis and the oppressed people in Iraq. We gladly welcomed such effort and such mobilization to reject injustice and tyranny in the country.

Yet, it soon proclaimed its separation from the gathering forces, declared an “Islamic Caliphate” instated their so-called “Caliph of the Muslims” demanding that Muslims all over the world pledge allegiance to him and submit to his commands. All such things, the IUMS believes, lack any legal or realistic standards, and pose harms that outweigh benefits.

Regarding this issue, thus, the IUMS views and underscores the following:

First: We all dream of Islamic Caliphate that follows the Prophet’s guidance, and wish from the bottom of our hearts that it be established as soon as possible. Yet, Islam – as well as life experience – teaches us that major projects need to be preceded by lengthy reflection, taxing preparation, rallying of powers, considering our capabilities against the capabilities of our enemies, our allies and theirs, and those expected to remain in our camp and those expected to abandon us.

Indeed, we should establish states that rule by the Islamic Shari`ah, that maintain solidarity amongst themselves, own material, moral and human power – which would safeguard its internal integrity and would protect it from foreign transgression – and that prepares the world for such a project in an instructive and enlightening manner. This is meant to introduce to the people the reality of the project, its objective, and its stance towards people in general, including peaceful Muslims, non-Muslim opponents, and hostile adversaries.

For, the Khilafah (Caliphate), from a legal and a juristic perspective, means deputation, and the Khalifah (Caliph) literally and technically is the deputy and agent appointed by the Ummah through the pledge of allegiance they grant to him. Legally, rationally and customarily, such agency is established only when the entire Ummah assigns it to the Caliph, either directly or through representatives, who were known in the past as Ahl al-Hall wal-`Aqd and the rulers, including scholars, competent figures, officials, decision-makers and Islamic groups. Hence, the sheer declaration of a Caliphate by a single group is insufficient, and it is contradictory to this legal (Shar`i) fact.

Second: All the state affairs and Shar`i politics affairs, in Islam, are based on Shura (consultation), as Almighty Allah says [that believers’] {affair is [determined by] consultation among themselves} (Ash-Shura: 38). Allah also says [to the Prophet] {consult them in the matter} {Aal `Imran: 159}. Even issues, like weaning the infant, its nourishment and breastfeeding, should be decided through consultation. How then would be the case with major state affairs and the great caliphate!

The noble biography of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) testifies to the essential establishment of consultation culture. Besides, the choice of the caliphs during the reign of the Rightly-Guided Caliphate took place through Shur. When the Muhajirun (immigrants) and the Ansar (Supporters) – in the Saqifa (roofed hall) of Banu Sa`idah – differed as to who should be the new caliph, they reached the decision of selecting Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with him) through consultation and dialogue. Then, they went the Masjid, where the Ahl al-Hall wal-`Aqd pledged allegiance to the Caliph and then the issue of the new caliphate is fully established.

The [following] Caliphs, `Umar ibn al-Khattab, `Uthman ibn `Affan, and `Ali ibn Abi Talib (may Allah be please with them) were all appointed caliphs in the same manner. It is reported in Sahih Al-Bukhari that during the process of choosing `Uthman ibn `Affan as caliph, `Abd-ur-Rahman ibn `Awf reached out to and consulted men in their gathering places and women in their private rooms.

Therefore, when a specific group, whatever it is, declares the rise of the caliphate, such declaration is legally null and void, and it entails no legal consequences. Rather, it incurs grave impacts on the Sunni Muslims of Iraq, and on the revolution in Syria. Rather, it would lead to the uniting of enemy forces, of all different categorizations, to quell the two revolutions that demand legitimate rights for the people in Syria and Iraq. Hence, we call on our fellows who proclaim such a dream to be realistic and to consider the impact of their declaration and of their persistence in their stance on their fellows in the two countries.

Third: The IUMS asserts the following,

  1. The ISIL declaration of their so-called Islamic Caliphate is but an indication of their lack of knowledge regarding the reality-based jurisprudence. It is kind of hijacking the revolution of the people, in which the Sunni Muslims joined forces including the varying tribes and faction in several Iraqi regions. Now, how come a single organization unilaterally declare an Islamic caliphate and instate one of its followers as a caliph, in an almost complete absence of the Islamic Ummah and of Ahl al-Hall wal-`Aqd, those of authority such as scholars, jurists, competent and specialized figures, and the rest of Ummah’s parties?
  2. It is totally unacceptable and entirely rejected to deny the legitimacy of all Islamic organizations around the globe as a result of a sheer unilateral declaration of a so-called Caliphate and Caliph by a single group in a complete absence of the Ummah.
  3. Such issues open the door for chaos, allowing organizations or even states to instate themselves as custodian of such a weighty Islamic issue, like the Caliphate, with no prior preparation, arrangement or coordination, and without having a common project. In this way, the concept of Islamic Caliphate loses its weight among the people, and this is a serious threat, which benefits none but the enemies of the Muslim Ummah.
  4. Indeed, linking the concept of the Islamic Caliphate to a certain group known among the people for its strictness and whose mental image in people’s minds, even among the fellows of the Muslim Ummah themselves, is negative by no means serves the Islamic project.
  5. The Islamic Caliphate or restoration of it is a significant issue, which we all yearn for, think of and aspire to. Yet, it requires certain legal regulations and deep and profound preparation at all levels. Besides, the Ummah should agree as to its form, mode and content, which is grounded on the consensus among the Muslims all over the world, and not on mere declarations here and there devoid of any realistic or legal basis.

O Lord, grant us sound minds that do not stray from the right path and clear consciences that do not follow whims.

{And Allah is predominant over His affair, but most of the people do not know} (Yusuf 12:21)

General SecretaryProfessor `Ali Al-Qarra Daghi Chairman Professor Yusuf Al-Qaradawi

World Muslims Deplore Journalist Beheading

The beheading of US photo journalist James Foley claimed by the so-called Islamic State has sparked angry condemnations from Muslims around the world as a barbaric act that goes against the true teachings of Islam.

“We strongly condemn this gruesome and barbaric killing as a violation of Islamic beliefs and of universally-accepted international norms mandating the protection of prisoners and journalists during conflicts,” the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said in a statement obtained by

“The Geneva Conventions, the Qur’an – Islam’s revealed text – and the traditions (hadith) of the Prophet Muhammad all require that prisoners not be harmed in any way. There can be no excuse or justification for such criminal and bloodthirsty actions.

“We also call on those holding Steven Sotloff and other prisoners to immediately release them unharmed so they may return to their loved ones.”

Foley’s murder appeared in a video released by the Islamic State (IS) on Tuesday. IS claimed that the killing of the journalist, who went missing in Syria in 2012, was revenge for US air strikes against its fighters in Iraq. In the video, titled A Message to America, a man identified as James Foley is dressed in an orange jumpsuit, kneeling beside an armed man dressed in black.

He gives a message to his family and links his imminent death to the US government’s bombing campaign of IS targets in Iraq. Clearly under duress, he says: “I call on my friends, family and loved ones to rise up against my real killers, the US government, for what will happen to me is only a result of their complacency and criminality.”

Then the masked militant, who speaks with a British accent, delivers a warning to the US government: “You are no longer fighting an insurgency. We are an Islamic Army and a state that has been accepted by a large number of Muslims worldwide. Other Muslim leaders condemned beheadings carried out by the IS, terming them deplorable atrocities that tarnish the image of Islam including Muslim community leader Dr Jamal Rifi and Grand Mufti of Australia.

“These guys are lunatics,” Dr Ameer Ali, former chairman of the Federation of Islamic Councils in Australia told The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday, August 20. “They are talking about a caliphate but really they are just a medieval, barbaric group who have nothing to do with Islam,” he added.


The Muslim Council of Britain has also condemned the barbarity of ISIL. Each day ISIS seeks to carry out an act more barbarous than the day before, craving the oxygen of publicity to give credibility to their heinous acts,” MCB said in a statement cited by Gloucester Citizen.

“We condemn unreservedly their psychopathic violence, whether it is on minorities, on civilians, or on fellow Muslims.” Today’s condemnation echoed similar statements by MCB last June in which the group called for joint action to ensure the poison of extremism and sectarianism is not injected into our communities.

“ISIS (also ISIL) does not speak for Islam, and has been repudiated by all Muslims. Their message only appeals to those who are easily duped by their twisted message purporting to be Islam. They seek to glamorize their violence, and unfortunately, the media has a part to play in adding to that glamour,” MCB said.

“We urge the media in refraining from giving them any further undue exposure beyond conventional reporting. And we urge Muslim communities to re-double their efforts in coming together, condemning the barbarity of ISIS and persuading those gullible enough to take in their message that they are on a path to futility.”

Also in UK, Exeter mosque opened its doors giving Devon residents a chance to tour the mosque after the deplorable murder, Mid Devon Gazette reported. People will be given the chance to ask questions about Islam and tour the building at the open day, which runs from 2pm to 5pm. Muslim community leaders, who were quick to deplore Foley’s murder, will be available to offer any answers needed regarding Islam or the mosque.

In Bosnia, Mufti Mustafa Ceric deplored the murder on Twitter where he wrote, “We are appalled by brutal killing of an American journalist James #Foley Again, we repeat our full condemnation of this pure evil! #ISIS”.

ISIL Serving “Zionist” Plot to “destroy the Arab World” and the Good Image of Islam

Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, the highest seat of religious learning in the Sunni world, has condemned the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), accusing it of serving a “Zionist” plot to “destroy the Arab World”.

“These criminals have been able to transmit to the world a tarnished and alarming image of Muslims,” Grand Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb was quoted by Agence France Presse (AFP). “These fundamentalist terrorist groups, whatever their names, and their backers are colonial creations that serve Zionism in its plot to destroy the Arab world.”

Militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have been widely condemned by Muslims worldwide who staged several protests to express anger against the terrorist group. The bitter condemnation followed the release of a video on Tuesday purportedly showing American journalist Steven Sotloff beheaded by the militants.

It was the second such beheading in the past week, following that of the British journalist James Foley by the same group. Along with Al-Azhar Grand Imam, Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Sheikh has urged Muslims to take up arms against the militant group’s members as aggressors who abuse people’s lives, possessions and honor.

A few days ago, Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh condemned Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State jihadists as “enemy number one” of Islam. Earlier this month, Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam had condemned the militants for atrocities they have been perpetrating in the countries and their violation of principles and teachings preached by Islam.

India Sunni and Shiite Muslims have united against the rise of ISIL, asserting that the actions of destroying holy sites, supporting sectarianism and divisions between Muslim groups cannot be attributed to a true Islamic state. Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia’s largest Islamic group has condemned ISIL, urging the government to take firmer action against the possible spread of the movement in Indonesia.

The Islamic Student Union (HMI) has also condemned Indonesian Muslims condoning and adhering to ISIL’s ideology. Established in 359 AH (971 CE), Al-Azhar mosque drew scholars from across the Muslim world and grew into a university, predating similar developments at Oxford University in London by more than a century.

Al-Azhar, which means the “most flourishing and resplendent,” was named after Fatima Al-Zahraa, daughter of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him). (HSH)



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