An Open Letter to Al-Baghdadi
September 28, 2014 Leave a comment
There’s no doubt this phenomenon of ‘The Islamic State’ has very little to do with Islam…..rather it is a geopolitical group put together by who knows to further the aims of those who want to see confusion and strife rule in the Arab/Muslim world. We are all well acquainted with what ISIL, ISIS, ‘the Islamic State has done but now there is no room for doubt about what the world’s “other” Muslims or people of good will and common sense think about them. The image below makes a rather simplified distinction between who and what ISIL/ISIS/’the Islamic state is and the religion of Islam itself in what could only be called a double entendre.
The international Muslim community has decided to take on ISIS/ISIL/the Islamic state head on using the very weapons employed by them to justify their murderous binges and have literally bitch slapped them harder than Ray Rice beat his wife in what could only be decisively and irrefutably removing from them the cloak of Islamic legitimacy. They wrote an open letter to Al-Baghdadi which can be found in its entirety here and it leaves no doubt where the signatories stand nor where the rest of the Muslim world SHOULD stand. It also stands as a document every Muslim can point to when those too lazy to find it themselves and who then like to ask facetiously where are the Muslim voices of condemnation to silence such haphazard and sophomoric excuses. The points made by the over 100 Muslim scholars who put this document together were summarized on the first page of the letter, but each point was expounded on in detail throughout the 23 page document…
It is permissible in Islam [for scholars] to differ on any matter, except those fundamentals ofreligion that all Muslims must know.It is forbidden in Islam to ignore the reality of contemporary timeswhen deriving legal rulings.It is forbidden in Islam to kill the innocent.It is forbidden in Islam to kill emissaries, ambassadors, and diplomats; hence it is forbidden to kill journalists and aid workers.Jihad in Islam is defensive war. It is not permissible without the right cause, the right purposeand without the right rules of conduct.It is forbidden in Islam to declare people non Muslim unless he (or she) openly declaresdisbelief.It is forbidden in Islam to harm or mistreat in any way Christians or any ‘People of theScripture’.It is obligatory to consider Yazidis as People of the Scripture.The reintroduction of slavery is forbidden in Islam. It was abolished by universal consensus.It is forbidden in Islam to force people to convert.It is forbidden in Islam to deny women their rights.It is forbidden in Islam to deny children their rights.It is forbidden in Islam to enact legal punishments (hudud) without following the correctprocedures that ensure justice and mercy.It is forbidden in Islam to torture people.It is forbidden in Islam to disfigure the dead.It is forbidden in Islam to attribute evil acts to GodIt is forbidden in Islam to destroy the graves and shrines of Prophets and Companions.Armed insurrection is forbidden in Islam for any reason other than clear disbelief by the rulerand not allowing people to pray.It is forbidden in Islam to declare a caliphate without consensus from all Muslims.Loyalty to one’s nation is permissible in Islam.After the death of the Prophet, Islam does not require anyone to emigrate anywhere.