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Islamic Scholars Speak Out

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One of the common refrains heard in critique of Islamic fundamentalists is the question as to the silence of the moderate Muslims. As was stated by one public commentator (a Muslim herself), throughout history the silent majority have been irrelevant in influencing the outcome of such situations.

I see that a group of Islamic scholars have published a letter to the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.  A strategic analysis service I follow had this to say:

Doubts stemming from battlefield losses about whether God is blessing the Islamic State should also bolster efforts against the group on an ideological front. For example, on Sept. 19, a group of 126 Islamic scholars from across the globe published an open letter to the Islamic State and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The scholars used the letter to address what they consider to be 24 points of error in the theology espoused by the Islamic State. These errors encompass a number of issues, including the nature of the caliphate; the authority to declare jihad; the practice of takfir, or proclaiming another Muslim to be a nonbeliever; the killing of innocents; the mutilation of corpses; and the taking of slaves.

The letter ends with a plea for al-Baghdadi and his followers: “Reconsider all your actions; desist from them; repent from them; cease harming others and return to the religion of mercy.” It is unlikely that many of the hardcore jihadists will do as requested, but as these theological arguments are circulated and discussed, they will help undercut the ideological base of the jihadists and make it harder for them to convince impressionable people to join their cause. The effects of these theological critiques will not just be confined to the Islamic State; they will apply equally to al Qaeda and other groups that hold similar doctrines and commit similar acts.

A copy of the letter (in English) can be found here.

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Written by sameo416

October 9, 2014 at 8:55 am

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