Muslims are not only fighting against the Islamic State group on the ground but are also actively campaigning against terrorism across the world.
In India alone, some 70,000 clerics recently issued a religious edict, or fatwa, condemning extremist violence carried out by militant organizations such as ISIS, the Taliban and al Qaeda.
"It is written in the Quran that killing one innocent person is equivalent to killing all humanity," Mohammed Ehsan Raza Khan, a religious leader, was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
Moreover, the ruling was signed by some 1.5 million Indian Muslims during a religious ceremony, during which participants also criticized U.S. Republican front-runner Donald Trump for his hateful rhetoric against Islam.
The ruling from India comes almost a week after Nahdlatul Ulama, the world’s largest independent Muslim group based in Indonesia with nearly 50 million members, launched its global anti-extremism initiative.
Earlier in the year, the Spiritual Directorate of Russia, a major Muslim group in the country, also issued a fatwa against ISIS, calling them “enemies of Islam,” explaining a caliphate is approved by all Muslim communities otherwise it’s just mutiny.
Since these militants carry out atrocities in the name of religion, it’s easy to tar all Muslims with the same brush. However, it shouldn’t be forgotten that Muslims are not only denouncing terrorists in huge numbers but also are the No. 1 victims of Islamic extremism.