Ever since the Islamic State came into being or as they prefer to say, formed a “caliphate” in June, right-wing pundits in American media have criticized Muslims for not speaking out against the militant organization.
However, contrary to whatever these xenophobic analysts might want to assert, the fact remains that Muslims denounce ISIS and their diabolical tactics as much as the rest of the international community – and here’s a brilliant example of it.
During an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, top Syrian Muslim cleric Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi, said that the ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi will not be entering paradise and would probably be murdered by his own colleagues.
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Referring to an open letter to al-Baghdadi that the imam co-signed with other noted clerics, Yaqoubi said:
“Muslims around the world should listen and see the facts that we are presenting in this letter to refute and destroy the ideological basis and foundation of ISIS. We care about Muslims around the world. We don’t care about him [Baghdadi], he is going to hell and I am sure he is going to be killed even by some of his followers sooner or later.”
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The cleric also suggested his solution to exterminate the terrorists wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria.
“They're recruiting a lot of people. They have a huge army. They have an intelligence network. And all of that should be destroyed on the ground.”
Yaqoubi is just one out of millions of other Muslims who condemn the militant group. In September, more than 120 Muslim leaders and scholars have co-signed an open letter to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, , arguing the Islamic State caliphate's establishment and practices are not legitimate in Islam. Also, 21 senior clerics of Saudi Arabia labeled terrorism a "heinous crime" in a recent fatwa (religious/legal edict).
Sheikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah, an influential Mauritanian scholar who teaches in Saudi Arabia, issued a fatwa of his own condemning the so-called ISIS caliphate.
Still, mere condemnation is not enough. A collective effort by governments, religious leaders and the people of Muslim nations, along with the international community, is required to defeat the notorious terrorists in the Middle East.