IUC joins SA Muslim condemnation of ISIS

2014-09-10 17:05
Isis massacre. (AP)

Isis massacre. (AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The Islamic Unity Convention (IUC) has joined several South African Muslim bodies in condemning the actions of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

It said in a statement on Wednesday that core tenets of Islam included love, peace and unity and justice and that these values were not reserved only for Muslims.

"It is therefore with abhorrence that the Islamic Unity Convention witnesses the crimes of the so-called 'Islamic State' (ISIS)," it said.

"How can a group claiming to act in the name of Islam... build a caliphate on mass murders and human rights abuses?"

Last week the Muslim Judicial Council urged the United Nations to put an end to atrocities in the region.

"The Muslim Judicial Council unequivocally condemns the group... for the mass murder and destruction committed against innocent civilians, religious minorities, scholars and places of worship," it said.

"We reject this murderous group which seeks legitimacy amongst Muslims by claiming the noble title of the caliphate while it violates Islamic sharia [law] and brings disrepute to the noble legacy of the house of Islam."

In August, the scholarly body Jamiatul Ulama SA also condemned ISIS.

"Warfare does not absolve the members of any Islamic caliphate, state or entity from the responsibility of observance of human rights and the rules of engagement where women, children and the elderly as well as all civilian non-combatants, their lives and property, are never targeted but safeguarded," it said.

"It therefore comes strange to us that an Islamic state would be founded on atrocities, massacres and extra-judicial punishments that include summary executions of individuals suspected of crimes."

The caliphate is a political-religious state for the Muslim community that follows through successive caliphs (leaders) leading back to the Prophet Mohammed.

The last historical caliphate was the Ottoman empire which ended during World War One.

ISIS, which is now calling itself the Islamic State, has claimed a stretch of land between Syria and Iraq as part of its caliphate, under the leadership of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a former US prisoner in Iraq.

The group has ordered Christians living in the claimed land to convert to Islam, pay a tax, or face death.

It is also fighting against Shias, a sect of Islam, in the region.

The group has recorded two videos showing a masked member decapitating US journalists Steven Sotloff on September 2, and James Foley on August 19. They claimed this was in retaliation for US bombing in the region.

Read more on:    isis

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.