IUC joins SA Muslim condemnation of ISIS

2014-09-10 17:05

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.

  • Erich Goosen - 2014-09-10 17:12

    Thank you IUC. I might change my opinion of you.

      Kareemah Acharya - 2014-09-10 18:39

      Semper why dont you come join the islamic community for a day so we can show you what a bunch of bloodthirsty monsters we are

      Nigel van Ysendyk - 2014-09-10 18:48

      Everyone should condemn Isis, how can you not they are disgusting despicable disgraceful bastards & should be wiped out, Islamic condemnation is welcomed but overdue, now what about all the other Islamic extremists, & Hamas (Mulslim Brotherhood partners in Palastine) is part of them, even Abbass is saying this, how barbaric must they become before other Muslims condemn them?

      Sea Weed - 2014-09-10 19:16

      I still don't see any marches by these sa muslim groups so i'm not holding my breathe

  • Akhenaten C.T. - 2014-09-10 17:15

    This clears up a lot of uncertainty. Thank you.

  • scott.hunter.77128 - 2014-09-10 17:20

    Glad to see the Muslim community finally standing against this crap. Needs to be done more often!!!!!

  • scott.hunter.77128 - 2014-09-10 17:20

    Glad to see the Muslim community finally standing against this crap. Needs to be done more often!!!!!

      Kareemah Acharya - 2014-09-10 18:23

      We have been standing up against this crap from the beginning but guess what all with islamaphobia cudnt see it,cos according to many all us muslims are blood thirsty monsters

      Sterling Ferguson - 2014-09-10 19:31

      @Acharya, the Muslims in Egypt have been treating the Christians like none -people for many years and the Muslims don't say anything. In Egypt if the Christians want to build a church in that country they have to get permission and it usually not given. When people start to point out the flaws in the Muslims societies, they are called Islamaphobia. The Muslims religion has to undergo a reformation the same way the Christians had to be reformed. This means the state and the religion has to be separated.

  • Enig Ma - 2014-09-10 17:24

    WELL DONE IUC AND SA MUSLIMS. RESPECT!!!!!!!!!! Very relieved indeed!

      lee.rodrigues - 2014-11-23 11:43

      Well said!

  • Annie - 2014-09-10 17:28

    Thanks to the UIC on their stance on ISIS and related terrorist organisations, but remember even in Iraq and Syria the muslim Communities also condemns ISIS. But what did it help them. Britain, the US,Europe and many other countries in the world are actually in war with ISIS, but their citizens flock to the Middle East to join ISIS. In African countries people are also against organisations like AL-Shabaab and Boko Haram, but these organisations keep growing stronger. We do not know in our country taking into account the amount of Somalis and Nigerians flocking to South Africa, where their loyalties lie.

  • Mafavuke Njengedangamane - 2014-09-10 17:51

    The Jewish board of deputies must also condemn the actions of the two Bibis (Netanyahu and Gantz). Their belligerence is costing Israel a lot of friends.

      Sterling Ferguson - 2014-09-10 19:44

      The Muslims groups were shooting rockets at the population in Israel and this country had a right to protect themselves.

  • Garth Meister - 2014-09-10 18:02

    it took them long enough...

      Kareemah Acharya - 2014-09-10 18:17

      We as muslims have been denouncing isis and boko haram since it started,but people ignored us and rather labelled all muslims as murderers,insulting us and our religoin,funny thing is wen 1st report appeared on here of kidnappings by boko haram ,many men made derogatory remarks towards victims,i suggest you people who are so quick to condemn us cos we are muslim must actually get to know us by many stupid asinine comments made here on news24 i can see many dont even know muslims, i respect all religoins

      Kareemah Acharya - 2014-09-10 18:32

      Semper if you want to act like an idiot go ahead,actually it shows how ignorant you are

  • adriaan.schoeman.9 - 2014-09-11 06:44

    Lies - the actions of these "holy warriors" are condemned in public, but praised and encouraged behind closed doors!

      Humeira Mogalia - 2014-09-11 13:41

      How do you know - are YOU praising them behind closed doors? because every Muslim I know condemns these barbarians and their actions - openly and behind closed doors.

  • adriaan.schoeman.9 - 2014-09-11 07:55

    Isis is Islam! Surah 8:13 "Strike off their heads!" And Surah 8:17; 8:67; 9:5; 9:73; 9:123 etc, etc!

  • Nin Ja Kitty - 2014-09-11 09:38

    Just another bandwagon for people to jump on.

  • Dre Carlos - 2014-11-23 11:51

    These IS monsters are more closely related to their zionist handlers. Trained in Jordan and led by Chechynian fighters their guise is to attract brainwashed jihadists to their ranks. Effectively IS has to date only attacked Syrian, Kurdish and nomadic tribal chiefs within the levant. They have conveniently left the dictator monarchs in the gulf emirates alone. Perhaps its because Qatar arms these bloodthirsty children of satan. Nevertheless its clearly obvious now that ISIS is a construct of the CIA just as the Mujahideen, Al Qaeda, Al Nusra, Syrian Free Army, etc have been in the past. Without a common enemy the US trumped up war on terror is rendered baseless and its Project for a New American Century left unfulfilled.

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