ISIS: NOT A CALIPHATE

2014-08-16 17:26

The new “Caliphate”, or Islamic religious and political order recently announced, by Abu Bakr Al-Husayni Al-Qurayshi Al-Baghdadi, does not represent the main Sunni Muslim ideology.

In reality, it is an insult to Muslims to call the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) an “Islamic State”. Their behaviour and values is not the teachings of Islam.

The Caliphate is not based on sharia or Islamic standards and ignores the necessary realistic requirements of Islam.

Many, in fact, most senior Muslim scholars have issued statements rejecting Abu Bakr Bagdadi’s claim to Caliphate.

We should not fool ourselves with the major military “gains” in Iraq and in some parts of neighbouring Syria by ISIS. This military surge in Iraq should not be trusted and must not be hailed as some kind of victory.

While we all are distracted by the sad state of affairs in Gaza, we should not turn a blind eye to the atrocities being committed against the Christian community and other minority groups in Iraq. The violence perpetrated by ISIS should be condemned in the strongest possible terms. It is a total deviation from the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and Islam. Nothing in Islam or the Prophet Muhammad’s example supports ISIS’s cruelty.

Contrary to ISIS’s barbarity and inhuman behaviour, Prophet Muhammad’s example shows that Islam demands equality for all citizens.

An extremist and bloody group such as ISIS poses a danger to Islam and Muslims. Their savage behaviour and actions tarnishes the image of Islam.

The inability to present real solutions to the current challenges drives some misguided individuals to raise past or historical concepts and enforce them on current situations. When armed thugs declare a Caliphate according to the interests of higher commands, the outcome will always be catastrophic and tragic like the one we are currently seeing.

Muslims should not fall prey and follow these unreliable and misleading claims of Caliphate and these opportunist individuals.

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