This is a open letter from Muslim scholars around the world explaining the heresies of Abu Baghdadi and his followers (ISIS or ISIL). It seems to me that Christians, Jews and other people of faith should try to support these Muslim scholars with the hopes that a better Islam will rise from the evils created by Abu Baghdadi and his followers (And those like him Al Qaeda etc). They can’t do it alone. I know we all wish that Muslims would accept whatever religion we personally follow. But sometimes that isn’t a feasible option, to them Islam is the true religion. It would be better for them to have a peaceful version of Islam, instead of violent version advertised and promoted by the media, and ISIS.
Some of the leading scholars:
Prof. Sheikh Mustafa Cagrici al Hanafi
Former Mufti of Istanbul, Turkey
Sheikh Mohammad Ahmad Al-Akwa’ al Shafi
Senior Sunni Scholar, Yemen
Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah al Maliki
Leading Muslim Scholar and President of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim
Societies, Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Dr. Ali Gomaa al Shafi
Former Grand Mufti of Egypt, Egypt
Sheikh Hamza Yusuf Hanson al Maliki
Founder and Director of Zaytuna College,
Sheikh Muhammad Al-Yacoubi al Hanafi
Islamic Preacher, Syria
Shaykh Muhammad al Jamal al Hanbali
Former Mufti of Masjid Al Aqsa Jerusalem
I mentioned these scholars in particular, because they represent the four main schools of Islamic Law, Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi and Hanbali, which has represented traditional Sunni Islam (Ahlus Sunnah wa Jamah) for over 1000 years. There are no traditional Sunni scholars that I am aware that support or aid those heretics and innovators ISIS (Abu Baghdadi and his followers). While they emerged from the ranks of Sunni Islam, claiming to represent true Sunni Islam, they don’t. And these Sunni scholars in this letter are explaining in detail why they don’t. lettertobaghdadi.com/
Executive Summary of the Letter
- It is forbidden in Islam to issue fatwas without all the necessary learning requirements. Even then fatwas must follow Islamic legal theory as defined in the Classical texts. It is also forbidden to cite a portion of a verse from the Qur’an—or part of a verse—to derive a ruling without looking at everything that the Qur’an and Hadith teach related to that matter. In other words, there are strict subjective and objective prerequisites for fatwas , and one cannot ‘cherry-pick’ Qur’anic verses for legal arguments without considering the entire Qur’an and Hadith .
- It is forbidden in Islam to issue legal rulings about anything without mastery of the Arabic language.
- It is forbidden in Islam to oversimplify Shari’ah matters and ignore established Islamic sciences.
- It is permissible in Islam [for scholars] to differ on any matter, except those fundamentals of religion that all Muslims must know.
- It is forbidden in Islam to ignore the reality of contemporary times when deriving legal rulings.
- It is forbidden in Islam to kill the innocent.
- It is forbidden in Islam to kill emissaries, ambassadors, and diplomats; hence it is forbidden to kill journalists and aid workers.
- Jihad in Islam is defensive war. It is not permissible without the right cause, the right purpose and without the right rules of conduct.
- It is forbidden in Islam to declare people non-Muslim unless he (or she) openly declares disbelief.
It is forbidden in Islam to harm or mistreat—in any way—Christians or any ‘People of the Scripture’.
11**. It is obligatory to consider Yazidis as People of the Scripture.**
The re-introduction of slavery is forbidden in Islam. It was abolished by universal consensus.
13.** It is forbidden in Islam to force people to convert.**
- It is forbidden in Islam to deny women their rights.
- It is forbidden in Islam to deny children their rights.
- It is forbidden in Islam to enact legal punishments (hudud ) without following the correct procedures that ensure justice and mercy.
17.** It is forbidden in Islam to torture people.**
- It is forbidden in Islam to disfigure the dead.
- It is forbidden in Islam to attribute evil acts to God ﷻ.
- It is forbidden in Islam to destroy the graves and shrines of Prophets and Companions.
- Armed insurrection is forbidden in Islam for any reason other than clear disbelief by the ruler and not allowing people to pray.
- It is forbidden in Islam to declare a caliphate without consensus from all Muslims.
- Loyalty to one’s nation is permissible in Islam.
- After the death of the Prophet ﷺ , Islam does not require anyone to emigrate anywhere.