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Think Muslims Haven’t Condemned ISIS? Think Again

In the Name of God: the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Lord

A very common, oft-repeated mantra among pundits and “experts” is that Muslims haven’t roundly condemned the extremism committed in Islam’s name. So many times, we hear people saying, “Where are the Muslim voices in condemnation?” “Why aren’t Muslims speaking up against extremists like ISIS?”

Well, the fact is, Muslims have been speaking out against ISIS and other extremist groups. The problem is, some times, people either don’t know or choose not to know this fact. Enter in this excellent post by Media Matters For America, which documents the round condemnation of ISIS by Muslim groups all across the world:

The Organization Of Islamic Cooperation: The Islamic State Has “Nothing To Do With Islam,” Has Committed Crimes “That Cannot Be Tolerated.” As the Vatican’s internal news source reported, the Secretary General for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which represents 1.4 billion Muslims in 57 countries around the world, condemned the Islamic State’s persecution of of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq, saying the “forced deportation under the threat of execution” is a “crime that cannot be tolerated.” According to the Vatican:

The Secretary General also distanced Islam from the actions of the militant group known as ISIS, saying they ‘have nothing to do with Islam and its principles that call for justice, kindness, fairness, freedom of faith and coexistence.’ [Vatican Radio, 7/25/14]

Al-Azhar: Islamic State Is Corrupt And “A Danger To Islam.” Lebanese paper The Daily Star reported that Al-Azhar’s Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam, Egypt’s highest religious authority, denounced the Islamic State as a threat to Islam and said that the group both violates Sharia law and humanitarian law: “[They] give an opportunity for those who seek to harm us, to destroy us and interfere in our affairs with the [pretext of a] call to fight terrorism.” [The Daily Star, 8/13/14]

Arab League: “Strongly Denounced” The “Crimes Against Humanity” Carried Out By The Islamic State. On August 11, Nabil al-Arabi, the Arab League Chief, denounced acts committed by the Islamic State in Iraq as “crimes against humanity,” demanding that they be brought to justice. According to Al Arabiya News, he said in a statement that he “strongly denounced the crimes, killings, dispossession carried out by the terrorist (ISIS) against civilians and minorities in Iraq that have affected Christians in Mosul and Yazidis.” [Al Arabiya News, 8/11/14]

Turkey’s Top Cleric: Islamic State’s Threats Are “Hugely Damaging,” “Truly Awful.” Turkey’s highest ranking cleric, Mehmet Gormez, decried the Islamic State’s declaration of a “caliphate” and argued that the statements were damaging to the Muslim community, according to Reuters:

“Such declarations have no legitimacy whatsoever,” Mehmet Gormez, head of the Religious Affairs Directorate, the highest religious authority in Turkey, which, although a majority Muslim country, has been a secular state since the 1920s.

“Since the caliphate was abolished … there have been movements that think they can pull together the Muslim world by re-establishing a caliphate, but they have nothing to do with reality, whether from a political or legal perspective.”

Gormez said death threats against non-Muslims made by the group, formerly known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), were hugely damaging.

“The statement made against Christians is truly awful. Islamic scholars need to focus on this (because) an inability to peacefully sustain other faiths and cultures heralds the collapse of a civilization,” he told Reuters in an interview. [Reuters, 7/22/14]

CAIR Repeatedly Condemned The Islamic State As “Un-Islamic And Morally Repugnant.” In a July 7 statement, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called the terrorist group “un-Islamic and morally repugnant,” noted that the Islamic State’s “human rights abuses on the ground are well-documented,” and called on other Muslim community leaders to speak out against the violence. CAIR reiterated the condemnation of the Islamic State as “both un-Islamic and morally repugnant” on August 11, and on August 21, CAIR once again condemned the group, calling the killing of American journalist James Foley “gruesome and barbaric”:

We strongly condemn this gruesome and barbaric killing as a violation of Islamic beliefs and of universally-accepted international norms mandating the protection of prisoners and journalists during conflicts.

The Geneva Conventions, the Quran – Islam’s revealed text – and the traditions (hadith) of the Prophet Muhammad all require that prisoners not be harmed in any way. There can be no excuse or justification for such criminal and bloodthirsty actions.

We also call on those holding Steven Sotloff and other prisoners to immediately release them unharmed so they may return to their loved ones. [Council on American-Islamic Relations, 7/7/14; Council on American-Islamic Relations, 8/11/14; Council on American-Islamic Relations, 8/20/14]

The Muslim Council Of Great Britain: “Violence Has No Place In Religion.” The Muslim Council of Great Britain condemned the Islamic State’s actions and expressed that they do not represent Sunni Muslims, according to The Independent. Shuja Shafi, a member of the council also said: “Violence has no place in religion, violence has no religion. It is prohibited for people to present themselves for destruction.” [The Independent, 7/11/14]

The Islamic Society of North America: The Islamic State’s Actions “Are To Be Denounced And Are In No Way Representative Of What Islam Actually Teaches. The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) released a statement denouncing the Islamic State “for its attacks on Iraq’s religious minorities and the destruction of their places of worship.” ISNA President Imam Mohamed Magid said, “ISIS actions against religious minorities in Iraq violate the Quranic teaching, ‘Let there be no compulsion in religion’ (Surat al-Baqara 2:256),” adding, “Their actions are to be denounced and are in no way representative of what Islam actually teaches.” [The Islamic Society of North America, 8/9/14]

100 Sunni And Shiite U.K. Imams: The Islamic State Is An “Illegitimate, Vicious Group.” As the Huffington Post reported, 100 Sunni and Shiite Imams from the U.K. came together to produce a video denouncing the Islamic State, releasing a statement that they wanted to “come together to emphasise the importance of unity in the UK and to decree ISIS as an illegitimate, vicious group who do not represent Islam in any way.” (Please see below)

Saudi Arabia’s Highest Religious Authority: Terrorists Like The Islamic State Is The “Number One Enemy Of Islam.” On August 19, Al Jazeera reported that Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti, Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, the country’s top religious authority, said that terrorism is anti-Islamic and said that groups like the Islamic State which practice violence are the “number one enemy of Islam”:

Extremist and militant ideas and terrorism which spread decay on Earth, destroying human civilisation, are not in any way part of Islam, but are enemy number one of Islam, and Muslims are their first victims. [Al Jazeera, 8/19/14]

Muslim Public Affairs Council: Condemned The Islamic State And Called For “Stand Against Extremism.” On August 20, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) released a statement condemning “the barbaric execution of American Journalist James Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).” MPAC urged “all people of conscience to take a stand against extremism” and offered condolences to Foley’s family. MPAC also noted the importance of countering ISIS and other extremist groups by working “to empower the mainstream and relegate extremists to the irrelevance they deserve.” [Muslim Public Affairs Council, 8/20/14]

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So, the next time you hear someone say, “Few Muslim voices have condemned ISIS or any other extremist group,” know that this statement is clearly not true.

  • J Leland Kupferberg

    Sorry, but I’m not buying. I saw videos just a few months ago of large crowds of Muslims in the streets of Berlin, screaming, “Death to the Jews!” and “Juden Schwein!”

    Mass Muslim protests erupted all over the world because the Jewish State had the audacity to fight back against thousands of rocket salvos. And yet, how many more Muslims has ISIS killed in the same period, and all in the name of Islam?

    So, unless anyone knows of any mass Muslim street protests against ISIS, I’m just not buying the propaganda of the apologists. The fact is, the Muslim street could care less. They seem far more concerned about the Jewish people than about the very real and sinister threat of ISIS.

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  • InsideTrack

    It’s shameful to hear Muslims condemning ISIS on the grounds that
    “Muslims should unite” as opposed to addressing and rejecting those
    parts of the central Islamic texts which openly incite violence and
    intolerance, justifying in no uncertain terms the subjugation or murder
    of non-Muslims all across the world. Where are the denunciations of political Islam, extra-judicial Islam, or the inequality of social Islam?

    The central Islamic texts
    inspire both peaceful actions as well as violent. They inspire not one,
    nor the other, but both. Therein lies the problem. Unfortunately, the increasingly unacceptable
    nature of the intolerant attitudes they inspire increasingly cancels out
    the otherwise acceptable nature of the tolerant attitudes they also inspire. In the present as in the past, Islam’s violent minority is simply too sizable, and there’s nothing hateful or
    illogical about acknowledging that (as the writer below me wrongly suggests).

    A survey conducted in July
    2014 by ICM Research estimates that well over 3.5 million adult citizens
    in the UK are supporters of ISIS. Results in other European countries
    was even more alarming. Polls in recent years found that 1 in 4 young UK
    Muslims find Islamic suicide attacks “justified” in general. These and
    similar Islamist views are strictly incompatible with Western society.
    For the West to survive, those who hold them must no longer be welcome
    within it.

  • Yahya Altagir

    Muslims form one in five of the worlds population. At the current rate of people accepting Islam, this will soon mean one quarter of the worlds population will be Muslim, Logic indicates that if Muslims act as you suggest in your hate mail, you would probably be dead by now. ISIS and other similar groups probably form about 0.01% of the worlds population! So as long as you do not decide to travel in areas where they are busy killing mainly other Muslims, you have a much better chance of being run over by a drunk driver (not a Muslim if he follows the Quran!) The media and people like yourself in fact give support to these rogue groups by exaggerating their importance in stead of supporting the vast of the worlds peaceful Muslims. ISIS and Al Qaida would never have existed had President Bush never invaded Iraq, the war in Afghanistan has strengthened the Taliban and now Libya is another breeding ground for extremists. Thank you Israel and America but pleas do not try to help us any more!!!

  • Harry Binn

    The only reason that these Muslims are speaking out against ISIS is because of the brutal ways they have killed other Muslims of their own sect. On the other hand, they have not said boo to the 200,000 Syrians who’ve died and the 3,000,000 forced out of their homes.


    I should add that if the sick behavior of these quran following Muslims like ISIS is not going to be handled by ACTIONS coming from the muslim community (not cheap lip service as you read above), us people on the outside of this cult ideology will then blame the entire muslim community and then be FORCED to address all of the ills of their ISLAM.

    That is human nature…whether these people like it or not!


    Sorry…the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria we call ISIS is simply following all the directions and orders to punish, convert, tax (called jizya in arabic), fight and KILL as outlined in their quran!

    These muslim savages are also behaving EXACTLY like their self proclaimed terrorist and pedophole prophet of Islam…you know him as muhammad. This animal led around 65 to 70 terrorist attacks himself in the first years of the Islamic era.

    Once you read the quran and hadith, will you understand what drives “good” muslims like ISIS, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaida to carry forth as they do!

    Got Islam? ISIS sure does!!

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