A coalition of leading Sunni Muslim scholars from across the world took a stand against the jihad waged by Islamic State militants by issuing a letter denouncing the terrorist group's claim that their war is in the name of God.
In a highly-detailed 17-page letter addressed to ISIS, also known as ISIL, leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his followers, 126 international Muslim educators and imams signed an agreement to refute ISIS' jihad. The letter is littered with quotes from the Quran debunking the militants' justification of their brutality under Sharia law.
"You have misinterpreted Islam into a religion of harshness, brutality, torture and murder," the letter states. "This is a great wrong and an offense to Islam, to Muslims and to the entire world." more >>
We need to do something!
With the barbaric Islamic State now controlling large portions of Iraq and Syria, and inflicting rape, torture and even beheading on those who do not conform to their fundamentalist interpretation of Islam, it is imperative that they must be stopped.
So yes, we need to do something. But that "something" is not more violence and war. Answering violence and war, with more violence and war, is always part of the problem, not part of the solution. more >>
A recently opened mosque in Cape Town, South Africa, that welcomed openly gay residents and allowed women to lead prayers, was criticized by the local Muslim community and subsequently shut down by the government, reportedly for violating city bylaws regarding parking spaces.
Taj Hargey, a Muslim academic and founder of The Open Mosque, lashed out against the city's order, however, saying it has more to do with controlling the freedom of religion.
A French citizen who was kidnapped on Sunday has been beheaded by a jihadist group in Algeria, apparently in retaliation for France launching airstrikes in Iraq against ISIS targets.
"Our values are at stake," French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Wednesday after hearing about the video, but would not comment further at the time, The Association Press reported.
Herve Gourdel, a 55-year-old mountaineering guide from Nice, was captured by Islamic militants in the mountains of northern Algeria. The Jund al-Khilafah terror group announced later that Gourdel would be killed within 24 hours unless France ends its airstrikes. more >>
U.S. President Barack Obama called on global leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York Wednesday to help him defeat ISIS and stop religious extremism after highlighting some of the atrocities committed by Islamic terrorist group ISIS and declaring "no God condones this terror."
"It is no exaggeration to say that humanity's future depends on us uniting against those who would divide us along fault lines of tribe or sect; race or religion," said Obama in his address that was televised to the nation. "This is not simply a matter of words. Collectively, we must take concrete steps to address the danger posed by religiously motivated fanatics, and the trends that fuel their recruitment," he continued.
"The terrorist group known as ISIL must be degraded, and ultimately destroyed. This group has terrorized all who they come across in Iraq and Syria," he noted. more >>
A series of six controversial ads seeking to "tell the truth" about Islam and jihad are set to run on 100 New York City buses next week, arguing that distinctions between "moderate" and "extremist" Muslims are useless.
The ads, reportedly costing $100,000, are run by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which describes itself as a group acting against global jihad and "Islamic supremacism."
One of the ads refers to the recent beheading of American journalist James Foley at the hands of ISIS militants. The militant suspected of carrying out the execution, London-based rapper Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, is shown in side-by-side photos — one portraying him as a rapper, and one an image of the beheading video where he is standing next to Foley. "Yesterday's moderate is today's headline," the ad warns. more >>