Senior Imams and Islamic scholars around the world have written an open letter to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi explaining that many of IS’ actions are forbidden under Islamic law and scripture.

The letter explains that the teachings Quran and Hadiths of the Prophet Mohammad much be interpreted as a whole, and Muslims should not pick and choose verses to suit their personal outlook, especially when issuing fatwas.

It goes on to explain that Islam prohibits torture and the killing of innocents or other “people of the Scripture” such as Christians and Yezedis.

The authors also raise issue with how the Islamic State declared itself a Caliphate with the support of only a few thousand extremist supporters, as “it is forbidden in Islam to declare a caliphate without consensus from all Muslims”.

The letter is signed by over a hundred Imams and Islamic scholars form around the world, including from the UK, Egypt, Jordan, Dubai, Morocco, Yemen, UAE, Palestine, Pakistan, Indonesia, Syria, Iraq, the US, and many more nations.

Open Letter to Baghdadi (Islamic State) English v14

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  1. Hi,
    Sunni Islam an orthodox version is the largest branch of Islam. In English, its theological study or doctrine is called Sunnisms. Sunni Islam is the world’s second largest religious body (after Christianity) and the largest religious denomination for any religion in the world. Shia Islam the smaller group seemed to evolved after a family split after the death of Muhammad. Schism or a form of heresy separated the two groups leaving a historical legacy of hatred between them in many ways similar to that of Catholics and Protestants. In many ways Islam for an outsider seems to have the religious structure of an upside down pyramid with too many bosses which is probably to root of the problem.