More Than 1,000 Indian Muslim Clerics Sign Fatwa Against ISIS

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“The acts of the Islamic State are inhuman and un-Islamic.”

The Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) — More than 1,000 Muslim clerics in India have ratified a religious ruling that condemns the Islamic State and calls the extremist group’s actions “un-Islamic,” a top Indian Muslim leader said Wednesday.

Religious leaders from hundreds of Islamic mosques, education institutions and civic groups across India have signed the edict, or fatwa, saying the actions of the Islamic State group went against the basic tenets of Islam.

The edict was issued by a leading Mumbai-based cleric, Mohammed Manzar Hasan Ashrafi Misbahi, and has been signed by the leaders of all the main mosques in India, which has the world’s third-largest Muslim population.

“The acts of the Islamic State are inhuman and un-Islamic,” Misbahi said by phone from Mumbai. “Islam does not allow the killing of even an animal. What the Islamic State is doing is damaging to Islam.”

Misbahi said the fatwa — which is around 1,100 pages and labels the Islamic State group “un-Islamic” — has been sent to the leaders of more than 50 countries, seeking their endorsement.

Muslim clerics across India will speak to their followers after prayers on Friday, explaining the contents of the edict and why it is important to denounce the Islamic State, said Abdul Rehman Anjaria, president of the Islamic Defense Cyber Cell.

Among prominent supporters of the edict are the chief clerics of New Delhi’s iconic Jama Masjid mosque, as well as the leaders of the Muslim shrines of Ajmer Dargah and Nizauddin Aulia in northern India and several Muslim sects.

Anjaria said the Islamic State group was enticing young people to join by using social media for propaganda and giving a false impression of Islam.



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