IONA Denounces ISIS’ Declaration of Caliphate
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Press Release: July 7, 2014

IONA Denounces ISIS’ Declaration of Caliphate

The Islamic Organization of North America (IONA) condemns the barbaric and un-Islamic actions of the militant extremist terror group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Their actions of beheading people and desecrating shrines and houses of worship is repugnant to the teachings of the Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). Islam calls for the protection of monasteries, churches, synagogues and mosques not their destruction.

Top clerics, jurists and scholars from around the world have condemned ISIS’ aspirations of Islamic Caliphate as illegitimate and that their actions are criminal. In their recent statement concerning the declaration of a “caliphate” by the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIS), the International Union of Muslim Scholars led by Sh. Yusuf al-Qaradawi said that the caliphate declaration is “null and void” and “lacks any realistic or legitimate standards.” “Linking the concept of caliphate to an organization known to be extremist does not serve Islam,” the scholars said.

IONA agrees with Sh. Yusuf al-Qaradawi who stated that the declaration of an Islamic caliphate by the militant Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) violates sharia law.

We caution our brothers and sisters especially the youth from being brainwashed and falling prey to ISIS’ misleading propaganda through the internet or any social media outlet in an attempt to recruit fighters from the US.

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