World leaders on IS

Islamic State has received severe criticism from world leaders in all walks of life including Government Heads, Political Leaders, Religious leaders and scholars, organisations. We are presenting here views of leaders across the world who have condemned Islamic State.

Government Heads

Barack Obama, US President

President Obama Says ISIS ‘Not Religious Leaders, They are Terrorists’

President Obama rejected the notion today that groups like ISIS are operating from a religious foundation — but labelled them simply as terrorists, adding that the United States is at war with those who have “perverted Islam.”

“Al Qaeda and ISIL and groups like it are desperate for legitimacy. They try to portray themselves as religious leaders, holy warriors in defense of Islam,” Obama said at the White House. “We must never accept the premise that they put forth because it is a lie. Nor should we grant these terrorists the religious legitimacy that they seek. They are not religious leaders. They are terrorists.”

“We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam,” the president added.

Source : abcnews

David Cameron,UK Prime Minister

British PM on ISIS Beheading: ‘They’re Not Muslims, [But] Monsters’

“The fact that an aid worker was taken, held and brutally murdered at the hands of ISIL [ISIS] sums up what this organization stands for,” Cameron said in an address to the British people. “They boast of their brutality; they claim to do this in the name of Islam. That is nonsense. They are not Muslims, they are monsters.”

“We cannot just walk on by if we are to keep this country safe; we have to confront this menace. Step by step, we must drive back, dismantle and ultimately destroy ISIL [ISIS] and what it stands for. We will do so in a calm and deliberate way, but with an iron determination. We will not do so on our own, but by working closely with our allies, not just the United States and in Europe, but also in the region because this organization poses a massive threat to the entire Middle East.”

Source : abcenews

President Hollande, French President

President Hollande addresses the UNGA

“You will understand if I am expressing myself here today with particular emotion, because one of my compatriots has just been cravenly murdered in Algeria by a terrorist group linked to “Daesh.” His name was Hervé Gourdel; he was an enthusiastic man who loved mountaineering and, in traveling to the Djurdjura, in Algeria, was following his passion. He was captured and he was beheaded. That’s what terrorism does. And it doesn’t just do it to France. A few days ago, it was the Americans and the British who were subjected to the same barbarity.

These groups and that particular group, “Daesh,” do not strike only those who think differently from themselves. They strike Muslims. They strike civilian populations, they strike minorities. They rape, they kill. That is why the battle that the international community must wage against terrorism knows no borders. And it must carry the same flag, that of the United Nations, that of the values on which this organization was founded: human dignity, freedom, the vision we must have of the
world of tomorrow, a world of justice.”

World powers pledge to crush ISIS threat

“Iraq’s fight against terrorism is also ours….And there is no time to lose”

“This terrorist movement calls on combatants from the entire world, and each country, including my own, is concerned. We
should do everything to fight against the indoctrination of our young people, prevent their enrolment, break their jihadist
networks, deprive Daesh (ISIS) of it’s resources and punish all those associated with them, whether far or close.”

Source : ambafrance , HT

Fuad Masum, Iraqi President

Daesh (ISIS) are “blood thirsty”

“Daesh thinking is simply this: either you are with us or we will kill you”

“These criminals are experts at the brainwashing of young people in these regions. They control and prepare them for terrorist actions. They use modern technology to spread propaganda and terror through the internet and social media networks.”

Source : HT

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister

‘Militant Islam’s ambition to dominate the world seems mad. But so too did the global ambitions of another fanatic ideology that swept to power eight decades ago.

The Nazis believed in a master race. The militant Islamists believe in a master faith. They just disagree about who among them will be the master… of the master faith. That’s what they truly disagree about. Therefore, the question before us is whether militant Islam will have the power to realize its unbridled ambitions.There is one place where that could soon happen: The Islamic State of Iran.’

Source : mondoweiss

Stephen Harper, Canadian Prime Minister

Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement condemning the recent campaign of religious persecution in Iraq:

“Canada condemns the systematic campaign of persecution that is being perpetrated in the city of Mosul, Iraq, by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“Its ultimatum – pay the jizya (tax on non-Muslims), convert, leave the city, or be killed – is the most recent measure aimed at forcing hundreds of thousands of Christians to convert to ISIS’ nefarious brand of Islam.

“Forced conversions, by threat of death, are an egregious violation of the fundamental human right to the freedom of religion.

“The very notion of religious freedom is what ISIS is working to eradicate and what the Iraqi people and the international community cannot surrender.

“Canada calls on the Iraqi Government to govern for all Iraqis, regardless of ethnic origin or religious belief, and to take immediate, effective measures against ISIS and the terrorists that it supports. ISIS’ ever-increasing campaign of violence endangers all individuals who do not share its beliefs, and threatens the very foundations of Iraq’s future as a secure, democratic and prosperous country.”

Source : pm.gc.ca

Tony Abbott, Australia’s Prime Minister

Tony Abbott condemns ‘death cult’ Isis after apparent beheading

“As far as I am concerned, our people will stay in the Middle East fighting against the ISIL or Daesh death cult for as long as is necessary because, as we know, this is not just a threat to Iraq and Syria and the countries of the Middle East, this is a direct threat to Australia’s national interests,” Mr Abbott said.

“We have had two brushes with terrorism here in Australia that were plainly inspired by the death cult in the Middle East.”

Source : news.com.au

UN (United Nations)

UN Condemns ISIS for Raping Teenage Boys

“We are gravely concerned by continued reports of acts of violence, including sexual violence against women and teenage girls and boys belonging to Iraqi minorities,” Ms. Bangura and Mr. Mladenov said.

“Atrocious accounts of abduction and detention of Yazidi, Christian, as well as Turkomen and Shabak women, girls and boys, and reports of savage rapes, are reaching us in an alarming manner,” Ms. Bangura and Mr. Mladenov stated, pointing out that some 1,500 Yazidi and Christian persons may have been forced into sexual slavery.

Source : frontpagemag

UN condemns brutality of ISIS

The kidnapping of 220 Assyrian Christians in Syria demonstrates “the brutality of IS [Islamic State]…without regard to any basic value of humanity,” the UN Security Council said on Wednesday.

“Such crimes once again demonstrate the brutality of IS which is responsible for thousands of crimes and abuses against people from all faiths, ethnicities and nationalities and without regard to any basic value of humanity,” the council said in a statement. It demanded the “immediate and unconditional” release of all those captured.

Source : christiantoday

Print Media

The Sun

The Sun Says: Together we can defeat I.S.

THE Sun (Britain’s Second Largest Newspaper) today calls on Britons of all faiths to unite to defeat IS fanatics

THE Sun today calls on Britain to unite against the murderers of Islamic State.Whatever your faith — or if you have none — you can help crush the greatest evil of modern times. The arrest of a suspected IS terror cell in the UK and the slaughter of aid worker Alan Henning show why we must stand together. We must help snuff out the warped ideology of IS and stem the flow of Britons to its ranks.

Britain is a beacon of tolerance, a mainly Christian country that embraces all religions. IS seeks to destroy that unity by sowing the hatred that acts as its recruiting sergeant. We mustn’t let it happen. First, we must not give way to Islamophobia. The military success of IS vastly exaggerates its support. It represents a tiny minority.

But IS recruits are, in reality, mainly gullible misfits and losers. Likewise, Muslim girls tempted to be jihadi brides must know the true fate awaiting them — as the property of child-raping savages. This is a war Britain must win. If our campaign convinces one Muslim to turn away from joining the jihadis it will be worthwhile.

IS are merely gutless assassins, shadows from the Dark Ages. Let’s shine a light on them.

Source :  The Sun

Islamic Religious leaders and Organisations

Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia

ISIL has received severe criticism from other Muslims, especially religious scholars and theologians.

In late August 2014, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah Al ash-Sheikh, condemned the Islamic State and al-Qaeda saying, “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”.

Source : Wikipedia

Sunni imams and Islamic scholars

In late September 2014, 126 Sunni imams and Islamic scholars—primarily Sufi—from around the Muslim world signed an open letter to the Islamic State’s leader al-Baghdadi, explicitly rejecting and refuting his group’s interpretations of Islamic scriptures, the Qur’an and hadith, used by it to justify its actions.”[You] have misinterpreted Islam into a religion of harshness, brutality, torture and murder … this is a great wrong and an offence to Islam, to Muslims and to the entire world”, the letter states. It rebukes the Islamic State for its killing of prisoners, describing the killings as “heinous war crimes” and its persecution of the Yazidis of Iraq as “abominable”. Referring to the “self-described ‘Islamic State'”, the letter censures the group for carrying out killings and acts of brutality under the guise of jihad—holy struggle—saying
that its “sacrifice” without legitimate cause, goals and intention “is not jihad at all, but rather, warmongering and criminality”. It also accuses the group of instigating fitna—sedition—by instituting slavery under its rule in contravention of the anti-slavery consensus of the Islamic scholarly community. Other scholars have described the group as not Sunnis, but Khawarij.

Source : Wikipedia

Qatar-based theologian

Qatar-based TV broadcaster and theologian Yusuf al-Qaradawi stated: “[The] declaration issued by the Islamic State is void under sharia and has dangerous consequences for the Sunnis in Iraq and for the revolt in Syria”, adding that the title of caliph can “only be given by the entire Muslim nation”, not by a single group.

Source : Wikipedia

Islamic Society of North America

Islamic Society of North America, the largest and oldest umbrella organization of its kind in the country, released this statement :

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) denounces the terrorist group known as Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) for its attacks on Iraq’s religious minorities and the destruction of their places of worship… …“ISIS actions against religious minorities in Iraq violate the Quranic teaching, ‘Let there be no compulsion in religion’ (Surat al-Baqara 2:256) ,” said ISNA President Imam Mohamed Magid. “Their actions are to be denounced and are in no way representative of what Islam actually teaches.

Soruce : patheos

Leading Imams in Great Britain

A statement on the Imams Online website says, “Senior British imams have come together to emphasize the importance of unity in the UK and to decree ISIS as an illegitimate, vicious group who do not represent Islam in any way.” They hope the four- minute film will serve to counter the “digital propaganda” disseminated by ISIS, which has been noted for its heavy use of social media. Specifically, their goal is to strongly urge young Britons from traveling to Iraq and Syria to take part in the conflict. They also denounced Sunni-Shiite sectarianism, as earlier this week ISIS destroyed Shiite mosques and shrines. “We are Muslims united against ISIS, against terrorism, against atrocity, against pain and suffering,” says Sayed Ali Rizvi, head of the Majlis Ulama-e-Shia group, in the video. A statement from ISIS exhorted Muslims worldwide to join them upon their declaration of an Islamic Caliphate led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “It is incumbent upon all Muslims to pledge allegiance to (him) and support him,” it said. “As a Sunni Muslim, I do not accept the Caliphate of ISIS, I consider ISIS as a terrorist organization,” said Maulana Shahid Raza, of Leicester Central Mosque. Abu Muntasir, chief executive of the charity organiztion JIMAS, said, “Brothers and sisters, if I could tell you in one sentence about ISIS I would tell you that they are evil, they are corrupt, they are self-seeking, self-centered, vicious people. Don’t get mixed up with them.”

Source : patheos

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR),

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned as “un-Islamic and morally repugnant” violence and hostilities perpetrated by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and repudiated those who encourage Americans to join that and other extremist groups. …No religion condones the murder of civilians, the beheading of religious scholars or the desecration of houses of worship. We condemn the actions of ISIS and reject its assertion that all Muslims are required to pay allegiance to its leader. “CAIR strongly urges American imams and other community leaders to continue to speak out against American Muslims traveling abroad to join extremist groups and sectarian militias. While ISIS uses romanticized imagery in its propaganda materials, its human rights abuses on the ground are well-documented.”

Source : yahoo

“The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS)

“The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) condemns the forced expulsion of the Christian brothers of Iraq from their homes, cities and provinces,” the group said in a statement posted on the website of its leader, the influential cleric Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi.

“These are acts that violate Islamic laws, Islamic conscience and leave but a negative image of Islam and Muslims.”

The IUMS, comprising senior Sunni religious scholars from around the world with links to more moderate factions of the Muslim Brotherhood, views the Islamic State, which has taken control of a swathe of northern Iraq, as being too extreme and says its doctrine contradicts the true teachings of Islam.

The IUMS urged the Islamic State to allow Christians to return to their homes, saying the forced expulsion amounts to “spreading discord”, a serious crime in traditional Muslim law.

“They (Christians) are native sons of Iraq and not intruders,” it said. “The aim must be to bury discord, unite the ranks and solve Iraq’s problems, rather than thrusting it into matters that would further complicate the situation,” it added.

Source : yahoo

Christain Religious leaders and organisations

Pope Francis

Pope Francis has seemingly agreed, at least obliquely, about the morality of force against ISIS. He said on Monday in flight home from South Korea:“In these cases, where there is an unjust aggression, I can only say that it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor.” Plus, “I underscore the verb ‘stop.’ I’m not saying ‘bomb’ or ‘make war,’ just ‘stop.’ And the means that can be used to stop them must be evaluated.”

Source : spectator

Vatican

Vatican calls on Muslim leaders to condemn ISIS violence

The Vatican has called on Muslim leaders to denounce unambiguously the persecution of Christians and Yazidis in Iraq – and hinted that it is considering breaking off dialogue with Islamic representatives if they fail to do so.

In a statement on Tuesday, the department in charge of inter-religious dialogue said: “The dramatic situation of the Christians, the Yazidis, and other minority religious and ethnic communities in Iraq demands that religious leaders, and above all Muslim religious leaders, people engaged in inter-religious dialogue and all people of good will take a clear and courageous stance. All must be unanimous in their unambiguous condemnation of these crimes and denounce the invoking of religion to justify them.”

In a departure from its customary language in the highly sensitive area of inter-faith relations, the Vatican statement asked: “Otherwise, what credibility will religions, their followers and their leaders, have? What credibility could the inter-religious dialogue [which has been] patiently pursued in recent years have?”

Source : theguardian

Iraq Christian leader

Iraq Christian leader says Muslims must condemn ISIS

The leaders of Iraq’s Christians have called on “the moderate majority of Muslims” to condemn attacks on Christians and other religious minorities by ISIS.

He said: “It is quite shocking to see the insufficiency of the official Islamic community that only denounced these acts by shy and helpless statements, showing the absence of a real role in raising the awareness of the public about the impending danger of ISIS in the name of religion.”

The patriarch went on to call on Muslim scholars to refute ISIS’s arguments from Islamic law and denounce their actions: “Silence doesn’t befit you because ISIS and their followers will direct more distortionary strikes on Islam. “

It’s dangerous to give them that chance because people will think that Islam is a threat to world peace.”

Stressing that the response to ISIS had to come from within Islam, the patriarch said: “I believe, you were equally shocked as we were by the barbaric acts that swept through the towns of Mosul and the Nineveh Plain against the Christians, Yazidis and other minorities who were uprooted empty-handed from their homes and villages overnight, heading towards ‘an unknown future’ struck by fear and terror.”

Source : premier.org

Celebrities

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie urges religious leaders to unite against Islamic State

Highlighting the atrocities committed against women and the use of rape as a weapon of war, addressing the assembly the 39- year-old said: “We need a powerful moral force. An estimated 90% of all casualties are women and children and rape is a favoured military tactic we seem unable to prevent or punish.”

Jolie called upon the religious leaders to help raise awareness of sexual violence and play a part in bringing an end to the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war uniting for the ‘powerful moral force.’

“The tragedy is that this issue hardly features in discussions about our strategy towards defeating ISIL, ending conflict in Syria, and stabilising Iraq. Yet it is vital to our success; and so I ask your help in highlighting around the world the injustice and the urgency, the urgency of the situation,’ Jolie explained in an emotive speech.

Source : ibtimes

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