Proof that fighting ISIS is an obligation upon Muslims.


The Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) constitutes the most serious threat Islam has ever faced. To justify its horrible crimes and appeal to Muslims around the world, ISIS has based its ideology on a superficial and literalist approach to the Sacred Texts of Islam – the Holy Qur’an and the Prophetic Tradition.

ISIS manipulates religion to brainwash angry young Muslims, who have little knowledge of Islamic theology and jurisprudence. Therefore, the Muslim scholars are obliged to respond with a counter-narrative that elucidates the reality of Islam and its commitment to tolerance. There exists a plethora of proofs that demonstrates ISIS’ actions do not represent Sunni Islam and its claims are based on clear fallacies.

The author, Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi, a renowned scholar and one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world today, presents in this invaluable book a thorough refutation of ISIS’ beliefs and crimes. Providing authentic quotes that destroy the allegations of ISIS, Shaykh Al-Yaqoubi reaches the conclusion that this group does not represent Islam, its declaration of a caliphate is invalid, and fighting it is an obligation upon Muslims.

Categories: Books, Islam, Recommended Reading, Terrorism

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  1. Indeed, we as Muslims need to fight these barbaric goons. Our Scholars have Issued a fatwa regarding isis long ago. Dr Shabir Ally’ signature is on it too. .”.. It is known that the verse: ‘There is no compulsion in religion’ was revealed after the Conquest of Mecca, hence, no one can claim that it was abrogated. You have coerced people to convert to Islam just as you have coerced Muslims to accept your views. You also coerce every one living under your control in every matter, great or small, even in matters which are between the individual and God Have they not realised, those who believe,that had God willed, He could have guided all mankind? …’ (Al-Ra’d, 13: 31); and: ‘If We willWe will send down to them a sign from the heaven before which their necks will remain bowed in humility.’ (Al-Shu’ara’, 26: 4). ….”

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  2. That letter by scholars is excellent.

    However, there are a few Quranic verses that I wish were in the letter…I don’t know of Shaykh Al-Yaqoubi’s book has it…but I hope it is added if it is not in there now…

    For example the verse

    “Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes – from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.” (60, 8)

    This verse alone prohibits from Muslims from attacking innocent people like the Yazidis since the Yazidis were not fighting Muslims or removing them from their homes.

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  3. That letter by scholars is excellent.

    However, there are a few Quranic verses that I wish were in the letter..

    If you are talking about the letter I mentioned in my last comment. Maybe you didn’t notice the noble verse you cited it’s there in the fatwa, please read :

    People of the Scripture: Regarding Arab Christians, you gave them three choices: jizyah (poll tax), the sword, or conversion to Islam. You painted their homes red, destroyed their churches, and in some cases, looted their homes and property. You killed some of them and caused many others to flee their homes with nothing but their lives and the clothes on their backs. These Christians are not combatants against Islam or transgressors against it, indeed they are friends, neighbours and co-citizens. From the legal perspective of Shari’ah they all fall under ancient agreements that are around 1400 years old, and the rulings of jihad do not apply to them. Some of their ancestors fought alongside the Prophet’s army against the Byzantines; and thus have been citizens of the State of Medina since that time. Others are under agreements that were guaranteed to them by Omar ibn Al Khattab, Khalid ibn Al-Walid, the Umayyads, the Abbasids, the Ottomans and their respective states. In short, they are not strangers to these lands, but rather, of the native peoples of these lands from pre-Islamic times; they are not enemies but friends. For the past 1400 years they have defended their countries against the Crusaders, colonialists, Israel and other wars, how, then, can you treat them as enemies? God says in the Qur’an: ‘God does not forbid you in regard to those who did not wage war against you on account of religion and did not expel you from your homes, that you should treat them kindly and deal with them justly. Assuredly God loves the just.’ (Al-Mumtahanah60: 8).


  4. Thanks much Sadiq,

    I went back and was pleased to see the verse in Section 10 on People of the Book.

    I think it deserves to be repeated in Section 11 on Yazidis but I do stand corrected. The noble verse is indeed in the letter.

    Thanks again.

    Al-Baghdadi said in his khutbah that was publicized for him to be corrected if he is wrong in anything. He apparently did not respond to this letter. I think there should be a follow-up letter….and probably professional follow-up video by Muslim scholars to be publicized so the young ignorant Muslims who see try to get Islam from the internet, some of whom are being unfortunately radicalized can see how against Islam “Islamic State” really is.

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  5. You are most welcome

    . The verse is there too, Scholars don’t have to repeat themselves that’s why they tell them to refer back to the Paragraph 10 (People of Scripture)

    when Scholars state: “… These are all abominable crimes. From the legal perspective of Shari’ah they are Magians, because the Prophet said: ‘Treat them as you treat People of the Scripture 43.’Thus they are People of the Scripture. ..” once again you are most Welcome.

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