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SA Ulama Press Statement on the Islamic State

The Islamic State (IS) has provided a lifeline to young Muslim militants in search of giving expression to their pent up frustration with the political, social and economic servitude in their respective countries. They are attracted to the Islamic State’s narrative that governments in Muslim countries of the Middle East are corrupt, irreligious, and heavily influenced by the United States and other Western powers. Joining them, they argue, is a real fight in defense of Islam.

Despite the ‘Islamic’ appellation, the ideology of the Islamic State is starkly unrelated to Islam and critically misguided. The IS has not only weakened the resistance against state sponsored terrorism in Syria, it serves as a whirlpool engineered to attract aspiring ‘jihadists’ from every nook and cranny of the globe to one single location and to pre-occupy them with sectarian conflict so that the imperialists can continue unhindered in their business of entrenching global hegemony.

The Islamic State (IS) is guilty of unambiguous and obvious violations of Islamic Law; it has perpetrated brazen brutality in the name of Islam. It’s litany of felonies include:

1. Declaring an Islamic State with no legitimate Sharia procedure or consultation
2. Branding Muslims as disbelievers
3. Rejecting rulings of Islamic scholars
4. Killing Muslims who differ with their ideology
5. Accusing whoever opposes them of treachery and betrayal
6. Refusing to subject themselves to an arbitrated settlement as demanded by the Quran
7. Fighting fellow jihad military divisions in Syria
8. Capturing and kidnapping activists, journalists and religious figures
9. Brutally murdering non- Muslim ‘enemies’
10. Compelling non- Muslims to embrace Islam

The IS draws its cue from the dogma of the Khawarij sect which is premised on Takfeerism – Branding those who differ with them as apostates. The progression from Takfeerism to the spill of blood is both rapid and obvious which the IS has flaunted like emblems of pride, video- taped and uploaded for the whole world to see!

The Islamic State (IS) stands condemned by the United Ulama Council of South Africa  (UUCSA) as a misguided political enigma which has distorted the teachings of Islam. Its duplicity is only outmatched by its savagery and barbarity. It has divided and weakened the Muslim world, legitimized murder in the name of Islam, and shifted focus from the actual hot spots around the globe. Joining or supporting the Islamic

State’s genocidal cult because it projects itself to be the most obvious counterpart to the West is misplaced and will prove to be a FATAL ATTRACTION!

Endorsed by:

Jamiatul Ulama South Africa – Established in 1923

Muslim Judicial Council of South Africa – Established in 1945

Jamiatul Ulama KZN – Established in 1955 

Sunni Jamiatul Ulama of South Africa – Established in 1978

Sunni Ulama Council of South Africa – Established in 1992

Council of Ulama Eastern Cape – Established in 1999

Eastern Cape Islamic Congress –Established in 1996

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