Al-Azhar refuses to label ISIS as unbelievers

CAIRO: Al-Azhar refused to label members of the Islamic State group as unbelievers in a Thursday statement, as Islam forbids Muslims to label fellow Muslims as apostates, regardless of their actions.

On Dec. 3, more than 700 Islamic and Christian scholars from 120 states participated in Al-Azhar’s Cairo International Conference on Countering Extremism. During his speech Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb said that extremists’ “twisted understanding” of the religion is complex, because they also give themselves the right to declare other Muslims apostates and kill them.

Other scholars spoke during the conference, including Nigeria Grand Imam Ibrahim Saleh Al-Hussein.

The statement said that neither Tayeb nor Hussein meant in their speeches that IS members were “unbelievers;” “They did extreme and corrupting actions including even murder and labeling others as disbelievers whenever they want judging people according to their thoughts,” Hussein said during the conference.

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  • Totally agree – ISIS are following the purest version of Islam, as practiced in the times of Mo the pedophile.

    • Frau Katze

      They are making a special effort here, to be just like Mo was.

      • winniec

        They are making a METICULOUS effort to act like Mo.

  • dingo ate my baby

    the only reason he is refusing is he doesnt want to be beheaded for doing it after ISIS takes over egypt
    but he can say they whatever the hell he wants even if he did say they werent muslim it doesnt matter because ISIS are muslim they are as muslim as they come
    you can call a turd anything you like it doesnt change the fact it is still a turd

  • One thing I would say, just to try and be fair: I suspect that the killing of pre-pubescent Christian children that you hear about probably isn’t koranically sanctioned. I’ve never come across anything like that.

    If the male children have pubic hair they can probably be killed if their “tribe” is defined as being at war with Islam, which can be interpreted rather flexibly. See Banu Qurayza massacre.

    • winniec

      Muslims claim that the hadiths don’t overrule the Koran but a number of them do. Muslims are flexible with their interpretations based on opportunism. In Islam, the end justifies the means. It’s shifting sands.

  • winniec

    So Al Azhar, the leading authority on Islam, REFUSES to say ‘ISIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ISLAM’.
    So ISIS is still in the fold of Islam, but ‘twisted’, but they fail to say exactly HOW it is ‘twisted’.
    ‘Complex’ is another way of saying that ISIS is very Islamic indeed.

    • They know damn well that ISIS is the lived Koran. To denounce ISIS as apostates would be an act of apostasy.

  • AlanUK

    ” … as Islam forbids Muslims to label fellow Muslims as apostates, regardless of their actions.”
    Rubbish. The Sunni and Shia label each other as apostates and use this as an excuse to kill each other.