Islamic cleric Yusef al-Qaradawi says ‘jihadist caliphate’ violates Sharia

Al Arabiya News, July 05,2014 Qatar-based Egyptian Muslim cleric Yusef al-Qaradawi said on Saturday that the declaration of an Islamic caliphate by the militant Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) violates sharia law. Last Sunday, the jihadists declared an “Islamic caliphate” in areas they control in Iraq and Syria and ordered Muslims worldwide to pledge allegiance to their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Sheikh Qaradawi, seen as a spiritual guide of the Muslim Brotherhood in his native Egypt, said in a statement that the declaration “is void under sharia.” ISIS…

An Open Letter to Baghdadi

Letter to Baghdadi is an open letter to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria as a theological refutation of the practices of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. It is signed by numerous Muslim theologians, lawmakers and community leaders.The letter includes a technical point-by-point refutation of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s actions and ideology based on the Qur’an and other classical texts, using a style that is unfamiliar to liberal or even uninformed Muslims. In September 2014, the letter, initially signed by…