Islamic Scholars Present An Open Letter To ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi

By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi
Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi

A consortium of one hundred and twenty Islamic Scholars have placed onto the internet an Open Letter to Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi denouncing the organization’s violent and extremist actions in the Middle East. The letter, in the form of an interactive website, provides the world with an opportunity to read a perspective of the Islamic State’s affront to civilization from an academic analysis by scholars. The letter addresses the fundamental and basis in canon for disputing the claims of Al-Baghdadi that his is the only pure and legitimate form of Islam–refuting his claims of divine assent.

The original, in the Arabic, is presently being translated into other languages. The English is presently available.

There has been unfortunately much misconception in the Western World that there lacks true dissent to the terrorist outrages in the Muslim World.  This letter can serve a secondary goal to educate those in other cultures having concerns.

Here follows the contents of the Open Letter:

Executive Summary

  1. It is forbidden in Islam to issue fatwas without all the necessary learning requirements. Even then fatwas must follow Islamic legal theory as defined in the Classical texts. It is also forbidden to cite a portion of a verse from the Qur’an—or part of a verse—to derive a ruling without looking at everything that the Qur’an and Hadith teach related to that matter. In other words, there are strict subjective and objective prerequisites for fatwas,and one cannot ‘cherry-pick’ Qur’anic verses for legal arguments without considering the entire Qur’an and Hadith.
  2. It is forbidden in Islam to issue legal rulings about anything without mastery of the Arabic language.
  3. It is forbidden in Islam to oversimplify Shari’ah matters and ignore established Islamic sciences.
  4. It is permissible in Islam [for scholars] to differ on any matter, except those fundamentals of religion that all Muslims must know.
  5. It is forbidden in Islam to ignore the reality of contemporary times when deriving legal rulings.
  6. It is forbidden in Islam to kill the innocent.
  7. It is forbidden in Islam to kill emissaries, ambassadors, and diplomats; hence it is forbidden to kill journalists and aid workers.
  8. Jihad in Islam is defensive war. It is not permissible without the right cause, the right purpose and without the right rules of conduct.
  9. It is forbidden in Islam to declare people non-Muslim unless he (or she) openly declares disbelief.
  10. It is forbidden in Islam to harm or mistreat—in any way—Christians or any ‘People of the Scripture’.
  11. It is obligatory to consider Yazidis as People of the Scripture.
  12. The re-introduction of slavery is forbidden in Islam. It was abolished by universal consensus.
  13. It is forbidden in Islam to force people to convert.
  14. It is forbidden in Islam to deny women their rights.
  15. It is forbidden in Islam to deny children their rights.
  16. It is forbidden in Islam to enact legal punishments (hudud ) without following the correct procedures that ensure justice and mercy.
  17. It is forbidden in Islam to torture people.
  18. It is forbidden in Islam to disfigure the dead.
  19. It is forbidden in Islam to attribute evil acts to God.
  20. It is forbidden in Islam to destroy the graves and shrines of Prophets and Companions.
  21. Armed insurrection is forbidden in Islam for any reason other than clear disbelief by the ruler and not allowing people to pray.
  22. It is forbidden in Islam to declare a caliphate without consensus from all Muslims.
  23. Loyalty to one’s nation is permissible in Islam.
  24. After the death of the Prophet, Islam does not require anyone to emigrate anywhere.

You are invited to read the letter in its entirety. It may be found below. As an aid in navigation, click on the link for [Read The Letter] followed by page turning navigation arrows at the upper left of the screen.

So far, the Facebook Page has over 103,000 Likes and growing–a welcome start.

By Darren Smith

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87 thoughts on “Islamic Scholars Present An Open Letter To ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi”

  1. it would help of people would learn this calculus

    Shiite islam = more reasonable but a minority of world muslims

    sunni= majority but not all that unreasonable

    Salafist== preferred sect of Saudis and their terrorist proxy militias al queda and IS; TOTALLY NUTS

    unfortunately, the Shiites are aligned with Russia (Hezbollah, Syria, Iran) and the Salafists are aligned with the US. oh, did I say that? Sorry I mean…. whatever, just forget it.

  2. The fact that it says its forbidden, means that you are not allowed to think for your self or disprove anything that is said even though it might be wrong. Sorry no religion has an overall right to control the people and tell them what they can and can’t do.
    That is why there is do much dogma in Christianity, Judaism and Muslims.
    Better to be able to debate, discus and change with the times such as in Hinduism and Buddhism.
    Sorry I’m not a believer in any god and therefor would be one of the first put to death by you lot in your holy wars.
    Religions of the cancer of our society. Get rid of them and let people live as experiencing loving people.

  3. Larry Klayman discusses his latest lawsuit victory against NSA data collection Included is discussion regarding Obama’s undeniable Muslim roots and influence.

  4. I am on the same bus as RobertRexEdwards.
    There is a faction of Christianity that lives on their application of the words of the Bible, and focus on certain words, phrases and interpretations, that for instance, just by way of example and not exclusion to other points, would vilify any marriage that is not man/woman. Again, just an example of one tenant that “they” would propose.
    Christians of other ilks have spoken out against this, including I presume writings to that effect. Does it change them? Heck no. In fact, that single issue is most likely responsible for the election of Kentucky’s Governor in the latest election. ISIS will not be influenced in the least by this note. It will mollify non-Muslims, and perhaps that alone is its goal.
    The problem, throughout the world, is how the “disenfranchised” are treated. In the middle east, there is a long history of indifference, if not outright condemnation, of the disenfranchised. This creates fertile ground for people to “join” ISIS, and the action is not a new phenomenon in history.
    Humanity will find, perhaps, a voice of reason, heard over the internet, who can appeal to the world. Perhaps it will take a fundamental event to get everyone’s attention. (Know his, though, the power that is the money and which “runs” the world right now, doesn’t give a shit about any of that as long as they can live with the numbers produced.)

  5. I sincerely hope it stops these monsters, though they appear to be beyond sense or reason.

  6. That these respected Muslim scholars have published this open letter is wonderful. That it has NOT BEEN PUBLICIZED by America’s mass media is despicable.

  7. No. 10, “It is forbidden in Islam to harm or mistreat—in any way—Christians or any ‘People of the Scripture’.”
    Is it okay to harm or mistreat others then? I don’t think “People of the Scripture” should get special treatment.

  8. Telling,
    perhaps you should, I have yet to meet anyone willing to blow himself up in the hope of getting 72 years old virgins. Maybe you have figured out how to stop suicide bombing!
    Don’t I know my people? I knew you were qualified to be the first Muslim pope.
    But Karen still gets my vote unless you write a fatwa calling for a flogging of Nick and Pogo, 100 lashes each.

  9. Po

    The suicide bombers and the other crazies think that they are martyrs, with 72 virgins awaiting them in paradise. As the Islamic expert that you declared me to be, I wonder if I should clarify that 72 year old virgins await them, not 72 virgins. Lol! Now THAT’S what I call an afterlife!

  10. Ah, now I understand where the game ‘Simon Says’ comes from. Simon says, stand on one leg. Simon says, it is forbidden to….. If the Western World has one great example of being more evolutionarily advanced than Islam it is the ability to recognize the ‘raison d’etres’ behind religion. It is power and nothing else, well there are the games and fairy tales.

  11. Tellingitlikeitain’t
    What do you want me to do, acknowledge that we, Muslms are really evil and violent to the core, that we are fed blood laced with steroids from birth, and use the images of disbelievers for shooting target? I am undercover, dude, how dumb would I be if I told you our plans for you all (especially you…and Pogo…yeah, and Nick too.)

    By the way, Telling, we are looking for another muslim Pope. You seem to be most knowledgeable about all things Islam, as Karen is about all things shariah law. The pay is good, anything you can carry on your camel, lots of humus, AC, a large sword…but the best is in the afterlife…number 72…hint, hint…

  12. Pogo

    Keep listing what Po calls your litany of atrocities. Funny how he chooses to gloss over the daily insanity, committed by the followers of the religion of peace, and never addresses the harm spread not just by ISIS, but by Muslims worldwide. Not isolated incidents, but a continual pattern. The letter published by the clerics is a ruse and is inconsistent with Islamic texts.

  13. Annie, If you search for pictures you will see hundreds of people standing behind a barricade. The picture I just found on Reuters is of a Muslim in traditional dress clasping hands with guys in jeans, there was a woman in one. There are so many articles out there now. And everyone seems to be changing to 1,000 Muslims. Doesn’t matter, I thought it was great that friends agreed to help, but that part of the story is no longer interesting.

  14. Annie, it wasn’t so much the article, but various pictures. I didn’t read the whole thing, but stated Muslims had asked friends for help, which I think is great. I’ll search for some pictures showing nonmuslims.

  15. Deb
    Po – I am trying to understand the terminology and meaning. If one is right and one is wrong, does this letter affirm that the clerics are right and ISIS is wrong?
    This scholarly letter lists all these things that are forbidden that ISIS has committed, what is the consensus that the punishment should be for al Baghdadi and his followers?
    Great question, Deb.
    Consensus is a major part of Islam. Therefore when most of the scholars agree on a principle, another scholar still has the right, based on his knowledge and intellectual work to disagree with them, but he does not have the right to try to impose his view upon the majority.
    So in this case, Al Baghdadi is the minority by going against the majority and going against the consensus, and because the issue involves lives and can cause harm, he is not allowed the leisure to have his own opinion in these matters, or at least to try to impose them.

    Ironically, if an actual islamic state existed that ruled upon Muslim lands and the religion, that Islamic state would go after this IS and destroy them. But since there is no Islamic power, no caliph, no islamic army, and the muslims are not gathered under one banner, IS is pretty much free to do whatever it wants.
    The most Muslims can do is to try to discredit IS religiously and thereby stop people from joining it, which is the intent of this letter.

  16. Well said, Isaac, no tmuch to add to that.
    Good question, Inga, conveniently ignored.
    Great question, TJustice.

    DBQ, you are offering the same rationale that Al Qaeda used to blow up the world trade center, and that Hamas uses against Israel, and that Israel uses against Palestinians, and that Bashar Assad is using against his own population. Once you accept the premise that civilians are necessary and unavoidable collateral damage, you are treading on the same path that leads to war crimes. I wish I could say I am surprised, but goodwill is a rarer commodity nowadays.

    1. po – even the smartest smart bomb cannot tell the difference between military and civilians.

  17. When we kill 62 civilians (at least) in attacking ISIS – is that outrageous or extreme?

    More like —–> regrettable but likely unavoidable. War does really suck and people who are not combatants die.

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