Thursday, September 25, 2014

Muslim Scholars Make the Theological Case Against the Islamic State

I am pleased with this letter and its authors. I am no scholar when it comes to the Koran. I hear, and read about people saying Islam is a violent religion, but had my doubts. The doubting that Islam is violent comes from working with Muslims during my career. Many times I have worked with them as partners on the job to rebuild aircraft.

Once I worked on a section 41 mod on King Fahd's 747. The Saudi reps were mostly nice people, except one. He wanted to inspect everything, but had little direct knowledge of aircraft structures. That caused him to question everything and act with extreme caution. I confronted him once, and asked him in a forceful tone "Are you calling me a liar?" about what I was telling him about the process. The Lockheed inspector got a really displeased look on his face when I said that. Everything turned out alright anyway. The Saudi rep passionately explained that he had to make sure everything was right or he could be in big trouble.

There I go blabbing on and on. Okay guys, here is the summery of the letter that the Islamic scholars gave to the Apostate Islamic State. I call the Islamic State "Apostate" using the definition "abandoning a religious or political belief or principle." Clearly they have abandoned the true Islamic faith if the principals below apply.

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.

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