Letter: Muslims do condemn terrorism
Concord Monitor | December 28, 2015
Many want to know where the Muslims are that condemn terrorism. They are everywhere, and they are terrified.
Since 9/11, hundreds of fatwas against terrorism have been issued. A fatwa is a decree by legal experts of Islam. The latest fatwa was issued earlier this month, when almost 70,000 Muslim clerics gathered to condemn terrorist organizations. According to theTimes of India, more than a million attendees signed the document at the annual gathering of South Asian Sunni Muslims. The Islamic Supreme Council of Canada just issued a fatwa condemning ISIS as non-Muslims.
Last year, more than 120 Muslim scholars around the world wrote an open letter to ISIS, denouncing them as un-Islamic. On Sept. 11, 2013, 165 Somali religious leaders concluded a National Conference on Extremism in Mogadishu by issuing a fatwa condemning al-Shabab. In 2013, Muslim scholars of the Sunni Ittehad Council in Pakistan issued a fatwa against violence. In 2011, the 512 page “Fatwa on Terrorism and Suicide Bombings” was published declaring terrorism is unjust and evil. In 2008, 6,000 Islamic Indian scholars decreed terrorism is against the spirit of Islam. In 2005, the Islamic Commission of Spain decreed that al-Qaida had abandoned religion and should be called “al-Qaida terrorists.” In 2005, the Fiqh Council of North America condemned providing support to terrorist groups that make up their own rules by unjustifiably referring to Islam.