February 4, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Seemingly marching to the Obama administration’s claim that ISIS is non-Islamic, Press TV, a wholly owned Iranian propaganda outlet, has “officially” branded ISIS as takfir.
“The ISIL Takfiri group has threatened to demolish churches in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah, if they refuse to remove crosses…” [source, ISIL tells Christians to remove crosses from churches, Press TV]
Takfir is the Islamic juridical process whereby people who are nominally Muslims, in effect are excommunicated from the religion. Once the determination is made they become “unbelievers” [kafir] and are no longer considered Muslim.
Historically the most frequent use of this practice has been for one group of Muslims to brand other Muslims as apostates so that they can be attacked and killed without violating the Qur’anic prohibition regarding taking the lives of other “believers.”1.
“[This is] the atonement by God: and God is indeed all knowing, wise. But whoever deliberately slays another believer, his requital shall be hell, therein to abide; and God will condemn him, and will reject him; and will prepare him for awesome suffering.”1. [source, Qur’an, Surah 4:93]
Regarding branding ISIS as takfir, Al Azhar University in Cairo, the world’s oldest and most influential institution for training [sunni] imams deliberated over the issue in December of 2014, after the group became impossible to ignore.
In an article appearing in Al-Aribiya, “Al-Azhar refused to pronounce takfir (Islamic anathema) on ISIS…[stating]…that nobody is outside of Islam unless he himself says he is…” [see, Al-Azhar: No Takfir Against the Islamic State, Gates of Vienna website, which had the article translated from the Arabic]
The question is thus posed; who can speak more authoritatively on this matter, President Obama, Hillary Clinton, the State Department, the Western legacy media, Islamist organizations such as PressTV or the ruling of the world’s undisputed center of Muslim higher education, Al Azhar University?
Using Al Azhar’s logic, none of the viable Islamic terror organizations in the world should even be considered for the anathematizing process of being declared un-Islamic when these same organizations routinely and without exception quote Qur’anic scripture to sacralize Islamic jihad.
1. The Qur'an that we rely upon as being the most authoritative is titled, "The Message of The Quran," as "explained and edited by Muhammad Asad" and printed in Dubai. This costly and handsome leather bound, gilt edged volume was for a number of years distributed for free by the most infamous Islamist group in the United States, CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations. We doubt that such a group would ever consider widescale gifting [for purposes of da'wa [conversion to Islam], of a Qur'an which it considered not to be authentic.
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