The Islamic State Of Iraq And The Levant Essays

986 Words Jul 17th, 2016 4 Pages
In the past decade, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant grew to become an incredible threat. This threat found its very basis of reasoning through unfortunate misinterpretations of the Quran. In response, a number of Islamic scholars publically signed the “Open Letter to ISIS” that was directed at the members of ISIS and the leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. Through this roughly twenty-three page letter, the publically known beliefs of the Islamic State are refuted. The actions and words of the Islamic State have painted Islam as a brutal and merciless religion. In the name of Islam, many have been slaughtered and mutilated. Despite this, traditional Sharia reasoning does not provide any room for the Islamic State’s bloody interpretation. Rather, Islam presents itself as a merciful and welcoming religion. As such, this letter presents the merciful, unoppressive, and welcoming nature of Islam by virtue of the Sharia reasoning used to refute the Islamic State’s fallacious interpretations. The following refutations are thus done through Sharia reasoning premised on references of the Qur’an, the hadiths, and the general consensus of Islamic scholars in the Muslim community.
Foremost, this open letter publically denounces the Islamic State’s brutal nature by emphasizing a fundamental principle of Islam: mercy. Besides for simple cherry-picking of specific passages, ISIS has also been noted to critically misinterpret clear statements within the Qur’an. For instance, the letter…

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