Paperback ↠ Refuting ISIS Kindle Þ

Paperback ↠ Refuting ISIS Kindle Þ



10 thoughts on “Refuting ISIS

  1. Tim Tim says:

    “Islam is truly a religion of mercy wisdom justice tolerance and peace Muslims have been known throughout history for observing covenants even when the covenants harmed them and that was one of the most significant reasons for the spread of Islam” 29All but one Surah in the ur’an begins with the Basmala translated “In the name of God the Compassionate the Merciful” In a Hadith udsi statement of God direct through the Prophet Muhammad it is said by God that “My mercy prevails over my wrath” Mercy and compassion are at the very foundation of Islam theologically metaphysically and legally despite differences that Muslims and non Muslims will have with the details of legal opinions It shouldn’t have to be stated that the core of any religion should be concern and love for fellow creatures and humanity as emanating from the source of it all If your religion doesn’t make you a better person in relation to how others are treated then you’d better figure out where the distortion arises This is the most basic of common sense and human decency to most people The previous is an underlying theme that runs through this fatwa issued by the Syrian Shaykh Yaoubi who admittedly states as his target three groups 1 Fighters inside Syria 2 Those outside the country susceptible to recruitment and 3 The media and academics who are looking for concrete Islamic legal precedent in refuting groups like ISIS It’s a short book and some of the main themes are the legal obligations that Muslims have when in non Muslim environments the lack of legal foundation for forced conversion to Islam the abolition of slavery in Islam and most importantly the overriding legal sanctity for human life It’s certainly not a book for everyone as a fatwa is of course primarily targeted to an audience within the faith Yet it’s a strong answer to those who find something fundamentally wrong with Islam itself rather than seeing groups like ISIS as the deviants who take advantage of ignorance in religious knowledge to further their own ambitions Perhaps most importantly it can serve as a counter narrative to disaffected Muslim youth who live in a world of culture and religion and are prone to disguise their underlying grievances knowingly or unknowingly in the language of religion


  2. Wayfarer Wayfarer says:

    As far as I am aware this is the first response in the English language by a traditionally trained Islamic scholar of established standing and repute addressing the cancerous menace that threatens Muslims firstly and then humanity at large From what it seems this was an original Fatwa penned in the Arabic language for the Syrians primarily reflecting ground realities and Arabs at large which the author himself has then translated into English so that it is widely available for a larger audience especially the Western world including journalists politicians and academics as well as the lay readers The author has deliberately kept the text short under 100 pages and the language simple as to make it very readable for young adults who are likely potentially to be swayed by ISIS propagandists As such the text summarises well the core issues keeping the discussion succinct and to the point thus naturally skimping on much depth and detail making it an essential read that suffices to better understand the current climate the real Shari'ah response Non Muslims should read this work in order to better understand and allay their fears and contextualise things correctly Muslims should read this work as to be absolutely clear that this menace is farthest removed from Islam and why? and also what is the correct Shari'ah response to such aberrations for those caught in the midsts of it all and those at the peripheries


  3. Noor Noor says:

    The following constitutes of both a review and a collation of some notes that I made on this text so that I can easily reference them in the future if need beI used to say that the Assad regime is my enemy just as much as ISIS that they kill civilians far than ISIS does and that the world is getting it wrong by focusing just on ISIS While the above may be true this book revealed to me why as a Muslim it is particularly important to stand firm and loud in my condemnation of this aberrant group and why they even may be a priority to defeat It is precisely because they use the name of Islam and tarnish it that they should be prioritised and in fighting them the core of Islam is preservedThe best part of this book is that it is written by a renown scholar and thus holds a lot of credence amongst the Muslim community and others The refutations provided by the shaykh are clearcut academic yet very readable He has kept the book concise for the sake of brevity; the second edition is twice the size of the first yet still falls at around 100 pages the second edition contains a lot information so do try to get a hold of it if you can Shaykh al Yaoubi dissects ISIS' rhetoric as a scholar would and because of this I learned a lot from this bookThe author writes in the beginning to whom this book is addressed 1 Muslim youth who have been influenced by ISIS propaganda2 Ordinary Muslims who are against ISIS but who are seeking answers to new theological and legal challenges brought about by ISIS3 New ISIS recruits in the hope that they will defect4 FSA fighters who might be reticent about fighting ISIS members because they class them as Muslims5 The Western audience so that they can have a credible source of refutation from within the Muslim communityThis pretty much leaves no group unaccounted for and thus I wholeheartedly recommend it to all my contactsMany of the arguments presented by the author I knew and believed in yet I perhaps did not know exactly iwhyi For example I knew that slavery in this contemporary day and age is forbidden in Islam that the ulema Islamic scholars are unanimously opposed to it yet I could not defend this position if one were to previously challenge me about it The shaykh explains lucidly how the leaders of the Muslim world entered into a covenant with the rest of the word that banned slavery and that Muslims worldwide have a duty to uphold it He goes on to further say that Islam never encouraged slavery only facilitated it for combattants only so that slaves could not be abused in a world where slavery was widespread and that the Prophet sAaws always encouraged treaties that promoted the welfare of people regardless of who proposed them This is one example of many things that I learned as a result of reading this bookTo give another example the Shaykh further exposes ISIS in their misinterpretation of this ur'anic verse And if any do fail to judge by what God hath revealed they are unbelievers 544 revealing their ignorance and how they are misplaced to comment on anything relating to Islamic rulings The Shaykh explains how this was revealed by God about a specific circumstance and is not even in reference to Muslims Yet ISIS supporters ignorantly use it to excommunicate all Muslim rulers who do not govern with the shari'ah Some other main points drawn in the book are the following Why ISIS are the modern day khawarij and whether they can be classified as Muslims or not How ISIS goes against Islam's teachings in a plethora of ways from their treatment of prisoners and minorities their barbaric practices that include torturing and burning people alive and their excommunication of most Muslims an act that the author uotes as being bid'ah a religious innovation The principles of governing under shari'a and when it cannot be implemented in non Islamic lands when travelling for military expeditions in times of widespread ignorance if there is doubt if the application will cause major harms and during the absence of a proper authority How the Prophet and the Companions' dealings with non Muslim communities were always dignified and respectful Exposing ISIS' binary thinking with their own wordsThere is much that is presented by the Shaykh and I would continue writing about them if not for fear that the length of this review might turn people away from reading it To summarise ISIS is a Muslim problem and needs to be targeted from withinThe Shaykh has used his own money to distribute copies of this where it is needed most in Syria and in Turkey and so if you can please support the author by purchasing his book so that he can continue his good work


  4. Hamza Hamza says:

    This is an authoritative fatwa from a man who knows the ins and outs of Shari'a which is nuanced than the average lay Muslim or non Muslim may think to the extent where anyone with even an inkling of support for ISIS after reading it will be a complete idiot who is beyond saving Far from being a moderate response issued to placate Islamophobes it attacks ISIS at the heart of what they claim is so important to them their beliefs By demonstrating the flexibility of Shari'a vs their own rigidity and lack of understanding of the sources they claim to take their beliefs from Shaykh Ya'oubi knocks the extremists out cold While the Syrian conflict can at times be complex one thing is clear ISIS has no Islamic validity and should not be given any They will pass away just like the Khawarij before them inshallah


  5. Muhammad Juneem Muhammad Juneem says:

    1In this book the author tries to refute ISIS using Islamic laws Mainly uran Hadith and their interpretations from authentic scholars2He classifies ISIS terrorists as 'Khawarij' 3 The author argues that it is their religious duty for Muslims to fight ISIS and their ideology 4Though some of the arguments presented in this book was less convincing for me a non believer I think this book will create an impact among believersHence I consider this as an important to step to fight ISIS and similar terrorist outfits


  6. Ekul Ekul says:

    First of all this is a fatwa and does not attempt to criticize ISIS from a Western secular Christian or any other standpoint Instead al Yaoubi is a religious scholar and approaches his criticism of ISIS from the perspective of religious orthodoxy As such there are some things in here that may make Western readers uncomfortable for instance al Yaoubi's argument that slavery is only permissible if an opponent takes Muslims as slaves first This is rooted in traditional Islamic legal traditions not in Western attitudes towards human rights where advocates including myself would instead say that slavery is never permissibleThat being said al Yaoubi's classification of ISIS as not being Muslim or if they are it's only in the most marginal form is centered around his argument that members are ISIS are modern 5arawij خوارج or kharijis The 5arawij were a group who in the first century after Islam emerged on the historical scene acted as the third major sect against both the Shi`a and Sunni While the Shi`a thought that the role of caliph could only go to members of the Prophet's family Sunnis thought that it was open to other Arabs and could be decided through arbitration and to some extent election The 5arawij took this a step further and argued that the position of caliph was open to any Muslim not just Arabs but arbitration was not permissible Instead the role of the caliph could only go to someone that was chosen by God alone Any leader who sinned was to be opposed and overthrown by Muslims in the view of the 5arawij The 5arawij for famous for their violence and fanaticism although they've mostly died off today the only remaining 5ariji group is the Ibadi in what is today Oman and the Mzab Valley of Algeria although their views toward arbitration are not freuently practiced I think that this perception of the 5arawij is a bit overstated as much of the documentary material comes from Islamic leaders who were opposed to the 5arawij on principle Nevertheless al Yaoubi classifies ISIS as being made up of 5arawij because they do not accept any other leadership in the Islamic world To them Saudi Arabia is as Salul السلول a reference to a tribal chief in 7th century Arabia who was known for his hypocrisy Iran is ar Rafida الرافضة or the rejectors as they reject the companions of the Prophet Other countries like Turkey and UAE are tawaghit طواغيت or idolators because they presumably worship something other than God money? development? power? From al Yaoubi's classification of ISIS as 5ariji all of the rest seems to fall into placeYet I can't help but feel that this isn't a perfect parallel and that other readers may think the same thing thus making the book significantly less compelling It seems that it won't matter so much any as as far as I'm aware the age of ISIS has mostly passed but it could have been effective some years ago had it been expansive


  7. Abu Kamdar Abu Kamdar says:

    A concise clear refutation of Jihadism


  8. Fatimah Garcia Fatimah Garcia says:

    uote from Preface to the 2nd edition “It is my hope that this contributes to the defeat of ISIS”The second edition of Shaykh Muhammad Al Yaoubi’s book which is really a fatwah written in English expands on some topics based on the feedback he received from the first edition Each chapter contains a wealth of citations not only to support his claim but also as a rich source for further reading for those who wish to dive deeply into this subject This is not a causal read for a sleepy rainy day – it is treatise but a readable treatise It is for those who want substance not fluff Had policy analysis knew half of this material perhaps we would have avoided many blunders in our attempts to defeat ISIS Also as an academic I feel this book should be reuired reading for all college students who are in either Middle Eastern Studies Islamic Studies or comparative religion classes It should also be reuired reading for anyone in media who reports on topics related to either the Muslim world or Islam in general Why? Because it is an example of the types of “proofs” needed to create a legitimate legal ruling used by Muslims to guide their lives It is extremely rare that a fatwah is published in a language other than Arabic and the reader gets to see the way a fatwah is constructed Even when ISIS is no longer a “thing” the book can serve as a model for the prereuisites reuired to declare choices as “allowed” or “not allowed” in Islam “ISIS is the modern day form of the Khawarij movement predicted by the Prophet Muhammad pbuh and described by him as renegades who will abandon Islam despite their claim to be Muslims” This is the thesis of the book by Shaykh Muhammad Al Yaoubi who has every theological credential to make this determination but who describes himself as “the 34th grandson of The Prophet pbuh” since he is descended from him phub through 34 generations This chapter is expanded upon in detail likely because the term “Khawarij” currently has no meaning for the Western reader literal definition of the Arabic word is “those who exit” Why was it important for Shaykh Muhammad Al Yaoubi to enunciate this definition? Because as he says “ISIS is the modern day form of the Khawarij movement predicted by the Prophet Muhammad pbuh and described by him as renegades who will abandon Islam despite their claim to be Muslims” and young Muslims have responded to the propaganda put out by the group out of a misplaced longing to practice their religion The uote that would make the best modern media “soundbite” is the statement by Prophet Muhammad pbuh “the Khawarij are the dogs of hell” illustrating just where he pbuh placed this group of men who would claim to be spreading his pbuh religionSince Muslim scholars use the sayings of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him to guide their interpretation of the uran in ever changing environments Shaykh Muhammad lays out explicit uotes from The Prophet pbuh that certainly make a convincing case that ISIS is anything but Islamic and worse is the deviant group prophesized by him pbuh I think the section of chapter 1 that young Muslims might find most convincing about the label Shaykh Muhammad applies to ISIS is the chapter he cites from Sahih Al Bukhari who was the first to create a written collection of the sayings of The Prophet pbuh “Objectionable Practices Extremist Tendencies uarrelsome Disputes in Religious Matters Religiously inspired Fanaticism and Heretical Innovations” which for the literate Muslim contain a list of prohibited behaviors that read like the ISIS play book – hence the designation of ISIS as Khawarij Although there is much in between the first chapter and the Appendix I think many readers interested in this subject will find the transcript of the interview with Shaykh Muhammad in the Appendix to be enlightening about not only his motives in writing this book but also his compelling yet compassionate personality – the need to win hearts and minds among both Muslims and non Muslims I myself did not know that Al Jazeera naively gave a platform to a terror group leader Al Nusra in the form of an interview it seems that Al Jazeera should have similarly provided a platform to Shaykh Muhammad Al Yaoubi or someone of his stature to refute the nonsense put forth by Al Nusra


  9. Oliver Oliver says:

    This book was a bit disappointing Overall I think the argumentation was unconvincing in general The book suffers from some very serious flaws As stated in the preface the author did not reconstruct the origin of ISIS's ideology nor did he analyse their arguments and proofs Is this not the first step of a refutation? For instance in the chapter about slavery he writes slavery is prohibited because the muslims have made contracts with the rest of the world to agree to outlaw slavery Apart from the fact that this is circular reasoning an argument like this would be met with nothing but laughter by someone who identifies with ISIS ideology This is why it's important to reconstruct their ideology and arguments in the first place The author did not refute ISIS's thinking patters he just gave possible arguments to criticize their actions without even refuting the arguments which could be used to justify them But even so he did not even mention the uran verses encouraging the liberation of slavesI recommend The Way of the Strangers Encounters with the Islamic State for those interested in trying to understand ISIS logicAnother anecdote which surprised me was from the chapter of Takfir ISIS declares the vast majority of other muslims as non muslim The author rightly stated that a good muslim scholar is very careful when pronouncing Takfir because of the far reaching conseuences of this action One of those he writes is for the apostate to suffer the death penalty if he refuses to repent Excuse me but are we still refuting ISIS at this point?


  10. Suleman Kanani Suleman Kanani says:

    Amazing to see a truly traditional and well accepted scholar detail clear proofs against ISIS in an easy to read format strengthening the position of Muslims worldwide and clearing showing that ISIS has nothing whatsoever to do with Islam In fact as the book mentions they are the worst enemy of Islam


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Refuting ISIS [PDF / Epub] ✐ Refuting ISIS ☃ Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk The Islamic State in Syria and Ira ISIS constitutes the most serious threat Islam has ever faced To justify its horrible crimes and appeal to Muslims around the world ISIS has based its ideology on a The Islamic State in Syria and Ira ISIS constitutes the most serious threat Islam has ever faced To justify its horrible crimes and appeal to Muslims around the world ISIS has based its ideology on a superficial and literalist approach to the Sacred Texts of Islam the Holy ur'an and the Prophetic Tradition ISIS manipulates religion to brainwash angry young Muslims who have little knowledge of Islamic theology and jurisprudence Therefore the Muslim scholars are obliged to respond with a counter narrative that elucidates the reality of Islam and its commitment to tolerance There exists a plethora of proofs that demonstrates ISIS’ actions do not represent Sunni Islam and its claims are based on clear fallacies The author Shaykh Muhammad Al Yaoubi a renowned scholar and one of the most influential Muslims in the world today presents in this invaluable book a thorough refutation of ISIS’ beliefs and crimes Providing authentic uotes that destroy the allegations of ISIS Shaykh Al Yaoubi reaches the conclusion that this group does not represent Islam its declaration of a caliphate is invalid and fighting it is an obligation upon Muslims.

10 thoughts on “Refuting ISIS

  1. Tim Tim says:

    “Islam is truly a religion of mercy wisdom justice tolerance and peace Muslims have been known throughout history for observing covenants even when the covenants harmed them and that was one of the most significant reasons for the spread of Islam” 29All but one Surah in the ur’an begins with the Basmala translated “In the name of God the Compassionate the Merciful” In a Hadith udsi statement of God direct through the Prophet Muhammad it is said by God that “My mercy prevails over my wrath” Mercy and compassion are at the very foundation of Islam theologically metaphysically and legally despite differences that Muslims and non Muslims will have with the details of legal opinions It shouldn’t have to be stated that the core of any religion should be concern and love for fellow creatures and humanity as emanating from the source of it all If your religion doesn’t make you a better person in relation to how others are treated then you’d better figure out where the distortion arises This is the most basic of common sense and human decency to most people The previous is an underlying theme that runs through this fatwa issued by the Syrian Shaykh Yaoubi who admittedly states as his target three groups 1 Fighters inside Syria 2 Those outside the country susceptible to recruitment and 3 The media and academics who are looking for concrete Islamic legal precedent in refuting groups like ISIS It’s a short book and some of the main themes are the legal obligations that Muslims have when in non Muslim environments the lack of legal foundation for forced conversion to Islam the abolition of slavery in Islam and most importantly the overriding legal sanctity for human life It’s certainly not a book for everyone as a fatwa is of course primarily targeted to an audience within the faith Yet it’s a strong answer to those who find something fundamentally wrong with Islam itself rather than seeing groups like ISIS as the deviants who take advantage of ignorance in religious knowledge to further their own ambitions Perhaps most importantly it can serve as a counter narrative to disaffected Muslim youth who live in a world of culture and religion and are prone to disguise their underlying grievances knowingly or unknowingly in the language of religion

  2. Wayfarer Wayfarer says:

    As far as I am aware this is the first response in the English language by a traditionally trained Islamic scholar of established standing and repute addressing the cancerous menace that threatens Muslims firstly and then humanity at large From what it seems this was an original Fatwa penned in the Arabic language for the Syrians primarily reflecting ground realities and Arabs at large which the author himself has then translated into English so that it is widely available for a larger audience especially the Western world including journalists politicians and academics as well as the lay readers The author has deliberately kept the text short under 100 pages and the language simple as to make it very readable for young adults who are likely potentially to be swayed by ISIS propagandists As such the text summarises well the core issues keeping the discussion succinct and to the point thus naturally skimping on much depth and detail making it an essential read that suffices to better understand the current climate the real Shari'ah response Non Muslims should read this work in order to better understand and allay their fears and contextualise things correctly Muslims should read this work as to be absolutely clear that this menace is farthest removed from Islam and why? and also what is the correct Shari'ah response to such aberrations for those caught in the midsts of it all and those at the peripheries

  3. Noor Noor says:

    The following constitutes of both a review and a collation of some notes that I made on this text so that I can easily reference them in the future if need beI used to say that the Assad regime is my enemy just as much as ISIS that they kill civilians far than ISIS does and that the world is getting it wrong by focusing just on ISIS While the above may be true this book revealed to me why as a Muslim it is particularly important to stand firm and loud in my condemnation of this aberrant group and why they even may be a priority to defeat It is precisely because they use the name of Islam and tarnish it that they should be prioritised and in fighting them the core of Islam is preservedThe best part of this book is that it is written by a renown scholar and thus holds a lot of credence amongst the Muslim community and others The refutations provided by the shaykh are clearcut academic yet very readable He has kept the book concise for the sake of brevity; the second edition is twice the size of the first yet still falls at around 100 pages the second edition contains a lot information so do try to get a hold of it if you can Shaykh al Yaoubi dissects ISIS' rhetoric as a scholar would and because of this I learned a lot from this bookThe author writes in the beginning to whom this book is addressed 1 Muslim youth who have been influenced by ISIS propaganda2 Ordinary Muslims who are against ISIS but who are seeking answers to new theological and legal challenges brought about by ISIS3 New ISIS recruits in the hope that they will defect4 FSA fighters who might be reticent about fighting ISIS members because they class them as Muslims5 The Western audience so that they can have a credible source of refutation from within the Muslim communityThis pretty much leaves no group unaccounted for and thus I wholeheartedly recommend it to all my contactsMany of the arguments presented by the author I knew and believed in yet I perhaps did not know exactly iwhyi For example I knew that slavery in this contemporary day and age is forbidden in Islam that the ulema Islamic scholars are unanimously opposed to it yet I could not defend this position if one were to previously challenge me about it The shaykh explains lucidly how the leaders of the Muslim world entered into a covenant with the rest of the word that banned slavery and that Muslims worldwide have a duty to uphold it He goes on to further say that Islam never encouraged slavery only facilitated it for combattants only so that slaves could not be abused in a world where slavery was widespread and that the Prophet sAaws always encouraged treaties that promoted the welfare of people regardless of who proposed them This is one example of many things that I learned as a result of reading this bookTo give another example the Shaykh further exposes ISIS in their misinterpretation of this ur'anic verse And if any do fail to judge by what God hath revealed they are unbelievers 544 revealing their ignorance and how they are misplaced to comment on anything relating to Islamic rulings The Shaykh explains how this was revealed by God about a specific circumstance and is not even in reference to Muslims Yet ISIS supporters ignorantly use it to excommunicate all Muslim rulers who do not govern with the shari'ah Some other main points drawn in the book are the following Why ISIS are the modern day khawarij and whether they can be classified as Muslims or not How ISIS goes against Islam's teachings in a plethora of ways from their treatment of prisoners and minorities their barbaric practices that include torturing and burning people alive and their excommunication of most Muslims an act that the author uotes as being bid'ah a religious innovation The principles of governing under shari'a and when it cannot be implemented in non Islamic lands when travelling for military expeditions in times of widespread ignorance if there is doubt if the application will cause major harms and during the absence of a proper authority How the Prophet and the Companions' dealings with non Muslim communities were always dignified and respectful Exposing ISIS' binary thinking with their own wordsThere is much that is presented by the Shaykh and I would continue writing about them if not for fear that the length of this review might turn people away from reading it To summarise ISIS is a Muslim problem and needs to be targeted from withinThe Shaykh has used his own money to distribute copies of this where it is needed most in Syria and in Turkey and so if you can please support the author by purchasing his book so that he can continue his good work

  4. Hamza Hamza says:

    This is an authoritative fatwa from a man who knows the ins and outs of Shari'a which is nuanced than the average lay Muslim or non Muslim may think to the extent where anyone with even an inkling of support for ISIS after reading it will be a complete idiot who is beyond saving Far from being a moderate response issued to placate Islamophobes it attacks ISIS at the heart of what they claim is so important to them their beliefs By demonstrating the flexibility of Shari'a vs their own rigidity and lack of understanding of the sources they claim to take their beliefs from Shaykh Ya'oubi knocks the extremists out cold While the Syrian conflict can at times be complex one thing is clear ISIS has no Islamic validity and should not be given any They will pass away just like the Khawarij before them inshallah

  5. Muhammad Juneem Muhammad Juneem says:

    1In this book the author tries to refute ISIS using Islamic laws Mainly uran Hadith and their interpretations from authentic scholars2He classifies ISIS terrorists as 'Khawarij' 3 The author argues that it is their religious duty for Muslims to fight ISIS and their ideology 4Though some of the arguments presented in this book was less convincing for me a non believer I think this book will create an impact among believersHence I consider this as an important to step to fight ISIS and similar terrorist outfits

  6. Ekul Ekul says:

    First of all this is a fatwa and does not attempt to criticize ISIS from a Western secular Christian or any other standpoint Instead al Yaoubi is a religious scholar and approaches his criticism of ISIS from the perspective of religious orthodoxy As such there are some things in here that may make Western readers uncomfortable for instance al Yaoubi's argument that slavery is only permissible if an opponent takes Muslims as slaves first This is rooted in traditional Islamic legal traditions not in Western attitudes towards human rights where advocates including myself would instead say that slavery is never permissibleThat being said al Yaoubi's classification of ISIS as not being Muslim or if they are it's only in the most marginal form is centered around his argument that members are ISIS are modern 5arawij خوارج or kharijis The 5arawij were a group who in the first century after Islam emerged on the historical scene acted as the third major sect against both the Shi`a and Sunni While the Shi`a thought that the role of caliph could only go to members of the Prophet's family Sunnis thought that it was open to other Arabs and could be decided through arbitration and to some extent election The 5arawij took this a step further and argued that the position of caliph was open to any Muslim not just Arabs but arbitration was not permissible Instead the role of the caliph could only go to someone that was chosen by God alone Any leader who sinned was to be opposed and overthrown by Muslims in the view of the 5arawij The 5arawij for famous for their violence and fanaticism although they've mostly died off today the only remaining 5ariji group is the Ibadi in what is today Oman and the Mzab Valley of Algeria although their views toward arbitration are not freuently practiced I think that this perception of the 5arawij is a bit overstated as much of the documentary material comes from Islamic leaders who were opposed to the 5arawij on principle Nevertheless al Yaoubi classifies ISIS as being made up of 5arawij because they do not accept any other leadership in the Islamic world To them Saudi Arabia is as Salul السلول a reference to a tribal chief in 7th century Arabia who was known for his hypocrisy Iran is ar Rafida الرافضة or the rejectors as they reject the companions of the Prophet Other countries like Turkey and UAE are tawaghit طواغيت or idolators because they presumably worship something other than God money? development? power? From al Yaoubi's classification of ISIS as 5ariji all of the rest seems to fall into placeYet I can't help but feel that this isn't a perfect parallel and that other readers may think the same thing thus making the book significantly less compelling It seems that it won't matter so much any as as far as I'm aware the age of ISIS has mostly passed but it could have been effective some years ago had it been expansive

  7. Abu Kamdar Abu Kamdar says:

    A concise clear refutation of Jihadism

  8. Fatimah Garcia Fatimah Garcia says:

    uote from Preface to the 2nd edition “It is my hope that this contributes to the defeat of ISIS”The second edition of Shaykh Muhammad Al Yaoubi’s book which is really a fatwah written in English expands on some topics based on the feedback he received from the first edition Each chapter contains a wealth of citations not only to support his claim but also as a rich source for further reading for those who wish to dive deeply into this subject This is not a causal read for a sleepy rainy day – it is treatise but a readable treatise It is for those who want substance not fluff Had policy analysis knew half of this material perhaps we would have avoided many blunders in our attempts to defeat ISIS Also as an academic I feel this book should be reuired reading for all college students who are in either Middle Eastern Studies Islamic Studies or comparative religion classes It should also be reuired reading for anyone in media who reports on topics related to either the Muslim world or Islam in general Why? Because it is an example of the types of “proofs” needed to create a legitimate legal ruling used by Muslims to guide their lives It is extremely rare that a fatwah is published in a language other than Arabic and the reader gets to see the way a fatwah is constructed Even when ISIS is no longer a “thing” the book can serve as a model for the prereuisites reuired to declare choices as “allowed” or “not allowed” in Islam “ISIS is the modern day form of the Khawarij movement predicted by the Prophet Muhammad pbuh and described by him as renegades who will abandon Islam despite their claim to be Muslims” This is the thesis of the book by Shaykh Muhammad Al Yaoubi who has every theological credential to make this determination but who describes himself as “the 34th grandson of The Prophet pbuh” since he is descended from him phub through 34 generations This chapter is expanded upon in detail likely because the term “Khawarij” currently has no meaning for the Western reader literal definition of the Arabic word is “those who exit” Why was it important for Shaykh Muhammad Al Yaoubi to enunciate this definition? Because as he says “ISIS is the modern day form of the Khawarij movement predicted by the Prophet Muhammad pbuh and described by him as renegades who will abandon Islam despite their claim to be Muslims” and young Muslims have responded to the propaganda put out by the group out of a misplaced longing to practice their religion The uote that would make the best modern media “soundbite” is the statement by Prophet Muhammad pbuh “the Khawarij are the dogs of hell” illustrating just where he pbuh placed this group of men who would claim to be spreading his pbuh religionSince Muslim scholars use the sayings of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him to guide their interpretation of the uran in ever changing environments Shaykh Muhammad lays out explicit uotes from The Prophet pbuh that certainly make a convincing case that ISIS is anything but Islamic and worse is the deviant group prophesized by him pbuh I think the section of chapter 1 that young Muslims might find most convincing about the label Shaykh Muhammad applies to ISIS is the chapter he cites from Sahih Al Bukhari who was the first to create a written collection of the sayings of The Prophet pbuh “Objectionable Practices Extremist Tendencies uarrelsome Disputes in Religious Matters Religiously inspired Fanaticism and Heretical Innovations” which for the literate Muslim contain a list of prohibited behaviors that read like the ISIS play book – hence the designation of ISIS as Khawarij Although there is much in between the first chapter and the Appendix I think many readers interested in this subject will find the transcript of the interview with Shaykh Muhammad in the Appendix to be enlightening about not only his motives in writing this book but also his compelling yet compassionate personality – the need to win hearts and minds among both Muslims and non Muslims I myself did not know that Al Jazeera naively gave a platform to a terror group leader Al Nusra in the form of an interview it seems that Al Jazeera should have similarly provided a platform to Shaykh Muhammad Al Yaoubi or someone of his stature to refute the nonsense put forth by Al Nusra

  9. Oliver Oliver says:

    This book was a bit disappointing Overall I think the argumentation was unconvincing in general The book suffers from some very serious flaws As stated in the preface the author did not reconstruct the origin of ISIS's ideology nor did he analyse their arguments and proofs Is this not the first step of a refutation? For instance in the chapter about slavery he writes slavery is prohibited because the muslims have made contracts with the rest of the world to agree to outlaw slavery Apart from the fact that this is circular reasoning an argument like this would be met with nothing but laughter by someone who identifies with ISIS ideology This is why it's important to reconstruct their ideology and arguments in the first place The author did not refute ISIS's thinking patters he just gave possible arguments to criticize their actions without even refuting the arguments which could be used to justify them But even so he did not even mention the uran verses encouraging the liberation of slavesI recommend The Way of the Strangers Encounters with the Islamic State for those interested in trying to understand ISIS logicAnother anecdote which surprised me was from the chapter of Takfir ISIS declares the vast majority of other muslims as non muslim The author rightly stated that a good muslim scholar is very careful when pronouncing Takfir because of the far reaching conseuences of this action One of those he writes is for the apostate to suffer the death penalty if he refuses to repent Excuse me but are we still refuting ISIS at this point?

  10. Suleman Kanani Suleman Kanani says:

    Amazing to see a truly traditional and well accepted scholar detail clear proofs against ISIS in an easy to read format strengthening the position of Muslims worldwide and clearing showing that ISIS has nothing whatsoever to do with Islam In fact as the book mentions they are the worst enemy of Islam

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