Letter to Baghdadi is an open letter to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria as a theological refutation of the practices of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. It is signed by numerous Muslim theologians, lawmakers and community leaders. It is being cross-posted here at ITCT for referencing purposes.
On Wednesday 24 September, 126 Islamic leading scholars and academics from around the world issued an open letter refuting the religious arguments of the ‘Islamic State’ (IS) group (also known as DA’ISH, ISIS, and ISIL). The 22-page letter was originally written in Arabic and relies heavily on quotes from the Qur’an and Hadith to comprehensively reject the violent actions and beliefs of the group. Although this is not the first time the IS group has been condemned by Muslim scholars, it is the first time that a comprehensive statement has been issued by Sunni scholars stating why the group is wrong, based on the very sources that the IS group claim to follow. It is presented in the traditional polite manner of giving advice. The English translation of the letter, which is reprinted below, was released in Washington by the executive director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Nihad Awad, with ten other American Muslim religious and civil rights leaders.
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds, Peace and Blessings be upon the Seal of the Prophets and Messengers
By the declining day, Lo! man is a state of loss, Save those who believe and do good works, and exhort one another to truth and exhort one another to endurance. (Al-‘Asr, 103: 1-3)