Taroudant- A group of influential imams and scholars based in UK has issued a Fatwa, religious edict, prohibiting (haram) British Muslims to fight alongside Isis extremists in Iraq and Syria.
The Muslim imams and scholars condemned the “oppressive and tyrannical self-styled Caliphate,” IS, formerly known as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, stressing that, in line with the Islamic teachings, it is Haram (prohibited) for British and European citizens to fight with any side in Syria.
“British and other EU citizens are bound by their duties to their home countries according to Islamic theology and jurisprudence: it is therefore prohibited (haram) to travel to fight with any side in Syria, including non-state actors, since this is forbidden by laws in EU countries,” the Fatwa said.
In a seven clarification points Fatwa, published on Sunday Times, the leading British Muslims condemned the “so-called Islamic State”, calling all Muslims to “oppose its poisonous ideology.”
“IS is a heretical, extremist [organization] and it is religiously prohibited (haram) to support or join it; furthermore, it is an obligation on British Muslims to actively oppose its poisonous ideology, especially when this is promoted within Britain,” the group wrote.
According to the independent, the Fatwa was drafted by Sheikh Usama Hasan, a former east London imam, who opposes religious extremism and now head of the Quilliam FoundationIt. The Fatwa endorsed by the head imams of Leicester and Manchester Central Mosques.
In a press conference posted on YouTube, David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, said the threat posed by IS is ‘greater than ever’ saying that the UK Government has raised Britain’s terror threat from “substantial” to “severe”.
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