Muslim Scholars condemn ISIS measures against Iraqi Christians

Qatar-based IUMS considers it against Islam and demands their return to their homes

New Delhi, 22 July, 2014: The Qatar-based International Union of Muslim Scholars, considered the most authoritative and respected association of Muslim scholars from across the world, has forcefully condemned the “Islamic State of Iraq & Syria” militia’s expulsion of Christians from some parts of Iraq. Considering it against the Islamic Shari’ah, IUMS has demanded these refugees return to their homes.

Following is a translation of a statement issued today in Qatar in Arabic:
“The International Union of Muslim Scholars condemns the forcible expulsion of Christian brothers in Iraq from their home, cities and governorates. These acts are against the Islamic Shariah and against the Islamic conscience. These acts offer a negative and bad picture of Islam and Muslims and negate the facts of Islam which calls for justice and good behaviour towards all and preaches values of charity and tolerance which is evident from Allah’s saying in the Qur’an: “Allah forbids you not, with regard to those who fight you not for your faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them: for Allah loves those who are just” (60:8). Following these principles, Muslims offered marvellous examples of behaviour towards non-Muslims in most difficult times which led them to accept Islam and mingle with Muslim societies and coexist with Muslims in one single homeland.

“The IUMS demands the organisation knows as “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria”, which has hurt Muslims by declaring a so-called caliphate, to all the Christian brothers in Mosul to return to their homes because they are original sons of Iraq and no intruders therein. Efforts must be made to bury dissension, unify ranks and solve the problems of Iraq instead of thrusting  upon it matters which will only complicate the current situation and will serve only the conspiracies of the enemies which seek to balkanise not only Iraq but all Arab and Muslim nations.

“We wished this orgnanisation, if indeed it was living in this age, to join with IUMS in asking the whole world to review the style of treatment of Muslims in many areas especially Palestine and what Palestinians are facing in terms of expulsion, destruction, murder and massacres, and the conspiracies which are being planned against Muslims in many countries like Srilanka, India, Central Asian Republic etc., which instigates a struggle on sectarian lines and thrusts upon the world a cesspool of never-ending hostilities which will destroy all.

“IUMS appeals to the free world, if it listens and has some life left, to stand with the persecuted victims whose rights have been snatched away from them. Justice and restoration of right will stop struggles, conflicts and wars and will put paid to extremisms of all kinds.

“Instigating a strife is a great evil. All people should try to know its causes and struggle to crush and extinguish it . “May Allah protect Iraq and all Arab and Muslim countries from internal fighting and from distensions overt and covert.”

The statement is signed by IUMS President Dr Yusuf Al-Qaradawi and General Secretary Dr Ali Muhiyuddin Al-Qaradaghi. (Translated from Arabic by The Milli Gazette, New Delhi)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 August 2014 on page no. 16

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