Islamic scholars from throughout the Ummah have condemned Daesh for committing crimes in the name of Islam. Read their words:

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Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb

The Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar

Armed groups who “commit these barbaric and heinous crimes have taken this upright religion as a cover and called themselves ‘Islamic State’ in an attempt to export the image of their new adulterated Islam.” (Al-Arabiya, December 3, 2014)


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Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh

The Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

“The ideas of extremism, radicalism and terrorism which destroy the land and everything on it do not belong to Islam at all, but they are the first enemy of Islam, and Muslims have been its first victims, as seen in the crimes of the so-called Da’esh, Al-Qaeda and their affiliated groups.” (Statement titled “Foresight and Remembrance,” August 19, 2014)


Ninewa (Mosul) Clerics and Preachers League

“ISIL is a sick group whose only obsession is bloodshed and sabotage in the name of Islam.” (Statement on June 13, 2014)


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Sheikh Shawqi Allam

The Grand Mufti of Al-Azhar

“An extremist group such as this poses a danger to Islam and Muslims, tarnishing its image as well as shedding blood and spreading corruption across the land.” (Reuters, August 12, 2014)



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Dr. Ibrahim Negim

Adviser to Egypt’s Mufti

“Belonging to extremist organizations like Da’esh is religiously forbidden because it seeks to destroy the land and distort the image of Islam around the world.” (Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta Media Center, June 13, 2014)


Sheikh Abdulkareem Shaaban

Deputy Head, Al Fiqh Council in Mosul

“ISIL’s terrorist attacks come under the pretext of establishing justice and Islam, while in fact, they are the farthest people from Islam and justice. We as clerics declare that they neither represent our faith nor our Sunni sect.” (June 18, 2014)


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Syrian Islamic Council

“It is required by Islamic Law to fight them and put an end to their machinations until their impact on Syrians and their country is completely abolished.” (Statement on Council’s website,, August 25, 2014)


126 Muslim scholars in open letter to Al-Baghdadi

“You have made children engage in war and killing. Some are taking up arms and others are playing with the severed heads of your victims. Some children have been thrown into the fray of combat and are killing and being killed. In your schools some children are tortured and coerced into doing your bidding and others are being executed. These are crimes against innocents.” (, September 19, 2014)



Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah

“All forms of oppression and aggression against religious minorities are in direct contradiction to the values of our religion. In fact, Islam calls us to do well by religious minorities, to place them under our protection, and threatens those who harm them with punishment in the afterlife.” (Statement titled “This is Not the Path to Paradise,” September 14, 2014)