Muslims reject Daesh, overwhelmingly

Iraqi women and girls protest against Daesh terrorism. (© Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

Muslims the world over hold the terrorist organization Daesh in contempt, with prestigious Muslim religious leaders denouncing Daesh for its crimes.

On social media, in press releases and during organized protests, Muslims have condemned the group’s terror attacks.

A recent Pew Research Center survey shows Muslims have an “overwhelmingly negative” view of Daesh, also known as ISIS. Among its findings:

In no country did more than 15% of the population show favorable attitudes toward Islamic State. And in those countries with mixed religious and ethnic populations, negative views of ISIS cut across these lines.”

In Lebanon almost every person who participated in the survey held an unfavorable view of Daesh, “including 99% with a very unfavorable opinion.” Disdain of the terrorist group cut across sectarian lines too, with 98 percent of Sunni Muslims having an unfavorable view and 100 percent of Shia Muslims and Christians against the group.

Unfavorable ratings topped 70 percent in a majority of the countries surveyed.

Vice President Biden said after the Paris attacks that Daesh’s strategy to create a “clash of civilizations” between the West and Muslims will fail.

“They want us to turn our backs on Muslims victimized by terrorism,” Biden said. “But this gang of thugs peddling a warped ideology, they will never prevail. The world is united in our resolve to end their evil.”