ISIS threat calls for Muslim leadership

Source: | By Harris Zafar

A Muslim woman releases a dove as a symbol of peace during a rally against the Islamic State group in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sept. 5. The banner reads: "ISIS is not Islam's voice. Stop Killing journalist." Tatan Syuflana (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

A Muslim woman releases a dove as a symbol of peace during a rally against the Islamic State group in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sept. 5. The banner reads: “ISIS is not Islam’s voice. Stop Killing journalist.” Tatan Syuflana (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

President Obama has presented his strategy for dealing with the menace known as ISIS, which has continued to perpetrate some of the most heinous acts imaginable – disregarding all international laws and even the dictates of human decency.  As much as I commend the United States for stepping up to confront ISIS, I am befuddled at the Muslim world’s inability to present a solution to this menace.  Instead of stepping up as leaders who courageously confront this terror movement, they have stood by watching Western nations struggle to formulate a strategy to do so and then needing to be convinced by Western leadership to join in the effort.

Make no mistake: Halting the expansion and popularity of ISIS requires involvement of all parties, including Western nations as well as Muslim nations.  With its military, diplomatic and economic might, the United States certainly does have a role to play in bringing ISIS to justice.  However, the true resolution to the ISIS problem lies in both short-term and long-term strategies, ownership of which lies squarely on the shoulders of Muslims.

In the short-term, it is vital for ISIS to face a physical force that not only halts its growth but also destroys its infrastructure and returns operation of its conquered lands back to the nations to which they belong. And although the United States and other Western powers are important partners in this effort, Muslims must take ownership over restraining and overcoming ISIS. It must be led by Muslim nations. Otherwise, more terror groups will continue their propaganda that this is Western imperialism.

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Beyond this practical reality, the Muslim Holy Scripture puts the responsibility on Muslims to fight groups like ISIS to restore peace. Chapter 49 of the Quran, states: “if two parties of believers fight each other, make peace between them; then if after that one of them transgresses against the other, fight the party that transgresses until it returns to the command of Allah. Then if it returns, make peace between them with equity, and act justly. Verily, Allah loves the just.”

Thus, Islam requires Muslims to establish and maintain peace by restraining, constraining and fighting ISIS.  The problem is that other Muslim nations either remain amused spectators or take sides in the dispute based on ulterior motives.  In order to adhere to the dictates of justice and equity stated in the Quran, they must fight ISIS until they cease their ways and help those who are being oppressed at their hands.  This short-term solution requires secular leadership to take action based on honesty of purpose and justice.  The Arab League’s recent pledge to… read more at

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