Make no mistake, what ISIS practices is not Islam: Joyce M. Davis

Source: pennlive.com

Joyce M. Davis (PennLive file)

Joyce M. Davis (PennLive file)

The militants who call themselves the Islamic State have created their own religion, their own government and their own brand of terror that has shocked the world. But make no mistake, it is not Islam.

Islamic State (IS) or Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), whatever your preference, bears scant resemblance to traditional Islam and ignores the religion’s widely accepted rules for “just war” and jihad.

Any serious Muslim scholar – whether Sunni or Shia — will have no difficulty finding ample evidence to refute the militant’s claims to mantel of Islam.

After spending more than two decades covering Islam and speaking with some of the most respected Muslim scholars, I have concluded that the extremists fighting in the name of Islam are practicing exactly the opposite of what Islamic law as espoused in the Qur’an and the Hadith preaches.

In fact, according to the Hadith, the record of Muhammad’s words and deeds, beheading Christians, burning alive fellow Muslims and raping women are precisely what the Prophet Muhammad forbade in his guidelines for holy war.

Most Muslims accept that Muhammad gave ten rules for conduct in war.  They include:

It doesn’t take an expert in Islam to realize that ISIS repeatedly has done just what the Prophet Muhammad forbade.

1. Do not kill any child, any woman, or any elder or sick person.

2. Do not practice treachery or mutilation.

3. Do not uproot or burn palms or cut down fruitful trees.

4. Do not slaughter a sheep or a cow or a camel, except for food.

5. If one fights his brother, [he must] avoid striking the face, for God created him in the image of Adam.”

6. Do not kill the monks in monasteries, and do not kill those sitting in places of worship.

7. Do not destroy the villages and towns, do not spoil the cultivated fields and gardens, and do not slaughter the cattle.

8. Do not wish for an encounter with the enemy; pray to God to grant you security; but when you [are forced to] encounter them, exercise patience.

9. No one may punish with fire except the Lord of Fire.

10. “Accustom yourselves to do good if people do good, and to not do wrong even if they commit evil.

According to Muhammad’s rules for war, as documented by his closest followers, beheadings or any practice of mutilation of treachery is forbidden; and women, children, the elderly and the sick are to be protected by faithful Muslims, not violated and killed.

There is a hadith, or report of Muhammad’s words and deeds, that clearly condemns Muslims fighting Muslims and that certainly forbids the kind of brutality ISIS inflicted on the Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh and then broadcast around the world.

Are we to assume that ISIS leaders who ordered his execution were unfamiliar with the hadith credited to Abu Bakr, who recorded this guidance from the Prophet:

“If two Muslims confront each other with swords, then both the killer and the killed will be in Hellfire.”

Abu Bakr noted:

It was said, “O Messenger of Allah, we understand for the killer, but why for the one killed?” The Prophet said, “Verily, he intended to kill his companion.”

It doesn’t take an expert in Islam to realize that IS or ISIS repeatedly has done just what the Prophet Muhammad forbade – waging war without restraint to force conversions, establish a caliphate and terrorize all who do not accept their leadership.

Islamic State (IS) or Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), whatever your preference, bears scant resemblance to traditional Islam and ignores the religion’s widely accepted rules for “just war” and jihad.

Any serious Muslim scholar – whether Sunni or Shia — will have no difficulty finding ample evidence to refute the militant’s claims to mantel of Islam.

After spending more than two decades covering Islam and speaking with some of the most respected Muslim scholars, I have concluded that the extremists fighting in the name of Islam are practicing exactly the opposite of what Islamic law as espoused in the Qur’an and the Hadith preaches.

In fact, according to the Hadith, the record of Muhammad’s words and deeds, beheading Christians, burning alive fellow Muslims and raping women are precisely what the Prophet Muhammad forbade in his guidelines for holy war.

Most Muslims accept that Muhammad gave ten rules for conduct in war.  They include:

It doesn’t take an expert in Islam to realize that ISIS repeatedly has done just what the Prophet Muhammad forbade.

1. Do not kill any child, any woman, or any elder or sick person.

2. Do not practice treachery or mutilation.

3. Do not uproot or burn palms or cut down fruitful trees.

4. Do not slaughter a sheep or a cow or a camel, except for food.

5. If one fights his brother, [he must] avoid striking the face, for God created him in the image of Adam.”

6. Do not kill the monks in monasteries, and do not kill those sitting in places of worship.

7. Do not destroy the villages and towns, do not spoil the cultivated fields and gardens, and do not slaughter the cattle.

8. Do not wish for an encounter with the enemy; pray to God to grant you security; but when you [are forced to] encounter them, exercise patience.

9. No one may punish with fire except the Lord of Fire.

10. “Accustom yourselves to do good if people do good, and to not do wrong even if they commit evil.

According to Muhammad’s rules for war, as documented by his closest followers, beheadings or any practice of mutilation of treachery is forbidden; and women, children, the elderly and the sick are to be protected by faithful Muslims, not violated and killed.

There is a hadith, or report of Muhammad’s words and deeds, that clearly condemns Muslims fighting Muslims and that certainly forbids the kind of brutality ISIS inflicted on the Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh and then broadcast around the world.

Are we to assume that ISIS leaders who ordered his execution were unfamiliar with the hadith credited to Abu Bakr, who recorded this guidance from the Prophet:

“If two Muslims confront each other with swords, then both the killer and the killed will be in Hellfire.”

Abu Bakr noted:

It was said, “O Messenger of Allah, we understand for the killer, but why for the one killed?” The Prophet said, “Verily, he intended to kill his companion.”

It doesn’t take an expert in Islam to realize that IS or ISIS repeatedly has done just what the Prophet Muhammad forbade – waging war without restraint to force conversions, establish a caliphate and terrorize all who do not accept their leadership.

Categories: Europe

Tagged as: , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.