I hope that this is no news to you:
The terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, (ISIL) is not an “Islamic” state. The values that it upholds are Islamic in name only.
“Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes - from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.” [Qur’an 60:8]
On waging war? The first Caliph, Abu Bakr, issued ten rules to his troops:
"O people! I charge you with ten rules; learn them well! Stop, O people, that I may give you ten rules for your guidance in the battlefield. Do not commit treachery or deviate from the right path. You must not mutilate dead bodies. Neither kill a child, nor a woman, nor an aged man. Bring no harm to the trees, nor burn them with fire, especially those which are fruitful. Slay not any of the enemy’s flock, save for your food. You are likely to pass by people who have devoted their lives to monastic services; leave them alone."
In addition, the Qur’an forbids surprise attacks, torture, burning an enemy combatant alive, boasting once a battle is won, use of weapons which kill cruelly, robbing travelers while campaigning, or killing POWs.
ISIS? They’ve killed journalists who were non-combatants. They have taken lands from civilians without compensating them for the worth of their property, which is required by Islamic law. ISIS fighters have executed POWs and killed thousands of civilians. These fighters have forced civilians — non-combatants — through torture and threats to convert to Islam, a serious infraction in Islamic law. ISIS is guilty of ethnic cleansing and killing children, as well as kidnapping and raping women.
126 Muslim scholars wrote a letter to the head of ISIS, rejecting his interpretation of Qur’an and Hadiths, and calling his actions and the actions of the organization “abominable.”
ISIS/ISIL is not an Islamic state.
Do not blame Muslims. Do not blame Islam.
Instead of calling this organization ISIS/ISIL or the Islamic State, referring to it with the Arabic acronym “Da’ish” will remove any doubt from English-speakers’ minds that this is somehow an Islamic organization.
Da’ish is not Islamic. I am saying this for all my Muslim friends, who are worried that Islam will be targeted because of Da’ish.
But I’m saying it for all my fellow non-Muslims too, because we have to stand against oppression and the misinterpretation of a holy book and a religion that preaches peace.
Stand up for Islam. Stand against Da’ish.
With tolerance, we shall prevail.