Leading British Muslims condemn IS through fatwa

Muslims leaders in Britain have issued a fatwa, which condemns the Islamic extremist group Isis, saying that British jihadis that are getting involved in conflicts in Iraq and Syria are “betraying their own societies.

According to the Sunday Times, the fatwa was authored by Sheik Usama Hasan, a former imam from east London, and has been given support by six senior Islamic scholars across the country. It is now “religiously prohibited (haram) to support or join ISIS”.

“There is no doubt that President Assad’s regime in Syria is oppressive, unjust and brutal, and has committed numerous atrocities against its own people,” the fatwa declares. “The same is true of the so-called Islamic State (IS) or self-styled Caliphate, it is an oppressive and tyrannical group.”

“By murdering prisoners of war, journalists and civilians, including mosque imams who refused to endorse their campaigns, and by enslaving the women and children of their opponents, ISIS has violated international agreements such as the Geneva Convention and conventions on slavery that everyone, including Muslims have signed up to. God says in the Qur’an, “Believers, fulfil your covenants!”

This comes on the heels of the announcement that Britain’s terror threat rose from “substantial” to “severe”, as a response to the increased fighting in Iraq and Syria, and the steadily growing influence of IS.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary said that the new alert level rated the risk of an attack on Britain as “highly likely”, but there was no evidence to point out one being “imminent”.

Baroness Warsi, former Foreign Office Minister has expressed her support of the fatwa: “There are substantial figures and I welcome this announcement,” she said. “The Islamic State is neither a state or Islamic. I echo the words of these religious leaders.”

Today in response to the increased risk of attack, David Cameron and Nick Clegg will be addressing to Parliament a toughening of anti-terror measures. According to a source at Number 10, there would be “no return to control orders” but the Government will move to impose an “internal exile” on terror suspects.

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