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Refutation of Raymond Ibrahim’s Article ‘Islamic State Beheads, Mutilates, As the Quran Instructs’ - Part 3: Associating Terrorism With Islam Is Complete Distortion Of The Religion; Evidence from Qur’an



By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

02 December, 2014

In his article, Mr. Raymond Ibrahim has added some gory images portraying ISIL terrorists’ merciless crimes; mutilations and beheadings of those Muslims who the ISIL members considered ‘infidels’. By doing so, he wants to provoke fear of Islam as a religion and all Muslims as a community. He says: “Obama, Cameron etc all say Islamic State are just a bunch of barbarians, not real Muslims. But as they behead and mutilate "infidels" they're only doing what the Koran and the Prophet instructs”. As such, he clearly supports the ISIL terrorists' view of Islam that all so-called infidels, Muslim or non-Muslim, should be killed.

There is not an iota of doubt that such crimes — beheading, killing of innocent people including Muslims and non-Muslims, bombing public places, suicide attacks or disfiguring the dead bodies—are all anti-Islamic acts. Such acts never had and do not have any approval of the classical and widely approved jurists, scholars and majority mainstream Muslims. However, you can simply find terrorist outfits —ISIL, al-Qaeda, Taliban, Boko Haram etc — do such inhumane, anti-Islamic acts. And of course Saudi government too carries out beheadings of those it considers criminals regularly.

An open letter to ISIL also refutes Mr. Ibrahim force-fitted and totally mis-contextualized arguments

Recently more than 120 widely approved Muslim scholars from around the world approved an open letter to the head of ISIL, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, denouncing his terrorist group as anti-Islamic. The letter based upon the irrefutable references taken from the Qur’an and Hadith and released on Sep. 24, 2014 refutes the fanatical ideas of Mr. Ibrahim and the extremist ideologies of ISIL members committing the larger and more sweeping barbarism that has so far engulfed two Muslim countries, Iraq and Syria.

The letter can be summarised in the following paragraph: it is forbidden in Islam to kill innocent lives including Muslims, non-Muslims, emissaries, ambassadors, diplomats, journalists, aid workers, priests etc. Ignoring the reality of contemporary times is forbidden when issuing legal rulings. Jihad in Islam is merely a defensive war. It is not allowed in Islam to label any Muslim with Kufr unless he or she openly declares disbelief. All these acts—forcing people to convert, denying women, children of their rights, torturing the people, disfiguring the dead and attributing the evil and terrorist acts to God Almighty and demolishing the shrines and graves of any one of the holy Prophets and companions—are strictly forbidden in Islam.  

Acts of terrorism that ISIL and Mr. Ibrahim associate with Islam are nothing but complete distortion of Islam:  Evidence from the Qur’an 

Acts of terrorism practiced by ISIL or any of its allied groups in the name of Jihad are anti-Qur’an and Hadith. But Mr. Ibrahim says, “Islamic State beheads, mutilates as the Koran instructs”. Therefore, it is necessary to rebut his force-fitted and falsely-related ideas so that Muslims and non-Muslims may not adopt radical attitude towards one another. 

Evidence from the Qur’an: 1

“Indeed, Allah enjoins justice and benevolence (towards everyone), and giving away to the kindred, and forbids indecency, evil deeds, defiance and terrorism (Baghya). He admonishes you so that you may remember with concern” (16:90)

The Arabic word ‘Baghya’ used in the verse above takes multiple meanings like terrorism, transgression, oppression, aggression, injustice, unfairness, tyranny and offense etc; each one of them has been declared forbidden or Haram, according to the Qur’anic verse.

Evidence from the Qur’an: 2

 “Say: ‘Come, I will recite to you those things which your Lord has forbidden to you: Do not set up anything as a partner with Him; be morally excellent with parents; and do not kill your children owing to poverty. We alone give you sustenance and (will provide for) them as well. And do not draw near to shameful deeds (whether) open or hidden. And do not kill the soul whose (killing) Allah has forbidden, except when it is rightfully due (according to law in self-defence against disruption and whilst combating terrorism). It is these (injunctions) He has enjoined upon you so that you may apply reason.” (6:151) 

Evidence from the Qur’an: 3

 “And if any of the idolaters (caught in an armed encounter) seeks asylum with you, provide him with protection until he listens to the Words of Allah. Then escort him to his place of safety. This is because these people do not possess the knowledge (of the truth)” (9:6)

Evidence from the Qur’an: 4

 “Say: ‘My Lord has declared unlawful only (all) the indecent acts which become known and which remain hidden, and sins and unjust excesses” (7:33)

Evidence from the Qur’an: 5

 “On account of this, We prescribed (this commandment in the Torah sent down) to the Children of Israel that whoever killed a person (unjustly), except as a punishment for murder or for (spreading) disorder in the land, it would be as if he killed all the people (of society); and whoever (saved him from unjust murder and) made him survive, it would be as if he saved the lives of all the people (of society, i.e., he rescued the collective system of human life). And indeed, Our Messengers came to them with evident signs. Yet, even after that, the majority from amongst these people are certainly those who commit excesses in the land” (5:32)

Historically, it is irrefutable fact that during the earliest period of Islam of about twelve years in Makkah, the Muslims were savagely tortured, beaten, persecuted and even many of them were killed. The holy Qur’an testifies to this fact:

Evidence from the Qur’an: 6

“And remember when (numerically) you were small (i.e., in the minority, in the Makkan period,) and oppressed in the country (i.e., economically unstable and victims of exploitation). You were (also) afraid that (the powerful) people would snatch you away (i.e., socially too you were neither free nor secure). So, (after migration to Medina,) He (Allah) provided for you a free and secure abode, and strengthened you with His help and supplied you with sustenance of pure and wholesome things  so that you may give thanks to Allah (by means of absolute submission to Allah’s commands)” (8:26).

Evidence from the Qur’an: 7 (Eliminating the evil i.e. Terrorism, Violence, oppression etc. by means of good i.e. love, mildness, tolerance, moderation etc.

Nowhere the Qur’an says to repel good with evil deeds like terrorism, radicalism, extremism, fanaticism, barbarism, violence, unjustness, oppression and aggression etc. Rather it commands to eliminate the evil by means of good. 

“And who remain steadfast in seeking the pleasure of their Lord, and establish Prayer, and spend (both) secretly and openly out of the sustenance We have provided, and continue eliminating evil by means of good; they are the ones for whom there is a (beautiful) home in the Hereafter” (13:22).

Evidence from the Qur’an: 8

“Repel evil in such a way as is best of all. We know best (the things) they say” (23:96)

Evidence from the Qur’an: 9 (Treating enemies in such a way they become the most warm-hearted friends)

 “And good and evil cannot be equal. And remove the evil in a better (way) with the result that the one with whom you had rivalry becomes your most warm-hearted friend” (41:34)

Evidence from the Qur’an: 10 (During the Medinite period, Muslims were commanded to forgive their past enemies)

During the Medinite period (622-632), when the Muslims were safe from all kinds of oppression, aggression and terrorist activities of militant Arab pagans, they were commanded to forgive their past enemies. The following verse points out to this fact:

 “And never let the enmity of a people incite you to aggression (against them) since they barred you from the Sacred House (i.e., visiting the Ka’bah). And always support one another in (the works of) righteousness and piety, but do not become accomplices in (works of) sin and transgression. And fear Allah persistently. Indeed, Allah awards severe punishment (to those who disobey and defy)” (5:2)

Evidence from the Qur’an: 11 (The balanced Approach of Islam towards every community)

“And, in the same way, (O Muslims,) We made you the best Ummah (Community—fair to all with a tolerant, moderate and balanced outlook) so that you may bear witness to the people, and (Our exalted) Messenger (blessings and peace be upon him) bears witness to you. And We appointed the Qibla (the direction of Prayer), which you used to face before, only to bring to light (by trial) who would follow (Our) Messenger and who would turn back upon his heels. And this (change of Qibla) was indeed a hard task, but not for those whom Allah blessed with guidance (and gnosis of spiritual truths). And it is not Allah’s Glory to void your faith (without any reason). Allah is surely Most Clement, Ever-Merciful to mankind.” (2:143)

Evidence from the Qur’an: 12

“And from amongst you there must be a community comprising the people who invite mankind towards piety, enjoin righteousness and forbid evil. And they are the successful people”. (3:104).

Evidence from the Qur’an: 13

“And who can be more pleasing in speech than one who calls towards Allah and does pious work and says: ‘Surely, I am of the obedient servants (of Allah and the Holy Prophet)’?” (41:33).

From the verses above it is very clear that Mutilations, beheadings, and killings of innocent lives, citizens including Muslims and non-Muslims—done by ISIL militants who are being supported by Islamophobes like Mr. Ibrahim in matter of forcefully linking such terrorist activities to Qur’an—are strictly forbidden, forbidden, forbidden (Haram) in Islam. Thus, by associating the Quran with such crimes, as ISIL and Mr. Ibrahim did, they should not inject further pain into sentiments of the oppressed, victimized Muslims of Iraq and Syria in particular, and the rest of majority mainstream Muslims in common.  Besides, Mr. Ibrahim should always remember that no matter ISIL or his Islamophobia industry stipulate those conditions which are in fact not meant in the holy Qur’an; these conditions will be invalid in Islam and hence it will remain the religion of peace.  

Evidence from the Hadith

The prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said: "What about the people who stipulate conditions which are not present in Allah's Laws? Whoever imposes conditions which are not present in Allah's Laws; these conditions will be invalid for him, even if he imposed these conditions a hundred times. Allah's conditions (Laws) are the truth and are more solid." (Sahih al-Bukhari 2561, Book 50, Hadith 2)

As for the majority mainstream Muslims of peace, harmony, liberal attitude, they should keep on disseminating peace around the world and repelling every kind of terrorism, extremism and violence from the entire world. Apart from that, they ought to preach true spirit of Islam i.e. tolerance, peace, mutual harmony, love, requesting all not to trade revelations of Allah Almighty for a small (worldly) price, as the holy Qur’an says:

Evidence from the Qur’an: 14

“And believe in (the Book) that I have revealed (to My Messenger Muhammad [blessings and peace be upon him]), whilst it confirms (originally) that which you possess. And do not be the first to deny it, nor trade My Revelations for a small (worldly) price. And fear Me alone” (2:41).

Summing Up

Having analysed a number of arguments and Qur’anic evidences mentioned in all the three parts of the article, there should be no hesitation in believing that the Qur’an does not allow beheadings, mutilations and killing of any human being. It is equally forbidden to kill any innocent, Muslim or non-Muslim. 

To say to Mr. Ibrahim, it is doubly distressing that he is blaming the entire community or the holy Qur’an for the actions of a crazy few. From a theological and moral point of view it is completely unfair to put the entire community in the dock. Undoubtedly, some evil-natured people make flawed interpretations of Islam. However it does not behove any good man to blame the Qur’an or all the real Muslims for the heinous actions of terrorist groups. He must have heard many times why Muslims don't speak out against terror? Well, they do, but nobody pays attention, though their number, I believe, needs to increase. Not only Islam but also according to overwhelming majority of mainstream Muslims, beheadings and mutilations of any innocent human being  are a million miles away from Islam's teachings.

Mr. Ibrahim, We Muslims have been refuting violent ideologies, taking every possible initiative to eliminate every kind of injustice, violence, terrorism growing in our multicultural societies across the world. Here, we should know we cannot eradicate such heinous crimes as a whole, but we can do it, even though a bit, at any level; social, cultural, national, international etc. No matter whatever way you, Mr. Ibrahim, adopt in order to foment hatred among Muslims and non-Muslims, Islam will remain forever to teach justice, tolerance, patience, peace and forbid what and how you say ‘beheadings’ and ‘mutilations’.        


A regular columnist and English-Arabic translator for New Age Islam, Ghulam Ghaus is an Alim and Fazil (Classical Islamic scholar) with a Sufi background. He has completed the classical Islamic sciences from a Delhi-based Sufi Islamic seminary Jamia Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Zakir Nagar, New Delhi with specialization in Tafseer, Hadith and Arabic. He completed his Alimiat and Fazilat respectively from Jamia Warsia Arabic College, Lucknow and Jamia Manzar-e-Islam, Bareilly, U.P. He has graduated in Arabic (Hons) and is pursuing his M.A in Arabic from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

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  • perhaps you are talking about sufi-madarsas which may be true but this is not true with wahabi-oriented madarsas. 
    By Asif - 3/12/2015 1:18:24 AM

  • As being a Madrasa graduate, I know the ins and outs of Madrasa education. So, to the best of my knowledge, there is nothing wrong like violence in Madrasa education. What Madrasas need is a little amendment to their syllabus. A particular subject –on how to ideologically cope with the newly rising terrorism, extremism around the world- should be added to Madrasa syllabus as compulsory. For that matter, those Quranic verses and Ahadith which prohibit every kind of violence and terrorism and those ones which call for peaceful coexistence, mutual harmony, true justice, should be significantly inculcated into the minds of Madrasa students. Besides, Madrasa teachers/ Ulema should prepare their students for refuting the extremist and jihadist literature.

    The above-given idea will work much better than any other fruitless ideas against Madrasa education.    

    By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث - 1/23/2015 6:50:05 AM

  • Please reply me soon if possibly.
    Dear Ghulam Ghaus,  I have read this article and I am very happy for that. May Allah give you more courage to say truth. 
    You are a Madarsa graduate so you know better than me about Madarsa system.
    What is your view about madarsa education? Does Madarsa teach violence or extremism? Or it is all hypothetical about Madrasa?

    By Aslam Raza Barkati - 1/23/2015 5:11:11 AM

  • There is a lot of good sense in Dr. Tahirul Qadri's recommendations. Thanks for posting, Ghaus sb.
    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 12/24/2014 12:53:40 AM

  • After Peshawar school attack by Taliban, Shaykhul Islam Dr. Tahirul Qadri has suggested many more good things to root out terrorism. Some of them are as follows;

    “The war against terrorism should be declared as ‘our war’ and a joint sitting of Parliament should be convened to adopt a resolution announcing the ‘National War on Terrorism’.

    “The roots of terrorism lie in sectarianism, extremism and takfiriyat— excommunicating Muslims—declaring them apostates or disbelievers. A total ban should be imposed on issuance of fatwas that declare others non-Muslims and strict punishments be prescribed for takfiris—those who excommunicate any Muslim.

    “There should be an immediate ban on Madrassas and religious parties, organisations and individuals from receiving foreign funding.

    “Peace Education Centres need to be established in order to launch an awareness campaign so that terrorists cannot brainwash or blackmail simple people.

    “A ban should be placed upon all literature that spawns and promotes hatred, sectarianism, militancy and terrorism.

    “Special anti-terrorist courts, bodies, para-military forces and agencies that are working on eliminating terrorism should be placed under direct control of armed forces.

    “The military should be better equipped to deal with the menace of terrorism and its budget should be reasonably increased for the purpose.

    “The government should set up special institutions/rehabilitation centres to educate, nurture and take care of children and youngsters who have been orphaned by terrorism, Drone attacks or operations against terrorism, in the tribal areas, Balochistan, KPK and other areas. After their education is complete, they should be provided with special grants and employment to enable them live as peaceful citizens. Or they can end up in the hands of militants and become suicide bombers or in the hands of sectarian institutions and become extremists.

    “Those creating confusion about war on terrorism should be declared as national criminals.

    “If government is serious, I offer to voluntarily provide teachers and curriculum for peace training programs.

    “Legislation should be carried out for elimination of terrorism. West even ignored human rights while legislating against terrorism.

    “Terrorism can never be eradicated unless terrorism breeding nurseries are uprooted.

    “The society will have to be made moderate by steering the youth out of ideological extremism.

    “If we are serious and not hypocrite, then war against terrorism should be declared as our own war at national level”

    By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث - 12/23/2014 11:58:52 PM

  • Rational asks, "why the Muhaditheen can't be considered liars or fabricators or enemies of the prophet and his companions if that incident never happened and they recorded it." . . .

    Who cares? Do you think these are intelligent questions?

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 12/10/2014 4:39:19 PM

  • The incident of burning kharijites may be true or untrue but "this issue is a particular case that has no general application", as Imam al-Shatiby said.
    Our Imams have also taken out the ruling from the same hadith that it is not allowed to burn any human being whether Muslim or non-Muslim, alive or dead.  
    I again repeat that this issue is a particular case that has no general application. 

    By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث - 12/10/2014 6:02:45 AM

  • Dear Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث - 12/9/2014 3:53:07 AM
    thanks. you found that.
    i must be sure about what i quote from the authentic sources of Islam i can't afford wrong quotations.
    i don't know whether Hz Ali burned them or not. it is recorded by pious Muslims you called imams.
    why the Muhaditheen can't be considered liars or fabricators or enemies of the prophet and his companions if that incident never happened and they recorded it.
    i fully agree it is not the case of general application.
    my point is not this at all. my point is why this recording is not insult/defamation to great companion of the prophet and my quotation is.

    if it was their ijtihaad and they were right to do so why it can't be sunna for the followers. if event took place for whatever reason it shows the nature of society it belonged to.
    Islam is not the Quran alone. Sharia is not based on the Quran alone. why it can't be an example to follow for extremists.
    if a great companion can do it why not others. they too are scholars.
    dissociating everything questionable from the Islam is very poor defense.

    can you reply me on this question?
    there is no circumcision in the Quran. the prophet himself was not circumcised or he was? if not how all Muslims  are practicing it? a thing called Suuna of prophet Ibrahim that is not in the Quran has become important more than Fardh/wajib prescribed in the Quran.
    A muslim can be be-namzi, be-roza, zaani, liar, fasiq, bidati but not ghair-makhtoon?
    Ghulam saheb calling us names is not going to help you.
    you should tell why your imams were fabricators and recorders of fabrications if the events can be called fabrications by enemies.
    how you can expect it from those people who learned Islam from early Muslims.
    or they were not as pious as you claim.

    By ratioanl mohammed yunus - 12/10/2014 2:16:49 AM

  • The incident of burning kharijites may be true or untrue but "this issue is a particular case that has no general application", as Imam al-Shatiby said. 
    By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث - 12/9/2014 4:02:00 AM

  • The following Fatwa that was issued by Shaykh Abdallah Bin Bayyah in response to ISIS is very good to read.


    I read on a website that Ali ibn Abu Talib (may Allah be pleased with him) burnt some of the Kharitjites during his caliphate. But this made me confused due to the hadith we know where the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) forbad torturing others with fire since this is a sort of associating others with Allah. So how did Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) do this?

    And upon you is the peace of Allah, together with his mercy and blessings.

    “This report was narrated by al-Bukhary (6922) on the authority of `Ikrimah who said: Heretics were brought before Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) and he burnt them. When Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) was informed about this, he said, “If I were in his place, I would not have burnt them for the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) forbad this saying, “Do not torment with the torment of Allah” and I would have killed them, for the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever changes his religion, kill him.”" When a deviant group called al-Saba’iyyah, who were the followers of the Jewish `Abdullah ibn Saba’, went astray and believed that Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) was a god – we seek refuge with Allah from this – he (Ali) set them on fire and said, “When I saw such an enormous evil, I set them on fire and called.” Besides, this issue is a particular case that has no general application, as al-Shatiby said.

    “In general, there are many interpretations concerning this report, whether he burnt them after he had killed them, or he was just about to burn them but he did not. Whatever the case was, this was an opinion viewed by a companion that has nothing to do with associating gods with Allah. Burning a person is not permissible in the Shari`ah; but this does not amount to associating others with Allah. Associating others with Allah means to worship another god with Allah or to believe in other gods with Almighty Allah. Yes, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) forbad burning others and said “None should torment with fire except Allah.” [Reported by al-Bukhary (3016)]

    “Yet, this does not mean that whoever burns others with fire is considered as associating others with Allah. It rather means that this punishment is a punishment in the Hereafter, not in this world. This is what we should believe. The issue has no relation to associating others with Allah. As mentioned above, this interpretation may prove untrue. Perhaps he intended to burn them but he did not or he intended to burn them after killing them. Even if he actually burnt them, this would be a kind of ijtihad from a companion that disagrees with the text. The ultimate reference is always to the text. Nonetheless, we have to believe that they acted according to their ijtihad and that they are illuminating guides.”

    b�r te`Q�) killing them. Even if he actually burnt them, this would be a kind of ijtihad from a companion that disagrees with the text. The ultimate reference is always to the text. Nonetheless, we have to believe that they acted according to their ijtihad and that they are illuminating guides.” 
    Dear Rational, The Hadith you quoted is truly available. I thought it was not there in the Hadith.

    By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث - 12/9/2014 3:53:07 AM

  • Rational says, "it is not me who is defaming Hz Ali. Your imams have done it long back." . . .
    It is you who are doing it now, you are doing it here on this site and you are doing it with malicious ill-will.
    Rational quotes from Al-Bukhaari (4557),  Ahmad, 4869; Saheeh al-Jaami’, 2831. . . .
    We need to discard all of them. Using unreliable source material to defame figures respected by Muslims is despicable work.
    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 12/9/2014 2:56:26 AM

  • Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 12/9/2014 1:15:26 AM
    thanks for pouring so many kind words on me.
    you have said it before and you will get more chances to repeat these or more similar words.
    after all you have mastery on such words.
    your respectable figures of Islam has left in written what they did and how they did it.

    By ratioanl mohammed yunus - 12/9/2014 2:08:25 AM

  • Al-Bukhaari (4557) narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “ ‘You (true believers in Islamic Monotheism, and real followers of Prophet Muhammad and his Sunnah) are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind’ [Aal- Imraan 3:110 – interpretation of the meaning].” He said: “You are the best (i.e., the most beneficial) of people for mankind, you bring them in the chains that are around their necks until they enter Islam.Can people be brought in chains except in the case of jihad??

    The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “I have been sent ahead of the Hour with the sword so that Allaah will be worshipped alone, and my provision has been placed in the shade of my spear, and humiliation has been decreed for those who go against my command, and whoever imitates a people is one of them.” Narrated by Ahmad, 4869; Saheeh al-Jaami’, 2831.

    By ratioanl mohammed yunus - 12/9/2014 2:04:50 AM

  • GM, at last you repeat the same words because you have nothing to say.
    it is not me who is defaming Hz Ali. Your imams have done it long back.
    it is your double standard that you don't condemn the person who recorded all this but you chase doggedly others for just quoting the same.
    those ahadith cast the light on the society of that time. slaves were made to have labor as well as sex.
    By ratioanl mohammed yunus - 12/9/2014 1:55:55 AM

  • Rational, fighting about what is in this Hadith or that Hadith is silly. Your sole aim after all is to defame Hazrat Ali or some other respected figure in Islam. Your sources are weak and your purpose is dishonorable. What makes you pursue such a lowly path?
    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 12/9/2014 1:15:26 AM

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