CAIRO: Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam said Tuesday following a meeting with Lebanese officials that the Islamic State (IS)—the self-described caliphate and Jihadist group—is a terrorist group that presents a threat to all Muslims.
“IS is a terrorist entity which represents dangers to Islam and Muslims worldwide,” Allam said, Youm7 reported. “Fighting them requires international and regional cooperation.”
Allam’s statement followed his meeting with former Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, Lebanese Ambassador to Cairo Khaled Ziadeh and Professor of Islamic studies at the Lebanese University in Beirut Radwan Al-Sayyid. The meeting was held at the Cairo headquarters of Dar Al-Ifta, the quasi-government religious entity responsible for issuing Islamic religious edicts (fatwas).
“It is a grave mistake to describe such a terrorist entity as an Islamic State,” Allam said. IS has violated all principles of Islam and humanitarian values regardless of their religion.
IS is the current name favored by the previous Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). It was previously aligned with Al-Qaeda, but the two parted ways in February 2014 according to numerous media reports. Egyptian media recently has been running many stories of Egyptians who have joined the group to fight in Iraq and Syria.