CAIRO: Egyptian Dar Al-Ifta created a Facebook page Call It Qaeda Separatists, Not Islamic State to rectify the concept of an Islamic State and condemned the Islamic State’s (IS) “terrorist acts” in Iraq and Syria, Grand Mufti advisor Ibrahim Negm in a statement Sunday.
The campaign aims to communicate with Western media outlets in order not to call the I.S. by their name.
The page was created on Aug. 21 and will publish the moderate clergymen’s opinions as a response to every I.S. statement for everyone worldwide, Negm said.
The page called All Muslim and Non-Muslim People All Over The World condemned the “heinous acts of terrorism.” They published many stories to clarify the concept of the Islamic Caliphate during Prophet Muhammad and his companions’ era that reflect how the first caliphate granted Christians social security.
“The greatest Jihad ever in Islamic history has been changing people’s hearts. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) made an Islamic call and through the help of Allah created a nation through peace,” the page wrote.
The Qaeda-inspired I.S. previously claimed the name the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and committed crimes and murder against of Shiite, non-Muslims, and especially Christians.
The militants published a video online on Aug. 19 in which they beheaded U.S. journalist James Foley and threatened another kidnapped journalist Steven Sotloff of facing the same fate if the American policy continues against them.
I.S. also issued a decree on July 18 that Christians and non-Muslims in areas under their control must convert to Islam, pay the jizyah (a historical tax levied on non-Muslims that was eventually abolished by the Ottoman Empire), and leave their homes or they will be executed.
More than 10,000 people from Christian communities in North Iraq and fled their homes fearing I.S. threats, according the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) statement on July 27.
UNHR said Tuesday it would send major aid operations to more than half a million displaced Iraqis, Reuters reported.
Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam said on Aug. 13 following a meeting with Lebanese officials that the self-described caliphate and Jihadist group is a “terrorist group that presents a threat to all Muslims.”
Al-Azhar Sheikhdom condemned the forced exodus of Iraqi Christians in a statement on July 27 and that I.S. actions completely contradict Islamic traditions.
Dar Al-Ifta is the quasi-government religious entity responsible for issuing Islamic religious edicts (fatwas).
Additional reporting by Aya Ibrahim.