Thursday, 24 July 2014

Muslim Scholars Condemn ISIS on Mosul Christian Expulsions

Islamic scholars condemn expulsion of Iraq's 'Christian brothers'

DOHA (Reuters) - An influential group of Islamic scholars has denounced the forced expulsion of Christians from northern Iraq by Islamist hardliners, saying it paves the way for fighting between the country's ethnic and religious groups.

The Christian community of Mosul fled to the Kurdish autonomous region last week, ending a presence stretching back nearly 2,000 years, after Islamic State militants set them a deadline to submit to their rule or leave

"The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) condemns the forced expulsion of the Christian brothers of Iraq from their homes, cities and provinces," the group said in a statement posted on the website of its leader, the influential cleric Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi on Tuesday.
"These are acts that violate Islamic laws, Islamic conscience and leave but a negative image of Islam and Muslims."

The IUMS, comprising senior Sunni religious scholars from around the world with links to more moderate factions of the Muslim Brotherhood, views the Islamic State, which has taken control of a swathe of northern Iraq, as being too extreme and says its doctrine contradicts the true teachings of Islam.

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Concept of Dhimmi explained by Sheikh Hamza Yusuf

Hamza Yusuf on Dhimmitude

What is dhimmi?

Hamza Yusuf points out that the Dhimmi system is not a negative thing. He gave the example of the Gulf War (1) where the US protected Kuwait at a COST - protection money. Hamza Yusuf states protection is not free and the Islamic dhimmi system is much cheaper than what America charged.

Hamza Yusuf gave a historically documented case of Muslims returning the Jizya because the Muslims were unable to protect the Christians and Jews of that area. Muslims weren't squeezing people for every drop - it was a case of pay if you had the capacity. Old people who couldn't pay were exempt.

A state of humiliation?

 Hamza Yusuf touches on the translation of Quran 9:29 and the tafsirs. Hamza Yusuf finds it dangerous to say 'in a state of humiliation', he seems to disagree with this view. He highlights that there is a big debate over what the word 'Saaghir' means. Hamza Yusuf suggests we can look at it as 'a minority' rather than 'a state of humiliation'.

What does Dhimma mean?

Hamza Yusuf teaches us it means 'responsibility'. He also states it's the Muslims' responsibility to defend the dhimmis and their places of worship. Hamza Yusuf reminds us of the Islamic teaching of not harming the dhimmi (people in the Muslim world should be reminded of this).

Hamz aYusuf is honest, he doesn't whitewash anything and does touch on the misbehaviour of Muslims in history.

Hamza Yusuf offers an important point so we can have a realistic view of Muslim history; in Egypt it took 300 years before the Muslims reached 50% of the population, it Syria it took 500 years. Hamza Yusuf sees the existence of minorities in Muslim lands as a source of pride as it shows Muslims defended their minorities.

An article on Jizya

An article on Dhimmis:

AlShabaab and Alqaeda, why they commit terrorism - Asghar Bukhari

Muslims against terrorism

Christians having dreams and converting to Islam:

Invitation to Islam

Jesus taught people to do the Will of God (according to Mark 3:35) in order to become his brothers, mothers or sisters. A Muslim means one who submits to the Will of God. Do you want to become a brother/sister of Jesus? If yes, become a Muslim.

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