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Thoughts on ISIS

Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam recently announced that “an extremist and bloody group such as [ISIS] poses a danger to Islam and Muslims, tarnishing its image as well as shedding blood and spreading corruption.” Here’s the word on the street about Al Baghdadi and the so-called Caliphate State.
compiled by Omneya Makhlouf

 

[They] give an opportunity for those who seek to harm us, to destroy us and interfere in our affairs with the [pretext of a] call to fight terrorism.”

Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam, Grand Mufti of Egypt

 

“A group simply announcing a caliphate is not enough to establish a caliphate.”

Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Qatar-based Egyptian religious leader

 

The Dirty Sectarian Games, Saudi Arabia & Iran have played in Region, may destroy their own fabric of society. Just wait & watch.”

The Realist, Twitter blogger

 

Not from Hollywood western movie, not from Bollywood dacoits movie. They’re real, they love killing & terrorizing.”

Taslima Nasreen, Twitter blogger

 

ISIS surely does not represent Muslims, not even a faction of them. It is just a terrorist organization. It is illogical that this group is the one calling for the caliphate. ISIS’s call on Muslims to immigrate to the proclaimed Islamic state is nonsense, as Muslims live in their own countries, practice their religious rituals and perform their duties and obligations. Why would they be requested to immigrate?”

Abdul Jalil Salem, former representative of the Egyptian Religious Endowments, to As-Safir.

 

What they called the Islamic caliphate is merely a response to the chaos which has happened in Iraq as a direct result of the inflammation of sectarian conflict in the entire region.”

Ibrahim Negm, advisor to Egypt’s Grand Mufti

 

I assure you that what is currently occurring in Iraq, and ISIS control over different areas of the Iraqi state, might recur in Sinai soon. The environment here is exactly similar to the one present in Iraq. There, [Prime Minister Nouri] al-Maliki marginalized and oppressed the Sunnis, leading to the latter’s support for ISIS in search of vengeance. In Sinai, similarly, the state has been harshly marginalizing and persecuting us. As a result, Sinai has become home to a terrorist organization with close ties to ISIS.”

A 60-year-old clan elder from the village of al-Mahdiya, speaking on condition of anonymity to Al-Monitor

 

There is no difference between Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis and ISIS. They conduct the same barbaric operations, particularly in their public street executions of soldiers and tribal elders who supported the army. All doubters have to do is watch the bloody videos online shot in Sinai or Iraq.”

Abu Alian, resident of Sinai’s border village of al-Joura, to Al-Monitor

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