What is ISIS?
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or “Daesh” is an extremist militant group which was declared in June 2014, self-proclaimed to be the caliphate or Islamic State. It is led by and composed of extremist Arabs from Iraq, Syria, as well as some other countries. As of March 2015, the Islamic state has control of 12 million people in Syria and Iraq. They also control other small areas of South Asia and Africa.
What does ISIS want?
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the Islamic State leader or “caliph”. He wants to have the authority over all Muslims around the world as well as destroy infidels or Muslim enemies which he considers non Muslims. Currently the Islamic State has around 45,000 to 50,000 militants around the world, although a Kurdish Leader claims the total figure is much higher at around 200,000. The Islamic State is responsible for Syrian and Iraqi mass killings including children, women, and innocent civilians. At first, they claimed to kill only Shia Muslims, but later they started killing all Muslims, Christians, and other religious and nonreligious people. United Nation has held ISIS responsible for human rights abuses and war crimes. The Islamic state has been designated a terrorist organization by the United Nation and Islamic society. USA, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, European Union, China and over 60 countries are waging war against ISIS.
Is ISIS genuinely Islamic?
ISIS claims to be the sole representatives of true followers of Islam, but they executed large number of Muslims and non Muslims which is totally against Islamic belief and against Quran.
“If anyone slew an innocent person it would be as if he slew the whole mankind and if he saves a life it would be as he saved the life of all mankind” Quran 5;32.
Currently as we see ISIS has no clear enemy, their enemies are considered all mankind, whatever religion they follow or wherever they belong they just keep killing and sharing horror video clips of beheading soldiers and journalists in social media.
How is ISIS funded?
Less than 50% of their income comes through oil smuggling in Syria and Iraq, racketeering and kidnappings as well as private Jihadi networks in the Gulf. There are also invisible huge supporters behind the scenes to keep ISIS active and target their goals. Financial Times says that ISIS group looted hundreds of millions of dollars from banks, making it the richest terrorist group in the world.
Muslims around the world condemn ISIS as anti-Islam. Muslims around the world, from religious leaders and politicians to ordinary people are condemning ISIS abuse, attacks, rape, killings, beheadings or other terrorist activities in any part of the world. Lately on Nov 13th 2015 the attack in Paris which ended with 129 dead and 368 injured. Muslims from all over the world condemned terrors and shared their condolences with the French people. Many Muslims have taken to social media to condemn ISIS actions across the globe and remind people that the terrorist group does not represent Islam.
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