Kerala Muslim cleric issues fatwa against ISIS; jihadists sell dozens of Yazidi women
KOZHIKODE: A Muslim cleric in Kerala on Saturday
issued a fatwa asking the community to boycott the Islamic Sate also known as
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other terrorist organisations.
In his religious decree, general secretary of All
India Sunni Jam-e-yyathul Ulema, Shaikh Abu Bakr Ahmad said favouring the
extremist organisations is antithetical to the Islamic sharia. “The Muslim
world is in dire need to take cognisance of the threats posed by the
anti-Islamic outfits. The militant groups among Muslims are causing harm to
Islam in the false garb of Islamists. Any support or endorsement to the
extremist and terrorist organisations goes completely against the Islamic
sharia,” the Sunni-Sufi Islamic scholar said. Stating that the ISIS or their
self proclaimed Khalifates does not represent Islam by any means, the fatwa
said, “They are not just anti-Islamic but are enemies of the humanity.”
“Their ruthless activities against people in Iraq and
Syria are not meant for helping Muslims but defame Islam. Their anti-western
interpretation of Islam is only aimed to serve their political agendas in the
wider Muslim world.
“Supporting their activities through any means is
forbidden according to the basic principles of Islam. I urge all the Muslims to
condemn their activities and to pray for the people who suffer from their
merciless activities,” it said.
AFP reports from Beirut: Several dozen Yazidi women
kidnapped by Islamic State jihadists in Iraq have been taken to Syria, forced
to convert and sold into marriage to militants, a monitoring group said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based
NGO, said it had confirmed that at least 27 Yazidi women had been sold for
around US$ 1,000 each to IS fighters.
The group said it was aware that some 300 Yazidi women
had been kidnapped and transported to Syria by the jihadists, but it had so far
documented the sale into marriage of 27.
“In recent weeks, some 300 women and girls of the
Yazidi faith who were abducted in Iraq have been distributed as spoils of war
to fighters from the Islamic State,” a statement said.
The group said it had documented several cases in
which the fighters then sold the women as brides for USD 1,000 each to other IS
members after forcing them to convert to Islam.
“The Observatory documented at least 27 cases of those
being sold into marriage by Islamic State members in the northeast of Aleppo
province, and parts of Raqa and Hassakeh province,” the NGO said. It added that
some Syrian Arabs and Kurds had tried to buy some of the women in a bid to set
them free, but they were only being sold to IS members.
The Observatory said it was unclear what had happened
to the rest of the 300 women, and strongly denounced the “sale of these women
who are being treated as though they are objects to buy and sell.”
Both UN officials and Yazidis fleeing IS advances in
Iraq have said fighters kidnapped women to be sold into forced marriages. UN
religious right monitor Heiner Beilefeldt warned earlier this month of reports
of women being executed and kidnapped by IS militants.
“We have reports of women being executed and unverified
reports that strongly suggest that hundreds of women and children have been
kidnapped — many of the teenagers have been sexually assaulted, and women have
been assigned or sold to IS fighters,” she said.
Yazidis, a Kurdish-speaking minority who follow an
ancient faith rooted in Zoroastrianism, are dubbed “devil worshippers” by IS
militants because of their unorthodox blend of beliefs and practices.
The IS emerged from the one-time Iraqi affiliate of
al-Qaida but has since broken with that group and espouses an interpretation of
Islam that has been widely rejected.