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Refuting ISIS: A Rebuttal Of Its Religious And Ideological Foundations

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The Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) constitutes the most serious threat Islam has ever faced. To justify its horrible crimes and appeal to Muslims around the world, ISIS has based its ideology on a superficial and literalist approach to the Sacred Texts of Islam - the Holy Qur'an and the Prophetic Tradition. ISIS manipulates religion to brainwash angry young Muslims ...more
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Published August 25th 2015 by Sacred Knowledge
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Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Islam is truly a religion of mercy, wisdom, justice, tolerance and peace. Muslims have been known throughout history for observing covenants, even when the covenants harmed them, and that was one of the most significant reasons for the spread of Islam.” (29)

All but one Surah in the Qur’an begins with the Basmala, translated “In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful.” In a Hadith Qudsi (statement of God direct through the Prophet Muhammad), it is said by God that “My mercy prevails ov
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing

As far as I am aware, this is the first response in the English language by a traditionally trained Islamic scholar of established standing and repute addressing the cancerous menace that threatens Muslims firstly, and then humanity at large. From what it seems this was an original Fatwa penned in the Arabic language (for the Syrians primarily reflecting ground realities and Arabs at large) which the author himself has then translated into English, so that it is widely available for a larger aud
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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*The following constitutes of both a review and a collation of some notes that I made on this text so that I can easily reference them in the future if need be*

I used to say that the Assad regime is my enemy just as much as ISIS, that they kill civilians far more than ISIS does and that the world is getting it wrong by focusing just on ISIS. While the above may be true, this book revealed to me why, as a Muslim, it is particularly important to stand firm and loud in my condemnation of this aberr
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an authoritative fatwa from a man who knows the ins and outs of Shari'a - which is more nuanced than the average lay Muslim or non-Muslim may think - to the extent where anyone with even an inkling of support for ISIS after reading it will be a complete idiot who is beyond saving. Far from being a "moderate" response issued to placate Islamophobes, it attacks ISIS at the heart of what they claim is so important to them: their beliefs. By demonstrating the flexibility of Shari'a vs. their ...more
Muhammad Juneem
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it
1.In this book, the author tries to refute ISIS using Islamic laws( Mainly Quran, Hadith ) and their interpretations from authentic scholars.

2.He classifies ISIS terrorists as 'Khawarij'

3. The author argues that it is their religious duty for Muslims to fight ISIS and their ideology.

4.Though some of the arguments presented in this book was less convincing for me (a non-believer), I think this book will create an impact among believers.Hence I consider this as an important to step to fight ISIS
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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First of all, this is a fatwa and does not attempt to criticize ISIS from a Western, secular, Christian, or any other standpoint. Instead, al-Yaqoubi is a religious scholar and approaches his criticism of ISIS from the perspective of religious orthodoxy. As such, there are some things in here that may make Western readers uncomfortable--for instance, al-Yaqoubi's argument that slavery is only permissible if an opponent takes Muslims as slaves first. This is rooted in traditional Islamic legal tr ...more
Abu Kamdar
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A concise clear refutation of Jihadism.
Fatimah Garcia
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quote from Preface to the 2nd edition: “It is my hope that this contributes to the defeat of ISIS”

The second edition of Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi’s book (which is really a fatwah written in English) expands on some topics based on the feedback he received from the first edition. Each chapter contains a wealth of citations, not only to support his claim, but also as a rich source for further reading for those who wish to dive deeply into this subject. This is not a causal read for a sleepy rainy
This book was a bit disappointing. Overall I think the argumentation was unconvincing in general.

The book suffers from some very serious flaws. As stated in the preface, the author did not reconstruct the origin of ISIS's ideology, nor did he analyse their arguments and proofs. Is this not the first step of a refutation?

For instance in the chapter about slavery, he writes slavery is prohibited because the muslims have made contracts with the rest of the world to agree to outlaw slavery. Apart
Suleman Kanani
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Amazing to see a truly traditional and well accepted scholar detail clear proofs against ISIS in an easy to read format, strengthening the position of Muslims worldwide and clearing showing that ISIS has nothing whatsoever to do with Islam. In fact as the book mentions, they are the worst enemy of Islam.
Qasim Zafar
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It is all too easy to jump on a bandwagon and condemn an entire idology based on the merciless actions of a few ignorant extremists. However if one is to be intellectually honest, then the best route is to seek a true understanding of religions and know where the linese between the religions, individuals, and culture all are. Understanding a religion is it's own reward, but being able to refute extremists based on the system they profess to believe is a feeling all its own as well.

Muhammad al-Ya
Ijaz Ahmad
Nov 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Quite a short book. Its most impactful chapters are those regarding non-Muslims and the interview with Shaykh Yaqoubi at the end of the book. I think that a non-Muslim would be able to have a lot of their questions answered, but a Muslim thinking of joining ISIS may not find much information to dissuade them from joining.

To that end, I would suggest that they read the Notes at the end and the interview with Shaykh Yaqoubi. The number of references to classical Islamic sources is perhaps the most
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: islam, religion
I'm not sure if it's just the passage of time or the new changes/additions that were made to this edition, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the first edition. There were a few times where I thought the Shaykh was too brief on certain points, and I would've liked him to expand upon what he was saying a bit more. I get that this is supposed to be a succinct booklet, but I still had some questions about various aspects of the Shari'a when I was finished. I won't tread on this too much, since I've a ...more
Dante Matta
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An essential book who go through all the main issues ISIS is presenting as an intellectual and theological threat to normative sunni islam.

The Sheikh is doing an excellent job to present in a simplified way but yet complete a whole refutation of ISIS claim on Sunni Islam, on subject as essential as application of Shari'a law in the modern time, democracy and alliance with non-muslims.

Highly recommended.
Talah elkhaled
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would say it's good book,I agree it's short and might be little simple for who already know Islam or did their homework but I think it would be great book for people who doesn't know much about Islam ,specially people who just get their info from the misleading media. ...more
Eh, didn't really like this one or get a lot out of it. It's very short and the arguments aren't in-depth. It was mostly just stuff I already knew. ...more
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A short read but provides in depth and strong arguments by a highly renowned Islamic scholar. A second edition of the book was published in March, which has several new add ins from this version.
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well said

Well said. I enjoyed reading this book. I plan to read this again. I wish we see more of this view in the media.
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