Al-Qaeda,Extremist Muslim Clerics condemn murder of Jordanian Pilot

February 5, 2015 1:37 pm

Muslim clerics widely condemned Kasasbeh’s burning, saying such a form
of killing was considered despicable by Islam, no matter the context.
The head of Sunni Islam’s top university has called for the crucifixion
of Islamic State militants over the burning of a Jordanian fighter pilot
– an act even condemned as ‘deviant’.
Twitter account linked to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemeni
branch of the terror group, denounced the killing as ‘conclusive proof
of ’ deviance’

reports that, the 1,000-year-old Al-Azhar university, which is revered
by Sunni Muslims around the world, issued a statement expressing

 ‘deep anger over the lowly terrorist act’ by what it called a ‘Satanic’ group.

Grand Sheikh Tayib said the act ‘requires the punishment mentioned in
the Koran for these corrupt oppressors who fight against God and his
prophet: killing, crucifixion or chopping of the limbs.’
In Qatar, the International Association of Muslim Scholars, headed by
prominent cleric Youssef al-Qaradawi and linked to the Muslim
Brotherhood that has influence across the region, called the burning of
Kasasbeh a criminal act.
‘The Association asserts that this extremist organisation does not
represent Islam in any way and its actions always harm Islam,’ it said.
Saudi cleric Salman al-Odah wrote on his Twitter account:

‘Burning is an abominable crime rejected by Islamic law regardless of
its causes.’It is rejected whether it falls on an individual or a group
or a people. Only God tortures by fire,’ he added.

In reply, Islamic State posted its own religious edict on Twitter, which
ruled that it is permissible in Islam to burn an infidel to death.
However, senior clerics across the Islamic world argued that inflicting death by fire was always banned under Islam.

‘The Prophet, peace be upon him, advised against burning people with
fire,’ Sheikh Hussein bin Shu’ayb, head of the religious affairs
department in southern Yemen, told Reuters in Aden. 

And even Muslim leaders sympathetic to the jihadist cause said the act
of burning a man alive and filming the killing would damage Islamic
State, which controls swathes of Syria and Iraq.
Abu Sayaf, a Jordanian Salafist cleric who spent almost ten years in
Jordanian prisons for militant activity, including a plot to attack U.S.
troops, said:

 ‘This weakens the popularity of Islamic State because we look at Islam
as a religion of mercy and tolerance. Even in the heat of battle, a
prisoner of war is given good treatment.’

‘Even if the Islamic State says Moaz had bombed and burned and killed
us, and we punished him in the way he did to us, we say, OK but why film
the video in this shocking way?’ Sayaf told Reuters.This method has
turned society against them.’

SITE, a U.S.-based monitoring service, quoted Abdullah bin Muhammad
al-Muhaysini, whom it described as a Saudi jihadi, as saying on Twitter
it would have been better if Kasasbeh’s captors had swapped him for
‘Muslim captives’. The killing would make ordinary people sympathetic to
Kasasbeh, he said.

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