Refuting ISIS by Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi
Why read this book:
ISIS is trying to brand Islam. People are judging Islam by the action of Islamic states. They give distorted reference from Quran and hadith and People who don’t know about Islam or know very little tend to think bad of Islam. 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, it is trying to lure people to join its group, promising caliphate. ISIS has not only manipulated the religion but has brainwash angry young Muslims, who have little knowledge of Islamic theology and jurisprudence. There is a big difference of opinion even among Muslims with regards to ISIS.
This book gives a plethora of proofs that demonstrates ISIS’ actions do not represent Sunni Islam and its claims are based on clear fallacies. Authentic quotes and references are given that destroy the allegations of ISIS. Unlike similar books on the abstract subject of terrorism, this book is written by keeping in mind those people whose encounter with ISIS is not a distant news report but their bitter ground reality.
The book is to appeal to five types of audiences:
(1) The vulnerable Muslim youth who sees in the ISIS propaganda a religiously sanctioned outlet for his machismo?
(2) The ISIS neophyte who is in dire need of weaning out of his terrible liminality by demonstrating that the ISIS ‘gangster’ methodology has no place in Islam;
(3) The average Muslim who is perplexed by some of the theological and legal challenges brought about as a result of the emergence of ISIS;
(4) Fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), to pacify their conscience that not only is it Islamically legitimate to fight ISIS but it’s a religious obligation for those in the region to do so; finally
(5) To silence the annoyingly clanging crescendo of Western politicians and critics that Muslim scholars are not speaking out against ISIS.
The original contribution and the most interesting part of the book is its first chapter: ‘In the words of ISIS’. In this chapter, the author is quoting, evaluating and critiquing quotations taken directly from ISIS literature. The media bias against Muslims has created a deep suspicion amongst Muslims regarding anything which the media reports about Islam. This has led many Muslims to take a non-committed position regarding the atrocities of ISIS as they are reported in the media. Shaykh Yaqoubi’s critical interrogation of ISIS literature, his political activism and intimate knowledge of the conditions in the Levant coupled with his deep understanding of the Islamic scholarly tradition should leave no doubts in the minds of Muslims that the way of ISIS is not the way of Islam.