In a first of its kind in the world, a Sunni Muslim cleric from Kerala, India has issued a fatwa – religious direction – against the ISIS – the terrorist organization in Syria and Iraq. The cleric has denounced the outfit and has condemned its activities as even anti-Islam.
The cleric, his followers, the state of Kerala and the Union of India need to be congratulated for having been bold enough to take a stand even when Chuck Hagel, the US Secretary of Defence had said that ISIS was beyond his imagination. Even progressive leaders who have no religious inclination have refrained from making any noise on ISIS.
The contents of the cleric’s fatwa are noteworthy. He says that the outfit was causing harm to Islam itself. He has also denounced any support to the organization. and supporting it was forbidden and such support was against the basic tenet of the religion.
Extremely bold step indeed. Hope the Shahi Imam of Jamma Masjid in Delhi and the other top leaders of the different congregations pay attention to the Kerala cleric.
Kerala is truly God’s own country.