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Muslim Leaders Have Roundly Denounced Islamic State, But Conservative Media Won't Tell You That

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Media figures have accused Muslim groups and leaders of failing to denounce the violent acts of the terrorist group the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL), despite the fact that numerous Muslim religious authorities, advocacy groups, and Imams have done so.

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Carrie B (306)
Friday August 22, 2014, 3:00 pm
Thank you Sheryl. Excellent article.

Past Member (0)
Friday August 22, 2014, 3:23 pm
Thank you. Normally I try to stay away from extreme conservative media. I have read about many Muslims condemning ISIS.
Thank you Dandelion!

Animae C (514)
Friday August 22, 2014, 5:03 pm
Thanx for posting Sheryl.

Sheila D (194)
Friday August 22, 2014, 8:16 pm
What do you expect from Faux News...they're puppets reporting what they're told to. Thanks for posting this.

Laurie H (817)
Friday August 22, 2014, 9:24 pm
Great read dearest Sheryl---So Many Thanks my special friend for sharing~~~

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Friday August 22, 2014, 9:50 pm
Hamas has put at least 20 Palestinians to death, yesterday and before this too, an actual execution, for allegedly cooperating with the Israelies. These innocents had nothing to do with Israeli intelligence. What difference is there between them and the ISIS? It's just to spread terror within so no one has the guts to object to their crazy actions. Thanks Dandelion.

Lynn S (235)
Friday August 22, 2014, 10:27 pm
The reason that the right wing media don't hear any denunciations of the Muslim extremists by Muslims is because they don't want to hear it. If they heard it, they could not denounce the entire religion and its adherents!

Although just one, this report from the Canadian Press: 'They are terrorists and must be punished:' Calgary imam speaks out against ISIS

In talking to some of my Muslim friends, they confirm that these extremists are not following the Qur'an, but have taken great liberties with the interpretation of passages. Isn't that what the right wing pseudo Christians do? Oh yeah!

P A (117)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 12:12 am
Oh Dandelion - I am concerned - I have checked on the BBC and put in several sentences from the article - and nothing remotely relevant has come up from their search engine - not for 'Muslim leaders denounce Islamic State' or (even more importantly it seems to me) "violence has no place in religion" - this is so worrying!

I have just put the "violence has no place in religion" into my search engine prefixed by UK media and found to my relief that ITV has a report on it as have several newspapers (so I clicked on to each page so they would know there was some interest)- but why not the BBC/why couldn't their search engine find anything on it?! MOST worrying!


Shirley S (187)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 12:22 am

Peter Blattner (86)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 1:17 am
Now then the courageous Kurdish freedom women fighters (Peschmergas) will come and they will learn to fear the cowardly fanatic from the IS (formerly ISIS)!!!

Athena F (131)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 1:19 am
thank you

Jonathan Harper (0)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 2:02 am

Patsy D (69)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 2:35 am

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 2:42 am
This is a modified Google translation of the statement of Al-Azher ( the most reputable Islamic institute in the world) about the latest events in Iraq

In the context of anxiety that has already been shown by Al-Azhar Al-Sharif towards the growing dimensions of sectarianism of events accelerated the Republic of brotherly Iraq over recent weeks;, the Al-Azhar Al-Sharif expresses greatly disturbed at continuing reports of forced displacement of the Christian of the city of Mosul, which is totally incompatible with Islamic principles and teachings of tolerance, which calls for coexistence and communication between people as mentioned in the verse: (O people, I have created you from a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes so you can get acquainted and live with each others) (Al-Hojrat ) . As well as incompatible with the course of Iraqi history rich coexistence and harmony between people of different ethnic groups.

Accordingly;, the Al-Azhar Al-Sharif confirms its absolute condemnation of any extreme behavior that would harm the lives, property or interests of innocent Iraqi citizens, whatever their sect or sectarian or nationalist might be, stressing in this context the importance of alerting all political leaders and religious and ethnic groups to what is being plotted against Arab and Islamic nation of intrigue and fascinate, targeting divided and torn and dismembered, right down to the objectives of the suspect we all know, and the need to address the crucial stand this trend generally far removed from the spirit of the Arab and Islamic nations.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 2:50 am
Thanks Sheryl for this post. The full text in Arabic is here. The statement was issued on 2014-07-27 at 13:09:48

Arild Gone for now (174)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 3:08 am
Faux News and Hannity wouldn't report the truth anyway,thanks Sheryl.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 4:05 am
This is why you have to read everything, not just one side. Thanks

Sandra Penna (135)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 4:16 am
noted and read, thank you, Dandelion.

Arlene C (40)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 4:24 am
Merci Dandelion et les commentaires des membres C2

Edwin M (346)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 4:31 am
Thanks Sheryl

Don H (45)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 5:45 am
Noted. Thanks, Dandelion.

Conservative media sucks! All lies, all the time.

. (0)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 6:02 am
Condemning the Islamic state or groups such as Hamas or ISIS is one thing. How about putting some boots on the ground and solving the problem in your own backyard? The Arab states are behaving exactly as Europe did when Disraeli signed the documents with Hitler and the Nazis. Appeasement only works for so long and then you have to fight.If you don't you wind up like Europe did for nine years and millions of live lost. It was good for the 1% but not for the rest of us. ISIS looks at the Arab royalty as the fattened geese; says yum yum - soon....your turn and America - we've already breached your borders.

Arielle S (313)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 6:42 am
There are always those with their own agenda - we should believe nothing we hear and only half of what we see. And trust no one, which sounds awful, but in today's world, unfortunately, it makes sense.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 6:51 am
Thx Sheryl. But nothing new here, when have conservative media, or even MSM generally, ever told you the (full) truth?

Winnie A (179)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 6:53 am
Thanks Sheryl. Have to agree with Arielle's comment.

Thomas M (8)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 8:04 am
It seems that it is a forgone conclusion that these Muslim leaders who have condemned ISIS had better work with the US and other nations to remove the threat or they will be destroyed. ISIS said Saudi Arabia holy sites and Spain are targets of the organization. ISIS is no friend of middle eastern nations. Where are they?

Gene J (290)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 11:15 am
It is good to see moderate Muslims condemning the abomination that is ISIS - especially heartening to see CAIR doing so. Those voices have been too quiet in the past or too muted by our media. The people, all over the world, need hear that Islam is not a threat to them, that it is not coming for them and that extremism is condemned by responsible Muslims everywhere. There are those promoting the idea that WWIII begins in the middle east and is Islam -v- the world. The way to prevent that is to make sure all voices are heard and that civilized people can find civilized solutions to issues. That brutality and murder have no place in the modern world. I'm not sure any message is more important to convey around the world than that, right now. And that governments everywhere not only condemn but refuse to harbor those whose only goal is murder most foul in the name of whatever delusion they may have. They are welcome to them but only insofar as they adhere to whatever they believe and allow everyone else the same freedom. Nothing less is acceptable.

Sheryl G (360)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 11:21 am
That is why I placed the article on, the top part had the statements that Muslims are not speaking out, then the rest of the article had excerpts from the various Muslim groups and representatives. I placed that on here because I do get tired of hearing that no one is speaking out against ISIS that is Muslim.

I also agree with Michael that it must be more than USA and the Kurdish people in on this beyond words. I must in fact hope that these plans are being drawn up behind the scenes. Extremist tend not to negotiate, hence is why they call them Extremist, and that includes where-ever they are. Mass killings by any group is wrong.

Judy C (97)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 12:29 pm
Thanks for posting this, Dandelion. People are incredibly ill-informed about Islam! Tolerance is a key value to Muslims, and the general public sees them as the opposite. Few have studied the subject AT ALL, but they spout all kinds of nonsense and hateful ideas, nevertheless. This article shows just how widespread the condemnation of such tactics as those used by ISIL are, by the Muslim leadership. From the article: "Extremist and militant ideas and terrorism which spread decay on Earth, destroying human civilisation, are not in any way part of Islam, but are enemy number one of Islam, and Muslims are their first victims." [Al Jazeera, 8/19/14]

JL A (281)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 12:36 pm
Thanks for giving people the opportunity for facts to help set the record straight and have a more balanced view consistent with the facts, if they are willing to challenge their preferred preconceived notions, Dandelion. Thanks Lynn and Abdessalam for the additional sources identifying some of the Muslims who have spoken out against ISIS.

Evelyn B (62)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 12:46 pm
There are definitely interest groups that do NOT want any news leaking through that might remind people that the large majority of Muslims, including Muslim organisations, are NOT blood-thirsty monsters barely reined in to prevent them from chomping their way through all Christians, Jews and others ....

After all, if we didn't have the horror of ISIS actions, where would those wanting to distract people from condemning Israeli action in Gaza (which already distracts the media and the general public from the ongoing human rights abuses taking place daily in the rest of Occupied Palestine) point us - attacking us with "you don't care about all those poor victims of ISIS" .... as though the fact that ISIS is abhorrent means that what Israel has done & is doing in Gaza is insignificant, not worth considering .....

Such people put Hamas & ISIS in a same "box" - trying to make everyone believe that Hamas is Jihadist in exactly the same way as ISIS - although some of the Israeli media clearly recognise tha Hamas is a Muslim resistance movement, not jihadist: (And recognises the rights of Christian Palestinians as well as Muslim).

Very handy reference - thanks Dandelion, much appreciated ...

Joanne D (38)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 12:56 pm
In the United States, there are plenty of groups and prominent individuals, mainstream Christians, condemning the word and actions of the self-styled "Christian" extreme right wing. You're not going to find that in the mainstream (=right wing owned) media either. I wouldn't dream of expecting to read or hear about members of any other faith group denouncing their own bad apples.

Jo S (619)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 1:21 pm
Noted & shared.
Thanks Dandelion & Sheila for the forward.

Mandi T (367)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 2:03 pm
Thank you Sheryl

Kathleen Mireault (211)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 2:17 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting this, Dandelion. Thanks Lynn and Abdesssalam for the additional sources of moderation, as well.

Bella F (94)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 2:37 pm

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 2:40 pm
They didn't make a great big point of telling you that Arab leaders have been denouncing Hamas for a long time.
Etc., etc., etc......................

Terry H (15)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 3:08 pm
And a statement by the Muslim Council of Britain who seem to be rarely featured by some sections of the British press.

Gordon Van Gies (117)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 3:44 pm

Judith C (159)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 4:25 pm
I just wish for all this terror against humans to stop.

Charlene Rush (79)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 5:01 pm
The fact is, neither, Faux Noise or any of the other conservative channels could tell you the truth, because they don't comprehend the difference between truth and fiction.
They are so absorbed with their fear and hate, they can't think straight.
When listening to them speak, all you get is anger and vindictiveness.

I was once asked a question by a conservative.
'What do you think is more important ~ Justice or Equality?
My answer was quite simple ~ EQUALITY.
You can't have 'justice', if you don't have 'equality'.
He had to think about that for a minute and then came up with some ridiculous response.
Naturally, he said ~ Justice.

My answer to that was, 'You don't mean justice, you mean vengeance.
I rest my case.

Sheryl G (360)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 7:11 pm
Thank you Barbara for the additional input but the article was on ISIS so it wasn't covering other groups such as Hamas as you mentioned.

S J (130)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 10:59 pm
say NO to brutality, crime, war, injustice, discriminate from ALL sides.

thank you Dandelion

Sunday August 24, 2014, 5:58 am
Thanks so much Dandelion for the informative post.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 7:51 am
ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi Trained by Israeli Mossad, NSA Documents Reveal

The former employee at US National Security Agency (NSA), Edward Snowden, has revealed that the British and American intelligence and the Mossad worked together to create the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Snowden said intelligence services of three countries created a terrorist organisation that is able to attract all extremists of the world to one place, using a strategy called “the hornet’s nest”.

NSA documents refer to recent implementation of the hornet’s nest to protect the Zionist entity by creating religious and Islamic slogans.

According to documents released by Snowden, “The only solution for the protection of the Jewish state “is to create an enemy near its borders”.

Leaks revealed that ISIS leader and cleric Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi took intensive military training for a whole year in the hands of Mossad, besides courses in theology and the art of speech.

Sheryl G (360)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 8:14 am
There are many reasons they want Edward Snowden and to discredit him. I'd say their hornets they riled up are buzzing their own tune right now. Be careful when you stir up a hornets nest.

Freya H (357)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 9:51 am
If there is a God/Allah/Yahweh/Great Spirit/Whatever, then He/She does not approve of violence in His/Her name. There is no such thing as holy war - all war is unholy. The same goes for shooting doctors, lynching homosexuals, and bombing clinics.

Sheryl G (360)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 10:14 am
Aho to that one Freya!

"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires."
Susan B. Anthony


Caitlin M (104)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 5:19 pm
I agree with Freya also. Let's concentrate on stopping all wars, not needing to blame one side or the other. All killings of our human family are sad failings within the human family.

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 6:22 pm
Noted and shared

Edith B (146)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 8:36 pm
Thanks for posting this one.

Kevin K (23)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 11:28 pm
noted and shared

Dawnie W (250)
Monday August 25, 2014, 9:50 am
Killing, slaughter, murder, war or whatever title you label it with...Is abhorrent and humans don't seem to learn anything from any of the killing fields of history and just keep on repeating the whole cycle, totally asinine! If the adult generations of certain groups keep indoctrinating their children and young people with vindictive 1000 year hatreds there is not much hope for peace and while greedy arms dealers and governments with ulterior motives supply weapons, I ask what hope is there? It's got nothing to do with religion because if it did, the whole blood lusting murders would stop. Nope! These people are born killers looking for a righteous reason to murder with gay abandon and their religion is a scape goat and their deluded minds actually believe the actual lunacy of the whole sale slaughter they leave in their wake.

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. (0)
Monday August 25, 2014, 10:29 am
Noted and shared. Thanks

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 27, 2014, 7:12 am
Thanks for sharing, we know all media does not report everything as it should be, the different networks promote what they want and leave out the rest, both political parties do this. We need more real news as it is.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 7:48 am
The top Islamic authority in Egypt, revered by many Muslims worldwide, launched an Internet-based campaign Sunday challenging an extremist group in Syria and Iraq by saying it should not be called an "Islamic State."

Sheryl G (360)
Friday August 29, 2014, 7:03 am
Thank you Addessalam for the newest link that pertains to the topic.
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