Egypt’s Grand Mufti says that members of ISIS are still part of the “fold of Islam,” and that he doesn’t have the authority to expel “such a person” from the faith.
During a recent TV interview, which aired on Aug. 17, Shawki Allam, the Grand Mufti of Egypt, was asked why the religious establishment didn’t label ISIS members “unbelievers.”
According to Shawki Allam, “No matter what [a person] does with his life, as long as he does not renounce [the two shahadas], this does not lead to his expulsion from the fold of Islam.”
The shahada is the Muslim profession of faith. It is based on two fundamental beliefs: There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the prophet of Allah.
As Jihad Watch explains, in the West, people take for granted that members of the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and other terrorist groups are not Muslims “and that anyone who thinks otherwise is a racist, bigoted ‘Islamophobe.'”
Yet Shawki Allam says, “Declaring the expulsion of such a person from the fold of Islam is the prerogative of the judiciary,” and therefore not under the religious establishment’s authority.
You can watch Shawki Allam’s comments here.
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