Muslim clerics from all over the world denounce ‘savage’ ISIS murder of the Jordanian pilot.
As a reaction to the gruesome killing of the Jordanian pilot who was held hostage by ISIS, Muslim clerics from all over the world have strongly condemned the vicious act of ISIS. 26-year-old Muadh al-Kasasbeh who’s F-16 jet crash landed in Syria was held by ISIS and recently a video was released by ISIS showing the young Jordanian being burnt alive in a cage. The religious leaders say, murder of Muadh al-Kasasbeh has violated the Islamic values and humanity, as condemnation of ISIS builds up.
Abu Mohammed al-Maqdesi who is held in high esteem by many al-Qaida members, said the killing of Lt Muadh al-Kasasbeh was not acceptable in any religion. Whereas, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, a senior Shia cleric, said in a sermon that the “savage” act demonstrated the extremists knew no boundaries and “violated Islamic values and humanity”.
The Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb, head of the world’s most prestigious seat of Sunni Islam learning, the Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, said that the militants deserved the Qur’anic punishment of death, crucifixion or chopping off their arms for being enemies of God and the prophet Muhammad. “Islam prohibits the taking of an innocent life,” Tayeb said. By burning the pilot to death, the militants violated Islam’s prohibition on the immolation or mutilation of bodies – even during wartime, he said.
Iraq’s most senior Sunni mufti, Sheik Mahdi al-Sumaidaie, said the crime against Kasasbeh was unprecedented, adding that “the prophet Muhammad said that only God can punish with fire”. At the same time, Pakistani Sunni cleric Munir Ahmed, in his sermon in Islamabad, also dismissed any theological basis for the crime, saying the “gruesome” death of the Jordanian pilot was “the most horrible act of cruelty”. It was a punishment that “Allah has kept for its own authority and no human is authorised to do it”, he said.