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(NEW YORK, NY, August 21, 2014) – The Islamic Circle of North America unequivocally condemns the brutal beheading on Tuesday of American journalist, James Foley, by the terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
“Such actions are repugnant to humanity and illustrate a blatant disregard for the sanctity of innocent human life,” said Naeem Baig, president of ICNA. “They are a gross violation of Islamic values and principles which advocate justice and kind treatment, even in war.”
In the few Quranic passages which mention war, Muslims are strictly told to be careful and not act unjustly and transgress limits. Those who are innocent are to not even be fought against, let alone killed.
The Prophetic example is a model of this behavior. Muhammad ﷺ, peace be upon him, treated prisoners with kindness, and ensured that everyone dealt with them with dignity.
“There are never any possible justifications for such inhumane and abhorrent actions,” said Naeem Baig. “ISIS falls outside of the pale of Islam.”
The activities of the group have been unanimously condemned by Muslims across the world. Not a single scholar or religious organization has looked favorably on the extreme violence, the rigid intolerance, and the severe brutality they have exhibited.
“Their actions show an utter lack of understanding of faith and religion,” said Baig. “They are an affront to any human conscience.”
The inclusion of poor in our festivity must be done without which we cannot complete our service to Allah SWT. How many societies the poor is left out of the pie and the rich eats the entire pie. A few weeks ago, we celebrated Eid-ul Fitr. And on that Eid, we enjoy its virtues by giving the Zakaat-ul Fitr to the poor before we begin the Eid prayer. This Eid we have to complete its celebration by giving 1/3 of the meat to the poor and needy. As Allah SWT says: Then eat thereof and feed therewith the poor who have a very hard time. (22:28) EID MUBAARAK!