MELBOURNE – Australian imams say there is nothing Islamic about the “murderous actions” by the militant group Islamic State (IS).
The phrase “Islamic State” refers to an era when Muslims, Christians and Jews lived together harmoniously, the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) said. But the militants had misappropriated the terminology for their own political and violent goals.
“Since the ISIS group was established we have been very clear about denouncing their lies and betrayal of our faith,” said Grand Mufti of Australia, Ibrahim Abu Mohammad in a statement on Monday.
“These criminals are committing crimes against humanity and sins against God. Forced eviction, threats of execution and burning of places of worship including churches have no place in any faith,” he said.
ANIC wants the term “Islamic” not to be used when referring to IS, also known as ISIL, saying it serves only to give credence to the group’s illegitimate claims of religious authority.
ANIC also warned Muslim Australians not to trust the internet and social media “as some material may have dangerous influences on vulnerable minds”. â€“ Bernama