Churches' chief welcomes trenchant Muslim critique of IS

By agency reporter
October 5, 2014

World Council of Churches General Secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, has welcomed publication of an open letter by a group of 126 Muslim scholars to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, leader of the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (IS) and his followers.

The letter, issued late last month, condemns actions of the IS from an Islamic religious perspective.

“The meticulous, detailed and scholarly rebuttal of the claims of the IS to represent authentic Islam offered by this letter will be an important resource for Muslim leaders who seek to enable people of all religions to live together with dignity, respecting our common humanity.”

“I am especially concerned at present for the safety and flourishing of Christian communities in the Middle East, as well as in other continents. This document is a significant contribution to how we together as people and leaders from our faith perspective and address threats to our one humanity,” Tveit said.

“We look forward to continuing to collaborate with our key Muslim friends and partners, a number of whom are signatories of this letter, to work together with them for peace and justice throughout the Middle East and in other parts of the world,” Tveit concluded.

* The full Muslim Scholars' letter: http://lettertobaghdadi.com

Also on Ekklesia:

* IS/ISIS in the wider context of Palestine and the Middle East, by Dr Harry Hagopian: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/20891

* News, comment and analysis on IS / ISIS /ISIL: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/isis

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