The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) constitutes the most serious threat Islam has ever faced. To justify its horrific crimes and appeal to Muslims around the world, ISIS has based its ideology on a superficial and literalist approach to the sacred texts of Islam – the Holy Qur’an and the Prophetic Tradition. ISIS manipulates religion to brainwash angry young Muslims, who have little knowledge of Islamic theology and jurisprudence.
Muslim scholars are obliged to respond with a counter-narrative that elucidates the reality of Islam and its commitment to tolerance. In ‘Refuting ISIS: A Rebuttal Of Its Religious And Ideological Foundations’, author Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi, a renowned scholar and one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world today, presents a thorough refutation of ISIS’ beliefs and crimes. Providing quotes that destroy the group’s allegations, he demonstrates that ISIS does not represent Islam, that its declaration of a caliphate is invalid, and that fighting its ideas and ideology is an obligation for Muslims.
Joining the Shaykh to dismantle the ideological foundations of ISIS are Shaykh Waseem Ahmed and Shaykha Safia Shahid, both former students of his and now leading scholars who lecture, teach and enlighten many different audiences on the true nature of Islam.
Please note that due to visa requirements, there is a possibility that Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi may not be able to attend in person, in which case Shaykh Al-Yaqoubi will join the discussion via live video link-up or a pre-recorded message.