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.


About The Author

Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi

Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi is fluent in several languages including Arabic, English, and Swedish, and has trained several hundreds of scholars, imams and preachers both in Syria and the West. He is the author of a number of books in Arabic, as well as several poems in both Arabic and English. He has travelled the world extensively and participated in conferences, lectures and taught several intensive programmes from Finland to South Africa, and Indonesia to the West coast of the USA.


Shaykha Safia Shahid

Shaykha Safia Shahid left her native Glasgow in 2003 to study Arabic at the University of Damascus and the Abu Nour Institute, where she was a student of Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi. Subsequently she has delivered talks and courses at many universities and conferences, as well as presentations on Islam to investment banks in the UK to help promote understanding between employees and their Muslim colleagues in the corporate world. In 2015, she was awarded a BISCA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Women’s Empowerment.

Shaykh Waseem Ahmed

Shaykh Waseem studied Arabic in the UK before leaving for Damascus in 2005 to study at the Abu Nur institute. As part of his studies he attended all the lessons and gatherings of Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi, studying many texts under him including the ‘Shama’il’ of Imam Tirmidhi and ‘Iyha Uloom Al-Deen’. He returned to the UK in 2012 and has been teaching all over the UK since his return, including his home city of Sheffield and Al-Huda Zawiya in Dewsbury.