Open Letter
To Al-Baghdádí

Response To Daesh (Not ”IS”)

Part 16 - Emigration And Conclusion

With over 125 leading ulemas' signatures*



24. Emigration. You invited Muslims from across the globe to immigrate to lands under the control of the ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and the Levant.59 Abu Muslim Al-Canadi, a soldier of the ‘Islamic State’, said: ‘Come and join us [in Syria] before the doors close60.’ It suffices to repeat the words of the Prophet Muhammed MHMD who said: ‘There is no emigration after the Conquest [of Mecca], but jihad and [its] intention [remain]. And when you are called to war, march forward61.’


In conclusion, God has described Himself as the ‘Most Merciful of the merciful’. He created man from His mercy. God swt  says in the Qur’an: { The Compassionate One has taught the Qur’an. He created man.} (Al-Rahman, 55: 1-3). And God swt  created man for His mercy: { Had your Lord willed, He would have made mankind one community, but they continue to differ, except those on whom your Lord has mercy; and that is why He created them…} (Hud, 11: 118- 119). Linguistically, ‘that’ refers back to the closest noun, which is ‘mercy’, not ‘differ’. This is the opinion of Ibn Abbas, who said: ‘He created them for mercy62.’

The soundest way to attain this mercy is the worship of God swt . God says: { And I did not create the jinn and mankind except that they may worship Me.} (Al-Dhariyat, 51: 56). Worshipping God is not a favour that one bestows upon God swt , but rather, sustenance from Him: { I do not desire from them any provision, nor do I desire that they should feed Me. Indeed it is God Who is the Provider, the Lord of Strength, the Firm.} (Al-Dhariyat, 51: 57-58). Furthermore, God swt  revealed the Qur’an as a mercy from Him: { And We reveal of the Qur’an that which is a cure, and a mercy for believers…} (Al-Isra’, 17:82).

Islam is mercy and its attributes are merciful. The Prophet MHMD, who was sent as a mercy for all the worlds, summarized a Muslim’s dealings with others by saying: ‘He who shows no mercy, will not be shown mercy63’; and: ‘Have mercy and you will be shown mercy64.’ But, as can be seen from everything mentioned, you have misinterpreted Islam into a religion of harshness, brutality, torture and murder. As elucidated, this is a great wrong and an offence to Islam, to Muslims and to the entire world.

Reconsider all your actions; desist from them; repent from them; cease harming others and return to the religion of mercy. God swt  says in the Qur’an: { Say [that God declares]: O My servants who have been prodigal against their own souls, do not despair of God’s mercy. Truly God forgives all sins. Truly He is the Forgiving, the Merciful.} (Al-Zumar, 39:53).

And God knows best.

24th Dhul-Qi’da 1435 AH / 19th September 2014 CE

59 BBC news online, on 1st July 2014.
60 He appeared in a recruitment video produced by Hayat Media Center, August, 2014.
61 Narrated by Al-Bukhari in Kitab al-Jihad, no. 2783.
62 Cf Mafatih Al-Ghayb, Al-Razi (Vol. 18, p. 412).
63 Narrated by Bukhari in Kitab al-Adab, no. 5997, and by Musim in Kitab al-Fada’il, no. 2318.
64 Narrated by Ahmad in his Musnad (Vol. 2, p. 160).  .-.

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* One of its signatories is Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi, from Syria.

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CNN: Syrian Scholar, Sheikh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi, condemns ISIS [ youtube ]

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