Al-Baghdadi's sermon shows ignorance of Islam, clerics say

Education is being gutted and women forced into "sex jihad" in ISIS-controlled areas, residents say.

Special to Khabar by Hassan al-Obaidi in Baghdad

July 25, 2014
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Iraqi clerics rejected the sermon of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as mistake-ridden and proof of his ignorance of Islam and Islamic jurisprudence.

  •  A child waves the black ISIS flag during a propaganda event in al-Raqa, Syria. Residents said the group brainwashed children with toys and lectures. [Photo courtesy of Mahmoud al-Amin]

    A child waves the black ISIS flag during a propaganda event in al-Raqa, Syria. Residents said the group brainwashed children with toys and lectures. [Photo courtesy of Mahmoud al-Amin]

According to an Iraqi who was forced to attend al-Baghdadi's July 4th speech in Mosul, much of the videotaped sermon was edited because it was riddled with mistakes and empty talk . The speech by al-Baghdadi, who has rarely been seen in public, came five days after ISIS announced it was establishing a caliphate in captured territory straddling Syria and Iraq and naming al-Baghdadi as caliph.

"Everyone has found mistakes in the sermon of the so-called al-Baghdadi such that not even a student of sharia would make," said Sheikh Mahmoud al-Khalidi, a member of the Iraqi Iftaa Authority and a preacher at Abu Hanifa Mosque in Baghdad. "This can be expected from someone who has throughout his life given priority to blood over forgiveness and tolerance."

Sheikh Khaled al-Obaidi, a Sunni cleric in Baghdad, pointed out that al-Baghdadi's followers entered the mosque carrying guns, which is forbidden.

"His followers carried weapons and stood at the heads of worshippers, something which suggests the worshippers were forced to listen to his poorly worded sermon," he said.

Al-Baghdadi also was ridiculed for wearing a flashy wristwatch during the speech that could be worth more than $6,000, Britain's Telegraph reported.

"(He concluded) saying he does not promise us luxury," said Mohammed Abu Saad, who attended the sermon. "What is his role then? Does his caliphate mean killings, floggings, punishments and want for us while his followers eat the best foods and use luxury cars, and we live in great need and scarcity? I do not think that Islam promotes that."

Child recruitment

"Living under ISIS rule was impossible , especially in terms of the education for my two sons in schools controlled by these extremist groups," said Syrian merchant Mahmoud al-Idliby, who fled to Cairo with his family four months ago.

"A school, in ISIS's view, is a recruitment centre , no more and no less, where class hours are used to brainwash the students, especially the younger ones, and train them to take orders and carry them out without any objection, and to memorise the Qur'an robotically without comprehension, in addition to dozens of fatwas that incite murder and bloodshed."

ISIS has abolished science, biology, Islamic education, national education, history and geography, and replaced them with books explaining Salafi-jihadist ideology, Qur'an memorisation and extremist interpretations of Islam's holy book, said Mahmoud al-Amin, a retired teacher in al-Raqa.

"Educational institutions have become centres for brainwashing young children to turn them into mobile time bombs that could detonate anytime, anywhere."

Regional Centre for Strategic Studies researcher Wael al-Sharimi said it would get worse as more children became exposed to constant violence.

"Extremist jihadist thought becomes the correct thought for them after they are subjected to the brainwashing process, and thus a new jihadist generation is created."

Forced into sex

Iraqis living in Lebanon expressed outrage that ISIS is forcing northern Iraq women and girls into "sexual jihad". These innocents are coerced into marrying ISIS fighters for brief periods in order to justify fighters' taking advantage of them before quickly divorcing them afterward.

"ISIS is foreign to us and has to be destroyed before it preys on the honour of women and girls," said Assil Flaih, a student at the American University of Science and Technology in Beirut. "We will not return our Iraq to laws that insult women and undermine their dignity, and we will not give up the modern civil life we have reached."

Islam honours women and acknowledges their right to education, work and having an opinion, said Dahlia al-Jaddouh, an Iraqi housewife and mother of two girls.

"ISIS is sanctioning what is forbidden and forbidding what is sanctioned," she said. "There is no place in our Iraqi society for the 'Islamic caliphate' that ISIS is preaching, and there is no place for the rulings it is imposing on Iraqi women who are clinging to their constitutionally enshrined civil rights."

Rashid Najm and Nohad Topalian in Beirut contributed to this report.

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    • Mr.Nunusaku
      November 25, 2014 @ 03:11:31AM
    • I am certain that ISIS will disappear from the face of the Earth because America and its allies will destroy the savagery of Islam in Iraq. Sooner or later, the Islam of ISIS will be wiped out. We need only to wait for the great powers to decimate ISIS's savage brand of Islam.
    • Mr.Nunusaku
      November 20, 2014 @ 07:11:20PM
    • The Islamic world is ashamed, what ISIS is doing is of true Islam. ISIS possesses the same Quran as all Muslims of the world, if somebody says that ISIS is not Islam, that is very hypocritical. In the era of Muhammad they also did the same thing ISIS is doing today. Islam is a truly savage religion, unfit to exist on the face of the Earth. Indeed Islam must be fought because Islam is the enemy of the world. Show us what Muhammad has brought to the world? It is none other than murder, hatred, rape, everywhere they are committed by Islam. Is this the noble religion brought by Muhammad to this world? The Islam of ISIS are evil teachings by the barbaric Arab nation, unfit to live in this world, we need to erase this barbaric religion created by the Arabs. Exterminate the Islamic religion created by the savage Arab nation, we need to wipe them of this world. Islam is not deserving of this world, it only brings catastrophe everywhere.
    • Black Flag End of Time
      November 15, 2014 @ 04:11:51AM
    • This is what we call the slander of Dajjal.
    • hulaimi
      October 27, 2014 @ 11:10:07AM
    • Caliphates only existed in the times of the Prophet and His companions. ISIS has messed around with Islam. The afterlife is a fair court, ISIS has embarrassed Islam.
    • RosliDarus
      October 21, 2014 @ 06:10:25PM
    • There is only one door, Sunnah Wal Jamaah.
    • Muhammad Darwin Askari
      September 25, 2014 @ 01:09:18AM
    • To all Muslims in Indonesia, know this, evil is never wrong in choosing enemies and the US knows who the real enemy is. Therefore, let us not follow in the footsteps of the Devil who deceives. Follow the footsteps of the faithful, follow those who are correct in their doctrines, correct in their closeness to Allah. Know this, my brothers, that the journey of Allah's Prophet to spread the faith cannot be separated from Jihad Fie Sabilillah. The journey of Allah's Prophet was full of sacrifice and struggle, therefore, we cannot hope to enter heaven before Allah tests His faithful subjects, which takes the form of enmity from the infidels, the idolaters, the hypocrites and the heretics. If the Islamic Caliphate are said to be terrorists today by the majority of secular media, what would happen when the Imam Mahdi comes? Would the Imam Mahdi be labeled as a criminal and terrorist? Today is Yaumul Furqan (the day of separating) between Al-Haq and Al-Bathil, therefore, follow al-Haq even if only a few people do. Do not follow clerics who would drag Muslim people into cursed hell. This is because most clerics today are suu' (wicked) clerics who sell short the verses of Allah.
    • ChristianForHellFire
      November 15, 2014 @ 04:11:17AM
    • ISIS is being slandered by the Dajjal.
    • wahyu
      September 23, 2014 @ 04:09:36AM
    • Let's not get involved, Allah is all-knowing.
    • bintang
      September 18, 2014 @ 08:09:55PM
    • Sticky rice roll greetings, let's think about how we can prevent fuel prices from rising, let SBY comment on ISIL.
    • Mr.Nunusaku
      September 17, 2014 @ 07:09:14PM
    • ISIS is a reflection of Islam and right now, ISIS is practicing the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad. The same was done in the age of Prophet Muhammad as is being done by ISIS right now. The oldest historical biographies must be studied, what Muhammad did in Khaybar and Medina. If today we hear groups of Muslims going against ISIS, that is two-faced hypocrisy. ISIS is a reflection of Islam, they carry out and follow the example of Prophet Muhammad, to the point.
    • beni
      December 14, 2014 @ 09:12:31AM
    • Mr. Nonokan, you are nonsense.
    • asmanuddin damanik
      September 14, 2014 @ 11:09:10PM
    • We will see who kills more people, they are the ones who are more barbaric and uncivilized.
    • zen
      September 14, 2014 @ 07:09:01PM
    • What is clear is that whoever is enemies with America, they are right. For example, the savage Israel invading Palestine and killing thousands of Muslims, they do not fight them and the president of Syria, Assad is killing his people and they do not fight them yet. Why is ISIS being fought on a large scale by America? It is time that we Muslims unite and not be easily pitted against each other, there are many fabricated news, we must be meticulous with news, do not believe them so easily.
    • johnny
      September 13, 2014 @ 06:09:00PM
    • From what I observe these days in the Middle East, I can't help but wonder why fellow Muslims are killing each other. I am confused as to who they are defending. I recall that in the Christian Bible, when the enemies of Israel had them surrounded, they were thrown into disarray by Yahweh and they began killing each other. 2 Kings 7: 1 - 20.
    • ujangsuhendi
      September 9, 2014 @ 01:09:35PM
    • The news we get these days are rarely true. Most of them are twisting of facts for the interests of the West who control media communication, from the internet to radios, tabloids, etc.
    • HAFID
      September 4, 2014 @ 11:09:50AM
    • Look at those Palestinians, their appearance is common, although they are a group glorified by Allah. Unlike ISIS, showing off with their beards and black robes. They are like the Knights Templar. ISIS is the same as Jews' Hasidic extremists and the Christians' David Koresh.
    • Raden mas feri
      September 2, 2014 @ 09:09:23AM
    • Holocaust.....
    • Ahiruddin lubis
      August 31, 2014 @ 10:08:18AM
    • This news comes from the allies of Dajjal. May Allah bring painful punishment to them in the afterlife. Amen.
    • andri
      August 29, 2014 @ 11:08:05AM
    • Do not bring Pancasila into matters of religion. Everyone who says that all religions are equal are far from being right. Muslim people, let us return to the Quran and As sunnah, following the school of the companions. Do not deem a group as being heretics when they haven't been proven heretical.
    • hamami
      August 27, 2014 @ 11:08:34AM
    • If you don't know anything about ISIL/ISIS, you should just refrain from commenting. It would be better to stay quiet. Study the Quran, Hadith, and the history of Iraq or Syria first.
    • Taslam
      August 26, 2014 @ 03:08:03AM
    • Information on ISIS need to be filtered for truth because there are many in this world who hate Islam and want to destroy it and therefore, it is possible that ISIS too is a worldwide conspiracy that intends to destruct the Islamic power. Think about it.
    • Abig
      August 28, 2014 @ 09:08:37PM
    • This "khabar" news is garbage.
    • ermelinda nau
      August 26, 2014 @ 02:08:46AM
    • Hey, don't insult Christians. The ones wearing crosses are not necessarily Christians.
    • billy
      August 25, 2014 @ 08:08:00PM
    • Wake up, my brothers and sisters, and have patience my fellow Muslims. These are the signs that the end times are near. Let's respect and appreciate fellow Muslims. Amin.
    • jeck
      August 25, 2014 @ 03:08:30AM
    • What is clear is that nature and all that is within it will bear witness to your words. You are very stupid. American and Western exploitations of Indonesia are clearly apparent. Local media are all condemning and spreading false statements. The victory of the Islamic nation is near and therefore America and the West are very afraid. They understand very well what is contained in the Al-Qur'an Nul Karim and the Hadith of the Prophet SAW about the news of Islam's victory and the signs have been appearing. We should know that when the end of time comes and Islam is glorious, any force will not be able to defeat the army of Allah SWT. Amin allahumma amin, Allah is great.
    • nath
      August 25, 2014 @ 01:08:21AM
    • All religions in Indonesia are good according to the Pancasila. Do what is good according to your religion and I will do what is good according to my religion so that we will meet in heaven. Syukron la ta jadzilan, moderate Indonesia.
    • afri
      August 25, 2014 @ 12:08:13AM
    • Greetings. The news on ISIS is not necessarily true. Know this my fellow Muslims, this news is only propaganda by by the Jews and Christians so that Muslims no longer focus their attention on Palestine. Therefore, they fabricated lies about ISIS. If there is proof, where is the proof that ISIS is killing. Remember that Jewish and Christian media is more sophisticated than ours so they are able to spin real news into lies. Firstly, curse to the infidels who have killed the brothers and sisters in Palestine, the work of Americans and their allies. Regards.
    • damaisj
      September 22, 2014 @ 11:09:50PM
    • ..blaming on others is something that is not unusual to some of your kind. U need to check yourself what's wrong with ur upbringing. Ref below a few proof that u are asking for.......
    • Adam
      August 24, 2014 @ 02:08:46PM
    • ISIL/ISIS are slitting people's throats and shooting people using Allah is Great! Islam never teaches violence!
    • jono
      September 26, 2014 @ 12:09:24PM
    • Do you know whose throats are being slit and who are being sentenced to death. They are the enemies of Islam who slaughter Sunnis over there. That's why you should read from the source; cutting throats and shooting people are common in times of war.
    • apid
      August 24, 2014 @ 11:08:49AM
    • If ISIS is wrong then hopefully Allah will destroy them but if they are right then may Allah help them. Amin.
    • deni hermawan
      August 29, 2014 @ 04:08:41AM
    • Alhamdulillah, out of so many comments, yours is the one that pleases my heart.
    • Manusia
      August 24, 2014 @ 12:08:58AM
    • According to you, ISIS is evil but what about the Al-Kudir fighters who turned out to be Shia! Apparently they (the Kudir fighters and the US army) are the ones who deposed Saddam Hussein's government. So if ISIS is evil, the Kudir fighters are evil, the Shia are evil and the US are evil then who is good? The media is unclear. When it comes to ISIS killing someone, do not immediately deem them as evil. It was the same way when Osama bin Laden was accused of bombing the JW Marriott hotel when he did not. If you want to post, find evidence first, and it should be done at least over 3 months and you will find the real news. Iraq and Syria are in a worse state than Gaza. I hope that you do not see this only from the media, look and go there and you will know. It is troubling when Ahlul-Bid'ah claim to be Ahlus Sunnah. Go read a book, don't write books if you only copy knowledge from Christian thinking.
    • ABETAS
      August 23, 2014 @ 08:08:57PM
    • Who is going to war? Why are you all bickering? Our nation's issues have not even been resolved.
    • anieanoy
      August 22, 2014 @ 07:08:20PM
    • Those ISIS people are savages! Hopefully countries will unite to destroy the barbaric ISIS and save the women and children who were kidnapped to become sex slaves.
    • Abig
      August 28, 2014 @ 09:08:17PM
    • Where are the sources for this news? Do not easily believe garbage news or "khabar" such as this.
    • yangham
      August 22, 2014 @ 04:08:36AM
    • The issue is are those articles true/accurate or not? These days it is difficult to trust news.
    • Mangapul
      August 22, 2014 @ 01:08:04AM
    • Ladies and gentlemen, let us not point fingers. Religion is the path/mandate to reaching heaven for those who believe in the existence of heaven. So the movement, teachings of ISIS or ISIL, if they are not in line with what we believe then we should just reject them. Jews and Zionists are not the same as Christians and that is why Jews kill Christians in Palestine. The religions in the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia are safe. Love each other, do not be deceived by provocations which are contrary to our religion, that teaches love.
    • akil
      August 21, 2014 @ 12:08:05PM
    • Do not comment, especially with falsehoods. If you like to slander people, it is the same as you liking to eat haram food. Who likes to eat haram food? Everybody knows: the Jews and their cronies.
    • lllgy676t0
      August 21, 2014 @ 09:08:49AM
    • Clearly.
    • Budiono
      August 21, 2014 @ 02:08:44AM
    • Remember, God is an infinitely just creator, things that are not of God will be extinguished sooner or later and God created mankind to be as He wished. He created mankind because mankind is noble in God's eyes. Every sin or deviation from the path should be reprimanded and led towards repentance, to help and teach people until they understand God's heart when it comes to the souls who are truly noble in God's eyes, not slaughter them.
    • muhammad bukhori
      August 20, 2014 @ 10:08:48PM
    • Humans were created to have ethics, especially those who claim to be Muslim. Allah's Prophet has outlined "innama bu'itstu li utammima makaariimal akhlaq". Now, is it our place to chastise those people out there while we sit here on our hands? Those people over there are fighting with their blood, wealth and souls to crush infidels, heresy, hypocrisy. To all of you who are sitting down enjoying your cups of coffee, enjoying the luxury and glamour of the world, who is better: you who are sitting down and chastising and insulting, or they who fight and take up arms with their blood, wealth and souls? Truly, this event is only for those who use reason.
    • alexleo
      August 19, 2014 @ 05:08:35PM
    • If one does not understand Islam, how can one practice its teachings?
    • alexleo
      August 19, 2014 @ 05:08:53PM
    • Are ISIS really humans? Because if they were humans and Muslims they would take the right hand path.
    • irwin syahputra
      August 25, 2014 @ 03:08:50AM
    • Half human because the form is human but the character is of the Devil.
    • mujahid indonesia
      August 19, 2014 @ 02:08:13PM
    • You have been blinded by media, do not spout random slander. You're saying that you know the truth. If your opinion of ISIL is correct, Allah will punish them (ISIL) if they are wrong then hopefully Allah will curse you who have slandered ISIL. Amin.
    • begu
      August 24, 2014 @ 08:08:42PM
    • Repent, for the kingdom of Allah is near.
    • looneyhart
      August 19, 2014 @ 12:08:10PM
    • ISIS is a grand project, meant to finally get Muslims to reject and stop tolerating radical, violence-calling Salafists. Will it work? maybe. Is it moral? Hell no! So many people are dying in the process. But in the world of these bozos who paid for it all. It's first about saving their wealth, second, about saving their people. So for a world leader...maybe it is moral...just at about the 51% mark!
    • zack
      August 19, 2014 @ 09:08:05AM
    • If other people are selling, do we buy? Keep up the spirit, continue to destroy?
    • Muslim
      August 19, 2014 @ 04:08:08AM
    • Do not believe this, it is not necessarily true. Anyone can make news like this. News that denounce Islam are always published without knowing the veracity of the sources. If these were news about the slaughter of Muslims, they would never have been published and instead, the truth would have been hidden. This is the method by which Jews and Christians cover up their rottenness and pit fellow Muslims against each other in war by spreading negative rumors about Islam.
    • begu
      August 24, 2014 @ 09:08:04PM
    • You should repent quickly.
    • kebenaran
      August 18, 2014 @ 09:08:13AM
    • Religion teaches virtue to all people, to teach evil is of the devil or cursed demons.
    • zul erwan alwis
      August 18, 2014 @ 07:08:04AM
    • Why do we Muslims prefer to chastise as opposed to give advice when others are in the wrong? Fortune favors those who advise them who are wrong. Qs. Al' Ashr.
    • gacom
      August 17, 2014 @ 01:08:05AM
    • If you are a true Muslim your jihad would not hurt other people/believers because Islam is a blessing for all creation.
    • andi
      August 16, 2014 @ 09:08:48PM
    • I feel like vomiting.
    • abu
      August 16, 2014 @ 11:08:54AM
    • Beware! Don't let your emotions be easily goaded. I think that those who do not understand are part of the Dajjal's deception. The Eastern world is currently being shaken by it, We as Muslims should not be easily goaded. Islam will not die out but it will become stronger.
    • Muhaimin
      August 16, 2014 @ 10:08:02AM
    • Al Faruq Umar bin Kattab r.a. said : "We are Muslims glorified by Islam. Therefore do not seek glory with any other". Hopefully my dreams will be achieved with the Islamic caliphate.
    • edo man
      August 16, 2014 @ 08:08:20AM
    • All good elements will be smothered with evil, all honest people will be slandered, all truths will be covered up by wickedness, that is how the Devil works. Trace this news and look for its references whether or not it is slander from heretics who do not wish for sharia to be established. Do not be too quick in making up your mind with the reading above. To those buying into the issue of "sexual jihad", this is proof that the Devil/demons are doing a good job towards the victory of Assad and the US/Israel/Iran/Shia, especially in Indonesia. Beware, there will always be obstacles and slander for virtue. There will always be those who aid and defend evil. The examples can be found in front of our eyes in our everyday lives.
    • Abig
      August 28, 2014 @ 09:08:18PM
    • I agree, sir.
    • benjamin
      August 16, 2014 @ 05:08:10AM
    • Is the ISIS caliphate the same as the Indonesian Hizbut Tahrir caliphate? It confuses me to see the warring ways of past centuries being brought to the modern age with the genocide of Christians and Yazidis. That is how Muslims conducted war in the past. I thought they say they respect differences.
    • Sarde
      August 15, 2014 @ 05:08:07PM
    • Islam must practice peace in the real world and they must be tolerant. If they are not, then the Muslims on this Earth will be infected with the deadly viruses of violence, cruelty and savagery. Is it still relevant for us to follow an Islam with followers who, day by day, grow increasingly vulnerable to infection by these deadly viruses of violence and intolerance?
    • Muchlis
      August 14, 2014 @ 09:08:25PM
    • Let us try to seek for the truth first before we give in to prejudice.
    • Ahmad
      August 14, 2014 @ 10:08:09AM
    • Assalam. If you support ISIS then be my guest, sir, so that the Kaaba will be leveled in no time. The experts will then look around for a point. Wassalam.
    • Manusia
      August 24, 2014 @ 12:08:16AM
    • On the matter of the Kaaba, we should leave it to Allah SWT. You should not worry because the Kaaba will always be kept safe until the end of time. Also, you should comment based on a principle or basis, do not back yourself off a cliff. It seems like you have not completely understood Islam. Even though you are Muslim, you put logic first when logic is only used to appraise a Hadith or a principle. Hopefully you will soon grow wiser.
    • Prihatin
      August 14, 2014 @ 06:08:50AM
    • ISIS is short for the Devils and Demons of Iraq and Syria, a group of devil's disciples who spill the blood of/murder innocent people with different beliefs. Evil has blinded them by taking the name of religion. Hell awaits their death. Have pity on them for they know not what they do.
    • mujahid
      August 19, 2014 @ 02:08:19PM
    • If this is slander, just wait for retribution to come for you.
    • muhammad bukhori
      August 20, 2014 @ 10:08:13PM
    • Who is the evil one, you or the ones you accuse? You should not make such accusations. Be fair. If you do not know the reality of the situation do not say whatever you want. If you are truly a Muslim, make it clear beforehand. The word is that they have sacrificed their blood and wealth for this Din. What have you given for this Din? Their purpose is clear: to wage war on infidels while you sit on your hands or in other words, lounging around while enjoying a cup of coffee. Now I ask you, who is better, you or them?
    • susanto
      December 10, 2014 @ 01:12:49AM
    • Who knows you might be drinking bandrek and bajigur.
    • noken
      August 13, 2014 @ 06:08:06AM
    • If this news is indeed true, I hope that what ISIL is doing does not happen in Indonesia. Why are we denouncing and making generalizations? This might be slander to discredit my religion, Islam! And, even if the news is true, that is what war is like, that is the worst outcome, that's why you should never incite war against Muslims. Hopefully Indonesia can be delivered from the slanders of our time, Amin ya rabb al izzati.
      August 12, 2014 @ 10:08:34AM
    • "What is clear is that Islam (ISIS) teaches/loves "bloodshed" on Earth and there is no form of love among humans." This is a deviant teaching and their God is: "Satan/the Devil!"
    • ncekson
      August 15, 2014 @ 01:08:31PM
    • For the right path, hopefully you are not on the right path. Your comment which highlighted the words Islam = ISIS is an insult. You're not a Muslim, are you? Are you looking to wage war on Muslims? I am a Muslim but I am not ISIS, that which you equate with Islam. Islam is a religion that is a blessing for all creations, a religion that loves peace, love, tolerance. Look at the history. From the time of the Islamic prophet, Allah's Prophet Muhammad SAW, through to when His companions led the world, were there any Christians or Jews who were murdered, slaughtered, raped, abused? No, none except those who betrayed Muslims. So, I remind you, do not equate Islam with ISIS, our God is Allah SWT, Allah is great! You know who the god of ISIS is.
    • edo
      August 16, 2014 @ 08:08:44AM
    • You're arrogant just because you worship the three in one, especially with your "wooden plus sign". Sexual jihad exists in Christianity. You don't believe me? Open a XXX site and you will find crosses on XXX women. Open YouTube and you will find how US Christian soldiers treat Iraqi women. Well, if we look at those things it seems that the most depraved religion in the world is the Christian religion. "Open the sites if you don't believe".
    • mujahid
      August 19, 2014 @ 02:08:52PM
    • Just close this site rather than have it turn slanderous.
    • begu
      August 24, 2014 @ 09:08:45PM
    • You are such a stupid person, wake up.
    • Agung
      August 12, 2014 @ 03:08:00AM
    • The conflict between Islam and Imamiyah has existed ever since Ismail 1 and continues to this day. Perhaps at this time the existence of the Islamic state is the ignorance, indifference, and stupidity of the faithful towards what they feel and what they do. Today, especially, Imamiyah and Shia in general are declaring the Shia State of Iraq I am an Indonesian and I do not agree with the Islamic state, i don't agree with the Takfiri. Takfiri in the Umayyah era was a heretical philosophy. If we look carefully, in that time the heretics were Imamiyah themselves.
    • Islahul Islam
      August 12, 2014 @ 12:08:51AM
    • I think that we should not be so easily influenced by this situation or propaganda but we should also take care not to be so quick to criticize them, because we are human beings who were taught by Allah to think and seek the truth in every aspect of life that causes issues. Only after that we should take a stance.
      August 11, 2014 @ 07:08:22AM
    • "Proof that Islam loves bloodshed, instead of guiding their faithful towards true peace on this Earth!" What they (ISIS) are doing (like murder, rape, robbing the rights of others so that they would follow their deviant teachings) are in the service of Allah but in reality they are headed for the "chasm of death/hell, a sea of fire".
    • Hery
      August 17, 2014 @ 12:08:25AM
    • You can condemn ISIS but you should never insult the Islamic religion.
    • nashom
      August 18, 2014 @ 06:08:49PM
    • Do not equate ISIS with Islam because there is a strong suspicion that Israel and its allies had a hand in the birth of ISIS because they do not want a strong Islamic country to emerge such as Syria and Iraq which can threaten the existence of Israel.
    • Manusia
      August 24, 2014 @ 12:08:58AM
    • Go ahead and insult our religion. The more our religion is insulted, the more its true light will shine through. Perhaps you have not been thinking because you still believe in the Christians who speak what they think. If you still think like that it is a sign that your thought is only an idea, not a thought. If you want to know our true religion, read the bible in Hebrew, translate it word per word and you will inevitably find the name of your final holy person prophet who has been hidden in the bible. If you are prepared to study your bible, you will be able to find the meaning one by one and when you are done, then you can state your opinion on our religion and our Prophet. I like people who want to find out about Islam. Even if you are only thinking negatively, you will eventually find the true meaning.
    • imas
      August 11, 2014 @ 06:08:53AM
    • Do not compare Islam with anything else.
    • surya
      August 10, 2014 @ 12:08:22PM
    • Allah SWT created man (creature) to be perfect with sound reasoning. We should use reason. Reality.
    • azriel'`net
      August 10, 2014 @ 12:08:47PM
    • News about ISIL are American propaganda to distract us from the Israeli invasion of Gaza. The content of the sermon is not necessarily accurate.
    • berkat
      August 10, 2014 @ 05:08:54AM
    • I am a Christian. But, I am confused about ISIL. They are a disgrace to the Islamic religion. Confusing.
    • d hasanudin sadili
      August 10, 2014 @ 04:08:42AM
    • I want to ask, which name is correct: ISIL or ISIS? Ha ha, they want to be kings with those shrimp's brains of theirs! They do not understand the Qur'an!
    • x
      August 10, 2014 @ 12:08:30AM
    • Your news is slander, check before saying it. You're garbage.
    • arif
      August 9, 2014 @ 12:08:36PM
    • No need to be so dramatic. ISIS promises to free Masjidil Aqso after being in the hands of the Zionists. What crimes? Raping your ancestors? There's no need for you to comment.
    • johan
      August 9, 2014 @ 06:08:48AM
    • If ISIS is blessed by Allah, we pray for its victory. If ISIS is not blessed by Allah, Allah willing it will crumble on its own. Aamin Yaa Robbal Alamin.
    • abu rafi
      August 9, 2014 @ 06:08:04AM
    • Who is the one who needs to study the Islamic jurisprudence? Do not make a habit of slander; you know what the law on that is. Learn about the true Islam, there is no democracy in Islam.
    • Keadilan
      August 17, 2014 @ 11:08:32AM
    • The thing that makes no sense whatsoever is the accusation that America is supporting ISIS. ISIS would not take directions from infidels. Do not create slander. Accept the reality without shame. Wrong is wrong and evil is evil.
    • Jay
      August 8, 2014 @ 01:08:27PM
    • As one of the faithful, I am concerned by the method with which our "friends" (ISIL) carries out jihad. If you are true Muslims, open your eyes, my friends (ISIL), come back to the right path in line with the Islamic sharia contained in the Qur'an and Hadith.
    • Barbabr dolok
      August 8, 2014 @ 03:08:42AM
    • It is certainly a dilemma. Let us think back, when the jihadist terrorists carried out the bombings in Indonesia, they were constantly shouting and saying that what they are doing is commanded by Allah. Infidels must be fought and they always refer to the Quran and Prophet's Sunnah. ISIL is more or less the same as the terrorists already caught in Indonesia. So, which one is wrong?
    • hery g
      August 6, 2014 @ 04:08:02AM
    • Islam is a religion that prioritizes love among living things, as it is in the Basmala. If something contradicts love and compassion, it clearly comes from the Devil! Do not be deceived by his tricks.
    • kc
      August 10, 2014 @ 12:08:01AM
    • You are the stupid one who doesn't know what's right.
    • toton
      August 10, 2014 @ 02:08:15AM
    • That is correct, sir, Islam is a religion of love for all people or rahmatanlil'alamin. It's impossible for group interests to be achieved through killing, right? My brothers and sisters in Indonesia, do not be so easily swayed by slogans for jihad because there is a mandate to jihad the right way. May Allah SWT protect us from evil.
    • sartoni
      August 6, 2014 @ 04:08:10AM
    • If ISIS is truly Islam, they should be helping their brothers and sisters who are currently being leveled by the Jews cursed by Allah in Palestine. Do not cause chaos in Islamic countries that are secure and peaceful.
    • AMI
      August 13, 2014 @ 01:08:58AM
    • Hey, think before you speak. It is you Muslims who are cursed, not the Jews. It is Islam that has terrorists, not the Jews, what can you expect from a terrorist religion.
    • Gacom
      August 17, 2014 @ 01:08:42AM
    • AMI, be prudent when giving a comment. The terrorists are the people, not the Islamic religion. Use the proper and good language so it does not become slander.
    • Manusia
      August 24, 2014 @ 12:08:57AM
    • Thank you for the comment by a religious person such as yourself, you are truly like your minister. You do not exemplify the character of the Bible/gospels in your character. Study the gospels in its true language (Hebrew), translate its meaning word by word. When you are done, find what it means and then you can comment on the Islamic religion which you have been calling a religion of terrorists. If we were terrorists maybe we would choose to kill you people rather than defending the country and sharing it with you. Think about it carefully.
    • ijada wijaya
      August 6, 2014 @ 03:08:59AM
    • I condemn all deviant teachings which robs us of our peace of mind. Even devils can pose as angels of light.
    • Dian Santosa
      August 5, 2014 @ 09:08:07AM
    • To the people going off to join ISIL, be my guest, farewell. But, please don't come back to the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia.
    • dayu ratih
      August 15, 2014 @ 07:08:22AM
    • We really need to pool our money and buy them tickets so they can become martyrs over there, after that we rip up their passports, the more the better. Think of it as reducing the number of people who are counter productive for our beloved Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia.
    • ayung
      August 5, 2014 @ 09:08:03AM
    • Editorial, please keep looking for information on the true ISIL so that the Indonesian people can know the truth. Thanks.
    • yitno
      August 5, 2014 @ 08:08:49AM
    • ISIL is depraved.
    • dayu ratih
      August 15, 2014 @ 07:08:23AM
    • Is it ISIL or ISIS? What is ISIL? Please advise.
    • awalsih muhammad
      August 4, 2014 @ 05:08:00AM
    • Good as a media that disseminates information about the principles of the Islamic religion. Don't let the faithful be influenced.
    • musa
      August 3, 2014 @ 02:08:01PM
    • The followers of ISIL are a disgusting disease within the body of the Islamic religion. They have forgotten the Medina Charter. Have they forgotten the ways of Prophet Muhammad's democracy? ISIS or their supporters are forgetting who is being killed. Look at Palestine being slaughtered by Zionists. Your HTI is an organization acting in the name of Islam but you are an idiot. You do not know the Islamic Jurisprudence law.
    • kurnia subhanallah
      August 8, 2014 @ 02:08:02AM
    • Sorry, Musa, HTI or HT is not the same as ISIS/ISIL.
    • gaberoho
      August 10, 2014 @ 08:08:00PM
    • Let us analyze together what ISIS actually is. We see many clerics become flustered and when they do they immediately open their mouths to speak and the meaning becomes unclear and misleading. They respond in nonsense to things they've only seen on television. Are those things even accurate?
    • Gacom
      September 4, 2014 @ 12:09:41PM
    • Please explain the difference between HTI and ISIS so that people will not misinterpret.
    • aLIZ
      August 3, 2014 @ 10:08:30AM
    • It is good that they are enforcing Islamic sharia.
    • saifulloh
      August 3, 2014 @ 08:08:05AM
    • Just some information for knowledge and contemplation. Why is Islam always made the scapegoat when the Quran and Hadith of the Prophet have never taught violence in any form, except for self defense.
    • siska cantika
      August 3, 2014 @ 04:08:43AM
    • The Prophet Muhammad SAW very much appreciated, respected and glorified women. Therefore, a sexual jihad makes no sense. That is the Devil's desire. Using the name of Islam to destroy Islam. Cursed are such people and their supporters.
    • Mohd Ridhuan
      August 2, 2014 @ 03:08:58AM
    • A Caliphate should resemble that which existed in the age of the prophet and the Khulafah ar-Rashidin. Anything that goes against its concept, principles and execution is a proxy of Islam's enemies, especially the Zionist Jews. To avoid becoming entrenched in heresy, study as much as necessary.
    • tajuddin nur
      August 2, 2014 @ 02:08:05AM
    • There are no guarantees that these events are true.
    • satria
      August 2, 2014 @ 02:08:46AM
    • A slanderous article with no clear source or validity. This is one example of the extension of news media who are accomplices to America and Zionists.
    • nemon munali
      August 1, 2014 @ 05:08:09AM
    • Savage ISIL, the minions of the Jews.
    • setiasih
      August 1, 2014 @ 12:08:07AM
    • It is important for keeping track of ISIL's activities in order to maintain the stability of Islam in Indonesia.
    • IQBAL
      July 30, 2014 @ 12:07:49AM
    • Very good to learn as knowledge.
    • brince
      August 2, 2014 @ 05:08:03PM
    • Save Islam from ISIL immediately.
    • kangsalabi
      July 29, 2014 @ 09:07:09PM
    • Not very clear.
    • Muslamin
      July 29, 2014 @ 07:07:56PM
    • I am glad to uncover the evils of ISIL which has claimed to be a Caliphate all this time and they turn out to be crooks.

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