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Hussam has been a lifelong human rights activist who is passionate about promoting democratic societies, in the US and worldwide, in which all people, including immigrants, workers, minorities, and the poor enjoy freedom, justice, economic justice, respect, and equality. Mr. Ayloush frequently lectures on Islam, media relations, civil rights, hate crimes and international affairs. He has consistently appeared in local, national, and international media. Full biography at: http://hussamayloush.blogspot.com/2006/08/biography-of-hussam-ayloush.html

Thursday, February 05, 2015

My comment on ISIS' latest barbarism: the burning of the Jordanian pilot to death

ISIS violated Islam’s teachings in more ways than one when it burned the Jordanian pilot to death. Based on the Qur’an, the Hadith (the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad), and the consensus of past and present day scholars, it is indisputably forbidden to burn, torture, or mutilate human beings or their bodies, even during wartime. Prophet Muhammad is quoted as saying that immolating is forbidden and that God alone has the authority to punish by fire in the afterlife.

Additionally, assuming that ISIS considered the Jordanian pilot to be a prisoner of war, Islam has very strict rules against even mistreating prisoners of war, let alone killing them. Islam mandates that even convicted murderers or rapists who are sentenced to death must be protected from abuse and from cruel methods of execution.

Most importantly, this is not the only instance that clearly shows that ISIS has a complete disregard for Islam’s teachings and for human life. ISIS has proven without any doubt that it is not an Islamic organization. It is a murderous terrorist cult who ideology and actions are so contradictory to Islam that it should not be even viewed through the prism of Islam. Muslims around the world have strongly rejected and condemned ISIS's barbaric actions.

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Women-only Mosque: 7 Important Considerations (My take)

Last week, a group of Muslim women launched a new Women's Mosque of America project in Los Angeles and held its first women-only Friday congregational prayer. Before you support or oppose this move, consider the following seven important factors.
(See media reports: LA Times, Huffington Post, Reuters, The Guardian)

Photo credit: Katie Falkenberg, Los Angeles Times

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Women-only Mosque: 7 Important Considerations