|Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen|
ISIS is not the first group to use religious rhetoric to mask its cruelty -Al Qaeda did so 13 years ago and Boko Haram more recently. What they all have in common is a totalitarian mentality that denies human beings their dignity.
|In the ads, which appeared in The New York Times,|
The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal,
the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times,
Gülen said the actions of ISIL are a
“disgrace to the faith they proclaim
and crimes against humanity.”
I send my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased in Iraq and Syria, and to the families of James Foley, Steven Sotloff and David Haines. May God give them strength, patience and perseverance, and alleviate their suffering. I also pray for the immediate and safe release of hostages and ask God, the Merciful, to lead us all toward mutual respect and peace. I invite everyone around the world to join me in this prayers.
Islamic scholar, preacher and social advocate
Published on The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune on 17 September 2014, Wednesday
- Fethullah Gulen Statement on ISIS [August 22, 2014]
- Gülen condemns ISIL atrocities in ads in leading newspapers
- Islamic scholar Gülen rebukes ISIL over 'brutal atrocities'
- “ISIS — A terrorist group making false representation of Islam,” says Turkish Muslim scholar Fethullah Gülen
- Mississippi group, national officials denounce ISIS