Turkey’s top religious body slams ISIS over ‘jihad’

Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs harshly criticises ISIS, accusing them of terrorism by killing civilians and damaging image of Islam

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Head of Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet)

Turkey’s top religious body, the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), prepared a report slamming ISIS over its violent actions such as killing civilians in contradiction to the teaching of the religion of Islam and the harming of Islamic terms such as “jihad.”

ISIS is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, NATO, the US and EU.

The head of Diyanet, Mehmet Gormez, spoke to Anadolu Agency on Saturday and said the actions of ISIS have no involvment with Islam and the term "jihad," which is the Arabic word for "struggle."

“When did jihad, meaning an end to oppression and corruption, turn into a term for a vulgar culture? Islam never orders a jihad which approves of bloodshed,” said Gormez.

“All the Islamic institutions agree that ISIS is a non-Muslim group. They have done so much damage that a Muslim living in Australia is denounced as a terrorist by his own neighbour. It became a movement which harms the lives of all Muslims.”

Gormez called all Islamic scholars and institutions to stand up and protest against ISIS, saying “we are the first religious institution to draw attention for the ISIS threat. The Islamic world should focus on nothing but this group who uses Islam as a tool, ignoring Islamic methodology and principles.”

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stated on July 25 that ISIS considers the Turkish government as the biggest threat.

Turkey started bombing ISIS targets on Syrian soil on July 24 following a suicide bombing attack on July 20 which killed 33 people in the Suruc district of Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province.

TRTWorld and agencies