Egypt’s Grand Mufti: ISIS not part of Islam

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Egypt’s Grand Mufti said on Monday condemned the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), saying its horrific actions fame it “far from Islam.”

Last week leading Muslim institutions denounced ISIS’s killing Steven Sotloff, the second U.S. journalist to be executed by the jihadist group.

Former Deputy Imam of al-Azhar Sheikh Mahmoud Ashour told Al Arabiya News that Sotloff’s killing was not only against humanity but “there is no religion that accepts the killing of a human soul.”

In the United States, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, published a statement on its website saying: “No words can describe the horror, disgust and sorrow felt by Muslims in America and worldwide at the unconscionable and un-Islamic violence perpetrated by the terror group ISIS. The criminal actions of ISIS are antithetical to the faith of Islam.”

“Our hearts go out to Mr. Sotloff's loved ones and to all the loved ones of those murdered by ISIS,” CAIR added.

“In August, CAIR had condemned the killing by ISIS of journalist James Foley and had called for Sotloff’s immediate release.”

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