Saudi grand mufti denounces ISIS
Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul-Aziz Al al-Sheikh, the highest religious authority in the country, said Tuesday that the militant groups Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda were "enemy number one of Islam" and not in any way part of the faith.
Although the mufti and other senior Saudi preachers have condemned ISIS, Al-Qaeda and other groups before, the timing of Sheikh's statement is significant given the gains by militants in Iraq.
US Muslim, Rights Groups Push End to Profiling
With the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown still casting its shadows on Saint Louis suburb of Ferguson, Muslim and civil rights groups have urged the American authorities to address ‘racial profiling’ by law enforcement.
Michael Brown’s slaying in Ferguson, allegations of racially biased law enforcement as well as “the military-style response by the local police to demonstrators” during recent protests “are the result of longstanding and corrosive limitations on our nation’s law enforcement policies that allow unlawful profiling to persist across the country,” the Leadership Conference and Civil and Human Rights said in a statement cited by the Detroit News on Thursday, August 21.
Egypt's Top Muslim Leader Condemns Islamic State: Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam Denounces 'Bloody Group'
Egypt's top religious authority condemned the armed group Islamic State which has taken over parts of Iraq and Syria, describing it on Tuesday as a corrupt, extremist organization that is damaging Islam.
"An extremist and bloody group such as this poses a danger to Islam and Muslims, tarnishing its image as well as shedding blood and spreading corruption," said Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam, Egypt's most influential Muslim cleric, the state news agency MENA reported.
The comments came as the Vatican called on Muslim religious leaders to take a "clear and courageous stance" and condemn "unspeakable criminal acts" by Islamic State.