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Outraged Muslim leaders condemn Islamic State after burning of Jordanian pilot

February 04, 2015

Some of the world’s most prominent Islamic leaders have issued ringing denunciations of the Islamic State (IS) following the release of a video in which a Jordanian pilot was burned alive.

Sheik Ahmed al-Tayeb, the leader of Egypt’s Al Azhar University, expressed his “deep anger” at the IS atrocity, the AsiaNews service reports. He said that IS terrorists responsible for the action should be punished with “killing, crucifixion, and chopping of the limbs,” citing the punishment prescribed by the Qu’ran for those who kill the innocent.

A spokesman for the government in Saudi Arabia described IS as “enemies of Islam,” the AsiaNews service reports. The foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates said that IS and other terrorist groups “represent epidemics that must be eradicated by civilized societies without delay."


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  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Feb. 04, 2015 6:11 PM ET USA

    Burn, behead, chop off a hand, crucifixion, cut out a tongue, stone, whip, cane, crush, enslave for life - all awful, and yet Sheik Ahmed al-Tayeb, the leader of Egypt’s Al Azhar University, who clearly feels embarassment rather than condemnation, says they should be punished this way according to the Quran for killing the innocent. That's Sharia law. So, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Lagos, Detroit, is that your future?