‘Isis is violating religious laws’

A council of theologians says Isis is a misguided political enigma, distorting the teachings of Islam.

FILE: A screengrab from CNN's report on militant group ISIS recruiting children from an early age. Picture: CNN.

JOHANNESBURG - Umbrella Muslim body, the United Ulama Council of South Africa, says Islamic State (Isis) is perpetrating brazen brutality in the name of Islam and has accused it of violating religious law.

The reach of the militant group in South Africa has been in question since the weekend when a Cape Town teenager was taken off a flight bound for Johannesburg, apparently on her way to meet an Isis recruiter.

The council first warned of what it calls the fatal attraction of Isis almost a month before the incident.

The council of theologians has condemned the Islamic State as a misguided political enigma which has distorted the teachings of Islam.

It says Isis's duplicity is only outmatched by its savagery and barbarity and has divided and weakened the Muslim world by legitimising murder in the name of Islam.

Jamiatul Ulama South Africa's Moulana Ebrahim Bham says while some people are attracted to the group's narrative, it is not representative of Islam.

"Islamic State is something that captured the imagination, but after looking at all the situations, the United Ulama Council of South Africa has condemned the Islamic State and said it does not represent Islam in many ways."

Bham says joining or supporting what he terms Isis's "genocidal cult" is misplaced and will prove to be a fatal attraction.

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