Salafi Imam shot dead in Pakistan for preaching Anti-ISIS views


Islamabad – Pakistan’s Salafi scholar Sheikhul Hadith Maulana Abdul Aziz was shot dead in Bara town of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for preaching Anti-ISIS views through his sermons and lectures.

The Khorasan Diary tweeted on Sunday that, “A local Salafi Scholar, Sheikhul Hadith Maulana Abdul Aziz was shot dead by unknown armed men in Bara, Khyber Tribal District while on the way from the mosque to his home. Local sources say the scholar had an anti-Daish view point articulated through his sermons”.

ISIS-caliphate emerged during 2014 in Syria and Iraq under Abubakar Baghdadi. Soon its ideology spread across the nations.

It operates in Pakistan under the name The Islamic State – Khorasan Province (ISKP). The organization was formed in January 2015 by former Taliban members in the eastern Afghanistan. ISKP’s membership includes terrorists from various countries notably Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Myanmar.

Salafis deem ISIS as ‘Khawarij’ which technically means ‘Renegades’. Salafi scholars such as Shaykh Saleh Al-Fawzan and the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia Abdul-Aziz Aal-e-Shaykh gave fatwa that ISIS are Khawarij, and anyone who associates and engages with them is deviant.

Khawarij was the initial group of terrorists in the Islamic history, who emerged during the time of third caliph of Islam Uthman Al-Affan. They rebelled against the state and called for an armed struggle against the government. They assassinated the authorities of their time.

The slain Imam Abdul Aziz was warning the Muslims against ISIS, that resulted in his murder.

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