Last September, 126 Islamic scholars signed an open letter to the followers of the Islamic State and its leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. At Religion News Service, Lauren Markoe quoted a signatory and spokesperson, Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations.
“The letter is written in Arabic. It is using heavy classical religious texts and classical religious scholars.” … Even mainstream Muslims, he said, may find it difficult to understand.
Awad said its aim is to offer a comprehensive Islamic refutation, “point-by-point,” to the philosophy of the Islamic State and the violence it has perpetrated.
… the Muslim leaders who endorsed Wednesday’s letter called it an unprecedented refutation of the Islamic State ideology.