Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) condemns the vicious execution of journalist James Wright Foley at the hands of the terrorist group that calls themselves "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" or ISIS.
According to media reports, Foley was kidnapped at gunpoint in northern Syria on Thanksgiving Day in 2012. He had not been heard from during his time in captivity. A graphic video was released yesterday purportedly showing Foley reciting threats against America before he is executed by an ISIS member.
"We condemn this un-Islamic behavior," said ISNA President Imam Mohamed Magid. "ISIS actions have never been representative nor in accordance to the mainstream teachings of Islam. This act of murder cannot be justified according to the faith practiced by over 1.6 billion people."
Over a week ago, ISNA denounced ISIS attack on religious minorities near Northern Iraq and the Kurdish region. In 2005, ISNA was also a signatory to the Fatwa Against Terrorism issued by the Fiqh Council of North America. This expert legal opinion (fatwa) clearly stated that it is forbidden to commit terrorism and violence against civilians. Those who take part in acts of terror are criminals.