Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah scholars around the world must unite and play vital role to strongly reject ideology and combat Isis militant activities, a renowned Islamic speaker said.

Shaykha Safia Shahid (pic), a British Muslim preacher, in voicing her views, said that the Isis militant group had severely tarnished the image of Islam, causing people of other faiths around the world to discriminate against Muslims.

“In the UK, our brothers and sisters are being discriminated although they (Muslim community) disapprove of Isis’s violent acts,” she said after delivering a public lecture titled “Dismantling terrorism: An Islamic obligation” at the International Institute of Advance Islamic Studies (Iais) in Kuala Lumpur today.

In order to put a stop to Isis activities and to regain the beauty of Islam, Shaykha Safia said Islamic scholars around the world need a solid declaration to reject Isis and spread awareness through the social media to combat their activities.

“We need to unite because only then we can eradicate extremism movement. Our ulama and Islamic scholars should also be an expert of social media as extremists, such as the Isis militants, are using social media to spread their influence.”

Meanwhile, Iais deputy chief executive officer, Assoc Prof Dr Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil said as Malaysia had assumed the Asean chair for 2015, it would be significant for the organisation to also have solid declaration to reject Isis.

“I think this is a legitimate call for Malaysia. We have to make a stand among the Asean community and it must be a collective stand. Maybe Asean members should have a law like Malaysia to combat terrorism,” he said.

Azam added that efforts to combat the Isis group of militants should not be done only by Islamic countries, but also by other countries.

“We know that the Isis militants comprise various nationals… so, it is not a Muslim countries’ problem, it’s a global problem.”

Source: The Malaysian Insider