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ISIS burn Jordanian Pilot- Sh Haitham responds


ISIS burn Jordanian Pilot- Sheikh [Dr] Haitham al Haddad responds with a very strong message to ISIS and any potential supporters in light of their recent burning alive of a Jordanian pilot. ISIS released a video online showing the execution of captive Jordanian pilot Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh, who appears in the video being burned alive in a cage.

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About Shaikh (Dr) Haitham Al-Haddad

Dr. Haitham al-Haddad is a jurist and serves as a judge for the Islamic Council of Europe. He has studied the Islamic sciences for over 20 years under the tutelage of renowned scholars such as the late Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia as well as the retired Head of the Kingdom's Higher Judiciary Council. He specialises in many of the Islamic sciences and submitted his doctoral thesis on Islamic jurisprudence concerning Muslim minorities. Shaikh Haitham is highly respected having specialised knowledge in the field of fiqh, usul al-fiqh, maqasid al-shari'ah, ulum al-Qur’an, tafsir, aqidah, and fiqh al-hadith. He provides complex theories which address the role of Islamic jurisprudence within a western environment whilst also critically re-analysing the approach of Islamic jurists in forming legal rulings (ifta’) within a western socio-political context. He has many well known students most of whom are active in dawah and teaching in the West. The shaikh is an Islamic jurist (faqih) and as such is qualified to deliver verdicts as a judge under Islamic law, a role he undertakes at the Islamic Council of Europe as Islamic judge and treasurer. Dr Haitham al-Haddad also sits on various the boards of advisors for Islamic organisations, mainly in the United Kingdom but also around the world.


  1. Muslim_Always

    It is very easy to point out the mistakes of ISIS behind the comfort of a western country, however, where is this “ulema” for the past 90 years?

    Why don’t they agree and apply an Islamic State and show the world how it should be done rather than all their theories which has done nothing to alleviate the suffering of Muslims?

    Of course ISIS has mistakes, they are not angels; ISIS is in a brutal battle zone and is trying to survive. We have had oppressive Muslim rulers before so?

    Was Yazid representative of all Muslim people? Why did Hussein r.a rise up against him? I respect the scholars yet too much talk for 90 years yet lots of inaction.

    • With respect to all the religions of the earth. Is our most basic and common belief among all religions fundamentally about respect of life? Isn’t the creator of all living life what it implies. How many times must we repeat history’s lessons? For every war a new enemy arises from the loss of those who are mourned. This path in life we all walk is coming to an end by our own disregard. The signs are everywhere as a result. In the sky, land, sea and rivers and still we ignore the very cry from this planet for all to awake and see the pain we are inflicting, the destruction of our own creation. Change will not come from war. Fear is bondage and war is a abomination.

  2. Asalamu Aleykum

  3. Samy Merchant

    Salams. Thanks for a very nice and balanced presentation-condemning the ISIS terrorists on the one hand and the so called “Anti-ISIS” coalition for killing innocent civilians on the other. But, Ya Shaikh, you can’t say, “I don’t care about the media” because that is against the sunnah. Our Prophet Muhammad (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) made sure that he used the Arabic poets. He (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) made sure he dressed like the people and spoke in perfect Arabic (without an accent). You have to follow that model for the West. Remember Ya shaikh, to score a goal, you have to get close!

    • Regardless, Jazakum Allah khairan Dr. Haitham for the best explanation on the net.

    • Even in the west, we should live like how the Prophet (pbuh) lived, dress how the Prophet (pbuh) dressed, speak how the Prophet (pbuh) spoke, eat how the Prophet (pbuh) ate, because he is the best example. Please my friend, do not give up the sunnah to please the people, because Allah and His Rasul will be displeased with you.

  4. Apologies for not saying this earlier but I just want to add, “ma sha Allaah” to whatever I said about the shaykh. May Allaah have mercy, bless and protect him.

  5. Assalaamu alaykum,

    All praise to Allaah The Most High, for enabling this clarification to be presented.

    May Allaah The Most High, reward Shaykh Haytham for his efforts in clarifying what the major scholars of this Ummah think about ISIS and for trying to make those involved to think hard about their involvement with such misguided self proclaimed groups.

    I hope that this also makes clear to the western media what Shaykh Haytham’s position is on ISIS. This is the interview that some people tried to deny the Shaykh from having his say. I hope you will be courteous enough to apologize to the Shaykh now for falsely attributing things to him and in the process trying to dis-credit his hard work in trying to spread a balanced understanding of Islaam.

    As for the person who thinks that the Shaykh was not empathetic enough, may I please request you to show some respect to a man who has dedicated his whole life to learning this Deen and then spending the rest of his life trying to educate the Ummah on how to understand and practice our Deen correctly.

    He is a respected scholar who is speaking about these issues from a balanced perspective, from a scholarly perspective. He is trying to be fair to all sides involved.

    As he mentioned that there are many unanswered questions about ISIS and a lot of conspiracies surrounding them and the way the depict their crimes. Only time will tell in sha Allaah.

    Therefore let us not jump the gun and believe whole heartedly what the mainstream media is reporting. Remember who the media is owned by. They are only telling us what they want people to believe however as we have come to learn that the truth is always far from what the mainstream media report. They have their agendas. Let us not be deceived by them.

    Let us look at the other crimes that are taking places just over the border from ISIS which conveniently many governments have overlooked. 100’s of thousands of innocent people have been murdered yet we only show concern for those that the media shine their spotlight on.

    Why is one person’s blood made to seem more valuable than 100’s of thousands of others. Human beings are human beings no matter what their background, religion or skin colour.

    Please look at ALL the crimes that are going on around the world not just by ISIS.

    Please don’t mis-understand what I’m saying here. I empathise deeply with the families of those killed unjustly and at the same time I ask why were the families of the 100’s of thousands of other innocent people not shown the same empathy by some people.

    May Allaah open all our eyes to the truth.

  6. Sheikh Haddad claims that IS is misguided because they burnt a muslim captive alive. Yet whilst discussing the fiqh issue of burning, he ADMITS that some scholars allow burning in 2 cases:
    1- When bombing the enemy as is done in every war.
    2- Qisas for a person who killed muslims by burning.

    What he doesn’t seem to understand is that IS burned the pilot by claiming it is Qisas, because in their eyes, the pilot was guilty of burning muslims via his airstrikes. This is why in their video, they showed muslim children who were burnt alive by airstrikes. When the pilot was executed, he was locked in a cage, symbolizing the non-availibity of escape as when buildings are bombed and people are trapped inside to burn. Once the pilot was burned, they dropped rubble on him with a bulldozer, symbolizing the building of an airstrike crumbling upon its victims. All of this to make a point that this was Qisas (retribution) for what they say is the pilots burning of muslims via his various airstrikes on Raqqa.

    Hence Haddad refutes his own point, the problem is due to his lack of knowledge about IS motivations and beliefs, he broadly accuses them of burning a random captive, which is obviously forbidden. The root of the problem is that he doesn’t seem to even want to entertain the idea that the pilot was an apostate due to the ruling of Qu’ran 5:51 & many other evidences.

    • Abu Safiyah,

      Although Shaykh Haytham did state what you said you seem to have missed the part where he said that none of ISIS’ scholars are known or recognised by the majority of respected scholars of this Ummah.

      None of the well known scholars of this Ummah have given their support or approval to ISIS. This is something that is essential to establish the legitimacy of the real Khilafah. This in itself should make people really realise that they cannot be legitimate.

      ISIS are self proclaimed acting independently without any authority from anyone. They cannot apply their own ijtihad to inflict their punishment on their prisoners.

      The judgement has to be made by a recognised scholar and he should be independent.

      These criteria have not been met.

    • Abu Safiyah,

      Although Shaykh Haytham did state what you said you seem to have missed the part where he said that none of ISIS’ scholars are known or recognised by the majority of respected scholars of this Ummah.

      None of the well known scholars of this Ummah have given their support or approval to ISIS. This is something that is essential to establish the legitimacy of the real Khilafah. This in itself should make people really realise that they cannot be legitimate.

      ISIS are self proclaimed acting independently without any authority from anyone. They cannot apply their own ijtihad to inflict their punishment on their prisoners.

      The judgement has to be made by a recognised scholar and he should be independent.

      None of these criteria have been met by ISIS.

    • what you fail to understand, akhi, is you clearly don’t have the wisdom to benefit from the shaykh’s explanation. Which could be the perverted manifesto of your allegiance to a self elected dictator – al baghdadi, who also is not an ameer of the ummah – sorry to break the news, but not a single scholar of Islam has given approval to their hideous branding of Islam.. Kharjis like yourself, or the ***** jahannum, neither have studied islam, apart from your google fetishes, stand like ****** on smartphones ready to pick and point. Your welcome, if you have the courage, to make a scholarly stand against the shaykh ****

    • Jazakallahu khayran. Well said akh. May Allah guide our scholars as we look up for the haqq.

    • Abu Safiyah,

      A few more points…

      The Shaykh said that the use of fire when thrown from a distance as a tactic in war is allowed as in with bombing. If someone were to use the same means then it would have to be used in a similar way, from a distance.

      However, if a prisoner is captured in person, they are not allowed to be killed with fire. There is a prohibition on that. Only Allaah The Almighty is allowed to punish with fire.

      Please watch the video again carefully. The Shaykh has provided many evidences from The Qur’an as well as hadith and statements of major scholars. You have only provided one ayah which you probably don’t understand in context with the other evidences on this matter.

    • AsalamuAleikum Abou Safih,

      The only thing ISIS “Symbolises” is Evil. Your lack of manners and common sense is a classical trait of the Khawarij Kilaab, I appreciate why Sheikh Haitham made a video and did not write an article, how else would people like you understand a sound and solid argument when one is so blatantly presented, if you seriously believe in IS so profoundly then join them, many teenage girls have done it why cant you?

      Your arrogance is always shocking, a bunch of undereducated, over opinionated and sidelined lunatics that you all are, ISIS really “symbolises” a cult of hopelessness, a rag-tagged bunch of no hope rejects from all over the world who converge on a semi-functioning country to somehow re-enact their wildest fantasies, many of your rank and file were “bad boys” back home, this is evident in the way you speak, intimidate and screw up everything you do, honestly you are so street its unbelievable

      you should remain silent and weep over your heard hearted and empty headed existence, again – there is nothing “symbolic” about burning a human being in a cage and filling it up with dirt

      If you REALLY wanted retribution why doesnt your Khalif “Al Big-daddy” do the same thing as the Jordanians by also flying Jet fighters over their land and dropping bombs? Thats right, you cant! why? because he is NOT a leader (more like a Cheer-Leader) and does not have the technology or people (even if he had all the jets in the dunya, I doubt he has a single man on his side who could fly a plane or even make a paper plane for that matter)

      Qisas NEVER involves “Symbolic” acts, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a Jet bomber for a Jet bomber

      Stop dumbing us down with your pathetic analogies and distorted justification, they burnt him in a cage because that was all they were CAPABLE of doing, this backward and primitive Kill-afah of yours

      Silly boy

  7. JazakAllahu Khair Shaykh for this much needed video. May Allah guide our youth, and all of us in these difficult times.

    The Prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam taught us to say the following dua:

    اَللّٰهُمَّ اَرِنَا الْحَقَّ حَقًا وَّارْزُقْنَا اتِّبَاعَه وَاَرِنَا الْبَاطِلَ بَاطِلًا وَّارْزُقْنَا اجْتِنَابَه

    O Allah! Enable us to see the Truth as Truth and give us the ability to follow it. And enable us to see the falsehood as false and give us the ability to refrain from it.

  8. Nusrat Shaikh.

    MaashaAllah Tabarak’Allah very in depth , but I feel our dear Sheikh was not emphatic enough, until the last 4-6 minutes, on the evil of this ISIS.
    ‘They are a group who are misguided ‘, is not strong enough.,. They are completely against the Haq. Where in the Quraan or the Hadith does it allow to mistreat ANYbody? Nowhere, even if they are dhaalim. The mere fact that they treat all those they cross as munafik or muttadeen and worthy of harsh or death, makes them the Dhaalim.
    I tire of ISIS; the biggest created divergence from our deen and from the wrongs being meted out elsewhere in the world , need I spell it out? !!
    Wake up Ummah, smell the coffee and sort your Eemaan out before you feel that you can affiliate or sympathise with any new interpretations of our noble Ptophet’s messsge. The arrogance of some who believe that they are on the Haq, should make a person smarten and question their legitimacy to make such a claim in the first place. Humbleness ! Humbleness !
    SubhaanAllah ! I’m sure all those reading this feel the same.
    Sort your own belief out before embarking on the evangelical crusade or taking allegiances.
    May Allah SWT protect our Ummah and especially the young from the Fitnas mushrooming everywhere.
    Aameen ya Rabb Aameen!

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