Muslim cleric believes religion can defeat ISIS


From the Huffington Post:

Countering extremist groups like the Islamic State will require “not less religion but more,” according to a prominent Muslim cleric who President Barack Obama referenced in his United Nations address earlier this week.

“It’s out of religious ignorance that they are doing what they’re doing,” Sheik Abdallah bin Bayyah, a Saudi Arabia-based scholar currently visiting the United States, said of extremist Muslim groups. “They have a very shallow understanding: They use some de-contextualized verses and things from religious texts and historical examples. … They build a current of violence, and we have to build that which will confront this current.”

Bin Bayyah made the comments through a translator at a U.S. Institute of Peace event in Washington. The event marked the end of a weeklong conference on countering radicalization that brought together scores of religious leaders from different faith traditions and many countries.

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