Muslim scholars refute ideology of Islamic State group

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WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 100 Muslim scholars and leaders have issued a point-by-point refutation of the Islamic State group's ideology.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations along with the Fiqh (fihk) Council of North America, which interprets Islamic law, held a news conference at the National Press Club to publicize the letter and translate parts of it from Arabic.

Fiqh Council President Muzammil Siddiqi said it states that Islam prohibits torture, attributing evil acts to God or declaring a caliphate "without consensus from all Muslims."

Ahmed Bedier, a Muslim who is president of United Voices for America, said of the Islamic State group, "Everything they are doing is un-Islamic."

Muslim scholars and leaders worldwide are being asked to add their names as signatories to the letter.

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