International Union of Muslim Scholars

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The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) was launched on July 11, 2004 in conjunction with a visit by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi to London for a meeting of the European Council for Fatwa and Research. Qaradawi is the IUMS President while  many prominent individuals tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood and/or Hamas serve as IUMS Trustees including:

  • Basheer Nafi (Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader, formerly associated with the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)

  • Salah Sultan (former U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, notorious antisemite) 

Past lists of IUMS members have included other prominent individuals such as

  • Ismail Haniyeh (Hamas Prime Minister in Gaza)

The IUMS has:

  • Criticized French military intervention in Mali aimed at Al Qaeda

  • Helped Qatar draft a law aimed at banning attacks on or offenses to religion

  • Demanded that Pope apologize “just as he apologized to the Jews”

  • Called for punishment of U.S. soldiers who burned Korans

In 2004, the IUMS ruled that “resisting occupation troops in Iraq is a ‘duty’ on able Muslims in and outside the war-torn country and that aiding the occupier is impermissible.” 

“The IAMS ex officio underlines and underscores that helping the Iraqi people in their uphill struggle against the (US) occupation is a duty on every able Muslim in and outside Iraq,” the pan-Muslim body said in a statement Friday, November 19.

Concluding a two-day meeting in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, the Dublin-based body said this kind of jihad does not necessitate a central command to organize military operations, but willing Muslims can do it on their own.

It also urged the “noble resistance fighters” to stick to Shari`ah rules in their praiseworthy resistance.