Muslim scholars accuse Islamist extremists of acting against Syria's interests
Seven leading organizations representing Muslim scholars have condemned hard-line jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) for committing human rights abuses and acting against the interest of Syria’s popular uprising.
In a statement circulated over the weekend on pro-opposition websites, the organizations accused ISIS militants of persecuting other rebel units, civilian activists and others who do not share their extremist views.
The scholars said ISIS was responsible for spreading “strife” and said the militants had no right to act like they represented the “state” that appears in the title of their organization.
“They have blocked relief and religious propagation activities on the grounds that they doubt the policy [of a given group], or accuse it of being foreign agents,” the religious groups complained.