The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) condemns the unjust execution of young men in Egypt
IUMS asserts that the bloodshed of innocent lives is among the greatest sins
IUMS warns that the justification of injustice by some religious institutions is a form of participation in murder and mischief
IUMS condemns the way the Egyptian judges conducted the trials and considers them as original participants in the loss of these lives
IUMS appreciates the position of international human rights organizations which condemned the unjust executions
Praise be to God, and prayers and peace be upon the Messenger of God, his family, companions and faithful followers.
The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) has received with great sadness and sorrow the news of the execution of nine innocent Egyptian youth. They were executed by the Egyptian authorities after being forced to confess to killing under torture and electrocution, as they declared publicly before the very court that sentenced them. The Egyptian regime, according to human rights organizations, has issued a total of 2532 death sentences in politicized “criminal cases” since 2013. More than 170 people were hanged to death between 2013 and 2018. The year 2019 witnessed a dangerous escalation by the hanging to death of nine Egyptian young men on Wednesday 20 February 2019, in addition to another six other young men. This puts the era of this regime at the highest record in politicized executions in the history of Egypt.
IUMS asserts that the bloodshed of innocent lives is among the greatest sins. God said: "Whoever deliberately kills a believer will be punished with hell” (interpretation of the meaning, Quran 4:93), "Whoever kills a soul without a soul or corruption in the land, it is as if he killed all of humanity” (5:32), "Do not kill a soul that God has made sacred (17:33).
IUMS also warns that the justification of injustice by some religious institutions is a form of participation in murder and mischief, and goes against their sacred mission. They are therefore involved in the burden of this blood and the souls that were lost.
IUMS appreciates the moral position of international and local human rights organizations that have rejected and condemned these executions, notably the UN High Commission for Human Rights, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Association of Tunisian Judges, and others. These positions are fair and principled, and represent a much needed call for the protection of human rights.
"And never think that God is unaware of what the oppressors do" (Quran 14:42).
Prof. Dr. Ali Mohieddin Al-Qaradaghi, IUMS Secretary General
Prof. Dr. Ahmed Abdul-Salam Al-Raissouni, IUMS President
20 Jumada II 1440 H, February 25 2019