Honoring A Hero Journalist–Steven Sotloff

Posted on September 3, 2014



The barbaric terror group ISIS (which must be neutralized by peace loving Muslims) has killed another great journalist Steven Sotloff. We honor him for the many sacrifices he made in covering the Middle East in the most objective manner, and for the heroism he demonstrated by being on site in areas where the news took place.

Nobody is safe from ISIS (neither Muslims nor non-Muslims), and it is time that the world stood against the terror of a group that purports to act in the name of Islam but actually does not.

May Steve Sotloff rest in peace. May God grant patience and peace to his family. May journalists never stop their quest for the truth in spite of terror groups like ISIS.

Please see below the condemnation of Steven Sotloff’s murder by the Islamic Society of North America, the largest Islamic Umbrella organization in North America:

ISNA Condemns ISIS Killing of Journalist Steven Sotloff
Terrorist Group Actions Violate the Teachings of Islam

(Plainfield, IN 9/2/2014) — Today the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) condemns the vicious murder of American journalist Steven Sotloff at the hands of the terrorist group that calls themselves “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” or ISIS.

In a statement, ISNA President Azhar Azeez said:

“We condemn the continued un-Islamic behavior of ISIS. We will continue to reiterate that their actions have no basis in the teachings of Islam. Their barbaric actions represent terrorism and murder, both of which are antithetical to what mainstream Muslims believe and practice. Our condolences go out to the family and loved ones of Steven Sotloff. We hope that those responsible for his murder will be brought to justice for their crimes.”

Last month, ISNA had condemned the ISIS killing of journalist James Foley and denounced ISIS attack on religious minorities near Northern Iraq and the Kurdish region.

In 2005, ISNA was also a signatory to the Fatwa Against Terrorism issued by the Fiqh Council of North America. This expert legal opinion (fatwa) clearly stated that it is forbidden to commit terrorism and violence against civilians. Those who take part in acts of terror are criminals.

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is the largest and oldest Islamic umbrella organization in North America. Its mission is to foster the development of the Muslim community, interfaith relations, civic engagement, and better understanding of Islam.


CONTACT: ISNA Communications Director Edgar Hopida, 317-839-1820 or 317-679-6350,  ehopida@isna.net