The World Association for al-Azhar Graduates WAAG condemned the threats of ISIS on social media that targeted the World Cup and some of the most prominent athletes participating in it. WAAG confirmed that these criminal acts violate the Islamic Shariah, the teachings of divine religions, ethics and the humanitarian principles.
In its statement, WAAG said that these despicable acts are legitimately and customary forbidden. Prophet Muhammad said: "It is not lawful for a Muslim that he frightens a Muslim", narrated by Abu Dawood. Furthermore, there are many other texts that prohibit intimidation or harming the human beings.
WAAG added that practicing sports and competition are legitimately permissible as determined in the approved books of jurisprudence.
Not to mention that WAAG confirmed in its statement the need to crack down on the terrorist operatives, pointing out that concealing these brutal terrorists or supporting them by any means is forbidden. Those who harbor them are their accomplices and the following saying of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) applies to them: "Allah cursed him who accommodated an innovator." It is an obligatory for those who know anything about them or their hideouts to report the competent authorities to prevent bloodshed and protect their countries.
WAAG added that Muslims must cooperate in goodness, righteousness and piety and not help aggressors and oppressors, based on this verse of the Holy Quran: "Help one another to piety and godfearing; do not help each other to sin and enmity. And fear Allah; surely Allah is terrible in retribution." [Q. 5:2]. It is indubitably sinful and tyrannical to furnish terrorists with money, assist and harbor them
Furthermore, WAAG called upon the international community to pass deterrent laws to stop funding terrorism and sympathizing with it or harboring terrorists, reiterate zero- tolerance towards fundraising terrorist and extremist organizations and to bring to justice those who are implicated in such operations.