As Salaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuhu
My brother Usaamah -may Allah bless you- I have a brother who is afflicted by the methodology of ISIS and supports them. He says they are upon the truth and that they are the victorious sect. (In addition), he says that the scholars are scholars for the ruler and that it is not permitted to follow them because their way contradicts the way of the Messenger (ﷺ). (He claims that the scholars) are afraid of the ruler(s) and thus are incapable of issuing a verdict of Jihaad out of fear of imprisonment. (He says that) Jihaad is an obligation upon the Muslims, especially the Arab constituents (in the Arab countries). He asks, "Why is that they said that there was Jihaad in Syria (in the beginning of the conflict) and then later, they said it was terrorism and that it was not permissible to help and support (those fighting against the Asad regime)." He says, "Is this not but a contradiction and hypocrisy" and Allah's refuge is sought. We hope that Shaikh Usaamah would answer us and clarify that which is obligated upon the scholars and Muslims as relates to Syria, Iraq, Yemen, the women that are unlawfully seized (and forced into slavery) and the children and people that are displaced (by these conflicts). (And finally) what are the differences between Ahlus Sunnah and ISIS? May Allah bless you.
Wa Alaikumus Salaam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuhu
The victorious sect, their description has come in the authentic Hadeeth; they are,
And in a Hadeeth that is Hasan,
That which I and my companions are upon today.
These narration are met by Ahlus Sunnah with acceptance, they transmit them in their books (on the subject) of Creed and unanimously agree on the authenticity of their meaning, that they (the victorious sect) are (first and foremost) the scholars of the Sunnah without exception.
We know that ISIS is NOT the Jamaa'aah. Rather, they are an astray sect and the party from the parties of Shaytaan. They are NOT upon that which the Prophet (ﷺ) and his companions were upon. In fact, they are a filthy sect from the Khawaarij and the Khawaarij are the dogs of the (Hell) Fire. They kill the people of Islam (i.e. the Muslims) and they leave alone the people of idolatry. They have small teeth (i.e. they are young) and moronic in thinking. They war against the scholars and declare the scholars, Muslim rulers and (general) Muslims as being disbelievers (who have apostates from the religion).
You will even find that they utilize some disbelieving Christians, even with their hatred (in the commissioning of their atrocities) by having them arrange their travel to some Muslim countries in order to taint the name of Islam. These individuals act criminally and their corruption is in fact a completion of that which was started in today's (time) by Al Qaida (with the heinous) crime they committed at the Twin Towers in New York. The Disbelievers (took advantage of this situation and in retaliation) set out to annihilates and destroy them by (first using it as a) justification to (war against) Afghanistan, then Iraq and (ultimately justifying) the interest of today, which the disbelievers are delighted with due (to the justification allotted to them to continue to spread their campaign) as a result of Al Qaida and ISIS to Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
May Allah's curse be upon Al Qaida, may Allah's curse be upon ISIS. How much corruption have they spread in the earth?! How much have they distorted (the perception) of Allah's religion?! How much innocent Muslim blood have they spilt?! How many babies have died (because of them)?! How many women have been made widowed (due to them)?! How many women, children and elderly have been killed (by them)?! Such barbarism has not been committed in the annals of history against the Muslims except at the hands of the Christians and the Mongols during their crusades against the people of the Islam. ISIS resembles Hitler, the filthy polytheist Nazi criminal. ISIS resembles the atheist communists during their war to unite the Soviet Union and others who are similar to them from the disbelieving Jews and Christians. The actions of ISIS have absolutely no connection to Islam; rather, they wage war against Islam and its people.
The scholars (of Ahlus Sunnah) have never issued a verdict declaring (all out) Jihad in Syria due to the absence of a legitimate government under whose banner to fight and a (legitimate) Muslim ruler who would lead them. (Currently), there are only present (in Syria) groups, factions and parties who are fighting against the polytheist Nusayree enemy (Bashar Al Asad). (This individual) who is aided and supported by the Raafidee (Shite) of Iran, Lebanon and Iraq. (The diverse factions in Syria who oppose Asad) are (all) fighting against one another. Thus, those scholars who have issued verdicts mentioning Jihad, only (meant) the Jihad of defense against the onslaught of the enemy and to protect oneself. However, even with this, the scholars have warned people from going to Syria because it is a place of calamity, turmoil, devastation and (a place where) the Muslims are (falsely) declared as being apostates. Due to these reasons the scholars have forbidden the youth from going there (to join in this conflict).
In fact, the only ones who encourage the (people) to go to Syria and to fight and who call this fighting Jihad are the Qa'dah of the Khawaarij, (the likes) Al Umar, Al Ulwaan, Al Buraik and others like them from the callers of Fitnah and civil unrest.
The scholars of the Sunnah are firm upon the truth. They do not appease the rulers nor do they issue verdicts in accordance to their desires. They only issue verdicts that are in compliance with the monotheistic Islamic legislation. For Allah's sake, they do not fear the blame of the blamers. They explain the truth even if it is bitter (to those being addressed).
So whoever thinks good of the despicable ISIS, Al Qaida, the Muslim Brotherhood and whoever is upon their way -who are callers to evil and misguidance-, they must fear Allah. They must join the ranks of the Muslims who stand with their leaders and stick to their scholars.
Allah knows best and may the salaat and salaam be upon our Prophet Muhammad.