Case No. 4/2015: ISIS
Official Statement on Al Qaeda
The Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights, on October 25, 2017, decides once again to reaffirm that all terrorist organizations are not only illegal and genocidal under International Law, but also constitute False Islam in the light of Islamic Law (Sharia), betraying the peace message of the Prophet Muhammad. In this regard, with respect to the terrorist movement Al Qaeda, which in September of 2001 participated in a terrorist attack against American civilians, it is denounced that it constitutes False Islam, participating in crimes against humanity at a world-wide level.
The Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights confirms that both ISIS and Al Qaeda were groups that worked together to achieve the same goal of building a global Caliphate. In fact, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, came to be regarded himself as the true successor of Osama bin Laden, former al Qaeda leader. However, the means used to achieve a civilization of Islamic Law (Sharia) are totally inadequate, contradictory and illegal, resorting to violence and war instead of resorting to peace and justice. In fact, because they constitute False Islam, both ISIS and Al Qaeda are unaware that Jihad does not really mean a holy war but it is rather a process of spiritual inner purification. For this reason, ISIS has not only attacked dozens of mosques but even initiated a violent dispute against Al Qaeda, proving that violence and hatred, rather than lead to peace always lead to more violence and hatred.
The Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights confirms that both ISIS and Al Qaeda have only succeeded in getting hatred against the Islamic community from the rest of the international community, which is one of the main problems of the contemporary world.
Finally, the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights congratulates those Islamic organizations around the world that maintain their ethical purity and condemn False Islam of terrorist groups.
Always with spirit of reconciliation (maitri),
Master Maitreya Samyaksambuddha
President and Spiritual Judge of the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights