SHAYKH MUHAMMAD AL-YAQOUBI
Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi
He was one of the first scholars to speak against ISIS, denouncing its atrocities and showing that its actions are un-Islamic. His book Refuting ISIS (now in eight languages), has become an essential reading, providing theological arguments against the extremists and calling on the mainstream, traditional followers to combat them. His criticism of the Syrian government’s response to protests made his stay in Syrian untenable, and so he had to flee the country, eventually seeking refuge in Morocco where he is still based.