Islamic State bans Eid prayers in Iraq

Published: July 10, 2015
"Eid prayers was not performed in Propher Muhammad's (pbuh) time," claims ISIS. PHOTO: AFP

"Eid prayers was not performed in Propher Muhammad's (pbuh) time," claims ISIS. PHOTO: AFP

ERBIL: Islamic State (IS)  has reportedly banned residents of its stronghold, Mosul, from performing Eid prayers claiming that the practice does not belong in the religion.

Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official Ismat Rajab revealed the militant group which has taken over large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria has warned residents from offering Eid prayers claiming that it is not “originally an Islamic practice” and was not performed in Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) time.

Read: In ‘first’, IS beheads two women in Syria: monitor

The IS gained control of Mosul last year and since then the group has been bringing constant changes in the area, imposing new rules and regulations.

The militant group has further been accused of enforcing strict punishments on anyone who does not follow the rules, including death penalty for offenders.

Read: Islamic State supporters hack website of Syria rights watchdog

Among its new rules, a week before Eidul Fitr was to be celebrated around the world, the militant group banned the religious and cultural act in Iraq.

This article originally appeared on Rudaw.

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  • Anon
    Jul 10, 2015 - 4:10PM

    This has to be some kind of a joke. Banning Eid because it is not Islamic. Some one take care of these nutjobs Recommend

  • Nida
    Jul 10, 2015 - 4:14PM

    Nothing surprises me any more coming from these bunch of ignorant fools. Recommend

  • salman
    Jul 10, 2015 - 4:41PM


  • Rabia
    Jul 10, 2015 - 6:09PM

    Excuse me?Recommend

  • Ali S
    Jul 10, 2015 - 7:13PM

    About time Muslims around the world and the Imam-e-Kaaba make ijtimai dua for the immediate destruction of mutant monstrosities like ISIS, who are a bigger disgrace to Islam than anything else. Maybe media footage of Muslims around the world praying for their demise during the holy month of Ramadan will trigger fear in their apocalyptic worldview and cause them to self-destruct.Recommend

  • MJ
    Jul 10, 2015 - 7:51PM

    If we don’t curb our local Mullahs we will soon see such proclamations from a Masjid near you.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Jul 10, 2015 - 8:43PM

    what’s wrong with them first they were butchering people for not fasting and now they says celebrating Eid is not part of Islam.Recommend

  • Maheen
    Jul 10, 2015 - 8:49PM

    If there is any Muslim out there who still supports these criminal scumbags, then this should prove, once and for all, that these despicable criminals have nothing to do with Islam. May Allah destroy them and punish them severely in this world and the Next for their crimes against humanity, and for making others hate Islam because of their vile actions. Recommend

  • Arsalan
    Jul 10, 2015 - 9:53PM

    Their mentor did not train them correctly…. they have no link to IslamRecommend

  • Waqar
    Jul 10, 2015 - 10:26PM

    Banning Eid prayer? Oh yeah that’s once again revealing these are NOT Muslims! The world needs to know who is who. Ban the Eid prayer? According to what Hadith? Which Imaam? This doesn’t even exist in any sect so what are they trying is just to bring a bad name to Islam and Muslims all over the world. And I think it is time world needs to realize that Islam and Muslims are not what their ‘paid’ media shows them, but infact it is something entirely opposite to what they think it is.
    May Allah show them the right path and if its not in their part, release His wraith on these ignorant people. I pray for the safety of Iraqi people. Recommend

  • BlackHat
    Jul 10, 2015 - 10:47PM

    For centuries people have offered Eid prayers. All at once the Islamic State has declared it un-Islamic! What next? Then, what makes Islam? Would the Hajj be declared un-Islamic? One would think they would know what is Islamic, since call themselves Islamic State! The Crazies are getting crazier! Duh!Recommend

  • Jul 10, 2015 - 11:53PM

    Thank Allah – they have not banned Iftar dinners.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jul 11, 2015 - 12:15AM

    @MJ: Our Mullahs will not ban now because they make lot of money on Eid, however after Khilafat is imposed and they get control on all resources, they will surely ban it.Recommend

  • Jul 11, 2015 - 1:09AM

    Mullahism is a disease that we need to collectively tackle as MuslimsRecommend

  • Wise Guy
    Jul 11, 2015 - 3:22AM

    Bunch of sadists!Recommend

  • TrueMuslim
    Jul 11, 2015 - 7:18AM

    Finally True Muslims are here !Recommend

  • Milind
    Jul 11, 2015 - 8:57AM

    How is this behaviour different from Pakistanis who lynch people for differing views, burn property and wipe out minorities for not being ‘Islamic’.. Just a few notches higher perhaps, a few shades darker… but mindset is same.Recommend

  • Khan
    Jul 11, 2015 - 9:50AM

    This is what Shariah law looks like. Absolute control with no need to be rational. This is why we need to become a secular, but Muslim, country like Turkey.Recommend

  • abu hurayra
    Jul 11, 2015 - 12:30PM

    Clearly unislamic….. eid ul fitr is a sunnah

  • Mohammed
    Jul 11, 2015 - 3:45PM

    This is a joke, ISIS are not muslims. They aren’t muslims and going against the shariah.Somebody must have paid them to do this workRecommend

  • Anon
    Jul 11, 2015 - 8:37PM

    It is so painfully obvious that ISIS was never Muslim to begin with and are just products of American terrorism. Too bad the rest of the world laps it up.Recommend

  • Milli
    Jul 11, 2015 - 10:13PM

    what a positive guy you are! Looks like your experience of Pakistanis is very limited. Broaden your horizon mate!Recommend

  • TiffinBox
    Jul 12, 2015 - 3:57AM

    @Milind, couldn’t have said it better.Recommend

  • Zaida Parvez
    Jul 12, 2015 - 6:05AM

    ID is unIslamic?? Now I have seen it all.Recommend

  • konzaydanx
    Jul 12, 2015 - 10:16AM

    People need to wake up and start realising that there is no way is could be muslims
    If people actually study islam they are less likely to be decieved by them because everything they stand for is unislamicRecommend

  • Milli
    Jul 12, 2015 - 8:59PM

    eating from the same tiffin box as Milind? Surely same kind of food too.Recommend

  • Mohamed Salman
    Jul 12, 2015 - 9:32PM

    Haha ISIS is such a joke. Muslims worldwide fasting and praying in the Month of Ramadan. And taraweeh prayers are the Weapon of Islam. May Allah destroy these such things called ISIS and some other terrorism in the name of Islam which are created by Zionist.Recommend

  • Mohamed Salman
    Jul 12, 2015 - 9:41PM

    Simple bro, Zionist are paying them. And btw the truth is here Jews are believing the Qu’ran mostly than we do, and because of that they are going to change it. Likely they are going to change the future. LOLRecommend

  • Riaz Sachedina
    Jul 15, 2015 - 11:53AM

    Why is everyone only blaming the Zionist but quite on Saud Arabia, they are the once who breed such Animals, as long Muslims don’t stand up against them we are bound to be doomed.Recommend

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