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How Islamic Is The Islamic State?

There isn’t a day that goes by without hearing news coverage about the group that calls itself the Islamic State. Many Muslim leaders would say the actions and ideology of the group aren’t Islamic.  We explore how close the terrorist group is to the religion from which it takes its name. 


  • Imam Sulaiman Salaam Jr. leads the Al-Haqq Islamic Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Mahnaz Shabbir is on the Advisory Board of the Crescent Peace Society and the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council.
  • Arif Ahmad is the Secretary & Founding Member of the Islamic Center of Johnson County.
Brian Ellison is a guest host of talk shows, newscasts, special coverage and community events for KCUR. Follow him on Twitter @ptsbrian.
Lisa Rodriguez is the news director for KCUR 89.3. Follow her on Twitter @larodrig.