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Nothing Islamic about Islamic State: Here is how Indian Muslim bodies see the terror group

There are voices within the community which condemn and denounce terror and its links with Islam, many Muslim organisations have come out strongly against the scourge of ISIS.

Written by Wali Ahmad | New Delhi |
Updated: July 12, 2016 5:34:15 pm
isis, is, islam, islamic state, islam ISIS, muslim, indian muslim, terror attacks, terror attack islamic state, ISIS terror attack, terror attack IS, latest news, latest india news An Indian Muslim listens to a speaker during a protest against ISIS in New Delhi, Nov. 18, 2015. (AP Photo)

The brutal attack on a Dhaka cafe which killed 28 people has once again triggered a heated debate around Islam and terrorism. The Islamic State which seeks to establish a theocratic state based on its interpretation of Sharia claimed responsibility for hacking 20 foreigners to death during the 12-hour siege at the cafe located at Dhaka’s diplomatic zone.

Unlike other terrorist organisations which are believed to draw its cadre from madrasas, the Islamic State boasts of well educated recruits from Western countries. For instance, Jihadi John, who became the face of the dreaded terror organisation for savagely executing hostages, was from Britain.

Closer home, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a few youths for alleged links with the ISIS. And this trend has alarmed and shocked the Muslim community in the country.

More recently, at least 20 people from Kerala are reported to be missing from the Middle East and are feared to have joined the ISIS. With every such case, stereotyping of the entire community becomes more common.

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Though there are voices within the community which condemn and denounce terror and its links with Islam, many Muslim organisations have come out strongly against the scourge of ISIS.

ISIS dogs of hell: Owaisi

Soon after the attack in Dhaka and Medina which killed three, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi called the ISIS ‘dogs of hell.’The Lok Sabha member asked Muslim youth not to follow or watch ISIS activities. Addressing his followers, Owaisi said, “I tell you, do not die for Islam, but live for it and humanity. Let us live like true Muslims and strengthen humanity. You youngsters should use your talent and skills to strengthen humanity and our dear country — let us strengthen it.”

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Fatwa against ISIS

In 2015, after the attack in Beirut and Paris, the Jamait Ulema-e-Hind, the largest body of Muslims in the country held rallies across the country against the Islamic State. Denouncing the outfit, the oragnisation said ‘ISIS does not represent Islam and that it’s a threat to humanity.’

“It is unfortunate that certain ‘elements’, intentionally or unintentionally attribute these mindless acts of violence with Islam and connect terrorists with jihadis. Waging ‘jihad’ is a positive act intended to root out evils from the society, not killing innocent people,” Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind general secretary and former MP Maulana Mahmood Madani had said.

An Indian Muslim man holds a banner during a protest against ISIS, an Islamic State group, and Friday's Paris attacks, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Multiple attacks across Paris on Friday night have left more than one hundred dead and many more injured. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup) An Indian Muslim man holds a banner during a protest against ISIS, an Islamic State group, and Friday’s Paris attacks, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Multiple attacks across Paris on Friday night have left more than one hundred dead and many more injured. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

ISIS un-Islamic: Deoband

Darul Uloom Deoband, the largest Islamic seminary in Asia has issued a fatwa against the ISIS in 2015. It called the ISIS un-Islamic and urged the world community to fight this. The fatwa or religious decree was signed by over 1,000 imams from across the country. This was one of those rare occasions when both the Sunni and Shia sects came together against terrorism. Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad said, “Not only in Paris, any kind of terror in any part of the world must be condemned.”

Maintain safe distance from ISIS: Barelvi clerics

In January this year, Barelvi clerics also denounced ISIS and called it un-Islamic. Quoting Hadith, Mufti Mohammed Saleem Noori said, “People should maintain safe distance from groups working against humanity.”

Badruddin Ajmal of the All India Democratic Front has termed the ISIS as bunch of killers. Writing on Twitter in May, Ajmal said, “An un-Islamic organization like ISIS shouldn’t lecture us on our role as leader of the community. It’s better you bunch of killers stop showing concern about Indian Muslims, they don’t need it. Indian Muslims never supported terrorism in the past, and never will in the future.”

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