Is the self styled caliph of Muslims,
Abu Bakr Baghdadi alias Ibrahim a Jew and a secret agent of Mossad?... Some conspiracy theorists also suggest that many ‘neo-Muslims’ coming from Jewish background
have joined Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations with a motive....
However, while some find comfort in newer
and newer conspiracy theories, many Muslims all over the world have responded
to Baghdadi with support and acceptance, little realizing that he might be an
enemy of Islam in the same way as the Saudi Wahhabi Kingdom that has by now
destroyed almost all symbols of Islam's historicity....
theories have not worked in denying Muslim support to Saudi Kingdom; they are not
likely to work in the case of this self-styled Khalifa Baghdadi. What could
have worked then but was not tried with any degree of coherence and consistency
and what could work now is a serious rebuttal of the extremist ideology of
Kharjites and now neo-Kharjites by all sections of mainstream Islam.
There is a
whole galaxy of extremist ideologues who have existed throughout the history of
Islam. They cannot all be called MI6, CIA, KGB and Mossad agents. These
ideologues have enjoyed varying degree of support among the masses. When the
ideological mentor of Abdul Wahhab, Taqî ad-Dîn Aḥmad
ibn Taymiyyah, for instance, died, while in
prison for several years on charges of heresy, hundreds of thousands of Muslims
turned up to pray for him, and, incidentally, he was buried in a Sufi cemetery
and is still called Sheikh-ul-Islam by some.
We Muslims, at
least those of us who want the community to come out of the mess in which we
have put ourselves, have to recognise that we have a serious problem on the
ideological plane and have to exert hard to sort it out, starting from the most
basic question: who is a Muslim. A community that cannot sort out the question
of who has the right to be considered its member obviously has a long way to go
to join the modern world.
below the Urdu translation of Maulana Abul Irfan
Firangi Mahli's essay. When I read it first, I didn't know whether to laugh or
cry. Please share your reactions with us on the New Age Islam forum.