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    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    A regular NewAgeIslam.com columnist, Ghulam Ghaus is an Alim and Fazil (Classical Islamic scholar) with a Sufi background. He completed the classical Islamic sciences from a Delhi-based Sufi Islamic seminary Jamia Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Zakir Nagar, New Delhi with specialization in Tafseer, Hadith and Arabic.


    Please read below the articles written by him for NewAgeIslam.com

     
    Islamic Ideology

    Suicide Attacks By ISIS or Any Other Muslim Militants Are Brazenly Un-Islamic and Categorically Forbidden [Haram] Under All Circumstances: Evidence from the Quran and Hadith
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    Islam never justified suicide attacks for any reason, not even in any special circumstances, like a tactic of war. However, ISIS militants are practicing it indiscriminately. Though they forcibly try to justify it under their Wahhabi pretext as a war tactic, this act is strictly and categorically forbidden [haram] in Islam. The suicide bombers or attackers are the openly disobedient of Allah Almighty. According to numerous hadiths, they will reside in the Hell forever...

    Islam and Spiritualism

    Eid-ul- Fitr — Occasion of Building Social Brotherhood, Peace, Love, Unity and Doing Charity
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    It is celebrated to fulfil the prime objectives of Islamic festivity. It symbolizes unity and brotherhood and inspires all to work towards building a peaceful and prosperous society. Eid is the occasion to bury enmity and hatred, reunite with family and friends and reaffirm the social bonds. It is the festival when Muslims invite people from other communities to the feasts arranged at homes....

     
    Islam and Spiritualism

    Virtues of Sha’ban and the Night of Salvation (Shab-e-Baraa’t)
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam
    Sha’ban is considered one of the most sacred Islamic months. The virtues of this month, especially the night of mid-Sha’ban known as Laylatul Baraa’ah or Shabe Baraa’ah, are mentioned in Hadith and Sunnah. It is reported that the prophet (peace be upon him) said:  "Sha'ban is my month, Rajab is the month of Allah Almighty and Ramadan is the month of my Ummah [Community].  Sha'ban is the expiator, while Ramadan is the purifier.”

    Books and Documents

    Unmasking Ideological Origins of ISIS; Refutation of Its Deviant Theology Alone Can Defeat This Evil

    The mistake the world is doing in fighting against ISIS is its sole reliance on the use of military power only. This approach of confrontation as we have seen has failed. At the same time it should also be noted that little effort to fight against the deviant ideas of ISIS is not sufficient.  We ought to affirm here that the world must fight, refute and reject the deviant thoughts and misguided ideas of ISIS, adopting the sound and true tenets and realistic features of Islam....

    Books and Documents
    ISIS: The Knife That Slaughters Islam And Muslims
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    ISIS: The Knife That Slaughters Islam And Muslims

    The book poses a question: can ISIS outfit establish a state? It then answers that any organization that adopts the ideology of Takfeer and suicide bombing can never establish a state, as the Kharijites could not get success at establishing any state, despite having huge armies. Similarly, never can this Takfeeri outfit establish a state, because it has only the potential of bombing and destroying countries and not establishing any state. The ideology of ISIS is hostile towards all the people and legitimizes shedding their blood....

    Islamic Ideology

    ISIS, Taliban, Al-Qaeda and Other Islamist Terrorists are Kharijites? An Analysis of 40 Major Characteristics of Kharijites
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    Is it fair to describe Members of ISIS, Taliban and their likes as Kharijites or Khawarij? A number of Sunni religious scholars (‘Ulema) have identified these modern terrorists as neo-Kharijites. On the contrary, some argue that Kharijite ideas were particular to a historical period and could not re-emerge among these terrorists. How should a Muslim respond to these contradictory views? Should he or she believe such ‘Ulema’ or be neutral? Such are the questions answered in this article, with reference to 40 significant characteristics of the Kharijites.....

    Interfaith Dialogue

    Muslims Should Hold Fast To Prophet Muhammad's Exhortation: ‘Do Not Revert To Disbelief After Me By Striking The Neck Of One Another’
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    Literally it prevents Muslims from becoming disbelievers (Kuffar) and legitimizing the killing of Muslims. Metaphorically this hadith prevents Muslims from becoming like Kuffar in killing Muslims. The reason is that in the era of the prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), it was the sign of the Kuffar to kill Muslims or legitimize the killing of Muslims.

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Radical ‘Salafi’ Ideology Of Zarqawi That Created ‘ISIS’: Muslims Must Reclaim Real, Spiritual Islam And Eliminate Radicalism
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    One major obstacle is that many Muslims deny terrorism's links with ‘Salafism.’ They claim all that is happening is a result of American or Western conspiracy. Such people are hell-bent on creating enmity between America or the West and Muslims. They state that the US launched Osama bin Laden and Zarqawi. True or untrue, this will not resolve the issue. Both bin Laden and Zarqawi are no longer alive, but their Salafist strategies are still alive and serving their purpose. Most scholars around the world say the effective weapons through which ‘ISIS’ recruits naive Muslims are the violent Salafist narratives. They call all Muslims to unite and reclaim real Islam from ‘Salafism’.

    Islamic Society

    The Stark Problem of Family Violence: How Does Islam Resolve It?
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    A family can never achieve progress unless all its members are non-violent, tolerant, benevolent, loving, caring and peaceful towards one another. Therefore, the husband and the wife, the parents and the children, the neighbours and the relatives- all should remember this Islamic suggestion for a successful life in the world and a great many rewards in the hereafter. Though, the problem of family violence is not confined to Muslims alone and though Islam forbids family violence, they should never forget that the problem is not only destroying their family life but also defaming the Identity of Muslims and Islam together.....

    Islamic Ideology

    The Self-Proclaimed ‘Caliphate’ of Daesh or ‘ISIS’: A Gross Distortion of the Rightly Guided Caliphate and Thus a Neo-Kharijite Organization
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    The fact that the biggest terrorists in the era of the rightly guided caliphate were the Kharijites who used Islamic titles, appearances and killed the rightly guided caliphs and Muslims, is also that these neo-Kharijite members of Daesh using Islamic titles, appearances are killing Muslims and non-Muslims living under the treaty of peace like environment. These neo-Kharijites have shattered the true image of Islam, committed heinous crimes against teachings of Islam and distorted the historical fact of the rightly guided caliphate. Therefore, not only a few but we all Muslims must step further ahead to courageously say that the self-proclaimed ‘caliphate’ of Daesh is a neo-Kharijite organization which has no relation with Islam....

    Islamic Ideology

    'Kill Them Wherever You Find Them (2:191)': What Quran Actually Means By This Command?
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    The main clause of the sentence "kill the polytheists" is singled out by some Western scholars to represent the Islamic attitude to war; even some Muslims take this view and allege that this verse abrogated other verses on war. This is pure fantasy, isolating and de-contextualising a small part of a sentence. The full picture is given in 9:1-15, which gives many reasons for the order to fight the polytheists. They continuously broke their agreements and aided others against the Muslims, they started hostilities against the Muslims, barred others from becoming Muslims, “expelled” Muslims from the Holy Mosque and even from their own homes.....

    Islamic Ideology

    Islam and Takfirism: Ideological Basis for Peace, Non-Violence, Tolerance and Human Rights in the Writings of Imam Ahmed Raza
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    Having read the above excerpts and other books of Ala Hazrat, I do not find that Ala Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza was hasty in declaring a person Kaafir. He had a genuine theological and rational ground in matters of Kufr. He refuted those Takfiri ideologues who allowed killing Sufi-Sunni Muslims in Arab world or elsewhere and those who misinterpreted the Quran and Hadith. But it is sad that some Indian ulema blindly declare him takfiri.

    Islamic Ideology

    Forbiddance of Suicide Attacks and Forbiddance of Paradise for Suicide Attackers in Islam
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    Suicide terrorism has acquired great popularity in Islamist terrorist circles during the last quarter century. Islam never justified suicide for any reason. However, several contemporary Islamist terror outfits are practicing it indiscriminately. Though they justify it under some pretext, it is a tool for an odious form of defamation of Islam. This act is strictly and repeatedly forbidden in Islam. Its perpetrators are the openly disobedient of Allah Almighty. According to numerous Hadith, they will remain in the Hell forever….

    Islamic Ideology

    Refutation of Raymond Ibrahim’s Article ‘Islamic State Beheads, Mutilates, As the Quran Instructs’ - Part 3: Associating Terrorism With Islam Is Complete Distortion Of The Religion; Evidence from Qur’an
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    To say to Mr. Ibrahim, it is doubly distressing that he is blaming the entire community or the holy Qur’an for the actions of a crazy few. From a theological and moral point of view it is completely unfair to put the entire community in the dock. Undoubtedly, some evil-natured people make flawed interpretations of Islam. However it does not behove any good man to blame the Qur’an or all the real Muslims for the heinous actions of terrorist groups.......

    Islamic Ideology

    Refutation of Raymond Ibrahim’s Article Entitled ‘Islamic State Beheads, Mutilates, As the Quran Instructs’ - Part 2: The Dreadful Story of Abu Jahl’s Torture of Early Muslims
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    To prove his unwarranted point that “Islamic State beheads, mutilates as the Quran instructs”, Mr. Raymond Ibrahim mentioned the incident of ‘Amr bin Hisham, slaughtering a pagan Arab chieftain known as “Abu Jahl”. He forgets that Abu Jahl regularly persecuted, brutalised and tortured in every possible way the Muslims including women, elderly persons, orphans and the young in the early period of Islam. Before showing sympathy for the then chief terrorist, Mr. Ibrahim should have looked at the violent initiatives of Abu Jahl right from the early days of Islam......

    Islamic Ideology

    Refutation Of Raymond Ibrahim’s Article Entitled ‘Islamic State Beheads, Mutilates, As The Quran Instructs’ - Part 1: Don't Ignore The Context Of Quran's Verses Or The Asbab Al-Nuzul
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    The significance of the context to understand the Qur’an and Hadith can and should be seen in the principles of Islamic jurisprudence and exegesis. In accordance with the methodology established by the Qur’an and Hadith, it is strictly prohibited to cherry-pick an extract from the Qur’an without understanding it within its full context. Allah Almighty says: “Do you believe in some parts of the Book and deny some others? So he who does so from amongst you, what can be his punishment but disgrace (and humiliation) in the worldly life? And (also) on the Day of Resurrection, (such people) will be returned to the most ruthless torment. And Allah is not unaware of your deeds” (2:85)....

    Islamic Society

    Muslims Of Okhla In Delhi Acted With Restraint: A Good Ideal For The Rest To Avoid Communal Clashes And Exercise Islamic Teachings Of Peaceful Coexistence
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    Three consecutive attempts to spark communal riots in Delhi have largely hurt the peaceful citizens among both Muslim and Hindu communities. After the rioting in Trilokpuri, the peaceful environment of Delhi as a whole was in danger. But thanks to the Delhi police, Aman (peace) committees were set up to thwart further conspiracies of the rioters. The attempts made by a 20-member Aman committee with 10 Muslims and 10 Hindus to rebuild broken ties in Trilokpuri coincided with simmering tension in another area of Delhi in Bawana. This was followed by a heart-wrenching incident in a mosque of Okhla in which a dead pig was surreptitiously put to stir communal violence. But Muslims acted with restraint, behaving as tolerant devotees of Islam and maintaining the ideal of retaining a peaceful environment of co-existence.....

    Islamic Ideology

    Violent Takfirism Greatly Violates Islam: Refutation Of Talibani Magazine Nawa-e-Afghan Jihad’s Article Titled “Kufr And Apostasy United Against Islamic Mujahedeen” Part 2
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    Taliban ideologue Kaashif Ali Alkheri labelled majority Muslims of Pakistan with Kufr and apostasy. Posing a severe threat to do more future attacks on mainstream/Sufi-minded Muslims of Pakistan whom the Taliban ideologue thinks are a “group of polytheists” and thus Taliban so-called “Jihad” is to kill these Sufi-minded Muslims.....

    Islam and Spiritualism

    I’tekaaf (Sitting in Seclusion in the Mosque): A Way to Enhance Intimacy with Allah Almighty, Spiritual Growth, Introspection and Reformation
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    The greater goal of I’tekaaf is to attain hearts’ rectitude through directing its love solely towards Allah Almighty, his holy prophets and their obedience. It aims to free people from their preoccupation with anxieties and evil desires circulating around the world. During I’tekaaf, one should think of how to attain pleasure of Allah Almighty and what will cause nearness to Him. I’tekaaf is intended for devoting to Ibadah (prayers) that includes performing Nawafil prayers, Invocations, reciting the holy Qur’an, understanding Ahadith, seeking self-introspection, and self-purification from evil acts. Mostly it is done to find out the ‘Night of Quadr’....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    ISIL Militants Killing Muslims in Iraq will Taste the Hellfire
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    The ongoing war in Iraq should not be called Sunni vs. Shiites. Almost all the terrorists are fond of attaching their names with Islamic terms like Islam, Jihad, Sharia, Sunni, while they have nothing to do with Islamic teachings like peace, harmony, co-existence, brotherhood, integrity, unity and love. Why is it that they want such titles? Some say they are doing so to disrepute Islam, others say they are being brought up by extremist westerners who have hate and prejudice against Islam so as to degrade the value of Islam, while others say they want to seize Iraq and establish their self-styled caliphate system. Whatever the reason may be, I will say they have no relation with the Qur’an, Ahadith, and rightly guided caliphs.....

    Islam and Spiritualism

    Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (ra), or Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti  of Ajmer, an Epitome of Love, Countered All Kinds of Extremism
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    “Love all and hate none. Mere talk of peace will avail you naught. Mere talk of Allah and religion will not take you far. Bring out all of the latent powers of your being, and reveal the full magnificence of your immortal self. Be surcharged with peace and joy, and scatter them wherever you are and wherever you go. Be a blazing fire of truth, and be a soothing balm of peace.  With your spiritual light, dispel the darkness of ignorance; and spread goodwill, peace, and harmony among the people. Never seek any help, charity, or favours from anybody except Allah. Never go to the courts of kings, but never refuse to bless and help the needy and the poor, the widow, and the orphan, if they come to your door. To serve the people is your mission. Carry it out dutifully and courageously, so that I, as your Pir-o-Murshid, may not be ashamed of any shortcomings on your part before Allah almighty and our holy predecessors in the Sufi order....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Jihadist Magazine ‘Azaan’ Calls For Western Muslims To Attack Their Own Homelands In Europe And America. Doesn’t This Violate All The Tenets Of Islam? Part II
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    To force fit with the foul intentions of mass destruction, he quotes the following verse: “And Allah grants respite to none when his appointed time comes and Allah is all-aware of what you do.” [63:11] Quoting this verse out of context, the Jihadi ideologue is more tantamount to say that the fixed time of death has come to the Western Muslims and they should die at least after doing some amount of help for their petty purpose of life; enslaving non-Wahhabi Sufi Muslims and non-Muslims for their threshold. Surely this is not to be true as long as the moderate mainstream Muslims are alive. They, and even a man of slightest intelligence, can easily perceive the huge juxtaposition between the Qur’anic verse and the opinion of Abu Salamah Al-Muhajir….

    Islamic Ideology

    ‘Enjoining Good and Forbidding Evil’: A Comparative Study with ‘Freedom of Choice’ For Doing Good and Evil Rejects Every Notion of Coercion
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    ...the radical attempts of enjoining the good or forbidding the evil can never be legitimised in Islam. Similarly, all the killings of innocent lives, ethnic and sectarian violence sweeping across the world that are being done in the name of uprooting evil are forbidden (Haram) in Islam. After an in-depth study of the Qur’anic verses mentioned above, it is clear that enjoining good and forbidding evil is legitimate only without force, without any kind of injustice and without any violence.....

    ‘Bidding the Good and Forbidding the Evil’ (Amr Bil Ma‘Ruf Wa Nahi ‘Anil Munkar) By The Traditional Institution Of Religious Police Stands Un-Islamic Today

    The Beautiful Islamic Doctrine of Enjoining Good and Forbidding Evil: How Wahhabi Ideologues Misused It to Turn Islam from a Spiritual Path to a Supremacist Political Ideology

    'Enjoining Good and Forbidding Evil’ or Amr Bil Maaroof, Nahi Anil Munkir: Qur'an Exegetes and Hadith Interpreters Dispel Notions of Aggression and Violence That Wahhabis Associate with This Doctrine

     

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Jihadist Magazine Azaan’s Call for Western Muslims to Attack Their Own Homelands in Europe and America Violates All Tenets of Islam - Part -1
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    The write-ups in this magazine would make the impressionable Muslim youth feel as if they were born either to kill or be killed and that there is no better purpose to their life, if they are true Muslims. Thus it is detrimental to their faith as it gives legitimacy to killing all the infidels including non-combatant civilians. It is important to remember that the Jihadi-Wahhabi definition of infidel includes even non-Wahhabi Muslims whose able-bodied men have to be killed, old men and children enslaved and women turned into concubines to the Jihadis....

    Islam and Spiritualism

    Mawlid al-Nabi that the Qura’n tells is bounty, mercy, favour, and grace of God and legitimate to be celebrated for its deserving reward
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    Though the practice celebrated by God Almighty and the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) has been an apple of discord among Muslims in the last few decades, the mainstream Muslim intellectuals, Jurists (Fuqaha) and scholars over time have come to celebrate it as part of the mental and emotional furniture of Muslim community. The birthday commemoration of the prophet, particularly among the Sufi orders worldwide, is not a departure from the mainstream but a living testimony that the contemporary Muslims are still faithful to the Qur'anic injunction:

    “Indeed, Allah confers blessing upon the Prophet, and His angels [ask Him to do so]. O you who have believed, ask [Allah to confer] blessing upon him and ask [Allah to grant him] peace”. [33: 56] 

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    Numerous fatwas (edicts) have been issued by ulema (Islamic scholars) across the globe, particularly since 9/11 in a bid to stem the tide of Islamist terrorism. Tens of thousands of ulema have endorsed these fatwas issued by influential institutions of Islamic learning of all sects in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh as well as other parts of the world. When issued, these fatwas inspired great expectations. As perceptive and insightful an observer as Mr. Ziauddin Sardar proclaimed “the beginning of the end of the war of terror” when a hundred thousand Deobandi ulema endorsed a fatwa issued by the hundred-year-old Islamic madrasa in Deoband, India, “unequivocally denouncing terrorism,” in June 2008. Similarly, Sufism-oriented Barailwis, hard-line Salafis, Ahl-e-Hadeesis, have all denounced Islamist terrorism in their separate or joint statements. But terrorist ideology continues to attract our youth, particularly in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. What used to be merely a Pakistan-sponsored secessionist struggle is showing signs of tuning into an Islamist struggle for the establishment of Islamic Sharia through a universal Caliphate, very much redolent of the objectives of the so-called Islamic State or ISIS.  Popularizing the slogan of “Shariatya Shahadat,” a militant leader Zakir Musa, Burhan Wani’s successor, even threatened to kill Hurriyat leaders for calling Kashmir’s separatist movement political and not religious. Calling them “hypocrites, infidels, followers of evil”, the militant had warned to chop off their heads to be hanged in Lal Chowk in Srinagar, “if they create hurdles in the path of making Kashmir an Islamic State”....

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