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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad (21 Apr 2015 NewAgeIslam.Com)

'Calling an Act of Terror 'Jihad' Is the Gravest Form of Terrorism in the 21st Century,' Say Ulema at National Anti-Terrorism Conference in Delhi


By New Age Islam Special Correspondent

20 April, 2015










An “Anti-Terrorism Conference” of Ulema held in Delhi on 19 April strongly denounced every form of terrorism, injustice and corruption. It proclaimed its standpoint that “peaceful coexistence” is the only way of life that can ensure peace and security for all religious communities in India. A number of Ulema, academicians, activists and politicians participated in the conference and stressed the need for elimination of extremism, terrorism calling for peaceful coexistence among all faith adherents as ‘glorious’ and ‘invincible’ principle to abide by, in all circumstances.

In his inaugural remarks, Senior Sunni-Sufi Islamic scholar Maulana Yaseen Akhtar Misbahi, the host of the event, explained why he felt the need to organise this conference. He said: “regrettably, we have witnessed in our country, during the last years, acts of violence and terror perpetrated by the terrorist outfits such as Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad much in the same way as the global extremist organisations like Al-Qaida and ISIS are perpetrating atrocities, brazenly violating Islam in the name of Islam, Jihad and Khilafat.” Maulana Misbahi said that the conference was planned to strongly, unambiguously and unequivocally declare all such pernicious and obnoxious acts as mindless violence of the extremists. “We also proclaim that they have nothing to do with the peace-loving and pluralistic Indian Muslims who are vehemently opposed to the handful terrorist goons”, said Maulana Yaseen Akhtar Misbahi.    

He continued that “terrorism is not confined to only launching physical attacks, suicide bombing and using weapons of mass destruction. It includes every form of harm and atrocity which can be perpetrated in action or thought against people of one’s own or other community.” He said that “Indian Muslims are against every form of terror whether physical or theoretical.” He also appealed to Muslims to take pride in being ‘Indians’ just as they feel proud to be Muslims. He said that Muslims in India are living in a safe haven as compared to many countries where Muslims constitute the majority. 











Senior journalist and former MP, Mr. Kuldip Nayyar endorsed the points made by Maulana Misbahi. He said that “we first take pride in our Indianness, and then in our belonging to Hindusim, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism, or any religion for that matter”. He made it clear that “conflating any particular religion with terrorism is completely erroneous and misguiding”. In the course of his talk, he also recalled his personal meeting with Muhmmad Ali Jinnah, while reflecting on the causes behind the partition of India”.

In his speech, Justice Rajinder Sachar hit out at his critics who spread wrong propaganda about Muslims and other minorities. He said that Muslims and Christians in India are not outsiders but an integral part of the country. “Secularism has been an integral element of Islam for more than 1400 years.”  He added that secularism means religious equality and that no religion is superior to others.  He also stressed Swami Vivekanand’s philosophy of Vedantism, who had asked the adherents of faiths not to treat themselves as superior to others. He said all religions are equal before law and India is incomplete without Vedanta’s brain and Islam’s body. He also lauded the peaceful and progressive teachings of Islam which stress equality, education, secularism, equal rights to women and right of inheritance. He lamented the attitude to see Muslims with suspicion in the wake of any incident of terrorists.

Acharya Pramod Krishnan said that Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) came as a blessing for all worlds, not only for Muslims. Therefore, he should be revered by us all, he said. He also sang a Naat (a poetic hagiography of the Prophet pbuh) which he had himself written.  He further said that “communalist elements in this country seek to divide mankind in the name of religion but their plans will miserably fail in this country of composite culture. He reiterated that Islam or any other faith never taught disintegration or division. “While Bhagat Singh shed his blood in his independence struggle, Ashfaqullah also sacrificed his life. This country is like a bouquet which is made by many colourful flowers” he said.

Maulana Maqbool Ahmad Misbahi, founder, Jamia Hazrat Khwaja Qutbuddin said that “at a time when both Islamists and Islamophobes are actively engaged in demonizing Islam and Muslims on the pretext of Jihad, it is about time we mainstream Muslims condemn and refute the acts of the handful terrorist goons, while explaining the true essence of Jihad and denouncing every form of terrorism categorically and unequivocally.”

Former MP Mohammad Adeeb said that “this conference should also draw the attention of the central government to the communal elements that launched terrorist attacks the holy shrine of Ajmer Sharif, Shah Jahani Jama Masjid Delhi, Makka Masjid Hyderabad, Malegaon and Samjhauta Express. While denouncing these acts of terror, the conference should make a humble appeal to the government to bring the perpetrators to the justice.”

General V.K Singh said that “terrorism has no association with any particular community and it makes no distinction on the basis of religion”. Therefore, people of all faith traditions should get united in the war on terrorism to collectively curb this menace”.

Shakeel Hasan Shamsi, Editor Urdu Daily Inquilab, said that during the last years, Muslims have paid the biggest price of terrorism. He said that Muslims suffered heaviest loss caused by the atrocities of terrorists, whether they are Boko Haram, ISISI or Al-Qaida. He lamented that “it is an irony that Boko Haram which kills Muslims for acquiring western education and choosing modern life style, uses the western weapons for the mass killing of innocent Muslims and non-Muslims.”   He put across a survey and enumerated that in every new month, 900 people die of violent extremism and dangerous terrorism. Of which, he said, 99 percent comprises of Muslims.

Professor Akhtar ul Wasey, Chairman of Linguistic Minorities Commission, said that “ISIS and Boko Haram should be treated as first and foremost enemies of Islam today.” “Whatever harm they are causing to humanity is also akin to the destruction and violation of the tenets of Islam”, he said.

Mufti Mukarram Ahmad, Shahi Imam Jama Masjid Fatahpuri said that “misguided Muslim youths in different Muslim countries falsely and quite wrongly attribute their militant goals and violent acts to Jihad. They are actually playing as tools in some hands to serve their vested interests.  Even in the state of defensive war, Islam did not permit the killing of women, children, innocent and non-combatant civilians. How, then, Islam can sanction the grave brutalities of a terrorist outfit or an individual in the name of Jihad?

Group Editor, Sahara Urdu Publications, Syed Faisal Ali said that “the innocent Muslim youths languishing in the jails, with no offence, must be freed and brought back to their decent life and jobs with their salaries restored to them, in addition to the compensation of their financial loss. Also, those officers who falsely accused them of being the guilty must also be punished.”

Dr. Zafrul Islam Khan, President Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat said that “one of the instances of terrorism was the demolition of Babri Masjid.” He said that the tragic incidents of Hashim Pura, Malyana, Meerut and the mass killings in Gujarat, Muzaffarnagar etc. were a grave travesty of injustice that can only be redressed by bringing both the criminals and victims to justice.

Dr. Iqtidar Mohmmad Khan, Head of the Department of Islamic Studies, JMI, said that “in order to maintain peace and security in the country and foster its progress on the constructive lines, the government should channelize all its resources and powers meting out the equal treatment to all Indian communities and according them fair and equal opportunities in all walks of life”.

At the conclusion of the conference, Maulana Ashraful Kausar read out the proposals and recommendations. The Anti-Terrorism Conference appealed to the central government to curb terrorism, discourage extremism and control the communal elements which are trying to inject the communalist ideology into the minds of Indian citizens. It also demanded that the recommendations and proposals of Shri Krishna Committee, Sachchar Committee and Gopal Painal Commission are implemented and translated into action for the all-round development of Muslims in India. 

Among other eminent speakers and guests were Svami Dev Anand, Muni Jain Kumar, Dr Kamal Faruqi, Svami Pakash Hani, Maulana Tauqir Raza Khan,  Father D. Emanuel, Adocate Jagjeet Sohag, and many others.

The program convener Maulana Aqleem Raza Misbahi said that “the conference states in the strongest and the most spirited words that “Calling an act of terror “Jihad” or declaring Jihad as “Terrorism” is the gravest form of Terrorism in the 21st Century”.

The conference was organized by Limra Foundation, which started in the last evening on Sunday and had lasted for seven hours. Maulana Zafruddin Barkati, the program anchor, and Maulana Zainullah Nizami gave vote of thanks.

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  • Faujdar saheb
    In India Muslims were prepared against British raj using the verses of the Quran because Muslim leaders knew how they can be prepared in the name of Islam.
     Can you tell me how Husain madani and abul kalam azad and other nationalist Muslim leader gave fatwa of jehad against British?

    By rational mohammed yunus - 4/28/2015 8:41:51 AM

  • Dear fàujdar saheb
    Of course those people were not prophets, but they were mujaddis of Islam who spent their lives to understand the Quran and hadith. For not only common Muslim scholars were greatly influenced by them. Do you think every Muslim could understand the Quran.
    Why mohammeyunus saheb, GRD, GG and Nasser saheban are teaching us the Quran?
    Did Jesus and Budhha launche jehad if they were prophet too?
    If Muslim scholars could not understand the true message of Islam in 1400 years, when they will.
    Everybody including terrorists call their Islam only right Islam.
    Muslims think they are oppressed and they believing that the Quran is guide for every time and place, and life of the prophet is example for them on what ground you call them wrong?
    The Quran is not understandable by everyone so Muslims are bound to follow scholars right or wrong.
    When there is no freedom to ask a question muslims are cursed to follow them?
    Can you tell me why those scholars were called mujaddids? If they could not understand the simple msg who else will. 
    Imam rabbani saw Islam in danger, didn't like Muslims deviate from Islam they launched jehad and ended the liberal policy of some moghul kings.

    So my dear verses of the Quran and hadith will used as scholars want for common muslims have no such caliber to understand the complex Quran and linguistic nuances muslim scholars play with.
    If the prophet was expelled and he started defensive jehad what was the war against zakat deniers launched by first caliph?
    Who killed uthman? Were not the killers of hz uthman sons of the companions of the prophet.
    Islamic history is full of defensive and offensive jehad.

    By rational mohammed yunus - 4/28/2015 8:35:41 AM

  • Janab Rational Sahib-- Imam ibn taymayyah, Imam rabbani,Shah Waliullah etc, were not prophets.The Quran says "Those who have been expelled from their houses unjustly only because they said 'Our Lord is Allah' "  against this situation fighting is 'Jihad'  and fighting and war for any other purpose is not count under the definition of 'Jihad', 
    By Mohammad Ishaque Foujdar - 4/28/2015 2:24:53 AM

  • Mohammad Ishaque Foujdar saheb - 4/26/2015 10:04:09 AM
    was there no jehad before USSR invaded Afganistan and USA backed him citing the Quran?
    The verses of the Qur'an have been used always the way scholars wanted. Indian Muslims were made ready to fight against British. what do you think where the Fatwa came from against British in India.
    Ibn e tamiyah, Imam Rabbani sarhindi and sha Waliullah all eminent figures of Islam used the Quran verses to launch their jehad against other faiths in the name of injustice to Muslims.
    Modern jehadis are followers of these scholarts who extensivley used the Quran and Hadith to establish jehad.

    By rational mohammed yunus - 4/26/2015 11:43:21 PM

  • Dear Aiman Reyaz 
           your your right, a Quranic term had been used in wrong context to incite the Muslims against Russia by USA. Now the Muslims are  also using the word Jihad for terrorism.  

    By Mohammad Ishaque Foujdar - 4/26/2015 10:04:09 AM

  • Really felt happy to read this. They are doing jihar, alright; but it is not the right jihad. And jihad is done for making the society better, not for killing innocent people. 
    By Aiman Reyaz - 4/22/2015 12:38:49 AM

  • Good conference! Congratulations to those who organized it.
    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 4/21/2015 1:30:46 PM

  • Dear Muhammad Yunus Saheb and janab Ghulam Ghaus,

    Reading day in and day out news and events like attempt on the life of a school-girl, Malala Yusoufzai in Pakistan, killing of Sushmita Banerjee in Kabul when she went there to live with her Afghan husband, murder of Avijit Roy and others in Dhaka for ideological differences, abduction of school-girls in Nigeria by Boko Haram and assault and rape of small Yazidi girls by IS rebels, makes news reading an annoying and perplexing business.  Anti-Terrorism Conferences like this do help us raise an awareness about the terrorist goons and real culprits among the common Muslim populace who are in the darkness of all this.  

    However, I think, merely conferences are not the ultimate solution. There is no substance in talking of peace, secularism and pluralism to the people who lay claim on pluralism yet believe in separatism. Don't you think there is an urgent need of a genuine and living common sense and soul-searching within our society? Let us think more deeply.

    By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi - 4/21/2015 11:18:07 AM

  • Very encouraging indeed for the loud and unqualified abhorrence against terrorism and expulsion of this notion from the doctrine of Islam. One final step must be taken as recommended in these articles before one deadly suicide blast by an ISIS zealot in a sensitive place of worship triggers a massacre, which in turn will create a small pool of ISIS and a small pool of this deadly monster can create havoc in the country. :

    Declare The ISIS As The Kharijites (Those Who Seceded From Islam) As This Article Demonstrates And Declares: Global SOS To The Ulema, Muftis, Intellectuals And Scholars Of Islam


     The Heinous Crimes That ISIS Is Perpetrating Totally Opposed To Islam And Those Killed Fighting For ISIS May Earn Divine Wrath Instead Of Paradise And ‘Hurs’ – An SOS To All Mosque Imams


    By muhammad yunus - 4/21/2015 10:44:31 AM

  • I am feeling ecstatic to see these Ulemas/Islamic clerics holding anti-terrorism conference, taking pride in being Indians and calling for peaceful coexistence. 

    A very nice and gigantic effort for promoting peace and peaceful coexistence. 

    Thanks Special Correspondent of New Age Islam for this report.

    By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث - 4/21/2015 6:44:26 AM

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