By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New
10 June 2019
Cooperating with ISIS or any
other “Islamist” terror outfits is forbidden and an act of severe oppression.
The reason is that such outfits are committing sins of transgression whereas
Almighty Allah says in the Quran, “And Cooperate in righteousness (birr) and
piety (Taqwa), but do not cooperate in sin (Ithm) and
transgression (‘Udwan). And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is severe in
In this Quranic verse, Almighty
Allah commands Muslims to cooperate with one another in righteousness, good
deeds and avoiding sins. God Almighty forbids Muslims from helping one another
in committing sin and aggression. The divine message of this verse is general
in its approach and a definitive proof for forbiddance of cooperation with the
terror organizations such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda whose acts are those of sins and
Explaining the words ‘Ithm’
(sin) and ‘Udwan’ (aggression/transgression), Ibn Jarir Tabari said, “Ithm
means abandoning what Allah has commanded to do, while transgression means
overstepping the limits that Allah has set in your Religion (Din) and
overstepping what Allah has imposed upon you concerning yourselves and
others.” (Tafsir Tabari, Arabic version,
Vol. 9, 490)
From the perspective of Quran,
Sunnah and the details given in classical books of Islam, when we judge the
acts of ISIS, we find them as nothing but acts of transgression.
Allah Almighty says,
“Do not exceed the
limits; and Allah does not like the transgressors” (2:190).
This command of God Almighty,
as per majority of classical Islamic scholars, is Muhkam and not
abrogated (Mansukh). They use this Divine command to discuss the usual
rules of war, such as the prohibition against killing women, children, old
people, monks, hermits, the chronically ill, peasants and those who offer peace
Hazrat Ibn Abbas (may Allah be
pleased with him) said, “The phrase “do not exceed the limits” renders “do not
kill women, children, old men, or those who offer peace and restrain their
hand. If you do that, you will have transgressed against them”. (Jamiul Bayan,
vol. 2, p. 110-111, printed at Beirut Darul Ma’rifa)
Now please observe all the
ghastly terror attacks perpetrated by ISIS and weigh up all limits set by Allah
Almighty and the Hadith of Hazrat Ibn Abbas mentioned above. A man of
faith and sincerity will not refuse to accept that the ISIS is perpetrating
acts of transgression. With this observation, please ponder over this divine
command “....do not cooperate in sin (ithm) and transgression (‘Udwan).
And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is severe in penalty (5:2)”.
This divine command clearly
substantiates the fact that those who cooperate in acts of transgression and
sins committed by ISIS will be accountable to God Almighty and bear the severe
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regular Columnist with NewAgeIslam.com, Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi Dehlvi is an Alim
and Fazil (Classical Islamic scholar), with a Sufi-Sunni background and
English-Arabic-Urdu Translator. He has also done B.A (Hons.) in Arabic, M.A. in
Arabic and M.A in English from JMI, New Delhi. He is Interested in Islamic
Sciences; Theology, Jurisprudence, Tafsir, Hadith and Islamic mysticism
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purpose of revelation of Quran is to be understood by the people. This is
missing in our community.