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What Is The Islamic Ruling About Those Who Cooperate With ISIS And Other Terror Outfits Committing Sins and Transgression?

By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

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 penalty (5:2)”.

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 transgression.  

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 etc.

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 penalty.

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A 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 (Tasawwuf).

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  • Yes, Islam does not command his followers to cooperate with any kinds  of sins and transgressions. there are many verses about righteousness and piety in the Quran. where Allah Almighty commands to the Muslim community to do righteous deeds and cooperate in piety, as well as forbids to cooperate with any aggressors and transgressors. 
    By Ghulam Ghaus Misbahi - 8/1/2019 9:12:29 PM

  • Mr. Ravi, the Quran does not directly say anything about Hinduism.

    The word ‘Mushrikin’ mentioned in the Quran refers to the Mushrikin of Arabs. Historically speaking, these Arab Mushrikin (polytheists) used to describe themselves as “Ahnaf” (literally seekers of truth), claiming to follow the religion of the Prophet Abraham. However they had abandoned religious creeds and rituals of the Prophet Abraham, such as pilgrimage to Kaaba, bath after ceremonious uncleanliness, observing the sanctity of the months during which fighting is forbidden, veneration of the Sacred Mosque and other various Abrahamic acts dictated by sound nature.
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, غلام غوث الصديقي - 7/6/2019 2:40:31 AM

  • What does the Quran say about Hinduism?

    By Ravi Kumar - 7/5/2019 11:02:39 PM

  • Both Islamist and far-right extremists continue to radicalize, recruit and fundraise on the internet.

    But there is one website known as newageislam.com which is all eagerly set to de-radicalize and stop recruitment of terrorists.

    By Kaniz Fatma - 6/18/2019 9:39:45 AM

  • Those who do hifz al-Quran must step up to take proper understanding of the Quran. The purpose of revelation of Quran is to be understood by the people. This is missing in our community.   

    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي - 6/13/2019 2:55:14 AM

  • Thanks. A Fatwa is needed whether any useful purpose is served through HIFZ of Holy Quran. The Holy Quran was bestowed by Allah to read, understand and follow all the specific Guidance/Mohkmaath (3:7) to achieve Allah's Blessings. In the early days of Islam when there was no invention of paper to write it down, the HIFZ was done and promoted as there was danger of manipulations of Holy Quran. Now our theological Madressahs are making money through promotion of HIFZ  of Holy Quran and turning out Mulla generation instead of educated and knowledgeable generation. So far our Muftis are not bold enough to say that HIFZ of Holy Quran is not necessary nowadays as hundred of thousands of printed copies of Holy Quran with translation/explanation are available every where. Neither simple reading, reciting and HIFZ of Holy Quran and that too without understanding is supported in the Holy Quran. Being a Universal Deen, we should all promote reading of Quranic translation to understand and follow Islam correctly and entirely not cornering it to so called five Pillars only. Actually the whole Holy Quran is the PILLAR of Islam. Thanks.
    By Syed Sadruddin Hussain - 6/12/2019 5:24:27 AM

  • I completely agree with this that "Cooperating with ISIS or any other “Islamist” terror outfits is forbidden and an act of severe oppression"
    The Quran stops from cooperating Zalim. In fact cooperating any Zalim is a great zulm/oppression.

    By Kaniz Fatma - 6/11/2019 3:03:50 AM

  • Cooperating with terrorists is a felonious crime and deserves the harshest penalties.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 6/10/2019 12:27:33 PM

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