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Boko Haram Abductors, Killers Are Terrorists and Thus the Worst Enemies of Islam and Global Peace-Environment



By Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

May 20, 2014

The terrorist outfit Boko Haram has been very active in concocting Islamic teachings since 2009, becoming one of the worst enemies of Islam. In recent months, it has ruthlessly killed thousands of Nigerians, both Christian and Muslim. On 14 April, by abducting a reported 276 schoolgirls aged between 16 and 18 from rural Chibok village in the north-eastern Borno state, the Boko Haram terrorist organization has earned the ire of people around the world.

Boko Haram has deep ties with al-Qaeda, Taliban and a number of transnational terrorist groups throughout the world. All of them are detrimental to global peace-environment. But what has made Nigerian terrorists more prominent among all its like-minded allies is that they have taken the slander against Islam to a different level. This is largely due to the recent case of kidnapping in which they seem to have established a sort of link between Islam and kidnapping and selling of young Muslim girls. 

It is hard to put into words the searing pain and bitter cry of Nigerian mothers owing to abductions of their daughters. They have lost the precious gifts of Allah Almighty i.e. their daughters. Stricken with sorrow, hunger, thirst, these women are holding nationwide protests all day long and waiting for any ray of hope to bring back their beloved daughters whose only "fault" was that they were studying in schools. Their hearts break for their teenage daughters and are living each passing moment in escalating fear, with uncertainty whether they will ever see them again. The Nigerian government has woken up very late.

Boko Haram leader Shekau, a delusional man of ruthless actions threatened to sell hundreds of girls his group abducted and marry them off because "God instructed me to sell them, they are his properties and I will carry out his instructions." How false Shekau is when referring to the name of God for justifying abductions and forced marriages of the teenage girls. Does the global community still need to decide whether such vices are of Islam or of terrorism or they should unanimously eradicate such abductors from the face of the earth for good?

Boko Haram translates as “Western education is sin”. The paramount mystery looming over the Muslims around the world is why the terrorist group Boko Haram wants to stop education in the name of Islam whereas the first word revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was “read.” Islam urges Muslims to seek knowledge both religious and worldly from cradle to grave. It also teaches Muslim men to be kind and tender enough towards women. Gripped by grief of missing schoolgirls and severe damage to Islam, Muslims in particular should do to thwart every terrorist ambition emerging as a routine affair, but first root out Boko Haram, without wasting even a minute.

Boko Haram has insulted Islam and God Almighty by referring its actions to Islamic teachings. Many influential voices in the Muslim world have condemned the terrorist organization, Boko Haram. For instance, Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb from al-Azhar University, one of the most prestigious theological institutions of Sunni Islam, said the abductions "completely contradict Islam and its principles of tolerance."

It is extremely un-Islamic that Nigerian girls are being sold for $12 to be wives to Boko Haram militants. Abductions, forced marriages and forced conversions to Islam are strictly prohibited in Islam. In addition to these crimes, Boko Haram, since its inception, has carried out over 600 attacks, killing more than 3,800 innocent people including Muslims and non-Muslims. Given these facts, it is amazing that Muslim countries and Nigerian government are still unable to eliminate Boko Haram, since clearly it is still engaged in terrorist activities.  

Many influential Islamic scholars believe that women would contribute more to a thriving society, only if they were educated. They would teach and train their children better than fathers, playing a pivotal role in developing a prosperous family life, hence a prosperous society. But this is difficult to pinpoint the worst aspect of atrocity, brunt of repression and exploitation that girls around the world are enduring, especially Nigerian girls, for that matter.   

Religious pretexts are common for terrorist organizations like Boko Haram. They are targeting education just to exploit women, teenage girls and pursue their political passions, using words like Sharia law, the Qur’an, Islam and Jihad. Such organizations are killing innocent lives, injecting evil virus into hearts and minds of youth and kidnapping our Nigerian sisters, hence detrimental to global peace environment. O Muslims and non-Muslims come out in togetherness and root out Boko Haram to save your daughters, your lives, your countries; which is a part of your faith (Iman), if you are Muslims and your responsibility, if you are peace-loving non-Muslims.     

A regular columnist for New Age Islam, Ghulam Ghaus is an Alim and Fazil (Classical Islamic scholar) with a Sufi background. He has 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. He completed his Alimiat and Fazilat respectively from Jamia Warsia Arabic College, Lucknow and Jamia Manzar- e- Islam, Bareilly, U.P. He has graduated in Arabic (Hons) and is pursuing his M.A in Arabic from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

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  • Bokoharamis!
    By Jimmy - 1/10/2019 3:58:52 AM

  • Dear Gholam Ghaus

    My apologies!

    I see you must be profound in your faith as well as bold and courageous like a 'banda-e momin' in Iqbal's poetic vocabulary to endorse my bitterly truthful article in an unqualified manner. Since your visibility is high, you deserve special credit for joining me in expelling the terror outfits from the faith of Islam and calling for an international fatwa for the same based on historical precedent. Muslim Ulema will issue a fatwa when water rises above the head and some countries ban Islam - for a religion that appropriates terror is misfit for this era. Let us hope they wake up before that happens.    

    By muhammad yunus - 6/19/2014 8:07:02 AM

  • Dear Rational,

    We strongly feel that Boko Harams who are doing evil and injustice should be punished by Allah Almighty immediately. Almost every Muslim wants the perpetrator of injustice like to be taught a lesson. Though we know the numerous cases where Allah does justice at once in this life, we also see that many perpetrators escape punishment and seem to go on enjoying their lives. One may ask a question why Allah Almighty lets such cases happen. The answer lies in understanding the purpose and reality of this worldly life.

    According to Islamic belief, the final justice will be meted out on the Day of Judgment, the holy Quran says:

    So, Allah out of His Divine wisdom may choose to punish certain evil acts in this world and in some cases, He may give the perpetrators respite until the Day of Judgement when all accounts will be fully settled.

    “And had Allah seized people (instantly) for their injustice, He would not have left any living being (on the surface of the earth). But He grants them respite till an appointed term. When their fixed time arrives, then they can neither advance, nor hold it back for a single moment” (16:61)

    “Every soul is going to taste death. And your full recompense will be paid back only on the Day of Resurrection. So, whoever will be saved from Hell and admitted to Paradise will be truly successful. And the worldly life is nothing but illusory wealth”. (3:185)

    By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث - 6/19/2014 6:29:12 AM

  • Dear Muhammad Yunus saheb,

    I have already endorsed your referenced article, showing my courage. Please go through the comment section of your scholarly article.

    Here I am repeating that comment:

    “A sign of far-farsightedness I have traced in this article is a better solution to decrease the burden of moderate Muslims in a bid to save Islam from terrorists. Thanks Mr Muhammad Yunus for saying “it may be a fitting response to declare the al-Qaida, Talibans, al Shabab, Boko Haram and others, including lone terrorists who justify killing of innocent men, women and children in terror attacks and suicide bombing as apostates and renegades of Islam and refer to them as  Terrorist Apostate of Islam rather than Islamic terrorists”.

    We all peace loving Muslims should let the terrorists who justified killing of innocent lives be referred to as ‘Terrorist Apostate of Islam rather than Islamic terrorists’.”
    By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث - 6/19/2014 5:52:55 AM

  • Dear Gholam Ghaus
    "is not Allah nearer to jugular veins of the abducted girls? how much wailing is needed to bring Allah for their help?
    Boko Haramis are tested at the cost of those abducted girls. what is the test of those abducted girls??
    why are you silent? your test theory is not working.

    By rational mohammed yunus - 6/19/2014 5:41:11 AM

  • Dear Gholam Ghaus,

    Why don't you have the courage and clarity of faith to endorse my following article posted October last year. Honesty without courage and conviction cannot distinguish us from the Boko Harams and terror outfits.

     Call for international Fatwas to declare the terrorists who advocate wanton killing of innocent people in the name of Islam as ‘Terrorist Apostates’, like the Kharijites of early Islam.
    By muhammad yunus - 6/19/2014 1:09:19 AM

  • By Ravi Kumar - 5/28/2014 12:26:42 AM

  • Dear Ghulam Ghaus.
    is not Allah nearer to jugular veins of the abducted girls? how much wailing is needed to bring Allah for their help?
    Boko Haramis are tested at the cost of those abducted girls. what is the test of those abducted girls?

    By rational mohammed yunus - 5/27/2014 2:37:24 AM

  • "Many influential Islamic scholars believe that women would contribute more to a thriving society, only if they were educated. They would teach and train their children better than fathers, playing a pivotal role in developing a prosperous family life, hence a prosperous society. 

    1000% agree 

    By Atif Habeeb - 5/27/2014 2:02:28 AM

  • Please leave "for $12" and read it as " "It is extremely un-Islamic that Nigerian girls are being sold to be wives to Boko Haram militants"
    Thanks Rational.

    By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث - 5/27/2014 1:53:59 AM

  • Observer - 5/27/2014 1:24:27 AM
    well. Islamic world is full of liars and mischief mongers despite they are believers in the Quran.

    By rational mohammed yunus - 5/27/2014 1:53:58 AM

  • Rational,

    I have not called any person a liar without clear evidence. Challenge me if I have called anyone liar without evidence. It is only right that that a lie be exposed to cure people of the habit. The accusation of lie if false, can be easily exposed.

    What liars and mischief mongers think of me is of little significance.

    By Observer - 5/27/2014 1:24:27 AM

  • Ghulam Ghaus saheb you said:
    "It is extremely un-Islamic that Nigerian girls are being sold for $12 to be wives to Boko Haram militants"
    will it be Islamic if Boko Haramis purchase girls at the price higher than $12? How much price will make it Islamic?

    By rational mohammed yunus - 5/27/2014 1:15:07 AM

  • observer.
    one thing i forgot to mention: you are just one another Mullah when you call others liar for silly reasons. it seems calling people liar is first habit of Muslims when face they meet the situation they don't like. i put you in the same category despite i agree with you on most themes. will you get some extra Brownie points in the court of Allah for calling liar compared to your defense of Islam? at these times you violate the commands of the Quran.

    By rational mohammed yunus - 5/27/2014 1:08:43 AM

  • Observer - 5/27/2014 12:32:14 AM
    you also must know why ask these questions to people like you.
    Madarsa education doesn't play an important role in my life. i am a self learned person in many fields.

    By rational mohammed yunus - 5/27/2014 12:57:22 AM

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