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With Growing Threat of ISIS to India, What Can We Muslims Do To Protect Our Youth from ISIS Radicalisation and Thus Strengthen National Security?

By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

30 May 2019

With the rise of merciless terrorist groups—ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, a call was given to mainstream Muslims worldwide, either to join their ranks or get ready to be killed as “apostates”. In the wake of these terror groups using ostensible Muslim appearances, titles, slogans and cunning tricks employed to hijack and have a monopoly on Islam, some naive and gullible Muslims got trapped in their web of terror games and reached the height of crimes wherefrom there was none to bring them back to the world of peace.

Out of 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide, though only an estimated one hundred thousand to two hundred thousand individuals rushed to join ISIS, it is still a matter of great concern. The very small number of 30,000 from 86 non-Arab countries joining ISIS in one year was enough to incite non-Muslims to blame Islam for what the entire Muslim community abhors as acts of terrorism. In other words, the very few individuals were enough to earn a bad reputation for Islam and the mainstream Muslims who did not wish to join the ‘Islamist’ terror groups.

Moreover, the mainstream Muslims remained loyal to the law and order of their own countries, despite facing cases of accusations that they would not expect from a section of their fellow citizens or from a group of what can be called national brotherhood or pluralist country.

The biggest factor that did not allow Muslims to join the ‘Islamist’ terror groups lies in their belief that the acts of these terror groups are antithetical to Islam. Numerous Fatwas, from religious guides of almost all sects of Muslims, have been issued worldwide to condemn ‘Islamist’ terror groups and term their acts anti-Islamic. This is good and has been influential for mainstream Muslims but not better in bringing full results, as there are still a section of hidden sympathizers and die-hard supporters of ‘Islamist’ terror groups, who might blow themselves up anytime, anywhere.

We should not forget that the terror group ISIS and its likes are themselves the enemies of Islam and religious persecutors but they utilize not only ‘Islamist’ narratives but also narratives of persecutions and oppressions to win the support and sympathy of Muslims.

Mainstream Muslims will never fall prey to any such narratives of ISIS but we should still be concerned about the terror sympathizers in our midst. For them, such narratives have worked well playing a successful role in disrupting the peace and security of a country. Take for instance, the destruction of countries like Syria and Iraq. Such countries will have to wait perhaps for the next two generations to restore peace, security and economic stability in their land.   

We should not deny any possible threat posed by ISIS to India. Initially India was not a primary focus for terror groups such as Al-Qaeda and ISIS as their Wahhabi ideologues regard majority of Indian Muslims such as Sufis/Barelvis as “heretics” and “Mushrik” (polytheist or idolator). However, with the rise of Wahhabism and the reason being that more than 350 million Indians are connected to the internet, it is likely that ISIS succeeds in luring some individuals through their online propaganda and using deepening communal fault-lines within India.  

Two things are indispensable at this tumultuous time and should continue till the time of complete elimination of terrorism and until the security is fully established. One points to the responsibility of religious guides and the second lies on the shoulders of national security leaders.

Religious guides of India should repeatedly declare that the rulings of war-related Quranic verses and Ahadith are contextual and can’t be applied today. For instance, the Quranic verse “kill the Mushrikin wherever you find them” (9:5)should be rightly interpreted in the same way as a renowned classical scholar Abu Bakr al-Jassas (d.370H) wrote while interpreting the same verse, "صارقوله تعالى: {فَاقْتُلُواالمُشْرِكِين َحَيْث ُوَجَدْتُمُوهُمْ} خاصّاً في مشركي العرب دون غيرهم" Translation: “The verse (Kill the Mushrikin wherever you find them) was particular to the Mushrikin of Arab and does not apply to anyone else” (Ahkam al-Quran lilJassas, V. 5, p. 270, Arabic edition- English translation mine). Read my article “Did War-related Madani Verses Abrogate Makki Verses in the Sense of Not Allowing Peaceful Coexistence between Muslims and Non-Muslims?” to get some details concerning the same verse.

Like the war-related Quranic verses, the Ahadith such as the one discussed in my article “The Misunderstood Hadith - 'I Have Been Commanded To Fight the People Until They Say There Is No God but Allah’ - misused by terrorist ideologues and Islamophobes” should be interpreted more loudly and clearly in harmony with the narratives of Islam which strongly encourage peace and harmony with the people, nations, countries and groups which do not harm you.

The religious guides should read out the warnings given in the Quran and Sunnah with regard to violation of human rights of non-Muslims, such as the warnings mentioned inthe following Quranic verses and Sunnah to adherents of Islam.

A Quranic verse says, “Whoever killed a person (unjustly), except as a punishment for murder or for (spreading) disorder in the land, it would be as if he killed all the people (of society); and whoever (saved him from unjust murder and) made him survive, it would be as if he saved the lives of all the people (of society, i.e., he rescued the collective system of human life). And indeed, Our Messengers came to them with evident signs. Yet, even after that, the majority from amongst these people are certainly those who commit excesses in the land” (5:32)

“Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes - from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.” (60:8)

“Beware, if anyone persecutes any peaceful non-Muslim citizen [Mu’ahid], or diminishes his right, or forces him to work beyond his capacity, or takes from him anything without his consent, I shall plead for him on the Day of Judgment.” (Please see Sunan Abi Dawud – Book 20, Hadith 125- Arabic reference).

Even during the state of war these injunctions were given, “Do not kill any child, any woman, or any elder or sick person.” (Sunan Abu Dawud), “Do not practice treachery or mutilation. (Muwatta Malik), “Do not destroy the villages and towns, do not spoil the cultivated fields and gardens, and do not slaughter the cattle.” (Sahih Bukhari; Sunan Abu Dawud), “Do not kill the monks in monasteries, and do not kill those sitting in places of worship. (Musnad Ahmad Ibn Hanbal).

These injunctions should be propagated repeatedly to clarify in the minds of Muslims that the objective of Islamic fighting in the Prophet’s time was to prevent religious persecution and promote religious freedom and security for all religious communities whereas the modern “Islamist” terror groups are the strict violators of such injunctions; they persecute religious communities themselves and are thus among the Zalimoon upon whom is “the curse of Allah and the angels and of men, all together.”Surah Ale Imran (3): verses 86, 87)

The Quran tells us: “And who is more unjust than he who forges a lie against Allah? These shall be brought before their Lord, and the witnesses shall say: These are they who lied against their Lord. Now surely the curse of Allah is on the Zalimoon (the unjust and oppressors).” (Q: 11:18). This surely applies to ISIS ideologues, the Zalimoon who have virtually invented a new religion in the name of Islam, whose basic purpose is to defame Islam.

These are just few examples among many by which the religious guides can and should increase their influence in a wider public space. More significantly they should keep an eye on the “Islamist” narratives made by ISIS and refute them point by point. Furthermore, Islamic teachings of peace and pluralism, the likes of which were quoted above, are the proper demand and appropriate requirement of our age. Thus, the religious guides should make these teachings acceptable even to hidden sympathizers of ‘Islamist’ terror groups, apart from being influential simply for mainstream Muslims.

As for the national security and powerful leaders of the country, they have been doing well and should continuously adopt so many more good causes to strictly uphold all-round law and order in order to practically ensure peace, justice, religious freedom, equally for all citizens—Hindus, Muslims, Christians, and Sikhs, or to say, for majorities and minorities. They should make all possible efforts to prevent cases of persecutions such as lynching, be it of any Muslims or non-Muslims. As a part of Indian nationality, this is how we should do for the good of our nation and our country.

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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  • Newageislam.com is doing the same work
    By GGS - 11/15/2019 7:54:33 AM

  • It is also paramount to counter the online threat by promoting religious moderation, tolerance and coexistence paired with adequate surveillance and tracking.

    By Kaniz Fatma - 11/15/2019 3:34:26 AM

  • What is the importance of this artilce in the current situation? 
    What is your opinion about Kashmiri Muslims?

    By Talha - 8/9/2019 9:03:30 AM

  • Have you read this article to understand its points or simply come to criticize without any reason?

    A number of writers are writing on lynching. The crime is crime, be it lynching or anything else. Education of human rights is more important equally for all citizens of India. Only then such crimes can be abolished.

    This is painful to read news of lynching but it is more painful to know that Muslims kill Muslims in the name of Islam, in the name of Jihad. It is painful to know that an innocent Muslim is falsely accused by Muslims themselves, that a Muslim’s property and land is captured by force and other Muslims make fun of him simply because he is new to his locality. It is painful to know that Muslim women are persecuted by Muslims, and in some cases Muslim women make false allegations against Muslim men. Murder, theft, envy, enmity, mutual conflict; what else is not here for Muslims.

    When a Muslim is lynched by any Hindus, we and even many Hindus cry and shout slogans of justice, which of course is a just case, but when Muslims are persecuted by Muslims themselves we just express temporary sorrow and forget our mistakes.

    Islamists are bigger threat to the global peace and we should work on this subject while we should also be concerned about lynching or any other issue that might give an opportunity to Islamists to justify their terror steps and increase their recruitment process.  

    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, غلام غوث الصديقي - 7/6/2019 3:13:17 AM

  • Do you want to blame Muslims for terrorism? Muslims are not terrorists. The terrorists are terrorists because they have been made to be so. The whole world knows who are behind creating Taliban terrorists vs. Soviet.

    You always write refutation against Islamists. Do you have courage to write on lynching? If you do not have any courage then Stop writing such nonsense things!!

    By Nazrul - 7/5/2019 11:01:04 PM

  • This is a very good call. 
    By Meraj Misbahi - 6/7/2019 2:10:02 AM

  • Mischief, according to Quran, should be interpreted as committing sin and do evil deeds instead of otherwise.
    Quran 2:30 (Mohsin Khan translation), "...Will you place therein those who make mischief therein and shed blood...".
    As the phrase, shed blood, is mentione din Quran 2:30 with the word, mischief, it implies Muslims do evil deed, i.e. killing.
    Quran 2:6 (Mohsin Khan translation), "...do not act corruptly, making mischief on the earth."
    As the phrase, do not act corrupt, is mentioned in Quran 2:6 with the word, mischief, it implies it refers to evil acting.
    Quran 2:205 (Mohsin Khan translation), "...to make mischief therein and to destroy the crops and the cattle...".
    As the phrase, destroy the crops and the cattle, is mentioned in Quran 2:205 with the word, mischief, it implies it refers to destroy someone's property.
    Quran 2:220 (Mohsin Khan translation), "...mischief (e.g. to swallow their property,.."
    As the phrase, to swallow their property, is mentioned in Quran 2:220 with the word, mischief, it implies it refers to stealing someone's property.
    Quran 7:85 (Mohsin Khan translation), "...give full measure and full weight and wrong not men in their things, and do not do mischief on the earth...".
    As the phrase, give full measure and full weight and wrong not men in their things, is mentioned in Quran 7:85 with the word, mischief, it implies the word, mischief, should refer to dishonesty of Muslims and lying since they are those who give full weight to people instead of giving less weight by lying.
    Quran 11:85 (Mohsin Khan translation), "..Give full measure and weight in justice and reduce not the things that are due to the people, and do not commit mischief...".
    As the phrase, Give...justice and reduce not the things that are due to the people, is mentioned in Quran 11:85 with the word, mischief, it implies the word, mischief, in Quran means to not to exercise justice and cheating.
    Quran 12:73, (Mohsin Khan translation), "...we came not to make mischief..and we are no thieves!"
    As the word, thieves, is mentioned in Quran 12:73 with the word, mischief, it implies the word, mischief, refers to stealing.
    Quran 17:4 (Moshin Khan translation), "...do mischief...you..become..extremely arrogant!"
    As the phrase, extremely arrogant, is mentioned in Quran 17:4 with the word, mischief, it implies it refers to the arrogance of Muslims.
    Quran 6:183 (Moshin Khan translation), "...do evil, making...mischief...".
    As the phrase, do evil, is mentioned in Quran 6:183 with the word, mischief, it implies doing evil is a kind of mischief.
    Quran 28:83 (Mohsin Khan translation), "...do mischief by committing crimes...".
    As the phrase, committing crimes, is mentioned in Quran 28:83 with the word, mischief, it implies it refers to forbidding in sinning.
    Thus, it is erroneous for wiki to restrict the word, mischief, to disobedience to Allah or to create disorder or corruption on the earth.  Instead, the word, mischief, in Quran includes forbidding sinning, lying, cheating, dishonesty and etc.

    By zuma - 6/4/2019 6:55:01 AM

  • Does Quran 5:33 make it a compulsion to be crucified or cut hands and feet off?

    Let's meditate Q 5:33 below:

    Quran 5:33, "The recompense of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and do mischief in the land is only they shall be killed or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off from opposite sites, or be exiled from the land...".

    The word, or, has been used in the above verse to separate the phrases, shall be killed, crucified, their hands and their feet be cut off, and, be exiled from the land.  As the word, or, is used in this Quranic verse, it does not command a must to follow.  It is an option whether for Muslims to follow.  As the phrase, wage war against Allah and Messenger, as mentioned here does not restrict itself to Muslims, it should be applicable to them too instead of only to polytheists.  As the word, Messenger, is mentioned here, it is not applicable to contemporary Muslims since they are not his messengers except Prophet Muhammad.

    By zuma - 6/3/2019 11:12:07 PM

  • This is what I have found on Wikipedia about fasad on earth.


    The spread of fasad is a major theme in the Quran, and the notion is often contrasted with islah (setting things aright).[5]

    Terms derived from the verbal root f-s-d appear in a number of Quranic verses. The verb afsad (to cause fasad) appears, for example, in chapter 2 (Al-Baqara), verse 11-12,

    When it is said to them: "Make not mischief on the earth," they say: "Why, we only Want to make peace!" Of a surety, they are the ones who make mischief, but they realise (it) not. – Quran 2:11

    Classical Quranic commentators commonly interpreted spreading "corruption in the land" or "mischief on the earth" as open disobedience against God or its result.[5] Some contemporary Muslims view destruction of the natural environment to be among the central meanings of these verses.[5]

    In chapter 5 (Al-Ma'ida) of Qur'an, verse 33 contains the expression "to strive mischievously in the land" (yas'awna fi-l-ardi fasadan):

    The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive to spread corruption through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter. – Quran 5:33

    The scope of this verse has been limited by most classical commentators to the armed crimes falling under the legal category of Hirabah, which comprises armed robbery, assault (including rape), and murder, particularly of innocent travelers on the road.[6] A "small minority" viewed this verse as applying to apostates in general.[6] This verse follows verses 26-31 which refer to the incident in which Qabil (Cain), son of Adam, killed his brother Habil (Abel).[7][8]

    Those who cause mischief in the land (yufsiduna fi al-ard) are counted as "the losers" in Al-Baqara, verse 27:

    Those who break the covenant of Allah after ratifying it, and sever that which Allah ordered to be joined, and (who) make mischief in the earth: Those are they who are the losers. –Quran 2:27

    The word "losers" indicates being bereft of something, and can also mean "being lost", in the sense of losing one's way or one's self.[9]


    Mischief has a broad meaning in Sahih Bukhari and other texts of Islam.[10]

    Breaking ties with one's Muslim kith and kin is stated to be a form of fasad in Book 73 of Sahih Bukhari,[10][verification needed]

    The Prophet said, "Allah created the creations, and when He finished from His creations, Ar-Rahm (womb) said, "(O Allah) at this place I seek refuge with You from all those who sever the ties of kith and kin. Allah said, 'Yes, won't you be pleased that I will keep good relations with the one who will keep good relations with you, and I will sever the relation with the one who will sever the relations with you.' Allah's Apostle added. "Read (in the Qur'an) if you wish, the Statement of Allah: 'Would you then, if you were given the authority, do mischief in the land and sever your ties of kinship?' –Sahih al-Bukhari, 8:73:16

    Sunan Abu Dawud confirms that the required punishment for fasad is execution or crucifixion.

    When the Apostle of Allah cut off (the hands and feet of) those who had stolen his camels and he had their eyes put out by fire (heated nails), Allah reprimanded him on that (action), and Allah, the Exalted, revealed: "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Apostle and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is execution or crucifixion." –Sunan Abu Dawood, 38:4357

    Sunan Abu Dawud, in 38.4359, states that the punishment for fasad was revealed for polytheists.[11]

    By Ziad Asif - 6/3/2019 3:23:37 AM

  • Relationship is built on trust. If Hats OFF does not trust Muslims, they also should not trust Hats Off. 
    By Jamil - 6/3/2019 1:07:51 AM

  • By the way, RSS is training Hindus how to use weapons but Muslims are sleeping with surety that Indian Constitution gurantees their protection. 
    But after reading Hats Off comments, one question comes to my mind that whether these sleeping Muslims should stop having surety in Constitution of India and be ready themselves for their own defence???
    This question has come to my mind from the logic that Mr. Hats off has applied to his brain. 
    I think it is not moderates but the thinking type of Hats off is more dangerous who can let others be at peace

    By Hamid Ansari - 6/3/2019 1:03:30 AM

  • Should Muslims follow Hats Off's interpretation of Islam?
    By Junaid - 6/3/2019 12:57:45 AM

  • A simple question to Mr. Hamza.
    Is the act of ISIS Fasad fil Ard/ corruption on earth or not?

    By Talha - 6/3/2019 12:55:14 AM

  • @Hamza, 
    What do you say about this verse, 
    “Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes - from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.” (60:8)??

    By Urooj - 6/3/2019 12:35:15 AM

  • It is irrational to assume that Quran is cruel to non-Muslims to fight with them and to force them to pay jizya for the following reasons:
    If Quran forces non-Muslims to pay jizya, there is no reason for Quran 9:6 to mention Muslims should grant protection to non-Muslims if they seek protection from them.  Instead, Quran 9:6 should mention Muslims should only protect them if they pay jizya.  As Quran 9:6 mentions Muslims should grant protection to non-Muslims if they seek protection from them instead of waiting after they have paid jiyza to them, it implies that Quran does not force non-Muslims to pay jizya.  The follow is the extracted verse:
    Quran 9:6 (Moshin Khan translation), "And if anyone of the Mushrikun (polytheists, idolaters, pagans, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah) seesk you protection, then grant him protection so that he may hear the Word of Allah (the Qur'an), and then escort him to where he can be secure, that is because they are men who know not."
    By zuma - 6/2/2019 8:38:27 PM

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