name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
is due to Allah, Lord of all creation. May Allah extol the mention of the
Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) in the highest company of Angels and may
the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his family, his Companions and
all those who follow him exactly till the Day of Judgement.
brothers and sisters, according to CNN, BBC and CBS news reports, ISIS has
claimed responsibility for one of the deadliest attacks on Niger’s military,
which left 71 soldiers dead, 12 wounded and several many others missing.
happened on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, when several hundred heavily armed
militants ambushed soldiers at an outpost in Inates, in the west of the country
near the Mali border.
group, ISIS claimed on social media that it managed to seize the military base
for several hours, and that it stole weapons and ammunition, including several
tanks. But the terrorist group did not provide any evidence to support its
to the presidency’s official Twitter handle, President Mahamadou Issoufou who
was in Egypt at the time the “tragedy” took place had to cut off his trip to
Niger is a
member of the G5 Sahel force of troops from Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, and
Chad set up in 2014 to tackle insecurity.
investigation finds series of failures led to deadly Niger ambush.
The US and
France have deployed soldiers to Niger to assist local troops with intelligence
gathering and operations as it battles Boko Haram and al-Qaeda militants in the
region. Niger also shares a border with Mali, where an al-Qaeda affiliate and
other terrorist groups thrive in the vast desert.
has been beset by violence from suspected terrorist militant groups over in
recent months. Thirteen French soldiers were killed in a crash involving two
helicopters during an operation against terrorist fighters in Mali last month.
At least 53
soldiers died in a terror attack on a military camp in the country’s north-east
respected brothers and sisters, please, what comes to your mind when you think
of Muslims, what is the meaning of Islam and who is a true Muslim?
people, Islam is the religion which was revealed to all of the Prophets of
Allah. And to be a Muslim, a person is required to submit to Allah by
worshipping Him alone without partners, to obey His commandments and to keep
away from all forms of evil and idolatry. Muslims refer to their Creator as
Allah, the One who alone deserves to be worshipped.
are the Prophets of Islam?
believe in the same Prophets as the Jews and the Christians. However, they also
believe in the final Prophet who was born in Makkah in 570 CE. His name was
Muhammad (Peace be upon him). Just like the Prophets before him, he invited the
people to worship Allah alone. So Muslims believe in all of the Prophets of
Allah such as Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (Peace and blessings of
Allah be upon them).
Should Muslims Behave Around Non-Muslims?
His Prophet (Peace be upon him) have instructed the believers to treat people
with kindness, justice, mercy and good manners. The Qur’an states:
“Allah does not forbid you to deal justly and
kindly with those who did not fight against you on account of religion and did
not drive you out of your homes. Verily, Allah loves those who deal with
servants of Allah, we often see Islam and terrorism mentioned together by some
ignoramuses. So what does Islam say about terrorism?
forbids all forms of terrorism. There are however some extreme groups who, in
the name of Islam, terrorise both Muslims and non-Muslims. The most well-known
of these militant groups are Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram, Taliban, Al-Shabab
etc. These terrorist groups are called Khawarij in Islamic terminology. The
title refers to those who rebel against Islam and the Muslim leaders. The
Prophet (Peace be upon him) foretold their appearance and instructed the
Muslims to stay away from them and to defend themselves if they attack them.
They first rebelled against the Prophet’s Companions.
terrorists (or Khawarij) do groups look upon the rest of humanity and view them
and their lives as worthless?
because they believe they are the only ones left with any true faith in Allah,
and everyone else besides them is an infidel, or an apostate whose life has no
value. They see themselves as Allah’s chosen people who must punish all the
“enemies of Allah” and cleanse the earth by the mass killing of Muslims and
non-Muslims alike in order to establish the Law of Allah as they see it. But
what they do has nothing to do with the Law of Allah or the Qur’an and
Prophetic way (Sunnah). These Khawarij are just merciless killers who have no
compassion and no true religion. They kill innocent, unarmed civilians without
any regard for life or faith. The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said:
does not show mercy to people, Allah will not show mercy to him.” [Muslim]
The Signs Of An Extremist That I Can Identify?
1. He will
constantly focus on the political situation in the Muslim lands, advocating
uprising and revolution.
2. He will
vehemently criticise the Muslim leaders and ignorantly declare them to be
apostates who do not follow Shariah Law.
3. He will
praise the founders of the modern-day extreme political ideologies, such as
Osama Bin Laden, Sayyid Qutb, Hasan Al-Banna, Al-Maududi, Anwar Al-Awlaki, etc.
4. He will
declare Muslims who contradict his extremist political views to be unbelievers
(this is called Takfir).
5. He will
glorify the acts of violence perpetrated by terrorists and insurgents, such as
suicide bombings, beheading of hostages, killing of non-Muslims, kidnappings,
etc. You will not hear condemnation of violent extremism or it’s figureheads
If I see
Muslim women in Hijab or men with beards praying and bowing, should I be
worried? Will they try and hurt me?
not be worried at all. Muslims are commanded to dress modestly and pray five
times a day, spend in charity, fast in Ramadan and do righteous deeds. So when
you see Muslim women in Hijab, men wearing long shirts and growing beards, do
not take these as signs of extremism. You should never confuse orthodox Islam
with extremism. Many learned practising Muslims are the most vocal in opposing
terrorism. Eating Halal meat, praying five times a day, growing a beard and
wearing a Hijab are not signs of extremism!
Muslims do if someone invites them to join an extremist group or is planning a
tell someone in authority, tell a parent, a teacher, the police or any security
agent. It is a duty in Islam to stamp out terrorism from our societies.
Muslim cannot stand by and let a criminal act take place. Allah and His Prophet
have instructed Muslims to help stop oppression and the killing of innocent
Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said:
“There is not a people amongst whom sins are
committed and they are stronger than those who commit them yet they do not
prevent them except that Allah will punish all of them.”
Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jama’ah are seriously against extremism!
Khawarij (terrorists) are more evil to the Muslims Ummah than others – and
there is none more wicked to the Muslims than them, not the Jews nor the
Christians. They strived to kill every Muslim who did not agree with them. They
made permissible the spilling of Muslim blood, and the taking of their wealth
and property, and the killing of their children, declaring them to be
unbelievers. The Khawarij (terrorists) took this path as their religion due to
their extreme ignorance and their misguided innovation…” [See Minhaj As-Sunnah,
vol.5, page 248]
Does Islam Say About Jihad?
Islam is of various types. It is to strive in Allah’s cause; and this begins
with striving against one’s soul in obedience to Allah; to learn Islam
correctly from the right sources; to act upon what you have learned; and to
teach that to others with patience, even if you suffer hardship in that path.
So this is Jihad as the great scholar of the middle-ages Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim
the types of Jihad is war upon the battlefield in a conventional and strictly
legitimate war. An example of a legitimate declaration of war was the first
Gulf War in 1990-91 after Kuwait was invaded by the Iraqi army under the
leadership of Saddam Hussain. So Saudi Arabia defended its borders by the use
of its recruited army in an alliance with other countries. The following are
some of the important principles and guidelines of Jihad as agreed upon by the
1. War is
declared by leaders who have legitimate governments and not by individual
citizens, organisations, or terrorists, or insurgents, or preachers, or through
2. This war
must be for a just cause, in obedience to Allah, and for His worship.
Civilians cannot be killed or harmed in conflict and war. This includes
securing the safety of all civilians: women, children, monks, emissaries,
teachers, nurses, doctors, aid workers and so on. The claim of terrorists that
all non-Muslims [and even Muslims who disagree with them] are legitimate
targets goes against Islamic teachings.
4. One does
not fight for personal gain, or tribalism, or to steal wealth, or for political
partisanship, or to rape and pillage, or for repute, fame and adventure. The
terrorists obligate what they call jihad in any situation and have thus
hijacked the term. They fight without a legitimate leadership, they kill those
whom it is not permitted to kill, Muslims and non-Muslims alike; they plant
bombs in civilian areas; they kill themselves in suicide bombings, which is
forbidden. They murder those whom the leaders have invited into countries under
the guarantee of security and safety. So what they partake in cannot be
considered as Jihad in any sense of the word.
is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds. May the peace, blessings and salutations
of Allah be upon our noble Messenger, Muhammad, and upon his family, his
Companions and his true followers.
Muhammad Gusau is the Chief Imam of Nagazi-Uvete Jumu’ah and the late Alhaji
Abdur-Rahman Okene’s Mosques, Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria.
Source: The Premium Times, Nigeria