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Europe’s About Turn in Its Stance of the Muslims from Hatred and Exclusion to Mercy, Compassion and Inclusion– an SOS to the Custodians of the Sacred Mosques

By Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

(Co-author (Jointly with AshfaqueUllah Syed), Essential Message of Islam, Amana Publications, USA, 2009)

15 September 2015

Over the last three decades, many European and Western politicians, academics, writers and intellectuals have been pouring invectives against Islam and the Muslims. But the sight of thousands of helpless refugees fleeing mostly the ISIS controlled territory or Syrian civil war has achieved what not one single political analyst would have imagined. Thousands of people are gathering at different transit stations in European cities and towns to welcome the emaciated refuges – who are predominantly Muslims.

If a broad based live material proof of the evil and anti-Islamic character of the ISIS were needed, it is in the exodus of the predominantly Muslim refugees from the lands ISIS wrenched away by shear brutality. The plight of these refugees is truly indescribable: they fled their homes in panic leaving all their belongings behind with no provisions, no security, no transport, no food or water, no destination except where their feet or vehicles took them and risking untold miseries that lay in their paths. While none may dare to openly call the ISIS as antithesis of Islam as the Muslim mind is overwhelmed by its (ISIS’s) cloak of religiosity, if Caliph Umar, the son-in-law and the fourth among the Rightly Guided Caliphs were to come alive this day, he would have surely declared the leaders and activists of ISIS and other terror outfits operating in the name of Islam (Boko Haram, al-Shibab, Taliban and al-Qaida) as renegade-apostates of Islam (Kharijite) who lost any claim to the faith of Islam and deserved to be killed without any trial [1]. But in the absence of Caliph Ali, who is going to bell the cat?

This writer has done two critical articles [1, 2] and followed up with four reminders [3-6] as part of his literary crusade against ISIS and its other terror affiliates. These articles failed to make any impact for the obvious reason that no Muslim scholar, Imam or intellectual has any courage to put his signature to a campaign outlawing the ISIS and its affiliates both for fear of life and fear of God: the ISIS sword that beheads humans in the name of God and with cry of jubilation and the lack of spiritual conviction to expunge any group that recites the Shahadah from the pale of Islam even if this group epitomized evil in its worst form.

This article is prompted by the U-turn in the attitude of a tacitly hostile Europe/ West and is probably his penultimate move in his literary crusade against the ISIS and other terror groups operating in its style. If the common people of the West can break the deeply entrenched fear and hatred of Islam – a feeling that has been waxing and waning with time for over a millennium, the Muslim Religious leadership of this era must muster courage to call a spade a spade – even if has to go break deeply entrenched notions.

There is a deeply entrenched notion in Islam that Caliphs may commit all kinds of crimes including murder, plunder rape, forced conversion and genocide as divine mandates. Thus, if somebody creates a geographical identity and declares himself as a Caliph, and unleashes a reign of terror upon common civilians many Muslim Ulema of the world are tongue-tied in declaring him an outlaw, though they condemn his acts as un-Islamic in no uncertain terms. Thus, while there has been no dearth of condemnation and denouncement of ISIS and other terror outfits of this era, none has openly challenged the ISIS ideology as an antithesis of Islamic faith and none has called upon the Muslim Umma to boycott it as an evil and un-Islamic outfit and warn the Muslim youths at grass roots level to shun it.

The truth is, the protagonists and ideologues of terror in today’s Islam are far worse than the hypocrites of the Prophet’s era who schemed to kill the Prophet and destroy Islam and create a new creed with a new mosque of its own. The Qur’an refers to them as Rijz (spiritually unclean) (9:95) curses them (9:68, 33:73) calls them liars (9:42 , 9:107, 58:18, 63:1) and deviants (Fasiqun) (9:96, 9:67), charges the nomadic Arabs among them to being intense in Kufr and hypocrisy (9:97, 9:101), condemns them as the most despised among the Prophet’s followers for opposing God and His Messenger, singles them out as the comrades of Satan (58:19/20) and relegates them to the lowest depths of the hellfire (4:145).

Now our Religious Leadership has not uttered such words against Abu Bakr Baghdadi and the leaders of other terror-outfits operating under the umbrella of Islam. They have issued strong denunciation and condemnation of their deeds but not condemned them the way the Qur’an condemned the hypocrites of its era – who were, no doubt, immeasurably better than the terror champions and ideologue of this era in their moral character. So they continue with their carnage and the sharp and unequivocal castigation of this writer falls in deaf ears. Even the follow Muslims are afraid to post any comments.

The author believes that in the wake of the just unfolding refugee Crisis that shatters any credibility of an Islamic state, it is time that Islamic Religious Leadership issues a religious decree calling upon activists and fighters and passive supporters of ISIS, Boko Haram, al-Shibab, Taliban and their affiliates that the terror ideology of their groups as well as their aspiration to form a pan-Islamic state by murder, rape, plunder, and creating anarchy represents the antithesis of Qur’anic message and has run out its course in history. So it must be eliminated once and for all. Since it uses its captive population as human shield and source of suicide bombers, it will be impossible to eradicate it by invasion or occupation without decimating the captive population – a non-starter in the first place. The only way to achieve it could be by way of an internal uprising by the saner elements of their forces, who may then form democratic governments or give up arms.

The only way to achieve this could be launching of massive campaign of a magnitude and weight never undertaken since the birth of ISIS such as issue of a proclamation or decree from the Custodian of the Sacred Mosques calling for an overthrow of its leadership by its own followers. Whether this is going to happen or not in the short/ middle term, time will show. But the greater time it takes, the greater the stakes and the graver the consequences. Muslims will only console themselves with diverse conspiracy theories but their masses will bear the fatal consequences for the inaction of their religious leadership – the Custodian of the Sacred Mosques. 

Muhammad Yunus, a Chemical Engineering graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, and a retired corporate executive has been engaged in an in-depth study of the Qur’an since early 90’s, focusing on its core message. He has co-authored the referred exegetic work, which received the approval of al-Azhar al-Sharif, Cairo in 2002, and following restructuring and refinement was endorsed and authenticated by Dr. KhaledAbou El Fadl of UCLA, and published by Amana Publications, Maryland, USA, 2009.

[I]  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,terrorism-and-jihad/muhammad-yunus,-new-age-islam/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/d/14090

[II]   Declare The ISIS As The Kharijites (Those Who Seceded From Islam) As This Article Demonstrates And Declares: Global SOS To The Ulema, Muftis, Intellectuals And Scholars Of Islam,-new-age-islam/declare-the-isis-as-the-kharijites-(those-who-seceded-from-islam)-as-this-article-demonstrates-and-declares--global-sos-to-the-ulama,-muftis,-intellectuals-and-scholars-of-islam/d/101373

  [III]   The Heinous Crimes That ISIS Is Perpetrating Totally Opposed To Islam And Those Killed Fighting For ISIS May Earn Divine Wrath Instead Of Paradise And ‘Hurs’ – An SOS To All Mosque Imams,-new-age-islam/the-heinous-crimes-that-isis-is-perpetrating-totally-opposed-to-islam-and-those-killed-fighting-for-isis-may-earn-divine-wrath-instead-of-paradise-and-‘hurs’-–-an-sos-to-all-mosque-imams/d/102227

[IV]   The ISIS And Its Likes – The Muslim Violent Extremists Of This Era Must Be Outlawed On Historical Precedent To Save The Middle East From A Tsunami Of Bloodshed And The World From A Clash Of Civilizations,-new-age-islam/the-isis-and-its-likes–-the-muslim-violent-extremists-must-be-outlawed-to-save-the-middle-east-from-a-tsunami-of-bloodshed-and-the-world-from-a-clash-of-civilizations/d/102650

 [V]   Countering Violent Extremism – Muslim Community Leaders Must Warn Youngsters against the Dangers of Radicalization,-new-age-islam/countering-violent-terrorism-–-muslim-community-leaders-must-warn-youngsters-against-the-dangers-of-radicalization/d/102767

[VI]   Countering Violent Extremism – Muslim Ulema and Custodians of Faith Must Avert a Potential Holocaust,-new-age-islam/countering-violent-extremism-–-muslim-ulema-and-custodians-of-faith-must-avert-a-potential-holocaust/d/103021


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  1. I am pained at the plight of Syrian refugees and even more pained at the death of those who  lost their lives in this war.  Most of them must have been young people and not old men of 70 years of age like me.  These young people would have enjoyed their lives which were cut short by this war.  However, amidst my anguish, I want to say something which may not be pleasing to some people.  Our mother earth is already tolerating the burden of more than 7 billion people.  God has not made it to tolerate more than this burden. Agricultural land is being converted into residential land and industrial land with the result that agricultural resources are becoming scarce and pollution is increasing rapidly to bring about a climate change which is further affecting all of us adversely. So, my appeal to all the people in the reproductive age group is to control the population by observing family control norms.  I have already done this and have only two children.   
    By Satbir Singh Bedi 26/09/2015 04:09:03
  2. Dear Shahin Sahib and Yunus Sahib,  I am a non-Muslim but I am ready to sign the petition mentioned by you as a human being.  But where is the petition?  Please circulate the petition among all of your readers and get their signatures on-line.
    By Satbir Singh Bedi 23/09/2015 17:58:17
  3. Dear Sultan Shahin Sahab,

    I agree with your last comment.

    We urgently need to do something to bring the Muslim Ulama to understand that Islam as propagated today in diverse, perverted, petrified and violent forms by different Imams and ideologues is a far cry from the nascent Islam that the Prophet taught and that transformed a herd of robbers, camel drivers, and nomads - who were locked in blood vendetta, slaughtered their children at the feet of their idols and buried their new born girls alive into the leaders and founders of the greatest civilization of the era spanning half a millennium from the advent of Islam. 

    We need people like Moin Qazi, Naseer Ahmed, Ghulam Ghaus, Gholam Mohiuddin, Gholam Rasul Dehlvi and Prof Naim on our side - among others of course. 
    By muhammad yunus 22/09/2015 09:28:08
  4. Dear Yunus Sheb, you lament "that no Muslim scholar, Imam or intellectual has any courage to put his signature to a campaign outlawing the ISIS and its affiliates both for fear of life and fear of God."

    Let us not forget that no Muslim scholars, at least the ulema in India, responded even with the mildest criticism when self-declared Khalifa al-Baghdadi said: "Islam has never been a religion of peace, not even for a day; it has always been a religion of war and strife."

    I kept carefully monitoring 11 Urdu newspapers published from various parts of India, for several days, but couldn't find even a editorial or column. One column from a Shia journalist was all I could find. So expecting anything good from these worthies is futile.

    Imagine a non-Muslim leader, even a writer, making this assertion. Heavens would have fallen down in that scenario. You can well imagine what would have happened.  Most of what Islamophobes say is precisely what Islamists do; only their conclusions are different. But note the difference in Muslim reactions.

    Let us try and go beyong the ulema, reach the Muslim masses directly with a coherent, moerate theology. But we will ourselves need to go beyond the accepted scholarly norms.

    By Sultan Shahin 22/09/2015 07:03:42
  5. Check the European comments over internet against Islam and Muslims. Their turn from hatred to compassion is just illusion made by illusion. Plz check the currently put comments over multiple websites of Europe and their comments.

    By Rahmatullah 22/09/2015 04:26:46