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The War Within Islam ( 19 Aug 2014, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Secular and Progressive Indian Muslims Condemn the Brutal Atrocities by ISIS against Minorities in Iraq and Syria; denounce religious intolerance, persecution and violence in the name of Islam



Press Release

21 August 2014


Indian Muslims are shocked and pained by the brutality and atrocities being perpetrated by the ISIS (Islamic State of Syria and Iraq) against Christians, Shias, Kurds, Yazidis and other minorities in the regions now under their control. We strongly condemn such barbarism which is against the teachings of Islam. We express our heart-felt sympathies and solidarity with the survivors of those whose near and dear ones have been mercilessly butchered, and the tens of thousands of Iraq’s minorities who have been dispossessed, forced to flee their homes and are now living in extremely difficult circumstances.


 The barbaric conduct of the ISIS is all the more reprehensible because its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, proclaims to be the ‘Caliph’ of the entire Muslim world and his armed group are supposedly acting in the name of Islam. We welcome the fact that most religious leaders and Islamic scholars from across the world, including India, have debunked al-Baghdadi’s claim of being a Caliph.


 Alongside the ongoing tormenting of common citizens and persecution of religious and ethnic minorities in areas under their control, the ISIS has been enforcing its own intolerant, extremist, violent, distorted interpretation of Islam on Muslims who are also Sunnis. This too deserves to be condemned in the strongest possible words. We call upon Muslim religious leaders in India and elsewhere to add their voice to that of Muslim organisations and individuals who have already denounced al-Baghdadi and his ISIS for distorting Islam’s message for peace and for their barbaric conduct.


 The unspeakable atrocities and mass crimes against Iraq’s minorities are nothing short of ‘crimes against humanity’, ‘religious/ethnic cleansing’. We appeal to the United Nations to urgently intervene, create the circumstances where those forced to flee feel secure enough to return to their homes and cities with full honour and dignity, and hold the ISIS accountable for its heinous acts.


 While the ISIS must be held fully responsible for its unconscionable acts, the United States, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait etc. cannot escape their share of the blame in fuelling the flames. The worsening plight of Iraq’s Christians is but a legacy of America’s illegal, unwarranted and criminal invasion of Iraq in 2003 and its subsequent engineering of sectarian strife to divide the Iraqi resistance to the occupation.


 Dictator Saddam Hussain was no angel but under him the country’s 1.4 million Christians were free to practice their faith. Many occupied high government posts. It is ironic that the US is now bombing the very ISIS to which it had earlier provided training, arms and ammunition in an attempt to dislodge Syria's authoritarian President, Bashar al-Assad. For their own myopic ends, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait etc have been backing an array of radical Islamist outfits of which the ISIS -- a monster now seemingly out of control -- was an integral part.


 We urge a global condemnation of the ISIS and all its allies, overt or covert.


 Endorsed by:


1.      A.J. Jawad, Advocate, Chennai


2.      Aamir Edresy, President, Association of Muslim Professionals, Mumbai


3.      Abbas Shamael Rizvi, Cinematographer & Photographer, Delhi


4.      Abdul Mannan Prof, Gauhati University, Assam


5.      Abdul Salam Prof, President , Justice and Equity Demand Samiti, Assam


6.      Abusaleh Shariff Dr., Executive Director, US-India Policy Institute, Washington DC


7.      Akhtar Husain Akhtar Gen. Secretary, All India Momin Conference, Kanpur


8.      Amir Rizvi, Communication Designer, Mumbai


9.      Amjad Ali Dr., Assistant Professor, Jaunpur


10.  Arshad Ajmal, Social Activist, Patna


11.  Asad Ashraf, Social Activist, Delhi


12.  Asad Zaidi, Writer and Publisher, Delhi


13.  Asif Iqbal, Director, Dhanak, Delhi


14.  Asif Naqvi   Professor, Aligarh


15.  Bader Sayeed, Advocate & Former Member Legislative Assembly Tamil Nadu


16.  Faizur Rehman, Islamic Forum for Promotion of Moderate Thought, Chennai


17.  Farhat Amin, BIRD Trust, Cuttack


18.  Farrukh Warris Dr., Educationist, Mumbai.


19.  Fazlur Rahman Dr, Principal, Govt Degree College, Moradabad


20.  Feroze Mithiborwala, Muslim Intellectual Forum, Mumbai.


21.  Hanif Lakdawala, Executive Director, Sanchetna, Ahmedabad


22.  Hasina Khan, Women Activist, Bombay


23.  Imanul Haque, Prof, Kolkata


24.  Iqbal Ahmad Niazi, Retired Professor Emeritus of Zoology, University of Rajasthan


25.  Irfan Engineer, Director, Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, Mumbai


26.  Ishaq Dr, Social Activist, Azamgarh


27.  Jameela Nishat, Shaheen Women's Resource Centre, Hyderabad.


28.  Javed Anand, Muslims for Secular Democracy, Mumbai


29.  Javed Malick Dr, Retired Academic, Delhi University, Delhi


30.  Juzar Bandukwala Dr., Retired Professor, Vadodara


31.  K.K. Mohammad, Senior Archaeologist, Hyderabad


32.  Kamal Faruqi, Former Chairman, Delhi Minority Commission


33.  Kamal Siddiqui, Businessman, Khushinagar, UP


34.  Kasim Sait, Businessman & Social Activist, Chennai


35.  Mairajuddin Ahmed Dr. , Former Cabinet Minister, UP


36.  Mazher Hassain, Social Activist, COVA, Hyderabad


37.  Md. Aftab Alam Dr., Assistant Professor, Delhi


38.  Mike Ghouse, President, World Muslim Congress, Dallas, Texas


39.  Mohd Aamir, Human Rights Activist,  ANHAD., Delhi


40.  Mohammad Arif Dr,, Chairman, Centre for Harmony and Peace, Varanasi


41.  Mujataba Farooque, President, Welfare Party of India


42.  Mujib Kidwai, Marketing Management, Jeddah


43.  Mushirul Hasan, Prof. , Former Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi


44.  Nasiruddin Haider Khan, Journalist, Delhi


45.  Navaid Hamid, Movement for Empowerment of Muslim Indians (MOEMIN), Delhi


46.  Noorjehan Safia Niaz, Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, Mumbai


47.  Ovais Sultan Khan, Social Work Professional, Delhi


48.  Qurban Ali, Journalist, Delhi


49.  R Jeibunnisa, Manitham Trust, Tamil Nadu


50.  Rahima Khatun, NSKK, Kolkata


51.  Rubina Parveen, Social Activist, Varanasi


52.  S. Akhtar Ehtisham Dr, Academic, Delhi


53.  SM Hilal, Social Activist, Kanpur


54.  S Irfan Habib, Prof, Maulana Azad Chair, National University of Educational Planning and Administration, Delhi


55.  Safdar Khan, Former Chairman, Delhi State Minorities Commission, Delhi


56.  Sahir Raza, Independent Cinematographer, Mumbai


57.  Salar M.Khan, Lawyer, New Delhi


58.  Sania Hashmi, Director, Anhad Films, Delhi


59.  Sarah Hashmi, Actor, Mumbai


60.  Semeen Ali, PhD student, University of Delhi, New Delhi


61.  Shabana Azmi, Actor, Mumbai


62.  Shabnam Hashmi, Social Activist, ANHAD, Delhi


63.  Shahin Ansari, Social Activist, Saharanpur


64.  SMS Firdausi, Advocate, High Court, Allahabad


65.  Sohail Hashmi, Filmmaker, Delhi


66.  Syed Shahid Mahdi, Former Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi


67.  Syeda Hameed, Former Member, Planning Commission, Delhi


68.  Tanweer Fazal, Academic, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi 


69.  Tanveer Nasreen Prof, Academic, Bardman, WB


70.  Tariq Ashraf Dr, Academic, Delhi    


71.  Wahad Ahmad, Social Activist, Bijnaur


72.  Waris Mazhari Dr., Department of Islamic Studies, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad


73.  Wizarat Rizvi, Academic, Delhi


74.  Zafarul-Islam Khan Dr., Delhi


75.  Zaheer Ahmad, Social Activist, Varanasi


76.  Zaheer Ahmed Sayeed Dr., Neurologist, Chennai


77.  Zaheeruddin Ali Khan, Editor, Siasat, Hyderabad


78.  Zahid S Kamal, Retired Govt Officer, Delhi


79.  Zakia Soman, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, Gujarat


80.  Zamser Ali, Journalist, Gauhati, Assam, President, BTAD Citizen Rights Forum, General Secretary, Centre for Minority Studies, Research and Development, Assam


81.  Zeenat Shaukat Ali Dr. , Director General, The Wisdom Foundation (World Institute of Islamic Studies for Dialogue, Mediation, Gender-Justice and Peace), Mumbai


82.  Zoya Hasan Prof. , Former Member, National Minorities Commission, Delhi

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