IS Footprint in Pakistan: Nature of Presence, Method of Recruitment, and Future Outlook

By Farhan Zahid, RSIS Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses Volume 9, Issue 5 | May 2017 Since its formation in 2014, terrorist attacks and violent incidents linked to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group have risen steadily in Pakistan. IS in Pakistan has been active, with varying degrees, in all four provinces of the country and has forged tactical alliances with like-minded local militant groups. Looking ahead, IS is likely to assert its dominance through local affiliates in urban centres of Pakistan, specifically the Punjab province. Introduction In June 2014,…

Bin Laden Distorts Islam: Islamic Scholars

By Laurie Goodstein, The News York TimesDated: September 30,2001 With evidence that Muslim militants were responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, prominent Islamic scholars and theologians in the West say unequivocally that nothing in Islam countenances the Sept. 11 actions. But in interviews, they explained that certain scriptural passages are distorted by Islamic extremists like Osama bin Laden. In his office in Leesburg, Va., Taha Jabir Alalwani, the chairman of a council that issues Islamic legal opinions for Muslims in North America, opened a…

Darul-Uloom, Deoband: Its impact on social structure of Muslim community

By Saquib Salim, heritagetimes.in Dated: February 2, 2020 Being born & brought up in a Muslim family in the Northern Indian city of Muzaffarnagar which is barely 25 kilometers from the town of Deoband, I have felt the impact of Deoband Movement over the lives of the common Muslim masses from the close quarters. One question which really stimulates is; what are the circumstances that led to the transformation of Deoband Movement as one of the largest sect in Islamic world? In Islamic world as well as outside the impact…

Jihad: A Misunderstood Concept of Islam

Preamble It cannot be over-emphasized that Islam upholds the values of reason, balance and responsibility in the conduct of its worldly affairs. There is nothing arbitrary about its legal provisions relating to matters of war, peace, international relationships and the rule of law. In this area there is considerable agreement between Islamic law and the legal systems currently practiced throughout the world. In addition to the real possibility that these legal systems were profoundly influenced by the legal heritage of Islam, this commonality can be explained by the fact that…

Terrorists are anti-human, anti-God and anti-civilization: Muslim organizations

April 23, 2019 A Joint Press Conference of Muslims organizations and Christian religious leaders were held in Constitution Club, Rafi Marg, New Delhi to express Solidarity with Terror Victims in Sri Lanka. In the conference all the participants have condemned the most ghastly serial bomb blasts in Sri Lanka’s Churches and hotels on the Easter Sunday. They called the terrorists are anti-human, anti-God and anti-civilization and incarnation of most heinous and devilish forces on the earth. On this occasion, Maulana Mahmood Madani General Secretary Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind while addressing the press…

Indian Muslim Leaders Condemn Taliban’s ‘Jizya’ on Sikhs in Pakistan

Posted on May 10,2009 Indian Muslim Leaders Condemn Taliban’s ‘Jizya’ On Sikhs in Pakistan Joint Statement of Indian Muslim leaders Pakistani Taliban’s treatment of Sikhs in tribal areas is illegal and barbaric We, religious, political and community leaders of the Indian Muslims, are alarmed at the reports coming out of Pakistan’s tribal areas about the Pakistani Taliban’s kidnapping, extortion of huge amounts of money from their Sikh compatriots as “Jizya” and demolition of the houses and shops of those who fail to pay the demanded sums. We would like to…

Delhi Muslim Conference Condemns Terrorism

By Yoginder Sikand, March 25,2006 In the wake of the recent bomb blasts in Varanasi, a number of leading Indian Muslim organizations issued strong statements denouncing terrorism, stressing that it has no sanction in Islam. Groups representing a large section of Indian Muslim opinion, including the Deobandi-dominated All-India Muslim Personal Law Board and the Barelvi All-India Jamiat ul-Mashaikh, condemned the blasts and called for stern punishment to be meted out to the perpetrators. Although newspaper reports claim the hand of the dreaded Pakistan-based terrorist outfit, Lashkar-e Tayyeba, in the blasts,…

Amman Declaration

By Sheila Musaji, September 23, 2005 In July an International Islamic Conference was held in Amman, Jordan. More than 170 religious scholars (Sunni and Shia and including Ibadis and Ismailis ) from all over the world met and produced a historical document. The statement’s terms of reference included religious edicts (fatwas) which had been issued previously by ten of the most preeminent global Islamic scholars. These fatwas were issued by Their Eminences:– Grand Imam Sheikh Al Azhar Sheikh Mohammed Sayyed Tantawi;– Grand Ayatollah Al Sayyid Ali Al Sistani;– Grand Mufti…

20 North American Imams issue Fatwa against Terrorists

January 09,2010 According to The National Post of Canada: “Syed Soharwardy, an imam at the Al-Madinah Calgary Islamic Centre, who organized the initiative, said yesterday that any attack by foreign elements should also be considered a direct affront to the 10 million Muslims who call either Canada or the United States home. “We want Muslims around the world who would dare to commit terrorism on our soil to know that we stand together with all Canadians and Americans. “We are asking Muslims here not only to condemn terrorism but to…

Concept of “Holy War” or “Jihad”

By Ahmed Motiar , September 28, 2001 The recent terrorist attack in America has brought the religion of Islam into the spotlight. It is unfortunate that Muslims have become the scapegoats for attacks of terrorism perpetrated locally or internationally. Furthermore, Afghanistan’s declaration of a “Holy War” conjures in the minds of non-Muslims, images of “mullahs in flowing robes’, hell bent on killing and destroying everything and everyone in their path ‘for the sake of Allah (SWT).” Reality is far removed from the erroneous illusion that is portrayed by un-informed people,…