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,…

Does the Qur’an Sanction Violence?

By Mohamed Elmasry , September 18, 2002 “You shall destroy all the peoples … showing them no pity.” (7: 16) “… All the people present there shall serve you as forced labour.” (20:12) “… You shall put all its males to the sword. You may, however, take as your booty the women, the children, the livestock, and everything in the town — all its spoil — and enjoy the use of the spoil of your enemy which the LORD your God gives you.” (20:14-15) “… You shall not let a…

Bangladesh mosques urged to denounce Radicalism

Arab News, April 27,2019 The Bangladesh government told mosques to denounce extremism, following deadly attacks in Sri Lanka that killed hundreds of people.Sri Lanka has been shocked by the Easter Sunday bombings that targeted churches and top hotels, with the attacks carried out by locals although Daesh claimed responsibility.The mosque directive came from the prime minister’s office, telling clerics to deliver a message in their Friday sermons that opposed terrorism and extremism.“Extremism has no place in Islam,” Sultan Muhiuddin, an imam of Dhaka’s Rahmatia Jame Mosque, told Arab News.“As disciples…

He learnt religion from wrong people, happy he’s dead: Lanka bomber’s sister

By Arun Janardhanan, Indian Express Dated: April 28, 2019 A day after 15 individuals, including six children, were reported killed in suicide blasts at a suspected Islamist safe house in the Sri Lankan town of Kalmunai, a plainclothes military intelligence officer arrived at the home of Madhaniya, the 26-year-old sister of Zahran Hashim, the suspected mastermind of the coordinated terrorist bombings that killed over 250 people on Easter Sunday. The officer asked Madhaniya and her husband Sherif Niyas, a small-time dealer of secondhand vehicles, to come with him to a…