IS in direct violation of Islamic principles: Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz

Arab News, March 2015 The Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh stressed that IS does not represent Sunni beliefs and values due to its corrupt practices in direct violation of the principles of Islam. He said Sunnis cannot be associated with the harsh behavior and killing of people, especially as IS’ interpretation of holy jihad and means to claim the caliphate are religiously unacceptable and promote bloodshed.He warned young people against joining the group in name of religion, as the organization explicitly takes advantage of young people merely to kill…

Undying spirit of Indian Muslims is best weapon against terrorists

By Dinesh Unnikrishnan, Firstpost.com Dated: August 19, 2016 Why does India produce so few Islamic terrorists despite having a bigger Muslim population than most Muslim countries in the world, including our warmonger neighbour Pakistan? That’s a question often asked whenever terrorists claim innocent lives in the name of religion. The answer lies in the undying inner spirit of the majority of Indian Muslims and in the larger ideals of religious pluralism and their unflinching faith in the country’s secular fabric — something which isn’t easy to destruct by the self-proclaimed…

The rise of radical Barelvi Islam in Pakistan

By Kriti M. Shah, Observer Research Foundation Dated: November 13, 2018 In November 2018, the Pakistan government agreed to a deal with violent Islamist protestors, who had brought the country to a standstill for three days. The protestors were members of hardline Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan or TLP, who were against the acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman accused of blasphemy in 2010. Her crime was that she took a sip of water from a well that was not meant for her and then she allegedly insulted Prophet Mohammad. In the…