Islamic Statements Against Terrorism

By Charles Kurzman Mustafa Mashhur, General Guide, Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt; Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Ameer, Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, Pakistan; Muti Rahman Nizami, Ameer, Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, Bangladesh; Shaykh Ahmad Yassin, Founder, Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), Palestine; Rashid Ghannoushi, President, Nahda Renaissance Movement, Tunisia; Fazil Nour, President, PAS – Parti Islam SeMalaysia, Malaysia; and 40 other Muslim scholars and politicians: “The undersigned, leaders of Islamic movements, are horrified by the events of Tuesday 11 September 2001 in the United States which resulted in massive killing, destruction and attack on innocent lives. We express our…

Recapturing Islam from the Terrorists

By Abdal-Hakim Murad As New York turns its gap-toothed face to the sky, wondering if the worst is yet to come, Muslims, largely unheeded by the wider world, are counting the cost of the suicide bombings. The backlash against mosques and hijabs has been met by statements from Muslim communities around the globe, some stilted, but others which have clearly found an articulate and passionate voice for the first time. In comparison with the pathetic near-silence that hovered around mosques and major organisations during the Rushdie and Gulf War debacles,…

Islam and the Question of Violence

By Seyyed Hossein Nasr Despite the presence of violence in many regions of the world ranging from Ireland to Lebanon to the Pacific Basin and involving many religions from Christianity to Hinduism, the Western world associates Islam more than any other religion with violence. The Muslim conquest of Spain, the Crusades – which were not begun by Muslims -, and the Ottoman domination of eastern Europe have provided a historical memory of Islam as being related to force and power. Moreover, the upheavals of the past few decades in the…

World’s Largest Islamic Organization tells ISIS to Get Lost

By Krithika Varagur Each time the Islamic State, al Qaeda or another terrorist group commits violence in the name of Islam, a familiar refrain arises: What’s the Muslim world doing about it? In fact, anti-extremism efforts abound in the global Muslim community: Muslim leaders and scholars have denounced the Islamic State group, the U.K.’s Muslim Youth League has declared “ideological holy war“ against extremism, and YouTube has even tried to recruit American Muslims to counter extremist content. And in Indonesia, home of the world’s largest Muslim population, a massive anti-extremism…

7 Times Muslims Denounced Terror

By Lara Rutherford-MorrisonMarch 23, 2016 The deadly terrorist attacks in Brussels, which killed more than 30 people in three explosions at the city’s airport and a metro station, are at once shocking and sickeningly familiar, the latest in a horrifying line of violence that includes the terrorist attacks in Paris last November, and stretches back to the September 11 attacks in 2001. We can predict that, amid calls to support victims and root out terrorism, there will also be people who blame Islam as a whole for these attacks, as…

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina urged Ulemas, teachers & guardians to make efforts to keep the young generation away from the path of militancy as it tarnishes the image of Islam

The Daily Star June 11,2021 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday hoped that model mosques would help spread the essence of Islam and its inspirational practices to all irrespective of their religions and castes. “Through these model mosques, the culture and messages of Islam will draw the attention of all. The people of the country, irrespective of their religions and castes, will be able to comprehend the essence of Islam,” she said. The PM made the remarks while addressing the inaugural function of 50 luminous model mosques newly constructed across the…

Jihad: Waging Peace and Justice

By Prof. Mohamed Elmasry , Professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Waterloo and National president of  The Canadian Islamic Congress 1. The word Jihad (from the Arabic root Ga-Ha-Da) is a verbal noun meaning exerting an effort, expounding an energy, striving, working to improve, struggling, doing one’s best. From the same Arabic root, there is Majhood (effort), Mojtahed (a person who does his/her best), Ijtehad (Islamic science of deducting Islamic laws from basic sources), Johid (potential or energy as in electrical potential or energy) and Jihad…

Islam is not the Source of Terrorism, But its Solution

By Harun Yahya, Media Monitors Network October 4, 2001 Introduction During the last two decades in particular, the concept of “Islamic terror” has been often discussed. In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks on targets in New York and Washington which caused the death of tens of thousands of innocent civilians, this concept has once again returned to the top of the international agenda. As Muslims, we completely condemn these attacks and offer our condolences to the American people. In this article, we will explain that Islam is…

What Is Jihad in Islam? The most authoritative answer from the Islamic theology of Consensus of all Four Sunni Schools of Islamic Jurisprudence– Part 1

New Age Islam, April 15,2021 Translated by New Age Islam group of scholars from the original Arabic Chapter on Jihad in “Al-Mausu’ah Al-Fiqhiyah” i.e., Encyclopaedia of Islamic Jurisprudence (45 volumes). This is also known as “Kuwaiti Encyclopaedia for Islamic jurisprudence,” as it is the fruit of a 50-year effort of the Ministry of Awqaf (religious matters) of Kuwait to build up an encyclopaedia of jurisprudence reconciling all four Sunni madhabs (schools of thought). Main aspects covered in Part 1: 1.    A comprehensive introduction 2.    Definition of Jihad related words; Siyar,…

Extremism and Terrorism Trends in Pakistan: Changing Dynamics and New Challenges

By Hassan AbbasCombating Terrorism Centre Volume-14, Issue-2, February 2021 Abstract: Even as Pakistan has made progress in reducing the threat from terrorist sanctuaries in the Pakistan-Afghanistan tribal areas, an increased crime-terror nexus in urban centers and a new terrorist recruitment drive by Islamic State Khorasan province, or ISK, in Baluchistan has raised alarms. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is trying to stage a comeback, and sectarianism is also rising, creating a congenial environment for terrorist and extremist organizations, including some Kashmir-focused groups that have evaded counterterrorism scrutiny. Pakistan’s poor investment in developing…