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Why Fewer Indians Have Joined ISIS

By Adil Rasheed, IDSA August 31,2020 Summary: Indian security experts often struggle to explain the causes for the very low number of Indian Muslims on the rolls of global jihadist groups like ISIS and al Qaeda, in spite of the country being home to the third-largest Muslim population in the world, a history of communal riots since Partition, a spate of terror attacks conducted by Pakistan-based and backed groups, and an intractable insurgency in the country’s only Muslim-dominated region of Kashmir. This issue brief not only collects and collates propositions attempting…

Ruthless activities of IS is against Islamic principles: Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmed, General Secretary of All India Sunni Jami’tul Ulama

Arab News, August 30,2014 The ISIS or their self proclaimed Khalifates/Islamic state does not represent Islam by any means, Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmed, general secretary of All India Sunni Jami’tulUlama, stated here. The statement added that they are not just anti-Islamic but are enemies of the humanity. Their ruthless activities against people in Iraq and Syria are not meant for helping Muslims but defame Islam, he added. Their so-called anti-Western interpretation of Islam is only aiming to serve their political agendas in the wider Muslim world, he said. Supporting their activities…

Fatwa issued from Indian Muslims against LeT Founder Hafiz Saeed

Prabhat Sharan, Benar News August 09,2017 Nearly a thousand Indian Muslim clerics have signed and issued a resolution condemning the alleged anti-India activities of Pakistan-based Hafiz Saeed, the founder of banned terror outfits Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD). Saeed is accused of masterminding a series of shooting and bomb attacks that lasted four days across Mumbai in November 2008, killing more than 170 people in India’s third deadliest terrorist attack. The 67-year-old has been under house arrest in Pakistan since late January. The fatwa, or decree, that was issued in…

Paigham e Pakistan

This unanimously agreed document titled “Paigham-ePakistan,” prepared in accordance with the injunctions of the Holy Qur’an, the Sunnah of the Prophet and the Constitution of Pakistan, reflects the collective thinking of the State of Pakistan. The Message identifies the problems faced by the State of Pakistan and provides basis to devise a strategy to achieve the goals of Objectives Resolution. Moreover, through this Message, Pakistan is being projected as a strong, united, developed, cultured and modern nation in the international community. This consensus based document shall be helpful to reconstruct…

Shia Cleric Ayatollah Ali Sistani calls to Fight against “Terrorists”

By Juan Cole, June 14, 2014 Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, spiritual leader of most Iraqi Shiites, intervened forcefully in Iraqi politics on Thursday and Friday, giving his support to the national army and urging Iraqi men to volunteer to enlist and to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He termed the hyper-Sunni group, which has taken over the major northern city of Mosul, “terrorists.” Unlike Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the head of the religious fundamentalist Da’wa Islamiyah (Islamic Mission) Party, Sistani did not call on private militias…

Saudi Arabia clerics step up Anti-Islamic State drive

By Amena Bakr, Reuters October 14,2014 Taking aim at Islamic State, Saudi Arabia has mounted a battle for hearts and minds at this year’s haj, warning pilgrims that the hardline group is “evil” and seeking to recruit their children to fight in Iraq and Syria. As millions of pilgrims visited the holiest sites in Islam on the second day of the annual pilgrimage on Saturday, global leaders condemned the fourth beheading of a Westerner by Islamic State insurgents. Saudi Arabia declared Islamic State a terrorist organisation in March and sharply…

Islamic cleric Yusef al-Qaradawi says ‘jihadist caliphate’ violates Sharia

Al Arabiya News, July 05,2014 Qatar-based Egyptian Muslim cleric Yusef al-Qaradawi said on Saturday that the declaration of an Islamic caliphate by the militant Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) violates sharia law. Last Sunday, the jihadists declared an “Islamic caliphate” in areas they control in Iraq and Syria and ordered Muslims worldwide to pledge allegiance to their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Sheikh Qaradawi, seen as a spiritual guide of the Muslim Brotherhood in his native Egypt, said in a statement that the declaration “is void under sharia.” ISIS…

An Open Letter to Baghdadi

Letter to Baghdadi is an open letter to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria as a theological refutation of the practices of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. It is signed by numerous Muslim theologians, lawmakers and community leaders.The letter includes a technical point-by-point refutation of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s actions and ideology based on the Qur’an and other classical texts, using a style that is unfamiliar to liberal or even uninformed Muslims. In September 2014, the letter, initially signed by…

Hizb ut-Tahrir

Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), meaning “Party of Liberation,” is an international Islamist movement seeking to unite Muslims under one Islamic caliphate. Founded by Palestinian Taqiuddin al-Nabhani al-Filastyni in 1953, HT considers itself a non-violent political party. HT states that its goal is to peacefully convert Muslim nations to Islamist political systems.HT praises the concept of jihad but insists that it does not use “material power to defend itself or as a weapon….” The group publicly disavows efforts to achieve its goals of a caliphate through violent means. HT has been banned…

Egypt’s top religious authority condemns Islamic State

Reuterts, August 12,2014 Egypt’s top religious authority condemned the armed group Islamic State which has taken over parts of Iraq and Syria, describing it on Tuesday as a corrupt, extremist organisation that is damaging Islam. “An extremist and bloody group such as this poses a danger to Islam and Muslims, tarnishing its image as well as shedding blood and spreading corruption,” said Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam, Egypt’s most influential Muslim cleric, the state news agency MENA reported. The comments came as the Vatican called on Muslim religious leaders to take…