United against Extremism

By Syed Hamid Mohsin Dated: February 20, 2016 ISLAM CONDEMNS EXTREMISMExtremism is problematic when opinions and principles go against the legal system, especially the laws that are created to protect society from harm and promote the overall well- being of the society.One of the manifestations of extremism is an obsessive pursuit of finding faults in others and making exacting demands on them. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has condemned this, when he urged the Muslims to:‘Avoid extremism for people before you were led to destruction because of their extremism…

Radicalised Jihadists Have Done Untold Damage to Islam’s Image

The Economist, February 14, 2019 No place in Europe has done more to nurture Europe’s jihadists than the quaint neighbourhood of Molenbeek in Brussels. Some of its youth planned the Paris attacks in November 2015 and the suicide-bombings in Brussels five months later. Molenbeek is now quiet, but Johan Leman, a veteran social worker who knew one of the bombers, finds the lull almost more unnerving than the attacks. Since the jihadists first appeared in the 1990s, he twice thought they had gone, but they struck again years later and…

Why Indian Muslims Reject Extremist Doctrines

By Talmiz Ahmad, The Wire Dated: November 13, 2019 While India has the second-largest Muslim community in the world – numbering about 180 million – it has astonished observers that Indian Muslims have refused to join the cohorts of trans-national extremism that have attracted thousands of youth from different Muslim countries and communities across the world over the last few years. This phenomenon is particularly impressive given that, while extremist violence in Kashmir has been ongoing for three decades, Indian Muslims in the rest of the country have consistently refused…

1050 Indian Islamic Scholars issue Fatwa against ISIS, Send it to UN

In a first initiative of its kind from any part of the world, 1050 Indian Islamic scholars have issued a fatwa against Daesh (Islamic State), its leadership, its members, and its followers declaring it to be anti-Islam, Fifteen volumes of decrees issued by 1050 Indian Islamic scholars as the basis for this fatwahave been sent to United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki Moon and to heads of governments and state across the world. In the accompanying letter the muftis and imams from all over India appealed to the international community…

Thin line between Muslims and Islamists (extremists)

By WordForPeace.com There is a very thin blue line between Islamists and Muslims. Islamists are those whose ideology does not come from the holy book of Koran. Even if it apparently appears to be endorsed by the Koran do not buy this ideology, because this interpretation comes from terrorist organisations, it is not true interpretation, it is a result of gross manipulation… Are all Muslims Extremists? Our world is in a very distressed condition. A majority of human beings have lost morality, ethical values and mutual love has become absent in our societies.…

When Muslims condemn terrorism, does it matter?

TRT World, By Faisal Ali Dated: August 23, 2018     Heraa Hashmi compiled a 712-page Google doc of times when Muslims have condemned terror attacks. A year on she reflects on that decision. Heraa Hashmi was propelled into the public eye when she compiled a worldwide list of as many different instances as she could find of Muslims condemning terrorism.   A Muslim-American of Indian ancestry, Heraa was moved to action following a disappointing conversation with a classmate who wondered why Muslims are so silent about the violence of…

The distortion of Islam that drives terrorism

The Washington Post,   Dated: August 01, 2018 By Robert G. Rabil     Jihad is an ominous word to most Americans, conjuring up images of terrorism. But the word “jihad” in Arabic merely means “to strive” or to make a “determined effort.” The association with terrorism represents a distortion of the true Koranic meaning of the term. According to an oft-repeated hadith (sayings of the prophet Muhammad), jihad is supposed to encompass both a struggle against one’s sinful proclivities, known also as “greater jihad,” and a struggle against injustice, known also…