Global Islamism, Jihadism and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

By Tufail Ahmed, Firstpost, Dated: October   29, 2016 Recently, I have been ridiculed and dismissed as a ‘sanghi’, as a Zionist and as an Islamophobe for arguing in my writings that Islamic clerics and Urdu journalists engender Islamist ideas and trap innocent Muslim youths in the web of jihadism. So, to defend me in the court of public opinion, I hereby present my advocate Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (1888-1958), the 20th century’s foremost Islamic scholar who was born in Mecca as a citizen of the Ottoman Caliphate and went on…

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…

Misaq-e-Medina or Medina Charter: The world’s earliest known written constitution

The Medina Charter, written and promulgated by Prophet Muhammad for the multi-religious ten thousand-strong citizens of the city-state of Medina in 622 A.D is truly a remarkable political-constitutional document. The claim made by Professor M. Hamidullah that it was the first written constitution in the world is not without basis. Aristotle’s Constitution of Athens, written on papyrus, discovered by an American missionary in Egypt in 1890 and published in 1891, was not a constitution. It was an account of the constitution of the citystate of Athens. Other legal writings on…

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…

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…

The Road to Daesh – The History of the Takfir and its Interpretations

By Francesco Bergoglio Errico European Eye on Radicalization September 06, 2018     The concept of takfir – declaring a Muslim a disbeliever – is a very modern propaganda weapon of al-Qaeda and Daesh. But its origins are to be found in distant times. Indeed, in order to better understand this concept, it is essential to travel all the way back to the 7th Century roots – the Khawarij and Murji’agroups. The Khawarij emerged from the battle of Siffin in 657 AD, where the fourth caliph ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib and his successor Mu’awiya bin Abi Sufyan…

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…

Extremist thought

Extremist thought Sl. No. Khawārij tweet Counter tweet 1  The jāhiliyya of the Muslims means Islam no longer exists Extremist thinking is the seed of civil strife and enmity inside Muslim societies and opens a host of problems 2 Islam as we know it no longer exists on Earth Extremist thought emerges from a perspective that Islam itself rejects since it leads people to violence, and this is dangerous to humanity 3 Our organization (i.e. jamā‘a) is the savior of the umma Believing you are right and everyone else is…