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…

Bin Laden Distorts Islam: Islamic Scholars

By Laurie Goodstein, The News York TimesDated: September 30,2001 With evidence that Muslim militants were responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, prominent Islamic scholars and theologians in the West say unequivocally that nothing in Islam countenances the Sept. 11 actions. But in interviews, they explained that certain scriptural passages are distorted by Islamic extremists like Osama bin Laden. In his office in Leesburg, Va., Taha Jabir Alalwani, the chairman of a council that issues Islamic legal opinions for Muslims in North America, opened a…

Terrorists are anti-human, anti-God and anti-civilization: Muslim organizations

April 23, 2019 A Joint Press Conference of Muslims organizations and Christian religious leaders were held in Constitution Club, Rafi Marg, New Delhi to express Solidarity with Terror Victims in Sri Lanka. In the conference all the participants have condemned the most ghastly serial bomb blasts in Sri Lanka’s Churches and hotels on the Easter Sunday. They called the terrorists are anti-human, anti-God and anti-civilization and incarnation of most heinous and devilish forces on the earth. On this occasion, Maulana Mahmood Madani General Secretary Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind while addressing the press…

Bangladesh mosques urged to denounce Radicalism

Arab News, April 27,2019 The Bangladesh government told mosques to denounce extremism, following deadly attacks in Sri Lanka that killed hundreds of people.Sri Lanka has been shocked by the Easter Sunday bombings that targeted churches and top hotels, with the attacks carried out by locals although Daesh claimed responsibility.The mosque directive came from the prime minister’s office, telling clerics to deliver a message in their Friday sermons that opposed terrorism and extremism.“Extremism has no place in Islam,” Sultan Muhiuddin, an imam of Dhaka’s Rahmatia Jame Mosque, told Arab News.“As disciples…

He learnt religion from wrong people, happy he’s dead: Lanka bomber’s sister

By Arun Janardhanan, Indian Express Dated: April 28, 2019 A day after 15 individuals, including six children, were reported killed in suicide blasts at a suspected Islamist safe house in the Sri Lankan town of Kalmunai, a plainclothes military intelligence officer arrived at the home of Madhaniya, the 26-year-old sister of Zahran Hashim, the suspected mastermind of the coordinated terrorist bombings that killed over 250 people on Easter Sunday. The officer asked Madhaniya and her husband Sherif Niyas, a small-time dealer of secondhand vehicles, to come with him to a…

Cleric appeals to Muslims to stand outside Mysuru church as mark of solidarity with Christians

In a heart-warming gesture, a top Muslim leader from Karnataka’s Mysuru, on Saturday, appealed to the Muslims to turn up in large numbers on Sunday and stand outside St Philomena church, the main Mysuru church, while the Sunday mass is in progress. The purpose of the move is to show solidarity with the Christian community following the ghastly terror attacks that shook the neighbouring Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday that left more than 350 people dead and hundreds injured. Munawwar Pasha, the president of the Mysuru chapter of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind…

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) decries Terror, No Muslim burial for Terrorists

Daily Mirror, April 26,2019 All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) organisation yesterday claimed that the individuals who committed this barbaric attack on innocent civilians did not belong to them and they do not accept their bodies. Speaking at a media briefing, the ACJU said there was no place in Islam for extremism and the Muslims of Sri Lanka strongly condemn all forms of violence, extremism and terrorism. The Sri Lankan Muslim Community always supported and worked with the Sri Lankan government, he said. The ACJU expressed their deepest sympathies to the…

70 Saudi Imams preach against Terror in 35 countries

Arab News, May 12, 2019 Seventy Saudi imams delivered Friday sermons in 35 countries around the world as part of a Kingdom-led initiative condemning extremism and violence.The international project, aimed at promoting Islam’s values of moderation and tolerance, was run under the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance’s overseas imamate program.The Kingdom’s Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh, who oversaw the event, said the program helped to enlighten Muslims about their religion.During their sermons, the imams emphasized the importance of fasting, praying and reading the Qur’an during…

I am a British Muslim, and Anjem Choudary does not represent me

By Muddassar Ahmed, Arab News Dated: June 18, 2019 A Google search for “British Muslim spokesperson” will bring as the top result Anjem Choudary, one of the UK’s most dangerous radical preachers, who helped recruit hundreds of British Muslims to join Daesh in Syria.  This absurd misrepresentation should do more than raise eyebrows. It not only demonstrates the unwillingness of tech companies to ensure that violent rhetoric is demoted online, but shows how tech giants are directing their users to hateful preaching. More than seven months ago, Sir Mark Rowley, the former British police chief in charge of counterterrorism, sternly admonished Google’s granting of Choudary such a high…

British Imams and Scholars refuse to perform Funeral prayer for London attackers

Imams and religious leaders from across the country and a range of schools of thought have come together to issue a public statement condemning the recent terror attack in London and conveying their pain at the suffering of the victims and their families. In an unprecedented move, they have not only refused to perform the traditional Islamic prayer for the terrorist – a ritual that is normally performed for every Muslim regardless of their actions – but also have called on others to do the same. They said: “Consequently, and…