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…

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…

Islam, the Quran and the Prophet, all stood for Pluralism

Narrative for countering radicalisation Islam, the Quran and the Prophet, all stood for Pluralism  Islam has consistently and universally promoted human rights and freedom as fundamental for peace, prosperity and development of the people world over. “O mankind! We have created you from a single (pair) of male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other. Verily the most honored of you in the sight of God is the most pious of you. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all…

Refuting Extremism Part -IV Sincere Advice to those who make takfeer

By Abdul Qadir Baksh Sincere Advice to the Takfeeri extremist Ten Principles to consider before making takfeer The issue of takfeer cannot be correctly understood except by first thoroughly comprehending all the principles of the Shari’ah that are involved. We will lay down for the noble reader a set of principles which are within our ability. When we accuse a Muslim leader of a Muslim country or a layman of being a Kaafir (disbeliever), we essentially remove Imaan (faith) from him, implying that he no longer believes in the six…

Refuting Extremism-An explanation of “Whoever does not An explanation of “Whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed, such are the disbelievers.”

By Abdul Qadir Baksh Preventing Violent Radicalisation 2008 The true meaning of the verse “..And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed, such are the disbelievers.”                                                                                                                      [Al-Maa`idah:44] Many Muslims these…

Some common Quranic verses

Common verses Sl. No. Khawārij tweet Counter tweet 1  Make ready for them whatever force you can and of horses tethered that thereby you may dismay the enemy of Allah and your enemy (8:60) Yes, this is a condition for fighting the enemy and does not violate the verses that speak of treating others justly. 2  And fight in the way of Allah with those who fight against you, but aggress not; Allah loves not the aggressors (2:190) Yes, meaning that fighting is defensive and this is a condition put…

Refuting the Jihadist Interpretation of Surah Nisa-Verse: 89

By Maulana Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqui www.WordForPeace.com One of the verses the extremists quote for calling their ideological followers to fight against the ‘disbelievers’ including the non-Wahhabi Muslims is the verse 89 of Surah Al-Nisa. However by doing so, they are greatly violating the Quran. Let’s see and behold! Allah Almighty says, “They (the hypocrites) wish that you reject faith as they have rejected (faith) and thus you all become equal (like one another). So do not make friends with (any of) them until they emigrate in the way of Allah. Then, if…

Many Misinterpretations of the Term Jihad: Defining the ethics of war in Islam

By Mohammad Jamil WordForPeace.com AL-Qaeda was the leading terrorist organization of the world, but Dr Aiyman al-Zawahiri could not control the organization after the assassination of Osama bin Laden with the result that the most violent terrorist organization of the history namely IS (Daesh) emerged. Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, who was working under the command of Al-Qaeda before, claimed Caliphate under the flag of IS. Both Al-Qaeda and IS are misinterpreting Jihad, and misusing it, which is common denominator for almost all extremist ideologies in the Muslim world. They mostly commit atrocities…

Rebutting religious fanaticism, ideological extremism and radicalism

WordForPeace.com By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi The verses in the Qur’an forbid the religious fanaticism which often appears in the disguise of “devoutness”. But it creates adverse impact on the humanity at large. Sometimes, people pledge loyalty (bai’ah) to a particular religious group or Islamist party to the exclusion of all other people — both Muslims and non-Muslims. Thus, they assume that this is the devoutness (tasallub) that the Islamic Shari’ah has required from them to be the “pure” and “devout” Muslims or Mo’mins (believers). But in reality, this attitude goes…

Inclusivism and Religious Plurality: A Quranic Perspective

By Mohamed Bin Ali of  RSIS No. 039 – 9 March 2018 Synopsis Inclusivism and living within a religiously plural context are not alien to Islam. Rather, many parts of the Quran speak about them and extoll their virtues. Commentary MUSLIM INDIVIDUALS who have extremist orientation claim that their interpretation of Islam is the only correct one that can lead to salvation. Furthermore, they claim that adherents of other faiths must be disavowed. The most extreme of them will even justify killing them. These hostile positions and perceptions of non-Muslims are formulated through perverted…