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Orlando another Wake-Up Call For Muslims: Islamic Scholars Must Introspect Why Their Rebuttals of Jihadist Ideology Are Proving So Ineffective



By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

30 June 2016

Humane souls across the world continue to mourn the victims of mass killing in Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, which left at least 50 innocent men and women dead and 53 wounded. This was the worst mass shooting in American history. As the brainless abuser and wife-beater, butcher of this incident, Omar Mateen reportedly pledged his allegiance to the ISIS in his final moments, let us take the issue in a broader theological perspective that ISIS represents.

In a recent issue of the online English mouthpiece of the ISIL “Dabiq”, the extremist jihadist writers demonized the Western world as ‘a function of liberalism and democracy polluting the hearts and minds of Muslims’. In the view of radical jihadist ideologues democracy and liberalism are the worst forms of ‘un-Islamic governance’. This is why the Islamist clergy of the extremist outfits, Boko Haram, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), al-Qaeda and ISIS, declared the Muslims serving the “Mushrik (polytheist)-majority” countries as apostates whose blood can be shed.

No wonder then, the top American Muslim moderates engaged in spiritual guidance, politics, media, academia, business, entrepreneurship and other lawful pursuits are in the hit list of the ISIS’s target killing.  To name a few, the American Sufi scholar Hamza Yusuf, the Indian-origin EU Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue Waqar Azmi, Conservative Party ministers Sajid Javid and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi and Hilary Clinton's advisor Huma Abedin are on top of the list released by the ISIS in an article titled "Kill the Imams of the West" in Dabiq (April - May 2016). The article states the reason why these moderate Muslims along with 20 other top Western Muslim leaders should be killed:

“One must not overlook the overt crusaders, those who don’t even wear the cloak of Da’wah (Islamic preaching), but instead directly involve themselves in politics and enforcing the laws of Kufr (disbelief)”.

Declaring all those on its hit list as “Murtad” (apostate or ex-Muslim), the ISIS ideologues glorify the potential murderers of these Muslims exhorting their blind Islamist adherents in the western world to "wage jihad with the resources available to them”.

More deplorable and unsettling situation is that there is no evolution of any successful strategy to control the ongoing online radicalization even in the US, a country of the best techno-savvy people. Why the online de-radicalisation is too gigantic a task for the American anti-terrorist agencies to accomplish? We still fail to understand it. When the government-led high-tech teamwork is not able to battle the jihadist radicalisation, why should one wonder then, if the executives from Apple, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, MTV to Buzz feed have failed to tackle the online onslaught of the so-called Islamic State.

Equally surprising is that hardly any impact is made by rebuttals of the ISIS’ jihadist theology by the world’s anti-extremist Islamic thinkers. The voluminous global anti-terror Fatwas which were respectively launched in UK, India and USA have left no practical impression, though they were in-depth and very critical. The anti-extremist Western Islamic scholars like Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri argued that blaming the ISIS’ radicalization entirely on American foreign policy and military ventures in the Middle East or elsewhere is not viable. “While the political factors do play out in the process of radicalisation, too often the theologically-based narratives which underpin the ideology of the extremists are downplayed or underestimated”, he wrote.

 Islamic scholars should, however, think seriously why they are being so ineffective. Ulema must introspect if they are themselves downplaying or underestimating the theologically-based narratives which underpin the ideology of the extremists.

Nevertheless, these moderate Islamic thoughts do inspire the mainstream American Muslims in their attempt to counter extremist messaging on social media. Their constant efforts and concrete inputs to counter online ISIS radicalisation are well-considered. Todd C. Helmus, Erin York and Peter Chalk jointly conducted a research within the RAND Homeland Security and Defense Centre and explored how the moderate American Muslims are seeking to counter the extremist online messaging, which is growing in the cloak of Islamism in the US.

Today, the moderate American Muslims are working for peace, dialogue and harmony among Muslims and people of other faith traditions. It has become an absolute must. But along with this, they must work hard to critique and expose as false the arguments of radical Islamist terrorists, who seek to disguise their violence in a pseudo-religious garb. I would conclude with an emerging voice of the progressive western Muslims. Ro Waseem, for instance, writes in his article entitled “Muslims have a moral responsibility to address ISIS's bastardisation of Islam” published in International Business Times (dated March 23, 2016):

“ISIS has nothing to do with Islam! has become the standard response by well-meaning Muslims to jihadist attacks. As a Muslim myself, I find it grotesque to observe the impunity with which jihadists murder innocent civilians, chanting the name of God who, in the Quran, likens Himself to a womb: “The Most Merciful and Compassionate”……Clearly, as things stand, ISIS has something to do with Islam. Not everything, not nothing – but something…..This might seem like a semantic point, but it is nonetheless a necessary one.

“For as long as we don’t acknowledge that there is a serious problem within some aspects of mainstream Islamic discourse, we cannot possibly expect Islamo-fascism to fade into oblivion. Indeed, if it is religious legitimacy we want to deny to ISIS, we simply cannot afford to beat around the bush any more while the monster runs loose….As long as religious dogma trumps fundamental human rights, our condemnations will remain devoid of moral courage – the courage to confront life-long dogmas that one may have been brought up with”.

A similar sane voice came from Ghanem Nuseibeh, the founder of Cornerstone Global Associates and a senior visiting fellow at Kings College, London, writes in an article dated March 22, 2016:

“I find it extremely distressing that, as a Muslim, the teachings of the extremist Islamists, both Sunni and Shia, are louder than any other. Islam is now defined by extremist teaching. Irreparable damage is being inflicted on Islam on a daily basis. The voice of Muslim moderation is faint, and in many cases non-existent……The fight for the heart and soul of Islam will be a long one. The world will defeat terrorism only when the moderates of the Muslim world win that battle……Only when the world unites in tackling the intellectual roots of extremist Islamism will we be able to defeat groups like Daesh, Hezbollah and al-Qaeda. And only when those groups are defeated and their ideologies eradicated will the Muslim world be saved from rampant human right abuses”.

Like Ghanem and Waseem, there is a growing number of progressive Muslims particularly in the US and in the west in general who maintain that Islam as enshrined in the Quran is diametrically different from the Islam that is advocated by the Muslim clergy and self-serving Mullahs. Hence, they actively challenge the passive mentality that condones irrationality and a breach of fundamental human rights in the disguise of Islam.

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A New Age Islam columnist, Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi is Delhi-based classical Islamic scholar. He can be contacted at grdehlavi@gmail.com

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TOTAL COMMENTS:-   9


  • If Islam as enshrined in Quran is dramatically different to that advocated by the Mullahs and self-serving clergy; then that must be the source of the problem. One would think that it is essential to analyze the source and recognise the elements that provide it the capacity of causing the problem. Then by prioritizing, they must be eliminated one by one.

    No amount of academic and ivory tower proclamation are going to achieve this, although they are sincere in intent. Action is required on ground level and with mobilizing the masses. Risks are there but history is replete with examples of such achievements.

    To expect the church operatives to abdicate their lucrative jobs and prestige and do themselves out of employment is a very illogical expectation. What other industry will employ them?


    By Rashid Samnakay - 7/5/2016 10:34:04 PM



  • Sultan Shahin sahib says, "these contextual wartime verses are no longer applicable to us today." The question is how to get everyone to accept that premise. Even if 50% or even 10% of Muslims believe that everything in the Quran is applicable to us, that would be enough to continue the Kharijite-ISIS jahalat indefinitely.


    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 7/1/2016 12:27:03 PM



  • Mr Shahin, If non Meccan verses( Medinian) are no longer applicable today,why are they being taught?As long Koran is taught violence will be   enduring.
    By ramesh - 7/1/2016 12:02:28 PM



  • It is a good read. What do you think of ISIS, al Qaida, al shabab, Boko haram, Taliban, Jemma Islamiyah, Abu Sayyaf, Ansar al sharia, Ansar Bayt al maqda and other minor Jihadist groups? They belonged to political Islam, hell-bent on creating a caliphate. They hate the West for many reasons, but mainly of democracy that won’t help their cause. They love dictatorship with zero accountability that can be easily manipulated for war. These Jihadi groups will never listen to Islamic scholars. They may listen to political power centers in Riyadh and in Tehran. If Saudi king Salman and Ayatollah Khamenei can say as Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba said “I am ashamed as a Muslim over terrorist attack. I see terror as an off shoot of Islam for which Muslims should be ashamed” then changes can occur; at least mullahs and imams shall change their sermons and condemn every terrorist act.

    The conundrum in the Middle East involves, dictatorship, Sunny-Shia divide, Wahhabism, political Islam and ISIS barbarism, involvement of Russia favouring Assad, dilemma of US whether to support whom Sunny or Shia etc

    The reality is there are few visionary leaders in the Middle East. Majority of Muslims as per Aljazeera’s poll support ISIS.

    Allah says emphatically “Where there is no vision people perish”.


    By Royalj - 7/1/2016 6:33:10 AM



  • Nice to see you Secular logic after long time.


    You said that there is no cure in Islam here is my understanding why there is no cure.

    Similarly I will also say there is no cure of Jativad and suvarna Varg and nich Varg in Hinduism, Baba Ambedkar wanted to reject lots bad part of hindusium but did not happen so he converted to Buddisium, but he compare as Hindus are mean and Muslims are cruel, he said comparatively that cruelty is better than meanness, that does not mean he was praising Muslims, that is the reason he adopted relgion of compassion and love, Buddisium.


    Well what you said is correct, lots of people remain in illusion due number of peace brands offered by Muslims with different forms Nowadays. The simple logic is wait and let other community come into minority on long run to finish them.

    Sufisium was outshoot from main violent Islam which came out after long time because of re-thinking of defect in Islam, but Islam followed immediately and during Mohmmed paigamber was very violent,  proof is that no single apostate can be found, once Mohmmad paigamber declar himself Paigamber, all minority has to live in miserable condition and apostate has to be killed for growth of Islam which Muslims are proud of how they surprrssed Jews and so on....

    You can find lots of degaratory word for non-Muslim( A Muslim definition try to show superiority by adding negation to not following their relgion) and for the Muslims convert of paigamber time, who might have to convert for life and death, are deemed as Munafikin.

    Anything in dis-agreement with Islam you have defination and degratory words for it. Degaratory words are used in all relgion, for people not following particular idelogy, but Muslim and Islam is unique, they became blood thirsty.

    But what can be expected form Islam, if you see the initial God of Abhrahmic relgion God was very blood thirsty and wanted to wipe out whole community if they do not listen, so how can be Islam different, always God of Abhrahmic relgion angry mood God, though they mention 99 names of God which has nearly all meaning from loving to punishing. 

    Original Indian brand sufisium was direct rejection of Mohmmed paigamber and Sufis wanted to connect directly to God, it is called Tasawoof where a human try to approach from human side and God will also try to approach it's like sangam.

    But claimers and Hijackers of Islam say it Ilhami, means a human cannot make his/her own efforts to contact or be one with God, only God will contact one of his mediatoor (only males, selfish Abhrahmic God), mostly called Prophet(recent english version) or Paigamber.

    It Does not matter, lots of commentators( not all) on this website try to fooled people of other faiths (non-Muslim a Muslim definition) we have to keep writing and have to show difference between Ilahmi relgion and Taswoof.

    The core problem is Ilahmi and Taswoof(Taswoof is non Abrhamic it is eastern philosophy) of Abrahmic relgion, that is the reason, one Abrahmic relgion wanted finish other Abhrhamic relgion, also want to finish people of other faith, and trying to finish even among themselves as well if one Muslim end up in different understanding, because in Ilahmi religions it is God said through mediator 

    The contacting only male only itself shows that, there is problem with abrhamic religions.


    By Aayina - 7/1/2016 6:08:46 AM



  • There is nothing wrong with Quran. We only need to declare Qur'an a created work of God that evolved with the passage of time. We must accept that apart from the Initial Meccan verses that are foundational in nature,  many of the rest were revealed to meet the exigencies of the situation. Hence these contextual wartime verses are no longer applicable to us today. 
    By Sultan Shahin - 7/1/2016 1:56:10 AM



  • How many more wake up calls do you need and how much more introspection? Fat lot of use all your proclamations against terrorism are. Ulema are not speaking up for an obvious reason. Because what the Jihadis are doing is supported by the Quran, Hadis, and history. What is moderate Islam? Instead of killing 100, kill 10? Instead of massacreing non muslims, persecuting them and discriminating against them? Instead of genocide, creating conditions where it becomes impossible to live together and non muslims leave villages voluntarily? There is no cure for Islam. We are doomed, because the rest of the world is too civilised to do what needs to be done. They can only do a Brexit.
    By secularlogic - 7/1/2016 1:40:53 AM



  • There may be a problem with "Islam as enshrined in the Quran". Taliban scholars and ISIS scholars are quite convinced that they are right and we are wrong. Correcting "Islam as enshrined in the Quran" requires more courage than any of us possess.


    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 6/30/2016 1:04:07 PM



  • Of course, Muslim intelligentia should introspect why this is happening despite their outcry?

    Orlando another wake-up call for Muslims: Islamic scholars must introspect why their rebuttals of Jihadist ideology are proving so ineffective - See more at: http://www.newageislam.com/radical-islamism-and-jihad/ghulam-rasool-dehlvi,-new-age-islam/orlando-another-wake-up-call-for-muslims--islamic-scholars-must-introspect-why-their-rebuttals-of-jihadist-ideology-are-proving-so-ineffective/d/107814#sthash.KbHbvWw6.dpuf

    Orlando another wake-up call for Muslims: Islamic scholars must introspect why their rebuttals of Jihadist ideology are proving so ineffective - See more at: http://www.newageislam.com/radical-islamism-and-jihad/ghulam-rasool-dehlvi,-new-age-islam/orlando-another-wake-up-call-for-muslims--islamic-scholars-must-introspect-why-their-rebuttals-of-jihadist-ideology-are-proving-so-ineffective/d/107814#sthash.KbHbvWw6.dpuf
    Orlando another wake-up call for Muslims: Islamic scholars must introspect why their rebuttals of Jihadist ideology are proving so ineffective - See more at: http://www.newageislam.com/radical-islamism-and-jihad/ghulam-rasool-dehlvi,-new-age-islam/orlando-another-wake-up-call-for-muslims--islamic-scholars-must-introspect-why-their-rebuttals-of-jihadist-ideology-are-proving-so-ineffective/d/107814#sthash.KbHbvWw6.dpuf
    Orlando another wake-up call for Muslims: Islamic scholars must introspect why their rebuttals of Jihadist ideology are proving so ineffective - See more at: http://www.newageislam.com/radical-islamism-and-jihad/ghulam-rasool-dehlvi,-new-age-islam/orlando-another-wake-up-call-for-muslims--islamic-scholars-must-introspect-why-their-rebuttals-of-jihadist-ideology-are-proving-so-ineffective/d/107814#sthash.KbHbvWw6.dpuf
    Orlando another wake-up call for Muslims: Islamic scholars must introspect why their rebuttals of Jihadist ideology are proving so ineffective - See more at: http://www.newageislam.com/radical-islamism-and-jihad/ghulam-rasool-dehlvi,-new-age-islam/orlando-another-wake-up-call-for-muslims--islamic-scholars-must-introspect-why-their-rebuttals-of-jihadist-ideology-are-proving-so-ineffective/d/107814#sthash.KbHbvWw6.dpuf
    Orlando another wake-up call for Muslims: Islamic scholars must introspect why their rebuttals of Jihadist ideology are proving so ineffective - See more at: http://www.newageislam.com/radical-islamism-and-jihad/ghulam-rasool-dehlvi,-new-age-islam/orlando-another-wake-up-call-for-muslims--islamic-scholars-must-introspect-why-their-rebuttals-of-jihadist-ideology-are-proving-so-ineffective/d/107814#sthash.KbHbvWw6.dpuf

    By Rashid - 6/30/2016 12:53:50 PM



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