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Radical Islamism, In Any Form or Fashion, Is Not Compatible With the Pluralistic and Democratic Indian Ethos



By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

21 September 2016

“Muslims must not attend the festivals of non-Muslims”, said Shamsudheen Fareed, a Salafist Islamist preacher in Malappuram, who has now been charged with hate speech. Last week, the Kasaragod police registered a case against Shamsudheen Fareed, also called Palath, a Salafist preacher associated with a mosque at Pallipram, The Hindu reported.

The 48-year-old influential Salafist cleric allegedly urged Muslims to stay away from non-Muslims and migrate to the Islamic countries. He also declared that Onam and Christmas are Haram (strongly forbidden in Islam). He used to deliver sermons (Khutbas) in a Salafi-oriented mosque at Pallipram, Kannur. A few months ago, Fareed said, “there is nothing wrong for a true Muslim to feel comfortable in a Muslim ambience than in the company of non-believers." According to this report, Shamsudheen also serves as the unofficial spokesperson of the fanatic outfit which calls itself “The extreme Salafis”. The outfit is suspected to have played a major role in radicalising Muslims in Kerala. Though Shamsudheen denies his outfit has anything to do with the Islamist radicalisation in Kerala, he admits that the missing youth of Malabar may have been ‘ideologically influenced’ by teachings similar to his.

Fareed has delivered various speeches – all of them filled with the extremist, xenophobic religio-fascism that is the hallmark of Salafism – that have been circulated on social media. He has been charged under Section 153 (A) of the Indian Penal Code for religious hate-mongering because his speeches have been seen as a deliberate attempt to undermine the prevailing peace in society.

A government pleader and public prosecutor, Shukkur lodged the complaint to Kasargod Police Chief Thomson Jose, District President of the Indian Union Muslim League-affiliated Kerala Lawyers’ Forum C. He submitted to the police CDs of Fareed’s two speeches, in which the hate preacher called upon Muslims not to keep relations with non-Muslims and avoid coming into any type of contact with them.

Notice any resemblance between Fareed and star Salafist preacher in India, Dr Zakir Naik? Through his Peace TV and in other so-called Islamic Da’wah programs, he’s done exactly what Fareed has. Just as Fareed misled ordinary Muslims of Kerala, the controversial televangelist Naik has misguided common Indian Muslims who are either gullible or oblivious to the threat he poses to the tolerant Indian Islam.

Naik recently wrote a four-page open letter to Indian Muslims, entitled “Five Questions and an Appeal”, in which he said that “action against him would mean action against 20 Crore Muslims”.  In this letter, released through his public relations officer, he lamented about being targeted and labelled a “terror preacher” in India. Naik asked as to what he did to earn the tags of “Dr Terror” or “Hate Monger”. “Of 150 countries where I’m respected and my talks are welcomed, I’m being called a terrorist influencer in my own country. What an irony. Why now, when I’ve been doing the same thing for over 25 years?” he asked.

That last part is actually a valid question. Why now indeed? Of course, he should have been taken to task for preaching the medieval Salafist theology of suicide bombing, sex slavery, child marriage, xenophobia, intolerance and exclusivism since January 21, 2006 when Peace TV was launched. Since then, Naik has been on record preaching this virulent medieval ideology which is not compatible with our progressive and pluralistic ethos in the 21st century, particularly on the Indian soil.

Naik could have been booked when the Indian Mujahideen safe houses were raided in October, 2008 and the Indian police found pro-Taliban videos and speeches by Naik defending Al Qaida and its chief leader, Osama bin-Laden. Naik has said on record that, “since Islam is the only true religion, the people of other religions have no right to preach, and they can only practice from their homes as they will not be allowed to build their temples and churches”. With statements like these, Naik has violated Article 25 of our Constitution, which directly challenges all ideological infringement on a universal right —  that to profess and practice one’s religion and build places of worship. While the Indian Constitution equally confers it upon all the citizens, Naik and his ilk are antithetical to this constitutional right.

Consequently, Naik’s amazement at this delayed action of the Indian government against his anti-pluralism and communalisation is indeed logical and understandable. Emboldened, he has remarked in his latest letter that the action is not just against him but on "Indian Muslims" in general who, Naik believes are adherents of his strain of Islam. He also calls the action on his movement ‘an attack against peace, democracy and justice’.

The question arises: do the hardcore Islamist preachers like Naik and Palath speak for the crores of Indian Muslims? Is their exclusivist and supremacist theology not antithetical to the syncretic Muslim culture which flourished in India with an inclusive Islam for ages?

Indeed, it is deplorable to see many self-styled Sufi-Sunni scholars and even those who claim to be liberals come all out to advocate for Naik. They endorsed the legality of what Islamic Research Foundation conceived by Zakir Naik has done. Even a noted Sunni cleric, Maulana Yaseen Akhtar Misbahi debunked the serious charges against Naik, tagging them as ‘political ploy to book all the Islamic preachers’. His premise is that if, today Zakir Naik is taken to the task, tomorrow any Islamic cleric or preacher including those who subscribe to the Sunni-Sufi denomination might land in trouble. To buttress his point, he took pains to write a lengthy opinion piece in the latest issue of a popular Sunni Islamic magazine in India, the Urdu monthly Kanzul Iman. Notably, Maulana Misbahi was in the news for having been picked up by the Delhi police for questioning in the pre-Obama-visit security sweep of Delhi. See More at:

Islam Is a Religion of Peace and Security, Says Sufi Scholar Maulana Misbahi Who Was Recently In the News for Being Questioned By the Delhi Police

http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-society/islam-is-a-religion-of-peace-and-security,-says-sufi-scholar-maulana-misbahi-who-was-recently-in-the-news-for-being-questioned-by-the-delhi-police/d/101305

When such leading Sunni scholars in India speak for Zakir Naik, while at the same time disassociating themselves with his radical Salafist views, it is pointless to protest. A few Sufi Dargahs like the Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia did take out a procession against Naik’s hate speech and the freedom accorded to his ilk. But it will have no effect in the community, given the fact that top Sunni clergy deny the impact of radical venom spewed by the extremist preachers.

No wonder then, the largest Sunni conference in Chechnya has not received the media attention it deserved. The world’s 100 top Sunni Ulema and scholars unanimously excluded the Takfirists and Salafists, who claim to belong to 'Sunni' Islam, from among the Ahlus Sunnah (the Islamic terminology for the Sunni Muslims in the world). It was indeed one of the most underlying news emanating from the Muslim world. But many experts on the contemporary Islamic world, including the global media, took it just as another anti-terror Islamic conference that doesn't confront radical “ISLAMISM" per se.

This is a tough time for introspection on part of the Indian Ulema and Islamic scholars. Merely organising large anti-terrorism conferences will do no service to the community. Time they combat the exclusivist, xenophobic, misogynistic and anti-plural religious underpinnings, be they embedded in Salafism, the Saudi state religion, or any other strain of Islam. Radical Islamism, in any form or fashion, is not compatible with the secular, pluralistic and democratic Indian ethos.

Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi is a scholar of Comparative Religion, Classical Arabic and Islamic sciences, cultural analyst and researcher in Media and Communication Studies..

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TOTAL COMMENTS:-   7


  • Comment: 2

    The Arabic ‘Futuhat Al-Islamiyya’ in Arabic written by Shaykhu-l-Islam Ahmad Zayni Dahlan al-Makki ash-Shaf'i, Chief Mufti of Mecca al-Mukarramah (may Allah be pleased with him) talks about kharijite face of Wahhabism. In this book, the author says,

    “The sign of the Khawarij (the first deviant sect that appeared during the time of the Companions of Prophet Mohammad –peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) concerning the shaving of the head (he was referring to a famous Hadith of Prophet Mohammad –peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was not found in the Khawarij of the past, but only in the Najdis  [the Najdi refers to the follower of wahhabism] of our time"

    “Ash-Shihab As-Saqib” in Arabic authored by Shaikh Hussain Ahmad Al-Madani s goes on to say, (see Page 42),

    “Ibn Abdul Wahhab arose in the beginning of the thirteenth Islamic century in Najd. His thinking was false, and his beliefs were corrupt; on these grounds he opened the way for killing of Ahle Sunnah”.

    A more contemporary view on the Wahhabism has been expressed by Abdul Hakim Murad in the Journal Islamica (Page - 9).

    “Ibn Abdul Wahhab, however, went far beyond this (Ibn Taymiyya). Raised in the wastelands of Najd in Central Arabia, he had little access to mainstream Muslim scholarship. In fact, when his Da'wah appeared and became notorious, the Scholars and Muftis of the day applied to it the famous Hadith of Najd: Ibn Umar (RU) reported the Prophet (SAWS) as saying: ‘Oh God, bless us in our Syria; O God, bless us in our Yemen’. Those present said: ‘And in our Najd, O Messenger of God!’ But he said, ‘O God, bless us in our Syria; O God, bless us in our Yemen’. Those present said, ‘And in our Najd, O Messenger of God!’ Ibn Umar said that he thought that he said on the third occasion: ‘Earthquakes and dissensions (Fitnah) are there, and there shall arise the horn of Satan (Qiranish Shaitan)’ (Sahih Al-Bukhari). And it is significant that almost uniquely among the lands of Islam, Najd has never produced scholars of any repute.”

    Many scholars have noticed the extreme tendencies in Salafis for lack of respect for the Imams of Islamic Jurisprudence – Hanafi, Shafe’i, Maliki and Hanbali. They also noticed the extreme tendencies in their Islamic beliefs and untenable juristic positions they have produced. These scholars came to the conclusion that Salafis look like Neo Kharijites in their behavior and attitude towards other Muslims. This is because they seem to have certain traits which were only found amongst the Kharijites of the past. One of the most striking things noticed in these Neo Kharijites, is their direction of Quranic verses that were revealed specifically for the unbelievers. They use these verses on Muslims. This was a well known practice of the past Kharijites.

    The Neo Kharijite nature of Salafis makes them intolerant of all other forms of Islamic expression. Since, they do not have any coherent Fiqh, they reject the four prominent Imams of Islamic Jurisprudence. They try to derive the Shari'ah and the Aqidah (belief) from Quran and the Hadith by themselves. And they do not consider it necessary to study Quran and Hadith under the watchful eyes of Ulama and Shuyooks of Ihsan. The results are there for everyone to see. Look at the state of affairs of Muslims throughout the world. Look how the Muslim society is divided today. Look at the horrendous state of divisions and conflicts which has mutilated salafi Islamist movement in the world today. New groups of Salafis are coming up in every part of the world. New sub divisions are emerging on weekly basis. A few of their prominent sub divisions are, Ahle Hadith, Dev Bandis, Jama’at-e-Islami, Muslim Brotherhood, Tablighi Jama’at, Talibaan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, etc. These divisions are splitting the Muslim society into bits and pieces. This has resulted in abuse of Muslims in the hands of selfish people in power in many countries. Look at how they are being treated around the Globe. Look how Muslim countries are falling prey to anarchy one after another.

    It is a clear indication that Allah Almighty and His beloved prophet Mohammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) are angry. We need to think about these facts and correct ourselves and seek Allah’s forgiveness for the wrong faiths and deeds that are unchecked and uncontrolled in our society. 


    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي - 10/11/2016 7:00:56 AM



  • Comment (1). Can Zakir Naik defend ideas of his ideological mentor, Ibn Abdul Wahhab?

    I am presenting some Arabic books of the prominent Scholars and Ulemas of Arab that categorically refute ideas of Ibn Abdul Wahhab, quoting a considerable number of Quranic verses. The readers interested in knowing the face of wahhabism can use these books, the name of which given below;

    The Arabic book “Kitab Radd’ Ad-Dalala wa Qam Al-Jahala” authored by the Egyptian scholar Ibn Ahmad Barakat Al-Shafe’i  circles round refuting Ibn Abdul Wahhab’s ideologies, quoting a considerable number of Qur'anic verses.

    The Arabic book “Fasl Al-Khitab fi Radd Dalalat Ibn Abd al-Wahhab” written by Ali Al-Shafe'i al-Basri Al-Qabbani discusses unmistakable judgment in the refutation of the delusions of Ibn Abdul Wahhab.

    The Arabic book “Kashf Al-Hijab an Wajh Dalalat Ibn Abdul Wahhab” written by Ali Al-Shafe'i al-Basri Al-Qabbani Lifts the veil from the face of the delusions of Ibn Abdul Wahhab.

    In his famous book ‘Hashiyya Radd Al-Mukhtar’ (Vol. 3, Page 309), Muhammad Amin Ibn Abidin who is a prominent scholar of Ibn Abdul Wahhab’s time, writes;

     “In our time Ibn Abdul Wahhab Najdi appeared and attacked the two noble sanctuaries (Makkah and Madinah). He claimed to be a Hanbali, but his thinking was such that only he alone was a Muslim, and everyone else was a polytheist! Under this guise, he said that killing the Ahle Sunnah was permissible”.


    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي - 10/11/2016 6:57:37 AM



  • Comment (1)

    I am presenting some Arabic books of the prominent Scholars and Ulemas of Arab that categorically refute ideas of Ibn Abdul Wahhab, quoting a considerable number of Quranic verses. The readers interested in knowing the face of wahhabism can use these books, the name of which given below;

    The Arabic book “Kitab Radd’ Ad-Dalala wa Qam Al-Jahala” authored by the Egyptian scholar Ibn Ahmad Barakat Al-Shafe’i  circles round refuting Ibn Abdul Wahhab’s ideologies, quoting a considerable number of Qur'anic verses.

    The Arabic book “Fasl Al-Khitab fi Radd Dalalat Ibn Abd al-Wahhab” written by Ali Al-Shafe'i al-Basri Al-Qabbani discusses unmistakable judgment in the refutation of the delusions of Ibn Abdul Wahhab.

    The Arabic book “Kashf Al-Hijab an Wajh Dalalat Ibn Abdul Wahhab” written by Ali Al-Shafe'i al-Basri Al-Qabbani Lifts the veil from the face of the delusions of Ibn Abdul Wahhab.

    In his famous book ‘Hashiyya Radd Al-Mukhtar’ (Vol. 3, Page 309), Muhammad Amin Ibn Abidin who is a prominent scholar of Ibn Abdul Wahhab’s time, writes;

     “In our time Ibn Abdul Wahhab Najdi appeared and attacked the two noble sanctuaries (Makkah and Madinah). He claimed to be a Hanbali, but his thinking was such that only he alone was a Muslim, and everyone else was a polytheist! Under this guise, he said that killing the Ahle Sunnah was permissible”.


    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي - 10/11/2016 6:43:53 AM



  • A change is required,but must come from within.Change or perish .Sufism 's the best alternative


    By Sudhir Hoon - 10/4/2016 8:54:23 AM



  • What is the faith of New age islam sultan shaheen and his chamchas never defined it it. On TV channels Sultan Shaheen advocates scrapping of koran verses . never accepting interpretation or explanation of any one except himself. sometimes he pretends to be admirer of sufism and constantly he spreds venom against sifies like Imam ghazali , and other sufi giants of current era . Sultan Shaheen reminds me about pharaoh and his arrogant tyranny
    By Iqbal Husain - 9/22/2016 12:03:23 PM



  • Whatever it was first a Christian king who protected mahammad and his families and helped him spreading islam first
    By Hanif Uz Jaman - 9/21/2016 9:02:19 PM



  • Salafism is an anachronism in the Indian context. The hallmark of our Islam is respect for the belief systems of others, peaceful and harmonious co-existence, equal rights for religious minorities and women and rejection of supremacist attitudes. In a pluralistic society like ours, religion should not be our main ID.


    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 9/21/2016 12:41:16 PM



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