Declaration of intent
Editorial in The Indian Express
Nov 11, 2008
Seizing the initiative in these troubled times, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind expressed a consensus condemning terrorism as un-Islamic. More than 6000 clerics signed the declaration, and reminded the nation that jihad and terrorism were “poles apart” and that “terrorism is the biggest crime as per the Quran”. What’s more, they displayed a grown-up refusal to play politics over revelations about Hindu militants arrested in connection with the recent bomb blasts, saying that terrorism should not be linked to any religion.
They also pressed for a separate law to deal with communal violence, and greater representation of Muslims in education and employment. Certainly, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind’s resolution carries great moral weight and legitimacy among Indian Muslim communities, and the resolution is a sensible move away from victimhood to agency. It is a welcome attempt at reaching out to the rest of the nation and carving a moderate space to respond to the particular exigencies of the situation facing those communities.
Unfortunately, the entire spectrum of commentators that conflate Islam and terrorist activity and suggest that the religion encourages a willed surrender of independent thinking fail to recognise how any religion shape-shifts in response to changing situations. Jihad itself is a normative concept in the Quran, an ethical mission and a warlike one — variously deployed depending on political circumstance — and the Hyderabad resolution clearly distinguished between the two.
“Jihad is a constructive phenomenon and a fundamental right of human beings whereas terrorism is based on destruction”, said the statement. For instance, scholars of the Deoband movement have pointed out politics is a matter of pragmatic response for them, and that they function best in secular regimes that allow them the autonomy to prescribe “correct practice”. So like the Darul Uloom’s similar statement in May, the Hyderabad fatwa is another encouraging demonstration of the tugs within the ulema. In the nervous dysfunctional environment following terrorist attacks, this fatwa fits in with the impulse of protecting their flock as well as underlining religion’s bedrock of shared peace.
Follow Prophet to become leader even in minority: MJ Akbar
By Mohammed Siddique
Hyderabad: The noted journalist and author Mubashir Javed Akbar (famous as MJ Akbar) today bowled over the gathering of thousands of clerics at the General Session of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH) by his profound knowledge and deep insight in Quran, Sunnah, Islamic history and Islamic jurisprudence.
In an extraordinary appearance at an Islamic religious conference Akbar spoke on the problem of terrorism, media distorting the image of Islam by misusing the name of Jihad, and the position of Jihad in Islam.
But the core message of his half an hour long address, punctuated by the slogan of "Allah-o-Akbar" by thousands of delegates on Saturday night, was how Muslims of India can overcome the handicap of being a minority. "When Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him) migrated to Madina, he was chosen as the leader of the city and its surroundings though Muslims were not in majority and there were Jewish tribes around the city. He was chosen not because of numerical strength but because of his leadership skills, statesmanship and ability to take everybody along".
On the contrary, Akbar said, Muslims in India become disheartened by thinking of themselves as a minority. "If we have the same leadership qualities and abilities we can also become the leader despite being a minority", he said. Akbar, the author of several books including the famous "Under the Shadow of the Sword" on Islamic history, also underlined the need for Muslims to do agreements with the other communities. He referred to the Islamic history saying even the Prophet had sort of agreements with the Jews. "We live in a democracy and we should compromise with the other communities, even those who had a clashing viewpoint. Then only the doors will open for us".
On secularism he said, the best term for secularism was coined by the Quran when it speaks of others having their own religion and Muslims having their won religion. (Lakum Deenukum Walyadeen). "We can compromise only by remaining steadfast on our own religion", Akbar said.
He decried the media for misusing the term of Jihad. "Whenever there is a bomb blast, the media starts calling it Jihad. Jihad is a very noble and clean struggle", he said. Akbar said that the Muslims cannot discard the concept of Jihad as it is one of the tenets of Islam. "If they dissociate themselves from Jihad, they will not remain Muslims", he said adding that it was the responsibility of Muslims to remove if there were misconceptions among others about Islam.
Akbar said that even other religions have the concept of holy wars like Dharam Yudh in Hindu and Sikhism and Crusade in Christianity. "But it is only in the case of Muslims that the term of Jihad is used to describe the act of violence".
He also rejected the new term of Islamo-Fascism being used by the opponents of Islam and Muslims. "They can never be the same", he said pointing out that the history of Islam was more than 1400 years old while fascism dates back to 1920 to the era of Mussolini.
He also found fault with the term of Terrorism and said that the correct term for this type of violence "Fitna or Fasad" was used by Quran. "The Quran has spelled out the punishment for this crime in varying degrees ranging from the cutting off fingers or hands to the capital punishment".
"Islam teaches that killing one innocent person was killing the entire humanity and removing one oppressor is delivering an entire nation", he said.
Akbar said that if an individual has done something wrong, the entire community should not be held responsible or maligned for that. At the same time he said if somebody has done something wrong, Muslims should dissociate themselves from him.
Instead of looking towards others or blaming others, Muslims should introspect and remove their weaknesses and shortcomings. "To me poverty, ignorance and sex discrimination are the biggest enemies of Muslims", Akbar said.
M J Akbar, who once edited Sunday Weekly magazine and then successfully launched The Telegraph and The Asian Age newspapers, strongly advocated the need for imparting education to the girls. "Without that we can’t enter even 19th century, let alone the 21st century", he said.
Akbar said that educating girls does not mean that they should leave their Hijab or become irreligious. "We can get educated by remaining faithful to our culture and our religion", he said.
Akbar said that many Christians ask him why Muslim women continue to wear veil. "I ask them whether they have ever seen Bibi Maryam without a veil".
He also attributed the pathetic condition of Muslims to their laxity and lethargy. He expressed shock that some Muslims proudly say that they have not seen the morning sun light for years. "How a true Muslim can do it because his day is supposed to start with Azan-e-Fajr", Akbar said.
After his speech one delegate summed up the feeling of the gathering: "We had thought he was a godless and irreligious person but Akbar has turned out to be an Aalim".
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Indian Muslims endorse fatwa against terrorism
HYDERABAD: Thousands of Indian Muslims have united to endorse a religious edict condemning terrorism as un-Islamic, a scholar said on Monday.
The two-day weekend meeting in the southern city of Hyderabad drew around 6,000 Muslim clerics and scholars, and came after India was hit by a wave of bombings by suspected Islamist militants across the Hindu-majority nation.
Indian Muslim leaders have since complained that members of their community were being subjected to harassment by police.
The endorsed fatwa, or ruling, holds that the term jihad – ‘holy war’ – could not be applied to terrorist acts. “Jihad is basically a constructive phenomenon. Terrorism is based on destruction alone. Jihad is permitted only for restoring peace and is a fundamental right of a human being,” the edict reads.
“It’s a very good and important step which draws the distinction that jihad and terrorism have nothing in common,” said Khalid Rasheed, a senior cleric from northern India who attended the meeting.
At the closing session on Sunday, K Rahman Khan, deputy speaker of India’s upper house of parliament, urged the scholars to help end ‘all forms of terrorism’.
“It is only some misguided youth who are caught in the trap of those perpetrating terrorist acts. The clerics should bring them back on to the right track by explaining what jihad exactly stands for,” he said. Around 14 percent of India’s billion-plus population is Muslim. afp
Lok Satta opposes Jamiat call for10 pc quota
11 Nov 2008, 0355 hrs IST, TNN
HYDERABAD: Lok Satta Party on Monday opposed the demand for 10 per cent reservation to Muslims and other minorities in education and government jobs made by Jamiat Ulama- e- Hind at the two-day meeting organised here on Sunday.
Addressing media, Lok Satta president Jayaprakash Narayan said the Supreme Court had imposed a cap of 50 per cent on reservation. " Even, if such a quota is feasible, experience shows that only well-educated and economically well-off sections were enjoying its fruits", he said.
He also felt that such demands would trigger social discord and the issue would be used for vote bank politics. Instead, he suggested that 10 per cent bonus marks in admission to higher educational institutions irrespective of caste and religion, would help the minorities. It was high time to organise an open debate on reservations, he said.
Welcoming the Jamiat declaration that terrorism was the biggest crime as per Quran, Jayaprakash said the acts of terror, violence and brutality were perpetrated against innocent citizens by criminals and fanatics and not by Hindus or Muslims. He said Jamiat statement was in consonance with "Wahabism" in Saudi Arabia which has declared that terrorism has no place in Islam.
Hyderabad conclave calls for pan-minority unity
11 Nov 2008, 0232 hrs IST, TNN
NEW DELHI: The resolutions adopted by Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind at its Hyderabad convention cover a gamut of issues ranging from terrorism to political reservation while also calling for Dalit-Muslim-tribal-Christian unity that the organisation has spoken of in a stop-start fashion.
In the backdrop of attacks on churches, JUH has sought to make common cause with Christian groups under the minority umbrella, a position that is at variance with larger conflicts that have pitted the West against Islamic opinion in many parts of the world. The common cause that JUH has sought seems driven by a desire to oppose “Hindu” extremism.
Arguing that India is a land of “various minorities”, the Jamiat has said that together they can have an “effective stake in power”. The JUH says communal violence has targetted Dalits, Muslims, Christians and tribals and urges minorities to “bring about a solid unity amongst themselves”, asking Muslims to shed “false notions of social superiority”.
The proposition for a minority-SC-ST coalition sounds alluring but has made little headway in the past due to differing political interests and incompatible socio-economic levels. But JUH’s outreach is interesting as it seeks to present these sections as victims of “persistent discrimination” which it sees as a reason for a nominal Muslim presence in government and legislatures.
Even on the Sachar Commission, JUH notes that “nothing concrete has been done so far” while calling for removal of “discrimination” under Article 341 and extending reservation benefits to Muslim “dalits”. The cross-community bonding is at odds with the view that the Muslim world faces a threat from the West, led by US, in a replay of the medieval crusades in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.
In identifying “Hindutva” forces as the principal enemy, JUH may have provided a hint of its political objectives in view of forthcoming elections. Though deeply unhappy with Congress over anti-terrorism initiatives which it feels target Muslims, JUH sees BJP emerging as a significant challenger even though it is likely to drive a bargain for support to UPA. The Hyderabad jamboree was a step in that direction.
In its resolution on terrorism, JUH says Hindu outfits had been found to be involved in blasts in Modasa and Malegaon who were influenced by outfits like RSS. “In view of this, to raise a finger against any particular community or religion, is highly unjust.”
Muslim clerics sign fatwa against terror
Sunday, November 09, 2008, (Hyderabad)
The 89-year-old Jamiat-Ulema-i-Hind, the largest Islamic body in the country, is focusing its 29th national meeting in Hyderabad on delinking terror from religion. The conference is being held to reiterate that the community is secular and peace-loving and that Islam per se cannot be linked to terror.
On Saturday, nearly 6000 Muslim clerics from all over the country signed the Deoband fatwa against terror.
"We want to involve as many people and make it public that terror has no place in Islam, that no terrorism can be done in the name of Islam and Quran gives no sanction to it," said Mahmood Asad Madani, Rajya Sabha MP.
Significantly, the Jamiat points out that just because Hindutva terror is now being spoken about, they are not going to point fingers nor be defensive about what some call jehadi terror.
"Whoever is the accused, let's not link them to any religion, whether Hindu or Muslim. People indulging in such activities should not be linked to any religion,'' said Hakimuddin Qasmi, General Secretary, Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind
The two-day conference will culminate in a public meeting on Sunday evening at Hyderabad's Nizam College grounds where the Jamiat has invited other Islamic bodies as well as civil society leaders like Sri Sri Ravishankar, Swamy Aginivesh and Joseph D'Souza.
Muslim clerics endorse anti-terror fatwa
Published: Nov. 8, 2008 at 9:57 PM
HYDERABAD, India, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- About 6,000 Muslim clerics from around India approved a fatwa against terrorism Saturday at a conference in Hyderabad.
Maulana Qari Mohammad Usman Mansoorpuri, president of the Jamaiat-Ulama-i-Hind, called terrorism the most serious problem facing Islam, The Hindu reported. He blamed Islamic radicals for their actions and the news media for failing to distinguish between the radicals and the majority of Muslims.
"We have no love for offenders whichever religion they might belong to," he said. "Our concern is that innocents should not be targeted and the career of educated youth not ruined. The government should ensure transparency in investigation."
India has the world's second-largest Muslim population after Indonesia, although Hindus outnumber Muslims. The meeting was also expected to address issues like national integration.
"Islam rejects all kinds of unjust violence, breach of peace, bloodshed, murder and plunder and does not allow it in any form. Cooperation should be done for the cause of good but not for committing sin or oppression," the fatwa written at the Darul Uloom Deoband, India's foremost Islamic seminary.
Muslims against terrorism: Clerics drive home the point
Time Published on Sun, Nov 09, 2008 at 11:34 in Nation section
UNITED AGAINST TERROR: The two-day cleric congregation is taking place in Hyderabad.
Hyderabad: Yunus Khan spends most of his time in a seminary, teaching students about Islam. But today the 28-year-old teacher is travelling around the country with a message of peace.
He feels it’s high time people like him took a stand against terror.
“We teach children to live in harmony. Islam doesn't encourage terror and this message needs to be sent out,” he says.
Yunus Khan is among the 4,000 Muslim clerics who came together in Hyderabad from seminaries as far as Deoband in UP, West Bengal and Gujarat.
The two-day event at Hyderbabad comes eight months after Deoband, India’s most well-known seminary, announced a fatwa on terrorism.
The fatwa declares that "Islam does not permit killings of innocent persons in retaliation of any criminal act."
“We’ve signed this document and shows to the world we are not for terrorism,” says a cleric Ahmed Shabir, who’s also the state president for the Jamiat-ul-Uloom seminary.
Several politicians, too, attended the event, indicating their role in organising this event. But the clerics remained diplomatic about the extent to which they were aided by the Andhra government
“The state government has always helped the Jamaat and hope will continue to do so,” says Shabir.
So in an election year where terror is emerging as a key issue, clerics like Yunus Khan are making sure their message and their vote matters just like everyone else.
Ulema, Muftis ratify fatwa against terrorism
“Islam rejects violence and bloodshed”
Clear message: Rajya Sabha MP Maulana Syed Mahmood Madni (third from left) reading out the fatwa against terrorism issued by Darul Uloom, Deoband. To his left is Moulana Marghub Ur Rahman, Rector, Darul Uloom, who signed the fatwa. —
Hyderabad: In a significant move, about 6,000 ulema and Muftis from different parts of India on Saturday ratified the fatwa against terrorism issued by the Darul Uloom Deoband, the renowned seminary and Islamic academic centre.
“There is no relation whatsoever between Islam and terrorism. The two are poles apart.” That is the message the ulema sent out at the two-day, 29th national session of the Jamaiat-Ulama-i-Hind, which began here on Saturday. Jamiat leaders heading different State branches affixed their signatures endorsing the fatwa issued by grand mufti Habibur Rehman.
“Islam rejects all kinds of unjust violence, breach of peace, bloodshed, murder and plunder and does not allow it in any form. Cooperation should be done for the cause of good but not for committing sin or oppression,” the fatwa declared.
The Jamiat is expected to adopt resolutions against terrorism, communal riots, the U.S. aggression in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan, and Qadiyani and Christian activities, and on national integration, reservation for Muslims, the Sachar Committee report on the condition of Muslims, Islamic identity and social reform at a public meeting on the Nizam College grounds here on Sunday.
A large number of ulema, including Jamiat president Maulana Qari Mohammad Usman Mansoorpuri, and Maulana Marghoob-ur-Rehman, Rector, Darul Uloom, arrived here by a special train “Shaikhul Hind Express”from Deoband.
In his presidential remarks, Maulana Mansoorpuri said terrorism was the most serious problem facing the country. The most unfortunate thing was that, on the one hand, the acts of a few misguided elements were being linked to Islam and, on the other, a distorted picture of Islam and its Prophet was being presented. Both the print and electronic media were being used to spread misunderstanding and falsehood about Islam. He urged the media to distinguish between a suspect and an accused and not to brand anyone terrorist before the court verdict was out.
Transparency in probe
“We have no love for offenders whichever religion they might belong to. Our concern is that innocents should not be targeted and the career of educated youth not ruined. The government should ensure transparency in investigation.”
Quoting Koranic verses, Maulana Mansoorpuri explained how Islam preached universal love and brotherhood and stressed cordial interpersonal relationship with fellow countrymen. Islam attached the utmost respect for human life and termed unjust killings a great sin. “Whatever faith one professes, the Koran calls for honouring and safeguarding every human being,” Maulana Mansoorpuri said.
The teacher of Hadith at Deoband said terrorism was not the problem of one community but of the country, and everyone should join hands to tackle it. Maulana Mansoorpuri urged Muslims to follow the Shariat in letter and in spirit lest they become a tool for harming the religion more than others.
“Threat to society”
Rajya Sabha member and Jamiat leader Maulana Mehmood Madni said it was wrong to link terrorism with religion. Whoever indulged in acts of terrorism were ‘mad and lunatics’. Those who instigated violence in the name of religion and region posed a threat to the social fabric of society and should be dealt with with an iron hand. “The government should not have a dual policy when it comes to dealing with terrorists.”
Earlier, Hakimuddin Qasmi presented the secretary report.
Jamiatul Ulema endorses resolution against terrorism
Posted: 6:28p.m IST, November 8, 2008
Hyderabad, Nov 8 (IANS) Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind Saturday endorsed the fatwa of leading institution of Islamic learning Darul Uloom Deoband declaring terrorism as un-Islamic.
The oldest and biggest Muslim group endorsed the fatwa at its 29th general session which began here Saturday.
The two-day session, attended by over 5,000 clerics from across the country, is discussing a host of issues including terrorism, communal riots and reservations for minorities.
The opening session endorsed the fatwa of Deoband.
'Till now the fatwa of May 31, 2008 had the signature of only four Muftis (clerics) but here more than 6,000 clerics from across the country have signed it to involve more people in the spread of this message that there is no place for terrorism in Islam, terrorism can not be spread in the name of Islam nor Quran has permitted it,' Jamiat's senior leader and Rajya Sabha member Moulana Mahmood Madani told reporters.
The Deoband-based Jamiat had organised a massive meeting in New Delhi in May, in which a fatwa against terrorism was made public and the delegates took an oath to continue their struggle against terrorism.
Madani said the session wants to spread the message of peace and national integrity in the country which was passing through a very difficult and critical situation.
The meet called for a united fight by all Indians against terrorism to secure the future generations of India and strengthen peace and communal harmony in the country.
Madani said the Jamiat was opposed to terrorism in any form and wants the government to deal sternly with the 'mad elements' that were spreading violence and terrorism in the country.
He said those indulging in violence and terrorism and resorting to bomb blasts were mad people and they should be dealt with sternly. 'There should be equal treatment for all and double standards should not be there,' he said.
Asked about the arrests of a few Hindus in connection with the Malegaon blast, he said that the Jamiat strongly opposes linking terrorism to any community.
'For last so many years, when terrorism was being linked to Muslims and Islam to malign them we have been opposing it strongly. Now how can we resort to the same thing and blame another community or religion for terrorism,' he asked.
Madani also disapproved the use of the term of Hindu terrorism. 'If those using terrorism to malign Islam were wrong, how can we be right if we also start saying the same thing about others (Hindus). Indian society as a whole, Hindus and Muslims, should counter the terrorism and fight against such elements. We are not here to blame any body or wash anybody's sins,' he said.
The Jamiat, in another resolution, demanded a special legislation to prevent the communal violence in the country. The officials of the affected areas should be held accountable if riots break out and there should be uniform package of compensation for everybody in the law, it said.
The Jamiat is also demanding reservations for the Muslims in proportion to their population and equal opportunities for all in the jobs and education.
The session, being attended by the delegates from across the country will also discuss the recommendations of the Sachar Committee and Justice Ranganath Mishra commission to uplift the community educationally and economically.
President of the Jamiat Moulana Syed Mohammed Osman, in his address, expressed deep concern over the Bajrang Dal, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and other similar fundamentalist organisations targeting and attacking the minorities in several states and described it as shameful and disastrous for the country.
Earlier, over 1,000 delegates of the conference from Deoband and Delhi reached Hyderabad in a special train 'Shaikhul Hind Express for peace and communal harmony'.
Described as Jamiat's biggest show, the two-day meet will conclude Sunday with a public meeting, where resolutions passed at the meet would be read out.
JUH raises voice against terrorism
Hyderabad (PTI): The 29th national conference of the Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind (JUH), that began here on Saturday, has raised its voice against terrorism of any kind and endorsed a fatwa issued by the Darul Uloom Deoband on the stand of Islam towards world peace.
The two-day conference of JUH assumes significance as it is being held at a time when "a sinister campaign is going on in an organized manner to tarnish the image of Islam," according to the clerics attending it.
The JUH asserted that it was for promoting communal harmony in the country and was totally opposed to any form of terrorism.
JUH general secretary and Rajya Sabha member Maulana Mahmood Madani dubbed the so-called terrorists as "mad" people. "They (terrorists) may be of any religion. But we should see them only as mad people," Madani said at the inaugural session of the JUH conference.
"Islam is the religion of peace and security. In its eyes, spreading mischief, rioting, breach of peace, bloodshed and killing of innocent people and plundering in any part of the earth are the most inhuman crimes," the JUH said, endorsing the fatwa issued by the Darul Uloom Deoband.
Ulama endorse fatwa against terror
8 Nov 2008, 2212 hrs IST, TNN
HYDERABAD: Nearly 6,000 Ulama Islamic scholars gathered in the city on Saturday endorsed a fatwa that declares that all forms of terrorism are
against the spirit of Islam. The endorsement termed the Hyderabad declaration came at the 29th general body meeting of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind and would be read out at a public meeting on Sunday evening.
The fatwas had first been issued in May and had been signed by the Grand Mufti of Darul Uloom, Deoband, Uttar Pradesh, Maulana Mufti Habibur Rahman and three other leading scholars. It was made public at a hugely attended meeting in New Delhi in which Jamiat and representatives of almost all schools of though in Islam participated.
Explaining the rationale for ratifying the fatwa, Maulana Mahmood Madani, a leading light of the Jamiat said: "It is a demonstration of the faith the Muslim scholars are reposing in the importance and timeliness of the edict. When these delegates go back to their homes they would take back the signed Hyderabad Declaration that endorses the stand taken by Darul Uloom against terrorism."
Maulana Madani emphatically said that there was nothing called Islamic terrorism. Likewise arrest of a few Hindus can't be dubbed as Hindu terrorism, he said. "Terrorism has no religion. Don't link it to Islam, Hinduism or any other faith. What we demand is dropping of double standards in the investigation of acts of terrorism. Be just with all and take stern action against those who are proved guilty," he said.
"There is some kind of a `junooniath,' (madness) among those indulging in the acts of terrorism. They should be cornered and countered," Madani said.
Intellectual M J Akbar captured the mood of the 6,000 delegates __ who have come from across the country when he told them: “Persons who carry out acts of violence are fasadis, not jihadis. Any Muslim who distorts Jihad is not a Muslim," he said.
At the same time, Akbar exhorted the public at large to not demonise the Muslim community and refrain from terms like Islamic fascism. “We can't blame the entire community for the acts of few," he said adding that “unfortunately Muslims have no leaders but only pleaders."
Representatives from all religions including Sri Sri Ravi Sankar and Swami Agnivesh among others would participate in Sunday's public meeting.
The first thought, that crosses my mind after reading the posts by Shri Tahir Mahmood and Shri Mubashir, is a colloquial saying ‘MARR GAYE MARDUUD NA FATEHA NA DARUUD’ due to harshness in the above saying I always used to wonder what could have prompted the writer to come up with such rude reference and to what Type and Creed of people the writer is referring to… But after seeing the propaganda by the WAHABI SECT that Wasilah is haraam’ I fully understand the harshness (well deserving ) and the People it is aimed at…The Wahabis pay no respect to their dead and expect that the main stream Muslims should follow suit….They pride in their being a thankless lot so the rest of the saner Islamic world should become an ungrateful herd like themselves…Allah almighty chose more than One hundred and twenty four thousand Messengers (Wasilah) to guide the mankind ..and a few among this mankind are smarter (Nauzbillah’) and say they need no wasilah’….some under educated and self styled Mullahs understand that if a Muslim visits a grave he is committing shirk or worshiping the dead….where as the visit is only to pay respect to the dead relative…which also endorses ones belief in life after death…the best example of a Mushrik that Shri Tahir Mahmood and Shri Mubashir could have sited is that of JESUS being called Son of God...but in the heart of their heart the Wahabis nurse a hatred towards every person who sits besides the grave of a dead relative to spend some quite moments or even say Assalomun alaikum ya Ahlal kabuur’….now if this is shirk, what is UNGRATEFULNESS towards Allah swt’s most beloved Prophet pbuh and his progeny ? I wonder how would Allah swt reward those who insist that Wasilah is haram’. and thereby, try to belittle the Greatness of Mohammad (saw) and his progeny.
Anand Kumar to Sultan Shahin, Editor@NewAgeIslam.com show details 09:52 (1 hour ago)
date 13 November 2008 09:52subject RE: Indian Muslims endorse fatwa against terrorism: Media welcomes Jamiat Ulema ‘Seizing the initiative in these troubled times’, NewAgeIslam.Com - 12 Nov, 2008
This Fatwa at Hyderabad against terrorism is a great happening. It is a great evolutionary development within Islam.Regards
Anand Kumar Anand Kumar MDProfessor and Head Department Of Reproductive Biology & Central Radioimmunoassay Facility All India Institute Of Medical Sciences New Delhi- 110029, India
At no place , the three name you mentioned ever supported Bush, Putin or the invasion in Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan. I have read their comments. If you ask me I feel that it is Bush and the US policies which have given birth to the likes of Osama, Zahrawi or Zakir Naik. Both complement each other.
For years we have fought against labeling Muslim as terrorist whenever such outrageous act occur and repeatedly said that terrorism has no religion. There is a larger conspiracy after Malegaon blasts had come to light.
Truth shall prevail and now the hazy picture is becoming clear. Terrorism has no room in religion yet one school of thought is spreading message of hatred both within the community and outside . While they are destroying the unity of Muslim ummah by declaring other sects of Islam as infidel except their own and on the other they are using religion to defame it by justifying terrorism and polluting the mind of our young generation.. A classic example is Zakir Naik
I am sure the meeting in Hyderabad was called only to address these problems. But the organiser Mahmood Madani is embroiled in bitter war of succession with his uncle the revered Arshad Madani., the rector of Darul Uloom. It is here Mahmood Madani intention becomes questionable as he has political ambition and resources.
It is people like you and me who have to come forward and fight the menace of terrorism with our fellow brothers and believe me Islam do not need any certificate from anyone that it is a religion of peace and brotherhood
RISE OF HINDU MILITANCY – A SERIOUS AND DANGEROUS TRENDBY A.M.JAMSHEED BASHA, CHENNAI, INDIA.
Terrorism per se is barbaric, inhuman, reprehensible and above all unislamic. About 6000 Muslim clerics from all over India gathered in Hydrabad in a historic two day conclave to issue a fatwa condemning terrorism as highly reprehensible act of insanity and the perpetrtors have no religion of their own. They are anti-national and anti-social elements and those involved in it should be dealt with sternly. Muslim clerics have reposed faith on the law of the land. They have demanded utmost transperancy in the investigation and innocent should not be harrassed or thrown in jails without a trial. The speakers, eminent they are including Moulana Masood Madani and M.J.Akbar, reminded the Muslims of the danger associated with radicalisation of the religion. They declared further that terror should not be linked to any religion. They demanded fair representtion to Muslims in education and employment, a demand made time and again but falling on deaf ears of successive govts. Let's wait and watch whether the next Govt at the Centre would care to take serious note of this plea made by the renowned Ulemas of India.
A just couple of month back, Muslims of India bowed their head in shame, when there were spate of arrest of Muslim youth for their alleged involvement in the serial blasts that rocked the country from Bangaluru, Ahmedabad to New Delhi. Muslims had then acknowledged by and large that a few misguided youth would have taken to the path of retaliatory violence against the massacre of Muslims in Gujarat and elsewhere. This itself per se was wrong as Islam does not teaches violence, least of all against innocent population. Muslims then declared that it was not fair to hold the entire community responsible for the act of a few which was equally acknowledged by our Hindu brethren in the country.
Now its time for Hindus to bow their head in shame after the arrest of Sadhvi, Lt. Col. Prasad Purohit and couple of others in their alleged involvement in the Melagaon and Modsa blasts. More arrests are likely as the investigation unravels the mystery of the main accused also involved in the earlier blasts in Samjautha Express and other blasts in a mosque in 2003. Further investigation would lead to the cup-board of hardliner Hindutva groups within the Sangh Parivar, from where many skeletons would fall apart. Again it is reiterated that it would not be fair to paint the entire community black for the acts of a minority group within the hardline organisation. It is indeed a Hindu terror out to avenge in a tit-for-tat retaliatory violence which itself is a dangerous trend. Terrorism in any form is highly reprehensible and the perpetrators of these darstardly crimes belong to no religion as they are highly disgraced individuals out to tarnish the fair name of the country through their act of insanity.The arrest of Sadhavi and Lt. Col. Prasad Purohit, a serving army personnel, in the Melagoan and Modsa bomb blast and subsequent arrest of a few Hindu militants linked to Abdhinav Bharat, has certainly opened a Pandora box. The Anti-Terrorist Squad of Maharashtra police has done a remarkable job in cracking the case. The trail lead to an astounding result. It unraveled the mystery associated with the persons involved in the Melagaon blast in which six prayer going Muslims were killed. As the investigation is progressing, more and more people's involvement is coming to the fore. It is possible that it may lead to many leaders of Hindu militant outfit. The ATS is also planning to question one BJP MP from Utter Pradesh. It is now becoming necessary to study and analyse the rise of Hindu militancy which is a serious and dangerous trend in the country's history. It would have untold ramifications. It is now upto people like Arif Mohammed and MJ Akbar to turn their pen towards the safron brigade and preach them that it is against Hindu religion. Because they have all along been counselling Muslims about the dangers of terrorism quoting extensively from the Holy Quran. Now it is their turn to coulsel Hindutva leaders about the dangers associated with their brand of Hindu terror that is being perpetrated, quoting ofcourse extensively from their scriptures. Hope Arif Mohammed Khan and M.J. Akbar are listening.A closer look at the ideological beginnings of the Abhinav Bharat -- the hardline Hindu group whose members are under arrest for their role in Malegaon would reveal the real motive behind such activities. When the nation was under siege following serial blasts in city after city, Hindu outfits were planning to take advantage of the situation and it was tailor made situation for them to plant as many bombs as possible without getting notice, as it was possible that police would suspect the hand of Indian Mujahideen, who all along were claiming responsibilities for all blasts. It was also easy for them to escape, since police at the drop of a hat and within hours, make some arrests and claim that Muslim youth were responsible for the blast. So, the Hindu militant planted a bomb in the motor cycle owned by Sadhvi in Melagoan that ultimately took six lives of innocent Muslims who went for evening prayers and scores of others were injured. Ultimtely crime does not pay and the culprit was arrested though she never expected it to happen so early. A deeper analysis would reveal the genesis of the Hindu militancy.Veer Savarkar, the man who first founded Abhinav Bharat as a forum to propagate his brand of Hindu nationalism. It was while he was a student in Pune that Savarkar came under the influence of a man who propounded a very hardline Hindu militancy. The man was Damodar Chapakar who assassinated a British police officer in 1897 and he and two of his brothers were hung by the British a year later. Having clutched a Geeta and singing Vande Matram, Damodar went to the gallows. However, Savarkar wound up Abhinav Bharat in 1952 but his vision had been refined, the path to safeguarding religion was for Hindus to acquire military training. In a speech around the time he said:"Let the Hindus therefore come forward now and enter the Army, the Navy and the Air-Force, render the Hindu military-minded, spirited and valorous and secure and stabilise the Hindu strength in Indian Military Forces of all arms."The legacy of this thinking can be gauged even today.
It has been widely reported that Shiv Sena-BJP government in the mid-nineties set up a military school in almost each district of the state like the Rani Laxmi Bai military school for girls in Pune where Col Agashe, a former Gorkha officer was the commandant. He said, "We teach them nationalism and want them to be nationalists". The students here get a modern education albeit a somewhat narrow view of India and its problems.It has also been reported that it is two military schools, the Bhosala Military School in Nashik and Nagpur that are now being investigated by the Anti Terrorism Squad, places where the ATS believes Abhinav Bharat activists were trained. It's no coincidence that Pune is also the base for the new revived Abhinav Bharat. Many point out that while the bulk of Maharashtra's soldiers are Marathas, this militaristic mindset is confined to a small community. Is the thinking behind an act like the Malegoan blasts a synthesis of both these schools of thought? It is for the investigating agencies to come out with details.
In the meantime, the country should take notice of the fact that for the first time in the history of independent India that a serving military officer has been accused to links to Hindutva hardliner group and it is a dangerous sign. The army has rightly started the exercise of investigation of military link to the extremists organisations since its secular credentials are at stake. Its a good news and Govt should ponder on the issue very seriously. If anybody has to learn a lesson that violence is not an answer to violence, one must see and appreciate the candid message sent through the recent Hindi movie "Bombay Meri Jan". This movie has beautifully conveyed the message of forgiveness is nobler ever than revenge. If you have not seen and you do not belong to any radical islamic group, then you must see it.
The need of the hour is to shun violence and it is a dangerous path. Going by the report of involvement of Hindutva group in the recent bombings in Melagoan and Modsa and linked to earlier blasts, then there is no end to retaliatory violence. Muslim clerics have rightly issued a fatwa condemning terrorism. It is now upto Hindu leaders and religious seers to issue a similar statement of condemnation. India has to be saved from such forces, though they form a minority group among the majority, yet they are capable of harming the social fabric of this country. It is no time to politicise it or take political advantage of it by blaming one another. It is time to let the investigation take its own course impartially and come out with bare truths of the whole episode of terror unleashed by one group or the other in the country, so that corrective measures could be taken to avert further bloodshed in the country. Jai Hind.
Janab Fayaz Sahab’ salaamun alaikum’
You seems to have a lot of heat and hatred pent up inside you, which is evident in the size of font and colors that you have used to attract attention. You have your own imagination, that the entire world is against you and your creed, without provocation you jump to the conclusion, that the entire world is fooled by the media and you are the only smart ass who has a third eye open, which sees the evil design of the media. Gentleman, everything reported by the media is neither completely true nor it is entirely false and every sensible person knows this..….Don’t be a DON QUIXOTE and Imagine an enemy / army which is not there….Stop referring to Fasaadis as Jehadis If there is an enemy fight it, defend yourself and attack as much as you can…but just don’t call every fight a Holy War.. for there aren’t any except the fight in Palestine, for they are fighting for their land and are an oppressed lot…the points raised by Mr hasan Iqbal should be enlightening enough for you to understand that.
Islam is spread by peace, love and honesty which was evident in every action of the Holy Prophet pbuh’, when he was to be attacked by the Enemy he was advised to perform hijrat’ to avoid bloodshed and similar action is seen by Husain Ali Ibne Abi talib Ra’ when he decided not to perform Hajj when he sensed the conspiracy by Yazid ( lanat on him) to attack during Hajj…Have you ever pondered upon these facts and actions. Which are clearly mentioned in many a literature that has been time and again authenticated…and do not represent the fabricated and concocted hadith of Abu Huraira as is often quoted by Zakir Naik the front face of the Wahabi sect who is also sympathizer and believer of Osama / Talibani brand of Islam’.
Defence doesnot mean blowing up the WTC!
Bush is no Saint nor is Osama a Mujahid. They are both terrorists is their on ways and are linked to each other. Osama got his training from America to fight out the Russians in Afghanistan. Iraq was invaded because of the cruelty of the Saddam regime on its own people because of which it was a disunited country. Remember, Iraq took and got all the support from the US during its war against Iran. WMD was only an excuse. What Americans were going there for was OIL.
Invasion of Afghanistan was as a natural reaction to the WTC bombing, to capture Osama and also to set up a base in the sub-continent. The religion of the Talibans is not the Islam of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). If Pakistan is attacked tomorrow it would because of its lack of cooperation in capturing Osama.
Do you consider Yazid a terrorist? What was he defending? Zakir Naik has asked for Allah's blessings on Yazid and has supported Osama on many different occassions.
Defence doesnot mean making a hero out of terrorists like Yazid and Osama and their supporters like Naik!
What message are we going to give to the world community unless we openly and loudly condemn these rascals!
SAFRIZVI --ZIYARIZVI -- Hasan Iqbal // Kindly dont trust the media for naming muslims as terrorists.
Do you think Bush is a saint.
ULFA has said the roits & bomb blasts in Assam are the handiwork of RSS, For gods sake once trust them.
Chechnya population is daily being slaughtered by Russian soldiers. Is putin a saint.
I f these type of Govt & their media then labels muslims as terrorists, why are people like you with our using common sence believing them.
When people revolt in Afghanistan, iraq & palestine against the illegal occupation, why do you believe they are terrorists, Their rights are being stolen by the invading armies. They reserve the right to defend them selves.
If you side with liars , those you call terrorists will oppose you.
Terrorising the terrorist with a Fatwa is certainly a welcome step, but merely disowning them would not suffice ...The Main stream Muslims should leave no stone unturned in identifying the enemy within, THE ZAKIR NAIKS who, with their shallow oratory and concocted interpretation of hadith can instigate the Muslim youths towards hellfire both here and hereafter...
Except for the likes of Osama Bin Laden and his supporters and people like Dr.Zakir Naik endorsing his ideology with statements like "Every Muslim should be a terrorist" and "If Osama is terrorising America I am with him", Muslims by and large the world over have always condemned terrorism in all forms, be it the torturing and killing of his own people and use of chemical weapons against the Kurds by Saddam's regime or the killing of innocent Iraqis at the hands of the American troops now stationed in Iraq.
Terrorism is different from Jihad. Islam has been the one of the biggest victims of terrorism in the form of Yazid 1400 years back, when he fought against and killed Imam Husain, the beloved grandson of Prohet Muhammad (SAW), in the battle of Karbala. The difference between Jihad and Terrorism is the same as that between the ideologies of Imam Husain and Yazid respectively.
It is nice for Muslims to get together and issue a fatwa against terrorism. It is however not enough. As M J Akbar and Ziya Rizvi have pointed out, inorder to send a clear signal to the world community, Muslims need to explicitly oppose and disassociate themselves from all those practicing, preaching and promoting the radical Islamic ideology of the Osamas and the Naiks of this age, we live in. Only then will we be taken seriously. Fatwas and statements alone will not suffice.
Kudos to MJ Akbar for his speech at Hyderabad as reported in the newspaper. One cannot but agree with his view point and his stand on several critical issues needs admiration. Most notably his stand on hijab and jihad. Long time back I had attended a seminar on Islam and Christianity and he spoke very well. The only problem with the community are the clerics who have failed to cobble a modern outlook which Islam and Quran always carried and harness new researches and approach towards Islam. What a pity the religion which came with a message of peace has to discuss issues like terrorism. The world knows which Islamic ideology is fanning hatred and which nation is the fountain head of this beastly act. It is time the Muslims must disassociate with this sect of Muslim which gave berth to people like Osama, Zarawai, Mullah Umar and Zakir Naik . Muslim institution should take an oath not to receive any fund from this country and shun this ideology which is the main source of terrorism across the world
Akbar presence has given a semblance of sanity to the gathering but I have my reservation on this rally and I am sure journalist like Akbar is not aware of all this.The call against terrorism that came from Hyderabad had more political reason than the case of Islam it projected. Earlier this year, Maulana Arshad Madani, the senior rector of Darul Uloom held a seminar on his own initiative against terrorism. The seminar was a grand success and even party like BJP welcomed the initiative. Within days, the revered Arshad Madani who commands great respect in the Islamic world was unceremoniously thrown out by his nephew Mahmood Madani, the organiser of the seminar in Hyderabad.
The whole Darul Uloom stood with Maulana Arshad Madani and many of its senior clerics were shocked at the treatment of this veteran Islamic scholar at the hand of Mahmood Madani and his ilk
After his initial call, Maulana Arshad madani held a series of meeting and that included a huge rally against terrorism. And it was he who set the agenda against terrorsm which Mahmood now wants to hijack/
My contention against Mahmood Madani is his seriousness to fight the battle against terrorism. If at all he was serious he could have shed his difference with his uncle and joined hand with him. Terrorism can be fought with a clear intent and not for political and personal ambition