Age Islam Staff Writer
Our ulema should introspect
deeply, and better decide to come out of their seventh century mindset, which
is still celebrating Jang-e-Badr and other battles. We need a new theology, a
theology of peace and pluralism, a theology of gender justice, free from
patriarchal bias. ISIS is presenting a powerful Jihadi narrative based on the
theology of the consensus of all sects in Islam. We need a coherent
counternarrative, which is internally consistent and makes sense to the modern
Muslim, living in the 21st century. Our ulema have a grave responsibility.
Let’s hope they fulfil that.
its defeat and loss of territory in Iraq and Syria, ISIS still poses a grave
concern worldwide, producing a wide array of propagandistic materials in
multiple languages and spreading them through online platforms in order to
radicalize the potential recruits. During its violent spread across the Middle
East, ISIS gained both a local and international following due to its Jihadi
propaganda through mouthpiece magazines like ‘Dabiq’ and its successor
‘Rumiyah’. Both the magazines served as propagandistic recruitment tools for
ISIS’s sympathizers worldwide. Now the ISIS has started its India-specific propaganda
calling for Ghazwa-e-Hind through the issue of new online magazine called
‘Voice of Hind’.
seeks to win the support of Indian Muslims through the online propaganda
magazine ‘Voice of Hind’, of which there are recently three issues published by
Al-Qitaal Media Centre of Junudul Khilafah al-Hind. So far, the ISIS has not
been successful in gaining support of Indian Muslims except for a few self-radicalized
individuals. A study of the current three issues shows that it has seriously
made big plans to brainwash Indian Muslims; which will be futile, Insha Allah.
magazine attempts to incite a sense of injustice and plants victimhood
narratives among Indian Muslims in the recent issues. It seeks to provoke them
to pick up weapons. In the first edition of ‘Voice of Hind’ released on
February 24, the ISIS has mentioned the “atrocities against Muslims by
vigilante groups in India” and highlighted the case of public unrest over the
Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC),
portraying the policies of Indian government as anti-Muslim and thereby
instigating Indian Muslims to use weapons against the law of the country.
first edition of ‘Voice of Hind’ contains three articles titled ‘A Call to
Muslims of Hind’, ‘Disease of Nationalism’, and ‘Matters of Aqeedah’. In its
‘Foreword’, the magazine urges Muslims to ‘Stand and Die’ fighting against
‘falsehood’. In the article “A call to Muslims of Hind”, ISIS strictly stops Muslims
from being in agreement with the “wicked scholars of Hind -- Mahmoud Madani,
Arshad Madani” and other Muslim clerics and scholars who call them towards
peace and pluralism. Showing the images of Asaduddin Owaisi and Kanhayya Kumar,
the ISIS urges that they “are at the forefront in misguiding the Muslim youth”.
Dedicating an entire page to highlight the “disease of nationalism”, it says, “the
call to nationalism is a call to transgression, pride and arrogance” and
finally commands Muslims to “join the caravan of the Islamic State knights in
the gateway of Hind”.
second edition of ‘Voice of Hind’ was issued a month later on March 24. This
mainly focused on ISIS propaganda based on theology, with some pages condemning
the Taliban’s deal with the US as a “path from Jihad to apostasy”, in addition to considering the coronavirus
pandemic to be Allah’s punishment against those who did injustice to
third edition of the magazine, released on April 22, contains four articles
headlined “Call towards Tawheed and Jihad”, “Preparation of Ghazwa-e-Hind”, “We
are victorious by Allah’s permission” and “So, Annihilate the disbelievers”. In
the article ‘Call Towards Tawheed and Jihad” the pro-ISIS group argues that the
recent changes in the Indian Constitution are meant to deny Muslims their
rights. The article enumerates events of arresting, lynching and new laws of
evicting Muslims as an argument to provoke Muslims. The magazine also uses the
Ghazwa-e-Hind narrative and states that “they (Hindus) will not leave any one
amongst you except the one who apostatizes from his religion and follows
theirs. The only cure to it is Jihad as Shaykh Abu Musab Az Zarqawi said,
“Verily after Tawheed the best antidote to the problems of this Ummah is Jihad
for the sake of Allah”.
magazine goes on to say, “They (Hindus) wanted to show you the police are for
them, the courts are for their benefit and they are only there to torture and
persecute the Muslim community. Did the methods of voting and protests
(anti-CAA) work for you? Have the courts and legislators (from) whom (you) seek
help besides Allah done you any good”. Later on, the article titled “Annihilate
the disbelievers” encourages attacks by means of knives, hammers, axe, petrol
bombs, heavy objects, choking through belts or rope or using vehicles as
weapons for wreaking havoc and maximum casualties.
mainstream Muslims of India have trust in the Indian Constitution to resolve
their issues, from the cases of lynching to NRC and CAA, stating that they are
internal issues of the country and that the anti-national groups are not
allowed to interfere into their internal matters. The ISIS supporters must
rethink that they can’t exploit the current situation of Muslims to harm
national interests. One wonders at the usage of victimhood narratives by ISIS
while ISIS itself has committed awful oppression of Muslims in Iraq, Syria and
around the world. They must look within themselves before interfering into the
internal issues of Muslims and non-Muslims who, despite differences, come to
support one another in times of distress, as their response to Corona pandemic
has shown. Indian pluralism has deep roots.
for the clerics and Muslim scholars of India, they must come forward to decry
and refute the ISIS propaganda. When the so-called Islamic State came on the
scene, at least one of them, wrote letters expressing loyalty to the
self-styled Khalifa Baghdadi, addressing him as Ameerul Momineen. The rest kept
quiet. Even Nadwatul Ulema, one of whose senior authorities, had written that
letter, did not upbraid him. Indian Ulema, in general, have not gone beyond
rhetoric, quoting a peaceful Makkan verse of Quran, which books in their
madrasas teach, have been abrogated by later Madinan verses of war. This will
not go. They should go deep in the theology propagated by ISIS and refute it,
even if it accords with their own long held beliefs.
Ulema must rethink their worldview, realize they are no longer living in the 7th
and 8th centuries, when Islamic theology and jurisprudence had
largely evolved. This is 21st century, need we tell them. The world
has changed. You can no longer do ghazwas. The world is now governed by the
United Nations Charter which practically every country in the world has signed.
We are now governed by national and international laws. The laws of the jungle
do not prevail any more. Might is no longer right.
ulema should introspect deeply, and better decide to come out of their seventh
century mindset, which is still celebrating Jang-e-Badr and other battles. We
need a new theology, a theology of peace and pluralism, a theology of gender
justice, free from patriarchal bias. ISIS is presenting a powerful Jihadi
narrative based on the theology of the consensus of all sects in Islam. We need
a coherent counternarrative, which is internally consistent and makes sense to
the modern Muslim, living in the 21st century. Our ulema have a
grave responsibility. Let’s hope they fulfil that.
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Ahmed ibn Muhammad Unveiled Al-Baani in
the following words;
“By the will of Allah, it has been proven
without a shadow of doubt that
al-Albani has fallen into the abyss of
contradictions, errors, misquotes
and so on. Whether these blunders of his
are due to a weak memory gained through old age, or otherwise, Allah alone knows best! We know that
al-Albani sincerely admits on some
occasions his errors in the
classification of Hadith;
and this is praiseworthy.
For example, he admitted in Sifah salah
an-Nabee (pg. 28,
footnote 1) about the classification of a particular Hadith:
"I used to declare this hadeeth hasan (good) in previous works, until I realised that I had been
mistaken, because this hadeeth depends on Hanzalah al-Dawsi, who is da'eef, and
I do not know how this was unknown to
me; maybe I thought he was someone
else. Anyway, praise
is due to Allah who guided me to recognise
my mistake, and that is why I hurried to correct it in print..."
“As far as I know at the time of
writing this short exposition, al-Albani has not taken much heed to correct his
errors let alone make aware to his readership his mistakes - as well as their necessary
rectifications. I say this because even
at the time of writing, his
supporters in England are still quoting
Hadith in various books that have been
translated into English.
I have noticed quite surprisingly
that most of his followers are still oblivious of the fact that Shaykh Saqqaf
has publicised al-Albani's errors; even though Shaykh
Saqqaf's books have been available
in Jordan (and other countries) for more than two years!
“I sincerely entreat all serious
seekers of the truth to beware of al-Albani's "classifications",
"fatwa's" and his extreme revilement towards the scholars and laity
within the four schools of
Islamic jurisprudence. This no doubt
applies most strongly to those brothers and
sisters who may
have wholeheartedly relied
on al-Albani's classifications of
Hadith by way of Taqleed; in their quest to adhere to the authentic Sunnah.
It is always possible for criticism to be made by a group of people
whose understanding is inadequate and who lack sufficient knowledge.
But: "How many there are who
find fault with a sound statement,
while their trouble
is due to
faulty understanding!" We should all take
heed of the Ayat: "Nay,
but those who do wrong follow their own lusts without knowledge.
Who is able to guide him whom Allah has sent astray?
For such there are no helpers.
(Qur'an 30: 29)
“And my last word on this subject
are in the words of Imam Muhammad
ibn Sirin (d. 110 AH; Rahimahullah,
vide: Mishkatul-Masabih, 1/273, on the
authority of Imam Muslim):
knowledge is the knowledge
of religion. You
must carefully see from whom you are
receiving the knowledge
of your religion."
The grading of hadith transmitters is
classified in the three broad categories of Sahih (sound), Hasan (fair) and
HADITH SAHIH: It is the Hadith all
whose narrators from the writer of the book to the Prophet are known to be men
of integrity and intelligence and who are sane and adult Muslims at the time
they narrate the Hadith. Men of integrity means they are God-fearing, righteous
who do not speak lies and do not commit a major sin. If, being human, they
happen commit a major sin they repent to Allah for that. They are those who do
they best to keep away from minor sins and do not commit them habitually. They
refrain from tools of indecency and immorality and are men of honour who do not
do anything that is looked down upon in Islamic society. Men of intelligence
implies that they are wise and sagacious. They are quick to comprehend and they
have a strong memory and can remember the words of Hadith exactly as they are. There
is no possibility of hesitancy or forgetfulness at the time of relating a
Hadith. When all the narrators of the Hadith from the writer of the book of the
first one who narrated it from the Prophet measure up to this standard then the
Hadith they narrated is defined as saheeh.
If all these characteristics are found
in the narrators then the Hadith narrated by them will be called Saheeh li
zatih. However, if a narrator is deficient or defective in any one of these aspects
and that shortcoming is overshadowed by a large number of channels then the
said Hadith is called Saheeh lighairihi.
Saheeh hadith is also not a monolithic
category of hadith as it has been divided into several sub-varities. There are
saheeh on which there is general agreement (muttafaq alayh) and Saheeh on which
there is disagreement as to whether they should be classified as such.
HADITH HASAN: If the entire line of
transmission from the writer of the book to the Holy Prophet, one of the
narrators lacks something of the aforementioned characteristics or there is
some defect in him and that is not overshadowed by excessive lines of
transmission then the Hadith thus narrated is called Hadith Hasan.
HADITH DA'iF: a daif or weak hadith is
generally defined as one which fails to qualify the conditions of Sahih and Hasan.
More specifically a hadith is classified weak or daif if its narrators include
a person or persons of lower grades than those accepted for hasan on a scale of
gradation that appears in the subject of al-jarah wal-tadil. The weakness of
daif may be in the isnad or in the next or in both. There are many varities of
daif hadith; Mursal is one of them, and it is hadith with a broken link in its
isnad at the level of a Companion.
Daif or weak hadith is not realiable in the Islamic laws or actions. Therefore
the jurists or mujtahid do not quote daif hadith when deducing any laws or
misunderstanding that Syed Rizvi and Prof. Naim were hounded out of the site.
They were not. Both of them have been in touch with me till recently. Syed Rizvi even wrote to me after Corona
scare to ask about my welfare. I am not in touch with Prof. Naim, though, since
last September when both of his emails were hacked and probably so were his
phones; both his Chicago number and India number are dysfunctional. I am a bit
worried. It's not like him to go offline altogether. He used to be in almost
daily touch through emails. I wish somebody will tell me he is all right.
Rational Mohammad Yunus, I did start deleting one of his comments, quoting a
certain Hadees he was very fond of. I allowed him to post that several times,
but when his obsession grew to maniacal levels, I stopped, but only that one
comment that he would post again and again.
He left on his own and is welcome to come back on the site, minus his
obsession with a particular Hadees.
my friends are angry how can I allow comments by Aayina denigrating even the
Prophet. However, I feel we should know how much some of our Hindu and ex-Muslim
brothers hate us and on what account. Despite his atrocious language, Aayina
tells us that the Prophet breaking idols of Makka is what bothers him among
us an opportunity to tell him that yes, the Prophet did break idols at Makka
and even ordered the breaking of all idols in the Arabian Peninsula. Idol
worship was not allowed in the Arabian Peninsula since then. It's only now that
some Arab countries like UAE are allowing Hindu temples, presumably with idols
to be build and function as Hindu worship houses.
this also gives us an opportunity to tell our Hindu brothers that Muslims have
not broken idols outside Arabia since in a religious sense. Some nominally
Muslim bandits may have certainly broken or stolen idols, as even Hindus do
till today, to acquire gold and silver. Some may have done so for political
reasons too, as Hindu kings too routinely did after conquering a fresh Hindu
Islam braking of idols was not allowed outside Arabia. In Egypt, for instance,
when a Muslim terrorist damaged a statue of Hazrat Isa Masih soon after Arabs
conquered Egypt, the Arab ruler ordered that terrorist to be found, and when he
couldn't be found, he offered Christian brothers his own nose to be cut in
place of Hazrat Isla Masih's statue's nose which had been damaged.
Until Bamiyan Buddhas there is no record of
Muslims breaking idols wherever they went for religious reasons. The criminal
Taliban are brutal tyrants with whom the whole world is now coming to terms
with and saying that they will be different now. The overwhelming majority of
Muslims does not approve of breaking idols or persecuting religious minorities
in any way. They believe in religious freedom for all. This is not to say that
Muslims in several parts of the world do not persecute non-Muslim communities
or minority Muslim sects. Human Rights violations take place everywhere in the
world and should be fought against.
I did not allow comments from Hindu or ex-Muslim brothers, how would we know of
the depth of hatred they have for Islam and contempt for Muslims, how would we
know that some Hindus consider only Terrorists’ version of Islam to be true
Islam, and not that of the overwhelming majority of mainstream Muslims which
wants to co-exist with all others peacefully.
know what our neighbours think of us and our religion, how can we try to remove
misunderstandings. These misunderstandings are very widespread but not all
those who hate us or our religion are obsessed with these hatreds in a
pathological sense. We can remove these misunderstanding from many minds, but
we need to know what these are.
That is why
well-known 15th-century Indian mystic, poet and saint Kabir said:
niyare rakhiye, aangan kuti chhawaye;
sabun bina nirmal kare subhay
Keep critics close to your cottage yard,
For they’ll cleanse you clean without use of water or soap.