24 October, 2020

"Islam Has To Embrace The Modern, Examine Its Theology Afresh"

It is true that ‘terrorism has no religion’. But that is not going to resolve the complex issue of Islamic terrorism confronting us.

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari
"Islam Has To Embrace The Modern, Examine Its Theology Afresh"
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2016-07-11T13:19:13+05:30

An ISIS map paints India, Pakistan and Bangladesh soon to be under its chief Bagh­dadi’s control. Its official journal, Dabiq, reminded the “glorious role of Indian Muslims” against the abolition of the caliphate in Turkey in the ’20s. Emir of Khorasan, Hafiz Saeed Khan, in an interview to Dabiq, said that “Muslims will soon hear pleasant news about the caliphate’s expansion” in India. However, such rants could not make any significant impact on Indian Muslims. But it may have trapped a few hundred Indian Muslim youths in its net. The number may be small but is a great cause of concern.

Here, the role of both Muslim ulemas and elites is equally important. Sem­inaries like Deoband and the madrassas should lead mass campaigns against the crass exploitation of religious texts by ISIS. The challenge and threat are both contained within the community.

It is true that ‘terrorism has no religion’. But that is not going to resolve the complex issue of Islamic terrorism confronting us. Unless the community owns...

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