[Muslim students participating in a protest march against IS organised by Jamiat-e-Ulema in this file photo]
Hyderabad: Reiterating that ISIS (Daesh ot IS) has nothing to do with Islam and Muslims, Omer Jaleel Secretary Minorities’ Welfare of Telangana Government on Saturday called upon all Muslims to stand up against the terrorist group.
Omer Jaleel said the time had come for every Muslim to stand up and be counted against IS.
“Its acts of killing and burning people and committing other barbaric acts have nothing to do with Islam,” he added.
Jaleel said ISIL is a misnomer given that Islam means peace and tranquility.
“It should be called just a terrorist group,” he said.
Jaleel was speaking at a seminar under the theme of ‘ISIS, Interpreting reality’ organised by the Minorities Commission of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on Saturday, Sakshi newspaper reported.
Uniting in one voice against the terrorist group ISIS, Islamic scholars and eminent persons from Muslim community in India said the actions of the ISIS were not connected to anything that is Islam. Speakers including intellectuals, religious scholars, bureaucrats, lawyers and activists made suggestions to wean away youth from the ideology of the terror outfit.
The commission’s Chairman Abid Rasool Khan said the imams during their sermons next Friday will speak on the dangers posed by IS and to warn Muslim youth against falling into its trap.
The speakers said that IS had nothing to do with Islam and that its activities were in fact damaging Islam and Muslims across the world. They advised youth not to allow themselves to be misled by the propaganda of the terror group on social media.
The speakers suggested setting up a body for counselling youth arrested for allegedly trying to join IS.
Mohammed Ali Rafath, a former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, described IS as a global conspiracy to put Islam and Muslims on the defensive. He said IS was the product of the same forces that put up Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.
“By doing this, these powers have achieved their objective of diverting world’s attention from their atrocities in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine,” he said. Rafath said IS was part of the larger conspiracy by the capitalist and imperialist forces who want to grab precious resources of the region.
Blaming the US and its allies for creating chaos in Iraq and Syria by pitting Muslims against each other, he said, “If they don’t stay out of Muslim world it will cost them dearly tomorrow”.
Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, Secretary of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said a religion can’t be blamed for its misuse by a few people.
The religious scholar said that peace can be brought by ensuring justice and not by the use of force. He said the US and allies under a conspiracy created chaos in Asia and Africa for their own interests.
He appealed to the youth not to become tools in the hands of organizations like IS out of desperation.