Indian Muslims hold Counter-Extremism Conference, scholars warn against Radical groups

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Hyderabad — A counter-extremism conference was held at Hockey ground in the Hyderabad city of India on Sunday to educate and warn the youth of the Muslim community against the trends and patterns of the radical organizations like Muslim-Brotherhood, Hamas, Al-Qaeda, and ISIS.

Members of the pro-Salafi organization Ashaab-Ul-Yameen — ‘People of the Right-Side’ invited the scholars and preachers from the Ahle-Hadees school-of-thought to address the dangers and threats of the extremist organizations who exploit the emotionally charged-up youth for their ulterior agenda.

For the first time in the city, the scholars at the ‘Ashaab-Ul-Yameen Conference-2’ were very vocal and upfront to publicly mention the names of the radical groups who work under the pretention of Islamic awakening.

Shaykh Hussain Madani, vice president of the Telangana’s Jamiat Ahle-Hadees, congratulated the organizers of the conference and said, “Conferences like these should be held at the national and international levels in order to present the true understanding of Islam”.

Shaykh Hussain recalled his treatise, which he wrote in 2014 against ISIS, in Urdu and English, to expose the dangers of the terrorist organization. It was a peak time when the majority of the Muslims were sympathizing the organization for its so-called ‘Jihad’ against the west.

Shaykh Hussain said that being nationalistic and loving one’s nation is part of the innate human nature. He quoted traditional Muslim scholar Ibn Hajar to support his claim.

He said, “the love of nation made the Indian freedom fighters like Moulana Azad to oppose the partition of India and Pakistan”.

Shaykh Abdus-Salam Madani, vice president of the Chennai’s Jamiat Ahle-Hadees, spoke about the fraud and exploitation of the caliphate ‘Khilafah’ calls.

He said, “It’s day-dreaming and ignorance to think that all the current issues of the Muslims will disappear overnight by the arrival of caliphate”.

Shaykh Abdus-Salam warned against the Khomeini-influenced extremist organization Jamat-e-Islami, who doesn’t consider the fundamental and spiritual aspects of Islam as essential, who urge the youth to run after the so-called caliphate.

He held the Muslim-Brotherhood ideology responsible for the destruction of Syria, Libya and other parts of Middle-East.

“The proper methodology of Islam is to connect with the Rulers and the governments and advise them, instead of uprisings and protests to dethrone them and occupy their seats. Prophets never came to grab the governments; rather they came to call people to God’s path”, he added.

Shaykh Wajid Hasan, vice president of the Hyderabad’s Jamiat Ahle-Hadees, spoke about the life and teachings of the 18th century revivalist Imam Mohammed Bin Abdulwahab, and his alliance with Imam Mohammed Bin Saud to establish the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

He explained that the reason to choose the topic was to clear the cobwebs about the term ‘Wahabi’, which is often seen as a synonym to terrorism.

Shaykh Wajid said that most people confuse the African Wahabi-cult started by Abdulwahab Bin Abdurrahman Al-Rustam with the pristine movement of Imam Mohammed Bin Abdulwahab of Saudi Arabia. Rustam’s Khawarij-cult was all about bloodshed and terrorism, while Imam Bin Abdulwahab’s teachings are otherwise.

He said, the term ‘Wahabi’ was deliberately coined by Ottoman Turks to defame the movement of the revivalist, at a time when they were losing grip over the two holy cities of Makkah and Madina.

Shaykh Wajid praised the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the peace and stability it holds in the Middle-East region, while he attributed the success graph of the kingdom to the foundations laid by Imam Mohammed Bin Saud.

Shaykh Dr. Ajmal Manzoor Madani, lecturer at Mumbai’s Jamia-ut-Tawheed institute, spoke about the qualities and patterns of Khawarij terrorists, while exposing the double-standards of Islamist preachers like Yusuf Qardawi, Hasan Banna, Syed Qutb and Abul-Ala Maududi.

He said, “Muslims have always suffered due to the actions of Khawarij groups. Their emergence took place after Prophet Mohammed’s death, during the battles of Siffin and Nahrawan. And today, they brought destruction in Syria and Libya”.

Dr. Madani added, “Our youth work with emotions, not with their intellect, and due to this, they are hasty in calling Muslims as Kaafir, and waging war against them”.

He said that, youth are mostly oblivious to the Islamic Shariah, that’s the reason they resort to suicide bombing and bloodshed.

While exposing the double-standards of Islamist preachers, he said, “Look at the lifestyle of Qardawi, Banna, Qutb and Maududi. Their children are well-settled in the western countries, while they exploit your children for their goals”.

Director of IPlus TV, Shaykh Kifayatullah Sanabili explained how modern-day youth get misguided due to their abandoning of traditional scholars, and picking up the tools of self-study.

Shaykh Sanabili said that, correct and sound understanding of Islam comes through methodology of Prophet and his companions, while misguidance comes through self-amazement.

Eventually, Delhi-based Shaykh Mohammed Rehmani, president of Jamia Islamia Sanabil, warned against the self-professed preachers and callers of Islam.

Shaykh Rehmani said, “Islam is learnt while sitting at the doorsteps of real scholars, not through YouTube and social media celebrities. Unfortunately, today, we gauge a person’s knowledge of Islam based on the hits and views he gets on the YouTube videos, and this is a problematic situation”.

Shaykh Rehmani urged the Muslims to obey the law of the land, and never rebel against the establishment. He also asked them to stay away from the radical groups that promote the anti-state sentiments.

During a QA session, Shaykh Rehmani was asked about the extremist Islamist organization, Popular Front of India (PFI). Upon which, he expounded PFI’s affair, and called a spade a spade in terming the organization as an extremist cult that derives it methodology from the global Muslim Brotherhood’s militant outfit ‘Hamas’.

He quoted PFI’s chairman and said, “PFI follows Hamas model, not the Tablighi or Salafi model. Which indeed is a threat to the society”.

Shaykh Rehmani said that PFI works under different banners like Indian Fraternity Forum (IFF) and Indian Social Forum (ISF) in the Middle-East, while they have 16 different shades throughout India.

He urged the Ahle-Hadees followers and their chiefs to safeguard themselves against the PFI’s infiltration, and to warn against the influence of Muslim Brotherhood’s splinter groups like Jamat-e-Islami.

Further, Shaykh Rehmani awarded a memento to the organizers, and appreciated their efforts. Imam Khaled Basheer Mohammedi delivered the vote of thanks.

Around 900-1000 audiences showed up at the conference.

Milli Chronicle Media England, Ezal Magazine Saudi Arabia, Miftah Educational and Welfare Society, Azwa-Us-Salaf Educational and Welfare Society, and Ashaabul-Yameen Team sponsored the conference.