Wednesday, September 3, 2014
'Supporting the ISIS Caliphate Is Binding On All Muslims, ISIS Fulfils Maulana Azad And Maududi's Aspirations For The Islamic Caliphate,' Says Jamaat-e-Islami Hind
New Age Islam Edit Desk
26 August 2014
Supporting The ISIS Caliphate Is Binding on All Muslims says Jamaat-e-Islami Hind in the various editorials appearing in its mouthpiece, the Dawat. It asks Indian Muslims to support and glorify ISIS and Boko Haram. In its view, ISIS fulfils Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Abul Ala Maududi's aspirations for the Islamic caliphate.'
We are presenting below English translations of the editorial notes and articles of Jamaat-e-Islami India’s mouth piece the Dawat’s 22 August and 25 August 2014 editions.
The first article criticises the secular, progressive Muslim intellectuals and activists participating in the press conference held in Delhi on 19th August to condemn the atrocities perpetrated by the ISIS against Muslims, particularly Shias, Christians, Kurds and Yazidis in Iraq in the name of Islam. The editorial calls all the participants stooges of the US and the Zionist forces and ignoramuses who do not understand the reality of the ISIS.
'ISIS fulfils Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Abul Ala Maududi's aspirations for the Islamic caliphate'
The second article published in 25 August edition of Dawat glorifies the ISIS and tries to convince the Muslims to welcome its so-called Caliphate instead of condemning and criticising it. In fact it says that supporting the ISIS caliphate is binding on all Muslims. The argument it presents in its favour is that the announcement of caliphate by Baghdadi is a far more powerful step than the powerful lectures and writings of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Abul Ala Maududi who, according to the author or the editorial board of Dawat, had aspirations for the Islamic caliphate. In their words, Abu Bakr Baghdadi is a greater Islamic personality than Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and even the founder of Jamaat-e-Islami Maulana Abul Ala Maududi because Baghdadi has given a new lease of life to the concept of Khilafat which the two Islamic scholars wanted materialized.
However, the author of the Dawat editorial board forgets that neither Maulana Maududi nor Maulana Abul Kalam Azad were advocates of Khilafat. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was an Indian nationalist and opposed the idea of or the demand for a separate Islamic state, leave aside Islamic Khilafat. Maulana Maududi’s Jamaat-e-Islami too opposed a separate state for Muslims and even after the creation of Pakistan, Maulana Maududi, at the most, wanted a theocratic democracy, much in line with the democratic power structure of Iran. The spiritual father of Pakistan, Iqbal too advocated for Spiritual or Social Democracy for Pakistan and not Khilafat.
Earlier in one editorial note, the editors defended Boko Haram, the most notorious terrorist outfit in Nigeria saying that the abductions of Muslim schoolgirls by them was a US propaganda to attack Muslim countries.
The biweekly Dawat, the mouthpiece of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, has been regularly publishing such misleading editorials and articles that glorify the ISIS, Boko Haram and other Islamic terrorist and extremist organisations that work in violation of Islamic teachings and on sectarian lines. The ISIS has been killing Shias, Kurds, Christians and Yazidi minorities, either confining them without food or water and abducting their women for forcible marriages and sexual exploitation or forcing them to leave their ancestral land for belonging to a different religion or sect than theirs. According to the editorial team of Dawat, the Muslims should ignore such chilling murders and sexual exploitation of women because they have ‘given the concept of Khilafat a new lease of life’ which even Maulana Azad and Maulana Maududi could not achieve.