Jamaat to campaign against ISIS

Taking a cue from its rival Muslim sects, the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind will undertake a campaign to deter Muslim youths from extremist ideologies.

September 16, 2015 12:00 am | Updated 10:07 am IST - Kozhikode:

Taking a cue from its rival Muslim sects, the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind will undertake a campaign to deter Muslim youths from extremist ideologies following the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)’s threat of spreading its tentacles among the community.

The Jamaat will hold a public meeting on “ISIS terrorism” with the participation of various Muslim organisations, including the different Sunni outfits, representatives of political parties, and social organisations, in Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram on September 19.

The development comes in the wake of several Gulf nations such as UAE deporting suspected ISIS activists to the State.

The organisation would observe Arafat Day on September 23 expressing solidarity with the Syrian refugees, against terrorism of ISIS and Western imperialism, Jamaat-e-Islami Kerala Ameer M.I. Abdul Azeez; Assistant Ameers Shaikh Muhammed Karakunnu and P. Mujeed Rahman; general secretary M.K. Mohammed Ali, and secretary Khalid Moosa Nadwi, told a news conference here on Tuesday.

Less than a fortnight ago, the Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen launched a campaign against the ISIS and the Al Qaeda.

Pointing out that the ISIS was misquoting the Koran to achieve its ends, Mr. Azeez said the brutality of that militant organisation led by Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi were un-Islamic. The Salafi and Jihad adopted and practised by ISIS were opposed to the values of Islam, he said.

Replying to a question on the allegation of other Muslim sects that the Jamaat had promoted radicalism among Muslim youths and such a stance had led to the existing situation, he said the organisation had always stood against extremism and terrorism. The Jamaat had been facing questions on fanaticism from its rivals now and then and it had been clarifying on this, Mr. Azeez said.

However, the office-bearers had to counter a barrage of unpleasant questions on the relevance of Khilaft in Islam and the role of the proscribed Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in endorsing the slogan “destroy nationalism — re-establish Khilaft” in the 1980s in the State.

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