A 40-year-old contractor from Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh has taken up a key role in a Muslim body’s fight against terrorism—translating anti-terror texts from Urdu to English and Hindi.
Mohd Zaid Khan, a post graduate in Mathematics, has taken a sabbatical from his construction and fabrication business and is busy translating texts that expose the anti-Islamic face of terror outfits like Islamic State, Taliban, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram.
A 44-page book titled ‘ISIS Daesh: Ek Aatish Va Ajmaish’ was translated from an Urdu book written by a Hyderabad-based cleric Syed Hussain Madni and was released recently.
“It is part of a mission by the sub sect of Sunni Muslims, Ahle Hadees,” Khan said, stressing that it was their attempt to stop the lure of extremist groups and their false ideology among youngsters.
Already 1,000 copies of the book embodying fatwas (edicts) by Muslim clerics, have been distributed and a thousand more are slated for distribution in Seoni.
“I am now working on a more refined Hindi and English version of this book to further broaden the base in our drive against terror,” he said.
Seoni has more than 15,000 Sunni Muslims loyal to Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind, the national body of Ahle Hadees followers. “With youngsters, particularly in neighbouring Maharashtra, falling prey to the terror and un-Islamic ideology of terror groups like ISIS, we’ve started a committed drive from Seoni to expose the true face of such outfits,” Ahle Hadees’s Seoni district secretary Maulana Abdul Qudoos ‘Umari’, said.
The programmes by Ahle Hadees in public places and mosques largely focus on telling youths that Muslim scholars across the world have issued fatwas against ISIS.
The taqreers (speeches) delivered by Ahle Hadees scholars and volunteers target the ISIS, by throwing light on the flawed idea of Jannat and Jihad being spread by the terror group.
“Islam has place for all colours, with particular preference for white, which symbolises peace and was espoused by the Prophet (Mohammed) himself. But all black colour worn by IS terrorists is proscribed by Islam, so the ISIS can never be Islamic,” Qudoos said.
The Jamiat is also planning to hold a major symposium against terror in Indore soon, he said.
Security and intelligence agencies have however kept a close watch on Ahle Hadees’s activities as the body has often been seen radicalising youths.
Reportedly, members of banned Students Islamic Movement of India, like 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts accused Abu Faisal alias Doctor, have revealed that they were inspired by Ahle Hadees’s ideology.
Qudoos, however, rejected the view. “The Ahle Hadees is a sect which doesn’t believe in violence and bloodshed, and has always been a preacher of peace.”
“Blunt opposition to terrorist activities has been the basic tenet of our ideology, hence projecting us as sympathisers of terror pains us,” he said.