Muslim body goes online to counter ‘misinterpretation of Islam’ by IS

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 24, 2015 01:15 IST
File photo of Kashmiri protesters displaying the flags of IS and Pakistan flag during a protest against the alleged desecration of Jamia Masjid by police in Srinagar, Jammu-Kashmir. (HT file photo )

To counter the propaganda of terror outfit Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (IS), prominent Muslim organisation Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind is planning to move into the online space, said Mahmood Madani, general secretary of the organisation.

The Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind said it may soon start a Facebook page and a Twitter account.

“We will move into the online space but with a plan. The IS is very active in the online space. Starting a Facebook page and Twitter account can be the beginning. We are preparing to counter the ideological misinterpretation of Islam by the IS,” said Madani, who is also a former Rajya Sabha member.

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“The Islamic State is the most un-Islamic outfit as it kills innocent people. It tarnishes the image of Islam. There is no justification for killing innocents in Islam,” Madani said, adding few “misguided boys” in India had joined the IS compared to the massive recruitment in Europe and the US.

“Peace is in the DNA of Indians. India being a democracy also helps as it allows us to chose our own government, express our opinion and follow any religion,” said Madani.

When asked about the reason behind the growth of IS, he attributed it to the policies of the US and Western countries.

“The invasion of Iraq was the biggest mistake,” Madani said.

The organisation had also organised a protest against the IS in more than 70 cities across the country on Wednesday.

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