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Sadiq concerned at rising terrorism

EXPRESSING CONCERN over the rising wave of terrorism, senior vice-chairman of All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) Dr Kalbe Sadiq said that people in the garb of Al Qaeda could not be called followers of Islam. Dr Sadiq said a ?Muslim could not be a criminal and vice versa?. He said there was also no place for reactionary forces in Islam. He said Muslims had no ?religious right? to kill non-believers.

india Updated: Nov 04, 2006 01:44 IST
M Hasan

EXPRESSING CONCERN over the rising wave of terrorism, senior vice-chairman of All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) Dr Kalbe Sadiq said that people in the garb of Al Qaeda could not be called followers of Islam.

Dr Sadiq said a “Muslim could not be a criminal and vice versa”. He said there was also no place for reactionary forces in Islam. He said Muslims had no “religious right” to kill non-believers. He said those killing “non-believers” had been, in fact, killing Islam. He, however, also assailed the Western arms industry, which did not want peace in the world.

Pointing out that the Muslims had drifted away from chosen path Dr Sadiq said that in a highly “rational religion” of Islam the community had become an “emotional commodity”. He said slogans and emotions had overtaken basic tenets of “reasoning, wisdom and justice”.

Delivering three-day lecture session on “Islam versus Muslims” here on Friday Dr Sadiq said instead of taking Islam from its roots in Medina, Najaf and Karbala, the community had diverted its attention to local Shia and Sunni seminaries. Dr Sadiq said that misdirected emotions had only complicated the problem for the community.

He said whatever Muslims had been doing could not be within the ambit of Islam. Tracing the history of violence in Islam Dr Sadiq said Kharjites (outcaste from Islam) were active during the period of Prophet Mohammad and they were active now also in the garb of terror outfits.

He said, “Muslim is something else and Islam is something else”. The activities of Muslims could not always have sanction of Islam. He said the present deplorable situation was just because of ignorance.

Dr Sadiq said “Islamic signboard” of beard could not guarantee that the person was truly a Muslim. Dr Sadiq said instead of looking at local seminaries the community should try to drive strength from roots of Islam.

Emphasising that he was opposed to “Zionism” and not Jews, Dr Sadiq said the community had flourished worldwide because of its approach and assimilation. Dr Sadiq said the teachings of Prophet Mohammad and Imam Ali were for peace and co-existence but Muslims, both Shias and Sunnis had forgotten them and had been fighting with each other. He said there was an urgent need for attitudinal change to stop further drift.