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New Delhi: Scholars and Muslim leaders say that Indian Muslims are not attracted to Islamic Radical groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda. ” Indian Muslims are not attracted to their ideologies”, asserted Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The minister, while speaking at a conference at the Maulana Azad Urdu University of Hyderabad in Lucknow, said the terror organisation could not dominate in India because of the cultural and family values being practised here. “India is the only country where Muslim families stop their children when they get deviated from the right path. Only Indian Muslim families do this,” he said.

Muslim scholars and clerics agreed.

Zameer Uddin Shah, Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University said, “Indian Muslims follow the tenets of Islam which prescribes the use of force only in self-defence”.

Ruling out any liking for ISIS ideology among Indian Muslims, Maulana Abdul Hamid Nomani, Secretary of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, said: “Indian Muslims hate ISIS and such radical groups”. The Jamiat is an amalgam of Indian Muslim scholars.

“There are very few people who support them and such people exist in every society. An Indian Muslim has no reason to get attracted to the organisation as it is anti-Islam,” said Nomani.

Agreeing to Singh’s claim, Zafar-Ul-Islam Khan, the editor and publisher of a fortnightly magazine, The Milli Gazette, said Muslims in India were not taught to be pro-violence. “It is in our upbringing not to opt for any violent means. We are peace lovers,” Khan said.

However, he questioned the harassment of some Indian Muslims on the suspicion of being linked to ISIS. “It is good that the government believes so, but why do the agencies harass Muslims over suspicion of being linked to ISIS?” he asked.

The issue of harassment is also taken up by Asaduddin Owaisi, President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen party. “Muslims are being tortured and harassed in various ways. It is very important for the establishment to look into these matters and not to let them escalate,” Owaisi said.

He said Muslims as a community could not be attracted to anti-national activities or any group like ISIS. “Muslims fight against discrimination and administrative issues, not against the nation. Muslims are as much Indians as any other person from a different community,” he said.

Another scholar, Sheikh Showkat, a professor at the Central University of Kashmir, also voiced his concern over the harassment of Indian Muslims. “Despite the fact that there is no reason for Indian Muslims to get radicalised, the harassment of Muslim youth continues,” Showkat said.

“In India, there are no such crises like in Middle East countries. And the cultural implications are such that no one would want to join such organisations, but if they are pushed to the wall and the state is extreme towards Muslims, radicalization can occur in future,” he added.

Officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), after deliberations with state governments and agencies like the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), have opted for counselling sessions for the “radicalised” youth. In many cases, parents have reported to police about their children “deviating” from norms and have asked for help in making them come back to the right path.

It is reported that over the last one year, more than 25 youths have been identified as those who got inspired by ISIS and wanted to join it.

Mohammad Anees Khan, a student agrees that there is no liking for terror organisations. He, however, says that alienation felt by Muslim youth could be a problem in future.

“Muslims are increasingly alienated, globally. Despite development, Muslims are still wallowing on the margins. Being in the radar of security agencies in India, Muslims have to prove their patriotism time and again”, Anees said.(IANS)

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Hinduism Acts As a Boundary for the Spread of Radical Islam in India: Chinese Media

The article called attention to the solid impact of Hinduism in India

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Sep 03, 2014: Muslims in India generally stayed unaffected from the radicalization of Muslim gatherings in different parts of the world in light of the strong impact of Hinduism in the nation, which has established a mark of itself by going past a religion to end up plainly as a lifestyle and a social establishment, said the state-run Chinese media on Wednesday.

Adulating Hinduism for helping India setting up an ever lasting attachment towards the religion among different sects, an article in Global Times, titled – “Hinduism tied to India’s geopolitical standing” said that Hinduism made India a boundary for the spread of radical Islam on the global geopolitical scene.

The article asserted that-

Why does it seem that Muslims in India have remained largely apart from the radicalization that has happened to Muslim groups in other parts of the world? Indian Muslims seldom have extreme organizations compared with groups in many other Asian countries. In the southern part of the Philippines, extremists backed by Islamic State have turned their occupied cities into horrible places. In southern Thailand, terror attacks staged by Muslim extremists take place almost every week.

The article called attention to the solid impact of Hinduism, the dominant religion of India while answering the question: Why does it seem that Muslims in India have remained largely apart from the radicalization that has happened to Muslim groups in other parts of the world? 

“Like many other religions, Hinduism has its extreme side, but for the most part, its more moderate side has the strongest influence. Perhaps it is this more moderate influence that has helped establish India’s lasting cohesion and is one of the reasons that the country has not separated”

Indians take pride in the Mughal Dynasty, the time of history which was built up by Muslims, not even by the Hindus, however, there was a strong Hindu influence in that time also.

“In the long history of India, Hinduism has gone far beyond a religion to become a lifestyle and social institution. Both its extreme and tolerant sides have constituted the foundation for its relationship with Muslims and this dual character is going to exist for a long time,” it said.

The consequence of this relationship has made India a hindrance for the spread of radical Islam on the global geopolitical scene.

Also Read: How Hinduism is Interpreted by Western Indologists-David Frawley. Wendy Doniger. Koenraad Elst

The article brought up that the absence of Islamic fanatics in India has established its role in Asia and it has been thought about by the US, Japan, Russia and European nations as well.

“In the future, India is sure to continue to stand out in geopolitical significance when it comes to increasing religious and ethnic conflicts around the world. Where China is concerned, this significance should not be ignored”, the article concluded.


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