By Pragya Jha
A powerful voice emerged in the name of Tufail Ahmad for reformation in Islam particularly in India. Tufail Ahmad is a key expert in National Security of India, which is currently siege by Jihad.
In his recent book Jihadist Threat To India: The Case for Islamic Reformation by Indian Muslim ,he has done an in- depth study about Jihad, terrorism in India, and its Global Implication.
Ahmad had been a student in madrasa in Bihar and worked at BBC. He has examined the Jihadi literature extensively.
Jihad and Pakistan’s War on India
As per Ahmed’s details, Al Qaeda threats to India has risen with the help of Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He further explains that ISIS is radicalizing Muslims from a no. of states in India.
He reveals the association of Jihad to Pakistan’s history and its identity as a nation. Pakistan is a state that is training Jihadi warriors and promoting Jihadi sympathies. This mentality is spread in Pakistani Textbooks too, that teach students to hate India with religious inflammation.
Pakistani Jihadi is not just confined within India but it controls the minorities of the country, particularly Balochistan, which is subjected to the brutal violence of Pakistan. This is because Pakistan identity is defined by its religion and becomes unstable when people arouse to their local needs.
Ahmad also unveils Saudi Arabia’s support for Pakistan as well as Global Jihad. Saudi Arabia’s support can be seen through its well funded networks in madrasas. Sympathy to jihadists’ activists is taught in Deobandi schools funded by Saudi itself.
Jihad is not about the Muslims who are poor or unemployed rather it is about the young Muslims who live in western countries and feel culturally rejected or inferior.
Putting it in a simple way, Jihadist terrorism is a proxy war. It cannot expand without considerable state support. Pakistan persist the focus of this war relative to India, with the help of Saudi Arabia and Islam’s outdated theology as its ideology.
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Call for reform in Islam
Ahmad raises persuasive case for the reform in Islamic Society by promoting secular education for Muslims youth, particularly for the girls who are between the ages of 6-14. It is sad that neither the government nor the NGOs are taking up the cause of modern education for Muslim children, especially girls.
Some Muslims may not be glad by Ahmad’s call for reform combined with India’s national security interest. But the fact is that Jihad is a great danger for both Muslims as well as Non-Muslims.
Jihadists Threat to India should be read carefully by all Indians who are concerned about their country’s future and also by those who wants to know the roots of global jihad.
Reformers such as Tufail Ahmad should be supported as the solution of these problems are likely to come up by their insights.
Pragya Jha is a student of Journalism and mass communication from New Delhi.Twitter: @pragya1527Click here for reuse options!
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