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Jihad’s cancer Can be destructed by reformation in Islam

Tufail Ahmad becomes the voice of reformation for Islam to eradicate Jihad.

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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.

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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 Pakistan persist the focus of this war relative to India, with the help of Saudi Arabia and Islam’s outdated theology as its ideology.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.

Reference: http://www.dailyo.in/politics/jihadist-threat-to-india-tufail-ahmad-terrorism-al-qaeda-isis-pakistan-islam-balochistan/story/1/10356.html

Pragya Jha is a student of Journalism and mass communication from New Delhi.Twitter: @pragya1527

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Will prohibiting Burqa result in freedom from under house arrest or religious bias?

According to Islam, it is not necessary to cover the face.

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Due to Burqa women can go and vote multiple times. This increases corruption in the election. Wikimedia Commons
Due to Burqa women can go and vote multiple times. This increases corruption in the election. Wikimedia Commons

In recent years there have been several incidents involving the Burqa. In 2009, a state college in Karnataka told a student she was not allowed to attend classes wearing a Burqa. It was later reported that the young girl reached a “compromise arrangement” with the college but did not continue in the same college. Days later, violent protests sparked in Hyderabad after a college principal allegedly told students not to wear a Burqa.

But opposite episodes have also occurred. In July 2010, a teacher at Kolkata’s Aliah University, which has a focus on Islamic studies, was not allowed to teach without a Burqa. The report followed an official notice released in April 2010, in which the university dismissed suggestions it enforced a dress code, mentioning specifically the use of the Burqa within its campus.

There is steep rise in the cases related to crime against burqa clad women. Wikimedia Commons
There is a steep rise in the cases related to crime against Burqa-clad women. Wikimedia Commons

At some point imposing a ban on Burqa will be beneficial…
Point 1:
According to Islam, it is not necessary to cover the face. Hands and face can be uncovered. So banning won’t conflict freedom of practicing religion. And it will not be against any religion.
Point 2:
There are security issues. Imagine man/women under burqa leaves a bag in a public place which later blasts. Now, what do police have? CCTV cameras, forget face they cannot determine if is it male or female due to Burqa. It is the biggest security Loophole.
Point 3:
Many Muslim women do not have a bank account because they are not allowed to cover their face in bank premises. If you didn’t know then yes you cannot cover your face with bank premises and ATM.
Point 4:
It’s easy to have multiple voters ID. Due to Burqa women can go and vote multiple times. This increases corruption in the election.
Point 5:
Crimes under Burqa are on the rise. Murder, kidnapping, robbery are been carried out using Burqa. It’s the biggest advantage for criminals.

What Noorjehan Safia says…
Noorjehan Safia Niaz, a founding member of Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, a movement which works to improve the status of Muslim women in India, said security concerns have not been a major issue when it comes to dressing. “Muslim women in India comply with all the laws. They are active participants when it comes to elections and has their photos on their passports. So identification and security have never been an issue as such,” she said.
Discrimination, however, has sometimes caused problems, said Ms. Niaz. “There are cases when women are not considered for a particular job because they wear a Burqa. In such cases, women have negotiated. They do not wear Burqa while at work but before and after it they put it on.” Overall, Ms. Niaz said that women themselves – not the law – should decide what to wear. “Let each woman decide what she wants to wear. Neither can you enforce a ban on Burqa nor can you force women to wear it.”