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Muslims across Asia reject ISIL ‘caliphate’

Unilaterally declaring a caliphate violates Islamic principles, according to Muslim leaders in Asia, who see ISIL as brutal, divisive and politicised.

By Khabar South and Southeast Asia
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Muslims scholars and leaders in Asia are rejecting a call by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to recognise a “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria.

Uploaded June 14th, this image from jihadist website Welayat Salahuddin allegedly shows Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants transporting captured Iraqi security personnel for execution in Salaheddin province. Muslim groups throughout South and Southeast Asia are denouncing ISIL’s self-proclaimed caliphate. [AFP]
Uploaded June 14th, this image from jihadist website Welayat Salahuddin allegedly shows Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants transporting captured Iraqi security personnel for execution in Salaheddin province. Muslim groups throughout South and Southeast Asia are denouncing ISIL’s self-proclaimed caliphate. [AFP]

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The Middle Eastern extremist group announced June 29th the establishment of a caliphate straddling both countries and said its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, “had accepted the pledge” to serve as “caliph of the Muslims”.

From South to Southeast Asia, leading Muslim figures and influential bodies condemned ISIL’s declaration as baseless and a violation of core Islamic principles.

“A war between the groups who want to establish themselves and fight to grab the land and resources is against the fundamentals of Islam and a serious crime,” Maulana Asad Khan Falahi, head imam at New Delhi’s India Gate Mosque, told Khabar. “Therefore, (it) can’t be construed as a caliphate. The loss of life and destruction of properties can’t be jihad and its outcome can’t be declared as a caliphate.”

In Indonesia, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) – one of the country’s most influential Muslim organisations – joined in denouncing ISIL.

“NU will focus on God’s command. NU will not accept a caliphate and considers the establishment of one by ISIL to be false,” NU cleric Malik Madani told Khabar. “The establishment of a caliphate can only happen when the entire Islamic ummah agrees to do so.

“ISIL does not have that condition. Muslims are scattered throughout countries and operate under laws of nation states.”

Muhammadiyah, Indonesia’s second-largest Muslim organisation, pledged not to engage with ISIL and al-Baghdadi.

“We see what they (ISIL) have done, furthering violence and conflict in the midst of the political realities in Muslim countries like Indonesia,” Muhammadiyah Secretary General Abdul Mu’thi told Khabar.

In his view, co-operation among nation states is needed instead of a hegemony imposed by ISIL.

“We should not be involved with ISIL because of our faith as good Muslims,” he added. “We will stand for the good, and political ambition is not always in line with what we believe. Therefore, Muhammadiyah rejects ISIL.”

“Islam has nothing to do with it”

In India, internationally renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan told Khabar that a caliphate required a free and fair election without discrimination against caste, creed or religion.

“The man who proclaimed himself as caliph has violated Islamic fundamentals and dishonoured sharia,” Khan said. “Let me put the record straight … there should be no confusion in anyone’s mind that the caliphate terminated with the tenure of Hazrat Ali (the Prophet Muhammad’s last caliph).”

Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, president of India’s Jammat-e-Islami Hind, said ISIL violated Islamic rules for selecting a caliph.

“We reject it and condemn the violence carried in the name of Islam in Iraq and anywhere in the world,” Umari told Khabar. “Islam has nothing to do with it, and Muslims should refrain from supporting any act which is against teachings of Islam.”

Similar views were expressed in Bangladesh.

“The existing democratic system of governance is flawless – we cannot certainly claim that,” said Kazi Nurul Islam, a professor of world religions and culture at Dhaka University. “But despite all the wrongs and weaknesses in the system, a caliphate is not a realistic alternative.”

Islami Oikyo Jote chairman Misbahur Rahman Chowdhury told Khabar, “Muslims themselves chose their own ruler…. Islam recognises democracy. In this world, there is no scope for embracing a caliphate.”

The view from the street

Bekasi, Indonesia resident Muhammad Abdul Khadir said he and his community have rejected ISIL efforts to recruit Southeast Asian Muslims.

“Our community leaders, religious leaders, and local police in Bekasi have placed pressure to dismiss the head of the Mosque Welfare Council (DKM) of Muhammad Ramadhan Mosque, Muhammad Nanang, after he voiced support for ISIL’s call for jihad,” Abdul told Khabar.

In Kuala Lumpur, Abdul Muis Bahri said he couldn’t understand why any Muslim would support ISIL.

“They are al-Qaeda affiliates and what they have done is only kill people, create insecurity, and shed innocent blood. We should provide more understanding to our younger generations and children,” he told Khabar.

Javed Ahmad, a student at Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi, urged Muslim scholars to help prevent young people from being lured into the clutches of groups like ISIL.

“It is the responsibility of Muslim scholars to react immediately and spread awareness among the masses,” he said. “Otherwise, it will add more fuel to the violence that is carried out in the name of sectarianism.”

“What could be worse than Muslims killing each other in the name of Islam and all of them claim they are true representatives of God?” Ahmad asked.

Even hardline group Hizbut Tahrir has directed its members to not support the concept of al-Baghdadi’s caliphate, according to Abdul Hakim Othman, a spokesman in Malaysia.

“Muslims are scattered to all nations,” Abdul told Khabar. “Therefore, the establishment of ISIL as a caliphate is rhetoric only, without legitimacy.”

Aditya Surya in Bekasi, Alisha Nurhayati in Kuala Lumpur, Altaf Ahmad in New Delhi, and Shahriar Sharif in Dhaka contributed to this report.

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sheikh ManzoorAugust 18, 2014 @ 07:08:53AM

To criticize khelafat is un Islamic,R munafiks,fake Muslims, agents of kuffar,we should criticize person not khelafat .Mehdi a.s ,last khalefa will establish global khelafat,will crush munafikeen who divided Islam into sects and groups I sheikh Manzoor support khelafat ,but do not know much about ISL khelafat tehreek munafik Muslims should not criticize khelafat
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মাওঃমনির আহমদ আরশাদীAugust 12, 2014 @ 10:08:43AM

I think those who are opposing the jihadists are the slaves of the Jews. I would like to tell them, when all the disbelievers of the world have joined together to kill the Muslims, at that time slaves like you are sleeping without any worries. When the soil of many countries of the world including Iraq, Syria, Myanmar, China, Gujarat, Afghanistan, and Kashmir are becoming red by the blood of Muslims, at that time cowards like you do not even dare to protest against them. Whereas some young men are sacrificing their lives and sacrificing the love for their wives and children and trying to save the Muslims and that made you irritated! Did you think that what you would answer to Allah? So, do not try to spread false propaganda, instead join with them to save the oppressed Muslims.
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KalamAugust 8, 2014 @ 04:08:26AM

Are you a stupid? How did you know what the people of Asia rejected? You are a tout.
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দেলোয়ারAugust 7, 2014 @ 12:08:54AM

Brother! There are many mistakes in your information. For example, you mentioned the name of the organization as ISIL. But this is not correct. The correct name is ISIS. And please refrain from publishing such false information. Otherwise, Allah’s wrath would come down soon.
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nomanAugust 3, 2014 @ 10:08:08AM

Muslims from all over the world please boycott Israeli products
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RAZU ahammedAugust 2, 2014 @ 09:08:58PM

Know the important news everyday.
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nomanAugust 2, 2014 @ 12:08:55PM

There is no Islam in ISIS because they demolished the shrine of Yunus (PBUH) where people used to worship his grave. They have killed innocent (!) Shias who raped thousands of Sunni women! Who are the agents of the USA, who were involved in the murder and rape of the Sunni Muslims during the US attack. Yes, there is Islam in the so called democratic Islamists who grovel the West! Who kept people infatuated with democratic Islam for year after year. My question is, the caliphate of ISIS is not appropriate because they kill people, so, when would you establish caliphate by sitting in an air-conditioned room? If Baghdadi is a self-proclaimed Caliph then you are self-proclaimed frauds who are continuously selling the dream of the Muslims.
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مبشرAugust 13, 2014 @ 06:08:41AM

Muslims only worship Allah and thy don’t worship grave of Jonah. Its true that they have killed but only armed Shia Its not true that they have raped. Either you read the propaganda of hypocrites or falsely blame Yes, its true that majority of so called Muslims is busy in flattery of west.
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لیاقتJuly 31, 2014 @ 12:07:19AM

If ISL is real followers of Islam then why don’t they attack Israel (who is killing Palestinian Muslims and attacking through airplanes)? Why Dagish Commander went to Israel and and helping them in their plan? This trip was made public by a girl who came out of the cursed Jihad Al-Nikah. Answer that ????????????????
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Muhammad sumon bhuiyanJuly 30, 2014 @ 10:07:03AM

This is a hypocrite organization. They are the enemy of Islam.
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مبشرAugust 13, 2014 @ 06:08:51AM

First you have to understand Islam correctly
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a.quddusAugust 17, 2014 @ 01:08:43AM

I agree with it.
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Monjur AhmedJuly 30, 2014 @ 04:07:57AM

Moulana Misbaur Rahman of Bangladesh is a hypocrite. If you can, please provide the opinion of the scholars of Daubond of India and the scholars of Hathajari then I would believe you. A scholar of Daubond was agreed with what I heard.
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SaifJuly 29, 2014 @ 12:07:05PM

This is a purposeful article. None of our present Muslims are 100% good, but ISIL is better than us.
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مبشرAugust 13, 2014 @ 06:08:57AM

I agree with you
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sharifulJuly 27, 2014 @ 01:07:03PM

All the commenting scholars are the servants and agents of the USA and they are fake scholars. I want to tell those agents, “You show us by doing a jihad”. How your fathers give you bamboos.
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Tahasin IslamJuly 26, 2014 @ 07:07:46AM

If you combine all the certified scholars you would see that every one of these groups are calling the others as liars. So, who is a scholar? Scholar is not a certificate of a Madrasha but only Allah has the authority to decide about this. So, before accepting a person’s opinion, check it …. Not only as a Muslim but also as s human being you have complete right to know, inform and give information about Islam. And we will accept the opinion of the person who is truthful and correct, who can present evidence… irrespective of his profession, he might be a simple farmer or a shoemaker.
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مبشرAugust 13, 2014 @ 06:08:43AM

very good comment
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এশিয়ান নাগরিকJuly 25, 2014 @ 01:07:19PM

When did i say I “reject ISIL ‘caliphate'” ??? Did you ask me? Stop using my name!
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SAFWANJuly 24, 2014 @ 05:07:30AM

REALLY THAT SCHOLARS ARE NOT BELIV ABLE
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SyeefJuly 22, 2014 @ 10:07:46PM

oi… i am a Muslim from Southeast Asia, Bangladesh. when did i say i “reject ISIL ‘caliphate'” ??? did you ask me? stop using my name!
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md mahmud nahidJuly 20, 2014 @ 08:07:34AM

I think the scholars who were quoted in this article are not completely reliable scholars. And the person from Bangladesh who was mentioned in this article is not a scholar at all. So, I could not agree with you in such a religious topic. Please quote the sayings of the leading scholars. Then people would accept without any question.
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مبشرAugust 13, 2014 @ 06:08:57AM

Your answer leaves the editor of this news paper with nothing to say
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Mushtaq MasroorJuly 18, 2014 @ 01:07:25PM

your working is smart and marvellous. Why there is criminal silence of world regarding philistine
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shoiabJuly 18, 2014 @ 01:07:44AM

i really dont know being such a powerful country,why other Islamic country is not coming forward,why depend upon others..if you c inside your heart we are wrong some where that’s why they takes an advantage..our religion never asked to fight with anyone,if we are not following the direction of our prophet then we are not Muslim.please unit together and help each other then c no body dares to c us also..STOP POLITICS..
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abir akashJuly 15, 2014 @ 06:07:00AM

I liked it.
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