Muslim scholars in Agra expressed serious concern to check radical discourses to counter extremist ideology

Muslim scholars in Agra expressed serious concern to check radical discourses in order to counter extremist ideology

Agra,July7:With the increased radicalization of certain segments of Indian society in recent times, the Muslim scholars in Agra expressed serious concern over the trend and said that there was a pressing need to check radical discourses in order to counter extremist ideology responsible for violence and terrorism.

Talking to India Today, former principal of Intermediate College in Agra Shamshuddin said that due to the international crisis confronting Islam and Muslims, renowned muftis, preachers, scholars and politicians from Egypt, China, Uganda, North and South America recently underscored the need to fight against radicalisation propaganda.

The scholars from the world over held a meeting at Al-Azhar in Egypt, Shamshuddin said, agreed on pro-active confrontation against extremism, which was identified as a major threat to global peace.

Shamshuddin further said that the political and religious leaders, including the Saudi Deputy Minister of Islamic Affairs, called for the wresting of religious discourse from extremists and vested interests. It was also stressed that united efforts on religious, intellectual and political fronts are required to confront the deviant ideologies as the extremist ideology provides new entrants to the terror outfits as their cadre.

Shamshuddin said that the condemnation of terrorism, terrorist organizations and terror acts perpetrated by them against innocent people, should simultaneously target the extremist ideology as well. “Moreover, social media platforms, with their wider accessibility and reach have further vitiated the propaganda by terrorists, taking lead from radical ideologies, advocating violence in the name of false jihad,” he added.

HOW RADICALISATION BREEDS TERROR

Bhartiya Muslim Vikas Parishad chairman Sami Aghai said, “The extreme religious ideology acts as initiator as well as catalyst for violence and terrorism ultimately posing a threat to the world-peace and humanity.”

“The terrorist outfits such as ISIS, Al-Queda, Al-Shabab and of their ilk were built over the extremist ideology of a section of Wahabist and Salafist Islamic ideologies of past and present. The multi-faceted growth of terrorism may be checked and eliminated only by proactively targeting and neutralising extremist religious ideologies,” Aghai said.

Aghai further said, “The most dangerous extremist activities are generally based on exploiting religious activities that had no political purpose. These are related to collecting of funds, radicalised education, Dawah, misuse of print and social media which ultimately includes students, women and even foreigners in their lap. Extremist ideologies often exploit wars and illiteracy for their purpose.”

“They also over emphasize injustice being done to some Muslims and use it to plant the seed of extremism, ultimately engulfing whole of the society,” Aghai said, adding that “there is an urgent need to stop or discourage the radical discourse.”

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