It was a great congregation. About 3 lakh Muslims had gathered at a single place at Malappuram in Kerala where the chairman of the Ma’din Academy, (external link) Sayyid Ibrahim Khaleel Bukhari, administered them the pledge against terrorism.
The intent of the congregation was to prevent terrorists from hijacking Islam.
With that in mind those present swore that ‘Even as we take pride in being Muslim, we respect and honour all other faiths and their followers. We will keep a continuous vigil against forces such as Islamic State that work to destroy the oneness of humanity.’ Ma’din Academy has 33 institutions with 20,000 students.
Bukhari told India, which has the third largest Muslim population in the world, must take the lead in guiding youngsters to the path of peace. There are many reasons behind young Muslims getting attracted to terrorism. If they had proper knowledge of religion, they would not have turned terrorists at all. They may have intellectual wisdom, but they have absolutely no knowledge of the religion. I would say that not a single person with knowledge of the religion has become a terrorist or a fundamentalist.
Another reason that drives them to terrorism is unemployment. When they have no job and so much time in their hands, these youngsters with energy get attracted to many unwanted things.
The third reason is when they see their religion being attacked they think they have to react and retaliate. That is because they do not know what they are doing.
About the Many youngsters become followers of IS after reading inflammatory material on the internet, he said that Yes. By reading all sorts of material on the internet, they get an improper knowledge of the religion. That is why it is essential to teach them what true Islam is.
On the incident of youngsters murdering innocent people who could not recite the Quran? He said that I feel extremely sad and I can only describe their actions as beastly. These beastly actions are the biggest blow and blemish that has happened to Islam.
I also have doubts about some external forces trying to infiltrate Islam to damage the reputation of the religion because a true Muslim will never be able to indulge in such barbaric activities.
He said “I would say that terrorism has no religion. A small segment of people from all religions are terrorists. These people have only one religion and that is terrorism.
You cannot blame an entire religion for the bad deeds done by a minority as they have no knowledge about what their religion teaches them.
These minorities create so many problems for the religion. You must understand that no religion, I repeat no religion, encourages fundamentalism.
When asked whether he thinks that such stereotyping of Muslims causes youngsters to join up with terrorist outfits?, he said that “Yes, it is one reason. Some might feel that the world was accusing them of something they didn’t do. It is like calling a man a thief when he is not one. It might even push him to be one in retaliation.
He said that fight among various governments, even within the Islamic countries, has lead to this situation. Those in the opposition try to take advantage of the ruling party by making use of these forces.