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Islamic Judiciary & ISIS
27th October 2016|Articles

Islamic Judiciary & ISIS

Islamic Judiciary & ISIS

In response to Younus AlGohar’s article entitled Who Are the Yazidis and Why Do ISIS Want to Kill Them? Christopher M. wrote the following comment:

This was so deep – so serious. It honestly gave me a whole new perspective on religion. I was only able to understand the English part, as I am a 22 [year old] male, Bay Area native. But it was really encouraging to know get an insider’s point of view on the real war that’s going on in Iraq – the war on religion. ISIS’ message is so toxic and contradicting. They continue to exclaim “Islam!” but contradict the very idea of that religion. ISIS are killing innocence people, and forcing women to be their sex slaves. ISIS screams out the religion’s name – Islam – that stems from the very idea to never judge a person, as God will have the final judgement on judgement day; a.k.a. The end of your life. It’s an unfortunate thing to have to think about, that your life will come to an end, because we all have to come to a close. It’s an ugly truth, and for someone to wish that upon others are the real evil in the world. It has nothing to do with religion, evil just lingers in their core.

When this comment was shared with Younus AlGohar, he elaborated on the subject. 

What ISIS is doing cannot remotely be linked to Islam, to be honest with you.

Let me tell you what a majority of Muslims think about Islam. A majority of Muslims think that the tenets of Islam cannot be modified, changed or updated. Allegedly speaking, in order to be a pure and true Muslim, one must adhere to the philosophy of Islam as it was presented at the time of Prophet Mohammad. However, this is not true.

Islam, like any other religion in the world, needed to go through the process of spiritual evolution. This was due to the fact that in every new age, the way people live their life changes. Circumstances change. What was significant 1400 years ago appears to be insignificant today.

Therefore, there has to be divinely monitored modification. It would be done under supervision of a divine vicegerent – somebody who has been anointed by God to carry out what has been outdated in the fundamental tenets of Islam.

Killing somebody for any reason is strictly prohibited until that person is a criminal and a liability. But then, there are courts who will look into the matter. If the accused person is found to be a criminal, then obviously that criminal has to be punished. In the course of fulfilling the requirement of bringing the criminals to justice, if somebody is awarded capital punishment, that is not an act of tyranny.

However, if some Muslim organisations or Muslims individually assume that some other Muslims or non-Muslims are impure or not obedient to God, they do not have any right to kill anybody.

No court on Earth is permitted by God to punish somebody who doesn’t believe in God or to punish somebody who they think is impure in his practice of Islam.

Crimes against humanity can be dealt with by human beings on Earth. For example, if you kill somebody, human beings have been delegated by God to do justice and bring the criminal to the judiciary system. It is not like somebody is a killer and you on your own want to take the law in your hand and punish the criminal – this is not allowed. It is not permissible under any Islamic judiciary system.

If somebody you think is disobedient to God, again, it is not between you and him. It is between him and God. God is the master of the Day of Judgement. On the Day of Judgement God will decide what he wants to to do with that disobedient person. Maybe he can forgive him, and maybe he will want to punish him. It is entirely up to God.

You as a human being cannot punish people for crimes done against God or religion.

What ISIS is doing to Yazidi women is a brutal act of tyranny and nothing else. Making sex slaves isn to even remotely linked with any interpretation of the Quran and Islam. ISIS ideology is a criminal ideology. That is what it is.

According to the Quran, ‘Killing one innocent human being is equal to killing the entire humanity.’

According to Prophet Mohammad, you cannot even kill an animal. When Prophet Mohammad did not even allow Muslims to kill an animal, how can they kill innocent human beings?

The very act of suicide is strictly prohibited and unlawful in Sharia Law (endorsed by Prophet Mohammad by his custom and practice). When suicide is unlawful and there is a clear prohibition about suicide, how can somebody become a suicide bomber, kill himself and kill other human beings? How can anyone declare this sheer atrocity to be a favourable act of a a true believer (Momin) in the eyes of God?

This is ridiculing the religion of Islam. It has nothing to do with Islam. As far as the original form of Islam is concerned, this is absurd. This is nothing but tyranny and brutality.

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Who Are Yazidis and Why Do ISIS Want to Kill Them?
8th June 2016|ArticlesLecturesVideos

Who Are Yazidis and Why Do ISIS Want to Kill Them?

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I don’t think ISIS need a reason to kill anybody. They are unreasonable creatures. They are so strange, they’re even killing Muslims. What they’re doing is not actually in the interest of the religion of Islam.

However, it is very interesting to note that it has been projected by Wahhabis and ISIS/Daesh that Yazidis are allegedly devil-worshippers. This is what has been the fast-spreading rumour. This is an allegation.

Muslims, generally speaking, do not have enough knowledge about their own religion. Even those who are known to be Islamic scholars, their grasp on the knowledge is very superficial; I can’t even call it incomplete knowledge. It is just one layer of knowledge from many thousand layers of knowledge.

There is a saying from Mevlana Rumi, ‘Half-baked a doctor is dangerous to your health. Similarly, a half-baked scholar is dangerous to your faith and understanding of the faith.’

Recently, ISIS have set 19 Yazidi women on fire. They burnt them to death and the reason was that they refused them to become their sex slaves.

What has been spread as rumours is that the Yazidis are devil-worshippers, therefore, they do not have a right to live.

If you research their religion, their faith, their belief system, you will come to know they believe in God. Yazidis do not worship the devil. Those who are putting this false blame on them will be accountable to God on the Day of Judgement.

The Yazidi belief system preexisted Islam. Wahhabis, ISIS and other terrorist groups think Yazidis are the followers of Yazid ibn Muawiya. This understanding of these people is purely based on ignorance or perhaps they have concocted a story in order to make an excuse to go after the innocent Yazidi people.

The thing is, Yazidis are allegedly devil-worshippers and they are supposedly unholy, evil people; ISIS don’t like them, so then why do they want to have sex with them?

ISIS’s claim upon which they are murdering and executing Yazidi people is based on a lie and their lust. However, in the light of the Quran, I can safely say that ISIS and Wahhabis are devil-worshippers.

There is a verse in the Quran (45:23) that says, ‘Have you not seen the man who has made his desires as his Lord?’ They’re worshipping their Nafs (The satanic Jinn who lives inside everyone).

This word Yazidi comes from ‘Izd’, which refers to God. So Yazidi means, ‘Those who believe in God’.

Wahhabism

There are many people in this world who justify unholy and un-Islamic actions and deeds of Wahhabis and ISIS; They call it pure Islam. I understand they have this perception because they are not aware of the teachings of Islam, the true meaning of the Quran. The Quran does not ask its followers to go and kill people if they do not believe in Islam.

Whether it is Quran, Bible, Torah or Talmud, all these divine books are word of the same God. You cannot say the Quran is greater than the Bible or the Bible is greater than the Torah. The source is the same.

Unfortunately, for some reason, violence to a certain degree has always been part of every religion. If you read Bhagavad Gita of Sanatan Dharma (Hinduism), you’ll find out there is an element of violence; there have been wars (like Mahabharata). Then, if you read Torah, you’ll find out there have been incidents whereby violence was embraced and chosen as an answer to the uprise of disobedience from people.

The Quran is not a very easy book; it is a mysterious, sensitive book. It is not easy to grasp the meaning of the Quran without any divinely ordained mentor. Every single Tom, Dick and Harry who translates the Quran and tells us the interpretation of the Quran is an interpreter and mentor who is self-appointed and self-proclaimed. They are self-proclaimed Islamic scholars. So this interpretation is not coming from a source appointed by God.

The only true interpretation can come from a source which was ordained by God himself.

Wahhabism is not Islam. Wahhabism is not even an extreme form of Islam.

Whether or not you practise a religion, there is no such thing as extreme form of Islam or moderate form of Islam. According to the Quran (2:208), ‘Enter the religion of Islam thoroughly.’

So acting upon the directives, instructions and decree of God completely and thoroughly is what you need. If you call that extremism, it is not good. When you follow a religion very vigorously, religiously and thoroughly, you don’t become a hateful person.

Following a religion thoroughly will not incite you to kill others; what will incite you to kill others is based on your own opinion which you have declared to be part of the religion.

What is making you a hateful person, a fanatic, a terrorist, is not coming from Quran or Islam. It is coming from your own perception and understanding. If killing infidels was an order from God, then why do you preach the religion? Why not simply kill everybody? The next question is: everybody was an infidel at the time of Prophet Mohammad, why did Prophet Mohammad preach the religion of Islam? Why didn’t he kill them all? If you kill all the infidels, then nobody would have become a Muslim.

So this thought is not coming from God; it is coming from their own concocted and fabricated ideas and fantasies.

The Yazidi People and the Day of Judgement

As far as Yazidis are concerned: firstly they believe in God; they are not devil-worshippers. Even if they are devil-worshippers, who are you to punish them?

God has appointed a day, the Day of Judgement. This is when God will judge people. As long as somebody is still living, he may ask God to forgive him and God may forgive him. You cannot judge people until their file is closed and they have departed from this world. There is a time for repentance.

According to the Quran, ‘God is often forgiving.’ He can forgive anybody. He does not need permission to forgive anyone. He can forgive anybody for any number of sins, for any extreme of disobedience – because he is God.

So even if somebody is a devil-worshipper, it is between him and God. You are not qualified by God to act on behalf of God.

God has created hell and heaven; if you are punishing people here, then what about hellfire? Why do you want to judge people for God does it? God is going to judge people on the Day of Judgement; there will be witnesses, the angels. On top of everything, your actions and deeds will be presented in front of you. Your actions and deeds will speak for you. God is just; God does not use the name of religion for his personal agenda.  

[ISIS] want to rule the world and they’re using the name of Islam and the Quran. They want to fulfil their lustful desires and to do this, they call Yazidis as devil-worshippers.

No one on Earth is in a position to judge anybody.

God has appointed a time when everybody has lived his and her life, the world has come to a complete end, there is no more life on Earth or anybody else; all are summoned in the court of God. This is the time when – not any prophet, messenger or angel – only God will judge humanity. God will decide who is good and who is bad.

If you’re holding a sword, gun and pointing at people and making the excuse and saying, ‘They don’t believe in God, therefore they must be killed,’ you’re not serving the purpose of your religion. You’re actually bringing calamity upon your religion. You’re bringing a bad name for the religion.

I would like to say to the world that we respect Yazidis and we believe that they believe in God. We do not consider them to be devil-worshippers. However, even if they worshipped the devil, we wouldn’t be bothered because it is not our job to judge, persecute or execute people.

There is a day appointed by God: the Day of Judgement. God will judge them. It is up to God whether, having judged them, he wants to punish them or forgive them. If somebody is worshipping the devil, it is none of my business. This is my attitude.

Featured image sourced from Wikimedia Commons.

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