Tue. Oct 22nd, 2019

Abu Bakar Al Baghdadi’s claim of Caliphate and Paigham-e-Pakistan.

By Maemuna Sadaf

A few months back, the government has launched Paigham-e-Pakistan (Fatwa signed by scholars of all sects). The document has been compiled through efforts of International Islamic University. This is the counterpart of terrorist activities spreading on the name of Islam. After Al-Qaeda, now the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is gaining power in different countries of the world. ISIS has a stance to eliminate all those who are not willing to follow them.

Looking back towards history, Abu Bakar al Baghdadi is known as a specially designed global terrorist by the United States (U.S). He became the leader of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), alternatively termed as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) (DAISH, Arab abbreviation for ISIS).

Initially, Al-Baghdadi was not a terrorist. He was arrested by the US army in 2004. It is considered that Al-Baghdadi was interned from 2005 to 2009. He was kept under training in a U.S military camp. Later on, he was made the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq. He is a top agent of anti-Islamic forces. He was involved in masterminding suicide and terrorist attacks in Iraq (2011).

ISIL has expanded its operations to Syria in 2013. They got power in both Iraq and Syria. In Syria, as well Al-Baghdadi remained involved in sectarian killings, suicidal bombing, etc. In 2014, ISIL announced a worldwide caliphate Al-Baghdadi has claimed himself as Caliph of Muslims of the world. He stated that ISIL would march on Rome.

ISIL/ISIS is a terrorist organization which has damaged the interests of Muslim countries. It is responsible for destabilizing both Iraq and Syria, politically and economically. He has been widely used to harm the interests of Muslims and destroying the image of Islam internationally.

He became a sign of terror for other Sects in Iraq and Syria. He is even killing Jihadis of his own sect who are Salafi/ Wahabi. Muslims of the world are living in 57 countries with distinct culture and ethnicities, social and religious ideology. A person, who is harming interests of Muslims and killing Muslims, cannot be considered as a Caliph.

As per Shariah, a Caliph is responsible for the welfare of the state and lives of others. Shariah also disallowed killing of anyone either Muslim or disbeliever, else than war. He claimed Caliphate to denigrate ISIS in public perception. They are brainwashing the youth of the countries and commit the acts of faith-based violence.

Writing more! Reportedly, Al-Baghdadi is now casting an evil eye on Pakistan. He has been relocated to Afghanistan. Afghan land is previously used to harm Pakistan. Anti-Islamic forces have planned to harm Pakistan through ISIS and terrorism. Pakistan security agencies are already fighting against these so-called Jihadis.

Discussing more! The renowned Muftis and leading Ulema have put full trust in the Government of Pakistan and Armed forces. They issued a consensus FATWA, named as Paigham-e-Pakistan. Paigham-e-Pakistan (Fatwa) is to refute the extremist ideologies and terrorist outfits like ISIS.

It is a document signed by 1829 religious scholars belonging to all mainstream sects in the country. The Fatwa has declared suicide attacks against the state, spreading sectarianism and anarchy in the name of religion as Un-Islamic. According to this fatwa, the state and the government are Islamic in accordance with Shariah.

No individual or group can proclaim its rule and Jihad in the country. Jihad is not an individual act. The only state can announce Jihad. Fatwa denounces the use of force in the pretext of imposing Shariah. The said Fatwa brought all shades of religious opinion together to commit a unified stance against terrorism.

Concluding more! The general masses should reject the deception of Baghdadi and ISIS. People of Pakistan should offer full support to security forces to eliminate ISIS from the country. Armed forces are keen on fighting against such anti-state actors.

The whole nation stands besides Pakistan Army in this regard, and will not let ISIS gain power in the country. On the other hand, to put this narrative into effect, the state should revive the National Action Plan and follow its stipulations to the letter without any exceptions.


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