New Deli : The Popular Front of India (PFI), which may face ban for allegedly having terror links, has condemned the alleged attempts to show the organisation in bad light by the Central government agencies and the Sangh Parivar.
Originated in Kerala the cadre-based Muslim organization having the largest followership across the country has been organising a series of rallies across the country on the theme ‘WE ALSO HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY’ since the report surfaced that the Centre is contemplating to ban the organisation to counter the “propaganda” and let people and the government listen to its version.
The PFI said that attempts were made in the past also to ban the organisation but without any success. It is pointing out to the “threat of communal forces looking to disturb peace and harmony”.
MuslimMirror spoke to PFI Chairman E Abubacker on the allegation levelled against the organisation and government’s possible move to ban the outfit.
Here’re the excerpts:
MM: The PFI is accused of having links global terror outfit Islamic State (IS). Why hasn’t the organisation clarified its stand on IS in clear terms?
E Abubacker: As a part of the vilification and demonization campaign, it is being alleged that the Popular Front of India has not taken a clear stand opposing the IS. This is not true. From the very time the name of ISIS was first mentioned, we looked at it with suspicion because of a few mysteries surrounding it: where did this new caliphate rise out of? How come it just came into being all of a sudden? How can it call itself religious, far from defining itself as Islamic when its primary known activity is killing of innocents? This act is unknown to Islam. The only people who have faced its wrath so far are the Muslims themselves.
So from the very start, we have prevented any curiosity amongst our members by educating them about these irregularities.
MM: Has the PFI taken any step to counter this group or to prevent its members from being attracted to its ideology?
E Abubacker: The organization in its internal and external programmes warned its members and educated the general public about the dangers of browsing the internet without care, cautioning them against believing whatever is propagated without questioning the authenticity of the quotes or the basis of its arguments.
The organization also used its publications to spread this view about the idiocy of joining a mysterious outfit like ISIS and sacrificing precious life in the mistaken notion that it would bring rewards in the akhirah (hereafter).
Writers and speakers close to our organization have conveyed this view through their writings and speeches.
MM: What is IS from your viewpoint? And what can it achieve in the end?
E Abubacker: Popular Front is of the view that the IS is a fascist and un-Islamic for the following reasons:
(1) There is no more tradition of khalifat (caliphate). The IS is also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or sometimes referred to as ‘Daish’ in Arabic. There is no tradition in Islam that somebody wearing a turban and raising a black flag with ‘Kalima’ inscribed on it can declare that he is the ‘khalifa’ and all others are bound to obey him.
In the summer of 2014 after capturing Mosul, one mysterious man changed his name from Ibrahim-bin-Awad to Abu Bakr-al-Baghdadi and proclaimed himself as the khalifa.
Islamic history is full of such frauds and they have never been recognized by the Muslim ummah (community) and promptly forgotten. Most of them had a very tragic end.
- As reported in the media, the outfit is notorious for using terror to assure obedience in the territories it controls and has killed hundreds of people on the charge that they have deviated from “true path”. Crucifixion, one of the most heinous form of punishment known to humanity is easily handed out as punishment and even slight disagreements are dealt with severely. Some media reports state that beheadings and selling of non-Muslim women as sex slaves are common among them. Ethnic cleansing of Yasidis, a small religious cult which had lived in Iraq for centuries, was justified quoting some obscure sentences from outdated fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) books.
- The IS has no internal democracy which is mandatory in Islam and decisions are arbitrary and dictatorial. The world has no information about their administration. Fear is the major tool of the administration, which is against the basic Islamic concept of justice.
- The outfit was in fact helping the terror campaigns of Bashar al–Assad of Syria by dividing the democratic struggle of the Syrians. Syrian govt forces or Russians never attacked the IS seriously but used it to term any freedom activity in Syria and Iraq as terrorism.
- There is a lot of mystery about the relationship between the IS and Zionist Israel. The former Israeli Defence Minister Bogie Yaalon himself admitted that Israel had close relations with the IS and they would prefer the IS rather than the democratic forces in Syria.
- There is also mystery about the relations between the IS and America. It should be noted that America waited for long to put the outfit on their terror list.
- The IS practices terrorism without limits in the Middle East and in the West. They justify attacks on innocents living in a non-Muslim environment for their political objectives like they claimed to have done in Paris and Brussels.
- Similar to the RSS, the IS opposes the pluralistic nature of the society. Just like the RSS, it is secretive, promotes unquestioned authority, does not entertain difference of opinion, imposes will of a secret union and uses violence to impose its will. All these are characteristics of fascism. Just like the RSS, it uses religion to spread their narrow concept of statehood in which people different from them are second class, or unprotected slaves. Like the RSS, it relies on well-planned propaganda through many platforms and tell lies to the world.
MM: So what do you have to say about the claim that the PFI is the recruiting ground for the IS in Syria and Iraq?
E Abubacker: That is a ridiculous allegation levelled by some sections of the media against us. As you may have understood by now, we consider the IS to be a mysterious organization with more of a likely hood of it being a crony of the United States and Israel to pursue their political interests in Islamic countries.
So, how does this conspiracy theory hold that we are a recruiting ground for the IS? In fact, only less than five youth, who were with us and who were expelled from the organization for deviation from our ideology, are now being tried for plans to join the IS.
MM: What would you say as your conclusion about the IS to our readers?
E Abubacker: It is the duty of every Muslim to be vigilant about the well organized propaganda of such outfits, which attracts youth who are in search of thrill and adventure. Ignorant of the real nature of Islam and worried about attacks on Islam and Muslims, some people in India and many more in the Middle East and the West have travelled to the IS only to find that it was nothing but propaganda.
Some people who did not consider these abnormalities have left their homes in search of paradise are now forced to wander in the deserts, become prisoners in foreign lands or traitors in their own countries.
Let us all remind ourselves once again that the Indian Muslims does not lack ideological capability or creativity. We can resolve our problems without the need of any external help or support from any organizations outside the country.