It is impossible for one to be internationalist without being a nationalist. Internationalism is possible only when nationalism becomes a fact, i.e. when peoples belonging to different countries have organized themselves and are able to act as one man. It is not nationalism that is evil, it is the narrowness, selfishness, exclusiveness which is the bane of modern nations which is evil. Each wants to profit at the expense of, and rise on the ruin of, the other.

Indian nationalism has struck a different path. It wants to organize itself or to find full self-expression for the benefit and service of humanity at large … God having cast my lot in the midst of the people of India, I should be untrue to my Maker if I failed to serve them. If I do not know how to serve them I shall never know how to serve humanity. And I cannot possibly go wrong so long as I do not harm other nations in the act of serving my country.

Mahatma Gandhi (Young India, 18 June 1925, p211)

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NON-COOPERATION WITH EVIL IS AS MUCH A DUTY AS IS COOPERATION WITH GOOD (GANDHI)

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Take tech route to counter ISIL, says scholar

'Internet, Social Media Must Be Put To Use To Discourage Youth From Joining Terror Outfits'

Islamic scholar Muhammad bin Yahya Ninowy on Monday said that the Muslim community and Islamic scholars must counter the Islamic State (ISIS) by technology and better methods of communication.

On the sidelines of a lecture on `Islam and Tolerance' at Maulana Azad National Urdu University , the Syrian-American scholar said that IS uses the internet and social media to recruit gullible youngsters. The same technology must be used to discourage Muslims from joining IS and spread the true message of Islam. Hinting at a need to embrace modernity, Shaykh Ninowy said that it is time sections of the Islamic clergy change their rhetoric. “We need to retrain the trainers to address current challenges. We cannot speak a language which is 300-years old. I see it as a general phenomenon.

We need to focus on the main theme of Islam such as unconditional compassion, importance of knowledge and that Islam seeks to make people good human beings,“ he said. At a time when the IS claims to be a caliphate, Ninowy said that the concept of a single politico-religious leader of the entire Muslim community “in a practical and theological sense“ does not exist.

“In other words, the values and principles which the four caliphs stood for do not exist in the IS. They stood for justice, equality , tolerance and inclusive ness. These things are no longer there. Unfortunately, practically, there is no such thing as a caliphate,“ the scholar said. To buttress his point, he cited a hadith (tradition of Prophet Muhammad) which stated that a caliphate would exist for around 30 years after the prophet and would be followed by kingdoms.

Touching upon the global trend of Islamophobic incidents post Paris attacks and San Bernardino shootings, Ninowy said “It puts the community between disgust with IS and similar terrorist organisations and having to deal with Islamophobia associating community with actions of a few. The Muslim community in the west is perplexed and frustrated ,“ he said.

Dec 08 2015 : The Times of India (Hyderabad)

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