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Indian Muslims will not support ISIS: Experts
India seems to be on the radar of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the commander of the revolutionary group ISIS has promised war against many countries (including India), which he says have been violating Muslim rights. He said this in a chilling 20-minute audio released on late Tuesday, where he has urged Muslims to to fight for their rightful place and dignity. This has raised fears about Indians being trapped in Iraqi cities, controlled by the Islamic group.

As the ISIS is marching through Iraq, leaving behind mass graves, whose obvious concern is to form a terrorist state in the Middle East, is now trying to extend their territory by inviting Muslims from other countries to join them as well.

Will this open invitation by Baghdadi provoke Indian Muslims to join their fight? Is this going to bring an Islamic revolution in India? Should the Indian government become cautious?

We talked to few Muslim clerics, defence experts and some Hindutva vadis about this. Here is what they say:

Qamar Agha, Middle East, political analyst

Qamar Agha''I don't think there is any such mood in India. Indian Muslim would like to live in peace and harmony and they have been living in harmony from centuries. We have all the freedom and rights guaranteed to us, so why should we talk of Islamic revolution. We have a democracy in which all the religious rights are guaranteed by the country. I don't think there will be any moment or there is any such need. There may be few individuals in the Muslim community with such thoughts, but no one takes them seriously, because we have maximum constitutional guarantees as a minority community. And second thing, we have total freedom not only to practice but also to process and propagate our religion.''

Maulana Yasoob Abbas, All India Shia Personal Law board spokesperson

Maulana Yasoob Abbas''There will be no effect in India, they are after all a terrorist group and the Muslims of India knows that. It is not a religion, they are calling themselves Islamic but Islam is not related to them.''

Shafey Kidwai, Professor and Chairman of department of Mass Communication, Aligarh Muslim University

Shafey Kidwai''It is just their wishful thinking they are just authorities and and they don't have any respect over Islam. They are noway connected with Islam, locking people and killing them is a barbaric concept of Islam and is propagated by the terrorist group, and this is always criticized by our prophet.''


Ratan Sharda, Author of 'Secrets of RSS' and a political observer 

Ratan Sharda''It will not happen, because Indian Muslims are not of a uniform mentality, not all Indian Muslims are enabled with the International Pan Islamic identity. So, there may be a few souls who may be a part of the Pan Islamic ruling, but in general, I don't think they will get into this. We are not in the 15th or 18th century, where Mughals have raided India, it is not anymore that 18th century India. Iraq is an anarchist country with failed state and failed military and small people can create a havoc over there. First they will take over Afghanistan, then they will take over Pakistan and then they will come to India and it is not an easy task.''

Naresh Chandra, Defence Expert

Ramesh Chandra''Certainly not, it is an unnecessary and harmful inclusion by a blatantly terrorist group. I don't think Indian Muslims will even bother about it. Their performance in Iraq has been such, that they have totally discouraged and disappointed the Indian Muslims. So, I don't think they have any chance of getting any kind of support from the Indian Muslims.''

Parikshit Manhas, Defence Expert

''No, it is just not possible because of the fact that we have a very good democratic system in our country. And also the fact is that economically we are doing very well and we are a progressive country, where the people of the county are progressing and they enjoy their democratic rights and because of that, I don't feel that there is any discontentment amongst people within this particular region. The policies and the prospects of growth are well known to the people, so everybody knows about it and we should not be that much worried about it.''

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