Although this has not apparently happened in reality, it seems that the world has become callous and indifferent as a result of high frequency of violent crimes and extremism, said the editorial in the English-language newspaper Iran Daily, published Saturday.
Another aspect of the incident, which is also more catastrophic, is the groups announcement that their irreligious and inhuman measure aims to uplift the name of Islam and in line with the implementation of the legal rules of Sharia!, the daily noted.
They have combined the darkest and the most radical interpretations of Islam with ignorance, superstitions and authoritarianism while targeting people’s lives, property and honor with such ideological weapons as excommunication and terrorism, the editorial added.
Members of the extremist Takfiri group believe that any kind of interaction with Western countries should be forbidden. Simultaneously, they consider their main duties to be confrontation with and rejection of traditional religious institutions, fighting the incumbent government and struggling against the establishment of democracy in the Nigerian society, the daily noted.
By adhering to the most narrow-minded and limited interpretation of the obsolete viewpoints of Ibn Taymiyyah, they consider themselves authorized to embark on all kinds of inhuman acts such as mass killing of people, stealing people’s property, and kidnapping, the paper mocked, adding that they simultaneously consider their deeds to be exactly in line with the rules of the Islamic Sharia.
The abduction of the most vulnerable social group, that is, innocent high school girls, by resorting to the most violent means by the Boko Haram group
has created a serious atmosphere of Islamophobia across the world that its effects cannot be remedied in any way, the editorial said.
Nigeria is a country with a population of close to 180 million people, which accounts for almost 18 percent of the total population of Africa. The population of Muslims and Christians in this West African country is roughly the same. As a result, such a combination of the population has, per se, provided fertile grounds for a major religious conflict in the country, the paper noted.
Islam arrived in Africa with the call for equality and nondiscrimination while its main motto was promotion of freedom and liberty in Africa. Now, Boko Haram terrorists are once again burying girls alive under the apparent cover of Islam, but in fact, according to a tradition that was rife among ignorant Arabs before the advent of Islam, it said.
During early years of Islam, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had declared that anyone taken into captivity during war with Muslims, who would be able to teach reading and writing to 10 Muslims, would be set free, the paper noted.
Now, we are witnessing that a radical terrorist group, is taking young girls into slavery in the name of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) only because those girls have been going to school, it said.
Following the abduction, they charged the girls with having acted against Islamic law by going to school, thus, announcing that they would be sold on the market as slaves.
It is, therefore, incumbent on world Muslims to prevent further strengthening of such Takfiri and radical groups through their unity and self-awareness. Such groups follow more petrified ideas than their ancestors and those ideas are more lethal than any kind of weapons of mass destruction, the paper pointed out.
They are outrageously dealing irreversible blows to the prestige of Islam and Muslims across the world, the daily added.
Many analysts believe that Boko Haram is only part of the global project of Al-Qaeda in Maghreb. Of course, this global network of terrorism has many forms and types, but all of them have their roots in a common ground which can be best described as excommunication and terrorism, the paper noted.
Consequently, those countries, which played a role in creating the terrorist groups in Afghanistan followed by Iraq and Syria, and have been supporting them ideologically, economically and militarily, are now a partner to their crimes, the daily stressed.
Rigidity of ideas, ex-communication, and terrorism will generally bear no other fruit but instability, insecurity and division, the paper pointed out.
Currently, thousands of European citizens are members of these terrorist groups in Syria, which can face the entire world with a major security challenge, it noted, adding that such violent measures will invariably lead to a new process of opposition to Islam and Islamophobia in the world, especially in Western countries.
Such measures, especially when taken in a country half of whose population constitutes Christians, will certainly have many negative and damaging effects on relations among various Muslim sects as well as relations between Muslims and Christians, it said.
It is, therefore, the duty of all Muslim countries to join hands and take a unified stance against such terrorist and Takfiri groups in order to finally identify and block the sources which provide them with money and weapons, the paper suggested.
As a result, people in Islamic countries expect Muslim clerics to clearly and without any ambiguity refute the claims of such groups to being Muslims by issuing firm, clear and unambiguous fatwas (religious decrees), it added.
In doing so, they will not allow such groups to cover their heinous acts of crime, theft, and homicide in the name of Islam, the paper said.
If religious clerics had not remained silent in the face of sectarian massacres, or had not endorsed them even in an indirect manner, we would not have been witness to such spine-chilling acts of barbarism in the name of Islam, the daily highlighted.
The proposal offered to the UN General Assembly meeting for a global struggle to be launched against violence and extremism was a telltale sign of how serious is Iran’s attention to the grave risk of these phenomena and the threat that they pose to the entire Islamic world, it said.
It is now clear that sectarian massacres do not simply target innocent Shia Muslims in Pakistan, Iraq and Syria, because the chariot of terrorism and massacre will not stop on its own, but will claim the lives of more and more victims on a daily basis, the paper warned.
Therefore, it is necessary for a collective and human movement to be launched against extremism and violence in Iran, it said.
It would be a very beautiful scene to see our countrys high school girls show their solidarity with their sisters in Nigeria by letting out the cries of innocence and call for speedy release of their captivity from the horrendous Boro Haram group, the daily suggested.
In the Islamic Republic of Iran, girls can continue their studies to the highest possible levels. Therefore, as a sign of thanksgiving for the blessing of education and security, we must answer the innocent calls of all victims of superstitions and violence, it added.
The editorial concluded by saying that all must join hands to release Islam from the ignorance of Boko Haram, and help release the captive girls from the clutches of these cruel bandits!
*Gholamali Khoshroo is the senior editor of the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Islam and was Iran’s former deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs from 2002-2005.