In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Agencies in Maiduguri wrote in the Guardian UK:
Indeed, it is very important that these writers either seek knowledge in order to stop speculating or at least refrain from manifesting their repugnant ignorance in this subject matter. Firstly, why did they use the word Militant and attributed it to Islaam, especially whilst addressing the affair of misguided innovators. If indeed this attack was carried out by terrorists from Boko Haram or those upon their ideology, then no mention of Islam should be made in relation to it. The person who calls them Islamist militants is either very ignorant of what Islaam is or he is deliberately seeking to make a haphazard or desperate attempt to distort Islaam’s image. The word Militancy means ‘The use of confrontational or violent methods in support of a political or social cause’. Then let us let us briefly look at what Islaam says about violence in support of a political or social cause. Indeed, it is well known that terrorists rebel against governments and this is something completely forbidden in Islaam. Imaam al-Barbahaaree (d. 329H) said, “Whoever rebels against a Muslim ruler is one of the Khawaarij, has caused dissent within the Muslims, has contradicted the narrations and has died the death of the days of ignorance”. [Sharhus-Sunnah] [p.42]
The terrorists -Khawaarij -are a group who first appeared in the time of Alee. They split from his army and began the grave innovation of takfeer [declaring Muslims, rulers or the ruled, in their view guilty of major sins, to be unbelievers]. The Prophet warned against them in many authentic narrations, “They are the dogs of Hellfire”. He also informed us that they would continue to appear until the end of this world, saying, “A group will appear reciting the Qur’aan, it will not pass beyond their throats, every time a group appears it will be cut off, until the Dajjaal appears within them”.
Imaam Al-Barbahaaree (d.329H) also said, “It is not permissible to fight the ruler or rebel against him even if he oppresses. This is due to the saying of the Messenger of Allaah to Aboo Dharr al-Ghifaaree, “Have patience even if he is an Abyssinian slave”, and his saying to the Ansaar, “Have patience until you meet me at the Pool”. There is no fighting against the ruler in the Sunnah. It causes destruction of the Religion and the worldly affairs. [Sharh-us-Sunnah. p. 43]
Abu Bakr al-Aajurree (d.360H) said in ash-Sharee’ah (p. 28): “It is not fitting for the one who sees the uprising of a khaarijee who has revolted against the Imaam [leader], whether he is just or oppressive – so this person has revolted and gathered a group behind him, has pulled out his sword and has made lawful the killing of Muslims – it is not fitting for the one who sees this, that he becomes deceived by this person’s recitation of the Qur’aan, the length of his standing in the prayer, nor his constant fasting or his good and excellent words in knowledge when (it is clear to him that) this person’s way and methodology (madhhab) is that of the Khawaarij”.
It is authentically reported from the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) in the hadeeth of ‘Iyaad ibn Ghunum who said, “The Messenger of Allaah said, ‘Whoever desires to advise the one with authority then he should not do so openly, rather he should take him by the hand and take him into seclusion (and then advise him). And if he accepts (the advice) from him then (he has achieved his objective) and if not, then he has fulfilled that which was a duty upon him’”. [Reported by Ahmad (3/403) and Ibn Abee ‘Aasim (2/521) with a saheeh isnad].
And even when the Muslim rulers are sinful and oppressive, we neither fight them nor incite rebellion. See here: https://www.abukhadeejah.com/the-tyranny-of-the-rulers-a-reason-for-rebellion/
Therefore, after acquainting Agencies in Maiduguri with the above authentic Prophetic texts and the statements of the upright scholars of Islaam, then no sane person would mention Islaam whilst reporting the satanic deeds of the terrorists if it is ascertained that they were the perpetrators; rather whoever deliberately attaches their Militancy to the word Islaam cannot be considered anything else but either a wicked slanderer or an ignorant idiot in this particular subject matter- either such a person should refrain from speaking or he follows his vain desires and thus utters that which manifests his repugnant ignorance, as some of the scholars of Islaam stated, “Silence beautifies a scholar and conceals the [ignorance of] an ignorant person”. And Imaam Abdullah Ibnul Mubaarak said, “If speech is from silver, then silence is from gold”, meaning, “If speech in obedience to Allaah is from silver, then silence [in order to refrain from] disobedience is gold’’.[Ref 1] Or maybe such a writer or speaker is upon the ideas of King Louis IX, who in the year 1250 was captured whilst on a crusade against the Muslims of Egypt; then he was imprisoned and later released after paying a large ransom. However, whilst in prison he utilised his time to think about ways in which to plot against Islaam and the Muslims, so shaytaan inspired him with the following plots: Firstly: The war in the battlefield between the Christians of the west and the Muslims should be replaced with a war based on ideas and cultural supremacy. Secondly: Prepare the West to corrupt the creed of the Muslims and distort the image of Islaam in the world. [Ref 2]
[Ref 1: Jaami-ul Uloom Wal-Hikam: page: 155]
[Ref 2: خطة لويس التاسع – page 6]