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Question 1. What is the objective of IONA?
Question 2. What is the rationale for establishing IONA as a formal organization?
Question 3. What do you mean by “Iqamatuddin”?
Question 4. The Muslim Ummah is already fragmented into many groups, parties, and sects. By establishing yet another entity, isn’t IONA contributing to the process of internal division?
Question 5. What is the Islamic justification for the claim that one must be part of a jama’ah? Isn’t it sufficient for a Muslim to belong to the global Muslim Ummah (Al-Jama’ah)?
Question 6. How do you conceive the relationship between IONA and the global Muslim ummah?
Question 7. Besides IONA, there is a wide variety of Islamic organizations, groups, and parties in North America. What is your view of these Islamic groups?
Question 8. Does IONA have a concrete vision of how to best serve Islam? What is that vision, and how is it related to the situation faced by Muslims in the contemporary world?
Question 9. Precisely what are the short-term and long-term goals of IONA, and exactly how is it planning to achieve those goals?
Question 10. What are IONA’s views about Muslim political activism in North America? Does IONA believe that Muslims participation in the electoral process is an exercise in futility?
Question 11. How does IONA view the role of Muslim women in the context of Islamic activism? Does IONA allow its female members to contribute fully within the organization?
Question 12. Does IONA believe that undertaking jihad in the way of Allah (SWT) is a fundamental Islamic obligation? If yes, how does it plan to fulfill that obligation?
Question 13. Isn't there one particular variety of jihad that involves taking part in armed conflict? What is IONA's position regarding qital (battle) in the way of Allah (SWT)?
Question 14. What is the rationale for incorporating “nonviolence” as part of IONA's methodology? Do you really want Muslims to turn the other cheek, till they are annihilated by the forces of evil?
Question 15. By adopting nonviolence as part of your methodology, aren’t you violating clear injunctions of the Qur’an regarding qital as well as the Prophetic Sunnah? If Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and his companions went to war against the enemies of
Question 16. Why is the Qur’an so heavily emphasized in IONA? By placing so much emphasis on the Qur’an, isn’t IONA undermining the traditional legacy of Islamic scholarship including tafsir, hadith, aqidah, and fiqh?
Question 17. What is IONA's position on Anti-Semitism?
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