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Terrorism Un-Islamic.

Posted by ajadhind on February 26, 2008


New Delhi – The Darul-Uloom Deoband in India, considered the most influential school for Islamic law in Asia, Monday denounced terrorism as against the teachings of Islam at a conference of clerics from India and abroad, news reports and officials said. The head of the powerful seminary, Maulana Marghoobur Rahman, said terrorism was completely wrong and thoughtless and contradicted Islam’s concept of peace, the NDTV network reported.
It was quoting from his address to 10,000 participants from religious schools – known as madrassas – and foreign delegates.
Speaking at the institution, some 150 kilometres north of New Delhi, Rahman also criticized the Indian government, saying that policing of madrassas and students was unjustified and went against the secular character of the country.
Although the conference did not see a fatwa being issued against terrorism, as news reports earlier indicated, observers said it was significant that Muslim groups adopted a declaration calling terrorism “un-Islamic” at the conclave.
“Islam is a religion of mercy for all humanity. Islam sternly condemns all kinds of oppression, violence and terrorism. It has regarded oppression, mischief, rioting and murder among severest sins and crimes,” the declaration stated.
“Islam prohibits killing of innocent people,” said the document adopted by the 10,000 participants.
Although the declaration would not be as binding as a fatwa, it was an important one – a “strong signal” against terrorism from an institution that has been blamed for inspiring conservative and radical Islamic movements.
The Deoband school was established in the late 19th century and has adherents from Afghanistan and Pakistan to the whole of South- East Asia. The Taliban have often claimed adherence to the Deoband seminary, which has been strongly denied by the scholars there.
The declaration at Deoband also criticized attempts to link Muslims and madrassas with terrorist acts. It noted with concern the present situation across the world in which a majority of a nations were adopting an adverse attitude towards Muslims.
“The disease (terrorism) has been diagnosed in a wrong way. Whenever any incident of terrorism happens, there is an effort to link it to Muslims or those studying in madrassas,” Deoband spokesman Adil Siddique told reporters.
“This is totally wrong. I must emphasize that the real disease must be diagnosed, then only is the cure possible,” Siddique said.

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