Jamiatul Ulema endorses resolution against terrorism

November 8th, 2008 - 7:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, Nov 8 (IANS) Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind Saturday endorsed the fatwa of leading institution of Islamic learning Darul Uloom Deoband declaring terrorism as un-Islamic. The oldest and biggest Muslim group endorsed the fatwa at its 29th general session which began here Saturday.

The two-day session, attended by over 5,000 clerics from across the country, is discussing a host of issues including terrorism, communal riots and reservations for minorities.

The opening session endorsed the fatwa of Deoband.

“Till now the fatwa of May 31, 2008 had the signature of only four Muftis (clerics) but here more than 6,000 clerics from across the country have signed it to involve more people in the spread of this message that there is no place for terrorism in Islam, terrorism can not be spread in the name of Islam nor Quran has permitted it,” Jamiat’s senior leader and Rajya Sabha member Moulana Mahmood Madani told reporters.

The Deoband-based Jamiat had organised a massive meeting in New Delhi in May, in which a fatwa against terrorism was made public and the delegates took an oath to continue their struggle against terrorism.

Madani said the session wants to spread the message of peace and national integrity in the country which was passing through a very difficult and critical situation.

The meet called for a united fight by all Indians against terrorism to secure the future generations of India and strengthen peace and communal harmony in the country.

Madani said the Jamiat was opposed to terrorism in any form and wants the government to deal sternly with the “mad elements” that were spreading violence and terrorism in the country.

He said those indulging in violence and terrorism and resorting to bomb blasts were mad people and they should be dealt with sternly. “There should be equal treatment for all and double standards should not be there,” he said.

Asked about the arrests of a few Hindus in connection with the Malegaon blast, he said that the Jamiat strongly opposes linking terrorism to any community.

“For last so many years, when terrorism was being linked to Muslims and Islam to malign them we have been opposing it strongly. Now how can we resort to the same thing and blame another community or religion for terrorism,” he asked.

Madani also disapproved the use of the term of Hindu terrorism. “If those using terrorism to malign Islam were wrong, how can we be right if we also start saying the same thing about others (Hindus). Indian society as a whole, Hindus and Muslims, should counter the terrorism and fight against such elements. We are not here to blame any body or wash anybody’s sins,” he said.

The Jamiat, in another resolution, demanded a special legislation to prevent the communal violence in the country. The officials of the affected areas should be held accountable if riots break out and there should be uniform package of compensation for everybody in the law, it said.

The Jamiat is also demanding reservations for the Muslims in proportion to their population and equal opportunities for all in the jobs and education.

The session, being attended by the delegates from across the country will also discuss the recommendations of the Sachar Committee and Justice Ranganath Mishra commission to uplift the community educationally and economically.

President of the Jamiat Moulana Syed Mohammed Osman, in his address, expressed deep concern over the Bajrang Dal, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and other similar fundamentalist organisations targeting and attacking the minorities in several states and described it as shameful and disastrous for the country.

Earlier, over 1,000 delegates of the conference from Deoband and Delhi reached Hyderabad in a special train “Shaikhul Hind Express for peace and communal harmony”.

Described as Jamiat’s biggest show, the two-day meet will conclude Sunday with a public meeting, where resolutions passed at the meet would be read out.

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