Muslim clerics form front to fight terrorismMay 21st, 2008 - 3:40 pm ICT by admin
Lucknow, May 21 (IANS) Islamic clerics in north India have set up a Movement Against Terrorism (MAT) to campaign that terrorism should not be linked to Muslims and their religion. “Besides educating Muslims, we are determined to remove the misconception in the media and among non-Muslims that religion had anything to do with the terror attacks done in the name of Islam,” said Khalid Rasheed Firangi Maheli, convenor of MAT and a member of the executive committee of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board.
He condemned the email sent by a “so-called Indian Mujahideen” to the media claiming responsibility for the Jaipur bomb blasts that killed over 60 people. “We want to fight such forces too,” he said.
Maheli, the Naib Imam of Eidgah Aishbagh, told IANS in a telephonic interview that the idea to float the movement was mooted at a Feb 2 meeting in Lucknow of the Islamic scholars in the country.
“Everyone had announced from a common platform that it was unfair to link all terror attacks with Muslim people and religion in general,” he said. After this, it was felt necessary to run a sustained campaign to spread the message.
Rasheed said: “The MAT has been formed to make it clear to all that there is no justification in Islam for terror attacks in the name of revenge.”
To ensure that the effort succeeded, clerics have been told to carry the message and educate Muslims in mosques during the Friday prayers, he said.
Rasheed stressed on the need to educate Muslims also “because we have to ensure that people were not misled in the name of religion”.
Among the chief movers of MAT are Zafaryab Jilani of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Maulana Mushtaq Ahmed of the All India Sunni Council and Naim-ur-Rehman of the Ulema Council.
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