Shia cleric for ‘fatwa’ against suicide attacks

March 24th, 2008 - 6:27 pm ICT by admin  

Lucknow, March 24 (IANS) Terming ‘fidayeen’ attacks as “totally un-Islamic”, Islamic scholar, cleric and Shia leader Maulana Kalbe Jawwad has called for a fatwa or Islamic edict against suicide attacks. “Suicide attacks lead to killing of innocent people and Islam firmly prohibits such activities,” Maulana Jawaad told IANS here.

“I fail to understand why institutions authorised to issue fatwas chose to sit pretty while such attacks were being carried out indiscriminately not only in India but also in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan,” Maulana Jawaad said.

“I have reasons to believe that the silence of leading Islamic institutions and even prominent Maulanas on a vital issue like fidayeen attacks was attributable to undue influence of Americans and Israelis.

“I am sure such organisations were guided by Americans or Israelis whose one point programme is to distort Islam and project its teachings in poor light.”

Asked why did he not issue an edict, the Maulana said: “I do not believe in issuing fatwas but I have always and will certainly continue to raise my voice against all types of terrorism, and even more vehemently against suicide attacks.”

India’s most prominent Sunni Islamic seminaries in Deoband as well as the Nadwatul Ulema in Lucknow issued edicts against terrorism last month.

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