Global gathering of Islamic scholars condemns Daesh

Hyderabad - Say 'terror outfit not even remotely associated with the idea of Islam'



By P S Jayaram

Published: Wed 24 Feb 2016, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Fri 26 Feb 2016, 7:41 AM

A gathering of over 300 Islamic scholars from across India, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and South Africa has unequivocally condemned the Daesh, dubbing it as a "terror outfit not even remotely associated with the idea of Islam".
"The deeds and actions of Daesh are absolutely un-Islamic and against humanity," said a resolution adopted by the congregation at the end of a three-day international seminar on "Life and ways of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)" organised at Hyderabad by Al Mahadul Aali Al Islami, a centre for training and preparing graduates of Islamic seminaries for higher learning.
The gathering unanimously resolved that the Quranic teachings forbade killing of innocent people and urged people, particularly the Muslim youth, to refrain from extremism and unjust use of power as Islam teaches Muslims to respect and protect the life, wealth, assets and dignity of people irrespective of their beliefs.
"Whoever kills a person, it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he has saved all mankind. Islam teaches Muslims to respect and to protect the life, wealth assets and dignity of people irrespective of their beliefs. It does not permit any group to take law into its hand and urges all people to refrain from extremism and unjust use of power," the resolution passed at the three-day meeting said.
Scholars from Saudi Arabia like Dr Alghamdi (World Islamic League, Saudi Arabia), Dr Sheikh Mohammed Abdal from Ummul Qura University (Makkah), Maulana Abbas Ali Jeenah and Maulana Ibrahim Bham from South Africa, Maulana Syed Mohammed Wali Rehmani, secretary, All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Maulana Rafi Qasmi, general secretary of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Maulana Mahmood Madani of Jamiatul Ulema Hind and Maulana Khaild Saifullah Rahmani, Rector of the Mahad besides Asaduddin Owaisi, Hyderabad MP and president of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), were among those who participated in the seminar.
The unequivocal condemnation of Daesh at the seminar comes in the backdrop of a recent fatwa issued against Daesh by 1,050 Indian Islamic scholars and clerics. This is seen as a powerful message to the youth not to fall prey to the "un-Islamic philosophy of Daesh".
Maulana Sajjad Noumani said that it was not just the responsibility of the ulemas (religious heads) to wean the misguided youth away from pernicious influence of Daesh but the governments too should evolve ways of accomplishing the task.
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