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Drop Islamic names, fatwa tells terrorists

Hyderabad, March 11: Muslim scholars in the city have taken offence to terrorists naming their organisations after the Prophet and Quranic references. In fatwas issued after Tuesday’s Varanasi blasts carried out by the hitherto unknown Lashkar-e-Qahhar, Muslim scholars belonging to different religious institutions have demanded that terrorists drop the “Islamic tags” from their names as their activities are bringing ill-repute to Islam and the Muslims. Such a practice is Satanic, they say.

Lashkar-e-Qahhar, or Army of the Subduer, takes its name from Asma-ul-Husna, or the 99 beautiful names of Allah. Al-Qahhar is one of the attributes of Allah. Terrorist outfits like Jaish-e-Muhammad (Army of Muhammad) and Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (Army of the Righteous) are named after Prophet Muhammad. The Prophet is often referred to as Toiba or Tayyaba (the Righteous).

 “Every time these terrorist outfits carry out anti-national or inhuman activities, they drag the holy names into the controversy. This is but insulting Islam, the Quran and the holy personalities. We demand that terrorists drop the religious tags since what they are doing is not only irreligious but also against humanity,” said a fatwa by Mufti Muhammad Mastan Ali of Jamiat-ul-Mominath.

The All-India Muslim Personal Law Board has taken strong objection to the Lashkar-e-Qahhar setting off bombs at the Hanuman temple in Varanasi. Board general secretary Abdur Rahim Qureshi said it would launch a campaign against the terror outfits. He demanded a probe by a retired judge of the Supreme Court.

“What these terrorist organisations are doing is un-Islamic, as killing people goes against the tenets of Islam. They are a scourge on humanity and bring a bad name to Islam. We demand that they shun violence. An unholy act and crime against humanity will not become a pious deed by naming the organisation after holy personalities,” Mr Qureshi said. In separate decrees the All-India Jamiat-ul-Mashaiq and Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat have opined that misuse of Islamic names for terrorist and subversive activities is “Satanic”.

Sunnat Jamaat all-India president Moulana Syed Shah Badruddin Quadri Al-Jeelani said Muslims were ashamed of these terrorist outfits. “We are unable to move freely in society. Because of their wrong actions, the entire community is getting a bad name. They should not misuse Islam to foster their mindless violence,” he said in his decree.