//Muslim seminary issues fatwa against attacks on all religious shrines

Muslim seminary issues fatwa against attacks on all religious shrines

Lucknow, March. 14 (AP): A prominent Muslim seminary has issued an edict declaring terrorist attacks on all religious sites and the killing of innocent people to be anti-Islamic, a cleric said Tuesday.

The fatwa, or religious order, was issued after a series of bomb blasts rocked the Hindu holy town of Varanasi last week, killing 20 people.

It was announced on Monday by the Darul-Ifta Firangi Mahal in Lucknow, a well-known Muslim seminary.

No matter the faith, attacks on religious shrines are forbidden by Islam, according to the fatwa, which called such attacks “one of the biggest crimes against humanity.”

“The Prophet Muhammed has given clear directions that proper protection should be given to the religious places of other communities,” said Maulana Khalid Rashid, the seminary’s head cleric. “The people who attack (Hindu) temples in the name of religion are doing a disservice to Islam. This is an anti-Islamic act.”

A number of social organizations have asked Muslim clerics to speak out against the attacks last week in Varanasi.

Police have said there are strong indications that Muslim militants based in the troubled Himalayan region of Kashmir were responsible for the attacks.

More than 80 percent of India’s billion people are Hindu, while Muslims are the country’s largest religious minority.


Muslims clerics issue fatwa on terror

ibnlive.com,Tuesday , March 14, 2006 at 14:05

Lucknow: Clerics in the Uttar Pradesh capital have issued a fatwa (religious edict) announcing that any terrorist attack is anti-Islamic as religion never supports killing of innocent people.

The fatwa issued on Monday by Darul-Ifta Firangi Mahal – a religious body – says terrorist attack on religious places was anti-Islamic and one of the biggest crimes.

Maulana Khalid Rashid, the head of Firangi Mahal said one Sajid Umar had sought fatwa on the issue after the terror strike on the Varanasi temple.

He said Islam was a religion of peace, and attack on religious shrines was against its tenets. The fatwa says the Quran (Surah Maidah: 32) had issued specific directive that killing one innocent person amounts to the murder of an entire humanity.

The cleric clarified that people carrying out attack on shrines in the name of religion were indulging anti-Islamic acts.

He said peace and humanity were integral to the teachings of Islam and the perpetrators of crime should understand the basic tenets of Shariat.

Firangi Mahal, which has 300-year old history of religious services to the community, has been issuing edicts to guide the community on controversial matters.

Following the Lucknow announcement, Mufti Taisaruddin of Darul Ifta Majidia – another religious institute – also declared the assaults as anti-Islamic.

Taisaruddin said terrorism was considered a crime in Islam and could not be condoned.

The move came after Muslim women in Varanasi resorted to demonstration against the attack and had mounted pressure on local clerics to issue edict on the issue.