INDIAN ISLAMIC CLERICS DENOUNCED TERROR
Nearly 6,000 senior Islamic clerics from around India endorsed a Fatwa (edict) against terror, issued after the Jaipur Bombings, on 05/31/2008, by influential Islamic seminary Darul Uloom, Deoband, some 100 km north of Delhi, Indiaís capital. On Sunday 11/09/2008, 50,000 more are expected to put their signatures on it, making it the biggest and clearest rejection of terror by Muslims. The Fatwa had made headlines around the world.
Darul Uloom is one of Islamís two most-revered theological schools ó the other being Al-Azhar in Cairo ó and is often charged with propagating a radical version of the religion.
On the first day of the 29th annual convention of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind (The Association of Indian Islamic Scholars) endorsed the fatwa, which was issued under the seal of Darulís grand mufti Habibur Rehman. The fatwa was ratified by three other Darul clerics, as required.
MP Mahmood Madni, who had posed a query on whether terror was allowed in Islam, said: ďTodayís campaign is a step to implement the seminary's edict against terrorism and a step towards national integration.Ē
The Jamiat Ulama-e-Hindís general council will debate through the night and adopt a resolution on one of these two options before it: form a new political front or openly support a particular political party or support the fittest secular candidate in each state.
The best non violent way to confront the radicalization of Islam is from within. This last Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind Fatwa is a huge step toward reconciliation and moderation in Islam.
* Note - Deobandi school of Islam is a very strict version of Islam, the Indian Eastern parallel of Wahhabism in the Arab Muslim world. It is significantly important to encounter violence in Islam when a strict school in Islam is standing against violence and denounces terror.
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