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Attack on religious places anti-Islamic

BOWING TO mounting pressure in the wake of terrorist attack on Sankat Mochan Temple in Varanasi, prominent Muslim clerics in Lucknow and Varanasi today issued a fatwa (edict) declaring terrorists attacks on religious places and killing of innocent people as ?anti-Islamic?.

india Updated: Mar 14, 2006 01:57 IST

Clerics in Lucknow and Varanasi issue fatwa

BOWING TO mounting pressure in the wake of terrorist attack on Sankat Mochan Temple in Varanasi, prominent Muslim clerics in Lucknow and Varanasi today issued a fatwa (edict) declaring terrorists attacks on religious places and killing of innocent people as “anti-Islamic”.

The edict issued by Darul-Ifta Firangi Mahal in Lucknow said that terrorist attacks on all religious places were anti-Islamic and was one of the biggest crimes. Firangi Mahal, which has 300-year history of religious services to the community, had been issuing edicts to guide the community on all controversial matters.

Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahli said one Sajid Umar had sought fatwa on the issue after the militants’ assault on the Varanasi temple.

Quoting the Quranic verses on the issue, Maulana Khalid said, Islam was a religion of peace and attacks on religious shrines were against its basic spirit. He said Quran (Surah Maidah: 32) had issued specific directive that killing of one innocent person was murder of the entire humanity. He said Prophet Mohammad had come as “rahmat” (benevolence) for the humanity. He said in the long history of Islam during the Prophet Mohammad and later during the four rightly guided caliphs, the religious places of other communities were given proper protection. He said those carrying out attacks on shrines in the name of religion were indulging in an “anti-Islamic act”.

He said peace and humanity had prime position in Islam and the perpetrators of crimes should understand these basic tenets of Shariat. In Varanasi, Mufti Taisaruddin of Darul Ifta Majidia also declared the assaults as anti-Islamic. He said terrorism was considered a crime in Islam and it could not be condoned.

Mufti-e-Shahr (Mufti of Varanasi) Batin Nomani said people had sought fatwa on the issue and it would be issued on Wednesday.

Mufti Haroon Rashid Naqshbandi said all aspects of attack on religious places were being studied and a fatwa would soon be issued.

The Muslim women in Varanasi, who resorted to demonstration against attack on temple last week, had mounted pressure on local clerics to issue edict on the issue.

First Published: Mar 14, 2006 01:57 IST