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Clerics denounce terrorism

A massive public meeting organised by Islamic madrassas in Hyderabad condemns terrorism in all its forms.
IANS | By HT Correspondent, Hyderabad
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2008 07:00 PM IST

A massive public meeting organised by Islamic madrassas here has condemned terrorism in all its forms and urged Muslims to develop good relations with other communities.

Prominent religious scholars from Andhra Pradesh and other parts of the country addressed the meeting attended by thousands at the Nizam College Grounds on Saturday night.

Organised by the coordination committee of madrassas of Andhra Pradesh, the meeting, which continued till late in the night, said Islam or Muslims had nothing to do with terrorism and blamed government policies for terrorism.

While pointing out that Islam unequivocally condemned terrorism by describing the murder of innocents as the killing of entire humanity, a resolution passed at the event said the "repression on innocent people and injustice" promoted terror.

Leaders of Muslim groups including Tameer-e-Millat, Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamiatul Ulema addressed the meet, which was presided over by Moulana Abdul Azeez, president of the coordination committee of madrassas.

Eminent religious scholar Moulana Khaleel-ur-Rehman Sajjad Nadvi from Uttar Pradesh said anti-Islamic forces were trying to malign Islam and Muslims by linking them to terrorism.

He said that the West was targeting Islam by linking it with terrorism as Islam stands against all forms of exploitation. He advised Muslims to act with restraint and hold on to Islam firmly as the world is a testing place for them.

While praising Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, Moulana Hameeduddin Auqil Hussami, a popular religious leader in Andhra Pradesh, hit out at Home Minister K Jana Reddy for backing police action against innocent Muslims and even women.

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