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Mufti-e-Banaras issues fatwa against ultras

THE PROMINENT face of Muslims and Mufti-e-Banaras Maulana Abdul Batin Nomani has issued fatwa against ultras saying Islam has no place for terrorists and their sympathisers and even issued warning to them. Varanasi showed way to communal harmony in the hour of crisis when serial blasts claimed many lives on March 7. This township was the first in the world where demand for fatwa against terrorists was made unanimously .

india Updated: Mar 16, 2006 23:59 IST

THE PROMINENT face of Muslims and Mufti-e-Banaras Maulana Abdul Batin Nomani has issued fatwa (edict) against ultras saying Islam has no place for terrorists and their sympathisers and even issued warning to them.

Varanasi showed way to communal harmony in the hour of crisis when serial blasts claimed many lives on March 7. This township was the first in the world where demand for fatwa against terrorists was made unanimously, compelling the other Muslim religious clerics across the country to issue a fatwa against the same.

Surprisingly, the literary personalities from Muslim community like Prof Qamar Jehan, former head of Urdu Department, Banaras Hindu University, came forward and approached prominent face of Muslims and Mufti-e-Banaras Maulana Abdul Batin Nomani who is also Shahi Imam of the Gyanwapi mosque and sought fatwa against terrorism.

Mufti-e-Banaras Maulana Abdul Batin Nomani issued a fatwa against terrorists on Wednesday after invoking religious book holy Quran’s different Aayat's from Surah Baqra--62, and 205, Sraaf--56, Qasas--83, Maida-32.

"Dehshat gardi ki shinakht (identification) aur Islam mein is ki kya haisiyat (importance) hai is ke maloom ho janey ke baad insanoo par lazim hai ki deshshatghardi se na sirf baaz aajae balki aisi gandi harkaton mein mubtala (Involve) kisi bhi shakhs (person) ka kisi bhi tarah se tavun (co-operate) na karein kyonki inkee madad aur tavun insaniyat ka qatal hoga jo ki sakht tareen jurm aur gunah (sin) hai,” Maulana Batin says in his Fatwa against terror.

He said killings and violence has no place in Islam and gruesome killings of innocent people was anti-Islamic.

However, Maulana Batin is silent on the question of punishment to perpetrators of the terror acts on the grounds that since India was a democratic country and after identification, perpetrators of such acts are handed over to the police and are prosecuted under the country's rules.

Similarly, Mufti Taisaruddin Rizvi of Darul Ifta Majidia, Sarai Hadha Varanasi, in his fatwa against terrorists says that terrorism which kills innocent people is heinous crime in Islam which deserved stringest punishment applicable in Islamic countries.

He justified killing of any such person who is caught doing such terror acts.

However, he added that since such edicts are not applicable in India due to its democracy and its own laws, the perpetrators of such acts should be identified and handed over to the rule of law for prosecution.

“If a terrorist is killed by a mob, the killers will go scot-free as no case is established against the mob,” Qamar Jehan, former Head of Urdu department, BHU, said.

Dr Muneeza Rafiq Khan, Registrar, Gandhian Institute of Studies, said that she too accompanied Prof Qmar Jehan while seeking fatwa against terrorists from Mufti-e- Banaras.

When the temple town was on boil, Maulans Batin Nomani's contribution in spreading a message of peace and harmony along with some Hindus will be
remembered by generations together as he visited the blast site inside the Sankat Mochan Temple, paid his floral tributes at the blast spot and also took prasad.

First Published: Mar 16, 2006 23:59 IST