SPLB call to fight terror
THE ALL-India Shia Personal Law Board (AISPLB) today called for a united fight against terrorism and termed the ?Fidayeen? (suicide bombers) anti-Islamic. Asserting that suicide was ?haram? (illegal) in Islam, the board said the concept of revenge was also foreign to Islam.india Updated: Jan 16, 2006 00:59 IST
THE ALL-India Shia Personal Law Board (AISPLB) today called for a united fight against terrorism and termed the “Fidayeen” (suicide bombers) anti-Islamic. Asserting that suicide was “haram” (illegal) in Islam, the board said the concept of revenge was also foreign to Islam.
Addressing a seminar on “Terrorism: definition and solution”, which was attended by religious, social and political leaders, board chairman Maulana Mirza Mohd Athar while defending old madarsas, however, pointed out that some of the Pakistani madarsas established during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan later turned out to be factories producing terrorists. “Talib ilm” (seeker of education) became Taliban in Afghanistan, said Athar adding these institutions had been spreading hate and violence all over the world.
Athar said the prevailing Muslim terrorism was not only against some countries but it was also against the Shia sect. He said violence against Shias in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and some other countries amply demonstrated terrorists’ hostility against this sect. He said instead of reading Islam through the lens of its imperial history, which did not represent the real religion, it should be seen within the strict framework of Quran. He said Islamic kings and their kingdoms displayed their personal character and “not the character of Islam”.
He said terrorism was product of long imperial history of Islam in which the mosque was used to serve vested interest. He said observation of Moharram was in fact a protest against terrorism.
Athar, who was last year deported from the US for certain inexplicable reasons, said western countries should also review their policies towards the problem so that the menace could be effectively countered.
Emphasising that Shias had never been terrorists, Athar said the world should change it view about the problem.
First Published: Jan 16, 2006 00:59 IST