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Utility of Religious Order (Fatwa) Against Terrorism

Today, when the words Islamic terrorism, Muslim terrorism or Jihad like words are being propagated in full order & for that even the Muslims of the world specially the religious leaders of the Muslims have started to feel the insult being done to the Muslims & the Islam religion. At such a time, the Muslim scholars & the Islamic organizations at international level have started serious efforts to be one against the terrorism.

In the February of this year, on the call of the oldest Islamic University, Darul Uloom situated at Deoband in India, all India Islamic Madarsa Association organized a big conference. About 20000 Islamic teachers, pupils & maulavees from all over India took part in it. For the first time in India, such a huge gathering gave their opinions against terrorism. It is said that the instant Taliban thought in Afghanistan is inspired by Darul Uloom at Deoband. Whereas at present the Taliban thought is being seen as a synonym of terrorism. When the stories of barbarism of the Talibanis are being heard, to announce a Fatwa by Darul Uloom, Deoband against terrorism, to tell that the terrorism is anti-Islamic & killing of the innocent people against the Islam & the Quran Shareef is good news for the peace loving world.

India is a country where the greatest part of the Muslim population of the world lives. So the Fatwas issued by the international Muslim organizations from this country have an effect at international level on the followers of a special Muslim group. That's why the Fatwa issued by Darul Uloom against terrorism didn't meet its end there & then. But this situation against terrorism in India is still going on. Last days, there were two conferences at two different places in Delhi by the minorities specially the Muslim organizations. In one of these conferences Dr. Mohammad Haneef of Indian origin, who as a suspected terrorist was arrested in Australia, also took part. Many responsible Indian Muslims along with Dr. Haneef, collectively pondered over the matter that why the religion Islam is being insulted only because of some misguided Muslims. And because of the terrorism, how the common Muslim is getting affected. The terrorism was greatly condemned in the conferences organized in New Delhi & the terrorist activities were declared as anti-Islam & anti-humanity. The Muslim scholars clearly declared that the Islamic teachings have no concern with these terrorist activities.

Many Islamic organizations in Pakistan welcomed this anti terrorism conference organized in India. But the echo of the Fatwa against terrorism by Jamit-Ul-Ulmai in Delhi was still in the air & just after two days of issuing of fatwa, there was a serious bomb blast in a car by the terrorists, just outside of the Danish Embassy in Pakistan. As a result of it, 8 persons were killed & there is news of many persons wounded. At last what should be understood of the future of the fatwas against terrorism because of these terrorist activities? Will these fatwas be affective to control the terrorism? Or these Fatwas be considered a remedy just to save Islam from the insult.

In fact the leaders of the terrorists have taken the form of so called religious leaders or have become the custodians of the terrorists in their own way. For example Osama Bin Laden, Aiman Al Jawahiri & sometimes even Saddam Hussain were seen issuing Fatwas & addressing the Muslim world. At last, under what position they considered themselves the guide of the Muslims of the world? What right have they got to name a political war as a religious war? Who gave the rights to Laden, Jawahiri & Mulla Omar to get the innocent people killed just to oppose America? Why these terrorist leaders in the guise of the Islamic religious leaders seem to give a call to the Muslim world by secret video. It is a thought provoking question, what will the high ranking terrorists & apex terrorist organization will learn from the Fatwas issued in India.

To have difference from the American policies is not a thought only of the Muslim terrorists. Many peace loving countries & peace loving leaders & organizations & even many western countries are opposed to the American imperial policies. But it doesn't mean that this opposition may change into revenge like the occurrence of a horrible incidence of 9/11. The terrorist organizations, specially Al Qaeda leaders may tell the 9/11 attack, a blow on the American ego but the Islamic teachings don't allow for such an attack. As a result of it, many innocent people lost their lives. Anyhow the event of 9/11 was a big terrorist event. It was a like of these anti-Islamic events as are being seen in India & Pakistan. So all the occurrences where the innocent persons are aimed at are considered under the Fatwas against the terrorism & as a result of which, the innocent people are killed.

Now the question arises why the accused of 9/11 are demanding death sentence? The prisoners of 9/11 event in Guantanamo prison are demanding death sentence because they think that by doing so they will get the place of martyrs & according to them, they will deserve heaven after this death. The thinking of such a thought of the religionists who are raising their flag in the name of the Islam & the so called false religious leaders have insulted the name of the Islam as a religion of the world.

If we want to make the fatwas against terrorism a reality & effective, the persons who have made themselves the announcer of some fatwas & who have the ambition of going to heaven despite having killed many persons must be unveiled at the international level. Maulana Masood Azhar & such like so called religious leaders are to be unveiled & to be boycotted by the Muslim society who for their personal & political benefit misguide the Muslim youths. They greed the Muslim youths by giving them money & telling them that they deserve heaven. In this way, the youths involve themselves in terrorist activities. As a result of it, the Islam, the Quran Shareef & the Islamic teachings, all come under the doubt.


(About the Author)
Author Tanveer Jafri is a columnist based in India. He is related with hundreds of most popular daily news papers/portals in India and abroad. Jafri, Almost writes in the field of communal harmony, world peace, anti communalism, anti terrorism, national integration, national & international politics etc. He is a devoted social activist for world peace, unity, integrity & global brotherhood. Tanveer Jafri is also a member of Haryana Sahitya Academy & Haryana Urdu Academy (state govt. bodies in India). Thousands articles of the author have been published in different newspapers, websites & news portals throughout the world. He is also a recipient of so many awards in the field of Communal Harmony & other social activities.
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