India, Muslims and a new anti-terrorism fatwa

November 10, 2008

It was another sign of how Muslim organisations in India appear to be taking the initiative as the country suffers from a string of bombings, often blamed on suspected Islamists, that has raised tensions between majority Hindus and minority Muslims.

The Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, one of India’s leading Islamic groups which has been active in the country since the start of the 20th century, endorsed on Nov 8 a fatwa against terrorism.

More than 6,000 clerics signed the edict, which follows a similar one issued earlier in the year by India’s top Islamic institution Darul Uloom Deoband. The fatwa follows a series of police crackdowns on Muslims after bomb blasts across Indian cities this year in which more than 200 people have died.

Muslim organisations are worried.

Previously Indian authorities had generally blamed Pakistan for most attacks, but evidence that these attacks were home grown has put India’s Muslim community under the eye of the police. Muslim leaders say innocent Muslim youths are being targeted by police.

So, there was no doubt that Muslim groups were reaching out to the rest of the country.

The Times of India quoted the weekend motion as saying that that “jihad is a constructive phenomenon and a fundamental right of human beings whereas terrorism is based on destruction”.

“It is required to define `jihad’ and `terrorism’ in the right perspective, which stand poles apart. Terrorism is the biggest crime as per Quran,” the resolution said.

“Here more than six thousand clerics from across the country have signed it to involve more people in spreading the message that there is no place for terrorism in Islam,” Jamiat’s senior leader and Rajya Sabha member Moulana Mahmood Madani told reporters.

It was interesting to see the response of the conference to news of the arrests of some right-wing Hindu militants and a military officer in connection with two recent blasts, originally blamed on Muslims.

Rather than make any political capital out of it, Madani said he disapproved the use of term ‘Hindu terrorist’ saying his organisation was opposed to linking terrorism with any religion.

“We are against linking terrorism to Hindus or Hinduism just as we are opposed to linking it to Muslims or Islam,” he said.

An act of political maturity, perhaps, that Indian politicians should learn from?

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It is a good sign

Hats off to Mr. Madani.His words shows a great Nobleman-ship that other should learn spec. “Hindu”-groups who always eye on the Muslims.Other political leaders should help this resolution and revolution ahead by taking part in this Human cause and don’t betray your country on the terms of religion.Remember “One for all and All for one” proverb.
This spirit should not be dampened ,its our duty to stand shoulder to shoulder and eradicate this terrorism.
As terrorism has no religion,caste,country and face.

“An Indian”

Posted by AJ | Report as abusive

Stupid liberal reporting that does not understand the issues at hand. Alistair who cares for your moralizing? Only India allows terrorism by Muslims because they form a vote bank. No other country in the world would tolerate what is happening in India were it to happen in their own countries. They would take decisive action such as the Russians and Chinese. The “fatwa” is just a cheap trick because they have learned that people all over the world have realized that their mosques breed terror, and they want to gain sympathy. Go ahead Alistair delete my comments because they jar your uninformed ears.

Posted by ava | Report as abusive

[...] India, Muslims and a new anti-terrorism fatwa was another sign of how Muslim organisations in India appear to be taking the initiative as the country suffers from a string of bombings, often blamed on suspected Islamists, that has raised tensions between majority Hindus and minority Muslims. The Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, one of India

Great sign..everyone should learn from the initiative taken by the Indian Muslim community.

one must know that terrorism is not a solution, it is a disease which get transmitted from one community to the other.

Lets learn to live together without hurting each other and this can be done only once we have well educated and literate citizen.

everyone of us must take initiative to teach non-violence.

Posted by Pradeep | Report as abusive

fatwa is not needed for that…….. Islam itself never allows TERRORISM…..

This is the right time to stand together not only agaisnt terrorism but also against the policy of divide and rule which Britishers has given us as a gift and our politicians and religious leaders are using is well. Like in Islam, I am sure in Hinduism also terrorism has no place. No religion teaches terrorism, so instead of linking religion to terrorism just political gain stuff. We all human being, may which ever religion we belongs to should stand together to fight against terrorism & terrorist and not against any religion.

Posted by Imran Shaikh | Report as abusive

Indians should see to it that Muslims in India are the happiest Muslims in the world!
We are Mahatma Gandhi’s nation and the Hindu concept of Ram Rajya demands that every citizen of the country be as happy as everyone else.
Gandhiji’s hope of wiping the tears from every eye should be our national goal.
I am a Hindu and it is our responsibility to ensure that our Muslim brothers are in every respect equal to everyone else in the country.
Only when all Indians are treated with equal respect will India get self respect.
How can a nation that does not respect a part of itself be whole or command respect from others?
Muslims around the world should look at India and envy the condition of our Muslim brothers!
The only way to completely annihilate your enemy and insure that he never raises his hand against you is to make him your best friend and brother.

Can anyone define a terrorist?

Posted by mesa | Report as abusive

As a non-muslim , I am appalled to see how some ignorant people have just blasted Islam and muslims in India. How does Islam support terroism? How are mosques breeding terror? and how the heck is the government involved in supporting muslim extremeism? ..I suggest those who have implied this to please elighten themselves first (ex. read a book) and get the facts straight before spitting out your garbage.

“Goa,India/Kuwait/Canada”

Posted by A | Report as abusive

Whether it is hindu, muslim, sikh, or isai.. every community has anti-social elements which have to be taken care of by the government authorities with iron hands. Strong laws have to be passed to counter any such lawlessness. Equal importance and resources have to be given for peace-keeping forces (police, ATS, military) as we give for our ISRO or “chandrayans”. No meaning in sending man to moon when our brothers are falling dead in the streets. Hindu, muslim, sikh, or isai.. whats the difference ??? We are in a particular religion because our parents did not chose to change the religion.. anybody who thinks that allah, krishna, jesus sent him directly from heaven, is a FOOL and should be shot in point blank range..!!

Posted by Prakash | Report as abusive

“No meaning in sending man to moon when our brothers are falling dead in the streets.”

We aren’t.

Posted by Nikhil Sharma | Report as abusive

there are more peace loving people than terrorists. the terrorists are not producing any income to sustain. then how are they surviving. they are surviving from ekeing from the peace loving general public; mostly by force. only if we peace loving people get organized we will be able to sustain peace. spread the fragrance of peace; harmony and prosperity.

Posted by karpaka rajan v chettiar | Report as abusive

In response to terror attacks, Muslim & Muslim scholars show there disapproval by condemning terrorism, but the profile of such responses is small & ineffective.

Please compare it with the response Muslim gives for incidents like Denmark Cartoon & Salman Rushdi… Is there a difference ?

We can not afford to keep low profile of our responses any longer, which is misinterpreted as our support towards them.

The time has come we show our disapproval towards terrorism: Loud & Clear.

My message to Mr. Terrorist: I am a Muslim but I don’t support you. I am ashamed of what you have done & I am sure the whole society shares this opinion.
You bring shame to humanity & disgrace to Islam.

Posted by Idris | Report as abusive

AJ,” As terrorism has no religion, cast, country and face” Tell us then the people who attacked Mumbai which religion, cast , country they belonged to? Of course they have a face too.Pradeep, says ” ..it is a disease which get transmitted from one community to the other” Tell us why it has NOT transmitted to Buddhists of Tibet and else where? Abdul Mujeeb, you say” Fatwa is not needed for that..Islam itself never allows terrorism” Then why Fatwa on Salman Rushdi, Taslima Nasrin? OH,ya.Are you telling the truth?Quran Sura 9:29″ Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of truth, (even if they are)people of the Book, until they pay the JIZYA with willing submission and feel themselves subdued” Can you explain us that? Imam Shaikh, You say “No religion teaches terrorism…” Quran Sura 9:111″ Allah has purchased from the faithful their lives and worldly goods , and in return has promised them Paradise. They will fight for the cause of Allah ,they will KILL and be KILLED” So please stop lying. Parkash, your forefathers were forcefully converted to Islam , please I suggest you read your own History. Idris, Good point, Where is the out cry from Muslims of the world about Mumbai now. Majority of Muslims are not so sincere,I am not Muslim but I do read Quran, I can tell you all out there that ,it is full of hatred toward Jews ,Christians. As Mo-Ham-Mad did not know about Hindus, Zorastians,Buddhists, so there is not mention of these religions, nevertheless, the hate to non-believers is there.I suggest you Muslims read your Quran properly. now log on http://www.thereligionofpeace.com I ask you Muslims do you know the meaning of Al-Taqiyya? It means when you Muslims lie(deception) to non believers, which you people are good at. All naive Hindus must wake up and smell the coffee. Carry on the way it is, soon you will have another partition of India. http://www.wfafi.org http://www.rawa.org (ava, agree with you.

Posted by surj | Report as abusive

To the above poster,why do you have so much hate.Muslims do not hate the non muslims as the media wants you to beleive or the hundreds of anti islamic websites .Muslims in India converted due to sufi islam and also because of the caste system in India,it is fact,plz learn ur history.
Many non muslims who read the Quran withouty having bias actually convert to Islam when they find the truth about oneness of GOD.But those who want to hate will continue to hate ,n spread hate.It includes posters like you n also muslim terrorist who take the name of Islam for there deeds.

Posted by suhail | Report as abusive

Surj… [9:111] GOD has bought from the believers their lives and their money in exchange for Paradise. Thus, they fight in the cause of GOD, willing to kill and get killed. Such is His truthful pledge in the Torah, the Gospel, and the Quran – and who fulfills His pledge better than GOD? You shall rejoice in making such an exchange. This is the greatest triumph.

[9:6] If one of the idol worshipers sought safe passage with you, you shall grant him safe passage, so that he can hear the word of GOD, then send him back to his place of security. That is because they are people who do not know.

Posted by Rajan | Report as abusive