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Muslim scholars issue fatwa against terrorism

July 29, 2005 20:38 IST

Muslim scholars in the United States and Canada have issued a fatwa against terrorism, saying that Islam condemns terror, religious extremism and any violence against civilians, including suicide attacks.

"All acts of terrorism targeting civilians are 'haram' (forbidden) in Islam," the fatwa or religious edict issued by the Fiqh Council of North America, a group of scholars that interprets Islamic law, said.

Over 100 Muslim organisations, mosques and leaders endorse the edict, signed by 18 Islamic scholars who serve on the FCNA.

"There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism," said the fatwa, issued in English, Arabic and Urdu.

"It is 'haram' for a Muslim to cooperate with any individual or group that is involved in any act of terrorism or violence," it said, adding "it is the civic and religious duty of Muslims to cooperate with law enforcement authorities to protect the lives of all civilians."

The scholars said the fatwa is in response to the blasts this month in London and Egypt, and that they wanted the message to reach both non-Muslims who believe that Islam supports terrorism, as well as Muslims in North America and elsewhere, especially youths who could be susceptible to Islamic extremism.

"Suicide bombing is forbidden in Islam," said FCNA President Muzammil H Siddiqi.

"Tragetting civilians' life and property through suicide bombing or any other method of attack is 'haram'," the fatwa said.

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