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Ajit JainIndia Abroad Correspondent in Toronto
The Islamic Supreme Council of Canada has condemned the Taleban for their decision to force Hindus in Afghanistan to wear an identity label on their clothing to set them apart from Muslims.
In a press release on May 22, I Syed Soharwardy, founder of the ISCC and Muslims Against Terrorism, denounced this as "un-Islamic actions of the Taleban".
According to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, non-Muslims should not be threatened in a Muslim state, he said. The holy Qur'an also says "there is no compulsion in Islam", he noted.
Non-Muslims must not be forced to accept Islam as long as they are living peacefully in a Muslim country and they must be protected, respected and should have freedom to follow their religion, Soharwardy suggested.
These and other actions of the Taleban "are completely wrong and against the fundamental teachings of Islam", he argued, adding that the "Taleban are creating a very intolerant religion in the name of Islam and Muslims will not tolerate this".
Therefore, the ISCC has urged Muslim countries to break off their relationship with the Taleban government.
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