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Suicide attacks are un-Islamic, say clerics

February 09, 2009 20:01 IST

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Suicide attacks by terrorists in the name of Islam are "un-Islamic", the Jamiat-ul-Ulema-e Hind a prominent Muslim body, said on Monday. The body, which has its association with the Darul Uloom Deoband, also announced holding of a meeting of religious leaders in Mumbai [Images] on February 14 to denounce acts of violence.

"Killing of innocents is against the principles of Islam and all kind of fidayeen attacks are un-Islamic," the Jamiat spokesman and Muslim scholar Maulana Abdul Hameed Noamani said.

"The attacks on Akshardham [Images], Parliament, Mumbai and elsewhere were un-Islamic and those who believe that such kind of act which claims innocent lives will take them to paradise are wrong," Naomani added.

"Suicide is haram (un-Islamic) in Islam. So how can a person who commit such act which also kill others can be justified," he asked.

"This is the first time that the suicide attacks issue will come up for discussion in our meeting. We have been condemning terror attacks," Naomani said. He also said that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Swami Agnivesh and other prominent people would be among the speakers in the meeting which is expected to be attended by more than 6,000 clerics from across the country.

Jamiat has launched a country-wide campaign organising public rallies in Delhi [Images], Hyderabad, Bangalore and elsewhere to denounce terrorism.

"In the meeting, we will also raise the issue of non-implementation of Sri Krishna Commission report on Mumbai riots, reservations to Muslims and the step-motherly treatment meted out to Urdu schools by Maharashtra government," Noamani said.

"Maharashtra govt is not granting funds to Urdu schools since 2000. This is surely a step-motherly treatment," he said, adding that the government must grant fund to these schools so that teachers there can get their salaries.

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