Shaikh Mohommad wrote:
Islam teaches everyone to fight and fight those who fight against you. The forces of Islamic Republic of Pakistan - my word. Doesn't any one know that Pakistan is an occupied country - occupied by Pakistan Army who are puppets of Washington and London.
Dear Sheikh Sahab,
The Talebans, Clerics/Students of Lal Mosuqes and predominant majortiy of those who are Jamat-e-Islami and other such religious organizations in Pakistan are basically Deobandi Muslims [Hanafi School of thought]. They follow Fatwa of Darul Uloom Deoband India in all the matters pertaining to day to day affairs. I wonder what are your thoughts on this latest Resolution of Darululoom Deoband - UP - India. Now please attentively read the wordings of Fatwa and tell us all that aren't those elements [specifically in Pakistan] who want to use the violent means to change the rulers in Pakistan, creating bad name for Quran, Hadith and Islam through their stupid acts in the name of Jihad and that too within the Muslim Country. In Hanafi Fiqh, the Taqleed [Blindly Following the Fatwa of Hanafi Theocrats] is Wajib [Must].
Darool-Uloom Deoband issues fatwa against terrorismRhys Blakely in Bombay
From The Times June 2, 2008
An ultra-conservative Islamic seminary that has inspired extremist groups including the Taleban has issued a fatwa against terrorism, in what is believed to be the first edict of its kind.
The Darool-Uloom Deoband, a 150 year-old India-based institution that holds influence over thousands of smaller Islamic schools across the subcontinent, many of which have attracted British students in recent years, issued the fatwa at an outdoor peace conference attended by thousands of clerics and students in Delhi.
The organisation, which condemned terrorism as the “most inhuman crime” has a reputation as one of the global centres of Islamic theological debate. Its base in the northern Indian town of Deoband has become synonymous with dogmatic and violent fundamentalism.
Most of the Taleban leadership attended Deobandi-influenced seminaries based in Pakistan. The movement has been recognised by analysts as a key force behind jihadi madrassas — traditional schools that promote terrorist violence — in several countries, including the UK.
“The religion of Islam has come to wipe out all kinds of terrorism and to spread the message of global peace,” the Darul-Uloom grand mufti Habibur Rehman said in the fatwa.
“Islam rejects all kinds of unjust violence, breach of peace, bloodshed, murder and plunder and does not allow it in any form”.
Analysts said the move was significant, partly because several previously divided sects chose to ratify the condemnation of violence.
The closely-watched Deobandi group had denounced terrorism in a landmark move in February. “Islam has taught its followers to treat all mankind with equality, mercy, tolerance, justice … all kinds of violence and terrorism in the strongest possible terms,” it said.
Other speakers at Saturday’s event criticised what they termed a “sinister campaign” to malign the “Islamic faith...by linking terrorism with Islam and distorting the meanings of Quranic Verses and Prophet traditions”.
However, some of the largest cheers came from the all-male crowd when the United States and its policies were criticised.
The deputy rector of the Darul-Uloom, Hazrat Maulana Qari Sayed Mohammed Usman, said: “Whenever Christian and American interests are hurt in any part of the world, they take prompt action to set things right even at the cost of human lives. They maintain silence though when Muslims are the victims.” He went on to criticise the US for its support to Israel.
Islamic scholars condemn terror at sect summit From Times Online February 26, 2008
Terrorism has been declared un-Islamic by scholars at a Wahabi madrassa, which some believe inspired the Taleban, according to a senior cleric.
In a declaration, as many as 20,000 leaders representing different sects of Islam also called on the Indian Government to ensure that Muslims were not harassed in the name of terrorism, Maulana Shaukat said. He was speaking from the 150-year-old Darul Uloom Deoband madrassa at Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, northern India.
The declaration said: “Islam is a religion of mercy for all humanity. Islam sternly condemns all kinds of oppression, violence and terrorism.”
Adil Siddiqui, another Deobandi representative, noted that “whenever there is any incident of terrorism, every possible attempt is made to link it to Muslims, particularly who have studied in madrassas. This is totally wrong.”
News (Darul Uloom - Deoband)
All India Anti-Terrorism Conference
Organized by: Rabta Madaris Islamiah (Islamic Madrasas Association)
Darul Uloom Deoband, on 17 Safar 1429 H = 25 February 2008 Monday
Chaired by: Hazrat Maulana Marghoobur Rahman Sahib,
Mohtamim Darul Uloom Deoband & President of Islamic Madrasas Association, Darul Uloom Deoband
Islam is the religion of mercy for all humanity. It is the fountainhead of eternal peace, tranquility, security. Islam has given so much importance to human beings that it regards the killing of a single person the of killing the entire humanity, without differentiation based on creed and caste. Its teaching of peace encompasses all humanity. Islam has taught its followers to treat all mankind with equality, mercy, tolerance, justice. Islam sternly condemns all kinds of oppression, violence and terrorism. It has regarded oppression, mischief, rioting and murdering among severest sins and crimes.
This All India Anti-Terrorism Conference attended by the representatives of all Muslim schools of thought organised by Rabta Madaris Islamiah Arabia (Islamic Madrasas Association), Darul Uloom Deoband condemns all kinds of violence and terrorism in the strongest possible terms. The Conference expresses its deep concern and agony on the present global and national alarming conditions in which most of the nations are adopting such an attitude against their citizens especially Muslims to appease the tyrant and colonial master of the West, which cannot be justified in any way. It is a matter of greater concern that the internal and external policies of our country are getting heavily influenced by these forces. Their aggression, barbarism and state-sponsored terrorism not only in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan but also in Bosnia and various South American countries have surpassed all the records known to human history. Contrary to it, our great nation has always been known for impartiality and its moral and spiritual values. Now the situation has worsened so far that every Indian Muslim especially those associated with madrasas, who are innocent with good record of characters, are always gripped by the fear that they might be trapped by the administrative machinery anytime. And, today countless number of innocent Muslims are spending their lives behind the bars and are forced to bear many intolerable tortures. And, those spreading terror, attacking police stations, killing the police in broad daylight and showing illegal arms are roaming about freely with no effective and preventive steps being taken by the government to check their acts of terrorism and violence. This partial attitude has put a big question mark on the secular character of the government posing great threats to the country. Therefore, this All India Anti-Terrorism Conference strongly condemns this attitude and expresses its deep concern on this partiality of government officials and declares its continuous joint struggles for domination of law, justice and secular system.
This conference strongly demands the Indian Government to curb those maligning the madrasas and Muslims. The administrative machinery should be demanded to conduct impartial investigations in activities disturbing public peace in the country and to punish only those found guilty. It also demands to free the accused if he is found innocent and punish severely those officials who accused him of crimes of terrorism. No person of any particular community should be suspected without solid reasons. In short, the government agencies must fulfill their duty justly without any prejudice and bias so that real peace and security may prevail in the country.
This All India Anti-Terrorism Conference appeals to all intellectuals, writers and media persons to independently and honestly analyze the national and international affairs and avoid to biased and partial attitudes.
Moreover, this All India anti-Terrorism Conference attended by the representatives of all schools of thought appeal to all Muslims to continue, as they always did in the past, their loyalty towards the dear motherland and love and respect towards humanity. It appeals to them to fully understand the present alarming situation, the gravity and intensity of the time, and feel the pulse of the present world so that they might not be employed as tools of evils by anti-Islamic or anti-national forces. It peals to them to live with dignity and pride being faithful to the country, to keep full trust on their leadership, render full support to Islamic madarsas which are valuable assets of the Muslim Ummah, spend their lives in the country following Islamic Shariah and teachings with full confidence. They should always remember that most important things are Islam and practicing it, and, hence, their prime focus should be on enriching their lives with good deeds and noble manners as, in fact, worldly situations deteriorate because of non-practice of Islamic teachings.
Need for holding state-wise conferences against terrorism.
This meeting of working committee of All India madarsas association feels necessary to hold state-wise conferences as it held this grand conference in view of the existing situations. The present situation of the country demands the joint and constant efforts being made to denounce terrorism, biased and discriminatory attitudes of the government against the Muslim community. It needs such conferences to be held in the major places of all the states. This meeting appeals to Darul Uloom Deoband to act as a leader in this direction.