‘Terrorists Not Worthy Of Being Called Muslims’

27 October 2009
Times of India

New Delhi: An international conference of prominent Muslim personalities from around the world on Tuesday denounced terror as unIslamic and agreed to pursue the idea of a fatwa against suicide bombers, pointing out that Islam did not sanction either the act of suicide or taking innocent lives. 'All religious leaders present here and more specifically Islamist scholars will issue a decree denouncing such terrorist acts as anti-Islam as Islam does not sanction violence as a means to achieve one's political or social ends,' the resolution adopted at the end of day-long deliberations said. It resolved to take an initiative to urge misled terrorists to shun the path of violence and enter the mainstream. Inaugurating the conference, Vice-President Hamid Ansari called for 'isolating a terrorist who continues to unabashedly terrorise and kill innocent people in the name of religion and more especially in the name of Islam'. He said religious scholars should condemn the terrorists as people 'not worth to be known as Muslims'. Ansari said jihadis in Jammu and Kashmir and the Taliban in Afghanistan had not done any act of bravery by 'pulling the triggers of their guns on innocent women and children'. Questioning the ways of the terror outfits, he said such extremists were 'neither Islamists nor do they have even a working knowledge of Islam'. The latest in a series of gatherings of Islamic scholars, the meet was attended by noted personalities from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, Iran, Lebanon, Morocco, Malaysia and Ukraine. Speaking about India's internal situation, Union minister Farooq Abdullah said Muslims had been targets of terrorism. He warned against using religion for political reasons. 'Allah does not need votes, nor does Lord Ram, but I do, so does Advani,' he said. Referring to the situation in the militancy-affected Jammu and Kashmir, he regretted that a section of people in the state had been on a 'route to disaster'. He said the unity among people and respect for every religion were the best defence against terror. His Cabinet colleague Ghulam Nabi Azad said terrorism posed a serious threat to 'society as a whole, irrespective of caste, religion, nationalities and geographical barriers'.