Grand Mufti Says Stone Throwing Un-Islamic10 March 2010
New Delhi: Terming stone pelting form of protest un-Islamic, the Grand Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir Maulana Bashir-ud-Din Wednesday said such violent practices were against the basic tenets of the religion. “Islam strongly prohibits any means of violence. The stone pelting practice is surely un-Islamic. It causes inconvenience to people and propels more violence,' the Grand Mufti was quoted as having said by a wire news agency, IANS. Bashir-ud-Din heads the Sharia Court of Jammu and Kashmir and is also the president of the State Personal Law Board. He is authorised to make decisions on Islamic law and issue fatwas (religious edicts). Asked if he had issued a fatwa against stone pelting, which some separatists justify as a form of resistance, the Mufti said, 'What I am saying is not my personal opinion. I, as a Grand Mufti, am making it clear. When Islam doesn't advocate or justify any violence, how can you justify stone pelting? I am saying this in the light of Hadith (sayings of the Prophet) and the holy Quran”. 'Islam is the religion of peace and brotherhood,' he said while strongly condemning the stone pelting. The Valley has witnessed rise in stone pelting incidents. Recently, a 13-year old boy of Rainawari was killed when he was hit by a tear gas shell. In another incident, a 10-day-old ailing baby died when a vehicle carrying him and his parents to a hospital was stopped during strike in Baramulla district Feb 21. Mufti Bashir-ud-Din said the stone pelting had taken a form of alternative employment in Jammu and Kashmir and the government needed to 'nip the evil in the bud'. 'They (stone throwers) are paid for what they are doing. What do you do about that? Give Kashmiri youth jobs so that they don't look for unlawful ways of earning,' he said. He was in the New Delhi to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Home Minister P. Chidambaram. 'I will meet them to urge for a dialogue process with every shades of opinion in the state to solve the (Kashmir) issue,' he said. He also condemned the killing of teenage Zahid Farooq, shot dead by BSF personnel last month.