70 Muslim clerics issue fatwa against violence and terrorism

Published on: 13/05/2018 | Comments: 1 comment 

.. by Sasha Ingber

Scholars from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Indonesia attended a conference on Friday to discuss stability in Afghanistan. Indonesian President Joko Widodo (center) shakes hands with Qibla Ayaz, chairman of Pakistan’s Council of Islamic Ideology.

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Seventy scholars from three Muslim nations issued an edict on Friday that says violent extremism and terrorism violate the principles of Islam.

The announcement was made during a conference in Indonesia. Scholars from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Indonesia convened at the presidential palace in the city of Bogor in West Java,?reported The Associated Press.

They were there to discuss ways to stop bloodshed in Afghanistan ? and the brutal methods that the Taliban has used to cling to power since it was overthrown in 2001.

“We reaffirm that violence and terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group, as violent extremism and terrorism in all its forms and manifestation including violence against civilians and suicide attacks are against the holy principles of Islam,” the declaration reportedly said.

Ahead of Friday’s conference, the Taliban released a statement which urged all Islamic scholars not to attend,?Al-Jazeera reported. It said the conference was “un-Islamic” and part of “various stratagems” to preserve foreign occupation.

In their quest to regain control, the Taliban caused 42 percent of civilian casualties in Afghanistan last year, according to the United Nations. (An additional 10 percent were attributed to the Islamic State Khorasan Province; 16 percent, to Afghan national security forces; and the rest were other pro- and anti-government groups.)

In the first quarter of 2018, deaths ticked up in cities,?according to the special inspector for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The most deadly attack in Kabul happened on Jan. 27, when the Taliban detonated a car bomb near the Ministry of Interior headquarters. At least 103 people died and 235 were injured.

It is not uncommon for Islamic clerics to issue such?fatwas,?or judicial decrees. In January, more than 1,800 clerics in Pakistan declared a directive that forbade suicide bombings,?Reuters reported.

In 2014, as ISIS was seizing territory for its “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria, clerics issued edicts that?condemned the terrorist group. A now-83-year-old leader named Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah issued?fatwas?to explain why ISIS and other terrorist groups were misguided. He said that establishing a caliphate by force and killing innocent people was a misreading of religious doctrine.

“These people don’t have religious knowledge, so their understanding is shallow and they are completely incorrect,” Bayyah told NPR, adding that it would take time and teaching to reach people on the streets.

More than 100 Islamic clerics in 2014?issued an open letter?to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi citing Islamic texts to show that the group was violating Islamic teachings.

But Barnett Rubin, a senior fellow at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation, wonders whether the Taliban will pay any attention to the?fatwa.?”It’s not about interpretations of Islam. It’s about political power,” he told NPR.

According to Rubin, the American and Afghan governments focus on Islamic extremism rather than politics and the Taliban want to talk about the American military presence in Afghanistan.

“There is no basis to believe that it will change the Taliban’s political behavior because there is no basis to assert [clerics] have any authority.”? .. Source

Clerics evince keen interest in receiving govt stipends

Published on: 18/02/2018 | Comments: No comments 

.. by Gul Hamaad Farooqi

Chitral:?? On the direction of Provincial government, chief secretary KP, district administration in collaboration with Assistant Director Rural Development held documents verification of Uluma and Khateebs of different Mosques of Chitral. This is a part of initiative by provincial government for giving them rupees 10000 per month honorarium. Assistant Commissioner Chitral Sajid Nawaz was chief guest on the occasion. ?Addressing on the occasion AC Chitral told the religious clerics of Chitral that this is a positive step by provincial government for empowerment of these Ulema. A question and answer session was held in which participants asked questions about continuation of this honorarium. AC replied that it will be continued and will be increased with passage of time.

Talking to this scribe some Pesh Imams and Khateebs of Mosques said that they appreciated this step by government to alleviate poverty of religious scholars and to eradicate their dependency on others. They said that in past these Uluma also were playing role of Judge and local disputes were resolved? by them after giving them this monthly honorarum they will be able to play role of judge once again and due to their independence they will decide on merit basis and be impartial. During the session some religious scholars also talked about the royalty of forest to women folk and hailed this step by government.

Faheemul Jalal Assistant Director Rural Development told that verification process of documents of Uluma and Khateebs of Chitral was held under their auspices and they completed this process ?on merit basis. He said that some 500 Uluma and Khateebs attended this session of verification and they submitted their documents along with their account numbers and contact. After completion of this process their monthly stipend will start and would be transfered in their bank account

District Khateeb Maulana Fazal Maula and Khateeb Bazar Masjid Maulana Israruddin Alhilal were also present on the occasion for verification of documents. . GH Farooqi , 18 Feb 2018