A leading Indian Muslim organization concluded on Saturday, December 14, a two-day conference on world peace, unifying world Muslim scholars’ word against terrorism.
“In 2008, 6000 Ulemas and Muftis had come together to sign the fatwa against terrorism issued by Darul Uloom Deoband,” prominent Muslim scholar and politician Mahmood A Madani, General Secretary, Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind said while addressing the conference, ummid.com News Network reported.
“After receiving international consensus for disassociating the image of terror from the peaceful identity of Islam, over 200 Ulemas from the UK, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, The Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have added their support to the fatwa,” he added.
Organized by the Sheikhul-Hind Educational Charitable Trust, the two day Conference is India’s first initiative to establish a positive dialogue about world peace.
Held under the banner, World Peace Conference, the two-day conference aimed at seeking solutions from Islam to problems plaguing the region.
The conference was attended by scholars from countries of the region, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Maldives.
Muslim scholars from the US and the UK were also present to debate and discuss ways to combat terrorism perpetrated in the name of Islam.
“The conference therefore marks an international declaration to establish and maintain peace and harmony,” scholar Madani said.
The decisions made after extensive deliberation at the two day event will be announced at Aman Ka Paigaam: Message of Peace, at Ramlila Maidan (New Delhi) on 15 December 2013.
The event will be attended by 1,00,000 Muslims from all walks of life and will see them take a pledge of peace.
There are some 140 million Muslims in Hindu-majority India, the world’s third-largest Muslim population after those of Indonesia and Pakistan.
Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind is among India’s leading Islamic organizations in India.
Founded in 1919 by leading Muslim scholars, the organization’s network spans across India.
In 2008, thousands of Muslim scholars from across India denounced terrorism as a violation of Islamic teachings, calling it the “biggest crime as per Qur’an.”
Another Britain-based Muslim scholar, Sheikh Tahir ul-Qadri, issued a 600-page fatwa in May 2011, condemning suicide bombings, kidnappings and the killing of innocent people as “absolutely against the teachings of Islam”.