Ulema term senseless attacks on minorities un-Islamic

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 11:12:23 by

Religious scholars in Pakistan have described terrorist attacks on minorities as un-Islamic and said Islam does not allow attacks on minorities and their worship places.

The statement came two days after twin suicide attacks killed over 80 and injured nearly 130 people in a packed Church when Christians were performing Sunday’s service.

The National Assembly late Monday passed a unanimous resolution, strongly condemning the attacks as heinous and inhuman.

The resolution said the attacks were not only against Christian but against all Pakistanis. The parliament expressed solidarity with the Christian community and sympathized with the bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of the injured.

The terror attacks, which also killed 34 women and some children, are being widely condemned in Pakistan and across the world.

Islamic parties and religious scholars also slammed the terrorists to target innocent and peaceful Christians and said these brutal attacks have posed serious threat to the possible peace talks with the armed Taliban.

Chairman of Pakistan’s Ulema Council, Allama Tahir Ashrafi has said that religious leaders are unanimous in opinion that attacks on non-Muslims are un-Islamic.

Ashrafi told the media that few individuals are defaming the Islam, the religion of peace and tolerance, through their inhuman actions.

He also said that the Muslims showed solidarity with Christians after the attack and visited them at the Church site and hospital.

A banned outfit “Jundullah” has claimed responsibility for the attacks and the group’s spokesman, Ahmed Marwat, said the attacks were revenge of the U.S. drone strikes in the tribal regions. He said attacks on non-Muslims will continue unless the U.S. stops drone attacks.

Senior religious scholars from different schools of thought urged the government that elements involved in the killing of members of Christian community should not be invited to peace dialogue.

Renowned scholars Mufti Taqi Usmani, Dr Abdul Razzaq, Maulana Samiullah and Maulana Mufti Rafi Usmani of Deobandi school of thought issued a decree on Monday which said that such acts were against the teachings of Islam and saying of the Muslim Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

“We believe that the attack on the church was a conspiracy against Islam and Pakistan,” they said in a statement.



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