‘A Jehad is not terrorism': Classic Islamic doublespeak:
Posted by jagoindia on June 1, 2008
Quote: “Usman said that many people, especially in the West, were carrying out a propaganda that terrorism was synonymous with jehad. He said that while terrorism is destructive, jehad is constructive.” Unquote
This is a classic Islamic excercise in al-taqiyya or lying in order to mislead the kaffirs.
A Jehad is not terrorism’
Express News Service, Sunday , June 01, 2008
New Delhi, May 31 In A dramatic setting of overcast clouds and billowing dust winds, over three lakh Muslims from all over India descended at the Ram Lila Grounds for the Global Peace Conference on Saturday.
Clerics from every state came together for the conference and issued a fatwa against terrorism. The fatwa follows a declaration by Jamait-ul-Hind President Qari Usman denouncing terrorism at the Deoband seminary on February 25.
Representatives of Shia and Sunni sects — Darul Uloom Deoband, Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind, Nadwatul Ulama Lucknow and Jamaat-e-Islami Hind — were present at the rally.
“It is proved from clear guidelines provided in the Holy Quran that allegation of terrorism against a religion like Islam, which preaches world peace, is nothing but a lie,” the fatwa reads.
Maulana Qari Sayeed Mohammad Usman, president of Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind, while reading out the fatwa, said,” At present, there is a propaganda to equate Jehad with terrorism. Jehad is basically for establishment of peace, which is a fundamental right of human beings. Terrorism, meanwhile, is the gravest crime as held by Quran and Islam.”
And, it was not just the clerics. Even the laity, cutting across economic classes, reached the Ram Lila Grounds: some as early as yesterday. People started walking towards the ground from 3 pm; several had been camping since early morning.
“Every time there is any sort of unrest after a bomb blast, Muslims are blamed even without an investigation. Mohammad Iliyas was picked from Bharatpur mosque without any proof of his involvement in the Jaipur bomb blasts,” said Irfan Mohammad, a driver who reached the grounds from Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh.
People came not just from North India, but also from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The local mosques had announced about the Global Peace Conference a fortnight back. In Delhi, the announcement was made on May 10 at the Jama Masjid.
“Our Ulema told us about the conference. A day’s income is nothing in front of din. We had to prove that Deoband does not produces terrorists and not everyone with a beard is a bomb maker,” said Rafi Mohammad, who came from Alwar in Rajasthan.
Deoband first: A fatwa against terror
1 Jun 2008, 0000 hrs IST,TNN
NEW DELHI: For the first time ever, Islamic seminary Darul-Uloom Deoband issued a fatwa against terrorism on Saturday, stating Islam had come to wipe out all kinds of terrorism and to spread the message of global peace. The Darul-Uloom had denounced terrorism for the first time in February, but had not issued a fatwa so far.
Saturday’s fatwa, signed by Darul-Uloom’s grand mufti Habibur Rehman, asserts that “Islam rejects all kinds of unjust violence, breach of peace, bloodshed, murder and plunder and does not allow it in any form”.
Citing the “sinister campaign” to malign “Islamic faith…by linking terrorism with Islam and distorting the meanings of Quranic Verses and Prophet traditions”, Mahmood Asad Madani, leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, had wanted Deoband to spell out the stand of Islam on world peace.
The fatwa, issued before a huge gathering of Muslims in Delhi’s Ramlila Ground for the Anti-Terrorism and Global Peace Conference, went on to say, “It is proved from clear guidelines provided in the Holy Quran that allegations of terrorism against a religion which preaches and guarantees world peace is nothing but a lie. The religion of Islam has come to wipe out all kinds of terrorism and to spread the message of global peace. Allah knows the best.”
The conference was addressed by Jamiat chief and Darul-Uloom’s deputy rector Hazrat Maulana Qari Sayed Mohammed Usman.
He called the conference historic as Muslims of different sects and ideologies — including Nadwatul Ulama Lucknow, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and All India Muslim Personal Law Board — ratified the fatwa against terrorism.
The exclusively-male turnout that read an “oath of allegiance” to the fatwa cheered most lustily as speakers attacked the US.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind leader Madani, an MP, stated that the fatwa should be welcomed by the entire Islamic world.
“Killing of innocent people is not compatible with Islam. The biggest challenge faced by us today is terrorism (which) threatens to strike at the very root of the secular structure of our society besides causing irreparable loss,” stated Madani.
Notwithstanding the caveats like “unjust” and “innocent”, which may make it appear falling short of an
unequivocal condemnation of terrorism, the fatwa is viewed by many as a significant step forward towards rallying the public opinion against terrorism.
Coming after the February 25 denunciation, it is seen as reflective of the growing recognition on the part of clerics to counter misgivings about interpretations of scriptures.
Deoband has lately been under intense focus because many of the terrorist groups — from Taliban to Jaish and Harkat — are widely perceived to be Deobandi in orientation.
However, it was when the deputy rector of Deoband, Usman, came down heavily on “the dual policy of America” that the massive crowds cheered the most. “Whenever Christian and American interests are hurt in any part of the world, they take prompt action to set things right even at the cost of human lives. They maintain silence though when Muslims are the victims,” he said, further criticizing the US for its support to Israel.
According to Usman, Jamiat recently held a series of conferences and meetings with madrassas in Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Kanpur, Surat, Varanasi and Kolkata to carry forward the anti-terror movement which was initiated at Deoband in February. Usman said that many people, especially in the West, were carrying out a propaganda that terrorism was synonymous with jehad.
He said that while terrorism is destructive, jehad is constructive. “Terrorism is the gravest crime as held by Quran and Islam. We are not prepared to tolerate terrorism in any form and we are ready to cooperate with all responsible people,” he said.
Staff Reporter, The Hindu
Aye to peace, nay to terror: Members of Darul Uloom Deoband and Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind during an Anti-Terrorism Global Peace Conference in New Delhi on Saturday. NEW DELHI: Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, one of the leading Islamic organisations, along with several other Muslim outfits owing allegiance to different sects and ideologies, issued a “fatwa” against terrorism at the Anti-Terrorism Global Peace Conference at Ramlila Grounds here on Saturday.
The “fatwa,” sought by Member of Parliament and Jamiat leader Mahmood Asad Madani and issued on the letterhead of Darul Uloom Deoband, read: “Islam is a religion of peace and security. In its eyes, on any part over the surface of the earth spreading mischief, rioting, breach of peace, bloodshed, killing of innocent persons and plundering are the most inhuman crimes.”
Welcoming the fatwa, Mr. Madani said: “Terrorism has emerged as the most serious challenge faced by our nation in recent times. It threatens to strike at the very root of secular structure of our society besides causing irreparable loss in terms of human lives and property. The conference today has provided the opportunity for the entire Islamic community to come on a single platform and raise its voice against terrorism.”
The conference, organised as part of a series of such public meetings across the country, adopted a seven-point declaration condemning the propaganda that “regards terrorism as synonymous with jehad.”
“There is a world of difference between terrorism and jehad. Jehad is constructive and terrorism is destructive. Jehad is for the establishment of peace…terrorism is the gravest crime as held by Koran and Islam,” the declaration said.
Addressing the huge gathering, Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind president Hazrat Maulana Qari Sayed Mohammad Usman said: “We appeal to the Government of India and international community that if they are sincere about rooting out the menace of terrorism they must strive to establish justice and fair play in society. The implementation of the Sachar Committee Report will help eradicate injustice and deprivation. The Government should take immediate action for its implementation.”
Social activist Swami Agnivesh said: “It is wrong to attribute the wrongdoings of a few individuals to the whole community. I would not mince words to say that the United States is the terrorist number one. To defame the Holy Koran and Islam is the worst form of terrorism. Islam stands for peace and brotherhood and there cannot be a bigger lie than saying that Muslims are terrorists. Who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi and former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi? Were their assassins Muslims?” he asked. End
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