Pakistan: 1,800 clerics issue fatwa against suicide bombing

Source: Daily Times

ISLAMABAD: More than 1,800 clerics have issued a fatwa forbidding suicide bombings, as part of a national counter-terrorism narrative ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’ launched here at the President’s House on Tuesday.

The 22-point decree signed by eminent religious scholars from different schools of thought and heads of major religious schools across Pakistan declared that suicide attacks were forbidden in the light of teachings of the Holy Quran and the Sunnah and were already adversely affecting the country and the society by causing disorder and mayhem to the advantage of the enemies of Islam as well as Pakistan.

“We unanimously reject extremist ideology and extremism in all its forms and manifestations. Wherever exists, this is an evil ideology, therefore, shall be dealt with as a religious obligation through all means available, i.e. ideological, kinetic and non-kinetic,” the decree said.

The fatwa strongly supported anti-terrorist military operations launched to strengthen the security and stability of the country.

The scholars agreed that spreading of sectarian hatred, armed sectarian conflict and imposition of one’s religious ideologies by force were contrary to the teachings of Islam and were tantamount to creating chaos and mischief in the country.

“As per constitution of Pakistan and law of the land, these acts are heinous crimes against humanity. We demand that government institutions should take all possible measures to eliminate such activities,” the decree read.

“Use of force to impose Islam in Pakistan, armed struggle against the State and all other forms of terrorist activities to which our country is confronted with are forbidden under the Islamic laws,” the fatwa declared. “All such actions are considered as rebellion against the State, benefiting the enemies of Islam and Pakistan,” the document said.

“In our opinion, those who are conducting, inciting, facilitating, financing and promoting such heinous acts are rebels and the State of Pakistan has legitimate authority to take all possible measures against them,” the decree said.

“Jihad involving physical combat and waging war is the prerogative of the State and no individual or group has the authority to declare and wage Jihad. Such initiatives of an individual or group shall be considered as acts of rebellion against the State and according to Islamic teaching is a heinous crime punishable under Tazir,” according to the decree.

“All Pakistani citizens are constitutionally bound to protect the national interests. Renunciation/breach of national interests is to be taken as high treason and therefore shall be dealt as per the Islamic injunctions.”

The fatwa says that constitutionally, the State of Pakistan is an Islamic Republic and the preamble of its constitution is based upon ‘Objectives Resolution’, declaring that sovereignty over the entire universe belongs to Almighty Allah alone and the authority to be exercised by the people of Pakistan within the limits prescribed by Allah is a sacred trust.

“Furthermore, the constitution also states that no law shall be enacted which is against or contrary to the teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah and all existing laws shall be brought into conformity with the Islamic injunction,” it said.

While addressing the ceremony, President Mamnoon Hussain said the national counter-terrorism narrative would help eradicate terrorism and prove instrumental in reforming the people who lost their path due to negative propaganda of aberrant elements.

He said the decree prepared by religious scholars and Wafaqul Madaris after thorough consultations was a step in the right direction which reiterates that Pakistan was an Islamic state that believes in peace, tolerance, justice and love.

“I believe that this decree, prepared in the light of true teachings of Islam, will transform their hearts and pave the way for their salvation in the hereinafter,” the president said, adding that according to the Islamic teachings, extremism, bloodshed and suicide bombing were categorized as spreading evil on earth (Fasaad-fil-Ard), which was categorically prohibited and unjustified.

The president pointed out that the State and its institutions to a certain extent fell short of discharging their responsibilities from 1970s to 1990s which resulted in several complexities.

He urged all segments of the society to make a resolve to not repeat such mistakes.

The document has been prepared with the assistance and support of the academia from Pakistani universities, in cooperation with the Wafaq-ul-Madaris al-Arabiyyah, Tanzim-ul-Madaris Ahl-e-Sunnat, Wafaq-ul-Madaris al-Salfiyyah, Wafaq-ul-Madaris al-Shi’ah and Rabitat-ul-Madaris Pakistan besides eminent scholars from Dar-ul-Uloom Karachi, Dar-ul-Uloom Muhammadiah Ghausia Bhera Sharif, Jamia Binoria Karachi, Jamiat al-Muntazar Lahore, Jamia Ashrafia Lahore, Jamia Haqqania Akora Khattak, Jamia Muhammadiah Islamabad and Jamia Faridiah Islamabad.

Published in Daily Times, January 17th 2018.


11 replies

  1. Source: Independent

    More than 1,800 Pakistani Muslim clerics have issued an Islamic directive, or fatwa, forbidding suicide bombings, a book due to be unveiled by the government on Tuesday says.

    The South Asian nation has for years been plagued by violence by Islamist militants who often use suicide bombers and preach that their struggle is a holy war to impose Islamic rule.

    Suicide attacks are frequently condemned as fanatical and immoral, especially when civilians are killed, but insurgents view the tactic as their most effective weapon.

  2. ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – More than 1,800 Pakistani Muslim clerics have issued an Islamic directive, or fatwa, forbidding suicide bombings, in a book unveiled by the government on Tuesday.

    For years, the South Asian nation has been plagued by violence by Islamist militants, who often use suicide bombers and preach that their struggle is a holy war to impose Islamic rule.

    Suicide attacks are frequently condemned as fanatical and immoral, especially when civilians are killed, but insurgents view the tactic as their most effective weapon.

    Seeking to curb “terrorism” that has resulted in tens of thousands of casualties since the early 2000s, the clerics declared suicide bombings to be forbidden, or “haraam”.

    “This fatwa provides a strong base for the stability of a moderate Islamic society,” Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain wrote in the book, prepared by the state-run International Islamic University and released at an official ceremony.

  3. It’s a start, but Pakistan has a very long way to go. Was Pakistan not created as a secular state? Which is what it should be, rather than a theocracy, run by corrupt leaders, both religious and secular. The nation deserves better, such as was the intention of the founders.

  4. Well it’s definitely a step in the right direction but if they are not lead astray like always by little things like money and bribes to turn a blind eye from the truth.

  5. The extremist clerics Pakistan are more powerful than 1800 moderate clerics. It is cool step , but it will not work. Pakistan has fallen in the hand of the extremist Clerics.
    All our ❤️

  6. All anti Extremist Muslim have to unite to fight and defeat the extremist Muslim ideology in Pakistan and other countries. If all anti-Extremist Muslim do not unite to fight our enemy, it is impossible to win in fighting the extremist Muslim.
    For example : Progressive Muslim has been helping the Ahmadiyyah’s right, every country.
    Unfortunately Ahmadiyyah still hostile toward Progressive Muslim by delating articles and my responds that different interpretation with Ahmadiyyah. Very sad.

    May Allah guide all anti extremist Muslim to unite against the extremist Muslim around the world. Amin

    All our ❤️
    Progressive Muslim

  7. Rafiq, you should know it well that all Progressive Muslim’s activist around the workd have been struggling to promote Human Right, protect the right minority, freedom of religion and expression. It means to protect the right of Ahmadiyyah, Shiah, Lgbt, and other beliefs.

    Human Right is the core of Islamic teaching from Moses, Jesus and Muhammad pbuh,

    Many Progressive Muslim’s activist have been sacrificed their life for Human Right.

    All ❤️
    Progressive Muslim

  8. It’s an appreciative act ,
    but if we want peace in country we have to protect rights of each and every citizen.
    Unfortunately our country has been destroyed by some selfish and Hippocrate politicians , in the result it has been trapped by extremists.
    May Allah protect our country.

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