Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Reiterating that terrorism and extremism were against the very basic tenets of Islam, Maulana Arshad Madani, President of Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind, on Wednesday alleged that a vilification campaign has been launched globally to hold Islam responsible for the rise of violence, extremism and political unrest in various parts of the world.

Talking to reporters here, Maulana Arshad Madani said Darul-Uloom, Deoband, a reputed and respected institute of Islamic learning, has decided to present Islam in its real and true perspective to create greater awareness about the Prophet’s message of harmony and amity.

“In this backdrop, the Mufti of this 140-year-old Islamic seminary issued a ‘fatwa’ [Islamic decree] against terrorism stating that killing of innocent people was not compatible with Islam,” he said while lauding and supporting the measure.

Holding American terror policies responsible for making world peace vulnerable, the Maulana said that communal forces in India were also bent upon whipping communal passions to dent the democratic image of the country. “Their aim is also to foment trouble among various communities for their own political objectives and goals,” he said.

He urged the government to take steps to preserve the rich cultural heritage of the country.

“The minorities, particularly Muslims, want to play an active role in the development and welfare of the country like other communities but it is necessary to create a conducive and cordial atmosphere so that they do not feel neglected and marginalised,” he said.

In his opinion, the enterprise of Muslims had been deliberately suppressed and attempts were being made in many parts of the world to snap the relationship between true Islam and a genuine Muslim.