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Firm stand: A congregation of Muslims at the 29th general session of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Firm stand: A congregation of Muslims at the 29th general session of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind in Hyderabad on Sunday.

Special Correspondent

Hyderabad: The 29th general session of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind which concluded here on Sunday urged the government agencies to refrain from identifying terrorism with a particular religion or community. To ascribe the folly of an individual with the entire community disturbed the whole society and its negative effects created hatred against each other, it said.

A resolution to this effect was adopted at a well attended public meeting held at the Nizam College grounds here comprising 6000 clerics from all over the country.

A few individuals held in the bomb explosions at Malegaon and Madosa were found associated with or influenced by the RSS and like minded Hindu outfits. But to raise a finger against any particular community or religion “is highly unjust”, the resolution said.

Sri Sri Ravishankar of the Art of Living Foundation, Swami Agnivesh, Pandit N.K. Sharma and Joseph D Souza, president, All India Christian Council shared the dais with eminent ulemas and Muftis of Darul Uloom, Deoband.

In their address they strongly denounced terrorism and deplored its linking with Muslims. K. Rahman Khan, deputy chairman, Rajya Sabha, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajashekhar Reddy, MPs, Asaduddin Owaisi, Anjan Kumar Yadav were present.

The Jamiat leaders took pains to point out that ‘jihad’ and terrorism were two different things. While jihad was basically a constructive phenomenon, terrorism was destructive.

They urged the media not to interpret events with bias but to analyse them in the right perspective.

Jamiat leader and MP, Maulana Mehmood Madni, said the Jamiat wished to see India at the top of developed countries by 2020 and for this it was necessary that Muslims worked for communal harmony at every level.

Sri Ravishankar strongly condemned the spectre of violence facing the country and said terrorists should be dealt with strongly whichever faith they might belong to. He cautioned against the talk of Islam or Hinduism being in danger.

Swami Agnivesh said Islam had nothing to do with terrorism. The very word ‘Islam’ meant peace. He wondered why some political parties which talked of POTA had suddenly gone silent after the role of Sadhvi Pragnya Singh Tahkur came to light in the Malegaon bomb blasts.

Fatwa appreciated

Chief Minister Y.S. Rajashekhar Reddy appreciated the ‘fatwa’ against terrorism issued by the clerics and said it was the duty of everyone to counter religious fundamentalists whether they were Hindus or Muslims. There would be a congenial atmosphere if everyone followed the message of love given by the prophet of Islam.

The Chief Minister referred to the terrorist incidents in Hyderabad and the recent communal violence in Adilabad district and said government had responded immediately.

The public meeting also passed resolutions on Sachar Committee and Ranganath Misra Commission, Muslim reservation, unity of Muslims, Dalits and other minorities, Muslim Awkaf, communal harmony, U.S. aggression against people of Iraq, American intervention in Afghanistan.


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