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Oppose terror says Saudi Grand Mufti
Mecca, Nov 27 (Agencies):
Published on 27 Nov. 2009 11:33 PM IST
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In a bid to water down the concept of Islamic terrorism, a key Islamic leader has earnestly appealed to Muslims to combat terrorism and disapprove of suicide attacks. “There is no place for terrorism in Islam…Muslim intellectuals should address this menace and should take measures to root out this menace, eradicate misunderstandings about Islam and its teachings,” Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al Sheikh said in his Haj sermon at Masjid-i-Nimra in Arafat on Thursday. According to Zee News reports, more than two million Muslims had gathered on the plains of Arafat for the annual pilgrimage. The mufti further noted that the international community was facing challenges related to terrorism, adding conspiracies were being designed to create misconceptions against Islam and Muslims across the world. He added that minds of Muslim youths were being diverted with the help of modern communication tools. His sermon urged Muslims to concentrate on education and learning. Commenting on the financial downturn, the Islamic leader held the non-Islamic economic principles responsible for bankruptcy of the world’s largest companies. He further added that Islam is the refuge the global community was searching for. Mufti’s anti-terror message timely: Indian leaders New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS): Muslim leaders in India Friday welcomed the “timely message” by Saudi grand mufti asking Muslims not to support terrorism and urging them to unite against suicide attacks. In his message to Muslims delivered during Haj pilgrimage, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al Sheikh said there was no place for terrorism in Islam and asked Muslim intellectuals to take measures to “eradicate misunderstandings about Islam and its teachings”. He was delivering the annual Haj sermon at Masjid-e-Nimra in Arafat, outside the Makkah city, where over two million Muslims from across the world had gathered for ‘waqoof’, one of the important rituals. Many millions around the world watched the sermon broadcast live on TV. Khutba Haj, as the sermon is known, is very important to Muslims as it is addressed to the entire community and Haj pilgrims carry its message back to their respective homelands. Welcoming the message, Moulana Niyaz Ahmed Farooqi, the secretary general of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, said: “The khutba from the mufti sahib is timely and was much needed. People all over the world should now understand that any killing done in the name of Islam is actually against the tenets of Islam.” “The Haj khutba is meant to lead the Muslims towards the righteous path and the mufti sahib could not have chosen a better platform to bring home this important point.” He said clerics in India had always held the view that there was no justification of terrorism in Islam and those who terrorise the people in the name of Islam and denigrating the religion “are actually the enemies of Islam”. The Jamiat, Farooqi said, “has launched a nationwide movement to clear the misconceptions about Islam and propagate the right message of peace which is the essence of our faith”. Journalist-politician Shahid Siddiqui said the sermon was “better late than never”. “This message should have gone 20 years ago and the damage that the terror in the name of the religion did to Muslims could have been prevented,” Siddiqui said. “All along these years, I have been wondering how Muslims are tolerating the terror in the name of Islam which has caused a huge damage. Islam is a religion which forbids you to cut trees, how can you kill innocents and claim to be a Musalman. “I appreciate what the Mufti sahib has said and hope that these enemies of Islam would have got a message,” said Siddiqui, who is also national secretary of the Bahujan Samaj Party. Fromer Congress MP Syed Shahabuddin said the views of the grand mufti are what “Indian Ulema have been saying and questioning terrorism and calling for a united struggle against misrepresentation of Islam”. He said Muslims should empower themselves with education and knowledge to fight the evil forces which bring a bad name to Islam.

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