By Farooq Awan
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.