Religious scholars denounce extremism

Published: February 12, 2016



Religious scholars from different Muslim countries have unanimously denounced all forms of terrorism, religious extremism and sectarian violence, vowing to shun differences and strive for peace.

In a joint declaration issued after the Message of Islam Conference held in Islamabad, clerics declared military, ideological and intellectual alliance to be the panacea to all ills and challenges facing the Muslim world, calling for guiding and educating youths against terrorism, extremism and sectarianism.

Rooting out extremism

They termed “anti-Islam and anti-Muslim” all militant outfits involved in killing innocent people and blamed them for weakening Islamic countries by using the name of Islam and jihad.

Calling for an end to foreign interference in the Muslim world, the declaration said increasing meddling, particularly the prevailing tensions between Iran and the Arab countries, was dangerous for the entire Muslim world.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 11th,  2016

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Feb 12, 2016 - 9:10AM

    Oh, really? This is good news coming after many years. How about Muslim countries doing some serious INTROSPECTION? Salams Recommend

  • Ajay
    Feb 12, 2016 - 12:56PM

    It is very important that more such voices are heard from Islamic power centres, not only religious but also from political heads of State, Islamic Army Chiefs, Muslim civil society, actors, authors and intellectuals. It is surprising to see very few voices against the extremism
    Secondly, as far as last paragraph of the article which says that Western influence in Islamic Countries must end, why are Islamic countries patronizing western countries? Why is Saudi Arabia seeking US military support? Why is Pakistan seeking aid from USA? Why are Islamic people going to Western Countries as refugees and for finding jobs?
    The fact is had the Islamic Countries built modern political system based upon democracy and secularism, such vested autocratic power centers would not have developed in Islamic Countries. And such autocratic rulers seek Western help to keep them afloat. So the issue is involvement of people in political process by democracy and not by blaming the West for interference.Recommend

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