Suicide attacks un-Islamic, say scholars
ISLAMABAD(PAN): Hundreds of religious scholars on Thursday denounced suicide assaults as a "sinister conspiracy" to defame Islam, an organiser said on Thursday.
In a declaration issued at the end of a three-day international conference on the life and teachings of Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH) in the eastern city of Lahore, 250 clerics from 18 countries declared suicide attacks un-Islamic.
"Such attacks are being carried out under a plan to destroy state infrastructure and denigrate Islam, a religion of peace and harmony," they said in a joint statement, which also called for updating religious schools' syllabus.
Scholars from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordon, Kuwait, Egypt, Britain, India, Bangladesh, South Africa and other countries took part in the event, said Maulana Ali Ahmad, a leader of the Sautul Islam group which arranged the conference.
While emphasising the protection of followers of other faiths, Islam does not allow jihad in any Muslim country, one participant told Pajhwok Afghan News. "Terrorists carry out suicide assaults on the basis of ill intentions," said a participant, Mufti Mohiuddin.
He also suggested reforms in the syllabi of religious institutions to prevent their "misuse by terrorists" and improve their overall education standards.
Another participant, Mohammad Anwar Ali Husseini urged unity among religious forces to defeat "terrorists".
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