2-day anti-extremism conference held in Khost
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Religious scholars on Wednesday said if Muslims shunned extremism, they would rescue themselves from all the problems they were in today. The scholars were speaking at a two-day Islamic and scientific conference in the capital of southeastern Khost province.
An Egyptian religious scholar Dr. Mohammad Ahmad Fatehi and nearly 250 male and female religious scholars, civil society activists, tribal elders and government officials attended the conference.
The event was arranged by a civil society group “Cooperation for Peace and Solidarity.”
Najib Sahel, the organizing group leader, told Pajhwok Afghan News that topics which were considered common but actually gave birth to problems and misfortunes were discussed at the conference.
“Violence against women, land-grabs, murders, ethnic conflicts, suicide attacks and similar phenomena are good examples to be cited here,” he said of the topic being discussed at the conference.
He said a series of these conferences had been organised in provinces over the past two years and the events provided solutions to a number of social problems.
Sahel said prominent religious scholars from various Islamic countries had attended these conferences to create awareness about peace and how to prevent extremism.
“Our objective is how to counter extremism and to evolve anti-extremism strategies.”
The Egyptian scholar, Dr. Mohammad Ahmad Fatehi, who attended the two-day conference, told Pajhwok Afghan News that extremism was an act against Islamic Shariah.
He said if the Muslims shunned extremism they would be able to get rid of problems they faced today.
“Extremism has posed a great threat to the Islamic world. That’s why the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) has prohibited the Ummah from extremism and had said the prophets were sent to make life easy not violent.”
Religious scholar Mohammad Karim said from Islamic point of view, excessive use of religious instructions was called “ifrat” and making the instructions negative meant “tafrit.”
“In short, we can say an abundance of Islamic directives, teachings and our customary habits is called ifrat and a shortage of these is tafrit.”
Civil society activist Mohammad Zaman Nazari told Pajhwok Afghan News that such conferences had been beneficial and had a positive impact on the society. He stressed continuation of the conferences.
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