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Islamic Scholars and Clerics in Bangladesh issue ‘Fatwa’ against Terrorism and declare it Forbidden under Islamic Law

Last week, Police launched a nationwide crackdown on extremists, arresting more than 11,600 suspects, including 200 alleged terrorists, in a week-long operation

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  • ‘Fatwa’ came into being to raise awareness of the fact that killing in the name of religion is wrong
  • A 32-page booklet comprising the signatures on the Fatwas brought out on Saturday, June 18.
  • The booklet was part of a social campaign in response to the recent series of brutal attacks against religious minorities

DHAKA: Over 400,000 Islamic scholars and Imams in Bangladesh have signed a Fatwa, a ruling under Islamic law that declares terrorism and suicide attacks as “haram”, or forbidden under Islamic law.

The process for the Fatwa was organised by Farid Uddin Masoud, chairman of Bangladesh Jamiyatul Ullamma, “to raise awareness of the fact that killing in the name of religion is wrong”, Efe news reported.

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The booklet was part of a social campaign in response to the recent series of brutal attacks against religious minorities including Shia and Sufi Muslims, Christians and Hindus, journalists, secular bloggers, publishers, foreigners, police and LGBT activists.

In Bangladesh ISIS murders doctor who “converted to Christianity”. Image source: www.terrorscoop.com
In Bangladesh ISIS murders doctor who “converted to Christianity”. Image source: www.terrorscoop.com

The attacks in Bangladesh, a Muslim majority country of 160 million people, began in 2013 and intensified in 2015, claiming more than 40 lives in total.

The most recent episode was on Wednesday, June 15, when three suspected extremists attacked and seriously wounded a Hindu mathematics teacher at his home in Madaripur, south of Dhaka.

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Masoud condemned the attacks and said it was not written in any Islamic scriptures that followers should kill in the name of their religion.

Police last week launched a nationwide crackdown on extremists, arresting more than 11,600 suspects, including 200 alleged terrorists, in a week-long operation. (IANS)

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    Awareness should be created among radical muslims about this! No religion encourages or supports killings of any sort

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While most Hindu personal laws have been overhauled and codified over the years, Muslim laws have been left to religious authorities and left largely untouched.

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India’s government on Wednesday approved an ordinance to implement a top court ruling striking down the Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce.

The government decision came after it failed to get approval of Parliament a year after the court ruled that the practice of triple “talaq” violated the constitutional rights of Muslim women.

Most of the 170 million Muslims in India are Sunnis governed by the Muslim Personal Law for family matters and disputes. The laws include allowing men to divorce by simply uttering the Arabic word “talaq,” or divorce, three times — and not necessarily consecutively, but at any time, and by any medium, including telephone, text message or social media post.

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The government will have another six months to get Parliament’s approval for the ordinance to become law. But in the meantime, suspects can be prosecuted using the ordinance.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that nearly 22 countries, including neighboring Pakistan and Bangladesh, have banned the practice and appealed to the opposition to approve the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill.

India’s Muslim Law Board had told the court that while they considered the practice wrong, they opposed any court intervention and asked that the matter be left to the community. But several progressive Muslim activists decried the law board’s position.

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Muslim women hold placards during a protest against a bill passed by India’s lower house of Parliament last week that aims at prosecuting Muslim men who divorce their wives through the “triple talaq,” or instant divorce. VOA

After the Supreme Court verdict, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government introduced a bill criminalizing the practice and it was approved in December by the lower house of Parliament, where his party commands a majority. But it couldn’t get the approval of the upper house, where the opposition controls the majority of seats.

The main opposition Congress party is opposing a three-year prison sentence for the offenders and wants a parliamentary committee to discuss the issue to reach a consensus. It favors a lesser sentence.

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In India, triple talaq has continued with the protection of laws that allow Muslim, Christian and Hindu communities to follow religious laws in matters like marriage, divorce, inheritance and adoption. While most Hindu personal laws have been overhauled and codified over the years, Muslim laws have been left to religious authorities and left largely untouched. (VOA)