'Suicide operations have become a curse of Muslim lands':
Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh
exhorted Muslims the world over to adhere to the true principles of
Islam in his address on the
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Muslim leaders in India Friday welcomed the “timely message” by
Saudi grand mufti asking Muslims not to support terrorism and urging
them to unite against suicide attacks.
In his message to Muslims delivered during Haj pilgrimage, Grand
Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al Sheikh said there was no
place for terrorism in Islam and asked Muslim intellectuals to take
measures to “eradicate misunderstandings about Islam and its
was delivering the annual Haj sermon at Masjid-e-Nimra in Arafat,
outside the Makkah city, where over two million Muslims from across
the world had gathered for ‘waqoof’, one of the important rituals.
millions around the world watched the sermon broadcast live on TV.
Khutba Haj, as the sermon is known, is very important to Muslims as
it is addressed to the entire community and Haj pilgrims carry its
message back to their respective homelands.
Welcoming the message, Moulana Niyaz Ahmed Farooqi, the secretary
general of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, said: “The khutba from the mufti
sahib is timely and was much needed. People all over the world
should now understand that any killing done in the name of Islam is
actually against the tenets of Islam.”
Haj khutba is meant to lead the Muslims towards the righteous path
and the mufti sahib could not have chosen a better platform to bring
home this important point.”
said clerics in India had always held the view that there was no
justification of terrorism in Islam and those who terrorise the
people in the name of Islam and denigrating the religion “are
actually the enemies of Islam”.
Jamiat, Farooqi said, “has launched a nationwide movement to clear
the misconceptions about Islam and propagate the right message of
peace which is the essence of our faith”.
Journalist-politician Shahid Siddiqui said the sermon was “better
late than never”.
“This message should have gone 20 years ago and the damage that the
terror in the name of the religion did to Muslims could have been
prevented,” Siddiqui said.
along these years, I have been wondering how Muslims are tolerating
the terror in the name of Islam which has caused a huge damage.
Islam is a religion which forbids you to cut trees, how can you kill
innocents and claim to be a Musalman.
appreciate what the Mufti sahib has said and hope that these enemies
of Islam would have got a message,” said Siddiqui, who is also
national secretary of the Bahujan Samaj Party.
Fromer Congress MP Syed Shahabuddin said the views of the grand
mufti are what “Indian Ulema have been saying and questioning
terrorism and calling for a united struggle against
misrepresentation of Islam”.
said Muslims should empower themselves with education and knowledge
to fight the evil forces which bring a bad name to Islam.