Vice President of
‘Violent Reaction has no place in
says Dr. Fazlur Rehman Madni:
As long as Islam
is concerned it has nothing to do with violence or any kind of
terrorist activities and it has been reiterated ample number of
times. The Holy Quran clearly declares that killing an innocent
person is equivalent to killing the whole.....Read Full
No religion condones terrorism and those attempting to attribute its
origin to Islam display "downright prejudice", Vice President Hamid
Ansari said Tuesday.
Terrorism is not of "recent origin but globalization and technology
have now made it trans-national in reach and devastating in its
impact", he said.
was speaking after inaugurating the second international conference
on terrorism organised by the Jama Masjid United Forum here,
attended by leaders and Islamic scholars from many countries like
Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, Morocco and Sudan.
(terrorism) cannot be, and has not been, condoned in any belief
system and yet at different points of time, adherents of various
religions have been labelled as terrorists. Those trying to locate
the origin of terrorism in Islam or in any other faith display
ignorance of history or downright prejudice," said Ansari, who is
also chairman of the Rajya Sabha.
said it was "important to remember that those advocating extremist,
fundamentalist and terrorist causes constitute a tiny minority".
"They neither have the religious nor political mandate for their
abhorrent actions and ideologies."
said a majority of humanity is too poor and struggling to survive.
"Their vulnerability lies in their poverty; it is this that provides
an opportunity to peddlers of extremism. This opportunity gets
fructified only because those tasked with political governance and
religious and moral leadership have failed."
said terrorist acts "emanate from a radicalization of the mind
propelled by perceived grievances and sought to be anchored on
ideology or faith.
steps taken so far by individual states and the international
community are essentially preventive or punitive, aimed at
dismantling the infrastructure of terrorism, and do not deal
sufficiently with the mental orientation that leads to terrorist
"Combating terrorism thus becomes a sociological, psychological and
political effort as much as a security one; the corrective effort on
each of these needs to begin simultaneously rather than
sequentially," he said.
said the initiatives like the conference by the Jama Masjid United
Forum would contribute to better understanding of the phenomenon of
terrorism and means of tackling it, both nationally and