Mumbai: Religious scholars and
political experts from several Muslim and Arab countries Sunday
endorsed India's fight against terrorism as they participated in a
seminar held at the Taj hotel, the scene of last year's brutal
"The world has
seen terrorism in various forms at different places, which emanated
from various quarters. Terrorism has to be dealt with in the most
strictest manner. It has no place in Islam and the world," Mohammed
Shahumi, advisor to Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, told the
audience that terrorism cannot be tolerated.
He was addressing
the seminar on 'Unity, Love & Tolerance', organised by Sahyog
Cultural Society and Fatimi International Organisation.
This is the second
year in succession that Shahumi addressed the seminar, which
coincided with the birth anniversary of Sayyada Fatima Zahra, the
daughter of Prophet Mohammed. The first edition of the meet last
year was also held at the same venue.
"We totally stand
by India in its efforts to combat terrorism," he told participatns
who came from around the globe.
general secretary of Morocco-based Al Adarisa International
Association, said: "Prophet Mohammed came in this world for peace,
and Islam in no way teaches terrorism."
According to Sami
Bubere, president of Sahyog Cultural Society, "In the holy Quran,
god teaches Muslims never to become terrorists in the first place.
Two of the very first verses of our Holy Book say: 'Al-Fitnatu
ashad-du minal qatl' - meaning that in the sight of allah,
'persecution, or making people constantly fear for their lives, is
much worse than killing'. And also, 'There shall be no compulsion in
religion', that is to say, that no one has the right to force others
into complying with their demands or compelling others to follow
their line of thinking."
president of Egypt's Muhib Ahle Bait Association and general
secretary of the Socialist Wifaaq Party, pointed out, "Allah
almighty warns the believers again and again that they should never
abandon Him, the source of all goodness. Allah almighty reminds us
that it is those who have abandoned Him and thrown away all good,
and divested themselves of every shred of human decency, that are
the ones who will eventually resort to terrorising others, forcing
them into complying with their demands. The believers are repeatedly
reminded that they would lose allah almighty's love and His favours
if they ever began to behave in that way."
Mustafa bin Yusuf
of Morocco University said: "It is our belief that not only Islam,
but no true religion, whatever its name, can sanction violence and
bloodshed of innocent men, women and children in the name of Allah
use religious or political labels, but no one should be deceived by
their wily ways and treacherous guiles. They have nothing to do with
religion. They are the enemies of peace. They must be combated at
every level as advocated by Islam, the religion of peace."
were other speakers from Britain, Belgium, Indonesia, Iraq, the UAE,
and delegates from 50 Muslim countries at the seminar.
Hotel Taj Mahal
Palace & Tower was one of the places attacked by the terroists on
the night of Nov 26. More than 270 people were killed in the attack.