The only problem is that they were not speaking out against the latest Islamic terrorist attacks in India. They came out against the anti-terrorism banners that some political parties have put up in India. The so called scholars have condemned the banners by saying that they are insulting to Islam. Did these 50 men form a protest against the attacks?
Anti-Islam posters irk clerics
3 Dec 2008, Mohammed Wajihuddin, TNN
MUMBAI: A group of Muslim clerics is up in arms against some objectionable words used in anti-terrorism banners put up by many political parties
around the city.
Around 50 ulema (religious scholars) gathered at the office of the Jamia Qadriya Ashrafia, an organisation of Sunni Muslims, on Maulana Shaukat Ali Road in Central Mumbai on Tuesday and protested against the banners that describe terror attacks as "Muslim atankwad'' and "Islamic atankwad''. This, the clerics felt, might spark off clashes.
The ulema have also planned to take out a peace rally from Minara Masjid to Mastan Talab Maidan on December 5.
"Islam has nothing to do with terrorism. The banners club Islam with terrorism and can spark off communal clashes,'' Jamia Qadriya Ashrafian president Syed Moin Ashraf said.
The ulema seem to have reached a consensus on declaring the terrorists non-Muslims. "A Muslim cannot be involved in such despicable acts of massacre of innocent people. We don't accept that the bombers who created mayhem in Mumbai were Muslims,'' he said.
On Sunday, a Muslim group approached the management of the Bada Qabrastan in Charni Road, requesting it not to allow the nine killed terrorists to be buried there. The government has finally decided to bury them outside the city.
The ulema assured the government of full co-operation in fight against terrorism. "We have always backed the Indian government's war against terrorism. We are only opposed to the demonisation of Islam," said Maulana Mansoor Ali Khan, general secretary, All-India Sunni Jamiatul Ulema.
He also stressed the need to stop some political parties from an anti-Muslim campaign as part of their agenda to polarise the voters before elections. "In the name of condemning terrorism, some parties are blaming Islam. This will break our social fabric,'' Khan said.
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