Update – statement from the Deoband website.  It starts off strong, but I’m disappointed that it specifically names terrorism of western governments, but does not name crimes done by muslim governments and organizations.


Why isn’t this front page news?

Deoband decry terrorism as unislamic

An influential group of Muslim theologians in India have denounced terrorism, saying it is completely against the teachings of Islam.

Their statements were made at a meeting held at the Darul-Uloom Deoband, a powerful Islamic school more than 150 years old.

Scholars from 6,000 religious schools attended the meeting

Not so happy with the Reuter’s India take on this:

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Darool-Uloom Deoband, a radical Muslim seminary said to have inspired the Taliban has denounced terrorism as against Islam, calling it an unpardonable sin, in an effort to distance itself from religious violence.

The Deobandis are radical?  Hardcore hanafis sure, but radical?

And the Times:

Terrorism has been declared un-Islamic by scholars at a Wahabi madrassa, which some believe inspired the Taleban, according to a senior cleric.

In a declaration, as many as 20,000 leaders representing different sects of Islam also called on the Indian Government to ensure that Muslims were not harassed in the name of terrorism, Maulana Shaukat said. He was speaking from the 150-year-old Darul Uloom Deoband madrassa at Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, northern India.

The declaration said: Islam is a religion of mercy for all humanity. Islam sternly condemns all kinds of oppression, violence and terrorism.

Wahabi?  Do people even know the terms they’re throwing around?

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