Top religious scholars issue edict against terrorism

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Say only head of Islamic state can declare jihad, no one else; Attacks on police, military forbidden in Shariat

Tariq Saeed
Peshawar

Religious scholars of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, hailing from different schools of thought, on Monday issued a fatwa (religious decree) against terrorists and terrorist activities and rejected them out-rightly.

They said in the fatwa that creating anarchy and chaos in the Islamic state was against Shariah and the men in uniform killed during war against terrorism are martyrs.

The collective fata of the religious scholars associated with various schools of thoughts including Dar ul Uloom Sarhad Peshawar, Jamia Darul Uloom Haqqaniyyah, Tanzeem ul Madaris, Wafaq ul Madaris Al-Arbia, Rabat ul Madaris, Wafaq ul Madaris Asalfiyah, Wafaq ul Madaris Al-Shia, Jamia Taleem ul Qur’an, and Ulama Council Khyber Pakhtunkhwa declared terrorist activities in Pakistan illegal and stated that jihad (holy war) can be declared by the head of an Islamic state.

The religious scholars in the fatwa said that obeying the rule of the law in the Islamic state is every citizen’s responsibility and no one is allowed to raise weapons against the state.

“Jihad can be declared by the head of the Islamic state and avoiding the observance of the law is illegitimate. Not everyone has the right to declare Jihad,” the Fitwa said. The scholars declared that rebellion against the ruler of the time is tantamount to rebellion and its perpetrators deserve punishment.

If any group or individual does so, then punishment is necessary. The joint fatwa said adding attacks on law enforcement agencies personnel including Army, Rangers, Police and others are also unacceptable.

The fata states that it is forbidden to take up arms against police and military personnel. In the fatwa issued regarding the acts of terrorism in the province, the scholars further said that if soldiers and policemen are killed, they are martyrs.

The fatwa said that any kind of sedition and rioting in the Islamic state, confrontation, linguistic, regional, religious, religious differences and spreading corruption in the name of nationality is not permissible according to Sharia.