Muslims vow to fight terrorism, divisive forces

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Hyderabad, Nov 8 (UNI) Muslim theologians and scholars today urged the government to deal firmly with separatist and divisive forces, who were threatening to damage the secular fabric of the country.

The theologians and scholars, who gathered here to attend the 29th session of the Jamiat Ulema Hind, vowed to launch nationwide movement against terrorism and its perpetrators.

Jamiat leader Maulana Mehmood Madni said the famous Islamic seminary Darul Uloom, Deoband, had already issued fatwa (Islamic decree) against terrorism and said every effort would be made to uproot this evil from the society.

''Terrorism, communalism and regionalism have disturbed peace in the country and in such a situation, it is the duty of all secular and peace-loving people to stand up against divisive forces. Muslims have taken up the cause of national integration, peace and harmony, keeping in view its commitment to the ideology of composite nationalism,'' he said.

The scholars and theologians also observed that emergence of ''new face of terrorism'' needs to be tackled on a priority basis as it poses serious threat to the harmony and security of the country.

One speaker said ''petty-minded people were using communal hatred for petty political ends.'' Darul Uloom, Deoband, Rector Maulana Margoobur Rehman, Jamat Islami's Maulana Jalaluddin Umri, Yusuf Quershi of the United Democratic Front and Qari Syed Mohammed Usman, participated in the function.

Over 6,000 theologians endorsed the fatwa against terrorism, issued by the Darul Uloom, Deoband few months back.

The senior leaders of the Jamiat Ulema Hind met for two hours in the morning to discuss the political and security situation in the country and comprehensively debated the socio-economic conditions of Muslims in the country.

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