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Top Muslim cleric of Varanasi issues 'Fatwa' against terror

Written by: Staff

Varanasi, Mar 16 (UNI) The supreme Muslim cleric of this blast-hit holy city, has issued a 'Fatwa' (religious edict) against the menace of terrorism.

Talking to UNI over phone today, Mufti-e-Banaras Maulana Abdul Batin Nomani said that the edict against terror, that recently struck the abode of Shiva -- Varanasi -- was issued in reply to a question by former professor of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Kamar Jahan.

The fatwa that was issued yesterday at the office of Mufti-e-Banaras in Peeli Kothi locality, was, however, made public today.

Maulana Batin said that in the fatwa, the menace of terror, quoting references of the holy Quran, has been termed as ''unholy'' and against humanity.

''Dahshatgardo ke liye Islam hi nahi balki kisi bhi dharma mein koi jagah nahi hain'' (there is no place for terrorists in Islam and any other religion), the edict read.

The edict which was issued in reply to the question of Prof Kamar Jahan, former head of Urdu Department at BHU, further read that those who perpetrate acts of terror as the one in Varanasi recently, were the enemies of humanity, while those preventing such attacks will be termed as ''Insaniyat Ke Rakwale.'' The three page edict in Urdu language is in the custody of Registrar of Gandhi Vidya Sansthan, Varanasi, Monija Rafique Khan, who was present with Prof Jahan when the fatwa was issued.

The fatwa was made public before mediapersons here today, confirmed Ms Khan, adding, that the top cleric has called for a battle against terrorists through a united force of all communities in the city.


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