70 Muslim Clerics Issue Fatwa Against Violence And Terrorism

Sep 2013
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May 11, 20183:46 PM ET

Seventy scholars from three Muslim nations issued an edict on Friday that says violent extremism and terrorism violate the principles of Islam.

The announcement was made during a conference in Indonesia. Scholars from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Indonesia convened at the presidential palace in the city of Bogor in West Java, reported The Associated Press.

They were there to discuss ways to stop bloodshed in Afghanistan — and the brutal methods that the Taliban has used to cling to power since it was overthrown in 2001.

"We reaffirm that violence and terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group, as violent extremism and terrorism in all its forms and manifestation including violence against civilians and suicide attacks are against the holy principles of Islam," the declaration reportedly said.


It is not uncommon for Islamic clerics to issue such fatwas, or judicial decrees. In January, more than 1,800 clerics in Pakistan declared a directive that forbade suicide bombings, Reuters reported.

In 2014, as ISIS was seizing territory for its "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria, clerics issued edicts that condemned the terrorist group. A now-83-year-old leader named Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah issued fatwas to explain why ISIS and other terrorist groups were misguided. He said that establishing a caliphate by force and killing innocent people was a misreading of religious doctrine.

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