Islamic scholars call for redefining ‘jehad’

10 11 2008

Delink Muslims and terrorism: Sri Sri

KV Ramana
Monday, November 10, 2008 04:06 IST
Source: DNA

HYDERABAD: There is a need to redefine the word ‘jehad’ because it is being wrongly identified with terrorism, the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, the biggest congregation of Islamic scholars in the country, resolved on Sunday even as spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar stressed on the need for delinking Muslims and terrorism.

Listing out a way to combat terror, the Art of Living preacher called for isolating terrorists. “Even if a person in our own family is indulging in terrorism, he should be isolated and expelled,” he said addressing a convention organised by Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, which passed a resolution condemning terror.

“Jehad is permitted only to restore peace and is a fundamental right of a human being. Terrorism is a crime and in the eyes of the Quran and Islamic values, the biggest crime,” the resolution said.

“Terrorism invokes harassment, fear and killing of each other and suspends law and order and works to destroy social and political order. It is thus required to define jehad in its right perspective,” the resolution added.

The Jamiat discussed 21 resolutions, including those related to education to Muslims. The Islamic scholars resolved that Muslims should open schools and colleges that teach “only the existing modern syllabus along with special arrangements for providing education about religious studies”.