Attacks on worship places of non-Muslims 'un-Islamic'
06 October, 2013
LAHORE: The Dar-ul-Afta [fatwa council] of Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) has declared attacks on worship places of non-Muslims un-Islamic.
"In light of the teachings of the Holy Quran and Holy Prophet Muhammad [PBUH], Islamic Sharia ordains complete protection of the lives, properties, dignity and honour of non-Muslims living in Islamic countries," PUC Chairman Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi told reporters.
He added Islam is a religion of peace and harmony. "The Holy Quran has clearly forbidden Muslims from cursing false gods. Holy Prophet Muhammad [PBUH] signed various agreements with Jews and Christians in which he guaranteed the protection of their rights until the end of time. Therefore, it is the responsibility of Muslims to protect the lives, properties, honour and dignity of non-Muslims living in Pakistan or any other Islamic country."
Ashrafi said that the Taliban's denial of involvement in the attack on the Peshawar church was a right move; however, it was wrong to justify attacks on worship places of non-Muslims. He said that the great scholars of the Islamic world had issued many fatwas on this matter and these fatwas were endorsed by the PUC, Sheikh Al-Azhar of Jamia Al-Azhar and Majma Al-Fiqh Al-Islami.
Responding to a question, Ashrafi said that although the doors of negotiations were opening, there are fears that these doors could be closed as a result of some statements that are being issued. He said that Pakistan was in need of peace and for this purpose the government should bolster ties with tribal elders and tribal clerics.