Fatwa declares Malala attack un-Islamic
12 October, 2012
LAHORE: More than 50 Islamic scholars and muftis affiliated with the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) have issued a joint fatwa terming attack on Malala Yusafzai as un-Islamic and held that the attackers have trampled the Islamic Hudood (tenets).
These scholars issued the fatwa in a meeting on Thursday, in which they noted that the assailants' self-adopted interpretation of Islam was nothing but ignorance and digression from the actual teachings of the religion. They said Islam not only made it obligatory on every man and woman to seek education but also strictly forbade taking life of any innocent person.
The muftis of SIC, which follows Barelvi school of thought, held in their fatwa that Islam considers killing one innocent person equal to murdering the entire humanity, and even forbids executing any woman who has reneged on the religion, as against the men who are punished with death.
The fatwa observed that jihad is a sacred obligation but its real spirit needs to be understood clearly, as attacking innocent women and children was not jihad. It declared that those taking responsibility for every act of terrorism were actually the agents of the US and had been assigned the task to defame Islam and strengthen the perception that Muslims were terrorists, besides undermining Pakistan.
The fatwa said getting rid of both the US and Taliban was equally necessary for establishing lasting peace in the country. The edict appealed to the genuine ulema and the nation to get united to counter the enemies' conspiracies against Islam and Pakistan. It also demanded the government change pro-US policies and address the actual causes of terrorism in the country, "especially in view of the fact that the US is an anti-Islam and aggressor country".
The muftis who issued the edict included Allama Sharif Rizvi, Allama Abu Daud Sadiq Rizvi, Allama Hanif Qureshi, Mufti Imran Hanfi, Mufti Haseeb Qadri, Mufti Saeed Rizvi, Mufti Karim Khan, Allama Bagh Ali Rizvi, Allama Rafiq Shah Jamali and others.