A Muslim seminary in India, which allegedly inspired the creation of the Taliban, issued a fatwa against terrorism and insisted Islame is a religion based on peace, not war. The 150 yar-old Darul Uloom Deoband issued an edict which said: “Islam rejects all kinds of unjust violence, breach of peace, bloodshed, murder and plunder and does not allow it in any form. The religion of Islam has come to wipe out all kinds of terrorism and to spread the message of global peace.” The edict undoubtedly reflects the feelings of most of the 140 milloin Muslims living in India who consistenly have been opposed to the acts of terrorism that permeate fighting in Iraq.
Of Great Britain’s 1,400 mosques, about 600 are under the juridisction of the Deobandi
affiliated clerics. The edict is probably a reaction to bigotry and prejudice against Muslims in nations like Great Britain who have become associated with groups like the Taliban or al-Qaida through no fault of their own.
One question is whether this message will be adequatly reported in the media.