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Muslim scholars delink Islam from terror at int'l seminar

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

A string of speakers at the international seminar on Prophet Muhammad here unanimously condemned terrorism today even as AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi accused government of "dividing" Muslims into different sects over terrorism.

"Islam is the religion of peace, fraternity, tolerance, mutual respect and patriotism," observed a number of speakers at the inauguration of the three-day conference on 'The Life and Ways of Prophet Muhammad'.

During his speech, Owaisi alleged that "the government is dividing Muslims into different sects and trying to prove that a certain group is favouring terrorism and a certain group is opposing.

"Government knows that Islam has no connection with terrorism whether it is ISIS or any terror organisation. Islam and Muslims have no relation with terrorism," he said.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind general secretary Maulana Mehmood Madani said, "Islam aur Musalmano ka koi rishta kisi bhi terrorist organisations ke saath nahi ho sakta" (Islam and Muslims cannot have links with terrorist organisation.)

He alleged a conspiracy was hatched to malign Islam. "We are holding campaigns against this conspiracy," Madani added.

Madani called upon Muslims "to co-exist cordially and in peace with other religions and do not refrain (yourselves) from expressing love for nation whenever possible".

Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali stressed on the need for educating youths to enable them to move forward.

He appealed to Islamic scholars and clergies to guide the youth to excel in different fields like engineering, medicine, science and technology, and other areas.

Ali also urged Muslim countries to spend their wealth on educational and welfare activities instead of using it for warfare, weaponry and destructive purposes.

'All India Muslim Personal Law Board' secretary Mohammed Khaled Saifullah Rahmani said, "Muslims should teach Islamic teachings in regional languages to clear the misconceptions about Islam among people of other faiths as it would help in narrowing the gap between Muslims and other communities".

Eminent scholars from across the country emphasised on the inter-faith cordial relationship, terming it as the "essence of Islamic teachings".

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First Published: Sun, February 21 2016. 22:02 IST