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Muslim scholars: Suicide attacks violate Islamic principles

AP  |  Bogor (Indonesia) 

Muslim scholars from three countries issued an edict today saying that and terrorism, including suicide attacks, are against Islamic principles, in an effort to convince the to end their violence.

Seventy prominent scholars from Afghanistan, and issued the fatwa, or edict, at a conference in on ways to achieve peace and stability in

The urged Islamic clerics to boycott the Bogor conference and warned Afghan clerics, "Do not afford an opportunity to the invading infidels in to misuse your name and participation in this conference as means of attaining their malicious objective." Indonesian Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, who opened the one-day meeting, stressed Indonesia's commitment to helping build peace in the country. Jokowi said the conference was part of Indonesia's efforts to encourage the role of Islamic clerics, or ulema, in promoting peace in

"Through the voice of ulema, mainly from Afghanistan, and Indonesia, presumably the spirit of brotherhood for peace in Afghanistan can be strengthened," Jokowi said.

He said "ulema are the agent of peace ... they have the power to form the face of peaceful people." In a declaration, the scholars said was a religion of peace and denounced all kinds of and

"We reaffirm that violence and cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group, as and in all its forms and manifestation including violence against civilians and suicide attacks are against the holy principles of Islam," the declaration said.

The conference at the presidential palace in Bogor, a town on the outskirts of Jakarta, was organized by the

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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 08:05 IST