“The time has come for the world to unite to confront this monster,” Cairo’s Al-Azhar said on Saturday. “We denounce this hateful incident.”
Observed every year in Safar, Urs provides an opportunity for Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs to pay respect to the Sufi saint and enjoy the fellowship of other religious groups. Urs is completely religious in nature and no political activity is allowed. At least 20 speeches take place in a day and clerics do not get time to sleep or eat.
Muslim clerics condemned the Paris attacks as crimes against humanity and Islam on the last day of Urs-e-Razvi.
Nearly 70,000 clerics came together and passed a fatwa (Islamic ruling) against terrorist organizations, including ISIS, Taliban and Al-Qaida. “These are not Islamic organizations,” the clerics said.
One cleric, Mufti Mohammed Saleem Norri, requested the media stop calling terrorist groups “Muslim organizations.”
Hazat Subhan Raza Khan, chairperson of the influential Dargah Aala Hazrat said that following the Paris attacks it was decided that a fatwa should be passed at Urs this year, sending a message that the Muslim community condemns terrorism, according to the Times of India. “It is written in the Quran that killing one innocent person is equivalent to killing all humanity,” Khan said.
Clerics also opposed France and other countries now engaged in bombing in Syria, saying that powerful Western nations should focus on stopping terrorists but not at a cost of innocent lives.
A madrassa recently introduced a specialization course titled, “Islam and Terrorism” for graduate students. Students compare the original Quran text with translations offered by terrorist groups in an attempt to understand how the Quran is misinterpreted.
Clerics at the Urs discussed U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call for a ban on Muslim immigrants to the U.S. “If one country imposes such a ban on Muslims, other countries will enforce such bans too, perhaps on other communities. That will only cultivate hatred and divide people,” Mufti Mohammed Saleem Noori said.