‘ISIL, al-Qaeda philosophy misleading, un-Islamic’
Some 200 religious scholars in Pakistan have condemned the philosophy of militant groups, such as Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), ISIL, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and others, as misleading and “un-Islamic.”
The clerics made the remarks on Sunday at a conference in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, as they issued a decree against suicide attacks, deeming such acts as unlawful under Islamic law.
The decree said that terror groups operated in an “un-Islamic” manner and that their thinking is flawed and based on poor knowledge and ignorance.
The dictate also emphasized that those who attack non-Muslim worshiping places are the worst sinners and that it is mandatory for an Islamic state to protect non-Muslims.
The clerics noted that Islam forbids killing in the name of sect, and elements involved in sectarian killings were guilty of corruption against God.
In addition, the decree described those opposing polio immunization campaigns as “misguided people,” adding that people who kill female health workers “are the worst criminals.”
The pro-Taliban militants in Pakistan claim that doctors working for such campaigns are spies and the vaccination is part of a Western plot against Pakistanis.
The religious scholars also decided to mark May 22 as a day for peace and love. On the day, some 400,000 mosques are planned to hold sermons against unlawful killings.
The decree comes just days after armed men killed 45 people and injured 12 others on May 13 after opening fire inside a bus carrying Ismaili Shia Muslims in the city of Karachi. The TTP terrorist group later claimed responsibility for the attack.
Pakistan has seen at least four other terrorist incidents against members of the Shia community since the start of 2015, with nearly 150 people falling victim to hate attacks across the country.