A Pakistani book published by a state-run university revealed that over 1,800 Muslim clerics issued a fatwa declaring suicide bombings “un-Islamic” and forbidden in religious law, according to a Reuters report. The Pakistani government hopes such a ruling may help with curbing the violence in the country.
Aftermath of a terrorist attack at a market in Pakistan Photo Credit: EPA
Over 1,800 Muslim clerics in Pakistan issued an Islamic fatwa forbidding suicide bombings, according to a Reuters report on Tuesday, citing a Pakistani book to be published by a state-run Islamic university. The country has experienced years of violence and bombings by Islamists. Now, the clerics declared such terror tactics as “haram,” forbidden by Islamic law.
The Pakistani government hopes such a ruling may help in curbing the rampant violence in the country. The signed fatwa mentions that the State has the right to act against such acts of terror and the people planning them, who according to the ruling are reportedly considered “rebels” against Islam.
The book is due to be released on Tuesday in Islamabad. According to Reuters, similar fatwas issued in other Middle Eastern countries riddled with radicalism did little to rein such terrorist acts.