14-point joint declaration to ensure peace, harmony during Muharram: Tahir Ashrafi

The Nation  |  Aug 02, 2021

ISLAMABAD   -  Special Representative to the Prime Minister on Interfaith Harmony and Middle East and President of Muttahida Ulema Board (MUB) Punjab Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi said a coordination network had been established across the country to avert any untoward situation during the month of Muharram-ul-Haram.  Chairing a meeting of Ulema and religious scholars of all schools of thoughts to evolve consensus for maintaining peace during the ensuing month of Muharram-ul-Haram, he said liaison offices had been set up in Green Tower Islamabad and Lahore to maintain close coordination among all stake holders during the holy month of Muharram-ul-Haram.

The forum issued a 14 point joint declaration to ensure peace and harmony during the upcoming holy month. The joint declaration prepared in line with Paigham-e-Pakistan narrative stated that sectarian hatred, armed sectarian conflict and the use of force to impose one’s views and ideology on others was against the rules of Islamic Shariah and spreading anarchy and chaos in the state was a national crime. Ulema, Mashaikhs and Muftis of all religious sects of Pakistan unanimously reject extremist thinking and extremism completely.

Italy's Jacobs sprints to shock gold in Olympics 100-meter dash It is a responsibility to keep and ensure the sanctity of the Holy Prophets, the Companions of the Holy Prophet, and the spouses of the holy prophet and the Ahl al-Bayt (AS) and all religious schools of thought refrain from those who utter sacrilegious comments and fan sectarian differences.

Swearing against each other (Galum Galuch), slander, provocation, hatred and killing one another on the accounts of hatred or dissension or imposing one’s ideology and views on others through coercion or persecution each other’s lives is against the Islamic Shariah. All these practices are Haraam and the Ulema and Mashaykhs of the country declare their dissociation against such elements.

The use of religious symbols and raising slogans for private objectives and purposes and for the acquisition of armed power (Influence) is absolutely not correct according to the Qur’an and Sunnah. The declaration said it was the responsibility of the Ulema, Mashaykh and Muftis to make people aware of the differences between right and wrong ideologies, while declaring someone as infidel (Takfir) was the jurisdiction of the state which would be decided by the state according to Islamic Shariah. All non-Muslim citizens of Pakistan have the full rights to worship and practice their religion in their worship places. While on the eve of their festivals according to their respective religions, they own the right by the Constitution of Pakistan to celebrate their festivities. 

Fire burning forest in Greece’s Achaia region Any individual, group or organisation cannot deprive them of their rights as defined by Constitution of Pakistan. It is not permissible to kill those who live in peace in a Muslim Islamic state, but it is a sin and cruelty for those who trespass and violate the Constitution of Pakistan and the laws of Pakistan, it is the responsibility of the state to punish them within the law.

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