Saturday, January 3, 2009
K. Abdul Majeed | Arab News
JEDDAH: Indian Muslims should unite and fight against terrorism, a prominent Islamic scholar from Kerala told Arab News during a recent visit to Saudi Arabia. “The only way to wage a war against terrorism is through unity,” said All India Jamiyyathul Ulema Secretary, Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmed alias Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musliyar. He welcomed the recent interfaith dialogue initiated by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and termed it “a good step at a time when Islam was widely misunderstood by followers of other religions.” “The move will go a long way toward forging an understanding among different religions,” Aboobacker said. “The enemies of Islam portray the religion as one of terror and killing. But it should be effectively disseminated that Islam is against terrorism, injustice and killing,” he said. Aboobacker recalled the Prophet’s declaration on the day of Hajjatul Wida that killing innocents and usurping others’ wealth are forbidden acts. Aboobacker was among those who attended an interfaith dialogue hosted by Qatar recently.
He said terrorism had become the most important issue facing the country and so a special session of Markazu Ssaqafathi Ssunniyah is to be held during the center’s 33rd anniversary celebrations from Jan. 16 to 18. Islamic scholars from different parts of the world are likely to attend the program. Markazu, Aboobacker said, plays a major role in imparting moral education to the society. He pointed out that about 300 Kashmiri students who are the victims of terrorism are now studying in Markazu. They will return to Kashmir after their education with the message of love, brotherhood and patriotism. Meanwhile, Aboobacker Ahmad was awarded the first Islamic heritage award in New Delhi on Dec. 29. The award has been given to Aboobacker in recognition of his contribution to the Islamic thought and service for Muslims.
The award — comprising Rs25 lakhs and a memento — was presented by Union Minister for Parliamentary and Overseas Affairs Vayalar Ravi. From the prize money, Aboobacker donated Rs2 lakhs to the families of the police officers killed in Mumbai terror attacks.
ഭീകരാവാദത്തിനെതിരെ പോരാടാന് ഐക്യം അനിവാര്യം -കാന്തപുരം
arab news -03/01/2009