The ‘Ulema of the Deoband condemn the Taliban

KARACHI: Senior clerics of India’s top seminary whose version of Islam the Taliban claim to follow have denounced the actions of the hardline militia, saying the group does not qualify to enjoy affiliations with the historic madressah.

In an interview with a correspondent of the BBC Urdu Service, the rector and the head of faculty of Darul Uloom (Waqf) Deoband said attacks by ‘vigilantes’ in which innocent people died was not jihad but ‘individual zulm (oppression)’.

Seen in this light, attacks on shrines, barber shops and educational institutions were all un-Islamic. Maulana Saalim Qasimi went to the extent of characterising the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, which was ousted by the US forces in 2001, as ‘un-Islamic’.

He said the Taliban did not comprehend fully the tenets of Islam even though much was made of their ‘Islamic government’.

He said Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who supported the Afghan regime, was not a religious scholar. ‘He is more of a politician than a scholar.’ ‘However, his father, Mufti Mehmood, was a scholar,’ he said.

Maulana Aslam Qasimi, great grandson of Qasim Nanotvi, the founder of the madressah, said the recent statement by Sufi Mohammad that judiciary in Pakistan was un-Islamic was based on misconceptions and ignorance.

He said that Islam embraced concepts like democracy. ‘The spirit of democracy is very much there in Islam, though concepts like democracy have been taking new shapes and forms.’


6 Replies to “The ‘Ulema of the Deoband condemn the Taliban”

  1. You forgot this little bit:

    Attacks by ‘vigilantes’ in which innocent people died is not jihad but ‘individual zulm (oppression)’, said the rector and the head of faculty of Darul Uloom (Waqf) Deoband.

  2. Alhumdullilah! Finally we have our respected Uleama of Deoband speaking publicly against the brutal actions of Taliban. The sacrifice of uleama such as Maulana Naeemi of Lahore who was martyred in a terrorist attack recently has moved many others to come fwd and condemn this madness.

  3. Interesting to see that it took 15+ years for the ‘Ulema’ of Deoband to figure it out… Allahu Mast’aan

  4. Umm the deoband has ALWAYS spoken out against the taliban (I dislike the Deoband and the taliban) But if you live in Karachi or have connectiosn there you would know the Deoband ALWAYS spoke out against violence. Hell they even spoke out against the revolution against Britain when they OCCUPIED pakistan. So check your facts. And those who say the Deoband supported the Taliban in the past when the Taliban was the government pre-9/11 check your facts again because even BACK then they speak out against the taliban and everyone knew they were two opposite ideologies

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