NEW DELHI: In a first initiative of its kind from any part of the world, 1050 Indian Islamic scholars have issued a fatwa against Daesh (Islamic State), its leadership, its members, and its followers declaring it to be anti-Islam,

Fifteen volumes of decrees issued by 1050 Indian Islamic scholars as the basis for this fatwahave been sent to United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki Moon and to heads of governments and state across the world.

In the accompanying letter the muftis and imams from all over India appealed to the international community to have a better understanding of what it means to be a Muslim and a follower of Islam, and not to abuse it by associating it with terrorist outfits like the Daesh.

In a first of its kind response addressing international events that are casting a shadow here as well, the Indian Muslim scholars responded to an initiative by the Islamic Defence Cyber Cell president Dr Abdur Rahman Anjaria. He has been working on this for a few months with an overwhelming response from individuals and organisations.

The Islamic scholars denounced Daesh for trying to usurp history that ran completely contrary to its ideology and its violent activities. They pointed out that over a 1000 years “before the so-called Khilafat rule of ISIS” the Prophet of Islam Mohammad had directed his followers not to kill children, women or the aged. And not to mow down trees, trouble priests and harm places of worship.

Referring specifically to the reign of terror unleashed by Daesh, the scholars through their fatwa said that it was guilty of committing heinous murders of innocent human beings, clicking images of their horrific misdeeds and showing this to the world through live videos and the social media, and wrongly claiming these to be “Islamic Acts done lawfully as per the Sharia (Islamic) Law.”

The fatwa pronounced Daesh as "absolutely inhuman” and repeatedly asserted that this violence and unlawful acts were not permitted by Islam “under any circumstances.” The scholars hit out at Daesh making it very clear that its claim to Khilafat rule was “absolutely absurd and accursed” and their actions did not have any relation to Islam or its teachings.

The scholars have urged the UN Secretary General to uphold these fatwas as an example to the world, and to denounce terror organisations such as Daesh for the sake of global harmony and peace.

Among the signatories to the fatwa, which has been forwarded to heads of state and government across the world, were the Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, key representatives of the Ajmer Dargah, Nizamuddin Aulia dargah, the Raza Academy, the Ulema Council of India, the Jamiatul Ulema Maharashtra, the Moin Ashraf Sahab Kachocha Dargah, the Sayed Zahir Abbas Rizvi Zainabya, the Aamil Sahab Dawoodi Bohra, the Jamiat Ahle Hadees Mumbai, the All India Tanzeem Anmay-e-Masjid and the Darul Uloom Mohammadiya and others.

The fatwa is a strong effort to counter propaganda feeding into the hate-Muslim campaign in different parts of the world, by linking Islamic State with Islam and the community. This is the first initiative that seeks to officially, by decree, separate the two and make it clear that violence as represented by Daesh was un-Islamic, condemnable, and needed to be isolated from the community and the religion at large.

Muslims all over the world have been feeling the heat of discrimination and abuse after the first US tanks entered Iraq. In the ensuing propaganda hate-crime and hate-speech became common to the world with individuals being de-boarded from aircraft for sporting beards and hence “looking suspicious.” This fatwa is a pathbreaker as it is the first such effort by the religious scholars in the world, with India being home to recognised seats of Islamic learning. Given the signatories this document will carry weight and is expected to trigger off a similar response from other Islamic seminaries across the world, denouncing Daesh as anti-Islam and illegal. This, scholars told The Citizen, is expected to cut into the recruitment base of this organisation more so if the Islamic scholars in West Asia and other regions join the effort as many here expect that they will.