Pakistan Ulema Council Pushes for Anti-terrorism Campaign through Friday Sermons

Thu Nov 09 2023
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ISLAMABAD: On the appeal of the Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) and its allied parties, Ulema and Mashaykh will deliver impactful Friday Sermons under the banner of Paigham-e-Pakistan.

PUC Chairman Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, along with prominent clerics Allama Ziaullah Shah Bukhari, Maulana Muhammad Khan Laghari, Allama Aarif Wahidi, Pir Naqib-ur-Rahman, and others, had called upon religious scholars and leaders from all schools of thought to vehemently condemn terrorism and extremism in their Friday Sermons.

Ashrafi who is also the Special Representative to the Prime Minister on Religious Harmony and the Pakistani Diaspora in Middle East and Islamic Countries, urged religious leaders to articulate a unified message against terrorism and extremism, issuing a collective statement and presenting consensus religious decrees (Fatwas) during their Friday Sermons.

He also encouraged educating the masses about the significance and benefits of this united stance.

Pakistan Ulema Council’s commitment to social reforms

Expressing his commitment to societal reforms and the eradication of terrorism, Ashrafi asked the clerics and religious leaders to play a substantial role from the pulpit and arch of their respective mosques.

He pledged to collaborate closely with state institutions to achieve the common goal of putting an end to terrorism and extremism.

Rejecting any tolerance for terrorism within Islam, Ashrafi said that those who attack the state of Pakistan, its armed forces, general public, and security institutions, are acting against Islamic teachings and are considered enemies of the country.

He said that the state and the Pakistan Army had the right to take strict action against elements posing a threat to the security and stability of Pakistan and targeting its people and institutions.

Ashrafi said the Friday sermons, backed by this united front of clerics, would not only condemn terrorism but would also serve as a rallying cry for a collaborative effort between the religious community and the armed forces.

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