A group of Muslim theologians in India have denounced terrorism as "un-Islamic" in a new declaration, reports BBC.com and the Times of India.
The Times quotes the document:
"Islam is a religion of mercy for all humanity. Islam sternly condemns all kinds of oppression, violence and terrorism. It has regarded oppression, mischief, rioting and murder among severest sins and crimes," said the declaration, adopted by over 10,000 participants ...."Islam prohibits killing of innocent people," it said.
The declaration came during the "Anti-terrorism Conference" organized by the Darul Uloom Deoband Islamic Seminary and included Muslim clerics, scholars, and religious leaders from more than 6,000 religious schools, representing several different sects. BBC.com reports that critics say the Deoband school of Islam promotes an austere form of Islam that inspired the Taliban, although the school denies this.
Nevertheless, the declaration should be influential as BBC.com reports that, "Set up in 1866 in north India, the Darul-Uloom Deoband is the most influential Muslim religious school in south and south-east Asia."