Religious clerics in Pakistan issued an Islamic decree, or fatwa, Tuesday condemning suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism as un-Islamic and against the teachings of the religion.
The decree, endorsed by more than 1,800 prominent religious scholars from different religious institutions, is part of a new book titled Paigham-e-Pakistan or Pakistan’s Message, announced by the country’s President Mamnoon Hussain in a ceremony held at the President House in Islamabad on Tuesday.
Hussain said Paigham-e-Pakistan would act as a “national narrative in order to curb extremism in keeping with the golden principles of Islam,” local Pakistani media reported.
Ahsan Iqbal, Pakistan’s minister of interior, said the fatwa is a significant development as the country is coming together and condemning terrorism from a single platform.
“The fatwa will provide a platform for national unity … so that in the 21st century, we can make Pakistan a distinguished country, an Asian tiger, and bring the Quaid’s [Pakistan’s founder] dream to fruition,” Iqbal said while speaking at the gathering.