Pakistani leaders sign historic anti-sectarianism declaration

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Meeting in the Turkish seaside resort of Bodrum the scholars, who represent all of Pakistan’s major Islamic sects and tendencies, agreed to come together to tackle religious intolerance in the interests of Muslim unity.

Brought together by the UJN, the signatories include Sahibzada Muhammad Hamid Raza of the Sunni Ittehad Council, Allama Ibtisam Elahi Zaheer of Jamiat Ahle Hadith and Allama Syed Niaz Hussain Shah of Hoza Ilmia Jamia Al Muntazar.

The 11-point UJN Pakistan Unity Declaration commits the signatories and the UJN to sign statements in the upcoming Islamic month of Muharram denouncing the killing of fellow human beings on the basis of colour, creed, ethnicity or religion as haram. The statements will also declare excommunication or takfir against fellow Muslims and abusing the Prophet Muhammad’s family and companions to against the Shariah.

Also party to the accord were Allama Mohammad Sadiq Qureshi (Minhaj ul Quran International), Maulana Syed Ali Murtaza Zaidi (Jamay Imamia), Liaqat Baloch, MP (Jamaat-e-Islami) and Muhammad Sarwat Ejaz Qadri (Pakistan Sunni Tahreek).

The accord is based on Charter 3:103, initiated by the Islamic Human Rights Commission in 1997 and since adopted by scores of Muslim organisations, which calls for Muslims to be united in accordance with the 103rd verse of the third chapter of the Holy Quran. 

It also addresses the challenging problem of madrasas in Pakistan, believed to be a breeding ground of intolerance, recommending that syllabuses and curriculums address the need for respect, harmony and peace between all members of Pakistani society.

Watch video of Adhan and Dua Wahdah after signing of UJN Pakistan Unity Declaration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SoIqQgZKls

Signing of the UJN Pakistan Unity Declaration on 23 Dhul Hijja 1434 / 28 October 2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTvTR9eimcI