IUMS condemns the continued violence in Iraq, condemns sectarian calls

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IUMS condemns the continued violence in Iraq, condemns sectarian calls

All praise be to Allah and peace and blessings be upon Muhammad, God’s messenger, his family, companions and followers;

The International Union of Muslim Scholars follows with deep concern the tragic situation in the beloved Iraq and in their civilizational capital, the capital of Caliph Al-Rasheed, Baghdad, where almost no day passes without hearing the sounds of explosions and bombings leaving behind scattered body pieces, spilt blood and destructed infrastructure in an atmosphere of political confusion, party conflicts, and sectarian tensions. It is a painful scene for which every Muslim must feel painful seeing what their fellows in religion and humanity have to go undergo including the repercussions of this situation that turned their life into bleak misery, constant fear, and a frightful nightmare where a person loses the minimum requirements of a dignified life.

As for aspirations of development, welfare, and building an active society to join world civilizations, these have all become dreams belonging to the fleeting past sadly enough. The IUMS, as it senses the depth of the pact taken by Allah from scholars and people of authority to clarify, provide counsel and reform, views and emphasizes the following:

1- Strongly condemns the continued series of violence, terrorism, and explosions in the beloved Iraq, and denounces the sectarian calls from whatever side that stir seditions among the people of the same country and nation; calls that serve no one but the enemies of our Muslim nation.

2- The union calls all sides of the political spectrum and the people of good will and shrewd minds among Iraqis with their different political beliefs and ideological affiliations to answer the call of conscience, listen to the sound of reason, and place as a priority the interests of the country of living in security and stability and the rights of Iraqi people – all Iraqi people – to have a dignified life where they enjoy the riches of their country and participate – without exception – in building their country and protecting it and devote all their attention to what the great Muslim nation awaits of their effective, or rather pioneering, participation in the comprehensive project of resurrection.

3- The IUMS calls on all those with keen care for the interest of this precious homeland to sit to the table of a deep and serious dialogue to reach a solution to the existing problems away from exclusion, marginalization and the spirit of revenge. They must in no condition accept that Iraq be the arena for sectarian conflicts and to reject firmly all plans to make Iraq a tool to implement suspicious foreign regional and international agendas. Instead, they must stand united facing all attempts to make Iraq and arena for others to settle their disputes or expand their powers and domination. We seize the opportunity of the end of the noble month of Ramadan to pray to Allah – and urge you to pray to Him – to protect Iraq, the country and the people, and to shield them against the schemes of schemers, to protect the blood of its people, to unite their hearts around the truth, goodness, the spread of justice, prevention of evil, and agreement on a unified opinion. We also pray that Allah will make their Eid a start of a new stage of happiness, concord, and true reconciliation.

(And Allah has full power over His affairs but most among mankind know it not)

Doha on: Ramadam 28th, 1434 H

Dated: August 6th, 2013

Dr. Ali Mohyi El-Deen Al-Qaradaghi                                            Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi

IUMS Secretary General                                                                    IUMS President