Statement on the Attacks in Karachi, Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Praise is due to Allāh, Lord of the worlds, may the blessings and peace be upon our master Muḥammad, the last of prophets, on his family, and all his companions.

The Secretariat General of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy expresses its strong condemnation of the bombings in the city of Karachi, in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, on Tuesday, 11 April 2006, which killed more than 57 people, including prominent scholars. This heinous criminal and bloodthirsty act injured several innocent people while performing the Maghrib prayer.

The Academy, shocked by this news, affirms with sadness and deep sorrow that the perpetrators of these crimes are devoid of any human value and religious principle. They have denied the true precepts of Islam which defends the sanctity of the human soul and calls for its preservation.

While condemning these savage acts, the Academy extends its condolences to His Excellency, the President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, his government, the people of Pakistan, and victims’ families. Members of the Academy’s Council implore Allah to grant His immense mercy, forgiveness and pardon to the martyrs, victims of this terrorist attack, arm their families with patience and courage, heal the wounded, and preserve everyone.

The Academy reiterates and recalls the position of jurists and all Muslim scholars to strongly condemn all forms of fanaticism, violence, and terrorism in all their forms and aspects.

Dr. Mohamed Habibi Belkhoja

SG of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy.

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