Muslim scholars meeting in a three-day conference in Amman banned killings in the name of Islam
Leading Muslim scholars meeting in a three-day conference in Amman banned killing in the name of
Islam and urged respect for other opinions in the Muslim world.
"We condemn the principle of accusations of apostasy and the legalization of the assassination of Muslims for religious
reasons," the 180 scholars said Wednesday at the end of the first International Islamic Conference in Jordan.
The statement was based on religious edicts, or fatwas, issued by Sheikh Mohammed Sayed Tantawi of Al-Azhar in
Cairo, the highest Muslim Sunni authority, Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the Shiite leader based in Iraq, and Egypt's Mufti, Sheikh
Ali Jumma, as well as other senior leaders in Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Jordan.
At the beginning of the conference, Jordan's King Abdullah II denounced all kinds of religious extremism.
He also urged Muslim states to harmonize their schools of jurisprudence.
"Divisions within the global Islamic community, acts of violence and terrorism and accusations of apostasy and the
killing of Muslims in the name of Islam violate the spirit of Islam," he said in an address Monday.
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