Non-Muslims, secularists killing forbidden in Islam: Fatwa
DHAKA—Bangladeshi clerics said Tuesday they have issued a fatwa against the killings of minorities and secular campaigners in the mainly Muslim country, where police have arrested over 10,000 people in a crackdown on militancy.
Nearly 50 people have been killed over the last three years in a wave of gruesome attacks targeting Hindus, Christians, Sufi Muslims and campaigners in the mainly Muslim country. Many were hacked to death with machetes.
Farid Uddin Masuod, who heads the Council of Bangladesh Clerics, said over 100,000 clerics had signed the fatwa, or religious edict, which will be made public on June 18.
“The fatwa unequivocally said these killings of non-Muslims, minorities and secular activists are forbidden in Islam,” he told AFP.
“We´ve said these killings are illegal and are crimes against humanity,” Masuod told AFP.
The announcement came as police said they had detained 3,115 people on the fourth day of a nationwide anti-militant drive, taking the total number to 11,307.—Agencies