The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Ulama’s role crucial in restoring Islam’s true image


The International Ulama Conference on Afghanistan Peace and Security opened yesterday morning in Saudi Arabia. More than 200 representatives from 57 countries and 108 Ulema from 32 countries are attending, including a 35-member Ulama delegation from Afghanistan led by head of the Ulema Council, Mawlawi Qayamuddin Kashaf.
In a rare gesture, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia andOIC has jointly called upon the Afghan Taliban to put down arms for ending the long-standing war.Delivering his remarks, the head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen also said that activities are ongoing in Afghanistan which are not in accordance with Islam.
“The military operation is not the way out of war in Afghanistan,” he said, adding that “OIC is ready to cooperate with Afghanistan to reach to peace.”The OIC has called on Afghanistan’s neighboring countries to help Afghanistan reach a peace agreement. 
Afghan government officials on Monday expressed hope and optimism that renewed peace efforts will come out of this week’s Ulama conference scheduled for Jeddah and Makkah in Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi government and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have jointly organized the two-day event and the conference is aimed at supporting efforts to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan and condemn terrorism and violent extremism in all forms and manifestations within the framework of the teachings of Islam.
This is the first time Saudi Arabia and the OIC have taken part in the Afghan conflict. Earlier an invitation letter has been sent on behalf of OIC to scholars in Pakistan and Afghanistan in which all armed groups in Afghanistan have been declared terrorists. The invitation says that the main purpose of the conference is to reject the “erroneous interpretations of Islamic views by terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan”.
Scholars from over 30 countries have been invited to attend the conference that can be a major boost for Afghan government, that had made an offer to Taliban to put an end to the war- an offer that was brushed aside by the militant group.
Islam is in fact a religion that promotes peace and understanding among people of all faiths, and it strongly prohibits all forms of violence and aggression against all people regardless of their faith or race. Islam has stressed over settlement of conflicts and disputes through peaceful means.
Afghanistan, being an Islamic country, has faced the worst kinds of violence due to Islamic radicalism. Taliban who claim to be the soldiers and protectors of Islam are causing the most harm to peace and stability in the country and the image of Islam through practicing various forms of terror that are anti-Islam and anti-human. The Taliban and other militants have time and again proved that they are not the protectors of Islam, but its enemies.
At the current scenario, the Islamic scholars and Ulema can play a key role to counter the growing radicalism in Islamic countries, especially in Afghanistan. Such conferences pave the way for them to come forward and boldly speak out against the suicide attacks and other forms of terrorism in which civilians are killed.
Terrorism and extremism are the greatest challenges facing the Muslim Ummah today and therefore it becomes the responsibility of the Islamic thinkers, scholars and Ulama to counter those wrong interpretation and misuse of Islamic codes.
Both Saudi Arabia which is the capital of Islamic world and OIC that represents the Islamic nations, too can play a pivotal role in establishing a consensus among Ulema and moving Afghanistan towards long-lasting peace and stability by condemning suicide attacks and other forms of terrorism that cause losses of civilian lives. 

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.