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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Indian Muslim clerics reject terror despite threats


LUCKNOW, India, May 21 (Reuters) - Senior Muslim clerics in India rejected terrorism as anti-Islamic on Wednesday, despite receiving threats from an Islamist group.

Khalid Rasheed, head of the oldest madrasa, or Islamic religious school, in the northern city of Lucknow, said he and his colleagues had been accused of apostasy over their pacifist stance by the militant Islamist group Indian Mujahideen.


"Islam is a religion of peace," Ahmad Khazir Shah, the madrasa's vice chancellor, said in a statement on Wednesday. "To give it a bad name, unscrupulous elements are carrying out acts of violence and bloodshed, which is highly regrettable."

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