More than 2,000 Afghan religious scholars from around the country issued a fatwa, an Islamic directive, on Monday, saying “the ongoing war in Afghanistan is forbidden under the Islamic law”.
For years, Afghanistan has been plagued by violence by militants, who often use suicide bombers and claim that their struggle is a holy war to impose Islamic rule.
“We the scholars of Afghanistan declare this war as unjust and in contradiction to the Sharia (Islamic law). Only the blood of Muslims is shed in this war and nothing else, therefore we issue a fatwa to end this war as soon as possible,” said religious scholar Khuda Bakkhsh Mohseni while reading the declaration.
“We call on the warring factions to announce a ceasefire,” said Enayatullah Baligh, a religious scholar.
“Only the innocent civilians become the victims of current war and they become the victims as a result of suicide attacks and explosions which are rejected from the Islamic point of view,” said another scholar Ghufranullah Murad.
The religious scholars said in the fatwa that “war in its all types is forbidden under the Sharia and Islamic law and it is nothing but shedding the blood of Muslims”.
Suicide attacks in Afghanistan are frequently condemned as fanatical and immoral, especially when civilians are killed, but insurgents view the tactic as their most effective weapon.
“Suicide attacks, explosions for killing people, division, insurgency, different types of corruption, robbery, kidnapping and any type of violence are counted as big sins in Islam and are against the order of the Almighty Allah,” the Afghan clerics said.
The religious scholars said that according to the Holy Quran, killing of Muslims is "Haram" and “forbidden”.
Meanwhile, the religious scholars repeated their call on the Taliban to accept the Afghan government’s “unconditional” peace offer.
“We the religious scholars call on the Taliban to give a positive response to the Afghan government’s peace offer in order to prevent further bloodshed,” the religious scholars said.
The fatwa by Afghan clerics comes a day after three children lost their lives in a roadside bomb explosion in Nangarhar province – in the east of Afghanistan – on Sunday.
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