All Pakistan Ulema Council

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The All Pakistan Ulema Council is a Muslim organization in Pakistan whose members include Islamic clerics and legal scholars from a range of Islamic traditions.[1]

Its leader is Tahir Ashrafi.[1] The Council is Pakistan's main organisation of religious clergy.

Fatwa denouncing honour killings[edit]

The council issued a fatwa (religious edict) denouncing and prohibiting honour killings and said that honour killings were "un-Islamic" and "inhuman" the clergy elaborated that the "Daughters are a gift [from Allah] not a problem"[2][3][4] The council will issue a more detailed verdict on June 5th 2014 which will be from an even more diverse range of religious groups [5]

Fatwa denouncing "Kaafir" (non-believer) declaration[edit]

The council issue a fatwa which declared that declaring other Islamic sects such as Shia as "non-believers" was against Islam. The fatwa was announced to promote inter-sectarian tolerance by acknowledging that there was diversity in the way in which Islam is practiced by different sects such as Sunni, Shia and different expressions of religion such as Sufism which was targeted by extremists. The use of loudspeakers except for the azan and the Friday sermon was also banned [6]

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