GUWAHATI, Nov 17 � At a time when Islamic State and Boko Haram have launched campaigns of death and devastation across the Middle East and Nigeria, respectively, and Al Qaeda has declared its intention of expanding in India, the Assam State Jamiat Ulema will hold a massive anti-terrorism convention in the city where delegates from across the region will gather to denounce use of violence in the name of religion and to preach tolerance and plurality.
Maulana Fazlul Karim Kasimi, secretary of the Assam State Jamiat Ulema, said around 1,200-1,300 delegates will attend the convention at the ITA Complex, Machkhowa, on November 20.
A list of distinguished speakers will address the gathering. Among the main speakers will be noted filmmaker and social activist Mahesh Bhatt and scholar Ram Puniyani.
A fatwa against terrorism is also likely to be declared during the convention.
Kasimi said this will be the second such convention in the State after the one held in 2008, when a fatwa had been declared against terrorism.
He said Jamiat Ulema had always stood for the unity of India and fought against the two-nation theory during the pre-partition days.
Expressing concern over the rise in violence in the name of religion in various parts of the world, Kasimi said use of violence against innocents, resorted to by IS and Boko Haram, has no place in Islam.
He said the convention is intended to ensure that the plural ethos of the State is not subsumed by the recent events and to raise awareness about the real teachings of Islam among the people.