PESHAWAR - Ulema belonging to Jamiat Ulema Ittihad condemned exclusion of Quranic verses, relating to commandments on jihad, from the syllabus of ninth and tenth classes and termed the act tantamount to committing infidelity.

They demanded of the government to restore the syllabus of Islamiat in its old position. “The rulers, in fact, want to enforce secularism and the removal of jihad related verses in addition to inclusion of Helen Keller’s ‘Three Days to See’ while excluding a lesson regarding the Holy Prophet (PBUH). “It was the first step towards anti-Islam system,” they said while addressing a news conference here at press club on Monday. 

The Ulema who spoke on the occasion included Pir Mohammad Chishti, Maulana Abd-ul-Barq, Maulana Ata-ur-Rahman, Maulana Dr Altaf-ur-Rahman, Alama Abid Hussain Shakari, Maulana Yousaf Qureshi, head Masjid-e-Mahabat Khan, Maulana Ghulam-ur-Rahman and Maulana abd-ul-Chitrali.

“Those shared their ideas regarding new syllabus and replacement of our Prophet’s (PBUH) lesson with a non-Muslim writer’s lesson committed ‘kufr’ so they should renew their faith in Allah,” a decree issued by the Ulema said. 

The Ulema said while giving details that ‘Voice of God’ was replaced with ‘Giant Man’ and ‘Hazrat Omar second caliph of Islam’ was replaced with ‘Quaid-e-Azam.’ They said that Pakistan had been brought into being in the name of Islam but the government erased the religious lessons and Quranic verses from class ninth and 10th. They said it exposed un-Islamic thinking of the rulers, who wanted merely to please the US.                       

Criticising the rulers for beign pro-US, they said they were ineligible to rule a Muslims-run country, adding that the Constitution of Pakistan also ordered to follow Islamic commandments. “The rulers want Islam but as per their wishes not according to command of Allah and Prophet,” they blamed.

“Cruelty and brutality crossed and for sake of dollars, Muslims are being killed,” Maulana Yousaf Qureshi claimed and predicted for bloodshed revolution in the country because of anti-Islamic activities and thoughts of the government.

They said “A conspiracy against Islam is being hatched while the rulers help conspirators in this regard for money”. “We will not allow our youth to be misguided by secularists,” they challenged.

They, therefore, demanded of the government to restore Islamic Ayaat in the syllabus and lessons of Islamic stories otherwise, a big protest demonstration of Islamists will be made in Peshawar and movement against the against ANP-led government on March 25, 2012.