(HRW) – The attack on a Shia mosque in Kabul claimed by the Afghan affiliate of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) on August 25, 2017, is a serious violation of the laws of war, and an apparent war crime, Human Rights…
At attack on October 21, 2016, hit the women’s side of al-Khani mosque in Daquq, 30 kilometers south of Mosul, Iraq, killing at least 13 women and children. The strike on the mosque, filled with mourners observing the Muslim holy month of Moharram, occurred without apparent military targets in the vicinity, residents told Human Rights Watch.
A resident and a police officer told Human Rights Watch that they believed the attack on the mosque, which also wounded at least 45 people, was an airstrike because of the sound of aircraft and scale of destruction. Of the troops fighting for the Iraqi city of Mosul, only United States-led coalition forces in Iraq and the Iraqi air force are known to conduct airstrikes in this region. Media outlets have also reported this as an airstrike, likely carried out by the coalition, but a coalition spokesperson denied that they were responsible for the attack and the civilian casualties.
In a novel attempt a madrasa (schools imparting Islamic teachings) in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has introduced an ‘anti-terrorism’ course in its curriculum.
To dismiss the general idea that madrasas are spreading terror teachings, Sunniyat Jamia Razvia Manzar-e-Islam has taken a lead to reform madrasa education by introducing a two-year ‘anti-terrorism’ course. Sunniyat Jamia Razvia Manzar-e-Islam madrasa is based in Bareilly and is run by Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat.
Muslim scholars enrolled in the new ‘anti-terrorism’ course at the madrasa will be taught about what terrorism is and how it is spreading in the name of religion. They will also be taught how terrorists are misusing religious texts and teachings to spread hatred and terrorism. Muslim students will also be taught about the different terrorist organizations and persons associated with it and how they are operating.