LUCKNOW: Top Muslim clerics in Uttar Pradesh said
on Thursday they will exhort people during this Friday's prayer services to
boycott Coke, Pepsi and other American and British products in a protest
against air strikes on Afghanistan.
( AP )
More than 40 clerics meeting in Lucknow called for the boycott, criticising US
and British policies attacks on Afghanistan, and support of Israel.
"Pepsi and Coke are in the first boycott list," said Maulana Kalbe
Jawwad, a cleric recommending the Shiite Muslim community. "We will offer
special prayers for the innocent victims of the US attacks in
Afghanistan," Jawwad said.
US and British planes have struck Afghanistan for four days after demanding
that the Taliban militia that rules most of the country surrender Osama bin
Laden and members of his al-Qaida group, accused by the United States of
plotting the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington.
Muslims comprise nearly one-third of Lucknow's 2.7 million people and
one-fourth of Uttar Pradesh state's 180 million population.
The clerics, representing both Sunni and Shiite sects said they would set up a
council to coordinate strategy across India, which has the world's second
largest population of Muslims, at 180 million. There have been a few,
scattered demonstrations against the United States and in support of bin
The clerics who met in Lucknow rejected the Organization of Islamic
Conference's backing to the US campaign against terrorism and decided to write
protest letters to embassies of the OIC member countries in New Delhi.
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kerajaan tidak mampu berkata sesuatu nampaknya dalam mengajak umat Islam
menghargai perjuangan rakyat Afghanistan mempertahankan Islam. Mereka lebih
gemar mengampu Mahathir dan kini mencanangkan betapa Taliban adalah kumpulan
pengganas yang patut diperangi. Patutlah betapa agenda maksiat di negara ini
tidak mampu mereka tangani.