From our Wishful Thinking Department comes this choice item: “Hindu leaders for ‘fatwa’ against ‘jihad’ in India,” from the Press Trust Of India, January 28 (thanks to Twostellas):
A group of Hindu leaders on Wednesday appealed to Islamic religious institutions and scholars to come forward with an appropriate ‘fatwa’ (edict) to declare that Hindus were not ‘kaafirs’ (non-believers) and that there need not be a “jihad” (war) against them in India.
“The fatwa should say that India is not ‘Dar-ul-Harab’, which means it is not a land against which Islamists have to wage a war,” convener of the All India Acharya Sect Dayanand Maharaj told journalists in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Speaking at a seminar, Dayanand said our country is a ‘dar-ul-amen’, a land of peace, as here Muslims could practise Islam without any impediment….
Good luck with that. There is no theological justification by which Muslims could not regard Hindus as unbelievers — nonetheless, the response to this request, if any is forthcoming, will be most interesting.