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[09.04.23] Kyrgyz Muslim Leader Rejects Jihad against the US

The mufti of Kyrgyzstan, Hajji Murataly Juman-uulu, told RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service and Kyrgyz Public Television on 8 April that the Muslims of Kyrgyzstan do not support the appeal of Telget Tajetdin, head of the Muslim Spiritual Directorate of Russia, for a jihad against the United States. Juman-uulu was quoted as saying that the members of the Kyrgyz Muslim Spiritual Board, the Muslim clergy, and ordinary believers reject a jihad in connection with the war in Iraq, although they oppose that war. Juman-uulu said the Spiritual Board has appealed to Kyrgyz Muslims to pray for peace in Iraq, because this is all they can do. A jihad would merely cause more bloodshed, but would not resolve the conflict in Iraq, he said.
 
Eurasianet, April 09, 2003

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