In a previous question you said that what the Taliban did (destroying the idols in Afghanistan) was wrong and un-Islamic. Please could you explain using evidence why this is so.

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Many muslims have said that what they did was right and this was practiced by many prophets e.g. prophet Muhammed(pbuh) when he destroyed the idols in the Kabba. They say this is an Islamic duty especially in Afghanistan were there are majority Muslims and they are trying to implement Islamic laws.


To this best of our knowledge, we have never issued such a statement that
Taliban did wrong in breaking the idols and statues at Bamiyan.

Kindly provide us with the full correspondence to the referred question. In
the meantime, you may read attached, ‘Statues’ by Moulana Imraan Vawda of
the Fatwa Dept.

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

Fatwas on Taliban destruction of statues:

Do Taliban government of Afghanistan done right by demolishing the Buddah statues?

Keeping of statues, does Shariah recognize concepts like ‘heritage belongs to all humanity’ in the case of pictures, images and statues, and Taliban.

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