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29 June 2021

Organisations, community leaders raise questions over arrest of Maulana Umar Gautam, Mufti Qazi Jahangir Qasmi

 

Maulana Umar Gautam, Mufti Jahangir Qasmi

 

New Delhi, 29 June 2021: Various organisation and leaders including Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), Jamiat Ulama Hind, SIO, former Delhi Minority commissioner Dr ZafarulIslam Khan, renowned Shia scholar Renowned Shia scholar Maulana Kalbe Jawad have raised serious questions over the arrest of Maulana Umar Gautam and Mufti Qazi Jahangir Alam Qasmi.

 

The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad recently arrested them on several charges and now they are being investigated.

 

In a statement, JIH Vice President Prof. Mohammad Salim Engineer has strongly condemned their arrest and called it completely against the justice. He said, “the manner in which they were arrested and are being implicated in serious charges and the way a section of the media is overreacting, it clearly shows that attempts are being made to exploit public sentiments by creating a charged atmosphere of fear, intimidation and hatred for political mileage. Such attempts to divert attention from the real public issues to create a sentimental atmosphere in view of the UP Assembly elections to be held eight months later, are very regrettable.”He said, “Our Constitution gives every citizen the right to choose, practice and propagate the religion of his choice. No one can deprive him of this right. Making unfounded allegation of terrorism and threaten to invoke stringent laws like NSA and seizure of property are tantamount to challenge the democracy and the Indian Constitution.” Urging justice loving people, organizations and the political parties to raise their voices against such injustices, Prof. Salim Engineer said that they should take steps to protect the rights of citizens.

 

 Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind-M leader Maulana Mahmood Madani has said that the manner in which Omar Gautam and others have been arrested on charges of forcible conversion and the way in which the media is presenting the case is highly reprehensible. He said, "in the case of minorities and weaker sections, it has become a common trend for the media to become judges and present them as criminals. In the past, a similar attitude was adopted towards the Tablighi Jamaat. As a result, those who are accused have to suffer a lot, and the people associated with them have to suffer a lot, and later when the courts acquit them, the same media shrouds them." He said that Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind will pursue the case of Omar Gautam and others in court.

 

Senior member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board Maulana Kalbe Jawad has raised questions over the working of ATS and has asked for a fair investigation. He said, “the arrest by UP ATS is not correct many times and there should be a fair investigation of this whole matter. Also, it should be kept in mind that no innocent person is punished.”

 

Condemning the arrest, Dr Zafarul Islam Khan said, "Umar Gautam’s issue is not his personal. He was doing his work well within his rights, as per Article 25 of the constitution. If he has done something wrong, then it should be investigated in a transparent manner. But the media trial and UP government’s eagerness to implicate him indicates that the matter is something else. In fact, they want to prepare ground for UP election, create Hindu-Muslim polarization and spark communal riots. This type of hype is necessary for all this."

 

Prominent civil rights body Association for protection of civil rights (APCR) has called their arrest an attack on the citizens' right to freedom of religion  of the country. APCR General Secretary Malik Mutasim Khan, said, "the recent arrests of Maulana Umar and Qazi Jahangir are not isolated incidents but the result of concerted efforts by the UP government through its agencies and laws over the past few years to end the right to freedom to change one's religion or belief."

 

In a statement one of the largest students  bodies, Students Islami Organisation of India (SIO) said, "we strongly condemn Mohammad Umar Gautam and Mufti Jahangir Qasmi's arrest and appeal for their immediate release. The state government and a section of media is using this case for their own vested political interests and to fan communal hatred."

19 May 2021

Indian socio-religious leaders come out to denounce Israel’s massacre of innocent Palestinians

 



New Delhi, 19 May 2021: Prominent Indian socio-religious leaders have denounced Israel’s massacre of innocent Palestinians, in an online press conference under the banner 'Indian Friends for Palestine'. They issued a joint statement today in solidarity with the Palestinian cause.

 

Addressing the press conference, former MP Mr K.C. Tyagi and member of the Executive Committee of Parliamentarians for Al Quds (Jerusalem) said: “We should look at this issue from a humanitarian perspective, not a religious one. The current conflict and Palestinian protests in Jerusalem are due to Israel's aggressive expansionist policies and actions on the ground. The current unrest erupted when the Israeli government, in violation of all international laws and treaties, launched a campaign to forcibly evict the Palestinians living in Sheikh Jarrah and other neighborhoods near Al-Aqsa Mosque. We welcome the announcement by Mr. TS Tirumurti, India's Representative to the UN Security Council, that India fully supports the just cause of Palestine”.

 

Acting General Secretary of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, who also convened the PC, pointed out that: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque is a holy place for Muslims all over the world and their religious sentiments are associated with it. The city of Al Quds (Jerusalem) is important for three major religions of the world. Therefore, Israel has no authority to change the demography or status of the city and its structures”.

 

President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Syed Sadatullah Husaini urged: “All justice-loving countries of the world should not merely condemn this blatant aggression, but also to take all the steps that the United Nations Charter entitles them for seeking appropriate action against hostile and lawless nations. They must pressurize Israel and impose strict economic and diplomatic sanctions against it. The Zionist rulers and soldiers of Israel must be indicted and put on trial for war crimes in the International Court of Justice for their atrocities in Gaza and other Palestinian territories”.

 

Fully endorsing the position of ‘Indian Friends for Palestine’, former parliamentarian and General Secretary of Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind, Maulana Mahmood Madani said: "The main reason for most of the Palestinian protests and intifadas (resistance movements) are the unprovoked attacks on Gaza by Israel, its daily atrocities against Palestinian civilians, and its covert and open diplomatic activities in the Middle East. Israel has been violating many UN resolutions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Even in bilateral agreements, Israel has a history of backtracking on its commitments. Israeli political class and its rulers intensify their aggression from time to time to subvert focus from their local political problems".

 

Renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Sajjad Nomani pointed out that: “These heinous acts are being concealed from the world and attempts are being made to publicize the Palestinian resistance operations unilaterally. The way journalists are being targeted and their offices being demolished to keep the world unaware of the truth and facts on the ground is a serious challenge to the whole free world. I call upon all justice loving countries including the Arab world to take the lead in resolving this crisis as soon as possible".

 

General Secretary of All India Milli Council Dr. Manzoor Alam said: "The immediate solution to this problem is to swiftly end the Israeli occupation of Al-Quds and other occupied Palestinian territories and to force Israel to stop all its cruel and aggressive intentions and actions. The United Nations must play its role in stopping Israel. Israel's actions are illegal, against all international treaties and equivalent to war crimes against the whole world".

 

Addressing the press conference, rector of Darul UloomWaqf Deoband Maulana Muhammad Sufyan Qasmi has said that he supported the stand taken by the group and hops that the Palestinians get justice and are liberated from the illegal occupation of Israel.

 

Others who also addressed the online press conference include Maharishi Goswami SushilJi Maharaj, Dr. M D Thomas, General Secretary of Press Club of India Mr. Vinay Kumar, and senior journalist and commentator Mr. Santosh Bhartiya.

 

Full text of the Joint Statement:

We strongly condemn Israel's aggression and barbaric atrocities against Palestinian civilians. These violent attacks are now being carried out by Israel almost every year. Israel's intentions regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the entire Jerusalem have not been sincere since the day it occupied the land of Palestine. It wants to occupy a large area of West Bank and completely annex Al Quds (Jerusalem) as well. It is working towards changing the historical character, geography and demography of Palestine.

The current conflict and Palestinian protests in Jerusalem are due to Israel's aggressive expansionist policies and actions on the ground. The current unrest erupted when the Israeli government, in violation of all international laws and treaties, launched a campaign to forcibly evict the Palestinians living in Sheikh Jarrah and other neighbourhoods near Al-Aqsa Mosque. Israel is illegally occupying Palestinian homes and lands, displacing native Palestinian and new colonies of Israeli settlers are being established here. The Palestinians responded to these aggressive intentions of the Zionist regime and fought back this new series of forcible evictions and atrocities.

The main reason for most of the Palestinian protests and intifadas (resistance movements) are the unprovoked attacks on Gaza by Israel, its daily atrocities against Palestinian civilians, and its covert and open diplomatic activities in the Middle East. Israel has been violating many UN resolutions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Even in bilateral agreements, Israel has a history of backtracking on its commitments. Israeli political class and its rulers intensify their aggression from time to time to subvert focus from their local political problems. Thus, Israel has a long history of all these atrocities.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is a holy place for Muslims all over the world and their religious sentiments are associated with it. The city of Al Quds (Jerusalem) is important for three major religions of the world. Therefore, Israel has no authority to change the demography or status of the city and its structures.  Israel's actions are illegal, against all international treaties and equivalent to war crimes against the whole world.

These heinous acts are being concealed from the world and attempts are being made to publicize the Palestinian resistance operations unilaterally. The way journalists are being targeted and their offices being demolished to keep the world unaware of the truth and facts on the ground is a serious challenge to the whole free world. We support the way our country's reputable media organizations, the Editors Guild of India, the Press Association and Press Club of India, etc. have condemned it and call on media organizations around the world to speak with one voice against this barbarism.

The immediate solution to this problem is to swiftly end the Israeli occupation of Al-Quds and other occupied Palestinian territories and to force Israel to stop all its cruel and aggressive intentions and actions.

We call on Arab and Muslim countries to unite and come forward to protect Palestine and the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to play an active diplomatic role in forcing Israel to desist from these atrocities.

We call on all justice-loving countries of the world not to merely condemn this blatant aggression, but also to take all the steps that the United Nations Charter entitles them for seeking appropriate action against hostile and lawless nations. They must pressurize Israel. Impose strict economic and diplomatic sanctions against it. The Zionist rulers and soldiers of Israel must be indicted and put on trial for war crimes in the International Court of Justice for their atrocities in Gaza and other Palestinian territories.

The Government of India has always been against the expansionist ambitions of the colonial powers and under this policy, it has always supported the Palestinian liberation movement and the rights of the oppressed Palestinians. We welcome the announcement by Mr. TS Tirumurti, India's Representative to the UN Security Council, that India fully supports the just cause of Palestine. We rightfully expect and demand that our government, in keeping with this historic declaration, play a key and effective role in ending Israel's oppression of Palestine.

The signatories to the joint statement:

·       Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, Acting General Secretary, All India Muslim Personal Law Board.

·       Mr K. C. Tyagi, Member of Executive Committee of Parliamentarians for Al Quds.

·       Maharishi Bhrigu Pithadhishwar GoswamiSushil Ji Maharaj, National Convener of Bhartiya Sarva Dharma Sansad.

·       Dr. M D Thomas, Founder Director of Institute of Harmony & Peace Studies, New Delhi.

·       Mr. Syed Sadatullah Husaini, President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.

·       Maulana MahmoodMadani, General Secretary of JamiatUlema-i-Hind.

·       Maulana Muhammad Sufyan Qasmi,  Rector of Darul UloomWaqf Deoband.

·       Dr. Manzoor Alam, General Secretary, All India Milli Council.

·       Maulana Khalil-ur-Rehman Sajjad Nomani, Director, Imam Shah Waliullah Academy.

·       Mr. Vinay Kumar, General Secretary of Press Club of India.

·       Mr. Santosh Bhartiya, senior journalist and commentator.

 

12 April 2021

'Absolutely frivolous' says top court while dismissing Wazim Rizvi's Plea Seeking Removal Of 26 Verses From Quran, imposing Rs 50,000 fine

 


New Delhi, 12 Apr. 2021: The Supreme Court today dismissed a writ petition filed by former UP Shia Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi seeking removal of certain verses from the Holy Quran.

 

According to livelaw.in, a three-Judge Bench headed by Justice RF Nariman and comprising of Justice BR Gavai and Justice Hrishikesh Roy dismissed the writ petition observing, "this is an absolutely frivolous writ petition". The Court has also imposed Rs. 50000/- as costs on the petitioner for filing the petition. When the matter was taken, Justice Nariman asked the counsel if he was serious about the petition."Are you pressing the petition? Are you seriously pressing the petition?", Justice Nariman asked at the outset.

 

Rizvi, in his plea, alleged that certain verses in the Quran are a threat to the sovereignty, unity, and integrity of the country.  The bench was not at all inclined to entertain the matter and proceeded to dismiss it with Rs 50,000 costs, after terming the petition 'absolutely frivolous'.



11 April 2021

Renowned Indian American author and educator Dr. Abidullah Ghazi passes away in Chicago

 

Late Dr. Abidullah Ghazi

Renowned Indian American Islamic scholar, author, educator and poet Dr. Abidullah Ansari Ghazi today passed away in Chicago, USA.  He was born on 6th July 1936 at Anbehta, Saharanpur (UP), India. Dr Ghazi has been an educational consultant to several universities and educational institutions. He has written more than 150 Islamic educational textbooks. He was also a founder and executive director of IQRA' International Educational Foundation, US. Along with his wife, Dr. Tasneema Ghazi, he has been recognized as one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims for being a pioneer in Islamic education. Dr. Ghazi is the recipient of numerous awards, most notably the Citizen’s Award, the Ronald Regan Award, and a Certificate of Welcome from the City of Los Angeles. Qari Muhammad Tayyib was his maternal grandfather while his father Hamid al-Ansari Ghazi was the son of Muhammad Mian Mansoor Ansari, a key hero of the Indian freedom struggle ‘Silk Letter Movement’. He is survived by wife  and five children.

 

Soon after his death, condolence messages poured in as former Chairman of Delhi Minority Commission and author Dr. Zafarul-Islam khan said, "I am sad to know about the demise of Dr Abidullah Ghazi. He was a great son of Islam, a tall intellectual and an asset of the worldwide Muslim community. May Allah grant him maghfirat and high station in Paradise. I extend my sincere condolences to all his relatives and friends."

 

AMU Network in a tweet, writes: "Dr. Abidullah Ghazi - A great son of AMU died few hours ago in Chicago - Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un."