25 September 2021

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind chief calls for immediate release of renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui


New Delhi, 25Sept. 2021:  Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) President Syed Sadatullah Husaini has called for the immediate release of renowned Islamic scholar  Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui.


Calling the arrest of Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui a matter of concern for all justice-loving citizens of the country,  the  JIH President has demanded the UP government to withdraw all charges against him and  release him immediately. Mr. Husaini said, "Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui is a respected personality not only among Muslims but also among non-Muslims. His arrest has caused great discomfort to a large section of society. The arrest of Maulana Siddiqui has once again raised many questions about the UP government. The arrest is also being seen as a malicious attempt to promote Hindu-Muslim hatred in the context of the upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh”.


Mr.Husaini has reminded the government as well as the police that the practice and propagation of religion and faith is a fundamental, human and constitutional right of every citizen of this country. "In the same way, our Constitution has given every citizen – the freedom of conscience to adopt whatever ideology or belief one chooses. Any attempt to curtail or restrict these freedoms would be callous and unconstitutional. It is the responsibility of all concerned citizens of the country to oppose these nefarious attempts. We also want to make it clear that changing one’s beliefs by force or by way of allurement is not only against the teachings of Islam but also against its basic tenets. Anyone who knows Islam cannot do that”, he added.


The JIH Chief maintained that the reality of the allegations against Maulana can be understood in the context of various revered, respected but anti-establishment members of society being subjected to different types of accusations and harassment.  He continued, "The misuse of police and law enforcement agencies against political opponents is perilous for the future of our country. It seems that the UP government does not have any worthwhile performance to show to its electorate. That is why it is regularly taking steps to create sectarian divisions and tensions. Attempts to gain or maintain political power by spreading hatred in the society are detrimental to the entire state and the country as a whole”.


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