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Breaking News:Hazrat Khalid bin Waleed’s shrine destroyed in Syria

23 Jul

BEIRUT – Shelling destroyed the centuries-old mausoleum of a companion of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the central city of Homs on Monday, a monitoring group and activists said.

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Reports of the destruction of the Muslim pilgrimage site emerged as an intense army campaign to reclaim rebel-held areas of Homs, a strategic junction city, entered its fourth week.
“Activists from the Khaldiyeh neighbourhood in the city of Homs have reported the destruction by army shelling of the mausoleum of the prophet’s companion Khaled bin Walid,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Housed in the rebel area of Khaldiyeh, the Khaled bin Walid mosque had already suffered significant damage during earlier fighting for control of the city.
Amateur video distributed by activists showed the mosque, renowned for its two towering minarets, and images of what was identified as the destroyed mausoleum.
“The Khaled bin Walid mosque was shelled, and the shrine was completely destroyed,” said the unnamed activist filming the footage.
The images show mounds of rubble, stone and metal at the site identified as the mausoleum.
The video also shows an unidentified man lashing out at the world over the destruction of the shrine. “I want to tell Arabs and Muslims, how will you face God after Khalid bin Walid’s shrine has been destroyed? Why have you abandoned besieged Homs?” says the man. Speaking to AFP via the Internet, Khaldiyeh-based activist Yazan said the mosque holds symbolic importance not only for Homs’ residents but for Sunnis as a whole.
“People used to come and visit the shrine from the world over,” Yazan said, adding that the mosque housing the shrine is “practically destroyed”.
Khaldiyeh and the Old City neighbourhoods of Homs, still under rebel control, have been under suffocating army siege and near-daily bomb attacks for more than a year. The mosque housing Khalid bin Walid’s shrine, an important pilgrimage site for Muslims, was built over several centuries. The shrine itself dates to the 11th century, while the mosque was constructed by the Mameluks in the mid-13th century.
Known for his military prowess, Khalid bin Walid’s forces captured Damascus from the Byzantine empire. A military commander under Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and under two successive caliphs, he died around the year 642, in Homs.
Bin Walid’s mausoleum is the latest of a series of Syrian religious and cultural sites damaged or destroyed in the course of the country’s 28-month war.
In the war-torn northern city of Aleppo, the minaret of the landmark Umayyad mosque was destroyed in April, while parts of the ancient souks were burnt down in September last year.

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Hazrat Zainab’s shrine (Roza) attacked by Salafis

22 Jul 579429-SayyedaZainabshrineAFP-1374260544-155-640x480

:MSO condemns this takfiris attack in harshest words.
सीरिया में सलाफी बागिओं ने हज़रत जैनब के रोज़ा मुबारक पर रॉकेट से हमला किया ! एम् एस ओ इस कायराना हमले की भरपूर लफ़्ज़ों में मज्ज़मत करता है और मुसलमानों से अपील करता है सीरिया की असला प्रोब्लम और वहाबी फितने के मक़ासिद को समझें !यह ईमान वालों को क़त्ल करते हैं बेईमानों को छोड़ते है!
BEIRUT: A rocket strike near a Shia shrine in Damascus killed a custodian of Bibi Zainab (AS) on Friday, activists and residents said, in an attack that could inflame sectarian tensions in Syria’s 28 month old conflict.

Opposition activists and residents said shrapnel killed Anas Romani, the respected caretaker of the gold-domed Bibi Zainab (AS) shrine in the capital’s southern suburbs, a renowned pilgrimage destination for Shias from Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and beyond.

There were conflicting reports about damage to the shrine. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a network of activists across Syria, cited sources as saying the shrine’s blue-tiled sanctuary had been hit. But a local resident told Reuters the rockets landed outside the mosque.

The Syrian government accuses rebels of targeting Sayyeda Zainab shrine, which is now protected by hundreds of fighters from Iraq and the powerful Lebanese Hezbollah group.

They have been helping Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s forces battle rebels mostly from the Sunni majority, whom they accuse of threatening Shia symbols in Syria.

The rebels say they are only attacking pro-Assad forces in the area, though many in their ranks use sectarian rhetoric against Assad’s Shia supporters.

Syria’s uprising-turned-civil war has sectarian dimensions that risk spilling over into neighboring Iraq and Lebanon, which have both suffered their own communal conflicts.

Several Syrian minorities have supported Assad, including his own Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shia sect. They say they fear the rising Sunni current in the insurgency.

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Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has said protecting Sayyeda Zainab is vital for his group, which now openly acknowledges its involvement on Syria’s battlefields, and has threatened “grave retribution” if any harm befalls the shrine.

Demonstrators on Sunday took to the streets in Karachi and twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi against a rocket attack on the shrine of Hazrat Zainab (A.S) in Syria.

Terrorism ,Darul Uloom Deoband and its Deobandi ideology

20 Jul

Amir Quddus

It is often  alleged that Deobandi ideology is responsible for spread of terrorism in Pakistan so Darul Uloom Deoband which is mother of this ideology should try to do something to stop extremism and sectarian terrorism in the region.The allegations were once made by Pakistan’s permanent  representative to UN General Assembly Mr.Abdullah  Hussain Haroon.

He said that, I have come up very good suggestion.The clerics of Deoband who yields a great influence over NWFP of Pakistan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas.should come to Pakistan and issue Fatwa against suicide bombings and killing of Muslims in Pakistan as well as in India.

To this allegations Darul Uloom Deoband still has to react but when pressure build up on them they have organised public rallies in the name of fighting terrorism but we still have not witnessed any Deobandi prominent  scholar visiting NWFP,Fata and Tribal areas and issuing Fatwa against terrorist organizations.

It must be remembered that major extremist and terrorist organizations of South Asia follows this ideology from Taliban to Sipah-e-Sahaba and from Lashkar-e-Jhangvi to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan ,all are hardcore  banned but functioning Deobandi terrorist organizations.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deobandi#Movements.also refer to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koXb6pFIJHg

Not even a single declaration or a Fatwa is issued against these Takfiri terrorist organizations which kills citizens on daily basis.

Will they react?

Barelvi Sunnis welcome Pak envoy’s remark against Deobandi Ulemas

20 Dec

Virendra Nath Bhatt
Posted: Dec 19, 2008 at 0209 hrs IST

Lucknow The remarks of Pakistan’s permanent representative in the United Nations (UN) about the influence the Deobandi Ulemas have over Taliban militants active in the tribal areas of Pakistan, has triggered a bitter debate among the Deobandis and Barelvis — the two prominent sub-sects of Sunni Muslims.
While Deobandi Muslims are outraged, Barelvis have welcomed the remark, saying that at last truth has been revealed at an international forum.

Pakistan’s permanent representative in UN General Assembly, Abdullah Hussain Haroon, had said: “I have come up with a very good suggestion. The clerics of Deoband, who wield a great influence in the NWFP of Pakistan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas, should come to Pakistan and issue a fatwa against suicide bombings and the killings of Muslims in Pakistan as well as in India.”

The remark has annoyed the Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband in Saharanpur district and in particular, Maulana Magroobur Rahman, its rector. The seminary has demanded an immediate apology from Haroon.

“The statement is condemnable and we reject it. A responsible officer like the representative of Pakistan in the UN should have refrained from making such an irresponsible statement at an international forum,” read a statement issued on behalf of the rector.

“The Darul Uloom Deoband is of the unanimous view that the Pakistan government should direct its ignorant and rustic official Haroon to tender an unconditional apology for making such a statement, so as to prevent the recurrence of such an act of indiscretion,” it added.

Barelvi Sunni’s, however, have endorsed Haroon’s remark and suggested that the government should keep a watch on what is being taught in Deobandi madarsas.

Maulana Taukir Raza Khan, a prominent leader of the Barelvi Sunni sect, said: “It has been proved beyond doubt that those involved in acts of terror, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir, are the Muslims who follow the Deobandi school of thought.”

“We strongly object to the use of word ‘Jehad’ by separatists waging a war against the state in Jammu and Kashmir. It is also true that only the Deobandis are involved in the so called Jehad,” he added.

Maulana Syed Hashim, another venerated leader of Barelvi Sunni Muslims and a Sajjadanashin of Kachaucha Dargah in Ambedkar Nagar district, said: “Only the Wahabis or the Deobandis and the clerics of this sect are involved in acts of terror in India.” The Centre should keep a close watch on the disciplines imparted in Deobandi madarsas and their syllabus should be prepared under the watchful eyes of the government, he added.

44 Muslims dead, 35 injured in Mumbai terror attacks

30 Nov

By TwoCircles.net news desk,

New Delhi: In the bloodiest ever terrorist attacks in the country, 195 people were killed in the attacks at hotels Taj, Trident and Oberoi, and Nariman House and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station in Mumbai. The dead include 44 Muslims and of 300 injured 35 are Muslims.

This shows that the terrorists, whatever their faith may be, had no religion in their mind when they were on a killing spree. They wanted to kill as many people as they could and thus terrorise the countrymen.

Don’t brand Muslims as terrorists: Ibrahim

21 Oct

 

Mangalore : “There are about 20 crore Muslims in India and if about 100 persons are involved in terrorist activities, why do you brand all Muslims as terrorists?” questioned former minister C M Ibrahim. Speaking to media persons here on Sunday, he said that Islam never encourages terrorism and there is no link between Islam and terrorism. Flaying the arrests of innocents, Mr Ibrahim warned that there are all possibilities of such people turning a criminal after they were released. He also flayed the police for conducting repeated narco-analysis tests on same persons (especially when the police fail to get any evidence), and said that there are records to prove that the repeated tests have serious mental imbalance on the person. He also appealed to the media to give equal publicity when a person arrested on some charges is released after he is proved innocent. Speaking on the occasion, All India Sunni Scholars’ Federation General Secretary A P Aboobakker Musliyar Kanthapuram sought to know how a religion is responsible if some persons have done some mischief. Stating that terrorism is an enemy of humanity, he called upon the youth to fight against evil forces. At the same time, he regretted that Muslims are made scapegoats in the name of Jehad. He also urged the authorities concerned not to arrest the innocent youth in the name of “suspected terrorists.”

 

Islamic Cultural Centre Chairman Yenepoya Abdulla Kunhi regretted that Muslim terrorists who are hardly about 100 in number were bringing disgrace to a population of 20 crore Muslims in India. “Their indiscriminate killings of innocents are polarising the whole society. Consequently, the Muslims are losing their jobs and finding it difficult to get houses for rent,” he said and added that more depressing fact is that they tarnish the image of Islam by misquoting the holy text.

 


 

 

Pir Saqib sahibs challenge to Yazid’s lawyer Dr Naik

16 Oct

Official response from Kanz ul Huda regarding the speculative threads on the debate between Pir Saqib Shami Sahib and Dr. Zakir Naik


In response to the recent threads with regards to the aforementioned matter, Kanz ul Huda would like to clarify and outline the whole issue in order to avoid public confusion and speculation.

Approximately two months ago the Ullema of India, who have substantial links to the religious community in Karachi, asked Pir Saqib Shami Sahib to refute in written form Dr. Zakir Naik’s argument on the issue of Yazeed.

Pir Saqib Shami Sahib responded to the challenge and submitted a pamphlet on 10th August 2008 to the Ullema in Karachi detailing the thorough refutations on Dr. Naik’s opinion on Yazeed. The pamphlet included extensive rebuttals that discredited Dr. Naik’s arguments and exhorted him to either repent from making grossly false arguments on Yazeed or submit a written refutation to Pir Saqib Shami Sahib’s response. The pamphlet was posted by the Ullema of Karachi to Khutbate Zakir Naik Karachi and receipt of this pamphlet and it being forwarded to Dr. Naik was confirmed by the organisation on 17th August 2008

 

 

 

After no response was received by Dr Naik, the Ullema of Karachi insisted that Pir Saqib Shami Sahib challenge Dr Naik to a debate in order to quell his growing arrogance which has led him to openly challenge scholars to a debate on the issue of Yazeed. On 24th September 2008 Pir Saqib Shami Sahib wrote to the Ullema of Karachi stating that he is ready to debate Dr. Naik provided that two conditions are met, as follows:


1) The Shari’at-e-Munazzara must be negotiated by both parties. This involves the debate proceeding according to the classical Salf us-Saliheen method of debating and not according to Dr. Naik’s modern equivalent, whereby one speaker delivers his arguments at length followed by a lengthy rebuttal by the other speaker, followed again by a question and answer session; and

2) Dr. Naik, when quoting from the Hadith or classical texts, must have the source (i.e. the hadith), at hand, read in Arabic without the i’rab (i.e. the fatha, damma and kasra), and not simply mentally repeat the chapter and verse reference in English.


As yet no response has been received.

In late October, Pir Saqib Shami Sahib is Inshallah going to Pakistan to deliver a series of lectures at both the International Azmat-e-Auliya Conference in Azad Kashmir and the Jashne Fareed in Pak Pathan Shareef. The Ullema of Karachi have insisted that Pir Saqib Shami Sahib publicly accept the challenge made by Dr. Naik during these talks. This, it is hoped, will notify the public about the challenge being accepted by the Ahl-e-Sunnah scholars.

As for the allegation that the threads were a public stunt, Pir Saqib Shami Sahib strictly ordered his mureeds to not mention anything regarding the potential debate until it became official. Kanz ul Huda has no knowledge of the identity of the mureed who is alleged to have spread the story. Furthermore, Kanz ul Huda is aware that Dr. Naik is in India; if indeed the debate does take place, it will do so in that country.

Kanz ul Huda will further publish information on this event if there is any progress or any changes.

Jazaakumullaahu Khayran


Kanz ul Huda

Kerala Muslims pledge to fight terrorism

7 Oct

Kochi: More than 500,000 Muslims took an oath to eradicate the menace of terrorism and work for world peace at an annual prayer at Swalath Nagar in Malappuram district on Friday mid-night. The prayer was organised by Ma’dinu Saquafathil Islamiyya that runs a number of institutions, including schools, in Kerala. The prayers started from 9.30 p.m. on Friday night and went on till 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, which was lead by Sayyid Ibrahimul Khaleelul Bukhari, the chairman of the society and a spiritual leader.
Bukhari pledged that Muslims should respect other religions and should not associate with such activities that will become a threat to the nation. The pledge reads: “In thought, word and deed, we pledge to uphold the sovereignty and integrity of our nation. As citizens of India, it is our duty to safeguard the loyalty of our motherland as part of our faith. We cherish with pride that we are citizens of India. We will not tolerate any harm to our fellow citizens and we will wholeheartedly resist, with all our might, any such evil attempts. We also will strive to ensure that not one innocent is punished even if a thousand criminals are let off, It is our duty as true citizens of the country and as Muslims to inform our fellow-citizens of this threat. In this holy night, we pledge we will do our duty in the great tradition of the noble souls of the nation”.
The famous Swalath Nagar on the Palakkad-Malappuram route is the annual prayer and meeting place for lakhs of Muslims who come from major parts of India. It is said to be the largest congregation in the Muslim world, outside Mecca and Medina, during Ramzan. The annual meet takes place on the 27th night of the holy month of Ramadan every year. This year’s Friday night was observed as the ‘night of power’ (Lailat-ul-Qadr). The belief is, whoever prays the Night of Qadr with Eemaan (faith) and hoping for its reward, Allah the almighty will forgive him of all his previous sins. (ANI)
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POLICE STORY CHALLENGED in Jamia Nagar Shoot out

24 Sep

Patrolling heightened in Jamia Nagar a week before the encounter, say residents who saw shootout
By Karanjeet Kaur in New Delhi

Jamia Nagar Police Encounter

TWO eyewitnesses of the September 19 Special Cell action at Jamia Nagar have presented a version of the event that is at complete variance with what has been offered by the Delhi Police.
Their reconstruction of the event, which indicates a scuffle had probably taken place before the shots were fired, may also explain why Jamia Nagar residents are not buying the police theory that the team led by Inspector M. C. Sharma had either eliminated or arrested the men allegedly behind the bomb blasts in Delhi, Ahmedabad and Jaipur.
This version, given to MAIL TODAY on the condition of anonymity, squares up with the hitherto unreported autopsy report on Sharma and the nature of the wounds on the bodies of the two young men killed by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police. The autopsy report on Sharma, which is with Headlines Today , says he was shot at
from extremely close range, no more than a few centimetres from him. He was hit by three bullets.
of them entered through the back and followed top- to- down trajectory.
The body of one of the ‘ terrorists’ bears injury marks, sharp wounds and multiple internal injuries in the stomach. Doctors say such injuries usually attributed to a scuffle, actually a violent physical assault. Someone may even have stamped on him. His flatmate Mohammed Sajid, also dead, was apparently shot in the head. Could death too have occurred during the scuffle? Further, could Inspector Sharma have been injured during the fisticuffs that ensued between alleged Delhi bombers and the policemen who were raiding supposed terrorist hideouts? Is it possible that he suffered the injuries when a bullets went off accidentally during the scuffle? There is no way to find out the kind of bullet injury that Sharma suffered. No bullets were found on his body during his autopsy. The medical bulletin of Holy Family Hospital, where he was taken first, said no “ foreign bodies” were found in chest and abdomen.
Mail Today took exhaustive eyewitness accounts the police action on September 19 to unravel events of the morning of September 19. Eyewitnesses, who live in the immediate vicinity of L- Batla House – the alleged IM hideout – said the Special Cell team that raided the scene of action brought two young men to the ground floor from their fourth- floor flat. They had a verbal altercation with the two men and killed them after some them realised Sharma had been shot.
Jamia Nagar residents had been seeing heightened activity by policemen in civilian clothes for about a week before the police action. Yet, they were taken aback when a group of policemen in civvies surrounded L- 18, Batla House, on September 19, for they had not seen any suspicious activity in their building. It is hard to keep secrets in the rabbit war- of apartment blocks in Jamia Nagar.
member of the Special Cell first went up to the fourth- floor flat occupied by Atif and Sajid, pretending to a cellphone salesman. The young men inside the flat did not receive the undercover policeman cordially. They entered into an argument with subinspector Dharmender, who was pretending to be the salesman.
All this took place in front of the neighbours, who had come out onto the balconies of their flats on hearing the commotion.
Reacting immediately when the arguments started, the policemen waiting downstairs rushed up.
None of them had their guns out.
Clearly, they were not expecting any armed resistance. One of the men, whom the eyewitnesses were able to identify after seeing his images on television, was Sharma.
Speaking from behind a grill that covers the fourth- floor staircase at L- Sharma yelled at all the neighbours who had come out of their houses to go indoors because they could get hurt in the “ firing”. Residents of the area followed his instructions.
But the eyewitnesses, being quoted by Mail Today, watched the goings- on from behind their toilet windows.
The saw only two men in the flat.
That leaves the man who was arrested from the spot, Mohammed Saif, and the two men who reportedly escaped during the police action unaccounted for.
They saw Sharma’s men drag Atif and Sajid to the ground floor landing.
The two men, who were subsequently killed, appeared to be in panic and unarmed at the time. No one could see what happened thereafter as the partly covered ground floor landing was not in their line of vision.
The eyewitnesses could hear the policemen hurling abuses at the two young men. This was followed by gunshots.
Then someone shouted, “ Sahab ko goli lag gayi ( the boss has been hit).” The young men could not be heard in this commotion. After some time, the eyewitnesses hear more gunshots. The policemen came into the view of our eyewitnesses.
They were dragging the bodies of the two men upstairs.
Around the same time, they saw sub- inspector Dharmender, and another policeman leading Sharma out of the building. The eyewitness couldn’t figure out the extent of Sharma’s injury from what they saw.
The bodies of the two young men, meanwhile, were dragged up to their flat by the policemen. Then they wrapped the bodies with cloth.
According to the eyewitnesses, after the two bodies were taken away and piled into a police van, a group of policemen materialised out of the blue with three young men they had rounded up, seemingly from within the L- 18 flats. They were unable to make out where the men came from. One of them, it appears now, was Mohammed Saif. He is now in police custody.
This reconstruction by the eyewitnesses poses some questions. Why did the two young men, and their alleged accomplices, not flee the scene or clean up their laptops even after everyone in the neighbourhood was aware of the heightened police presence in the area? Why did the policemen not have their guns out when they rushed up to the flat after the argument broke out between sub- inspector Dharmender and the two men? Was Sharma shot at by the alleged terrorists, or was he a victim of collateral damage because he happened to be in the line of a ricocheting bullet?

Victims Of India’s ‘War On Terror’

15 Sep

September 15, 2008

Jumma Masjid, AhmedabadIn a development of far-reaching and frightening implications for the stature of the Indian judiciary, Bar Associations in several parts of the country are effectively banning advocates from defending Muslim youth branded as ‘terrorists’, many of them who may well be wrongly accused. A chilling indicator of how deeply-rooted anti-Muslim prejudice has now become.

The Bar Association of Dhar, a small town in Madhya Pradesh, is a case in point. Taking the law into its own hands, it has declared that no local lawyers can defend terror-accused—all Muslims, incidentally. Yet, no action has been taken against this patently illegal declaration. Says advocate Noor Mohammad, who was viciously physically assaulted by lawyers in Dhar who sought to prevent him for taking up the case of a Muslim who he says has been wrongly accused of running a terrorist-training camp in a jungle near Dhar , ‘This is an alarming development, an indication of how widespread Hindutva sentiments have become. They indiscriminately brand Muslims as terrorists and presume them guilty even before proper investigations have been made. At the same time, no action is taken against the RSS when it openly declares that it will take up arms. It’s as if India’s laws do not apply to them.’

In April 2008, Noor Mohammad travelled to Dhar to defend the accused, but at the gate of the court he was assaulted by a group of lawyers and activists of the BJP youth wing and was badly beaten up. ‘I told the judge about this’, he says. ‘ I told him that the life of the accused might also be in danger and requested that the case be transferred elsewhere. The judge told the lawyers who were beating me to leave the court premises. He repeated this three times but they refused to listen. Instead, they kept laughing, as if to say that they had no respect for the court. And the judge did not write all this down.’ To add insult to injury, when he approached the local police, they threatened him. ‘They told me that I must say that I don’t want to take any action against the lawyers and that I was not hurt.’

When, some days later, Noor Mohammad returned to Dhar he was again beaten up by BJP youth activists, this time so badly that he fell unconscious. ‘A Hindu boy helped me by putting me into an auto-rickshaw and taking me to the police station. The hapless local Muslims are just too terrified to speak out, fearing that they will be branded as terrorists or terrorist-sympathisers if they do’, he says.

The same fate befell Lucknow-based lawyer Muhammad Shoeb, who has taken up seven cases of Muslims accused of being terrorists across Uttar Pradesh—in Rampur, Lucknow, Barabanki and Faizabad. ‘The Faizabad Bar Association declared that no lawyers would be allowed to defend any terror-accused, and so, when I travelled to Faizabad to take up the case of Maulana Hakim Muhammad Tariq Qasmi, who has been accused in some terror-related case, I was badly beaten up by lawyers inside the court. The judge said nothing and the police refused to register my complaint.’ ‘They are trying every means to sabotage the judicial system’, he goes on, ‘but I will continue fighting the cases I have taken up despite their efforts to intimidate me.’

Muhammad Shoeb believes that in scores of cases across the country, Muslim youth have been deliberately and wrongly implicated by the police in acts of terror. ‘As I see it, Hindu communalists and powerful elements in the state apparatus are hell-bent on unleashing such terror on Muslims that they are actually forced to take to terror so that, in this way, they can justify a concerted campaign to clamp down on the entire community’, he says. While, as in Faizabad, several Hindu lawyers are firmly behind the local Bar Association’s decision not to allow any lawyer to defend Muslims accused of being terrorists, he says that some Hindu lawyers have supported him in his struggle. ‘Many of them are just too scared to speak out though’, he points out, ‘although when I organised a press conference at the Uttar Pradesh Press Club in Lucknow, some Hindu lawyers came to express their solidarity. A Hindu lawyer and I are jointly fighting the case in Barabanki involving Maulana Tariq Qasmi and Khalid Mujahid.’

Noor Mohammad and Muhammad Shoeb were among the several Muslim victims of the state’s ‘war on terror’ who came to testify recently at a public hearing organised by a group of reputed human rights’ activists at Hyderabad. At the hearing, numerous other Muslims related similarly harrowing tales of being persecuted by the police and by the state, besides Hindutva forces, of being wrongly branded as ‘terrorists’ and of being falsely implicated in terror-related cases.

The situation is equally grim in states ruled by the BJP and the supposedly ’secular’ Congress. Says Latif Muhammad Khan, a social activist from Hyderabad, ‘There has been an alarming rise in fake encounters in Andhra Pradesh, where innocent Muslims, Adivasis and Dalits are being gunned down by the police in the name of countering terrorism and Naxalism, who are then rewarded for this. Deliberate attempts are being made to destroy Muslim identity. For instance, Maulana Nasiruddin from Hyderabad has been languishing in a jail in Gujarat without any trial—his only ‘fault’ was that he had condemned the destruction of the Babri Masjid.’

Bomb-blasts which might have well been engineered by other forces are wrongly blamed on Muslims, providing an excuse to the police to unleash terror on Muslim localities, Khan says. A case in point—a blast in the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad, which Khan argues, could surely not have been done by a Muslim. Several Muslims were shot dead in cold-blood by the police in the wake of the blast in what can only be called uncalled-for firing. Thereafter, scores of Muslims were arrested and subjected to brutal torture and even abuse of their religion. ‘They tortured them so mercilessly that, unable to bear the pain, many of them have forced to make false confessions. The situation is worse than in the Guantanamo Bay prison, but yet their voices are silenced. Many Muslims are just too scared to protest, fearing that they will also be branded as terrorists if they do’ he relates. For daring to take up the cases of these innocent Muslim victims of state terror, Khan has been falsely implicated in a terror case. ‘The police have said that I should be killed in a fake encounter’, he says.

Reflecting the general sentiment of the dozens of Muslim victims assembled at the public hearing, Noor Jehan Begum, a social activist from Gujarat, remarked, ‘They want Muslims to be made into the new untouchables. They want to grind us to dust, to make us their slaves so that we cannot raise our heads and live with dignity.’

A grim story indeed of a community over 150 million strong under siege, and of a system whose secular and democratic claims are increasingly being exposed as hollow.

Photo: Jumma Masjid, Ahmedabad

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