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Maulana Waheedudin Khan denies report
Hindi daily Hindustan in its 3 October issue published an interview with
Maulana Waheeduddin Khan which was conducted by Sushil Sharma. According
to the interviewer, the Maulana allegedly said that alongwith SIMI, Jamaat-e
Islami Hindi (JIH) should also be banned because both SIMI and JIH share
basically the same ideology, with the only difference that JIH people are
old who spread hatred through speeches and SIMI being a youth organisation,
spreads fanaticism and hatred through violence and subversive activities
and that both SIMI and JIH have defamed Islam throughout the world because
of their lack of proper understanding.
Referring to this interview, the JIH assistant secretary general, Mr Ejaz
Aslam sought a confirmation from Maulana Saheb about the veracity of what
is reported in the said interview. Maulana Aslam enquired in his letter if
Maulana Waheeduddin said the following: (1) JIH is an extremist religious
outfit; (2) JIH should be banned, (3) JIH leaders spread communal lunacy
in the country through their speeches, (4) JIH leaders out of their
ignorance defame Islam.
The learned Maulana, in reply to JIH's letter replied as follows according
to a communication received by MG from JIH:
‘Respected Maulana Ejaz Ahmad Aslam Saheb, Assalamu ‘Alaikum.
‘Thank you for your fax message of 4 October 2001.
‘I would like to point out that the views attributed to me in the
interview published in the Hindi daily Hindustan (3 October 2001) are not
true to facts. I come across such things frequently. In this connection I
wish to point out that news correspondents generally do not report
anybody's statements correctly. Therefore, any body's views can be
correctly understood through his own articles, not by newspaper's
‘As regards your queries about four points attributed to me, I assure
you that I have not said any such thing. The four things attributed to me
are not correct. Those who read my articles and writings can very well
understand that this is not at all my language. Moreover, common sense is
sufficient to understand this untruth. For example, the paper in question
has attributed the opinion to me that Jamaat-e Islami-e-Hind should be
banned whereas in the same interview he has mentioned that I am against
any kind of ban on any party and that I consider any kind of ban as
useless. In such a case how can anyone say two contradictory things?
‘‘It is true that during the course of the interview I did say that
the ideology of SIMI and Jamaat-e Islami is basically the same because
according to my knowledge the fundamental thinking of both is based on
Maulana Abul A’la Maudoodi's literature though Jamaat-e Islami people
have practically become moderates in accordance with the changed
circumstances. But in SIMI all are young men and hence they are still
following the path of extremism.