Stop harassing Muslims in Gujarat

New Delhi: Gujarat government, notorious for its anti-Muslim pogroms, keeps watching opportunity to harass Muslims on the slightest pretext. The recent intelligence report about the terror threat during X-Mas, New Year, Republic Day period has given them the much awaited opportunity. Muslims in Gujarat, especially in Ahmedabad, are being harassed by surprise checks and raids.

Ulama and intellectuals have strongly condemned such tyranny. Replying to the query – why are Muslims the victims of such onslaught ulama have expressed their concern on the plights of the Gujarati Muslims. Amir of Jamiat-Islami Hind, Maulana Jalauddin Umri, argued how far targeting only one particular section of population is justified when it has become amply clear that activists of Vishwa Hindu Parishad have been involved in several criminal acts? If there is a real threat of terror attack then all those who are associated with these acts should be targeted without any discrimination on communal grounds. He urged the government to be just towards Muslims and refrain from targeting them frequently. Maulana Abdul Wahab Khilji, member of Muslim Personal Law Board and a former office bearer of Jamat Ahle-e-Hadith Hind, urged the government to deviate to sense. He argued when investigations have confirmed that, instead of Muslims, Hindu organisations had been responsible, why should the Muslims then be harassed? Why are the Muslims being terrorised under the pretext of investigations? This politics must now come to an end. Syed Muhammad Ali Kazmi, former advocate general U.P. and Chairman of UP Minorities Commission, lamented that it would be a difficult task to compile and enumerate the contributions that the community made before and after the independence. Enumerating the names of Maulana Muhammad Ali Jauhar, Maulana Azad and Hasrat Mohani and other innumerable soldiers of freedom struggle as well as those who were at the forefront in all walks of life in the post-independence period; he lamented that the union government which makes tall claim of secularism has failed to take cognisance of our sincerity and integrity. He reminded that we should be assessed on the basis of our past services.

Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan, editor, Milli Gazette, pointed out that Muslims in Gujarat face what the BJP wants them to suffer. With such ideology what else can be expected there? As far as Maharashtra is concerned, that administration too is governed by the communal mind set of R.R. Patil who should, in fact, be in the BJP. He pointed out that the attack (on tourists) at Jama Masjid prior to CWG was a state sponsored act so as to keep the security forces on high-alert. These are government’s own dramatic moves. As far as Muslims are concerned they should remain without fear of any kind. Declaring meeting the home minister as a futile exercise he stressed the necessity of organising protest rallies in front of his residence. While Maulana Mahmood refused to comment in absence of any arrest; Maulana Umair Ilyasi feels that to persecute anyone without any reason is against human values.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 January 2011 on page no. 10

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