He (Modi) does not look at everything with an eye on votes,says Sufi cleric

Written by Mohd Faisal Fareed | Lucknow |
Published:September 2, 2015 12:00 am

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AIUMB chief Kichhowchhawi said Modi is a ruler ‘who got the seat without our votes and is still listening to us’.

 

THE ALL Indian Ulema and Mashaikh Board (AIUMB), an organisation of Sufi Muslims, has reaffirmed its commitment to work with the Narendra Modi government for countering terrorism and fundamentalist ideology in the country. It has also assured all help in setting up education centres to control fundamentalist ideology.

“The AIUMB will help prepare the syllabus for such open education centres in Muslim areas where peaceful religious courses are taught. We (Sufi Muslims) are against terrorism and consider it against Islam. We cannot support anything that is unIslamic,” Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichhowchhawi, founder and president of AIUMB, told The Indian Express.

 “Sufism is a way of life and is above religion. It stands for peace. Wherever Sufi ideology got weakened, terrorism grew. The example is Kashmir,” he added.

On August 27, Kichhowchhawi had led a team of about 40 Sufi clerics, who interacted with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The PM had told the delegation that ideology propounded by Sufi saints was integral to Indian ethos but forces of extremism are trying to weaken it. He had asked them to counter such forces through various avenues including on social media, so that the ideology of extremism does not take root in India.

Praising Modi, Kichhowchhawi claimed that past rulers did not care for Sufi Muslims. “Those who ruled the country and for whom we voted traditionally, never cared for our issues. This is a ruler who got the seat without our votes and is still listening to us. He does not need us. He does not look at everything with an eye on the votes,” the Sufi cleric said.

Kichhowchhawi, however, parried questions on whether Sufi Muslims will support BJP. “We did not discuss politics and vote bank. So, let us not raise it here,” Kichhowchhawi said.

Earlier, after meeting Modi, the Sufi clerics had said that the divisive politics of votebank has resulted in the Muslim community interacting with the government only through intermediaries. They said they want the Prime Minister to establish direct contact with the people of India, including the Muslims.
In his Mann ki Baat on Sunday, the PM spoke about his interaction with the Sufi leaders.

“I had the opportunity of meeting Sufi saints and scholars… Perhaps, it has become the foremost need for the world to know the true picture of Islam… I am confident that Sufi culture, which is associated with love and generosity will spread this message far and wide. It will benefit Islam as well as humankind,” he said.

The AIUMB had submitted a 15-point memorandum to Modi, demanding among other things, a statement by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on action taken by the government in controlling communal riots and ensuring that they do not recur. They had also demanded setting up of a Sufi centre in Delhi, creation of a “Sufi circuit” to promote tourism, and relaxed visa norms for tourists visiting Sufi shrines.

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Babar Ashraf removed from AIUMB; launches his own org

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter,

Lucknow: Syed Babar Ashraf has been removed from the post of general secretary of the All India Ulama &Mashaikh Board (AIUMB) for his purported ‘anti-Board activities’ and indiscipline.

Babar Ashraf agreed he had started another organisation and hence sacked from the Board.


Babar Ashraf removed from AIUMB; launches his own org
This was announced by Maulana Syed Mohammad Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichchawchchvi, president and founder of the Board, in a press conference on Wednesday. He also announced establishment of district units of the Board in Uttar Pradesh.

Ashraf Kichchawchchvi told media persons that Syed Babar Ashraf, working as general secretary, failed to heed repeated warnings since December 2013 and kept on his anti-AIUMB activities for the whole year. “His activities have done immense harm to the image and mission of the board. He was given all the possible space to correct his conduct but he carried on with indiscipline, miserably failed to explain his conduct and used the banner for his personal gains. Though he apologised both verbally and in writing but kept on behaving in the same objectionable manner which was forbidden,” he said.

His case was discussed in mid-December 2014 in a New Delhi meeting presided over by the president and attended by state presidents of several states such as Delhi, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh etc. “Syed Mehdi Mian Chishti Moini, the patron of the Board, who was present, gave his full consent to the decision. The participants took serious note of a report sent by central office to the president, which says he has not attended office since July 2014 while he was supposed to live and work from central office. His last full time presence in the office discontinued from May 25, 2014,” the release said.

It was also made clear that AIUMB is working on a mission that is totally based on the restoration of the rights of Muslims and hence no personal interest should guide the agenda, the release added.

“Ashraf Kichchawchchvi said that AIUMB has been established to promote culture of peace and resisting extremism in the society especially among Muslim youth and since a decade, the Board is doing this relentlessly. The mission of the board demands full commitment and no indiscipline will be tolerated. He said that ouster of Syed Babar Ashraf by the core committee is a reminder for all of us to remain fully committed to the cause. Any anti-AIUMB activity will attract only this harsh reaction from the core committee,” the release added.

When contacted by TwoCircles.net, Babar Ashraf said, “I have already formed an organisation named ‘Sada-e-Sufia-e-Hind’ as a president that’s why people objected. So I was removed.”

He also said that AIUMB is doing a good job – “and so are we” – in playing a role in representing Barelvi Muslims.

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Deoband, Wahabi ideology encouraging ‘Islamic extremism’ in India: Sufi groups

By Md. Ali, TwoCircles.net,

Moradabad: Hitting hard upon the Deoband school of thought, the All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board (AIUMB) has accused Darul Uloom Deoband, the centuries-old seminary, of promoting and encouraging “Islamic extremism” in India.

This was one of the hard hitting statements by AIUMB, a Sufi group, which also demanded from the Union government, reservation for Muslims and madarsa reforms by bringing in Central Madarsa Board during a “Muslim Maha Panchayat” (rally) in Moradabad on October 16.



Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kicchowchwi addressing the conference organized by All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board on 16th Oct 2011 in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh
The rally by the alliance of Sufi groups, is clearly aimed to redefine agenda for Muslims and their politics in India. Its also being seen as coming of age of AIUMB, which was earlier not very exposed to media.

The top leadership of AIUMB alleged that Sufis have been there in India since centuries and Wahabi/Deoband ideology is a creation of only last century, which, with the help of petro-dollar, captured the political spaces meant for Indian Muslims, for instance all the Dargahs, Sufi Shrines, Waqf Boards.

So the priority of Sufi leadership, which claims that 80 percent of Muslims in India belongs to Sufi Sunni sect, is to fight what they call as their “due rights,” asking the government to provide the ownership of Sufi shrines and Waqf Boards which have these Sufi boards under them.

” This is a fight for our due right. We are going to show the government our real strength and ask it to hand us over the Sufi shrines and Waqf boards which wahabis and deobandis have captured,” said Maulana Ashraf Ashraf.

Importantly AIUMB leadership gave a call to its lakhs of followers to beware of terrorists who might try to make in roads among them.

” If somebody tries to reason out with you to support terrorist ideology, you pick up the person and hand him over to police,” said Ashraf while addressing the gathering.

Apparently, the Sufi group which organized a press conference, had seen Urdu media publically boycotting them after accusing them of dividing Muslims.

Deobandi madrasas & radicalization of youths
Speaking at the rally Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kicchowchwi, the General Secretary of AIUMB said, “we clearly want to tell this to everybody that, we won’t allow the Deobandis and Wahabis to grab the Indian soil by terror and violence being fostered through Petro-Dollars.”

“Madarsas, which are being run by Deoband school of thought, are radicalising and poisoning the minds of innocent Muslim boys,” he added.

AIUMB is a Sufi group formed by more than seventy eight Sufi Dargahs, including that of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer and Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia in Delhi besides several other Sufi shrines across the country.

Wahabi ideology encouraging extremism
The speakers at the Maha Panchayat, categorically said that the terrorism which has affected the entire world, including India, is not Islamic, but is being sponsored and inspired by Wahabi ideology.

Maulana Mahmood Ashraf, president of AIUMB said that the only thing which could be a deterrent to ‘Wahabi terrorism’ is Sufi tradition of Islam.

When asked what was the single biggest harm done to India by the alleged Wahabi ideology, Maulana Asraf said that Wahabism with the aid of Petro-Dollar, has destroyed the secular fabric of India by propagating the worst form of puritanical version of Islam, which considers, Sufism as not only un-Islamic but worst as Shirk (unpardonable sin, comparing Allah with anybody else).

Several representatives of Sufi Dargahs, highlighted the fact that Sufism, which accommodates people from every religion, is much more inclusive than Wahabi Islam which doesn’t provide space for follower of other faiths.

Not only that, the rally was an initiative by the Sufi groups, which claim support of more than 80 percent population of Indian Muslims, in order to reclaim the political influence which the group once had in the country.

The rally which was attended by more than one lakh people, is also being seen as an effort by the Sufi groups to register their presence as a prominent representatives of Muslims, and thereby also as contender for power in various socio-political spheres.

When asked what he thinks of home grown terror, president, AIUMB, said that indeed there was some truth in the Home Minister’s claim of home grown terror in India and Wahabi ideology is responsible for that.



A section of the audience at the conference organized by All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board on 16th Oct 2011 in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh
Madrasa Reform
Importantly the AIUMB leaders strongly supported madarsa reforms, demanding from the government to bring the Central Madarsa Board.

“We urgently want madarsa reforms in the country through the Central Madarsa Board,” said Maulana Ashraf.

The important thing to mention here is that AIUMB wants to use the idea of madarsa reforms by the Central Madarsa Board in order to check the Wahabi influence on the madarsa curriculum in the country.

Sufis soft on saffron terror
Interestingly the Sufi groups appeared soft on Hindutva terror. While talking about homegrown terror Maulana Ashraf didn’t use a word about saffron terror groups whose presence and involvement in several terror blasts in the country have been established by government agencies. Rather he went one step ahead and appeared ready to provide Narendra Modi a second chance if he apologizes for the pogrom of 2002.

“Narendra Modi might be acceptable to Muslims if he apologizes for the communal riot,” said Maulana Ashraf, the General Secretary of AIUMB.

Muslim reservation
In the context of coming UP elections, when asked about their political ambitions, the AIUMB leaders clearly didn’t want to limit their bargaining powers by openly showing their political cards, saying that at this stage their priority was to show their strength first.

On the issues of reservation for Muslims, AIUMB demanded for proportional reservation to the members of the community. It also asked the Congress led UPA II to implement the recommendations of Sachar and Ranganath Mishra Reports.

When this correspondent talked to the common Muslims who had come from different parts of Western Uttar Pradesh to attend the rally, they seem convinced that AIUMB will successfully change the current state of affairs.

“We will vote for whatever party they ask us to,” said a group of youngsters.

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Reject hardline Wahabis: Sufi cleric

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New Delhi: As the terrorists continue to tarnish the image of Muslims in India and across the world, a prominent Sunni clerics’ organization, All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board (AIUMB) has urged Muslims to reject the hardline Wahabi cult of Islam.

The clerics also called for limiting the influence of Saudi Arabia, at a Mahapanchayat held at Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, as it was interfering in the affairs of Indian Muslims unnecessarily by pumping in its money.
Addressing the Mahapanchayat, AIUMB general secretary Syed Mohammed Ashraf Kachochavi said, “About 100 years ago, Sunni Muslims in India had rejected the Wahabis. After Independence, however, the Wahabis expanded their influence through political backing. While we remained away from government and politics, Wahabis gained control over institutions dealing with minority affairs, including the Wakf board and the Muslim Personal Law Board.”

Also present there was AIUMB spokesperson Syed Babar Ashraf who said that Wahabis only have the support of just 14% of the community as compared to the Sunni Sufi which is being followed by nearly 80% of the total population of the community.

“However But a large section of the Urdu press has boycotted us. They are controlled by hardliners,” Ashraf added.

Ashraf alleged that prominent Muslim organizations like Deoband, Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind and Ahl-e-Hadees are funded by petro-dollars and aim to grab political power and were importing a “foreign ideology” into India.

At the Mahapanchayat, the AIUMB urged the Centre to set up a central madrasa board to audit and check the influx of Saudi petro-dollars funding of madrasas.
Speaking at the Mahapanchayat, Arshad Alam who is an assistant professor at Jamia Millia Islamia University said, “This movement is articulating the ethnic roots of Islam in India. It`s not just about a religious identity but placing this identity in the national context.”

The AIUMB also plans to hold mahapanchayats and Sunni conferences to spread their message every six months.

 

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Sufi Islamic sect warns against spread of Wahabi extremism

October 12, 2011 (Archive)

To hold a maha panchyat in MoradabadThe Hindu

The All-India Ulama & Mashaikh Board (AIUMB), a Sufi Islamic branch claiming to represent 80 per cent of Indian Sunni Muslims, has come out strongly against hardline Wahabism, holding the ideology responsible for the radicalisation of young Indian Muslims. The AIUMB counts itself among the significant Sufi Khanquahs in India, among them Ajmer Shareef and Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya.

“Wahabi-influenced terrorism has taken a section of Indian Muslim youth in its grip,” said Maulana Syed Mohd Ashraf Kachochavi, AIUMB general secretary at a press conference on Wednesday. He said the AIUMB would hold a Muslim Maha Panchyat at Moradabad (on October 16) from where a call would be given to the masses to rescue Islam and Muslims from the clutches of Wahabi extremism which was sustained largely by (Saudi) petro dollars.

CASH-RICH ORGANISATIONS

“Peace-loving Sufi Muslims are in a huge majority in this country but regrettably the major Islamic institutions, including the Waqf Boards and the Madrasas, are under the control of cash-rich organisations practising hardline ideologies. We want to reclaim Islam from these elements and turn our youth away from the path of extremism and towards harmony and co-existence,” the Maulana said.

‘SECULAR FABRIC’

“The Wahabi hardliners are spending billions of dollars to hurt the democratic and secular fabric of this country built over centuries through peaceful activities of the Sufi saints.”

AGGRESSIVE AND HARDLINE

Asked if he would include Darul Uloom Deoband and the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board among institutions responsible for the spread of extremism, the Maulana, somewhat indirectly, agreed with the questioner, saying they subscribed to an ideology that was aggressive and hardline.

The Maulana said the time had come for Muslims to send a message out to the government that “moderate Muslims will guard Indian soil against the influence of [Saudi] petro dollars.”

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AIUMB Prepares for World Sufi Forum

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All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board (AIUMB) Prepares for the International Sufi Conference-World Sufi Forum

PRESS RELEASE

New Delhi, 15/11/2015

With an aim to brainstorm the effective ways to organize the World Sufi Forum in Delhi, an apex body of Sufi Sunni Muslims in India, All India Ulema & Mashaikh Board (AIUMB) hosted a preparatory meet at Centrum Hotel, New Friends Colony, New Delhi. DSC_0984

With a number of Islamic scholars, clerics, imams, Sufi mashaikh, writers and journalists, university graduates, social activists and grassroots workers, this pre-summit event was aimed at finding newer ways of spreading the Islamic message of peace and tolerance as a counterattack on the ideological extremism that seems to be growing faster in the world, including the Indian subcontinent too.

The meeting was part of a broad agenda of AIUMB to foster global peace and Islamic spirituality and pluralism by countering extremist ideologies. The agenda is to determine how the Board can further contribute to reducing the deleterious impact of religious extremism, doctrinal conservatism, and theological radicalism penetrating into the mindset of the global Muslim community in general and the new generation of Indian Muslims in particular. It also discussed the global threat of ISIS extremism disturbing the global peace and finding ways to penetrate into our country.

At the very outset, AIUMB national secretary, Syed Hasan Jamee, briefed the participants about the aims and objectives of the upcoming World Islamic Spiritual Summit. They can be summarised into the following:

  • To present “Sufi Islam” as a rival to religious terrorism and extremism.
  • To acquaint the governments of India particularly and the world in general, media and non-Muslims with the fact that the majority of Indian Muslims believe in the Sufism that teaches peace and tolerance.
  • To give a practical shape to the unity of the Sufi ideologues, moderate Islamic scholars, intellectuals and heads of Sufi shrines (Mashaikh).
  • To promote cultural, religious, ideological and academic relations between Indian Sufi scholars and mystics (Mashaikh) and those of the other parts of the world.

In a nutshell, the summit aims to focus on universal harmony as enshrined in the spiritual Islamic teachings and values for individual, social and cosmic well being. Its central premise is to bring about solidarity, peace, prosperity and welfare in the world through the agency of Islamic spirituality.

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In his remarks, Founder-President of AIUMB, Syed Ashraf Miyan Kichauchawi explained the AIUMB plan to organise “World Sufi Forum” what can be called an International Sufi Conference. Speaking in detail about the summit, he stated that “Sufi Ulama, Mashaikh, Imams and muftis from Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa, USA, Europe (particularly Egypt, Morocco, India, Bosnia, Pakistan, UAE and war-torn Syria), all have come out to tackle the onslaught of religious extremism now”. He said that “It was the first time that an Indian apex body of Sufi Sunni Muslims, Ulama & Mashaikh Board (AIUMB) had gathered millions of mainstream Muslims and intellectually demolished the ideology and theology of Al Qaeda and like-minded groups. The misguiding ideas of extremist elements were sabotaged.”

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However, he said, one conference is not enough.  We need a much larger platform to contain the dangers of the extremists’ movements. Keeping this in view, we are going to organise an international Sufi conference or Religious Leaders’ Summit in the beginning of next year (2016). “This conference will illustrate that mainstream Sufi-Sunni Muslims have the beautiful spiritual ideas and energetic drive to eradicate the cancer of extremism and intolerance in the name of Islam”.

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Chief Patron of AIUMB, Syed Mohammed Mehdi Miyan Gaddi Nashin Dargah Ajmer Shareef(Astana-e-Gareeb Nawaz) said that “presenting the spiritual narrative of Islamic faith and practices is the pressing need today. “Sufi Hospices are very nice epitomes of Islam-based practises that foster peace and unconditional love for humanity. Notably, he is a counted as a renowned spiritual master of Chishti Sufi order today.

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He further said, “Sufi ideology is based on peace, brotherhood and tolerance through which the message of peace and harmony is being circulated to the entire world. In the rapidly changing arena of the world, we should present Islamic mysticism as the only school of thought which represents the true spirit of Islam”.

Maulana Syed Tanweer Hashmi (President, AIUMB Karnataka branch) said: “At a time when Islam is being presented as a religion of terror in the world, it has been proved that those who are involved in terrorism have no ideological link with peaceful Sufi doctrines and Islamic mysticism”.

AIUMB Delhi office In-charge, Maulana Abdul Moid Azhari informed the media that the event will comprise of an international seminar and a large-scale massive conference. They will be respectively organized in Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan and Ram Lila Maidan on March 17, 18, 19 and 20. He intimated that Sufi clerics and scholars representing different spiritual traditions (Sufi Silsilas) will come and address both the seminar and conference.

In this meet, a number of Muslim students from Jamia Millia Islamia, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, Jamia Hamdard University and Delhi University as well as young activists and Urdu journalists participated and came up with helpful ideas.

پیرس میں ہوا دہشت گرادانہ حملہ قابل مذمت : سید محمد اشرف

Press Release
14th Nov 2015
AIUMB Head Office

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فرانس کی راجدھانی پیرس میں آج مسلسل بم دھماکوں کی مذمت کرتے ہوئے سید محمد اشرف کچھوچھوی نے کہا کہ یہ حرکت قابل مذمت ہے اور اسکے خلاف پوری دنیا کو متحد ہونا چاہئے ۔اگر چہ فرانس کے صدر نے بیان جاری کیا ہے کہ ان حملہ آروں کے خلاف نرمی کا رویہ نہیں اختیارکیا جائے گا۔امریکہ ،برتانیہ کے علاوہ اقوام متحدہ نے بھی سخت ناراضگی جتائی ہے ۔ بڑا سوال یہ ہے کہ کیا فقط ناراضگی کے اظہار بھر سے یہ حالات سنبھل جائیں گے ؟ آل انڈیا علما ء و مشایخ بورڈ کے صدر و بانی سید محمد اشر ف نے آج نامہ نگاروں سے بات کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ اگر واقعی ہم اس خطرناک مسئلے سے نمٹنا چاہتے ہیں تو سب سے پہلے دہشت گردانہ حملوں کے معاملے میں دو رخی رویہ چھوڑنا ہوگا ۔اگر یہ حملے یوروپین اور امریکن ممالک میں ہوتے ہیں تو وہ دہشت گرادانہ حملے ہیں اس کے علاوہ ممالک میں ان کو دوسرے نظرئے سے دیکھا جاتا ہے ۔حضرت مولانا نے کہا کہ دوسرے ممالک کے ساتھ ہمارے ملک کو بھی دہشت گردی کی ایک اصطلاح قائم کر لینی چاہئے ۔ اس کو کسی مذہب یا برادری سے نہ جوڑ کر محض دہشت گردی اور انتہا پسندی کی نظر سے ہی دیکھنا چاہئے ۔مولانا نے کہا کہ ملک کے حالا ت ایسے بنتے جا رہے ہیں جہاں اس طرح کے حادثوں کے امکانات قوی ہو جاتے ہیں۔ابھی کچھ دنوں قبل ہندوستان سے کچھ نوجوانوں کے دہشت گرد گروہ میں شامل ہونے کی خبریں بھی آئی ہیں ۔ اس کے علاوہ فرقہ وارانہ فسادات ایسے حادثات کے لئے مزید مواقع فراہم کر رہے ہیں۔ابھی بھی وقت ہے ہمیں احتیاطی اقدامات اٹھا لینے ہونگے۔مولانا نے بڑی سنجیدگی سے اس بات کا واضح اشارہ دیا ہے کہ چونکہ یہ ملک کے امن اور اسکے وقار کا سوال ہے تو بلا تفریق مذہب ملت تمام مشتبہ اداروں پر نظر رکھنی چاہئے ۔ بورڈ کے صدر و بانی نے بیا ن کو جاری رکھتے ہوئے کہا کہ اس انتہا پسندی سے نمٹنے کے لئے ایک ہی راستہ ہے جس وکالت آل انڈیا علماء و مشائخ بور ڈ پچھلی ایک دہائی سے،اخبار میں بیان دیکر ، بڑی بڑی کانفرنسیں منعقد کرکے اور عوامی جلسوں کے کے ذریعہ کر تا آ رہا ہے ۔ ابھی دو روز قبل ملک کے وزیر اعظم نے اپنے برطانیہ کے دورے میں انتہا پسندی کے خلا ف اسی روایت کو عام کرنے کی بات کہی ۔ صوفی روایت ہی انتہا پسندی اور دہشت گردی کو ختم کر سکتی ہے ۔ صوفی روایت چونکہ ہر مذہب اور برادری کو شامل ہے اورہر مذہب میں اس کی روایت موجود ہے ۔اسلئے انتہا پسند کسی مذہب یا ملک کے ساتھ خاص نہیں۔ اس سے پوری انسانیت پریشان ہے ۔ لہٰذا متحد ہو کر اس کے خلاف لائحہ عمل تیار کرنے کی اشد ضرورت ہے۔

 

AIUMB Denounces Attacks Across Paris

Press Release
14th November 2015
AIUMB Head office.

 

“It is about time to take cognizance of the extremist ideology that the ISIS and its entire jihadist ilk adhere to,” said, founder-president, Syed Muhammad Ashraf Kichuachwi   

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An apex body of Sufi Sunni Muslims in India, All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board (AIUMB) condemned the recent brutal attacks in Paris. AIUMB founder-president, Syed Muhammad Ashraf Kichuachwi said, “The attacks in Paris should serve as a wake-up call for the entire international community to rethink their strategy to defeat ISIS, which remains a threat to all of the free world”. He said that the “brutal attack showed an obnoxious picture of the violent extremists wantonly killing and terrorizing innocent civilians. It was not only an attack on peace and harmony prevailing in France but a reminder to call a spade a spade. The brutality in Paris is a clear indication of rapidly rising threat of Daesh. It is a direct result of ISIS jihadists returning from Syria with mindless violence motivated by a dangerous ideology of intolerance and wanton killing”. “It is about time to take cognizance of the extremist ideology that the ISIS and its entire jihadist ilk adhere to,” he said.

 

Syed Muhammad Ashraf Kichuachwi further said that “the Paris attack is not just an aggression against the people of France, but this is an infringement against the universal values of Islam. It was Islam which set example centuries ago by sheltering the Spanish Jews when Spain threw them out.  It was Islam which taught Muslims to be the most compassionate towards the strangers and the guests, both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. But the ISIS aims at completely run down the history of Islam which is replete with these universal and egalitarian values.”

All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board founder-president continued: “With a unanimous opinion endorsed by the mainstream Islamic scholars and thinkers, it is patently clear now that ISIS is a bunch of radical hyenas with an inhuman, brazenly anti-Islamic hardcore ideology. They are a murderous cult with no place in modern society. It’s about time to completely run down the hate-driven understandings of Islam as pioneered by the ISIS today, before it kills more innocent lives.”

On this occasion, he said, we must not forget that that violent Wahabism/Salafism, the theological school that ISIS belongs to, is a rising threat to global peace and social affinity. “What else will it take to wake up the world and realise that the Daeshi ideology is at war with humanity including Muslims, not just the non-Muslim world? The world at large should declare war against the root-cause of the ISIS. That is something that only will help war on terror. We have no time to lose now”, said Syed Muhammad Ashraf Kichuachwi.

He concluded saying that “the mainstream peace-loving Muslims the world over stand with the people of Paris.  AIUMB appeals to the Sufi-oriented Muslims in the entire world to have the courage of conviction to stand united against the Daeshi terrorism and show solidarity and firm faith in peace”

The Paris Attack: An Obnoxious Picture Of Violent Extremists

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“It is about time to take cognizance of the extremist ideology that the ISIS and its entire jihadist ilk adhere to,” said, founder-president, Syed Muhammad Ashraf Kichuachwi

An apex body of Sufi-oriented Muslims in India, All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board (AIUMB) condemned the recent brutal attacks in Paris. AIUMB founder-president, Syed Muhammad Ashraf Kichuachwi said, “The recent Paris attack showed an obnoxious picture of the violent extremists wantonly killing and terrorizing innocent civilians. It was not only an attack on peace and harmony prevailing in France but a reminder to call a spade a spade. The brutality in Paris is a clear indication of rapidly rising threat of Daesh. It is a direct result of ISIS jihadists returning from Syria with mindless violence motivated by a dangerous ideology of intolerance and wanton killing”. “It is about time to take cognizance of the extremist ideology that the ISIS and its entire jihadist ilk adhere to,” he said.

Syed Muhammad Ashraf Kichuachwi further said that “the Paris attack is not just an aggression against the people of France, but this is an infringement against the universal values of Islam. It was Islam which set example centuries ago by sheltering the Spanish Jews when Spain threw them out. It was Islam which taught Muslims to be the most compassionate towards the strangers and the guests, both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. But the ISIS aims at completely run down the history of Islam which is replete with these universal and egalitarian values.”

All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board founder-president continued: “With a unanimous opinion endorsed by the mainstream Islamic scholars and thinkers, it is patently clear now that ISIS is a bunch of radical hyenas with an inhuman, brazenly anti-Islamic hardcore ideology. They are a murderous cult with no place in modern society. It’s about time to completely run down the hate-driven understandings of Islam as pioneered by the ISIS today, before it kills more innocent lives.”

On this occasion, he said, we must not forget that that violent Wahabism/Salafism, the theological school that ISIS belongs to, is a rising threat to global peace and social affinity. “What else will it take to wake up the world and realise that the Daeshi ideology is at war with humanity including Muslims, not just the non-Muslim world? The world at large should declare war against the root-cause of the ISIS. That is something that only will help war on terror. We have no time to lose now”, said Syed Muhammad Ashraf Kichuachwi.

He concluded saying that “the mainstream peace-loving Muslims the world over stand with the people of Paris. AIUMB appeals to the Sufi-oriented Muslims in the entire world to have the courage of conviction to stand united against the Daeshi terrorism and show solidarity and firm faith in peace”.

In this context, it would be educative to quote the Report of Congressional Research Service of USA titled, “ Islamic Traditions of Wahhabism and Salafiya”. It has stated that “since its emergence, Wahhabism’s puritanical and iconoclastic philosophies have resulted in conflict with other Muslim groups”. Similarly the Report of Director General of External Policy of European Union states that “clearly, the risks posed by Salafist/Wahhabi terrorism go far beyond the geographical scope of the Muslim world”. The Paris attack reminds us of the threats as pointed out in several reports like this.

 

Written By,
*Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi

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