New Age Islam News Bureau
13 Oct. 2011
New Delhi: Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kachhocchwi, Sajjada Nasheen (Head Priest) of Kachhochha Sharief described Wahhabi ideology as “a virus for the society and a danger for Muslim unity.” This is the first time a mainstream Muslim leader representing 80 to 90 per cent of the Muslim community has taken on the Wahhabi ideology and called a spade a spade. As most Muslim leaders and the Muslim Press are themselves under the influence of Petrodollar–funded Saudi Wahhabi ideology, what is obvious to the world and is destroying the peace of the community is never said in public.
This understandably shocked the Urdu Press correspondents attending the briefing organised by All India Ulema and Mashaikh Board, says Mr. Shakeel Ahmad Rahmani of Urdu daily, Akhbar e Mashriique. Apart from Akhbar-e-Mashrique, no Urdu newspaper dared to publish the story. Edited by veteran journalist M. W. Haque, Akhbar-e-Mashrique put the story on its front page.
According to the paper, this statement by the Sajjada Nasheen of Kachhochha Sharief, especially at a time when all Islamic scholars, leaders and social activists are giving their best efforts to the unity of the Islamic world. Located in Faizabad district in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India, Kachhochha Sharief is one of the most popular shrines in South Asia, frequented by Muslims as well as non-Muslims.
According to Akhbar-e-Mashriq, this statement has created a debate, though that was not evident in the Muslim media. In any case, if the event is not reported at all, how can it possibly create a debate? Possibly Urdu press correspondents debated among themselves and decided to boycott the news.
The Press Conference had been called to let the press know the objectives of Muslim Mahapanchayat being organised in Moradabad, that “the flag bearers of Wahhabism, the scholars of Ahl e Sunnat wal Jama’at, do not lead 80% of Sunni and Sufi Muslim population of India. The majority of Muslims do not accept them as their religious leaders. All the scholars of Ahl e Sunnat wal Jama’t including those of Muslim Personal Law Board and Dar ul Uloom Deoband are promoting the imported ideology of Wahabbism of the Arab world.” He further stated, “Books like Fatawa Rashidia, Taqweatul Imaan, Tahdeez un Na’as and Serat e Mustaqueem are nothing but propaganda material of the same Wahhabi ideology.” These books are being made available to Muslim masses complimentary or at affordable prices in order to promote the ideology.
On being asked if what he was saying was not creating differences, Maulana Ashraf Kachhauchwi said: “I am not saying anything to create differences? It is an effort towards bringing unity among the Muslims. For the last 63 years, injustice is being done in solving our basic problems. We have got nothing but empty promises. Wahhabi ideology is being imposed on our country. They stand in the surroundings of Dargah, and declare with impunity that saying Fateha, sending blessings to the saints and our ancestors, is Shirk, Biddah and Haram (forbidden in Islam).”
“The people with Wahhabi ideology have captured all the Waqf Boards of the country and for them it is justified to loot its property. Question is if the people of Wahhabi ideology have not established any trust (Waqf) or have not ever contributed to any Waqf, how they can be running it”, he asks. “They are taking over the Dargah of Sunni Sufis. Jannat ul Baqui, Jannut ul Ma’ala and tomb of Hazrat Ayesha (RTA), etc., all symbols of Islam, have been destroyed. All India Ulema and Mashaaikh Board is making an effort towards the solution of all the problems Muslims are facing.
Maulana Ashraf Kachhcachhwi said, “After successfully organizing Mahapanchayat and Conferences in Bihar and Jharkhand a grand conference is being organised on 16th of October at Moradabad. Believers in large number are expected to attend. This conference is to let the Indian media know as to how an important role Muslims are playing in the unity and progress of the country. Indian Muslims will never tolerate any one indulging in anti national activities. If ever any Muslim is found indulging in such activities, it must be assumed that he is guided by the Wahhabi ideology. Sufi and Sunni Muslims are nationalists and are always ready for any kind of service to the nation and its pride. Sufi and Sunni Muslims who constitute the overwhelming majority of Muslims in India respect humanity and can never be a traitor to their nation.”
Maulana Ashraf Kachhachhwi said, “All the Dargah are for the service of the humanity which they are performing.”
On being asked whether this Mahapanchayat is being organised keeping an eye on the UP elections so that they can be manipulated, the Sajjada Nashin said Muslim problems are well known to everyone and are of national nature so this has nothing to do with the UP elections.
Maulana Mohammad Ashraf Kachhocchwi informed the Press that All India Ulema and Mashaikh Board congregation is organised after investing a lot of efforts and is a result of hard work. Sufi Ulema, Chiefs of Dargah and Khanquaahs along with hundreds of thousands of believers take part in it. Our duty is to spread the ‘message of peace’ and end hatred. We will take this message to every nook and corner of our country.