By Aman Abbas, Daily Sahafat, Delhi
Lucknow: 31, October, 2008. May God bless Janab Ainul Hameed Ralawi, Sajjada Nasheen of Kakori Shareef! It is because of his peaceful efforts that some individuals and organizations have become active and they have been able to get their protest registered before the district administration and the latter has banned Dr. Zakir Naik’s Lucknow programme to avoid breach of peace. Before this, thanks to the efforts of Shaukat Bharti, president of Asar foundation, Dr. Naik’s Allahabad programme has also been stopped. …..
You must have heard BJP leader Mr. Advani claiming on TV channels: We don’t say that all Muslims are terrorists are Muslims, but this is also true that all terrorists are Muslims.” Such statements derive strengths from the type of statements people like Dr. Zakir Naik make. Dr. Naik openly says in his speeches freely available in English CDs: If Osama bin Laden is terrorising America, we are with him and every Muslim should be a terrorist.” This is the person who calls Yazeed, the Fasiq, Fajir and Maloon in Islamic gatherings Rahmatullah Alaih. Still some self-serving Muslims stand up in his defence…. If you can say that about some one who killed the family of Prophet Mohammad, then what about Narendra Modi and Togariya…? ….
We should be understand that we are living in a multi-cultural society like India, where double standards may be acceptable and can work, but Islam calls for purity of means as much as aims. …
We would like to appeal to Muslim intellectuals that they should come out and apprise our countrymen of the curious fact that this supporter of Osama bin Laden is not only travelling in the West freely on visas granted by Western countries but also receives funding freely from citizens of these countries in an atmosphere in which it has become very difficult for ordinary Muslims to get visas. ……
We would also like to appeal to intellectuals in the Muslim community that they should convince common Muslims not to invite Dr Zakir Naik and similar characters for making such speeches. It is time Muslims went in for introspection and took a determined step to lead the community in this hour of trial towards eschewing the company of such preachers of violence. …..
(Excerpts from Urdu Daily Sahafat, Delhi, Nov. 1, 2008, available on
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