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Mullahs Spark Sectarian Conflict In Bareilly

By New Age Islam Edit Desk

March 27, 2013

Bareilly: Pamphlets carrying inflammatory fatwas on sectarian lines that were distributed five days ago in a village near Bareilly, the centre of Bareillvi ideology, created sectarian tensions resulting in clashes between two sects of Muslims and breaking up of at least 30 matrimonai matches.

According to reports, the tensions started in a village under Faridpur police station, 32 kilometres from Bareilly after some dispute arose among the villagers. But soon the dispute took a sectarian turn and people belonging to different sects clashed. Then mullahs entered the scene and distributed pamphlets declaring the followers of particular sect kafirs. Subsequently, there is a report that about 30 matrimonial alliances have been broken before marriages to avoid marriage with ‘Kafirs’.

As if it was not enough, the true Muslims demonstrated their spiritual strength by burning a motor cycle on 24th March because the motor cycles of Bareillvis or Deobandis perhaps should also be considered Barelvis and Deobandis and therefore wajibul Quatl. Next on their way to jihad was a school named Ansar Junior High School. So on March 25, they burned the school down taking inspiration from Pakistani Taliban. Why the school was burned down is not known. Probably it belonged to a particular sect and was promoting a particular ideology. The police have arrested 20 ‘holy warriors of Islam’ who fought a pitched battle to save Islam. They are now cooling their heels in the police station. Police picket has been posted to keep holy warriors under control. Fearing the jihadis, many Muslims have fled the village.

Some villagers have contacted Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind to find a solution to this crisis. The pamphlet was titled ‘Tahaffuz-e-Iman’ (saving the faith) which said that marriages in families belonging to a particular sect were not permissible as they were kafirs. 30 girls whose matches were found with great difficulty by their guardians now have to wait for some more years while these mullahs continue to fight to save the Iman of fellow Muslims.

One of the mullahs whose name features in the pamphlet, Maulana Md Imran said to the journalist of an Urdu newspaper that they did not mean to spark clashes. What they said was people should conduct an inquiry before finalising matches for their sons and daughters who the people are? (Are they kafirs or the members of their sect?) He said that the marriages or alliances that have broken might have been the result of their personal differences and so they should not be blamed for that.

When contacted the famous Bareillvi scholar Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan said that the violence was condemnable and that such religious beliefs should be kept confined within mosques and madrasas. He said that the Mufti-e-Azam (Imam Ahmad Reza Khan) preached and practised mutual respect and harmony.

However, the question arises: if the mufti-e- Azam preached and practised harmony and brotherhood, why are his followers creating schism and differences in the community?

Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind leader Maulana Mahmood Madani  also intervened and wrote to the DM and the SP to ensure peace.

However, the tensions refuse to die down and people from both sides are hell bent on killing each other.