Srinagar: Various pro-freedom parties and religious groups Tuesday slammed the Bhartiya Janata Party leader Subramaniam Swamy for his remarks that “mosques are not religious places and can be demolished anytime.”
In a statement, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while condemning the remarks made by Swamy said that those playing the politics of religion and following the Hindutva agenda, from time to time make derogatory remarks against Islam and the Prophet Muhammad SAW with the aim to incite Muslims and polarise people want to appease their constituency and gain political mileage out of such remarks.
“It is the duty of government to stop these miscreants from making such utterances. Such communal statements can have grave consequences,” he said.
Mirwaiz stated that a mosque was not merely a building but a sacred space for worship and a place once declared a mosque remains holy to Muslims for eternity. He said that no one, not even Muslims can demolish mosques.
Mirwaiz appealed to all the Imaams to deliver sermons on upcoming Friday highlighting the significance of mosques.
Former secretary general of Jamiat-ahle Hadith (JaH) Abdul Rehman Bhat Abdul Rehman Bhat while taking a strong notice of the remarks made by Swamy, lodged a complaint against him.
In a statement, a JaH spokesman said that Bhat in his complaint addressed to Jammu Kashmir government through chief secretary, DC Srinagar and SSP Srinagar has asked them to lodge an FIR against Subramanyam Swami under RPC sections 153-A, 295-A, and 120-B.
In is his complaint, Bhat said that it was obvious that the organization organizing that public meeting in collaboration with Swamy “hatched criminal conspiracy with the deliberated and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of Muslim Ummah and has thus insulted the religion of Islam.”
“The statement has been made so that the participants in the meeting could use criminal force to demolish the mosques wherever they find an occasion to do so.” The complaint said.
Bhat in his complaint said that since by making such statements in the public meeting, Swamy has “maliciously outraged the feelings of Muslims of Kashmir.” “Therefore, I want a complaint under section 153-A, 295-A read with 120-B of RPC be filed against him in court of law so that he is prosecuted and punished for his deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feeling of Muslims of Kashmir and also for promoting enmity among people on the ground of religion”
High Court Bar Association has also appealed the authorities to proceed against Swamy by filing a complaint under section 153-A 295-A read with section 120-B RPC in the court of law.
“Authorities should take action against Swamy, so that he is prosecuted and punished for his sinful act or otherwise appropriate legal proceedings will be initiated against him by the Bar Association under the relevant provisions of law,” Bar general secretary Mohammad Ashraf Bhat said.
Others who condemned Swamy for his remarks include Majlis-E-Tahfuz Imaan’s President and Dar-ul –aloom Rahemiyaa’s Parton Mr. Maulana Rehmat-Ullah Mir, Jamat-e-Islami, Anjuman Shariah Shayaan, Dar-ul-Uloom Bilaliya, Dar-ul-Qasmiyaa, Ittehad-ul-Muslameen J&K, Anjuman Nusrat-ul-Islam, Anjuman Tableeg-ul-Islam, Anjuman Himayat-ul-Islam, Karavan Islami J&K, Jammiyat-e- Hamdaniya, Muslim Personal Board, Anjuman Nadvah-Tul-Ullama, Anjuman Mazhar-ul-Haq, Anjuman-i-Auqaf-Jama Masjid, International Khatem-i-Nabuwwat and Anjuman-e- Aima Masajid.