SRINAGAR: The Majlis-e-Tahaffuz-e-Khatam-e-Nabuwat, an amalgam of various religious organisations, on Wednesday said that the Qadiyanis are “free” to preach their religion as a separate community but not as Muslims.
The organisation also warned the government of “serious consequences” if it gives permission to a proposed Qadiyani conference in Kashmir.
“If Qadiyanis declare themselves as belonging to a different faith and religion other than Islam, we won’t mind but the problem is that they spread falsehood in the name of Islam and Muslims,” leading Islamic jurisprudent of the Valley, Mufti Nazir Ahmad Qasmi said in a press conference here.
“These Qadiyanis are from a community unanimously declared as non-Muslims by the followers of Islam all over the world. They don’t consider Prophet Mohammad (SAW) as the last messenger of Allah and thus deny one of the fundamentals of Islam,” Qasmi said.
He said any theory propounded by the founder of this faith (Mirza Qadiyani) is based on lies and falsehood.
“All his theories have been denounced by Ulama from time to time and he as well as all his followers, in clear terms, are non-Muslims,” Qasmi added.
The reaction has come after reports surfaced that a Qadiyani organization has written a formal letter to District Development Commissioner Srinagar seeking permission from district administration to hold this “Peace Conference” in Srinagar.
Qasmi also warned the government of “serious consequences” if “permission (overtly or covertly) is granted to this group.”
He also asked people and media to refrain from calling the community as Ahmadiyas.
Rather, he said, this community should be called as Qadiyanis or Mirzaees.
“This community is deceitfully labeling itself as ‘Ahmadiya’ by citing the verse of Holy Qur’an (Surah As Saf, Verse 6) which prophesizes the emergence of a Prophet by the name of Ahmad. In reality, the Almighty Allah in this verse is referring to Prophet Mohammad (SAW). So this community should be only called as Mirzaiees or Qadiyanis (the name after their leader Mirza Qadiyani) not Ahmadiyas,” he said.
Qasmi said it is the responsibility Islamic scholars to aware people about this Fitna and clarify the truth from falsehood.
“If this group wants to come on table to discuss issues they are welcome but not as Muslims but as non-Muslims.Exploiting Islam for vested interests is deplorable. Muslims cannot tolerate any kind of disrespect to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW),” he said.
Qasmi further said, “When there is a copyright law in today’s world, how can anyone hijack other’s faith and exploit it for personal gains.”
When asked why there was not any effort by the Muslims of India to push for a “blasphemy” law, as in Pakistan, Qasmi said due to India’s secular nature, “it is impossible to pass such legislation.”
“Indian Muslims tried to take such initiative but the secular character of the India made it impossible,” he said.
Over the question that on the interference of some influential persons in administration, the permission to hold symposium was denied, Mufti said the government must “officially” declare the denial of permission to the group.
“Disallowing the so-called peace event would be appreciable on part of government but if the same will be held secretly, as has happened on several occasion, it will surely yield serious repercussions,” Qasmi replied.
Mufti Abdul Rahim termed the holding of symposium by the group as “terrorism in the garb of peace”. He said government should take action against the group as they have “exploited” the name of Islam.
“In Europe, there are strict laws against exploiting other religion for personal interests but in India, the government always maintains silence regarding such matters. This is terrorism in the garb of peace. Any disrespect to the Prophet of Islam is nothing but terrorism,” he said.
Criticising the coalition government, Rahim said only controversies have erupted since the emergence of new political dispensation in the state. “Conspiracies after conspiracies are hatched here. How can an issue, which itself is controversial in nature, contribute to ‘peace’.”
Welcoming the suspension of beef ban for two months by the Supreme Court, Rahim urged the government “not to take easy those matters which can vitiate peaceful atmosphere in the valley”.
“With whatever intention these people have sought permission for a conference; they are ‘sick-minded’. Every prophet including Hazrat Isa (AS), Hazrat Mosa (AS) and the last, Hazrat Mohammad (SAW) are revered by Muslims and any kind of disrespect to them warrants to expulsion from Islam. It is part of our Imaan (faith) to rise against such anti-Islam attempts.”