SRINAGAR: A religious preacher who founded an online radio Suat-ul-Islam on Saturday alleged that some unknown agencies were following and harassing him.
Addressing media persons here, Mohammad Aamir, president of a group called Islamic Fraternity that runs the online radio said that he was detained and interrogated by some unknown agencies around a week before the month of Ramadhan this year in Mumbai where he had gone in connection with his engagements with dawah (inviting people to Islamic teachings) work.
“I was rounded up by several men inside a room and a series of questions were asked to me regarding my work and engagements. They also enquired about Zakir Naik. I was questioned till midnight. I clearly and frankly answered all their questions,” says Aamir, who also runs Islamic Global School in Rajbagh area of Srinagar.
Amir says that before agencies let him go, the interrogators made his complete profile about his daily engagements, family background and other activities of his organizations in Valley.
“Not only that, they (agencies) also detained a friend of mine and other person who had come to meet me in my room and interrogated them as well. They took the contacts, bank records and other details from them. When we tried to enquire the reasons for questioning, they refused to respond,” says Aamir.
He said the threats and harassments won’t deter them from carrying out dawah work in Valley and elsewhere in the world.
“We are clean and don’t have any hidden agenda. Our work is to bring Muslims closer towards Islam and spread the word of dawah. In the past, we have been carrying our activities in peaceful manner and we wish to continue it in the similar manner in future. Anyone who has any apprehension can visit our office in Rajbagh and seek whatever details for clarification or for better understanding,” he said.
In February this year, Aamir had alleged that he was being threatened to stop religious activities and that someone was trying to kill him after a stranger mysteriously entered his school building in Rajbagh.
“Taking threat as serious concern, I lodged a complaint with police. I denied seeking PSO for Almighty is enough to protect us from all dangers. This seems to be a handiwork of some agencies who don’t want me to engage youth in Islamic activities or me to propagate Islam in Valley or elsewhere,” Aamir said.
After Mumbai incident, Aamir says he has approached the Inspector General of Police Munir Ahmad Khan and Deputy Commissioner, Farooq Ahmad Lone who have assured him help in this matter.
In 2016, with an intention to provide Islamic guidance to Kashmiri youth, Saut-ul-Islam, Kashmir’s first Islamic radio station, was launched online in December with a video of famous vocalist Zubair Salafi singing a Nasheed in the radio station’s studio.
“The main aim of our radio is to connect youth with Islam and its teachings. Our motive is to address contemporary issues confronting the society, particularly issues of youth, in the light of the Quran and the Hadith in an entertaining manner,” Aamir said.
Deputy commissioner Farooq Ahmad Lone aborted the call when asked to respond on the issue.