Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik Thursday asked religious institutions, Ulema, Molvis, preachers and heads of Islamic seminaries to refrain from preaching and propagating hatred in Mosques and social media.
Terming this new phenomenon of hate mongering in the name of religion and creed by a section of Ulema and preachers as ‘most unfortunate’, Malik according to the statement issued here said that a nation that on daily basis is losing its young and old while resisting military occupation and oppression, cannot tolerate hatred and division in the name of religion and creed and anyone who is doing this is actually playing in the hands of oppressors and enemies of Islam and Muslims.
“Our great scholars and predecessors have laid down a great principle which teaches to hold fast to ones Maslak (creed) without teasing the others and we all need to adhere to this principle and stop hate mongering in our Mosques, Dar Ul Uloom, social media and at other places,” he said.
“Our Allah is one, our prophet (SAW) is one, our Deen is one, and our Qibla is one. This oneness in all important aspects of life and religion clearly shows that we are also one and despite differences in interpretations should remain one,” he said, adding that “from some time many of our preachers and Molvis are seen delivering hate speeches against their rivals and other Maslaks (creeds).”
“These people are actually crossing all the limits of decency and are seen showering abuses on each other in Mosques and seminaries and especially on social media networks. This actually amounts to setting whole Ummah on fire and no true Muslim can tolerate this non-sense,” Malik added.
“Has Islam or prophet of Islam (SAW) ever told us to propagate hate? Have our Ahli Bait (RaH), Sahaba (RaH), Imam’s or great predecessors taught or ordered us to publicize abhorrence that too against each other. This is pure non-sense and a nation that is losing its kith and kin on daily basis, a nation whose very existence is at stake and that is striving for a sacred cause, cannot endure this non-sense anymore,” he said.
“We respect all religions, creeds, Ulema, spiritual personalities, places of worship and religious seminaries but our tiny and weak nation cannot tolerate abhorrence and hatred that is being propagated by a section of people in the name of religion and creed,” he said and asked all the religious bodies and organizations including Ahli Sunnat Wal Jamat, Ahli Hadith, Beravileis, Devbandis, Shia, Jamati islami, Tableegis and others to immediately stop their people indulging in hate campaign and play their active role in stopping this hate campaign.
“It is our moral and religious duty to safeguard our unity and brotherhood as ordered by Allah and his last messenger (SAW) and we will not let a bunch of fools to pollute and disintegrate our pluralistic society,” he said.
Warning Molvis and preachers who are indulging in this ugly affair to refrain from their ‘criminal acts’ immediately, Malik said, “This nation respects you but if you don’t change your approach, you will have to face the wrath of same nation and we will be compelled to ask people to boycott you all.”