Geelani calls for unity among Muslims, says dividing Ummah a major sin

Geelani calls for unity among Muslims, says dividing Ummah a major sin
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SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday appealed religious clerics, ulema and religious organisations to stop fringe elements from spreading hate and forge unity. He said dividing Muslim Ummah is a major sin and stressed ulema of different sects to show wisdom as “we are passing through horrendous situations”.
In a statement, Geelani while referring to the teachings of Islam said, “We have clear guidance to hold the rope of Allah and follow Quran and Sunnah.”
Geelani said certain elements on social media are creating wedge and sowing seeds of hatred. “It is unpleasant and detrimental and a nuisance which has evolved an anarchy like satiation for Ummah, particularly for freedom movement, as occupant factions are taking undue advantage from this meaninglessness exercise within society ,” he said.
“When whole Muslim Ummah particularly people in Kashmir are being killed and maimed, such elements instead of taking notice of issues related to freedom movement are deliberately pushing Ummah towards anarchy. Delivering hate speeches, sermons and declaring opponents as infidels and deviators is quite unsolicited and this is derailing and deviating (us from) our movement against occupants.”
“Allah the Almighty says: And hold fast all of you together to the rope of Allah and be not divided among yourselves. This is an instruction of Allah. Whosoever is indulged in spreading hate is fulfilling the agenda of occupant forces,” Geelani said and asked people to stay away from these fringe elements.
“This is a slur, a curse and when a nation instead of taking care about important issues, (gets) involved in such activities, it definitely leads it to astray,” he said.
Hurriyat chairman said Islam according to the Qur’an teaches love and compassion for every human being. He advised the religious clerics to “have deep insight in religious teachings and seek right direction in right perspective”. “The violent and intolerant beliefs about Islam go against the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah,” he said.
“We are reeling under appalling situations. We are being killed and caged and in such situation, the need of the hour is to join hands and resist tyrant and occupant forces. Instead of indulging in hate speeches against opposite groups, it is advisable to put all your efforts and energy against those trampling our freedom right,” Geelani said.
He asked people to keep close vigil over these elements and disassociate from them. He also asked people to show regard and respect for every sect.
Geelani asked people to take lead role in freedom movement and stressed them to follow the teachings of Holy Qur’an wholeheartedly, saying that the beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) has said that “I leave behind me two things, the Qur’an and my example, the Sunnah, and if you follow these you will never go astray”.