Muslims In UP Dissociate Themselves With Statements On Solidarity With The Taliban Takeover, Their Ideology
Lucknow, August 19 (TNA) On a day Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath slammed forces who were patting the Taliban for their takeover of Afghanistan and called for exposing such leaders, many Muslim voices in the state continued to disassociate themselves from the Taliba, their ideology and takeover of Afghanistan.
"Some people are supporting the Taliban. Women and children are being subjected to cruelty there, but some people are shamelessly supporting the Taliban. All these faces should be exposed, the CM said on Thursday. His attack was not without reason.
On August 16, Dr Shafiqur Rahman Barq, Samajwadi Party MP from Sambhal had whipped up a controversy by his remark of August 16 in which he has equated the Taliban's occupation of Afghanistan with India's freedom struggle.
The Sambhal MP had issued a statement hailing Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and comparing their assault on the country with India's freedom struggle. The Sambhal Police in UP has booked the SP Member of Parliament on charges of sedition.
An FIR has been also registered against the MP under Sections 124A (sedition), 153A, 295 IPC. Two other persons – Faizan Chaudhary and Mohammad Mukeem -- had made similar statements in a Face Book video, have also been booked.
A day after the SP lawmakers statement, a member of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board, Maulana Sajjad Nomani, heaped praise on the Taliban for its successful capture of Afghanistan. He also said that the hardliners need to be congratulated by saying that “this Hindi Muslim salutes you”.
All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) secretary Maulana Umrain Mahfuz Rahmani has also come out in open support of Taliban, praising the organisation for taking over Afghanistan "not with means and resources but belief and faith."
AIMPLB secretary Maulana Umrain Mahfuz Rahmani has also come out in open support of Taliban, praising the organisation for taking over Afghanistan "not with means and resources but belief and faith." The AIMPLB however has disassociated itself with thee remarks saying: All India Muslim Personal Law Board has neither expressed any view nor given any statement on Taliban and recent political situation of Afghanistan.
It further said that Opinion of some Board members has been portrayed as Board's stand by few media channels and wrong thing is being attributed to the Board. These practices are against the spirit of journalism.
Many Muslims however have not only disassociated themselves from such fundamentalists and fringe elements but have also said that a " vast majority of Muslims worldwide do not subscribe to Taliban's interpretation of Sharia". Any act or deed by Taliban which is based on their interpretation of Sharia cannot be attributed to Islam, Athar Hussain, Secretary IICF said.
India is a secular, socialist democracy and we have to strive that such model of democracy be there in the entire world and specially in our neighbourhood too. I appeal to Government of India to immediately recognise President Saleh as new President of Afghanistan who was vice-President earlier and after departure of Ghani he is the lawful President as per Afghan Constitution and is now based in Panjsher, he further added.
India as Chairman of UNSC should take initiative to declare Taliban regime in Afghanistan as rogue regime and lawfully recognise President Saleh who has sworn for secular, socialist and democratic Afghanistan, the eminent Muslim face in Lucknow said. Many Muslims of the satte capital, who did not wish to be named, spoke in similar tone.
They pointed out that Taliban was not the sole representative of Islam, as many would want to believe. We are a progressive religion and can't go back to the Stone Age in modern 21st century, a cleric said.