Kashmir For Global Deterrence Against Blasphemy

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Srinagar – Voicing their concern at the failure of Muslim governments and organizations, notably the Organization of Islamic Co-operation (OIC), to live up to their mandate, the Islamic scholars, intellectuals and representatives of religious organizations of Kashmir Saturday called for effective and long-term steps to counter the recurrent blasphemous and anti-Islam activities across the world.

At a day-long seminar organized by Jami’at-e-Ahli Hadees, Jammu and Kashmir, the speakers strongly condemned anti-Islam activities of Zionists and imperialists and the blasphemous film “Innocence of Muslims” and highly derogatory and inflammatory remarks against holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The urged the Muslim world to stand united against such acts and to voice their anguish forcefully so that no inimical force ever dares repeat these, a statement issued this evening said.

In an 8-point resolution unanimously adopted at the seminar, participants urged the United States president and all peace-loving nations to play their role in bringing to justice those responsible in making the blasphemous film which has hurt the sentiments of hundreds of millions of Muslims across the world. Regardless of where they are, they deserve an exemplary punishment for the heinous crime they have committed.

Asserting that under pretext of freedom of expression, anti-Islam forces indulged in blasphemy of universally recognized religious beliefs and personages, the resolution said, there was urgent need for the world Muslims to evolve an effective strategy to counter such acts. For this purpose, it urged Muslim clerics and intellectuals to rise above insignificant sectarian differences and forge complete unity in the Ummah.

It urged the Imams and preachers to highlight the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in a sustained manner during Friday sermons. “Simultaneously, people need to be kept informed about nefarious designs of anti-Islam forces,” it added.

The resolution underscored the urgency to motivate the younger generation to study the life and achievements of the holy Prophet (pbuh) every day to offset the negative impact of machinations aimed at creating doubts about Him (pbuh). For this purpose, it urged government and private educational institutions to organize special meetings, seminars and other group activities to propagate the universal message of Islam and holy Prophet (pbuh).

The resolution asked the media to desist from publishing or airing such material which could harm the image of Islam and the holy Prophet (pbuh). “The religious organizations should also bring out special editions of magazines and periodicals to highlight the life and teachings of the holy Prophet (pbuh).

Those present in the meeting included: Ghulam Rasool Malik (president JeH); Peerzada Akhzar Husian (Anjuman-e-Ulema-e-Ahnaaf), MS Rehman Shams (representative of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq), Advocate Zahid Ali (Jama’at-e-Islami), Mufti Nazir Ahmad Qasmi (Darul Uloom Raheemia, Bandipore; Maulana Muhammad Abbas Ansari (Ittehadul Muslimeen), Aga Syed Hassan (Anjuman-e-Sher-i-Shiayan), Maulana Khursheed Ahmad Qanungo (Anjuman-e-Himayat-e-Islam), Mirwaiz Syed Abdul Lateef Bukhari (Anjuman-e-Mazharul Haq, Beeru), Agha Syed Abdul Hussain (Taqrib-Bain-al-Mazahib) Prof Hameed Naseem Rafiaabadi (University of Kashmir), Zafar Amin Qureshi (High Court Bar Association), Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah (Islamic Study Circle), Mian Abdul Qayoom (High Court Bar Association), Bashir Ahmad (Democratic Freedom Party) besides others.

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