SRINAGAR: Shia ulama here on Thursday came down heavily on Muslim rulers for pandering to the West and suppressing democratic movements in their countries.
At a seminar organised by the Anjuman-e-Sharaie Shaiyan at its seminary in Mir Gund Budgam, the ulama came out strongly in favour of an independent Palestine, and the democratic movements in Bahrain and Saudi Arabai.
Chaired by senior Hurriyat (M) leader and Anjuman president Agha Syed Hassan, the seminar on the Role of Ulama in Global Muslim Awakening had Maulana Abbas Ansari of the Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen, Agha Syed Muhammad Taqi, Syed Qalbi Hussain Rizvi, Aga Syed Muzaffar, Molvi Hakeem Sajjad Hussain, Aga Syed Abid Hussain Hussaini, Agha Syed Muhammad Hadi, and the principal of the Jamia Baab-ul-Ilm seminary, Agha Syed Muhammad Hussian Musawi, as participants.
Speakers deplored the tendency of dictatorial rulers in most Muslim countries to give priority to the Western powers rather than act for the interests of the Muslim Ummah.
They have deprived their own people even of basic human rights, the speakers said.
Tired of the anti-Islam and pro-West policies of their rulers, the masses in several Arab countries have risen up and launched movements, they said.
These movements are results of religious awakening in which ulama have a key role, they said.
Since these movements are not subservient to the interests of Western powers, the West has not only ignored the popular uprisings, but also come out in support of the rulers to suppress the movements, they said.
The formation of an independent Palestinian state would be the first step in restoring the past glory of the Muslim world, they said.
Palestine would have been liberated long ago if rulers of over 58 Muslim rulers had realized their religious responsibilities, but on the contrary, several Muslim countries have forged close ties with Israel, and entered into shameless pacts with the country to endorse its extermination of oppressed Palestinians, they said.
Speakers reacted severely to the state repression of the Shia minority in Saudi Arabia for demanding basic human rights and the death sentence recommended for their religious leader, Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr.
As the centre of the Islamic world, Saudi Arabia should have been cradle of the message of unity among Muslims, but unfortunately it is in that country where rulers sow the seeds of sectarian discord, they said.
In his presidential address, the Anjuman president, Agha Hassan said that strong and stable unity between Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan was imperative for peace, security and progress of the Islamic world.
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