Geelani condemns ban on Zakir Naik’s IRF, asks Indian Muslims to unite against ‘fascism’

Srinagar: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday strongly condemned the ban on Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) run by world renowned Islamic scholar and religious preacher Dr Zakir Naik.

In a statement issued to GNS, Geelani said the contours of “Hindu Rashtra” are being unfolded with these actions. He said IRF has been established in Feb 1991 with sole aim of presenting, understanding, and promoting Islam and clearing the misconceptions and doubts about it among less aware Muslims and non-Muslims.

Geelani said since its establishment, the institution has been on the forefront of the comparative research and constructive interaction between all religions within the ambit of law and constitution and by using modern technological tools and social networking.

“(Dr Zakir Naik’s) in-depth knowledge of all religions and his astonishing and surprising sense of memory mesmerized his audiences including both Muslims non-Muslims. A good number of people convinced by his logic embraced Islam,” he said.

Hurriyat (G) chairman said the growing influence of IRF could not be taken well by the “propagators of Hindu Rashtra” who started a “malicious campaign to defame the organization through its paid and biased media houses and prepared the ground for its ban”.

“Curbing such activities in the garb of national security is nothing but implementation of fascist agenda by which all the minorities particularly Muslims are wiped out from India. These communal forces can’t tolerate any conscious, sincere, or a practicing Muslim. They only pat and chuck those who are Muslims by name. They project them as the true and genuine faces of Muslims on TV screens to discuss and to put their words in their mouth,” Geelani said.

Syed Ali Geelani cautioned Muslims of India to “join your heads to devise a common, united, and comprehensive strategy to fight this fascism” and if they still remain divided in different sects or in their own cocoons, the day is not far when Muslims will be “forced to worship in temples and their mosques will be transformed into bars and their religious festivals banned”.

“These Hinduta Pracharks devoid of even a trace of humanity can’t even afford to allow the son to participate in the last rites of his father as Dr Zakir Naik was not allowed this right. Muslims have been suffocated and denied legal, democratic, and all the peaceful means. They are humiliated and treated as 3rd class citizens,” he said.

Geelani said the “fascist” mindset has already inseminated its dirty and mean seeds by “none other than the green clad Muftis, saintly and scholarly Akthars and bearded Beighs”. “If India along with these so-called Muslim faces continues to bargain our honor, faith, and blood, we will be no different than helpless Muslims of India. Such actions with each passing day confirm and strengthen our resolve to fight the armed occupation not only to safeguard our life and livelihood but our honor, faith, and above all, the future of our coming generation,” he said. (GNS)