Varanasi Terror Attacks: Reactions
In our earlier post
, we had written that Indian Muslim organizations should come out strongly against the terrorist attack in Varanasi. Well, one Ulema already did
. Apart from the usual blabla on how 'communal forces' should not be allowed to take advantage of this, certain reactions
caught our attention:
Maulana Tauqeer Reza Khan Barelvi, president, All India Muslim Personal Law Board (Jadeed): "Blasts masterminded by BJP and SP who were losing their support base in UP and if communal violence were to be triggered off they would be the biggest gainers.The people should maintain calm and not fall in their trap."
Shaista Ambar, president, All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board: Political parties are behind this , people should watch out for the designs of vested interests.
Nehaluddin, president, All India Muslim Forum: Highly regrettable and condemnable. SP and BJP are trying to disturb communal harmony in the state to gain from polarisation of votes.
WTF can we say - blatantly insulting to the victims and the millions of Indians who worship at these shrines. What is even more worrying is that such insensitive statements are coming not from hardliners but from people who claim to represent the moderate Muslims.
We assume that Mr. Maulana Barelvi belongs to the Barelvi sect - a moderate one as opposed to the puritanical Deobandi. And the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (Jadeed) he presides was formed as a breakaway organization from the obstructionist AIMPLB as a force for modernity ('jadeed' itself means modern in Urdu). Ms. Shaista Ambar too represents an organization with the goal of reforming Muslim personal laws especially with regards to womens rights having courageously fought against the Deobandi clerics and the AIMPLB in the Imrana case.
Also, it is ironic that earlier some Muslim organizations allied themselves with the same Samajwadi Party (SP) in a huge protest rally of 100,000 people against 'Muslim persecution' or 'Islamophobia' by the Danish cartoons, George Bush, Salman Rushdie, etc.