|code: 313040||Date: 2012/05/04 - 22:20||source: IRNA|
Sufi Islam of Kashmir under threat: Cleric
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Endorsing the claim of Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq that some bureaucrats were working at the behest of the central government to sow seeds of sectarian discord here, the head of the Karwan-e- Islami, Maulana Ghulam Rasool Hami said, his (Mirwaiz) statement has credence as Islam and its Sufi ideology are being threatened by some politically motivated individuals.”
Addressing a press conference Maulana Hami vowed that 'no one can succeed in sowing seeds of hatred among different sects in Kashmir'.
He said that the sole aim of such people was to “dethrone Kashmir from its position of being a bastion of religious tolerance and brotherhood across the Muslim world.”
“Recent attacks on religious leaders like Peer Jalal-u-Din are testimony to it. We have lived in communal harmony and will continue to do so. Every effort of triggering sectarian violence will be defeated,” Hami said.
“We also make it clear that our party will not participate in any government-run election as we are of the firm belief that Kashmir is a disputed territory,” he said.
The cleric denied allegations carried by a national daily that religious sects share had differences with each other and that Sufi propagators and the Barelvi sect were funded by central agencies, “Such reports have no credibility as Kashmir is a model of religious solidarity where different sects live in concord with each other,” he said.
“To register our protest, we will take legal action against the reporter and have already issued notice to the Srinagar bureau and editorial board of the newspaper,” he said.
Hami claimed that some forces feared the “meteoric revival” of Sufi movement in Kashmir. “Our progress is costing someone dearly. Some forces are scheming against recitations of Awraads and Daroods in our mosques. They want us derailed but no inimical force will stop us from spreading Islamic teachings in Kashmir,” he said.
“We want the Shiekh-ul-Aalam Research Institute and the Trans- World Muslim University to be completed soon,” he added.
Regarding the funding of madrasas in Kashmir by the central government, Hami said that once it was made public, 42 religious bodies of the Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jama’at had condemned it on the grounds that the report lacked facts.
“We had challenged the government to prove it. But after six months, government is yet to come up with the truth. After the press conference, our bank accounts were scrutinized. Failing there as well, focus was shifted towards sectarian violence”, Hami said.
“We filed an RTI application to the director of school education. The reply unearthed shocking revelations of fake accounts and registrations of madrasas and other religious institutions in Kashmir,” he said.
Hami said that the matter was brought to the notice of the education minister, “But, so far nothing has been done which solidifies our suspicion that some unscrupulous elements from Delhi to Srinagar are creating fissures among the Muslim sects here.”