Barelwi groups ask Muslims not to vote for Wahabis

February 17, 2012 by  
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Barelwi groups ask Muslims not to vote for WahabisMaharashtra, February 15, 2012: Barelwi Ulema and prominent Barelwi organisations have unanimously decided to oppose and appeal for a boycott against all “Wahabi” candidates having any allegiance with Wahabi/Salafi organisations irrespective of party affiliation.

In a joint Press Conference held at Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh, All India Ulema Mashaikh Board, Raza Academy, All India Sunni Tablighi Jamaat, Anjuman Barkaat e Raza and Tanzeem Aimma-e-Masajid insisted that their main objective is to strengthen patriotism and social harmony amongst Sunni Muslims and to create a mass movement to attain the fundamental rights as enshrined in the Indian constitution. They claimed that India is the land of the Sufi Saints and that they constitute 80% of the country’s total Muslim population.

They said that Sufi teachings are the basis of the nation’s unity in diversity as it teaches compassion, brotherhood, love and peace; which they claims, rhymes up to perfect harmony with Indian culture, traditions and its religious variety.

They equated Wahabism with Extremism having an ideology of brutal intolerant ways of spreading their religion and beliefs. And so in the interest of the city, the state and the country the Sufi organization emphasized on the need to clip their wings before their fight to destruction. They declared that they would neither accept the Imamat (religious leadership) nor the Qayadat (political leadership) of the Wahabis.

They warned the nation and the community of Wahabis coming into power or having proximity to power corridors, as they accused them of indulging in sectarianism and creating law and order problems in the already volatile country. If they are not stopped at this juncture it will be difficult to control them in future as this has been the case of several countries across the globe, where they gained momentum, the press conference revealed. Considering them a big threat to entire humanity as well as to the internal security of the nation they asked the Muslims to stand up and raise their voice against this pervert ideology.

They accused Wahabi’s of attacking helpless Sunni Muslims in Junagadh district (Gujarat) by forming huge mobs; the culprits were said to have torched houses and burnt the shops of Sunni’s by singling them out intentionally. The Sunni groups added that even in Mumbai central they have tried to flex their muscles a fortnight ago adopting the same modus operandi with the help of a 2000 strong mob, attacking innocent Sufi Muslims who were reciting holy Quran in the Mehndi Mosque.

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