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Madrasa students, beware of Wahabi jihad call: Syrian top jurist

LUCKNOW: Indians should steer clear of mercenaries and infiltrators and stay unified against extremism, while madrassa students should not pay heed to external calls of Jihad from Wahabis and there should be a meeting of all religious heads to safeguard India. This, the general mufti of the Syrian Arab Republic, Ahmad Badr Eddine Hassoun, on a two-day visit to the city, along with Syrian ambassador to India, Riyadh Abbas and his political adviser Mazen Nasri, told TOI in an exclusive interview.

The delegation met Shia and Sunni clerics with an aim to dispel, as they claimed, misrepresentation of the Syrian crisis by American, Israeli and Saudi Arabia-backed forces. The mufti also compared India and Syria and cautioned madrassa students here against extremism and terrorism. The mufti is the head of the higher legal opinion assembly in Syria.

“Syrian crisis is not sectarian or religious, it is political interference of the western world, especially US, UK, Israel and Saudi Arabia, who want to destroy Arab countries. The situation is widely misrepresented by these forces who don’t want the world to know the truth and this is why we have come here, to share the truth with not just our Muslim brethren but all Indians,” said the mufti.

The mufti said, “A hundred years ago, Syria was like undivided India. We had Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan and present Syria. All of us shared the same language and culture but the British and French divided us into four countries. Just as India was divided, these forces want partition in Middle East and Syria is paying the price.”

The Syrian ambassador to India, Riyadh Abbas said, “Wahabism is the enemy of people and Islam and Indians should not take calls of Wahabis. If Syria were experiencing sectarian war, why would President Bashar-Al-Assad get the support of majority population or why would mercenaries from Igor, Uzbekistan, Turkey and other countries be brought in to create chaos?”

Extending an invitation for urgent dialogue between Muslim communities and the Mynamar government, the mufti said that if not checked, Rohingya crisis would escalate and spread to neighbouring regions.

Having admired the architecture of the Bada (Asafi) Imambara, the Mufti, along with the ambassador met Sunni cleric Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali at Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama and Shia cleric Maulana Hamidul Hasan, during their visit to the city, organised by the ministry of external affairs. In India till September 29, the delegation will meet Union ministers of minority affairs and the home minister in Delhi, before proceeding on a visit to Jammu & Kashmir.

Source : timesofindia



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