Attackers of religious places can't be Muslims: Malik

Srinagar, Aug 6: The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik, has said one who attacks the places of worships and tries to create unrest among Muslims cannot be a Muslim.
 “For it forbidden in Islam for Muslim to attack the place of worship of non-Muslims, let alone attacking the place of worships of Muslims,” said Malik while addressing a seminar “Unity of Muslims” here.
 Stressing the need for unity among the Muslims, Malik called upon the Ulema, scholars, Imams and Khateebs of all Masalak to rise above their Maslaki considerations and interests and fight together all the conspiracies aimed at dividing Umah in the name of Maslaks. He said they should all use the pulpit of mosques for fostering the unity, brotherhood and mutual love and affection among Muslims.
 He called upon them to work out joint strategy to fights the forces bent upon creating wedge among the Muslims by whipping up Maslaki hatred.       
 The seminar was organized in the backdrop of gutting of Dastgeer Sahib (RA) shrine and similar attempts on other shrines across the Valley.
 On the occasion people from all walks of life including Ulema and intellectuals spoke on the topic. After deliberations the august gathering passed many resolutions which included, elements behind desecration of shrines are not Muslims. “The gathering resolved to hold deliberations on the conspiracy against the shrines. It also resolved that no Masjid will be used as a platform for speaking against other sect,” a JKLF spokesman said.
 The session was chaired by prominent historian Sheikh Muhammad Iqbal. Among others who spoke on the occasion included Advocate Zafar Shah, Z G Muhammad, Sheikh Showkat, Rehman Rahi, Dr Allaqband, Dr Javid Iqbal, Dr Abdul Lateef Alkindi, Mufti Nazir Qasmi, Mufti Arshad, Dr Mubeen Shah, Zarief Ahmad Zarief, Shabir Shah, Syed ur Rehma Shams, Altaf Shah, Nayeem Khan , Abdul Rashid Dawoodi, Moulana Ghulam Rasool Hami, Syed Hamid Haqani, Khurshed Kanangoo, Moulana Abass Ansari, Dr Ghulam Ali Gulzar, Ghulam Rasool Malik, Abdul Rehman Bhat, Sheikh Ali Muhammad.
 Moulana Arshid Nadvi, while speaking on the occasion said Islam teaches that the Muslims should respect and protect the places worship.
 The noted columnist Z G Ahmad threw a detailed light on the conspiracies aimed at creating mutual distrust among the people.
 Ghulam Ali Gulzar stressed need for demonstration of patience by all the people to foil the nefarious designs of enemy.
 Dr Bashir Siraj, Ghulam Rasool Noori and Moulana Khursheed Konoongo  also stressed the need for unity among people.
 Hurriyat leaders, Shabir Ahmad Shah and Moulana Abas Ansari and Awami Action Committee leader Moulana Syed-ur-Rehman Shamas said the people should forget the difference over secondary type of matters and forge unity on the fundamentals of Islam.
 Moulana Abdul Rashid Dawoodi said: “We need to investigate and identify the people who involved in diving us.”
 Moulana Ghulam Rasool Hami of Carvan-i-Islam, the representative of Hurriyat (G) and noted scholar of Jamiat-e-Ahlihadis  Dr Abdul Lateef Alkandi cautioned the Muslims against conspiracies of enemy and its agents and urged the Muslims to maintain unity among their ranks to scuttle their (enemy’s) nefarious designs.
 Noted religious scholar Mufti Nazir Ahmad Qasmi and Dr Sheikh Showkat also stressed the need for unity, mutual love and affection among the Muslims.
 In his presidential address, Dr Sheikh Muhammad Iqbal said the Muslims should follow the teachings of Islam in letter and spirit to achieve success in the world and the hereafter.