Reacting to what he said the propaganda of biased Indian media against the great intellectual and prominent Islamic scholar Dr Zakir Naik and the Government of India's decision to probe his Islamic lectures, the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Friday termed it as "frustration of the RSS and its allied parties."
"Dr Zakir Naik Sahab and his TV channel (Peace TV) are propagating and preaching the true message of Islam and he has no direct or indirect relation with the terrorist incidents taking place in Bangladesh or any other part of the world," Geelani said in a statement on Friday.
The RSS and its allied parties are actually frustrated with the popularity of the true Islamic message and are now finding excuses to silence the prominent and most accepted voice of Dr Zakir Naik and his Peace TV, Geelani said. "The Sangh Parivar has started a direct war against Islam and for this purpose they—with the help of state power—want to silence and eliminate every such voice, person or institution that is representing Islam and the Muslims. Peace TV has grown to the international levels and its viewers' list has crossed the 100 million mark. It is the most-watched private TV channel in the world and it is not only watched by Muslims but non-Muslim brothers too. This TV channel is doing a commendable job in clearing the misconceptions regarding Islam all over the world," Geelani said. "It is preaching and propagating the true message of Islam in the world and many non-Muslim brothers after observing the unmatched and unchallenged teachings of Islam on this channel have (and are willingly) entered the fold of Islam."
He said: "This trend has disturbed the fanatic RSS and Sangh Parivar and they are doing all this in frustration. The Indian fanatic and communal people are plotting to silence Dr Zakir Naik and his TV channel for a very long time but till now they didn't succeed."
Geelani also criticized the Delhi-based media for "giving too much hype to this baseless issue." "They are actually spreading venom against Islam and are running a media trial against Dr. Zakir Naik and his TV channel over a baseless issue." "Sitting in the news rooms they are leveling allegations as if they are any investigation agency and are at the same time issuing verdicts as if they are the judiciary," Geelani said, adding: "Any attempt to harm the Peace TV or Dr Zakir Naik will have a strong reaction in Jammu and Kashmir and it will take a serious turn which will be uncontrollable for the policy makers of New Delhi. It is also a testing time for the Muslims of India and any carelessness will prove fatal for the community."
Meanwhile, Geelani strongly condemned imprisonment of resistance leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din and Muhammad Ashraf Laya on the Eid-ul-Fitr day. "The police and other armed forces didn't spare people and Nimazis even on the Eid day and used brutal force against them in Dooru Sopore, old Srinagar, Islamabad (Anantnag), Pulwama and many other places. The army in Duroo Sopore went berserk and vandalized many households in the area and beat up locals there," he said. "The police crackdown against youths in Srinagar, particularly in downtown area, continued on the Eid day and many people spent the Eid day in jails and police stations."
The police went on rampage in downtown, Islamabad, and Pulwama towns and beat up youths on roads and the Khanyar police station played a lead role in torturing and beating the youths, Geelani said.
Meanwhile, the Hurriyat strongly condemned the continued house detention of Syed Ali Geelani. "After missing all the Friday prayers in the holy month of Ramadan and the Eid-ul-Fitr congregational prayers due to the government policies, Geelani Sahab was today once again barred from offering Friday prayers. It was the 15th Friday in 2016 when Geelani Sahab was forcibly stopped by the authorities from taking part in this important religious obligation," the Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said.