Muslim bodies condemn Udaipur killing, calls it un-Islamic
Okhla-headquartered Muslim body with other prominent Muslim orgainsations condemned the brutal killing of a tailor in Udaipur.
Calling the act un-Islamic and asserting that no person has the right to take law into one’s hands, organisations like All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind issued statements condemning the murder of Kanhaiya Lal by two men who had posted videos online that claimed they were avenging an insult to Islam.
In a statement to the media, the Vice President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Prof Salim Engineer said: “We condemn the barbaric and uncivilized murder of Kanhaiyalal of Udaipur. There is no room for justification for such violence in Islam. Those found guilty of his murder should be punished according to the law of the land. The government must stop mischief-makers from taking advantage of this incident to create social unrest. Peace and law and order should be maintained at all costs.”
Delhi Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari called the killing an “act of cowardice” and “an act against Islam”. Islam is a religion of “peace and tranquillity,” he said.
“Insulting holy personalities of any religion is a serious crime. BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma made derogatory remarks about the holy Prophet of Islam, which is very sad for Muslims. The government not taking any action against Nupur Sharma is like rubbing salt on the wounds. But despite this, taking the law into one’s own hands and killing a person by declaring him a criminal is a condemnable act,” said the statement issued on behalf of AIMPLB general secretary Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani.
“Neither the law allows it nor does the Islamic Shariah justify it. Therefore, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board strongly condemns the incident in Udaipur (Rajasthan),” the statement said.
The board also urged the government to make stringent laws regarding disrespectful comments against holy personalities and take immediate action in such cases, reported PTI.
The board also appealed to the Muslim community to act patiently and not take law into their own hands as well as not indulge in any such action that might disturb communal harmony in the country.
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind said the Udaipur incident is “barbaric, uncivilized” and there is no room for justification of violence in Islam.
“We strongly condemn it. No citizen should take law in his own hands. Let the law prevail. The culprits should be dealt with according to the law of the land. In any case, peace should not be disturbed. Nobody should try to take the advantage of this ugly crime,” it said.
Bukhari said: “Islam is a religion of peace and tranquillity. The life of the Prophet of Allah is full of numerous examples of compassion, tolerance, generosity and humanitarianism. I, myself and on behalf of the Muslims of India, with all the vehemence at our disposal, condemn this act,” Bukhari said.
Two men, identified as Riaz Akhtari and Ghouse Mohammad, have been arrested for the murder.
Lal’s killing triggered stray cases of violence in Udaipur and the curfew was clamped in seven police station areas of the city, reported PTI. The curfew remained imposed in seven police station areas of the city on Wednesday and mobile internet services were suspended across all 33 districts of the State, officials said, reported the news agency.