It’s War On Sufism: Hami

It’s War On Sufism: Hami

25 June 2012
Kashmir Observer
Nazir Ganaie

Srinagar: Accusing the “agency hands” for disputing the Sufi ideology in Kashmir, president, Mutahida Ulema-e-Ahli-Sunnat Wal Jama’at (MUASW), Maulana Ghulam Rasool Hami Monday said that the Sufi Islam here remains under constant threat from all corners as some forces were working under some 'hidden agenda'. Hami, who also heads the Karwan-e- Islami, said incidents at Khanyar came after the shrines at Chrari-Shareef (Budgam), Khanqahi-Maula at Tral, Jinab Sahib, Soura, Baba Hanief Sahab (Narbal, Budgam) were also targeted and destroyed. “The attacks and desecration incidents at some shrines prove that agencies are threatening a disaster for the survival of Sufi Islam in Kashmir and hatred is being spread against the Sufi lovers. It’s a war on Sufism,” Hami told the reporters during a press conference at Dastgeer Sahab shrine at Sarai-Bala here. “A huge conspiracy is being hatched against the Sufism and people associated with it. We fail to understand why does it always happen with us only. We are really concerned,” Hami added. He said that Islam in Kashmir owes its propagation and rise to the contributions of saints and Sufis. Demanding an impartial investigation into the devastating fire at the shrine of revered saint, Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani (RA) at Khanyar, Hami said that the inquiry ordered by the government should be done under the supervision of Ulema (religious leaders). “We demand an impartial investigation under the supervision of MUASW Ulema. Besides, we announce two days ‘Kashmir Bandh’ from today,” he said. He said that his organisation consisting of various other religious parties would start the peaceful protest outside the Dastgeer Sahib shrine, Sariabala after the Zuhr prayers on Tuesday. He appealed all the educational institutions, transporters and traders to observe complete shutdown during these two days to show solidarity with the devout people of the Valley. Regarding the fire that gutted the historical shrine completely, Hami said “We can’t rule out the electric short circuit but at the time the possibility of suspected hand in the fire also can’t be ignored,” Hami said. “We cannot say anything concrete as of now. Some people say that the sparks went off from an electric short circuit, but our sources say that the flames emanated from the four corners of the shrine,” He added. He said that in all the matters the truth should prevail and the culprits should be brought to the book. Coming down heavily on the state government, Hami alleged the authorities for its ‘un-preparedness and callous approach’ in preserving the historical shrine. Hami also said that the J&K Muslim Wakf Board, the police personnel and the Fire and Emergency Services should share equal responsibility for the devastation of the shrine, that has left people perturbed. “The fire engines reached the spot without water. The policemen guarding the shrine were reckless in their duties. The Wakf Board has no mechanism in place to check such incidents. They should share the responsibility for the failure,” Hami said. On Govt Probe Regarding the probe ordered by the state government, Hami said that MUASW won’t accept it until it is not consulted for any of the investigation. “We demand an impartial investigation into the devastating fire. We have experienced that Govt's talk much but deliver little,” Hami said.