Muslims see international conspiracy to harm Sikh- Muslim bonding. They are of the opinion that ISIS is harming and defaming Muslims all over the world as its only mission is to kill innocent people and because of this, religious scholars (Ulama) unanimously declared the group as anti-thesis of Islam.
By Abdul Bari Masoud
New Delhi: Prominent Indian Muslim social and political groups and organizations on Thursday strongly condemned the heinous terrorist attack on a gurdwara in the Afghanistan capital Kabul that has resulted in the loss of 25 precious lives and injuries to several worshippers. They said such despicable attacks have no political, religious or moral justification and must be rejected outright.
They also suspect that the horrific attack might be a part of larger international conspiracy to defame Islam and Muslims as well to hurt the revival of fraternal bonding between Muslim and Sikh communities the world over after opening of the Kartarpur Corridor. The dreaded anti-Islamic terror group ‘Islamic State’ (IS) is reportedly claimed the responsibility for the attack.
Jamat e Islami, Hind
Expressing solidarity with the Sikh brethren, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), President Syed Sadatullah Hussaini said: ‘’we are extremely saddened by the brutal attack on the Sikh community in Kabul as these types of attacks are an open violation of human rights and international humanitarian law and deserve maximum condemnation by all. Those who are behind this attack must be brought to justice and deserve strict punishment.”
Popular Front of India
Popular Front of India Chairman O M A Salam also condemned the brutal terrorist attack on a Sikh place of worship in Afghanistan.
“It is with deep sadness that we hear the news of the slaughter of nearly 25 innocent worshippers at Sikh gurudwara by gunmen and suicide bombers in the capital city of Afghanistan” said O M A Salam in a press statement.
All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat
All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM), the largest conglomerate of major Muslim organizations, condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms.
While expressing solidarity with the Sikh community, AIMMM, president, Navaid Hamid said the attack once again proved that those terrorists involved in the gruesome attack are enemies of Islam. He also strongly condemned the blasts near the cremation site of those killed during terrorist attack saying Islam directs faithful to respect the dead and prohibits mutilation of their bodies.
He twitted to condemn both the terror attacks.
Strongly condemns the blasts near the cremation site of those killed during terrorist attack at #KabulGurudwara yesterday. #Islam directs faithful to respect the dead & prohibits mutilation of their bodies; the attack once again shows that these terrorists are enemies of Islam.
— Navaid Hamid نوید حامد (@navaidhamid) March 26, 2020
According to the Afghanistan Interior Ministry spokesman, Tariq Arian, in the Wednesday’s assault 25 civilians had been killed and eight others wounded, while 80 people had been rescued from the gurdwara. Graphic images posted online showed several bodies as well as terrified people who appeared to be Sikhs running from the scene.
There were conflicting accounts about how many gunmen were involved, with security sources giving differing numbers between one and four.
Social Democratic Party of India
Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) said it condemned this inhuman and cowardice act of violence in the strongest possible words. SDPI vice president and noted lawyer Sharfuddin Ahmad said it seems to be an international conspiracy behind this terror attack as Muslims and Sikhs have come together in recent years in India as well in Europe and America.
In the backdrop of passing of the discriminatory and controversial Citizenship Amended Act (CAA), he pointed out that Muslims and Sikhs joined hands to oppose this law in India and aboard. He also underlined that the attack was happened at a time when both the communities were rediscovering their historic cordial roots and relations.
Jamia Teachers’ Association
The teaching fraternity of the historical educational institution, Jamia Milliya Islamia, New Delhi, said, “It is heart-wrenching to learn that a horrific attack was unleashed on innocent Sikhs at their place of worship, a ‘Gurudwara’ in Kabul, Afghanistan.”
“Jamia Teachers’ Association (JTA) condemns this act of violence and extends whole-hearted condolences to the families of the deceased and assures them that the entire teaching community stands by them in this time of unbearable pain”, a statement said released by its Secretary, Professor Majid Jamil.
“JTA again emphasizes that such killers of humanity, with the blood of innocents on their hands, cannot hide from justice and will be punished by law of nature and country. We appeal to the majority community in Afghanistan to reach out to their Sikh community with a helping hand and extend full support to eradicate the roots of barbarism from their land”, it added.
Mumbai religious leaders
While strongly condemning the assault, a group of prominent religious leaders and intellectuals from Mumbai expressed solidarity and grief with the Sikh community. They also recalled their goodwill gestures towards the Muslim community in India.
“Our Sikh brothers stood by us here in India in fight against NRC and CAA. They not only expressed solidarity with common Indian demonstrators at Shaheen Bagh and other protest sites across India but served them with langars. One of our Sikh brothers has sold his flat to arrange money for langar. We are grateful to our Sikh brothers for their goodwill gestures towards the Muslim community in India and stand by them sharing their grief and sorrow caused by the deadly terror attack in Afghanistan.”
In a joint statement, they said, “Since here are restrictions over any kind of gatherings or protests in the wake of Coronavirus outbreak in India, we lodge our strong protest against that inhuman act in Afghanistan and express our solidarity with our Sikh brothers and sisters through this piece of writing.”
The statement signed by Maulana Mahmood Daryabadi,Farid Shaikh, Dr. Azimuddin, Maulana Burhanuddin Qasmi, Maulan Aijaz Kashmiri, Maulana Anees Ashrafi,Saleem Motorwala, Saleem Alware, Hafiz Iqbal Chunawala and Abdul Hasib Batkar.
Muslim groups also came down heavily on the ISIS which claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE intelligence group.
Since its creation by the enemies of Islam, ISIS is harming and defaming Muslims all over the world as its only mission is to kill innocent people and because of this, religious scholars (Ulama) unanimously declared the group as anti-thesis of Islam, they added.
US based Muslim of Indian origin
“We strongly condemn the killings of Sikhs in gurdwara in Kabul. We have no words to express our deep sorrows and grief. This is absolutely inhuman and barbaric act. We ask the government of Afghanistan’ to bring the culprits to justice and hang them. In this time of sorrow and loss, we are with Sikh community. Our deep condolences and sincere prayers are with the martyrs, their families and friends .With great sorrows and heavy hearts, said Dr. Khutb M Uddin, a US based activist of Indian origin.