Execution in Saudi: In Lucknow, war of words between Shia, Sunni clerics escalate

On Sunday, Shia Muslims of Lucknow had marched in protest against Saudi Arabia and called for its “social boycott”.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: January 6, 2016 12:58:42 am

A day after Sunnis questioned the Shias’ protest against the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabaia, the war of words between the clerics of the two sects in Lucknow continued with Maulana Kalbe Jawwad condemning the statement of Maulana Abdul Aleem Farooqui in which he “compared” the hanging of the Shia cleric with that of terrorist Ajmal Kasab.

“We condemn the statement of such clerics. We do not expect any support from them as they belong to same Wahabi ideology, which had hanged Sheikh Nimr. They are promoting the same ideology in India. Don’t they know that Kasab was a terrorist who entered our country for terror activities while Sheikh Nimr raised voice for minorities and human rights,” Jawwad, a prominent Shia cleric, said.

On Sunday, Shia Muslims of Lucknow had marched in protest against Saudi Arabia and called for its “social boycott”. A day later Sunni cleric Maulana Abdul Aleem Farooqui described the protests as “interference in the internal security matters” of another country. “They (Saudi Arabia) hanged him (Nimr) as per the law of their land but they (Shias) are protesting here. It would be the same if protests were organised in other countries against Ajmal Kasab’s hanging,” Farooqui said.

Jawwad, however said that for clerics like Farooqui the main concern is that “Saudi and Wahabi terror face has been exposed”. He said, “Nimr raised voice for both Sunnis and Shias for which he was killed. For them (Wahabis), anyone who raises voice for minorities should be hanged. Indian government should take action against clerics like Farooqui as they are spoiling the atmosphere of the country”.

Jawwad also narrated the life of Nimr stating that he was arrested more than 20 times by Saudi government. “He struggled for reconstruction of holy shrines. How can a person who stood up against tyrant regime be considered a terrorist as claimed by Saudi Arabia? If we do not desist from calling him a terrorist, nobody will dare to stand up against terrorism in future,” Jawwad said.

Meanwhile, Farooqui denied the allegations. “I am associated with Darul Uloom Deoband and Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind. My only point is that whatever be the reason, don’t take to the roads. It is dangerous. And if there is any doubts about religion, talk to me directly and not through the media,” he said.

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