NEW DELHI - Famous Dargah Aala Hazrat of Bareilvi Muslim sect in India has issued a fatwa against the Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah directing Muslims in the country not to support him.
In a reply to a question asked by Bakhtiar Khan of Bibiganj, Bareilly, the Spokesperson of Dargah Aala Hazrat Maulana Shahbuddin said that “Jinnah was responsible for the partition of the country and no Muslim in India should stand in support for him.”“Jinnah is a part of enemy nation Pakistan, not India . His portraits should be removed not only from Aligarh Muslim University but from everywhere,” said Maulana Shahabuddin while issuing a fatwa against Jinnah. Earlier, General Secretary of Jamiat-e-Ulama-Hind Maulana Mohammad Madani had echoed similar sentiments asking agitating students to remove portrait of Jinnah from the AMJUSU Hall.
An executive member of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and Imam of Lucknow Idgah Maulana Khalid Rashid Farangi Mahali had stated that Jinnah was responsible for the division of the country and as such his portrait should be removed from the AMU campus. The controversy over the portrait of Jinnah at AMUSU Hall had begun when the BJP MP from Aligarh Satish Gautam had shot off a letter to the AMU Vice-Chancellor asking him to remove the picture the Pakistan’s founder.
On May 2, activists of the Hindu Yuva Vahni, ABVP and Hindu Yuva Vahini had burnt an effigy of Jinnah outside AMU main gate and tried to enter the campus forcibly. It resulted into retaliation from the AMU students. Police had to fire teargas shells and resort to lathicharge to disperse the agitated mob from both sides.
Over a dozen students had sustained injuries in the police action. Since then the Muslim University students are holding dharna at the gate after boycotting classes.