June 2018 News

Masjids, Madrasas Not Propagating Real Islam In Kashmir: BJP Leader

12 June 2018
India Today
Amanjeet Singh

Srinagar: Hours after two Jammu and Kashmir policemen were killed and six security personnel were injured in twin pre-dawn attacks, the Bharatiya Janata Party's Youth Morcha leader, Aijaz Hussain put out a scathing post on Facebook. In his post, Hussain wrote, 'If killing innocent people is jihad , better change molvis of masjids & teachers in madrasas. we need introspection, real Islam is not been taught rightly in masjids and madrasas.' Hussain, the national vice president of the BJYM, speaking to indiatoday.in stated that he stood by his statement on Facebook and that being a Kashmiri, he was concerned about the situation in the region. He said, 'We should introspect whether real Islam is being propagated or not.' The twin attacks coincided with the Shab-e-Qadr event when special night-long prayers are held in the month of Ramzan. Aijaz claimed that the maulvies (clerics) are responsible for the widespread militancy in Kashmir. 'These maulvies are responsible for 99 per cent of the terrorism in Kashmir. They have misguided the youth of Kashmir,' he said. 'These people are bringing punks as Maulvis. People there (in Kashmir) should know about their agenda,' Aijaz told Indiatoday.in Giving the instance of one case in which a woman and her paramour, a cleric, were arrested for murdering her husband in Srinagar, Aijaz asked if clerics are involved in such shameful incidents then who will lead the prayers? Aijaz said, 'Policemen in Kashmir are earning to feed their families and militants are killing them. Tell me, is killing people for earning a livelihood jihad'? Netizens, however, criticised Aijaz for his Facebook post. 'If running down vehicles on innocents is nationalism. Better give freedom to oppressors,' Faizan InaYati wrote back.