Religious leaders deliberate on ‘motivated’ conversions; Mirwaiz for monitoring mechanism in Missionary Schools

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By: Manzoor-ul-Hassan
Srinagar, Nov 21: Valley’s head priest and Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Monday asserted that monitoring mechanism in schools including missionary institutions would prevent children from apostasy.
“Previously the missionary schools would focus entirely on educational and social upliftment of students that had benefited us a lot. But now they involve themselves in missionary work through different NGOs to convert Muslim youth to Christianity. We have documentary evidences to prove that, so we need to check what is happening in these schools,” Mirwaiz said addressing a conference of religious leaders at Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal here.
“We received many complaints from parents that there has been a change in the curriculum of these schools that teach students in the way of certain religion. So there is a need to monitor the schools to stop them from any unethical or irreligious activity. We will summon heads of all missionary schools of valley to discuss the matter.”
“This is the issue about our identity and existence that we won’t tolerate,” he said.
Mirwaiz further said that luring people by offering money, admissions and jobs would never be accepted here. “Islam also says that everyone has the right to preach his religion but if you lure people by offering money, admissions and other things that is unacceptable,” he said.
On the occasion, the religious leaders from different groups deliberated on the issue of conversions. They passed a resolution that a core committee would be formulated to decide the future course of action.
“The committee will discuss different issues and formulate the action plan to counter the conversions,” Mirwaiz said.
While stressing on strengthening the Bait-ul-Maal system in the valley, he said, “We should take care of the poor and destitute through our Islamic financial system.”
Mirwaiz appealed the people to keep proper check on the activities of their children. “Conversions are not the only concern we share but things like drug abuse, moral waywardness are other areas the parents should keep a check on,” he said.
Mirwaiz said that any decision on the fate of pastor CM Khanna, presently under arrest on charges of conversions, will only be decided by the Grand Mufti. “Mufti Bashir-ud-din is looking after the issue and he will take a decision on that,” he added.
Besides others, representatives of Jamat-e-Islami, Jamiat Ahlihadith, Anjumam-e-Tableegul Islam, Anjum-e-Sharayie Shian, Jamait Hamdani J&K, Karwan-e-Islami, Islamic Study Circle and religious heads of various Darul Ulooms and religious schools of the valley spoke on the occasion.

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