SRINAGAR — Strongly reacting against the administration’s approval of the proposal for the sale of alcohol, Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU), the representative amalgam of religious social and educational organizations of Kashmir, rejected and condemned it, saying that Kashmir being a Muslim majority place, such directives show utter disregard for the tenants of Islam which deeply hurts the sentiments of Muslims in J&K.
Open sale of alcohol in departmental stores will further promote addiction which is a major issue in Kashmir, especially among our youth, something that the authorities also claim to be concerned about. “It will also encourage immoral behaviour,” the MMU said in the statement.
While the consumption of alcohol is banned in many states of India, why is it being encouraged here? MMU asked the authorities. Government should immediately withdraw this proposal and policy on alcohol and drug use in Kashmir, MMU said.
Meanwhile, Majlis Ulema expressed strong resentment against the NIA raid on the house of its Deputy Ameer Moulana Rehmatullah Mir Qasmi, the Naazim-e-Aala (chief administrator) of Darul Uloom Raheemiya Bandipora.
Moulana Rehmatullah sahib is not only a religious scholar of high repute and a dignified and highly respected personality of Jammu and Kashmir, but also the spiritual leader of a large section of people who revere him and harassment of such a person is shameful and unacceptable, MMU said.
“Such behaviour and harassment by investigative agencies, first towards the founder and patron of the Majlis, Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir Moulvi Muhammad Umar Farooq, and since then continuing with other Ulemas and Muslim religious personalities, is aimed at scaring them so that they are stopped from safeguarding the interests of the Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir and its Muslim character is undermined,” the statement added
These acts of intimidation of scholars, imams and preachers should be stopped, MMU said, adding that all arrested scholars and preachers including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq should be released.
The constituent organisations of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema include Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid Srinagar, Darul Uloom Raheemiya Bandipora, Grand Mufti’s Muslim Personal Law Board, Anjuman Shari’an Shiaan, Jamiat Ahle Hadeeth, Jama’at-e-Islami, Karwaan-e-Islami, Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen, Anjuman Himayat-ul-Islam, Anjuman Tabligh-e-Islam, Jamiat Hamadaniyah, Anjuman Ulema-e-Ahnaf, Darul Uloom Qasmiya, Darul Uloom Bilaliya, Anjuman Nusrat-ul-Islam, Anjuman Mazhar-ul-Haq, Jamiat-ul-Aima Wa Ulema, Anjuman Aima Wa Mashaaikh Kashmir, Darul Uloom Naqshbandiya, Darul Uloom Rasheediya.
Ahl-e-Bayt Foundation, Madrasa Kanz-ul-Uloom, Peerwan-e-Wilaayat, Auqaf Islamia Khirram Sirhama, Bazm-e-Tawheed Ahl-e-Hadeeth Trust, Anjuman Tanzeem-al-Makatib, Muhammadi Trust, Anjuman Anwar-ul-Islam, Karwaan-e-Khatam-e-Nabuwat, Darul Uloom Syed Al Mursaleen, Anjuman Ulema Wa Aima Masaajid, Falah Dareen Trust Welfare Society Islamabad, Idara Wahdatul Makatib, Darul Uloom Natipora Srinagar and other contemporary religious, social and educational associations are also part of Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema.