Islam says Nupur Sharma should be forgiven: Jamaat Ulama-e-Hind while disagreeing with nation-wide protests

New Delhi: 

After facing extreme backlash from the Islamic groups over making derogatory comments on Prophet Mohammad, Jamaat Ulama-e-Hind president Suhaib Qasmi on Sunday said suspended Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nupur Sharma should be forgiven as per Islam. 

Qasmi said, “Islam says Nupur Sharma should be forgiven. We disagree with the protest that started across the country after Friday prayers against Nupur Sharma and her derogatory remarks.”

The Islamic outfit on Sunday held a press conference in the national capital regarding Nupur Sharma’s objectionable remarks where it asserted that the organisation of Muslim scholars disagreed with the nationwide protests in wake of her remarks. 

Apart from this, Jamaat Ulama-e-Hind also welcomed the decision of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to suspend Sharma. “We are welcoming the decision of the law because India is the law of the land and we are not going to take the law into our hands. The law does not allow to come on the road and break the rule,” said Qasmi. 

Jamaat Ulama-e-Hind has decided to issue a ‘fatwa’ through which it will urge people not to support any kind of violence in connection with Nupur Sharma and her remarks. “The fatwa will come against Asaduddin Owaisi and Mohammad Madani,” the Jamaat said.

Jamaat Ulama-e-Hind also appealed to the government to investigate several Muslim organizations and their funding and said it will not allow other Muslim organizations to incite violence.

Sharma had earlier made comments on the messenger of Islam during a debate on the Gyanvapi issue on an English news channel led to her suspension from the saffron party and a number of protests condemning her remarks. 

During the protests, even an effigy of the expelled BJP leader was hanged in Karnataka. Meanwhile, a Kashmir-based YouTuber posted a digitally recreated graphic video online that showed him beheading an effigy of Sharma. The user deleted the video later while also issued a fresh video apologising for his action.

Sharma’s comments also attracted global criticism especially from the Gulf countries. The 57-member OIC had raised concerns against the “systematic harassment of minorities in India”.

However, India ‘categorically rejected’ the claims and said, the Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “We have seen the statement on India from the General Secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Government of India categorically rejects OIC Secretariat’s unwarranted and narrow-minded comments.”

On apologising on behalf of India, some political leaders asked why should India apologise as a nation for hate comments made by BJP’s ‘bigots’.  Telangana Minister K T Rama Rao said “PM Narendra Modi Ji, Why should India as a country apologise to international community for the hate speeches of BJP bigots? It is BJP that should apologise; not India as a Nation Your party should first apologise to Indians at home for spewing and spreading hatred day in day out.”


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