Archive for July, 2011

Spreading Rumours, Sowing hate.

31 July 2011
The rumour industry in our country is very active and thriving. Recently a friend shared an email that he had received through chain mail forwards from his circle. It had an attachment which purpotedly showed a Fatwa issued by Darul Uloom Deoband. He doubted its authenticity.
Similar news had appeared reportedly in two Nagpur based publications (17 July 2011), Yugdharma in Hindi, and Paran Nagari in Marathi. Google search did not throw up any websites of either publication. However, NagpurPeople.Com has a web page that mentions Yugdharma. Therefore, if similar news items had indeed appeared or not in these publications could not be confirmed. However, Darul Uloom Deoband had issued a categorical denial that this *mischievous Fatwa* has been issued by them. The statement is found on its website, and has been reproduced below. One needs to be very careful about such diabolic acts aimed at spreading hate, insecurity, and suspicions. One may be faithful to any religion, but when it comes to modern news factory, one needs to be a die hard sceptic – distrust every news until proved trustworthy.

Attempts to Defame Darul Uloom Deoband by False Emails

Darul Uloom Deoband Condemns the Conspiracy of the Communalists

Deoband: 17 July 2011
Nowadays, pre-planned conspiracies are going on in India against Muslims so that the Hindu-Muslim unity is sabotaged and the communal elements are free to enact their agenda. There is an email message floating on internet in which attempts are made to defame the world-renowned Islamic University of Muslims, Darul Uloom Deoband. The email is from a forged organization named Tahreek-e-Taliban Hindustan” and it reads:  “This Country ‘India’ was never a nation of Hindus. It was ruled and governed by Muslims for hundreds of years. And we the students of Tahreek-e-Taliban-Hindusthan, demand that the Muslim majority areas should be and must be ruled according to the Sharia Law. Therefore we pass this verdict from today onwards that all the non-Muslim living in Muslim majority areas should start paying ‘JIZYA’- A tax that every non-Muslim has to pay to Live and Work under Muslims.”
The so-called organization Tahreek-e-Taliban Hindustan” is using the name of Darul Uloom Deoband for its mischievous interests. It is absolutely wrong and unfounded. The authorities of Darul Uloom Deoband consider this statement as baseless and a plot of the communalists. Maulana Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, Acting Mohtamim of Darul Uloom Deoband and other responsible personalities here in Darul Uloom Deoband see it as a conspiracy to defame Darul Uloom Deoband. They appeal to the intellectual class of the country to study the history of communal harmony of Darul Uloom. The celebrated freedom leader of Darul Uloom Deoband ‘Shaikhul Hind Hadhrat Maulana Mahmoodul Hasan‘ believed that Hindu-Muslim unity was necessary to free the country. Later in 1912, they declared freedom of India and set up Govt. of India in exile in Kabul and elected Raja Mahindara Paratap Singh as the first President of the country. The famous Indian Historians like Dr Tara Chand, Dr Ishwari Prasad and Dr K M Panikkar have acknowledged in their books the social and political services of Darul Uloom Deoband.
Therefore this pre-planned conspiracy of the so-called “Tahreek-e-Taliban Hindustan” aims to break up the unity and harmony of the country so that the communal forces could reap its benefits. The authorities of Darul Uloom express their concern and anger against this campaign and eye this baseless propaganda against the wider interest of the country. All the responsible personalities of Darul Uloom have condemned this statement openly and called it mischievous and baseless propaganda.
Darul Uloom has very splendid history of Hindu-Muslim unity. The people attached to it have given tremendous sacrifices day and night in order to free this country. Darul Uloom Deoband appeals to the government of India to unveil this mischievous conspiracy and find out those who are behind it. The Indian intelligence should find out those who attribute such baseless statements to Darul Uloom so that the conspiracies of communalists could go in vain. The national harmony in the country is the need of the hour and it cannot be given up in any case. The communal elements are busy to disturb the harmony of the country with these false names.
It is imperative to note that such types of news have recently been published in the Hindi newspapers like “Yug Dharm” Nagpur on 16th of July, and the Marathi newspaper “Paran Nagri” Nagpur that show the mischievous planning of communalists. The newspapers of Nagpur called it the Fatwa of Darul Uloom that is totally wrong and baseless.
Therefore, the Indian government should take necessary measures in this regard.

Issued by: VC Office, Darul Uloom Deoband