NEW DELHI: Dismissing UK Labour MP Naz Shah’s remarks on human rights in India, Indian scholar Maulana Shahabuddin Razvi Bareilvi said that Muslims here live in peace and any interference by a foreign nation in India’s internal matter is unwarranted.
Confronting the UK MP’s comments, Razvi, Director of Islamic Research Center, said that the statement by the UK parliamentarian is irresponsible. Lauding India for being unbiased towards the Muslim minority in the country, Razvi added, “In India, all the Muslims live in peace and tranquillity, we do not face any discrimination of any kind in our country.” “We carry out Namaz, Azaan, Jalsa.. all with complete freedom. No one faces any problem. As far as Kashmir is concerned, it is an integral part of India and will remain so forever,” he stated.
“All the Indian Muslims believe that Jammu and Kashmir was, is and will always be a part of India. There is no conflict of thoughts regarding this. Muslims are happy in India. We want prosperity in India which is one of the most developing nations,” Razvi noted.
He urged UK MP and Pakistan to not speak in any of the internal matters of India, adding “we do not accept interference in Kashmir’s matter or Hijab issue…we do not accept any interference of a foreign nation”.
Razvi’s remarks came in response to the UK MP’s tweet “I urge @BorisJohnson to read my thread, to stand up for human rights and stop embarrassing us on the international front with his ignorance. Bulldozing homes of minority Muslims in India, amid rising tensions is serious!.”
Meanwhile, Maulana Shahabuddin Razvi Bareilvi has urged religious bodies to take note of the Supreme Court and reduce the decibel of loudspeakers to a “permissible” level.
“There is a necessity to think about the matter of loudspeaker volume coming from mosques and temples. Being a religious scholar, I request everyone should take note of the Supreme Court guidelines and reduce the volume of loudspeakers”, said Maulana Shahabuddin who is also Secretary-General of All India Tanzeem Ulama-e-Islam.He added, “No one needs to feel insulted as there will be no harm to their dignity. Rather it will be good for our society and favourable to the people living in cities and villages”.The Supreme Court’s June 2005 order had banned the use of loudspeakers and music systems in public between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. (except in cases of public emergencies), citing the serious effects of noise pollution on the health of those residents who live in such areas.Maulana Shahabuddin Razvi Bareilvi said in his video statement, “Lot of problems are being faced due to loudspeakers, so there is no harm in reducing the volume. In some mosques, like Jama Masjid Al Shams at Mira Road in Mumbai, the mosque’s trustee Muzaffar Hussain has made a beginning”.He added, “Similarly, the ulemas of various mosques in Mumbai in a meeting have decided to fix the noise level of loudspeakers at the permissible level during ‘Azaan’. They have already implemented it. Similarly, I request all the people that they themselves should decrease the volume so that we can ease noise pollution”.Several religious organisations and members of the Muslim community are appealing to the mosque trustees to abide by the Supreme Court guidelines related to playing loudspeakers at religious places.The issue of Azaan giving on loudspeakers has been gaining traction ever since MNS chief Raj Thackeray gave an ultimatum for the removal of loudspeakers at mosques by May 3. (ANI)