More than 120 UK Muslim scholars issue open letter to PM Modi over Kashmir lockdown

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More than 120 Muslim scholars from the UK have sent Prime Minister Narendra Modi an open letter calling for an immediate end to India’s lockdown of occupied Kashmir. 

The letter which was sent to the Indian High Commission in London earlier this week began by stating:

“This is an Open Letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, from the British Muslim Society of Scholars and Supporters. We are writing this letter so we can awaken human conscience to the suffering and plight of the Kashmiri people. The consequences of Mr Modi’s actions are grave indeed, and carry within them the possibility of huge loss of innocent lives, not just in the immediate theatre of conflict but far beyond. Great leaders have always been the ones who can find solutions to the most difficult situations, not those who create greater problems from situations they inherit, without doubt wisdom is the inheritance of the wise, and only the humble benefit from it. We advise you, dear reader, to read this letter with an open mind and heart, and evaluate the actions of the Indian state and their consequences for the wider human family, there’s no doubt that every soul shall return to his creator, and will be held accountable for what they sowed on earth.”

The letter went onto state:

“Dear Prime Minister Modi,

“We the undersigned, write to you following your unilateral revocation of articles 370 and 35A of the

“Indian Constitution, and the subsequent curfew banning phone, internet and free movement of the Kashmiri people and the arrest of all Kashmiri leadership. We are also cognisant of the Genocide alert issued by Dr. Gregory H. Stanton, Founder and President of Genocide Watch, on 15th August 2019, alerting the United Nations and its members that “Genocide Watch’s Ten Stages of the genocidal process are also far advanced”, in the case of Indian occupied Kashmir. We therefore demand that you:

  1. Outline a timetable for an immediate implementation of the United Nations resolution no.47, adopted by the Security Council on April 21, 1948. The basic formula for settlement was incorporated in the later resolutions. The provisions for these were negotiated thoroughly, through discussions under the auspices of U.N. Commission on India and Pakistan (UNCIP), and only after the consent of India and Pakistan, were these adopted by the U.N. Security Council. We remind you that it was Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru of India in 1948 who had sought the involvement of the United Nations. He had subsequently acknowledged the right of the Kashmiri people to determine their own destiny by stating in a report to the All India Congress Committee on July 6, 1951, ‘Kashmir has been wrongly looked upon as a prize for India or Pakistan. People seem to forget that Kashmir is not a commodity for sale or to be bartered. It has an individual existence and its people must be the final arbiters of their future.’ We ask you therefore to implement the promises made to the Kashmiri people for their right to determine their destiny through a plebiscite. We remind you to take heed of Mahatma Gandhi’s wise words, ‘the evolution of democracy is not possible if we are not prepared to hear the other side.’
  2. Ensure the immediate lifting of the curfew imposed on the Kashmiri people on 5th August 2019, thereby allowing them the right to telecommunications, internet, transport and free movement.
  3. Allow access to international media and allow Kashmiri leadership to travel freely within and outside Kashmir.
  4. Establish an independent Human Rights tribunal to investigate crimes against humanity – the mass rape, torture, disappeared persons, mass graves and extrajudicial killings by Indian army and paramilitary forces in occupied Kashmir.

“We wish to remind you that the path of hatred, division and violence that you have chosen for

“India will not end well. Here we quote the inaugural holder of the seat you represent, Jawaharlal Nehru, who stated …’those who choose the path of violence have no faith in democracy. If their way were to prevail, there would be complete chaos in the country and the conditions of the people would deteriorate even more.’ His words are prescient in the light of your actions in Kashmir and your dealings with Indians of minority faiths.

“We remind you of the words of Mahatma Gandhi, ‘First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.’ It is as if the Kashmiri peoples struggle of over 70 years for justice, dignity and self-determination, is in their final stage leading to freedom.

“We stand for justice and dignity of all human beings and share with you words of the Holy Qur’an, which states:

“O Believers! Be steadfast in standing firm for Allah, witnesses in justice; and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. But be just – that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is acquainted with what you do.” [Surah al Maa’idah: 8]

We pray that you will take heed and stop the injustice you are inflicting upon the Kashmiri people and other minorities within India.”

Signatories:

  1. Allamah Syed Shamsul Arifeen Shah, London
  2. Molana Mohammed Irfan Mujaddidi, London
  3. Imam Sudagar Hussain, Bradford
  4. Shaykh Noorud-Deen Rashid, Luton
  5. Shaykh Bilal Brown, Oldham
  6. Shaykh Asrar Rashid, Birmingham
  7. Molana Hafiz Mohammed Nisar Yaqoob, Oxford
  8. Imam Tasadduq H Siddiquie, Banbury
  9. Muftī Liaquat Zaman, Birmingham
  10. Shaykh Ismaeel De Silva, London
  11. Shaykh Shoaib Ahmed Mirpuri, Banbury
  12. Mufti Muhammad Maroof Subhani, Bolton
  13. Ustad Adeel Saeed, Bradford
  14. Imam Muhammad Hassnain Raza, Birmingham
  15. Shaykh Ahmed Tijani Ben Omar, USA
  16. Molana Hafiz Ehsan Qadiri, Sri Lanka
  17. Imam Wazir Noshahi, Banbury
  18. Imam Muhammed Asim Chishti, Birmingham
  19. Khwaja Sufi Abdul Razzaq Naqshbandi Aslami, Glasgow
  20. Molana Hadrat Muhammed Yusaf, Coventry
  21. Shaykh Muhammad Umar Ibn Ramadhan,
  22. Shaykh Peer Imran Abdali, Birmingham
  23. Shaykh Shahid Ali, Bradford
  24. Hazrat Khwaja Sufi Nur Muhammad Naqshbandi Aslami, Ashton Under Lyne
  25. Hazrat Allamah Maulana Shahbaz Ahmed Naqshbandi Aslami, Ashton Under Lyne
  26. Hazrat Maulana Junaid Shadpuri Naqshbandi Aslami, Blackburn
  27. Shaykh Rizwan Hussain Al-Azhari,
  28. Shaykh Muhammad Yaseen, Birmingham
  29. Mohammed Nabeel Afzal Qadri, Coventry
  30. Sufi Junaid Akhtar Naqshbandi, Birmingham
  31. Moulana Qazi Abid Naqshbandi, Bradford
  32. Imam Khalid Hussain, Leicester
  33. Imam Mohammed Umar Nawaz, Cardiff
  34. Shaykh Hassan Rabbani, Glasgow
  35. Allamah Shabir Hussain Rabbani, Glasgow
  36. Moulana Muhammad Faysal Yaqoob, Oldham
  37. Imam Ijaz Ahmad Shaami, Dudley
  38. Allama Hafiz Anayat Ali, Dudley
  39. Allama Hafiz Aziz Ur Rehman, Dudley
  40. Dr Ustaadh Shazad Khan, Leeds
  41. Imam Muhammad Ali Tanveer, Southampton
  42. Shaykh Ahmad Dabbagh, Ashton
  43. Imam Sadaqat Hussain, Sheffield
  44. Imam Hafiz Mohammed Jamil, Aylesbury
  45. Imam Gul Muhammad, Jamia Al Karam Retford
  46. Imam Adil Shahzad, Bradford
  47. Hafidh Gulam Sardar Qadri, Keighley
  48. Qari Abdul Rashid Naqashbandi Sidiqui, Dudley
  49. Hafiz Abdul Qadir Rizvi, Dudley
  50. Imam Mohammed Hammad, Coventry
  51. Allama Hafiz Zia Rasool, Peterborough
  52. Imam Hafiz Muhammad Usman Jhangir, Peterborough
  53. Sahibzada Pir Ahmed Raza Gaznavi Niarvi, Keighley
  54. Shaykh Mansoor Mahmood Al-Azhari, Kirkcaldy Scotland
  55. Imam Yousaf Qamar, Dudley
  56. Allamah Hafiz Anwar Qamar, Dudley
  57. Maulana Muhammad Waleed, Walsall
  58. Mawlana Shazad Ahmad Qadri, Bury
  59. Imam Atiq Hussain Qadri, Oldham
  60. Allama Hafiz Rafiq Chisiti, Birmingham
  61. Allama Hafiz Aslam Khan, Stockton On Tees
  62. Mawlana Hasan Nizami, Blackburn
  63. Mawlana Ansir Qadri Jillani, Manchester
  64. Mufti Muhammad Khan Qadri, Trustee Markazi Jamati Ahli Sunnat UK And Overseas
  65. Molana Saleem Qadri, Southampton
  66. Molana Mahboob Hussain, Jamia Al Karam Retford
  67. Allama Qazi Abdul Aziz Chishti, Luton
  68. Syed Ahmed Hussain Tirmizi, Halifax
  69. Allama Farooq Ahmed Chishti, Birmingham
  70. Allama Sahibzada Barkat Ahmed Chishti, Birmingham
  71. Sahibzada Zia Ul Mustafa, Luton
  72. Ustad Muhamamd Amar, Hownslow
  73. Allama Hasan Akhtar Al Azhar, Bedford
  74. Allama Hamid Qudoos Hashmi, Oldbury
  75. Imam Hafiz Muhammad Aqeel, Birmingham
  76. Imam Amar Hafiz, Rotherham
  77. Imam Summon Hussain, Reading
  78. Muhammad Hassnain Raza, Birmingham
  79. Hafiz Niaz Ahmad Siddiqee, Birmingham
  80. Imam Muhammad Husnain Al-Bakri As-Siddiqi, Chesham
  81. Mawlana Haroon Raza, Birmingham
  82. Sahibzada Pir Syed Hafiz Muhammad Haider Tirmezi, Halifax
  83. Allama Hafiz Qari Abdul Rasool Haqani, Manchester
  84. Imam Imran Muhammad, Bolton
  85. Imam Abbas Ashra, Leicester
  86. Allama Atif Jabbar Hadrey, Oldbury
  87. Allama Mohammed Ramzan Fazie, Dudley
  88. Imam Irfan Chishti, Rochdale (Jamia Chashtiah Masjid)
  89. Shaykh Abu Waleed, Oldham
  90. Hafiz Arshad Mahmood, Oldham
  91. Allama Pir Syed Ghulam Dastagir Shah, Halifax
  92. Allama Mufti Abdul Samee Sahib, Halifax
  93. Allama Hafiz Sharafat Sultani Sahib, Bradford
  94. Qari Muhammad Bilal, Oldham
  95. Molana Raja Inam Ul Haq, London
  96. Moulana Sayed Imraan Shah Ziyaee, South Africa
  97. Imam Muhammad Mubashir Iqbal, Rochdale
  98. Shaykh Amjad Mahmood, Birmingham
  99. Shaykh Mohammed Naveed Ashrafi, Blackburn Mufti Abdul Qadeer, Peterborough
  100. Mufti Mahmood Akhtar Alvi, Peterborough
  101. Allama Hafiz Musaddaq Shaheen, Peterborough
  102. Imam Qari Muhammad Munir, Peterborough
  103. Hafiz Muhammad Shaffiq, Peterborough
  104. Hazrat Khwaja Sufi Muhammad Hanif, Luton
  105. Hafiz Ishtiaq Qadri, London
  106. Mufti Umar Khatab Sahib, Southampton
  107. Shaykh Tanveer Hussain, High Wycombe
  108. Dr Musharraf Hussain, Nottingham
  109. Hafiz Mazhar Hashmi, Dudley
  110. Imam Husnain Yaqoob, Nottingham
  111. Allama Ayub Chisti, Blackburn
  112. Shaykh Allama Syed Riaz, Brierfield
  113. Shaykh Mufti Aslam Bandyalvi, Bradford
  114. Maulana M. Hayaat R. Khan, Bradford
  115. Qari Shah Mohammad Noori, Birmingham
  116. Mufti Ansar Ul Qadri, Bradford
  117. Allama Mufti Saqib-Ul-Qadri Shaami, Oldham
  118. Allama Shaykh Syed Zafar Ullah Shah, Birmingham
  119. Molana Muhammad Usman, Birmingham
  120. Syed Tariq Shah, Birmingham
  121. Imam Sameer Ashraf, Bristol
  122. Imam Muhammad Yasir Al-Hanafi, Aylesbury
  123. Imam Muhammad Habibur Rahman Khan, Sheffield
  124. Imam Usman Saqibi, Jamia Ghosia Masjid, Blackburn
  125. Allama Pir Muhammad Abdul Raheem Aser, Leeds
  126. Sahibzada Muhammad Zeeshan Asad, Leeds
  127. The Right Honourable The Lord Ahmed
  128. Sahibzada Suhail Ahmed Qadri, Na’at Khawaan/TV Personality