MMU To Explore Islamic Banking In Kashmir

Srinagar, Dec 27: Islamic scholars and clerics of Jammu and Kashmir Tuesday decided to organize a united and collective response to the problems facing the community in the Muslim majority state. Decision to the effect was taken at an extraordinary meeting of the newly formed Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (United Council of Scholars) presided over by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at Mirwaiz Manzil here.

As a first major step towards protection of faith against various onslaughts, a website, was launched by the Mirwaiz. Making use of modern technology, the website will boost the efforts to counter anti-Islamic activities, particularly those aimed at induced conversions.

Speaking at the meeting, Mirwaiz underscored the need to utilize technology and modern means of communication to “counter conversion attempts”. However, he made it clear that the movement for protection of faith was not against any minority community.

It may be recalled that a pastor was arrested recently on charges of converting seven Kashmiri youths to Christianity after its video clip went viral on social networking sites.

Mirwaiz said while the Islamic system of Baitul Maal (community financial institution) needed to be strengthened, earnest efforts were urgently required to be made to introduce Islamic banking in Kashmir. He urged the Reserve Bank of India and those associated with the banking system to play a positive role in removing various impediments in having the Islamic banking system here.

He said committees of financial experts would be formed to explore the possibilities of introducing Islamic banking in Muslim majority Jammu and Kashmir.

“The economic crisis in the United States and several European countries are because of the unbridled spending which has increased their debt liabilities. This has led economists all over the world revisit their financing systems and they have realized that Islamic system was the best for mankind,” Mirwaiz said.

Mirwaiz, who is also the chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference, expressed concern over the activities of Christian missionaries. “We should strive for creating Baitul Maal, to help the needy among us,” he said,

Expressing serious concern over the conspiracies to promote liquor sale in the valley, Mirwaiz demanded immediate cancellation of the licenses issued to some vendors either openly or clandestinely. “We will initiate steps under the Right to Information Act to identity such elements and liquor dealers,” he said.

He also appealed to religious scholars and preachers to play part in religious teachings and creating awareness about the fundamental tenets of Islam based on the Qur’an and the sayings of holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Darul Uloom Raheemiah proctor, Maulana Rahmatullah, urged the entire Muslim community to make a joint effort to counter the anti-Islamic and anti-Muslim activities of various elements. He voiced concern over the statement of a Minority Commission team after its visit to the valley recently, adding the MMU efforts were not against any minority community in the state.

Speakers at the meeting were unanimous in their resolve to unite the Muslim community on the basis of the commonality of faith. All the religious, social, charitable, educational and welfare organizations would pool their energies for the purpose.

Those present in the meeting included Sheikh-ul-Hadees, Darul Uloom Raheemiah, Mufti Nazir Ahmad Qasmi, Ittehadul Muslimeen patron, Maulana Muhammad Abbas Ansari, Jama’at-e-Islami’s advocate Zahid Ali, Jami’at-e-Ahli Hadees general-secretary, Abdur Rahman Bhat, Karvani Islami chief, Ghulam Rasool Hami, besides scholars, clerics and delegates from Jammu, Doda, Poonch, Rajouri, Banihal, and other areas of the region, and from all the valley districts.