All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen has appealed to the Shahar Qazi of Bhopal to urge imams (head clerics) across the state to condemn the Islamic State of Iraq and the Syria (ISIS) in their address during Friday prayers.
“We have personally met and handed over a letter urging the Shahar Qazi to ask all imams in the state to clearly inform the youth that ISIS is anti-Islamic and that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism,” said Mufti Aamir Jamal, Bhopal-unit head of AIMIM, adding that ISIS is a terrorist organisation that has nothing to do with Islam, and they use Islamic slogans only to mislead Muslim youth.
Shahar Qazi Syed Mushtaq Ali Nadwi has agreed in principle, Jamal said.
According to media reports, Muslims in India too are being lured by ISIS, prompting the AIMIM to intervene, calling on clerics to openly condemn the extremist group during the Friday prayers attended by a large number of youth.
“Head clerics address the gathering before the Friday prayers – known as Khutba (address). As Muslims hold imams in high regard and take their sermons seriously, their message would be very inspiring and path-guiding to the youth,” said Jamal.
Shahar Qazi Nadwi acknowledged that he had received the letter from AIMIM and was considering taking it forward.