Also asks for boycott of Naib Imam Eidgah
TAKING THE battle further into the camp of the Muslim Wahabi sect, Mufti Abdul Mannan Kalimi of Moradabad, who belongs to Sunni sect, today issued a ‘fawta’ (edict) against Osama bin Laden. Calling all Wahabis ‘non-Muslim’, Kalimi said if Laden was also a Wahabi he was not a Muslim. The mufti also gave the call for boycott of clerics of Firangi Mahal Lucknow, including Naib Imam Eidgah Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahli.
Kalimi, who shot into limelight after his controversial ‘nikah fatwa’ for the villagers of Ahraula (Moradabad) last week, told newsmen here that since Wahabis had been excommunicated from Islam more than a century ago and “anybody, including Bin Laden, who believes in this sect is not follower of Islam”.
Kalimi said, “I have not met Bin Laden but if he is a Wahabi, he is out of the realm of Islam”.
Bin Laden’s belief in Wahabism is a well-know fact.
Kalimi also announced that Lucknow-based Nadwatul Uloom and seminary in Deoband had been working against the interest of Islam. “They are worst than Salman Rushdie,” Kalimi fumed. Referring to his ‘fatwa’ about fresh Nikah for the villagers of Ahraula, who had offered Namaz-e-Janaza (prayer after death) behind a Wahabi, Kalimi said it was not a new edict but reiteration of a century-old decree issued by Maulana Ahmad Raza Barielvi against Wahabis and Deobandis.
Delving into history of Sunni-Wahabi tussle in India, Kalimi said Maulana Raza had gathered the ‘ulema’ (clerics) on a platform against followers of Abdul Wahab, founder of Wahabi movement in Saudi Arabia.
Kalimi, calling upon the people to launch movement against Nadwa and Deoband schools, said they had subscribed a book ‘Taqviatul Emaan’ (firmness of faith) in their syllabus which was highly derogatory to Islam and Prophet Muhammad.
He said Sunnis believed that clerics of Firangi Mahal had faith in Barielvi maslak (sect) but Khalid Rashid’s reaction against last week edict had exposed him. Kalimi said Khalid Rashid had joined Deoband faith. Kalimi also accused Rashid of creating confusion in the community.