Rally gets more support
VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS have extended support to the proposed rally by Muslims at Islamia Inter College on February 25 in protest against publication of objectionable cartoons of Prophet Mohammed in Danish newspapers.
The Backward Muslim Forum, the Bazm-e-Adab, the All India Muslim Majlis and the Alhera Education and Welfare Society have come out in support of the rally.
Talking to mediapersons, Samajwadi Party city unit president Zia-ul-Islam and city secretary Anwar Alam appealed to people to show restraint, while participating in the rally.
They said the cartoons were part of a deep-rooted conspiracy by the Western media to sully the image of Islam. They demanded that India recall its ambassador from Denmark.
Darul Husain Husainia manager Tahawwar Husain condemned lampooning of the Prophet and Hindu gods and goddesses. He appealed to the community members to participate in the rally. Members of the Backward Muslim Forum convened a meeting at the party office and decided that members of the community would wear black ribbons.
All their shops and trading centres will remain closed.
Meanwhile, Pesh Imam Shahi Jama Masjid Urdu Bazar Maulana Abdul Jalil Mazhari appealed to community members to ensure the success of the rally. He said madarsas and other educational institution would remain closed that day.
Muslims will reach Islamia College ground in groups led by Imams of the mosques of the respective localities.
Maulana Mazhari appealed for peace during these protests. He further said that the freedom of expression did not give anyone the right to hurt the feelings of any other community.