Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

Sal­man Nadvi’s let­ter to ISIS chief causes alarm

- M Hasan

A let­ter writ­ten by se­nior cleric of Darul Uloom Nad­watul Ulama (pop­u­larly known as Nadwa) in Luc­know Maulana Sal­man Hus­saini Nadvi to ISIS chief Abu Bakra al-Bagh­dadi has caused alarm in the se­cu­rity es­tab­lish­ment in the coun­try. Nadwa is coun­try’s most re­spected Is­lamic sem­i­nary.

In his let­ter, the cleric has praised the suc­cess of ISIS in Iraq. Pray­ing for the safety of al-Bagh­dadi, who has de­clared him­self “Caliph”, the cleric wrote: “un­der your lead­er­ship the flag of Is­lam would fly high”. Call­ing the ISIS chief as Am­mirul Mom­i­neen (leader of Mus­lims), Sal­man Nadvi said: “I have come to know about your pure Is­lamic ap­proach”. The two-page un­signed let­ter is full of praise of al-Bagh­dadi and his mis­sion.

Talk­ing to HT, Sal­man Nadvi said since he did not have ad­dress of the “caliph” he had cir­cu­lated it on the so­cial me­dia so that it could reach the right place. The cleric also ap­pre­ci­ated Fri­day (July 4) prayer speech of alBagh­dadi, which was re­port­edly de­liv­ered at a mosque in Mo­sul. Sal­man Nadvi said he had writ­ten the let­ter be­cause of al-Bagh­dadi’s achieve­ments


ZAFARYAB JI­LANI, se­nior mem­ber AIMPLB

in Iraq.

Ex­press­ing con­fi­dence that Iraqi Sun­nis were with ISIS, Sal­man Nadvi, who is grand­son of well-known Nadwa rec­tor and for­mer pres­i­dent of All In­dia Mus­lim Per­sonal Law Board (AIMPLB) late Abul Hasan Ali Nadvi (pop­u­larly known as Ali Miyan), said “your clean and pi­ous char­ac­ter is worth praise”. He also crit­i­cized Iraqi Prime Min­is­ter Nouri Ma­liki. Sal­man Nadvi hoped that un­der al-Bagh­dadi lead­er­ship jus­tice would pre­vail.

The let­ter, which has cre­ated flut­ter on the so­cial me­dia, has also caused alarm in state and cen­tral in­tel­li­gence ser­vices. Highly placed IB sources said that more in­for­ma­tion was be­ing col­lected about the cleric. Sources said the let­ter had as­sumed sig­nif­i­cance in the light of four Mum­bai-based youths re­port­edly land­ing in Iraq to fight along with the ISIS.

A se­nior UP po­lice of­fi­cer on the con­di­tion of anonymity said: “it is in­deed alarm­ing”.

It may be men­tioned that dur­ing the last budget ses­sion, chief min­is­ter Akhilesh Ya­dav had told the state as­sem­bly that 34 districts had ISI-sup­ported sleep­ing ter­ror mod­ules.

The let­ter has also cre­ated un­ease among Mus­lim cler­ics. Imam of Eidgah Luc­know Khalid Rashid Fi­rangi Mahli re­fused to com­ment on the is­sue. It is learnt and se­nior cler­ics of Nadwa were also un­happy over the de­vel­op­ment.

Se­nior ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber of AIMPLB and additional ad­vo­cate gen­eral Zafaryab Ji­lani, how­ever, con­demned the let­ter. “Such a let­ter was not in the in­ter­est of the coun­try as it would un­nec­es­sar­ily cause Shia-Sunni ten­sion”.

Prom­i­nent Shia cleric Syed Ali Nasir Say­eed Abaqati alias Agha Roohi said: “it could serve as fod­der to ter­ror el­e­ments in the coun­try and the NDA govern­ment should take note of it.”

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