Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Know Your Eminences- II: Shahi Imam who?

A pious muslim once said:
"We were rulers here for 800 years. Inshaallah, we shall return to power here once again.''
"I do not want that Kashmir should remain in India."
"I am the biggest agent of Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI in India and if Indian Government dares to arrest him, it will see the consequences."

But then, this was not some fanatic on the fringes...

This was 12th Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid.

A very important man.

And a very powerful man.

Powerful enough to bravely attend the funeral of two terrorists when their very own families stayed away:

And from the google cache of Rajya Sabha website, quoting S.S.Ahluwahlia:

SHRI S.S. AHLUWALIA: The Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Delhi, Abdulla Bukhari convened a mass meeting in Ramlila Grounds on 21st April, 2000. It was named as "Majhab Bachao Rally". I felt very much aggrieved to hear his speech. His speech should be condemned in severest terms. I am a nationalist Sikh. His utterances have deeply hurt the feelings of each and every citizen of India. His speech smacks of treason. Shri Abdulla Bukhari has openly stated in his speech that he is the biggest agent of Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI in India and if Indian Government dares to arrest him, it will see the consequences.

When the religious head of the sacred Jama Masjid says this thing before a gathering of thousands of people, he is harming the country and also the people who are being represented by him. The Muslim society has a respectable place in this country. There is a long list of those Muslims in this country whose rich contribution to our religious, cultural, literacy and social heritage makes every Indian feel proud of them. Even the Islam would not approve these anti-motherland speeches of the Shahi Imam. The Shahi Imam in his speech made at the Ramlila ground has said that there is the Indian forces’ hand in the killing of 35 innocent people in Chatti Singh Pura. I disagree to it. Such activities fan the communal passions. If we do not check such speeches, we will find that the communal passions are waiting in the wings to disintegrate the country into many pieces.

And now, some unconfirmed reports:
1) From
"In an interview to a Delhi-based daily 'Shahi' Imam of Jama Masjid, Sayed Ahmed Bukhari, has gone to the extent of saying that now he did not want Kashmir to remain a part of India. "Ab hu nahim chahate kashmir Hindustan je saath rahe. Mera zamir isko bardast nahin karta (Now I do not want that kashmir should remain in India. My conscience does not allow it)". He added that he wanted at least one Muslim dominaed state in India."

2) From
On April 8, 1988 Shahi Imam of Jamia Masjid, Delhi, delivered a speech after a Friday prayer congregation in a mosque in Anantnag. He blew up all the laws and practices of the Constitution of India by his bigotry. The congregated Kashmiri Muslims were advised to take up arms in the name of Jehad. He even blessed the birth right of Kashmiris to have an Islamic state while creating a pro-Pakistan atmosphere. While supporting the Muslim youhts, fight for their rights, Imam Sahib equated them with true Muslims meaning thereby that a true Muslim is he who is anti-India, who treats Islam higher than the nation and who snap their ties with the country's culture, history and traditions.

No wonder, when such desha-bhaktas die, our leaders glorious tributes to this great persona:

President Pratibha Patil and Vice-President Hamid Ansari have condoled the death. Mr. Ansari said the Shahi Imam would remain a lasting exemplar of selfless service and had an impressive record of religious service to the people.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit described him as a great Islamic scholar who raised his voice to protect the interests of the poor. Pradesh Congress Committee president J.P. Agarwal said the former Shahi Imam had a deep bond with the capital and he respected all religions.

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