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Muslim Leaders Call for Palestinians Rights

Bengaluru, October 22, 2023: In a joint statement, heads of various Muslim organisations of Karnataka on Sunday expressed deep anguish at the situation prevailing in Palestine, especially Gaza.

The statement said, “We express our deep anguish at the situation in Palestine especially Gaza. We condemn the continued destruction of innocent human lives, more so of women and children. Blockade of the supply of water, food, medicine and electricity to the Gazans is condemnable. We also condemn the bombing of residential areas and attempts to evacuate the people from there.

Reminding that the Zionist government has been displacing the Palestinians from their homes and lands for 70 years continuously, the statement lamented, “The original inhabitants of Palestine are being tortured barbarically. In complete violation of all the international laws, the Zionists are expanding their new settlements on Palestine lands. It is regularly desecrating the Aqsa Mosque. The aggressive moves of the Zionist government are deterrent to restoration of peace in the area.

The signatories to the statement urged the international forces to “come into action immediately to stop bloodshed in Palestine. It is inevitable to ensure the restoration of rights of Palestinians and enforce international laws in order to establish perpetual peace in the area.”

They also urged the authorities in India “to use their good offices for reacquisition of the due rights of Palestinian people, complying our policy of anti-imperialism and Palestine friendship which has been advocated from the times of Gandhi and Vajpayee, which has recently been reiterated by our External Affairs Ministry too.”

They appealed to the Muslim community to express solidarity and brotherhood with the Palestinians in true Islamic spirit. “Hold special prayers for the Palestinians and join hands with all fellow countrymen who stand for justice and peace to do whatever possible, within the framework of law and the Constitution, in order to restore the rights of Palestinians and Al Aqsa Mosque and end the aggression of Israel,” they said.

The signatories included Amir-e-Shariat Sagheer Ahmed Khan Rashadi; President of Jamiat ul Ulema Karnataka Ifteqar Ahmed Qasmi; Imam Jamia Masjid City, Maqsood Imran Rashadi; President Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Dr. Belgami Mohammed Saad; Rector Jamia Maseehul Uloom Shoiabulla Khan Miftahi; Founder member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board Mustafa Rifaee; Syed Shabbir Nadwi of Naseh Foundation; Waheeduddin Khan Umri, Nazim Majlis ul Ulema; Zulfiqar Noori, Imam of Jamia Bilal; Abdur Raheem Rashadi, President Jamiat ul Ulema; Aijaz Nadwi, Imam of Char Minar Masjid; Mohammed Aslam, Nzim Jamiat Ahle Hadis, Manzoor Raza Abdi from Masjid-e-Askari; Abdul Qader Wajid, president Sunni Jamiat ul Ulema; Baqar Arshad Qasmi, President All India Milli Council; Zeeshan Aqeel, President Students Islamic Organisation of India, Karnataka.

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