Geelani calls for Tackling ‘Emotional Youth’ Peacefully with Wisdom
Srinagar: Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday after he was stopped from participating in Eid-ul-Fitr prayers at Eidgah warned people to be aware of the “dirty tricks employed to weaken struggle”.
Addressing a group of visitors at his fortified Hyderpora residence, 89-year-old All Parties Hurriyat Conference chief said that Kashmiri youth need to understand that “it is their responsibility that they have to lead the nation and for that they need to tread the right path”.
“But we see some youth raise slogans which are not according to our Islamic belief and our past traditions,” he said in an apparent reference to waving of black flags and “Shariat/Shahadat” sloganeering.
“People should not follow such sloganeering,” he asserted, “but people should neither fight with such youth.”
In a few recent happenings, some youth are seen waving “black flags” and raising slogans favouring ISIS – the so-called Islamic State – which has angered the common populace in Kashmir.
Geelani said that these “youth have to be made understood with all wisdom that this sloganeering is not right”.
“Our struggle is for Azaadi barai Islam (Freedom for (establishment of system based on Islam) and these youth should know that Kashmiris do not accept any other sloganeering which aims to hurt their interests,” he explained.
Geelani, who holds a command on Islamic Fiqh and Shariah, questioned as how “can Islamic system be established in J&K when it is under occupation of India”.
“When we are yet slaves, how can we implement Shariat? What is the need for such slogans at this point of time? How can Shariat be established when we are slaves?” he questioned and asked, “Or can it happen?”
Lambasting “such forces”, Geelani cited an example to support his argument: “we have been demanding ban on alcohol in Kashmir but government is even not accepting that. It is a small thing. Now, when this (small) thing does not happen, how can we establish deen (religion of Islam) under such circumstances when we are mere slaves.”
Geelani said that people need to ponder over this thought (sloganeering). “How can we establish deen under Indian occupation?”
“But,” Geelani prayed, “this is my appeal to people that we do not have to pick fights with such misleading youth. These youth need to be made understood in a wise manner.”
Geelani argued that such misleading actions were being managed by “agencies”. “(There are) such agencies that people even don’t have any idea of,” he cautioned.
“Tricks of these (agencies) who believe in falsehood are so strong that even mountains are shaken meaning that we must remain aware of tricks planted by oppressors and wrong doers,” he explained quoting holy verses for holy Qur’an.
Quoting ‘Poet of East’ Dr Sir Muhammad Iqbal’s couplet “Moot hai ik sakht-tar jis ka ghulami hai naam – Makro-fanay kashgi kaash samajta Ghulam”, the APHC chief said, “(Dr) Iqbal (RA), in heart wrenching voice, tells us that slaves do not understand these tricks.”
He said that those people who are responsible for such “Shariat/Shahadat” slogans are backed by “agencies”. “If such things continue it may lead us to civil war and our fight for freedom will die,” he warned.
“That is what India wants,” he said. “India wants that Kashmiris should fight among themselves and they would watch it and (that) their forcible occupation of Kashmir would be stabilised.”
But, Geelani asserted, “I want to tell my people: don’t be saddened whatever the situation. Whatever be amount of oppression and brutality; be it continuous detention of myself and Masarat Alam Bhat since 2010… don’t lose hope!”
Geelani emphasized on the commitment of people. “What is required of us is commitment and steadfastness,” he said. “We need to strengthen our ranks instead of diving people on sectarian lines.”
The octogenarian Hurriyat Conference leader, who has been detained in his Hyderpora home since 2010, said that people must pray for “our people who have been detained in various jails”.
“The only reason for keeping our leaders including Masarat Alam Bhat – jailed since 2010 – in jails is to make them surrender,” he observed. “But we need to pray for them so that Allah gives them power of steadfastness.”
Without naming any religious group, Geelani said that some people were inviting people “to their sects”. “What is this? This only helps occupation,” he said.
Insisting on youth to read “Tafheem-ul-Qur’an”, Geelani said, “Qur’an is a system; this holy book has not been sent only for Namaz and Fasting but it has brought us a system which must dominate the globe.”