Azad joins Rushdie, Nasreen in blasphemy

Mufti-e-Azam Kashmir issues fatwa against JK CM

By News Agency of Kashmir

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Srinagar : Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today joined the (in)famous Muslims viz Salman Rushdie and Tasleema Nasreen with Mufti-e-Azam of Kashmir Mufti Bashiruddin issuing a ‘fatwa’ against him for alleged blasphemy for eulogising Gandhian philosophy of non-violence on October 2 last.

Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad during a function on Gandhi Jayanti on Oct 2 last has said that by following Islam one secures after death, while by following Gandhian philosophy one can build a developed and peaceful society.

The chief minister’s comment has drawn angry response from hardline All Party Hurriet Conference chairman of his faction Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who asked Muftis and ulemas to issue a ‘fatwa’ against Ghulam Nabi Azad for alleged blasphemy. He asked Jammu and Kashmir chief minister to rename himself as Ghulam Gandhi Azad.

The Mufti-e-Azam of Kashmir(Head priest) Mufti Bashiruddin bowing before the pressure of hardliners and issuing a fatwa against chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said, ” Hazrat Nabi(PBUH) is our last prophet, and the path shown by him is the best path besides for every Muslim following Islam is the only way to achieve the ultimate in this world and the other world.”

He further said that a true Muslim does not have to follow Gandhian philosophy to achieve something and anybody who preaches anything against Islamic tennets is a non-believer.

Mufti Bashirudding asked chief minister to repent and seek pardon for his comments(Tauba kare aur Maafi Mange).

When asked by News Agency of Kashmir to where and when he(Azad) should seek pardon, Mufti bashirruddin said that, he(Azad) knows where and when.