Muslims in Lucknow protest against Saudi Arabia

By special correspondent

Lucknow: Hundreds of Muslims attended the protest march at Lucknow on Sunday against the Saudi Arabian interference in Bahrain and killing of innocents in Libya by NATO forces. The protest was organised at the call of Imam-e-Juma and eminent Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad.

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Prior to protest, a rally was held at Maqbara Saadat Ali Khan at Hazratganj and later the protestors proceeded to Shahnajaf Imambara.

The protestors later submitted a 13 point memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister (PM) through the District Magistrate (DM) demanding immediate end to the attacks on Bahrain, Libya, Syria and other countries. The clerics also announced that a massive protest will be held outside Bahrain embassy in New Delhi on Friday.

Earlier, addressing the protestors, Maulana Jawwad stated that Saudi Arabia is following dual policy. “It is killing the innocent Muslims in Bahrain but is silent over their killings in Palestine by Israel. It has dispatched its army in Bahrain but has turned a Nelson’s eye towards Palestine,” said Jawwad. Jawwad also warned the USA for atrocities in the region.

Shaher Mufti Maulana Abul Irfan Miyan Farangi Mahli in his address stated that the Muslims should unite against the Saudi regime. “The Saudi’s refer themselves as servant of the holy mosques but they have constructed plush hotels where the Israel’s and USA citizens enjoy their state. Such trend should be brought to any end and there should be equality for all,” he said.

Imam, Tile Wali Masjid, Maulana Fazlur Rehman Waizi also decried the US attacks on the Libya and demanded an immediate pullout of NATO forces.

The protest march passed in front of DM residence, Sibtainabad Imambara and later culminated at Shahnajaf Imambara with a dua by the clerics. The protestors also performed matam and raised slogans.

Maulana Kalbe Jawwad

In another development, the All India Shia Personal Law Board (AISPLB) also announced on Sunday that it will stage protest in front of Bahrain embassy in New Delhi and later at Jantar Mantar on Thursday. “We will hold the protest on Thursday against the Saudi government’s intervention in Bahrain. It will be a peaceful protest which will be attended by large number of clerics,” said spokesperson, AISPLB, Maulana Yasoob Abbas.