By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporters
New Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati saw massive protests by Muslim students, organisations and other democratic groups against the Islamic State’s brutal attack on innocents in Paris, with hundreds chanting slogans for unity and against the actions of the Islamic State.
Members of the Assam State Jamiat Ulama (ASJU) sent out a strong message against the global terrorism which has gripped the world in the last few days following the attack in Paris.
Men in skulled caps with banners and posters slamming the terrorism marched on the roads of Guwahati on Wednesday. Their message was loud and clear: ‘Islam never propagates terrorism’.
The ASJU which is led by All Indian United Democratic Front (AIUDF) in Assam, said that no religion in the world sanctions killing of innocent people or any act of terror, and Islam is very much against all forms of violence.
Jamiat Ulama-E Hind, during its protest rally in Kolkata, pointed at increasing measures across the world to fight the menace of Islamic State. In a rally that saw the presence of number of clerics and madrassa students, Maulana Siddiqullah Chowdhury, secretary, West Bengal Jamiat Ulama-E-Hind, said the attacks were carried by terrorists, not Muslims.
Similarly, Raza Academy, while condemning the attack, said efforts were needed to mobilise people against the actions of the Islamic State. It said that a delegation of Ulemas would meet the Foreign Minister and the Maharashtra Chief Minister to recommend steps to reduce the impact of the Islamic State. The recommendations include mobilising opinion through sermons in Mosques, petitioning the UN and the Government, safeguarding shrines and a ban on organisations that are sympathetic to the ideology of Daesh.
In Delhi, students and teachers of Jamia Milia Islamia came together for a candle light vigil to protest against the actions of the Islamic State. While condemning the Paris attacks, the protestors also said that countries like the US, Israel, France and other NATO alliances along with Russia are killing thousands of innocents in the name of fighting terrorism in the Middle East, which had resulted in increased global terrorism.
“We want to give a message and promote peace to the global leaders handling the international affairs. ISIS is not representing Islam. ISIS is a terrorist group engaged in killing innocents which is strictly prohibited in Islam” said Sahil, a member of Jamia Students’ Forum.