Clear views: Lal Masjid top cleric says he respects Islamic State

Published: December 15, 2014
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A file photo of an Islamic State guard at a checkpoint. PHOTO: REUTERS

A file photo of an Islamic State guard at a checkpoint. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Maulana Abdul Aziz, the chief cleric of Lal Masjid, made it clear on Sunday that he respects the Islamic State (IS) because of similarity in mission and has no reservations in declaring that he holds the organisation in high regard.

He said that the students of Jamia Hafsa had prepared the Arabic video extolling the IS with his consent and the girls did not commit a crime by doing so.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Aziz said that he is not in favour of approaching the court to clarify that “we are not affiliated with IS.”

He said that there was no shame in declaring support for Daesh which, according to him, was out to enforce the “Islamic system.” The IS, nevertheless, has earned indignation from none other than the top clerics of the Kaaba and the rest of the mainstream Muslim religious scholars.

He said that he disowns the petition filed by Shohada Foundation, an NGO affiliated with the mosque and girls’ seminary, Jamia Hafsa, in the Islamabad High Court. “I don’t know why these boys (Shohada Foundation) are reluctant to tell that we support the organisation (Daesh) which wants to implement Islamic system,” Aziz said.

The Shohada Foundation has no affiliation with Lal Mosque and Jamia Hafsa, Aziz said, disowning the body which is pursuing cases related to the 2007 military operation.

Knowing full well the violent and brutal tactics of the IS, Aziz said Lal Masjid will promote its message. “Though we have no direct link with the leadership of the IS, we have deliberated at this issue and decided to promote the mission and message of Daesh,” he said.

Maulana also revealed that the girls of his seminary wanted to take out a rally in support of the IS carrying banners and placards, but he stopped them from doing so. The girl students did so after losing hope in the country’s political elite which remained silent when they had to suffer in the wake of the military operation against Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa, he justified the move.

A video in Arabic was released on November 26, by the Jamia Hafsa students declaring their support for the Islamic State and Baghdadi besides asking the Pakistani militants to join hands with IS fighters. A press statement issued by the Shohada Foundation clarified that “since the courts had failed to impart justice, the students of Jamia Hafsa and Lal Masjid in desperation issued the video addressing Daesh to help them get justice.”

Maulana Aziz said that he has already warned relevant authorities who are contemplating to carry out a search operation to trace out the girls who had prepared the video in support of the Islamic State. “I am warning the authorities to desist from committing another misadventure under the garb of the video which is harmless and only expresses support for Abu Bakar Al Baghdadi and his Islamic State. Authorities will have to face the consequences if an operation is carried out against the students of the Jamia Hafsa”.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 15th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • shd
    Dec 15, 2014 - 2:39PM

    Sitting in the seminary, the cleric doesn’t know how much harm the ISIS is inflicting to Islam. Its their misunderstanding that they are helping to propagate Islam, in fact they are damaging the image of Islam not only in the eyes of non-Muslims but in the eyes of moderate Muslims as well.

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  • Aziz
    Dec 15, 2014 - 3:59PM

    This shows the kind of knowledge that is being imparted to girls in Jamia Hafsa. Allah have mercy on people of Pakistan from these Karjees.

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  • am I a muslim
    Dec 15, 2014 - 4:20PM

    question to molana aziz:
    i am a young man, performed hajj last time and been to umra many times. i offer five time prayers and give charit. BUT i hate ISIS to the core simply because the way they kills humans regardless of religion, age, ethnicity.
    does molana aziz think that i shud be beheaded because i dont consider baghdadi or mulla umar or shabab dude in somalia as amir ul momineen.

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  • Dec 16, 2014 - 1:45AM

    The maulana should take out a rally in support of ISIS involving the students of Jamia Hafsa & other sympathizers to ascertain the strength of ideology of ISIS and see the reaction of people and the government .

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  • Disturbing
    Dec 17, 2014 - 2:40AM

    Says the man who ran in Burka. There should be no support for people who like violence.

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