Taliban Supporters Who Advocate Secularism In India Are Hypocrites: Muslim Org

Indian Muslims for Secular Democrats, an academic, activist and intellectual group of around 150, remarked that the euphoria that the Taliban had captured power in Afghanistan is obvious among a portion of Indian Muslims is very troubled.

The "euphoria" visible among a part of Indian Muslims over the Taliban's assumption of power in Afghanistan has alarmed a group of 150 academics, activists, and intellectuals who call themselves Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy (IMSD). It refers to Maulana Umrain Mahfuz Rahmani and Maulana Sajjad Nomani, both of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), as well as the Jamaat-e-Islami-Hind, as hypocrites for supporting the Taliban takeover while fighting for secularism in India. In a statement, they stated, "Such flagrant double-standard adds credence to the Sangh Parivar's ambition for a Hindu Rashtra."

Last Monday, the AIMPLB stated that it had not voiced any opinion or made any statement about the Taliban or Afghanistan's present political situation "A few media outlets have portrayed the Board's stance as that of some Board members, and erroneous material has been assigned to the Board," AIMPLB wrote on Twitter.

The IMSD recognised the arguments of several Islamic academics, religious leaders, and Muslim intellectuals who claim that the concept of an "Islamic state" is incompatible with Islam's essential principles.

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Journalist Aarefa Johari, filmmaker Anand Patwardhan, designer Amir Rizwi, actor Javed Jaffrey, lyricist Javed Akhtar, and filmmaker Zoya Akhtar are among the signatories of the statement.

They showed solidarity with the battered Afghan women and men "that were too long trapped between the corrupt-to-the-centre puppet governments of the occupying American and NATO forces and regressive Taliban, who had been trampling on the most fundamental rights and freedoms during their former rule."

To compel the Taliban to ensure that this time they respect the freedoms and rights of all people, unlike in the 1990s, the signatories urges the international community to start the 24/27 Afghanistan Watch. They have implored the globe of democracy, especially the US, to embrace Afghan refugees. “India must welcome all Afghan refugees, regardless of their religion.”

Liberal hypocrisy is nothing new, but their capacity to reach new depths every day is astounding, especially for someone who is used to it. The way they have responded to the Taliban concerning how they have behaved to Islamists within India, and the totally strange analogies that they make, is the newest nadir, even by their already low standards.

The Islamic Forum for the Promotion of Moderate Thought's secretary-general, A Faizur Rahman, concurred with the IMSD's criticism of the Taliban but chastised it for stating without proof that The Taliban's recent seizure of power in Afghanistan had "a portion of Indian Muslims" delighted. He said that the ambiguity of the word "a portion" may lead readers to envision a figure ranging from a few hundred to several million Indian Muslims in a population of 200 million, therefore accusing them of something for which there is no proof.

“The IMSD's accusations against "a segment" of India's peace-loving Muslims are unfounded and must be retracted immediately,” Rahman added.