‘Bring me the head of Mufti Muhammad’
India’s Mufti Muhammad Ilyas, above left, of the newly-formed Muslim body Jamaat Ulama-e-Hind, has had a bounty placed on his head after claiming that Lord Shiva was the ‘first prophet of Islam’.
The bounty of 1,00,786 rupees (about £1,046) was announced by Mooen Siddiqui Noori, National President of the Bareilly-based All India Faizan-e-Madina Council, a socio-political group. He said that only a Muslim can claim the bounty – and an additional prize for the killer will be an “Islamic sword”.
Ilyas is a champion of communal harmony in Ayodhya. Firstpost correspondent Tariq Anwar had earlier quoted him as saying:
We are all Indians and children of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and there should be no reservations in accepting the truth.
As part of a delegation of clerics that visited Ayodhya last week to garner support for a communal harmony seminar — the National Qaumi Ekta Conference — to be staged by the group on February 27 in Balrampur, Ilyas told journalists:
Lord Shiva was first prophet of Islam and Muslims are followers of Sanatan Dharma [Hinduism].
Noori was incensed over this heretical statement, saying:
For teaching such people a lesson so they never make such remarks again, I have decided that any Indian Muslim who gives me the head of Qasmi will be given a cash reward of Rs 1,00,786. He will also get an ‘Islamic sword’.
Noori was not alone in dismissing Ilyas’s remarks. Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Secretary General Maulana Nusrat Ali was quoted as saying:
The Holy Quran asserts that every community has its prophets, but mentioning the name of (Lord) Shiva as a prophet of Muslims has no proof. We condemn and completely disagree with the comments made by Ilyasi.
Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JuH) chief Maulana Mehmood Madani also made it clear that Ilyas had no association with it, and none of its members had visited Ayodhya. Madani pointed out that Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind and Jamaat Ulama-e-Hind are separate organisations.
This reminds me of Emo Philips’ “Die Heretic” – voted the best religious joke of all time.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn