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Why did Takfiri Deobandis of Sipah Sahaba kill senior Deobandi scholar Mufti Nizamuddin Shamzai?

Related post: Maulana Hassan Jan, a moderate Deobandi cleric killed by Takfiri Deobandis of Sipah Sahaba

In September 2004, Pakistan announced that paramilitary police had killed Amjad Farooqi, a Takfiri Deobandi militant of Sipah Sahaba Taliban (SST), wanted in connection with the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002, as well as for two assassination attempts against General Musharraf in December 2003. Pakistani and international media conveniently ignored the fact that Amjad Farooqi Deobandi was last seen in Karachi’s Quaidabad suburb in the Tariq Hotel, on the same day (30 May 2004) that Mufti Nizamuddin Shamzai, a leading Sunni Deobandi cleric and head of Islamic religious school Jamia Binoria, was assassinated (Source). Amjad Farooqi Deobandi was a member of the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (aka Sipah Sahaba Taliban), a banned group of sectarian assassins who target Shia, Sunni Barelvi, Ahmadi and Christian communities. Farooqi had been tasked by none else than a leading (Takfiri) Deobandi cleric to assassinate Mufti Shamzai.

Why did Takfiri Deobandi militants of Sipah Sahaba Taliban kill a senior Deobandi cleric? The following are some interconnected answers:

1. Despite his close association with the Taliban and the ISI, Mufti Nizamuddin Shamzai had become growingly unhappy about indiscriminate violence and acts of terrorism by Takfiri Deobandi militants. He had issued a number of fatwas against suicide bombing and increasing acts of violence by the Taliban, Sipah Sahaba and Al Qaeda in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

2. Mufti Nizamuddin Shamzai was becoming increasingly vocal against Nasibis (enemies of Hazrat Ali r.a. and Ahl-e-Bait r.a.) present in Takfiri Deobandis and Takfiri Salafists. He wrote books and gave a number of speeches in which he condemned and rejected Nasibi Salafist clerics including Ibn Taymiyya and Ibne Khaldun.

3. By murdering Mufti Shamzai, Takfiri Deobandis of Sipah Sahaba not only stopped the way of his fatwas against Taliban and Sipah Sahaba’s terrorism and suicide bombing, they also tried ignite Sunni Shia sectarian violence by blaming Shia Muslims for the murder of Mufti Shamzai. It is the same strategy which they also used in the case of Maulana Hasan Jan Deobandi’s murder in Peshawar in 2007. In the aftermath of Shmazai’s murder, Takfiri Deobandis of Sipah Sahaba killed at least 28 Shia Muslims in Karachi’s Ali Raza mosque the very next day. It must be noted that many of Shamzai’s colleagues in the Binori madrassa refrained from blaming Shia extremists for the assassination and condemned attempts to project it as the outcome of the growing Shia-Sunni divide in Pakistan in general and in Karachi in particular (Source).

In Pakistan’s religious hierarchy, Mufti Shamzai occupied the second position after Mufti Rafiuddin Usmani Deobandi, who is the chief Mufti of Pakistan and his brother Mufti Taqi Usmani Deobandi (patron of Sipah Sahaba Taliban). He was better known than Usmani brothers in Pakistan and the Islamic world and had a much larger following in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Binori Deobandi madrassa came to prominence in 1979 when the late General Zia-ul Haq Deobandi nominated its then chief and founder Maulana Yusuf Binori Deobandi as chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology. After the Soviet troops invaded Afghanistan towards the end of 1979, Shamzai in association with other mullahs of Pakistan issued a fatwa calling for a jihad against the Soviet Union. Mufti Shamzai was then the blue-eyed mullah of not only Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence but also of the US Central Intelligence Agency and the Saudi intelligence and played an active role in the recruitment of Muslims from Pakistan and other Islamic countries and training them with the help of Pakistan’s military-intelligence establishment for waging a jihad against Soviet troops. He became close to General Zia, General Pervez Musharraf, General Mohammad Aziz, then chairman, joint chiefs of staff committee, General Muzaffar Usmani (retired), former corps commander, Karachi, and vice-chief of the army staff, and three former jihadi chiefs of the ISI, namely, Lieutenant General Hamid Gul, Lieutenant General Javed Nasir and Lieutenant General Mahmood Ahmed. During his career, he issued nearly 2,000 fatwas. In the 1970s and 1980s, his fatwas were mainly directed against the USSR, India and Israel. After Osama bin Laden formed his International Islamic Front in February 1998, his fatwas became increasingly directed against the US. After the US-led coalition started its so-called war against terrorism in Afghanistan in October 2001, he issued a fatwa calling upon the Muslims of the world to join the jihad against the US. Shamzai was the mentor and godfather of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, the Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (of Haq Nawaz Jhangvi Deobandi) and its militant wing the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (of Malik Ishaq Deobandi), the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami and the Jaish-e-Mohammad. He was designated patron-in-chief of the Jaish and was a member of the shura of Al Qaeda, the Taliban and Maulana Fazlur Rahman Deobandi’s Jamiat-ul-Ulema Islam. Shamzai, who strongly backed Musharraf’s seizure of power in October 1999, became increasingly critical of him after the general decided to cooperate with the US in its operations against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. He and his followers helped the leaders of the Taliban, including Mullah Omar, to escape from Afghanistan into Pakistan and take sanctuary there. It was reported in 2002 that during the US operations against Al Qaeda in Tora Bora, Shamzai’s followers evacuated bin Laden, who had sustained a sharpnel injury, to the Binori complex in Karachi where he was treated till August 2002, by serving and retired medical doctors of the Pakistan army. He later left the madrassa. Post-9/11, Shamzai promoted the formation of a clandestine organisation called Brigade 313 (the number of warriors in the battle of Badr at the time of the Holy Prophet) to wage jihad against Western nationals and interests and Christians in Pakistani territory. It consisted of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba, the Jaish, the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami and the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. All the members of this Deobandi brigade are also members of the International Islamic Front. At his instance, members of this brigade infiltrated into Iraq to join the jihad against the US troops there. Since the beginning of 2003, there were reports of differences in Al Qaeda/Sipah Sahaba and the International Islamic Front of Mufti Shamzai over targeting the Saudi ruling family and its administration by certain sections of these outfits. Shamzai, who had close contacts with the Saudi ruling family and religious clerics and received large funds from them, was reportedly increasingly critical of the Al Qaeda leadership for allegedly weakening the jihad against the US and Israel by targeting the Saudi authorities and thereby losing their support for international jihad. Al Qaeda elements were accusing him of letting himself be bought by the Saudi authorities and supporting the pro-US apostate regimes of the Islamic world. Apparently these differences played a key role in his assassination. (Source).

Although Shamzai was never accused of direct involvement in the Sunni-Shia violence in Pakistan, it is now becoming increasingly clear that the Deobandi platform that has spawned Jehad in South Asia has an intrinsic sectarian element. Shamzai has long been considered the spiritual head of the various Jehadi groups active in Jammu and Kashmir and Afghanistan, including the Jaish, Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Harkat-ul-Jehadi-e-Islami (HuJI), Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and its splinter group Harkat-ul-Mujahideen Al-alami (HuMA) and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ). Many of the ‘graduates’ from Binoria have been at the forefront of terrorist activity in South Asia and Afghanistan. Shamzai, however, would not be a natural target for the Shia or Sunni Barelvi, as he is not directly implicated in sectarian violence in Pakistan. (Source)

The following are scanned pages of the book in which Mufti Shamzai Deobandi criticized Ibn Khaldun and described him as a Nasibi (enemy of Hazrat Ali r.a. and Ahl-e-Bait r.a.). Given that Takfiri Deobandis, Takfiri Salafists including those of Sipah Sahaba and Taliban often refer to Ibn Khaldun and Ibn Taymiyya to justify their hatred of Hazrat Ali, Hazrat Hussain and their Shia followers, they were very unhappy with Mufti Shamzai’s book. According to some sources, one Nasibi Deobandi cleric in Karachi namely Mufti Taqi Usmani (known for close contacts with Sipah Sahaba and other Takfiri Deobandi militants) became angry with Mufti Shamzai and may have encouraged Takfiri Deobandis to take action against Shamzai.

Here are the scanned pages (Source):

نظام الدین شامزئی کے قتل کی سازش مفتی تقی عثمانی دیوبندی ناصبی اور احمد لدھیانوی دیوبندی ناصبی نے تیار کی تھی ان دونوں نے لشکر جھنگوی کے امجد فاروقی دیوبندی کو مفتی شامزئی کو شہید کرنے کا فتویٰ دیا

تیس مئی 2004 کو فخر دیوبند حضرت مولانا مفتی نظام الدین شامزئی کو گھات لگا کر بیٹھے 6 موٹر سائکل سوار تکفیری خارجی دہشتگردوں نے ان کے مدرسہ جامعہ بنوری ٹاؤن کے سامنے فائرنگ کر کے شہید کیا

مولانا شامزئی نے طالبان اور سپاہ صحابہ کو منع فرمایا تھا کہ پاکستان میں دہشت گردی کی کاروائیوں سے باز آ جایں خاص طور پر طالبان اور سپاہ صحابہ کے تکفیری گروہ اور اس کے خود کش حملوں کی مولانا نے بھرپور مذمت کی تھی

مولانا نے سپاہ صحابہ میں گھس کر بیٹھ جانے والے دشمنان اہلبیت یعنی خارجیوں اور ناصبیوں کے خلاف کی تقریر کیں اور تاریخی کتب میں بھی ناصبی جیسا کہ ابن خلدون کی مذمت کی

فائرنگ کے دوران زخمی حالت میں حضرت نے اپنے ذاتی پسٹل سے سپاہ صحابہ کے خارجی تکفیری دہشتگردوں پر بھی جوابی فائرنگ کی جس سے ایک دہشتگرد زخمی ہو کر گر پڑا، لیکن زخموں کی تاب نہ لاتے ہوے دہشتگردوں کا مقابلہ کرتے ہوے حضرت شامزئی شہادت نوش فرما گۓ.

جب پولیس نے جائے وقوعہ کا معاینہ کیا تو قریب ہی سے ایک دہشتگرد زخمی حالت میں گرفتار کرلیا گیا. تفتیش اور پوچھ گچھ کے دوران معلوم ہوا کہ دہشتگرد کا تعلق لشکر جھنگوی یعنی سپاہ صحابہ تنظیم سے ہے اور وہ دہشتگرد خود بھی خارجی تکفیری ہے.
حضرت کو شہید اس لیے کیا گیا کہ حضرت نے تکفیری خارجی سپاہ صحابہ اور طالبان کے خلاف فتوے پر دستخط کئے تھے….

وقت آ گیا ہے کہ پاکستان کے سنی، شیعہ، دیوبندی بریلوی، اہل حدیث تکفیری خارجی سپاہ صحابہ کے خلاف متحد ہو کر ان کو جہنم واصل کریں

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  • ابن خلدون پکا ناصبی اور امام علی کا دشمن تھا (دیوبند عالم مفتی شامزئی)

    ناصبیوں کے منہ پر مفتی شامزئی دیوبندی نے ایک طمانچہ رسید کیا ہے۔

    مفتی شامزئی دیوبندی نے ثبوتوں کے ساتھ ثابت کیا ہے کہ ناصبیوں کے اس چہیتے مؤرخ کی حقیقت یہ ہے کہ:

    ابن خلدون پکا ناصبی اور امام علی کا بدترین دشمن تھا
    علمی لحاظ سے بھی ابن خلدون کی کوئی اہمیت نہیں ہے
    اسکی طبیعت میں کینہ تھا جس کا اظہار وہ اہلبیت کے خلاف اپنی تحریروں اور تقریروں میں کرتا تھا

    مفتی شامزئی بذات خود دیوبند سے تعلق رکھتے ہیں۔ اتفاق کی بات یہ ہے کہ ناصبیوں کا تعلق بھی اکثر اسی دیوبند مکتبِ فکر سے ہے۔ ابن خلدون کی حقیقت بتاتے ہوئے مفتی شامزئی نے امام مہدی پر ہونے والے اعتراضات کا جواب دیا ہے۔ کہا جاتا ہے کہ اس کتاب کے شائع ہونے کے بعد خود ناصبیوں نے مفتی شامزئی کو شہید کر دیا۔ مفتی شامزئی کی یہ مکمل کتاب “عقیدہ ظہورِ مہدی” آپ اس لنک پر پڑھ سکتے ہیں۔

    http://www.wilayat.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1398:%D8%B9%D9%82%DB%8C%D8%AF%DB%81%D9%90-%D8%B8%DB%81%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%90-%D9%85%DB%81%D8%AF%DB%8C&catid=117:%D8%B9%D9%85%D9%88%D9%85%DB%8C&Itemid=115

  • Karachi bursts into riots: Mufti Shamzai killed in ambush

    * Dozen people including eight policemen injured
    * Property including Quaid-e-Azam Academy, KFC outlet damaged

    By Hasan Mansoor

    KARACHI: Renowned religious scholar Mufti Nizamuddin Shamzai was shot dead while his son, nephew and driver were injured in an ambush near the Jamia Islamia Binoria in the city’s New Town area on Sunday, police said.

    The religious leader’s supporters went on a rampage in which about a dozen people including eight policemen were injured and property including the Quaid-e-Azam Academy building near the mosque, which maintains the Quaid’s historic documents, and the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) outlet at NIPA roundabout were damaged.

    Witnesses said Mufti Shamzai (70) was attacked at about 7:45am as he drove out of his house located near the Jamia Binoria. Though the number of assailants could not be known, witnesses said bullets came from all directions during the attack.

    “I ducked when I saw bullets coming from everywhere soon after our vehicle came out of the house. But a bullet hit me leaving me unconscious and I don’t know what happened next,” the slain religious leader’s nephew, Rafiuddin, told reporters at a private hospital.

    He did not know how many people ambushed the vehicle and the police could not get any information from witnesses.

    “I think there were about six attackers who ambushed the vehicle from different spots,” city police chief Tariq Jamil told reporters.

    Witnesses said the attackers riding in cars and on motorcycles kept firing for some time and then escaped. All four occupants of the vehicle were injured and were taken to a private hospital where doctors pronounced the mufti dead. He was buried at 8:00pm. News of Mufti Shamzai’s death spread like wildfire and most areas in the city’s central and eastern parts were shut down. Major markets, shopping centres, educational institutions and government and private establishments were already closed due to a public holiday.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_31-5-2004_pg1_1

  • نظام الدین شامزئی کے قتل کی سازش مفتی تقی عثمانی دیوبندی ناصبی اور احمد لدھیانوی دیوبندی ناصبی نے تیار کی تھی ان دونوں نے لشکر جھنگوی کے امجد فاروقی دیوبندی کو مفتی شامزئی کو شہید کرنے کا فتویٰ دیا

    تیس مئی 2004 کو فخر دیوبند حضرت مولانا مفتی نظام الدین شامزئی کو گھات لگا کر بیٹھے 6 موٹر سائکل سوار تکفیری خارجی دہشتگردوں نے ان کے مدرسہ جامعہ بنوری ٹاؤن کے سامنے فائرنگ کر کے شہید کیا

    مولانا شامزئی نے طالبان اور سپاہ صحابہ کو منع فرمایا تھا کہ پاکستان میں دہشت گردی کی کاروائیوں سے باز آ جایں خاص طور پر طالبان اور سپاہ صحابہ کے تکفیری گروہ اور اس کے خود کش حملوں کی مولانا نے بھرپور مذمت کی تھی

    مولانا نے سپاہ صحابہ میں گھس کر بیٹھ جانے والے دشمنان اہلبیت یعنی خارجیوں اور ناصبیوں کے خلاف کی تقریر کیں اور تاریخی کتب میں بھی ناصبی جیسا کہ ابن خلدون کی مذمت کی

    فائرنگ کے دوران زخمی حالت میں حضرت نے اپنے ذاتی پسٹل سے سپاہ صحابہ کے خارجی تکفیری دہشتگردوں پر بھی جوابی فائرنگ کی جس سے ایک دہشتگرد زخمی ہو کر گر پڑا، لیکن زخموں کی تاب نہ لاتے ہوے دہشتگردوں کا مقابلہ کرتے ہوے حضرت شامزئی شہادت نوش فرما گۓ.

    جب پولیس نے جائے وقوعہ کا معاینہ کیا تو قریب ہی سے ایک دہشتگرد زخمی حالت میں گرفتار کرلیا گیا. تفتیش اور پوچھ گچھ کے دوران معلوم ہوا کہ دہشتگرد کا تعلق لشکر جھنگوی یعنی سپاہ صحابہ تنظیم سے ہے اور وہ دہشتگرد خود بھی خارجی تکفیری ہے.
    حضرت کو شہید اس لیے کیا گیا کہ حضرت نے تکفیری خارجی سپاہ صحابہ اور طالبان کے خلاف فتوے پر دستخط کئے تھے….

    وقت آ گیا ہے کہ پاکستان کے سنی، شیعہ، دیوبندی بریلوی، اہل حدیث تکفیری خارجی سپاہ صحابہ کے خلاف متحد ہو کر ان کو جہنم واصل کریں

  • Is sazish my lubp waly or is k rufqa b shamil thy bas unhi ko pata laga k un ko kis ny mara hy, sath jo mily huy hain un k. mufti Nazimudin rehmatulla ko shaheed krny main shite terrorist parties mulavis hain. Apny kiy ka malba dosron par dalna to purani adat hy tumhari. TNSJ terrorists involve. Jo muslaman haq 4 yar k manny waly hain un sab k khilaf shio ki intaha pasand jamatain hain.

  • Abdul Nesha Puri , tu janta hai k Ahl e Sunnat Wal Jamat Hanafi Deobandi tere seenay main pura burst utaar den gay , is liye apni asliyat nahi dikhata na samnay ata hai, pehle Laibah ko bnaye rakha Let Us Break Pakistan ka srbrah or ab tu khud bhi bhag nikla , twitter pr ktne accounts hain tere sb jantay hain , kis kis naam se hain or kon kon c d.p lga rakhi hai . . .
    tu jo koi bhi hai zinda hai khata hai peeta hai social sites use krta hai tujhe koi tension nahi, tu mehfooz (iran) hathon main hai mgr yaad rakh tujhe tere apne hi maar den gay jis trah meer jafar or meer sadiq ko maar dia tha . . .

    SSP 1985 main bni thi or aaj tk chali a rahi hai, 5 leaders tum ne shaheed kr diye sath main drjno Ulma e Deoband ko bhi shaheed kr dia . . . . TNFJ MWM ISO JYP or sath main pasdaran e inqalab + Al Quds Squad tum sb mil kr bhi SSP ko khatm nahi kr sktay inshaAllah . . .

    • tu khwarji yahan bhi gandi zuban istimal kar raha hay aur dhamki day raha hay.. daleel say baat kar khwarji.

  • I urge all sensible people to be united against the violence and against the hatred. ISI, SSP, JUI (S), LEJ, ASW, TTP, PTI, Jamat-e-Islami and N-League are spreading nothing but hate among all muslims. Please lets vow ourself to defeat them by spreading peace and harmony. The fitna of our time will be insha’allah defeated by our Pak Army. We are not against anyone except Saudi regime and their puppets.

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  • The views are quiet logical. Sectarian inclination has not contributed positively for Islam. All groups which are harming Pakistan must be be crushed. All madrassahs are spreading hatred, nothing else.

  • Here is the update on this case:

    http://www.samaa.tv/pakistan/2015/09/hit-man-confesses-to-killing-mufti-shamzai-eight-others/
    “KARACHI: Police on Sunday claimed to have arrested an alleged target killer, associated with a political party, who had killed Mufti Nizamuddin Shamzai and three other religious scholars in Karachi, Samaa reported Sunday.
    In May 2004, renowned religious scholar Mufti Nizamuddin Shamzai was assassinated in gun attack on his car outside his home a few yards from the Jamia Binnoria in Jamshed Town of Karachi.
    “Wasi Haider son of Hassan Raza has made some shocking revelations during initial interrogation. He has confessed to killing Mufti Shamzai and seven other people. He also murdered Maulan Abdul Majeed Deenpuri, Hafiz Muhammad Ehsan Ali Shah and Mufti Sahel Muhammad Qazi in 2013,” a police official told Samaa. According to police, the accused was arrested during an encounter with police in Federal Industrial Area.”