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Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC): Peaceful Sunni Barelvis rise against Deobandi militants of Sipah Sahaba Taliban

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Eight Sunni parties form alliance against Talibanisation

Saturday, May 09, 2009

By our correspondent

LAHORE: Eight parties of the Barelvi school of thought have formed an alliance under the banner of Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) to wage a joint struggle against the growing Talibanisation in the country.

The alliance has demanded of the Pakistan Army to speed up its operation to eliminate the Taliban from the NWFP and the Fata, and appealed to the nation to get united against the menace.

Addressing a press conference at the Lahore Press Club on Friday, central leaders of the SIC component parties announced the launching of the “Save Pakistan Movement” all over the country to stem the menace of Talibanisation. They said all SIC parties would fully participate in the All Pakistan Ulema and Mashaikh Convention being held in Islamabad on May 17 at the invitation of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan, while the first meeting of the SIC would be held on May 18 in Rawalpindi to chalk out its future strategy.

They termed the Taliban a product of global anti-Islam conspiracies, adding that it was the

reason the Taliban were playing in the hands of Washington to divide the Muslims and bring a bad name to Islam. They said the Taliban belonged to the same school of thought that was opposed to the creation of Pakistan and they destroyed 10 shrines of holy saints in the NWFP besides killing hundreds of Sunni leaders so far.

The press conference was addressed by Pir Afzal Qadri (Aalmi Tanzim Ahle Sunnat), Qari Zawwar Bahadur (JUP), Dr Ashraf Asif Jalali (Markazi Jamaat Ahle Sunnat), Shadab Raza Qadri (Sunni Tehrik), Mufti Mohammad Khan Qadri (Karawan-e-Islam), Sahibzada Ghulam Murtaza Shazi (Markazi JUP), Mian Khalid Habib Elahi advocate (Nizam-e-Mustafa Party) and Safdar Shah (Jamaat Ahle Sunnat).

The SIC leaders said Sunni Muftis would soon issue religious edicts (Fatwas) against the anti-Islamic practices of the Taliban, and asked the nation to publicly disown the Taliban. The SIC leaders demanded immediate halt to the military operation in Balochistan and ensure administrative rights to the province according to the 1973 Constitution. They asked the political leaders to undertake visits to Balochistan to express solidarity with the Baloch people and announced that a delegation of Ulema and Mashaikh would soon visit Balochistan.

They also demanded an immediate end to US drone attacks and withdrawal of the US army from Afghanistan and Iraq. They said the SIC would provide immediate relief, including food, clothes, shelter and other basic needs, to those who have become homeless as a result of the military operation in Swat. (The News)

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Is there an Ahle Sunnat option?


Lahore was witness on Wednesday to an APC of around 20 organisations of the Ahle Sunnat “sect” convened to launch a countrywide movement against Talibanisation and US drone attacks in northern parts of the country. The rubric chosen for the APC was “Save Pakistan” by opposing the Taliban and countering US interference and stopping the conspiracy of separatism in Balochistan. The intent of the clergy that gathered under the Barelvi flag is pious if it is not “facilitated” by an intelligence agency. If it is, there will be dangers ahead.

The Barelvi school of thought is no doubt the dominant jurisprudence (fiqh) in Pakistan but it is not as well politically organised as the Deobandi school. Standing in the middle — and not present at the APC — is the Jama’at-e Islami whose leader, the charismatic Maulana Maududi, eclipsed all religious leaders after Partition with his learning while his party copiously absorbed people of the Barelvi faith. The Deobandis are organised under two JUI parties and half a dozen highly organised jihadi militias. Barelvis have only the Jamiat-e Ulema-e Pakistan (JUP) and Sunni Tehreek, both based in Karachi. The other 18 are all small fry.

The APC has demanded the arrest of Sufi Muhammad of TNSM in Swat and has vowed to hold meetings and do other media campaigns to get the Deobandi Taliban to back off from their militancy and get the US to stop using drones in the tribal areas. Both prospects look unpromising. The Barelvis will never get funding from Al Qaeda and from the Arabs in the Gulf and will remain outgunned in a region where intimidation reigns supreme and the media supports the hard “exportable” Islam that the Taliban propagate.

If it comes to counter-action, the violence of the Taliban has to be opposed by the “monopoly of violence” of the state under the Constitution. The Barelvis are a useful “background noise” that the state would need as it goes out to fight the Taliban. For the Barelvis, the dividend is more popular attraction because the people have become disgusted by the Taliban’s behaviour in Swat. (Daily Times)

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  • We should say very loud and clear

    When Rafi Usmani ,Mufti Naim and other deoband leaders stop supporting Taliban ? if they keep supporting these elements then Brelvis should file FIR against them .

    Pakistan Army or ISIS belong to which sect ? is Pakistan intelligence and ARmy is Wwahabi or Deoband Army ? if not then we need to stop Hameed gul and oher generals to support Taliban .
    If Hameed Gul is Ahlahadees and Jamaati he should keep his religion with him he cannot impose his idealogy on others .

    Saudi Arabia still dreaming that they could have a religios based government in Pakistan and fuunding Hameed Gul Mafia and Madaris to achieve their target .

  • Sahibzada Fazle Kareem has very close relations with Mian brothers. Will he use these relations to bring them in clear term against the sectarian monsters,
    Sunni Tehreek, is violant and involved in extortions and bhatta collecting in the same way as other organizations in Karachi are, it has MQM as the main rival, when it comes to electoral politics, how can they keep theirselves peaceful.
    They are still confused about terrorism and violance as the FATWA issued by them was against the suicide attack in Pakistan only. They will issue a comprehenssive FATWA against terrorism of all kinds irrespective of borders and territories.

    GHALAT GHOREY PE Baazi Mat lagao…

  • Its the Organized religion, which has the genesis of violance in it, any sect which will organize at an extent will choose the path of violance for their agenda.
    All the Pakistani sects whether Sunni(Deobandi, Barelvi), Shias, Ahmedis and Salafis have no difference of opinion regarding the implementary part of Sharia, punishments, blasphemy and apostacy.
    Secular approach is the only way to resolve, whenever state will support any interpretations, it will be deadly for the other one.

  • Sunni Tehreek is a extremist sectarian organization that is involve in different crime like bhatta khori, capturing mosque by use of weapon, killing opponent scholars, etc.

    Person who was captured in the killing of Prof Gulam Malik Murtaza was identified as a devote member of ST.

    Calling ST a peaceful organization and declaring SSP a terrorist organization is nothing but a hypocrisy.

    Servat Ijaz is even not a scolar nor a aalim he is just a holegen sectarian.

  • Biggest joke of the Year
    LUBP declare Sunni Tehreek a peaceful organization…
    LUBP needs to clear that why and for whom they are promoting hate and sectarianism.

  • @ Kashif Naseer
    Better get your facts right, first the article is about Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), an alliance of parties of the Barelvi school of thought who are opposed to Talibanisation, and Radicalization.

    Second; regarding Sunni Tehrik, let me inform you it was formed in 1992 by Saleem Qadri in Karachi. It was organized by a breakaway group from MQM. It was one of multiple responses to Zia and Saudi sponsored Islamisation(Deobandisation of Islam) drive.
    The drive with fake jihadi slogans, resulted in militization/weaponisation of deaobandi madaris and mullas all over Pakistan, Deobandi take over of majority of Mosques, position of Khateebs and imams at Auqaf Mosques, (there is a district khateeb and at least one Auqaf mosque in every district), promotion of Deobandi and Ahl-e-Hadith orthodoxy, spread of jihadi hate literature, such literature and orthodox values were also included in formal education thus creating mass sectarian consciousness. The state sponsored promotion of deobandi orthodoxy alienated the Barelivis(e.g Zia’s reconstitution of Islamic Ideology Council by including conservatives like Yousuf Binori, resulted in resignation from Barelvi and Shia memebers)
    Third; Can you please identify where the post refers to Sunni Tehreek being a peaceful organization. I think you jump on conclusions without reading the article, as it calls formation of SIC Sunni Ittehad Council an initiative of Peaceful Barelvis against Taliban criminals. So prior to mudslinging please read…
    Fourth; Regarding ST’s militant credentials it is no where near to the formidable SSP & LJ. It can only be termed as a defense mechanism to ever increasing Deobandi hegemony. They are no match to SSP, LJ, JeM or even JI. The only murders attributed to ST are of Binori Town pro-taliban jihadists like Yousuf Binori. Whereas ST has lost a big number of its office bearers including its founder Salim Qadri, Abbas Qadri, Akram Qadri and Dr. Qadeer to Taliban Inc. If one compares the deeds of SSP & LJ with ST, they are only minions. Though the post never call ST a peaceful org but i may dare so viz a viz SSP & LJ
    Fifth; You are right to point out that Mr Sarwat Ijaz Qadri is not a scholar, and how the LUBP can compare him with the learned ulema,muhaddesin and saints like Akram Lahori, Riaz Basra, and Ilyas Kashmiri. This certainly merits an objection!
    LUBP why you call voices of sanity and anti-taliban alliance peaceful…….this is promotion of hate and sectarianism…Shame

  • LUBP is right to post such a great article. If any group Taliban, Sipah-e-Sahaba etc are afraid of is none but Sunni Tehreek who are their baap and yet so peace-loving.

  • LISTEN U IDIOT BARELVIES
    U DIDN,T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT ISLAM,,TODAY THERE IS NO PEER WEER ONLY LIVE YR LIFE AS PROPHET P.B.U.H LIVED..
    U PEOPLES GO TO MAZAAR OF DEAD PERSONS AND MAKE THEM PEER..WHAT FOOL AND STUPID U R..SOME GUY STAND AND TOLD THAT MY NAME IS AHMED AND I M PEER SO,U FOOL,IDIOTS AND STUPID CALLED URSLEF THAT WE ARE UR MUREED.STOP THIS NONSENSE ATTITUDE…THINK ABOUT ISLAM WHAT ISLAM SAYS ABOUT THESE PEER…TODAY NO PEER WEER QAWALI LIKE U..IF THE PERSON DIED U CANNOT ASK ANY HELP FROM THE DEAD PERSON..U CAN PRAY FOR THE DEAD BUT CANT EXPECT ANY THING LIKE GAVE ME WEALTH AND HEALTH…U RUBBISH STOP THESE NOW…U R AN EDUCATED PEOPLES..LET CONSIDERED THAT U DIED CAN U GAVE ANYTHING TO ANYONE ..ABSLTLY NO AND NOTHING…THEN Y U GO ON MAZAAR AND EXPECT SUCH A SHAMEFUL THING..BRAVELVIS SAYS WE ARE PEACEFUL PARTY..SHAME ON U U R NOTHING ONLY MY LUNNNNN PARTY…UR MOLVIES ARE ONLY BEGGER FROM DEMOCRATIC PEOPLES..SHAME ON YOU BARELVIS…STOP THIS..U SEE YR SOME GRAET JOKER MOLVIES SETTING WITH BANAZIR AND PRAY WITH RED LIP STICK..ARE THESE UR FUCKY BARELVIS MOLVIES…U KNOW NOTHING EXCEPT COME ON STAGE AND GAVE DIRTY SPEECH ON GREAT ULAMAS LIKE MOULANA TARIQ JAMEEL SAHAB..HE IS A GREAT MAN AND ALLAH BLESS HIM…BUT U DIRTY PEOPLES GAVE FITWA AGAINST HIM…ALOT AND ALOT SHAME ON U FUCKY BARELVIS………

  • Tarip Jamil kaunsa deobandi hai,wo bechara bhi to mazarat par jakar taqrir karta hai,urs me Jata hai,deobandi hamesha do muh ke hote hai,aur ye munafiq ki pehchan hai,jaisa deis waisa bheis inki pehchan hoti hai,inki asliyat kya hai ise janne ke liye “Zalzala” is kitab ka mutala kare. And listen Deovbandi means “Followers of satan and devil”

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  • As salaamu alaikum,

    May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala grant peace and security, for the sake of His Beloved and Elect One sallallahu alyhi wa sallam, to all good and well-meaning people of this planet regardless of which race or religion they belong to. Truly, seeking peace among all humans is the blessed way of our Beloved Prophet and all sincere, pious Muslims have striven throughout history to make peace wherever they were. This is sadly a fact totally forgotten by many of us and disputed heavily by those who are ignorant.

    The Holy Quran forbids fitna unconditionally and it is only Ahl as-Sunnah who have happily incurred great trials and difficulties to avoid fitna. There is absolutely no place in the Manhaj an-Nubuwwah for terrorism and killing of innocents. In fact, highwaymen faced capital punishment in Muslim lands even if in their raiding and pillaging no one was killed. Their crime was terrorism, which cannot be allowed under any circumstances.

    The gift of faith comes wrapped in worldly tribulations and tests. The worst aspect of non-traditional versions of Islam (Wahhabi, Salafi, and even secular) is that they want paradise (either in the hereafter or in this world) without bearing difficulties for the love of Allah and His Prophet. No doubt, these non-traditional Muslims do suffer but it is for all the wrong reasons and in the end, what’s the benefit of it? Suffering is unavoidable, so why not straighten your qibla and choose the kind of suffering that will make all humanity love Sayyidina Muhammad?

    Only the most hopeless soul would not want to rush to the love of the Mercy to All Worlds. It is our obligation (fard ‘ayn) as Muslims to show the best possible face of the Holy Prophet to the world. Only Ahl as-Sunnah are equipped to do this.

  • Astaghfirullah, all of Prophet’s faces are most holy and perfect. What I meant to say was that it is incumbent upon us to show to the world that sees us as ambassadors of the Prophet our best possible conduct so that they clearly see the magnificent, captivating beauty of Fakhr al-Kainaat sallallahu alyhi wa sallam.

  • And now, a word about Pakistan. Unless and until Pakistanis recognize two fundamental truths about their country it will not become a better place.

    First, Pakistan and the whole partition of Hindustan was a mistake, period. Saying so will not un-create Pakistan, but not saying so will perpetuate the illusion that Pakistan has somehow been good for its people. Once this illusion is shattered Pakistanis can begin to ask how they were duped and then the spell of ignorance will begin to break, insha’Allah.

    Second, Pakistan is not a nation but an idea and that idea is evil. “Pakistan ka matlab kya: la ilaha il-Allah” was a mere slogan Indian Muslims accepted too hastily, unintentionally backing a modernist movement that wanted to invent a new Islam. This movement needed a concrete political reality to gain legitimacy and thus was the idea of Pakistan born.

    Allama Iqbal, though sincere, was misguided in his prognosis and heavily influenced by western, specifically German, philosophy. Iqbal forgot the immortal lesson of the Sunnah to not panic in trying circumstances but to patiently inspect your surroundings and move in the direction illuminated with Divine light.

    Most Pakistanis will reflexively and angrily reject these arguments. But the weak and poor in Pakistan are as helpless and oppressed as those in India and Bangladesh. Pakistani popular culture is far worse in its decadence for no Indian ever claimed that his country was created to please the Almighty. And the Pakistani state, perennially divided between militant secularism and militant Islamism, proudly carries on policies that could not even remotely be termed “Islamic”. What was the point of the entire exercise, then? Of the loss of millions of lives? Of the uprooting of millions of so-called muhajirs, still unsure about their place and identity? Of the totally un-Islamic highlighting of ethnic differences of Punjabi, Pashtun, Sindhi, and Baloch? Of the disgusting begging bowl spread in front of the world’s nations remarkably coupled with an arrogant nationalism that is not tempered with shame?

    Pakistanis must once and for all reject the modernist movement that created their country, whatever name it masks itself in nowadays. They must simply be Muslims or Hindus or Christians or even secularists if that’s what they like. If they like Islam enough, they should try to live as Muslims in their private and public lives in ways that do not declare war on the magnificent Islamic heritage spanning 15 centuries and countless cultures around the world. But they should not think for a moment that the trauma of the partition has been good for Indian Muslims, who are now firmly divided into three artificial nationalities and suffer injustice, oppression, and increasing closeness to faithless and fruitless lives.

  • AOA,
    Dear Brothers, it is so simple to live with PEACE in two sentence that is ” APNAY DEEN KO CHORO MUT AUR KISI KAY DEEN KO CHAIRO MUT”

    Regards
    Muhammad Aslam ul Haq

  • JAGO SUNNI JAGO TUMHARA SATH ZULM KI HAD HO CHUKIN HA. YA PAKISTAN HAMARA OLIYA IKARAM , ULMA-E-DIN,OR AWAM-E-AHLASUUNAT NA QUAID-E-AZAM KA SATH MIL KR BNYA THA .OR YA DEOBANDI,WHABI MOODODI,ISLAM DUSHMANOR MULK DUSHMAN HAN. AJ HAMARY SALLYBUS MAIN ASHRAF THANVI, MOODODI, MUFTI MEHMOOD,WALI KHAN,BUHTOOKA ZIKR HA. YA SUB GHDAR HAN. LAKIN PIR MEHAR ALI SHAH,ALAHAZRAT, SYED NAEEM-UD-DIN, MUFTI HAMID,MULANA ABDUL ALEEM(R.A) KA ZIKR NAHN JENHON NA US MULK KI BUNYAD MA GHOON SHAMIL KYA.
    SOHOO SUUNI

  • Shame on Asif Jalali….peer Afzal qadri and Fazil Karim…etc…and those supporting Mumtaz Qadri and blaming others gustakh blindly without following any principles….just for dollars ……at last mullah exposed.!

  • Sunni Ittehad Council is a peace, religious party. Sunni Ittehad Council stood by Pakistan Army in times of difficulty, and represents the majority of Muslims in the country.

  • My humble request to all of my Bralevi brothers/sisters….
    Plz plz. wake up from ur ignorance, if we really love Allah and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), it is our duty to learn about this deen…..
    Don’t let some ‘molvis’ or ‘alims/alama’ fool us, lets judge yourself, v r now educated, v should realize how our fake molvis have fooled us, any action v do in the of Islam, we should check did our beloved great Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) do so?, did he ask his followers to do so, did his companions do so???….
    all these fake Qadri ‘alims’ play with our emotions and are building there own dunya in the name of Islam….
    They say they have ishq of Rasool (PBUH), whereas they make fun by saying he did have money for ticket to go back to Madinah….????????

  • 1) Adam was made from SAND
    2) Angels were made from NOOR
    3) Shaytan was made from FIRE

    Then Allah asked the angels and jinn (NOOR and FIRE) to do sajdah for Adam (SAND)…..making sand above noor and fire…

    then, the ppl who insult our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sal Allaho aliehi wa sallam) say that he was made from NOOR,
    astghfirullah!!!!
    how can he be made from noor, if sand is better…????

  • ) Adam was made from SAND
    2) Angels were made from NOOR
    3) Shaytan was made from FIRE

    Then Allah asked the angels and jinn (NOOR and FIRE) to do sajdah for Adam (SAND)…..making sand above noor and fire…

    then, the ppl who insult our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sal Allaho aliehi wa sallam) say that he was made from NOOR,
    astghfirullah!!!!
    how can he be made from noor, if sand is better…????

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