Kanhaiya Lal Murder: Dawat-e-Islami, one of Pakistan’s largest Sunni-Barelvi Muslim organizations, which has come into the limelight after the brutal murder of Hindu tailor Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur, India, has rejected any association with terrorism.
The Dawat-e-Islami has claimed that it is a purely educational, and charitable organization that promotes peace. The Karachi-headquartered organization has been in the news ever since it emerged that one of the two culprits of the Kanhaiya Lal murder in Rajasthan’s Udaipur was inspired by Dawat-e-Islami and had traveled to Karachi in 2014.
Riyaz Akhtari and Ghaus Mohammad killed Hindu tailor Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur on Tuesday and posted videos online saying they were taking revenge for insults to Islam. A senior Maulana Mahmood Qadri of Dawat-e-Islami’s headquarters (Faizan-e-Madina) in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of Karachi rejected his organization’s association with any act of terrorism.
“Dawat-e-Islami has nothing to do with any act of terrorism. We are a purely educational, religious and charitable institution and promote peace in life globally,” Mehmood was quoted as news agency PTI.
He said thousands of students from all over the world visit the organization’s headquarters to study Islam where extremism or fundamentalism is not propagated.
“We are absolutely a non-political organisation,” he said.
Mahmood said that the Dawat-e-Islami has branches across the world, the organization operates a television channel- Madani Channel and also has a website with all the details of the group.
“Since the inception of Dawat-e-Islami in 1981, there has not been a single incident in which any of our students, followers or teachers have been named or involved in any violent activities,” he said.
Mahmood expressed surprise over the reports in the Indian media and said that the organization’s education does not inspire any student to take someone’s life. He said that unlike other religious organizations in Pakistan, Dawat-e-Islami has never been associated with any violence or violent act.
Mahmud said that human beings should always respect each other and each other’s religions.
Referring to the remarks of a leader who was suspended from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he said, “Look, no Muslim, irrespective of his faith, will ever tolerate any blasphemous remark about Prophet Muhammad.”
“What happened was bad and it hurt every Muslim, wherever he was,” he added.
Mahmud said that one has to listen to the teachings of their leader, Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadri, to understand the organization’s philosophy. He said that the organization aims to improve itself and the world through character building and charitable work.