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Barelvi Sunnis demand an end to Wahabi version of Islam in India

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:37 IST

Clerics of the Barelvi sect of Muslim Sunnis have condemned Wahabi ideology and demanded that the government clears out all Wahabi elements in the country's Waqf Boards, reports The Economic Times.

The anti-Wahabi statement was made on Monday at an anti-terrorism Sunni conference organised by All India Tanzeem Ulama-E-Islam(AITUI) in Delhi.

At the meeting, the clerics said: "AITUI clearly states that this radicalisation is being spread within Muslim community like a virus by Wahabi elements funded by Petro dollars of Saudi Arabia & Qatar ...AITU wants to highlight the fact that ISIS is active in Indian under different names and banners. These ISIS fronts are organising conferences, and programmes to show their presence in India to their Saudi and Qatar-based funders and to assure them that they are present in India and working for the vested interests of Wahabis Monarchies of Saudi Arabia & Qatar."

The clerics added: "We want to say that these radical organisations are working for Wahabi and Salafi objective of radicalising youth in the name of social revolution. AITUI demand that the activities of these extremist organisations be banned as they are working against national security. Wahabism is part of dirty politics and has nothing to do with Islam."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last August asked the members of the Barelvi sect to strengthen the Sufi version of Islam to counter extremist elements.

First published: 9 February 2016, 8:11 IST