LAHORE: Various political and religious places have condemned the desecration of the grave and the remnants of Hazrat Umar in Syria.
Punjab Assembly Chairman Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, condemned the incident in which the grave of Hazrat Umar and his wife were tainted and burned with chemicals and excavated remains, demanding that the federal government immediately contact Syrian authorities and press to recover their remains and burials in the same place , and provide severe penalties to those responsible for blasphemy.
He said the sad incident revealed elements who wanted to spread chaos among Muslims, and regretted the silence of the Muslim world for this “regrettable, shameful and condemned” act.
Chairman of the Council of Pakistani Ulema Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi along with leaders of various schools of thought held a press conference here on Sunday to condemn the incident and urged the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the Pakistani government to pay attention to the incident and act against the elements responsible for the incident . .
They announced observing Friday (5 June) as ‘Umar bin Abdul Aziz today’ to protest the incident.
The scholars also demanded the reopening of seminary to save the academic year of around three million students studying in various madrassas.
The Sunni Ittehad Council, a conglomerate of 19 Barelvi schools of thought, announced a protest on June 1 (today) against blasphemy.
Meanwhile, leaders of Jamiat Ulema-i-Pakistan Pir Ijaz Hashmi and Syed Mahfooz Mashahdi stated that tarnishing the graves of the family members of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his friends at the funeral of Jannatul Baqi in Medina by the Saudi government in 1925 set a trend of attacks on temples by representatives throughout the world.
They demanded that Riyadh allow the reconstruction of the tomb and grave.
On the other hand, the Wifaqul Madaris meeting held at Jamia Ashrafia here demands the opening of seminary, arguing that when markets and shopping centers can be opened on condition that they follow certain standard operating procedures, religious schools must also be permitted to function under the same conditions to save the academic year of students whose annual exams are almost here.
Published in Dawn, June 1, 2020
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