Srinagar, June 29 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema Jammu and Kashmir (MMU) headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has refuted the claims in some sections of media that two local Sikh girls had been forcibly converted to Islam for marriage.
The MMU in a statement issued in Srinagar said that keeping in view the sensitivity of the issue, a high level delegation of MMU headed by senior APHC leader, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi on the suggestion of incarcerated Mirwaiz, met with members of the local Sikh community as well as members of Sikh representative organization Shiromani Akali Dal to find out about the issue at hand, that had caused anguish among the local Sikh community, and to address it amicably.
The MMU in the statement made it clear that Islam is a religion of peace, tolerance and harmony; and that there is absolutely no room for coercion or force in Islam. “It has in fact given freedom of religion to every sane and mature person. But if anyone of his/her own free will wants to accept Islam, that is a matter of choice,” it said.
The MMU delegation, while talking to the Sikh delegations said such issues can be resolved mutually in a cordial atmosphere among members of both communities. However, it added that we need to be wary and cautious as some outside elements deliberately want to undermine the centuries-old atmosphere of religious tolerance and harmony that exists in IIOJK and create a rift among communities living in the territory which should not be allowed at all.
The MMU delegates assured the Sikh community of the occupied territory that Kashmiri Muslims share every grief and happiness with them, and according to Islamic teachings, it is incumbent upon them to protect the minorities, the statement said.
The local Sikh community members thanked the members of MMU for their reassurance and outreach, the statement added.
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