NEW DELHI : Grand Mufti of Oman, Ahmed bin Hamd al-Khalili, has called upon the global community, international human rights groups and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to pay attention to the tragedy of Muslims in India.
According to Kashmir Media Service, Al-Khalili, who has a significant following in the Islamic World, in a tweet lamented that the world was ignoring the tragedy of Muslims in India which is “happening right under their noses.”
“Where are the international human rights organisations and where are the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and its general secretariat?” asked Al-Khalili in his tweet.
“The tragedy of Muslims in India is continuing under the eyes of all the world, but nobody moves a finger, so where are the international human rights organisations? Where are the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and its general secretariat?” Al-Khalili’s tweet in Arabic said.
The Grand Mufti did not mention any particular issue which triggered this statement. But he was referring to the overall situation of Muslims in India. His statement came at a time where there was an ongoing outrage against the Uttarakhand government’s plan to demolish around 5,000 homes in Haldwani’s Muslim majority area following the high court order.
Videos of local residents, including women and children, protesting against the planned demolition of their homes and seeking help went viral on social media.
“When will the world’s conscience awaken? When will the Muslims awaken? How much we are! May that happen soon,” said Al-Khalili.
He also reminded the Muslim World of its responsibilities, based on the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), to offer a helping hand to the Muslims facing persecution.
Al-Khalili’s statement has drawn lots of reactions from prominent people.
Abdullah Alamadi, an author and a columnist, said: “Al-Khalili is one of the few people who stand against the oppression of Muslims of India.”