Guwahati: The Assam State Jamiat Ulama (ASJU) on Wednesday demanded the closure of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamat’s book stall at the ongoing Northeast Book Fair in Guwahati accusing the community of following Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani as their prophet which is “against the basic principles of Islam”.
The ASJU is headed by All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief and perfume baron Badruddin Ajmal.
Submitting a memorandum to the organiser of the book fair and the Kamrup district administration, the ASJU said the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamat “does not recognise Prophet Muhammad as the last prophet” and accused them of following ‘Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani’ as their prophet which is “against the basic principles of Islam”. The ASJU demanded the organisers not to give space to the Jamat to set up the book stall.
Addressing the media, ASJU general secretary Hafiz Zahid Qasimi said: “The so-called Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamat is not a follower of Islam and they are not Muslims.”
The ASJU statement warned, “Muslims all over the world and India do not recognise Qadianis as Muslims. All Muslim organisations in Assam do not recognise and accept them as Muslims. If they set up a book stall here, there are chances of huge public outrage and protest all over Assam.”
However, citing verses from the Quran, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamat’s Kamrup disctrict in-charge Zahurul Haque said, “Prophet Muhammad is the seal of all prophets, but others can also listen and pass the message from Allah to the masses. Hence, we consider Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani the promised messenger. At the same time, we considered Prophet Muhammad as the leader of all prophets. So with the aim to sensitise people, we translated the Quran into 80 languages.”
Criticising such claims, Zunaid Khalid of ASJU said, “There’s a word ‘Ahmad’ in the Quran. The Ahmadiyyas attribute that word to Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. It is clearly written that Muhammad is the last prophet in Islam.”
Dhiraj Goswami and Ajit Kumar Barman from the organising committee said that Ahmadiyyas have been setting up book stalls for the past few years. “But this is the first time that such a demand has come to us,” they said.