Salman Nadwi, an Islamic cleric in Lucknow, takes a U term about his stance on banning of Islamist Organization Popular Front of India and said that it will be illogical to ban the entire organisation due to the misdeeds of a few members. This statement of him came days after attending the All India Sufi Sajjadanashin Council (AISSC) that demanded a ban on the operation of the Islamist organisation Popular Front of India (PFI). Nadwi drew comparisons between RSS and PFI. He asserted that the two organisations operate along similar lines and then drew comparisons between Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS).

Nadwi reportedly attended the interfaith gathering that took place in New Delhi on Saturday. Ajit Doval, the national security adviser, and AISSC, an Islamist group with a four-year history, were present at the conference. The resolution to forbid the PFI from engaging in radicalism or engaging in situations like the recent murder of tailor Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur or the Bihar terror module was approved by the conference. On July 31, Nadwi reversed course and declined to back the demand to ban PFI.

He stated “It is not right to demand a ban on Jamaat-e-Islami, Tablighi Jamaat or the RSS, its branches, Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad just because some of their members are found indulging in cruelty or making unlawful remarks,” he said in a video interview that was uploaded on his Youtube channel on July 31. He added that RSS and PFI worked on similar lines. “RSS says that it works for society. PFI also does the same. It is not good to target the entire organization”.

He stated that while the law should punish those group members who are involved in crimes, it is not a good idea to outlaw the entire organisation because of such individuals. He said that he was unaware that a ban on PFI had been proposed at the meeting. The Islamic cleric continued by saying that each organisation should have it’s few illegally acting members punished. If there is proof, they should be punished; nonetheless, this cannot be used as an excuse to prohibit the entire community.

He emphasised that no resolution to outlaw the PFI was presented to him during the meeting on Saturday and stated that his only goal in attending was to advance interfaith cooperation. He admitted, “I wasn’t even aware that some resolution was going to be passed. Salman Nadwi’s about-face should be noted in light of the fact that the resolution asking for the ban on PFI was passed by the All India Sufi Sajjadanashin Council (AISSC), which he attended along with NSA Ajit Doval, just days before he made his U-turn. The internet was flooded with images of Nadwi hugging Mr. Doval and enthusiastically shaking hands with other religious leaders.

Pledging allegiance to ISIS and wishing Al-Baghdadi success as Caliph
Nadwi, who has a reputation for ardently supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, has previously been very clear about his commitment to the Islamic State. Additionally, he congratulated Al-Baghdadi on becoming the Caliph and expressed joy over the founding of ISIS. The PFI’s criminal history Therefore, it should not come as a surprise that Salman Nadwi has sympathies for an extremist group like PFI, which is notorious for promoting Islamism in India and engaging in evil deeds against non-Muslims.



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