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Clerics, Muslim panel spokesperson rally behind Asaduddin Owaisi
Hyderabad MP's statement that every human being is born a Muslim is correct and true to Islamic principles, they say
Tuesday January 6, 2015 3:59 PM, Staff Reporter

Strongly supporting the statement made by Asaduddin Owaisi, the spokesperson of the All India Muslim Perosnal Law Board (AIMPLB) and Muslim clerics Tuesday said what the Hyderabad MP and the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) president has said is correct, and true to Islamic principles.

Child and Quran

At the same time, they also slammed the Muslim politicians for speaking on the issue without proper knowledge.

"Whatever has Asaduddin Owaisi said is totally correct and there is no wrong in what he has said. This is the true interpretation of a Sahih Hadees (Authentic saying of Prophet Mohammad - peace be upon him)", Abdur Raheem Qureshi, spokesperson of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said while talking to on phone.

A controversy erupted in India after Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that Islam is the 'real home' of all religions in the world and hence the real 'home coming' will be when people of other religions embrace it.

He also slammed the Muslim politicians who he said are talking on the issue without knowledge.

"The Muslim politicians should acquire knowledge before talking on any issue. What Owaisi has said is based on the Islamic principles", he added.

Mehmood Daryabad, General Secretary of the All India Ulema Council, Mumbai, too supported Owaisi's statement but said religion and politics should not be mixed up.

"Going by the teachings of Islam, whatever Owaisi has said is totally correct", he said.

He however declined to comment on the Muslim politicians who criticized Owaisi for his reported statement.

Dr. Ahmed Nadvi, who teaches in an Islamic seminary, also supported Owaisi's move but said there is no compulsion in Islam.

"There is no dispute on what Owaisi has said. However, it should be noted that Islam does not support forced conversion. There is no compulsion in Islam when it comes to the choice of one's religion", he said.

While addressing a public meeting Saturday, Owaisi said that every child is born as a Muslim but his parents convert him to other religions. "The real home coming will be when people of other religions embrace Islam," he said.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Majeed Memon and Janata Dal (United) leader Ali Anwer had criticised Owaisi outrightly rejecting as untrue what he had said in his statement.

Owaisi's statement follows the interview of the son of a 'Revert Muslim' published by on December 30, 2014.

In the interview, Abdullah, a graduate from a Madrasa whose father reverted to Islam a decade ago, quoting from the verses of the Holy Quran and Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), says, "Every human being is born a Muslim. It is his or her parents who then make them Jews, Christians or Hindus. So, if such people are embracing Islam and becoming Muslims, it means they are returning back to their root."

Abdullah also invited the RSS, VHP and other Hindutva leaders to read Quran.

"Islam, Quran and the Prophet (peace be upon him) are not for Muslims alone. They are for every human being whether they are Hindus, Jews, Christians or followers of any other religion. RSS and VHP leaders should also study and understand the Quran. It is a book of guidance and there is every chance that they, like billions others, will get benefited", he said.

A nationwide controversy erupted in India recently after a few Hindu organisations, some of whom owe allegiance to the RSS, organised conversion programmes in some north Indian states to convert non-Hindus to Hinduism.

They claim that all Indians are Hindus, and the ancestors of the Indian Muslims and Christians were either lured or were forced to convert their religion, and hence there is a need of their 'home coming.'


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