Being photographed, video taped is un-Islamic: TNSM chief
* Sufi Muhammad says democracy, communism, socialism, fascism are un-Islamic systems of governance
* Says jihad is only obligatory when infidels seek to eliminate sharia
* Women can only come out of their houses to perform Haj
Daily Times Monitor
LAHORE: It is un-Islamic for anyone to be photographed, Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM) chief Sufi Muhammad has said.
Talking to a private TV channel, he said any duplicated image of a person, whether a “still picture or video” was un-Islamic. Referring to the various systems of governance, he said democracy, communism, socialism and fascism were all un-Islamic. He also said there was no need for a constitution in the country in the presence of the Quran and Sunnah, adding these were the “biggest laws” available to humanity. Focusing on democracy, he said it was un-Islamic, as infidels invented it. “I would not offer prayer behind anyone who would seek to justify democracy,” he said, adding this was why he had refused to offer prayers behind Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Qazi Hussain Ahmad and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman. “How can people who believe in democracy be expected to enforce the ideals of sharia,” he said. He said the struggle for Kashmir was to obtain land where Muslims could move about freely rather than seeking the implementation of shariat.
Obligatory jihad: Sufi Muhammad said the sharia system of governance not currently in force anywhere in the world, not even Saudi Arabia or Iran. “Only the Taliban had enforced sharia when they were in power in Afghanistan,” he added. He said he had gone to Afghanistan to conduct jihad, and not to cater to Mullah Omar or Osama Bin Laden. “Jihad was obligatory at the time because the US wanted to end sharia in Afghanistan,” he added. He said Muslims could not wage jihad until the enforcement of sharia, adding jihad becomes obligatory on Muslims only after infidels attempt to eliminate the sharia system of governance. To a question on his organisation’s members picking up the sword in the past and killing people, he said he was opposed to such actions. “They took these actions without informing me and after I came to know of them, I prevented them from doing so,” he added.
Not allowed: On the status of women in a Taliban-run society, he said women were not allowed to come out of their house for any reason other than to perform Haj. However, he added, a female patient was allowed to visit a male doctor to seek a cure for her ailments.
Separately, Sufi Muhammad told another channel the TNSM wanted the implementation of sharia in Malakand Division. He said the qazis appointed by the NWFP government for the Darul Qaza were judges and their appointments had “not been in accordance with Islam”. He said the 1973 Constitution was an Islamic document but had not been implemented properly. He said the rules framed by the government for the Darul Qaza were unacceptable, adding the NWFP government had not consulted him prior to their establishment.
” Sufi Mohammad says:
Democracy is the system of infidels and all those who participate in it are infidels. [He once took part in elections. What would he call himself?]
Women should not be allowed to go outside their homes except for Hajj. [Women are women not prisoners…]
Women aren’t allowed to seek education. [That’s the extreme of his jahalat]
Iran and Saudi Arabia don’t have Shari’ah in real sense. [So this means these countries are also evil in his view]
Jihad in Kashmir isn’t mandatory. [My take: I don’t call it jihad at all…]
The government can’t appoint Qazis for Darul Qaza. [He wants to retain this right]
It’s sin to take photos of human beings or make video footage. [What a lout man!]
This man has lost it totally. He shouldn’t have been released from the prison. Not only he’s getting out of control but Taliban too don’t seem to listen to him. I n my view, both are the same sides of the coin anyway.
We should learn that Taliban will never:
- Be able to provide justice to ordinary people for they are so corrupt themselves
- Accept girls’ right of education.
- Limit their role. They want to rule.
- Adopt a moderate path. They are extremists and will always remain so.
These are hard times and we are indeed dealing with a serious evil. The latest I read is that Sufi has distanced himself from the peace talks. ”
”-”as published in www.ayesha5.wordpress.com