Makkah Mufti Dr. Wasiullah’s stance on protests against India’s NRC and CAA

Makkah – Mufti of Makkah Dr. Wasiullah Mohammed al-Abbas on Friday was asked about protesting against the India’s controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Registry of Citizens (NRC), amidst the growing confusion among the followers of Salafi sect whether protesting is permissible or prohibited.

Mufti’s student Zulfiker Ibrahim Memon, a UK national who lives in Medina, Saudi Arabia, released a statement titled “Should Muslims participate in protests facing the current situation in India, or not?”, after personally meeting the Mufti at his house in Makkah.

“I mentioned to him that there are many who have commented and have passed their verdicts based upon ignorance and without referring back to the people of knowledge,” he added.

Mr. Memon explained, “I then mentioned the Fatwa of Shaykh Saleh al-Fawzan to him. Recently, the Milli Chronicle on the 23rd February issue, published an article that Shaykh Salih Fawzan was asked the question about protesting against the CAA and the ruling regarding the Muslims participating in protests.”

“The Shaykh (al-Fawzan) gave the same answer as Shaykh Wasiullah stating that this issue be referred back to the people of knowledge, the ULEMA of their country,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Salafi scholars of India have unanimously agreed to join all the Muslim parties irrespective of their creed and differences to protest against the controversial Citizenship act, while strictly abiding by the legal boundaries of the Indian constitution.

Indian government under Prime Minister Modi passed the controversial bill in parliament in December 2019. The law paves the way for minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to get Indian citizenship, but the critics say it is biased against Muslims, since it’s only applicable for Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists, and Parsis, while the Muslim migrants are detained.