Is a Mosque essential for Islam and Namaz: De-coding the 1994 SC verdict

babrimasjidNew Delhi, Sep 24: In his final week in office, Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra would pronounce an important verdict relating to the Ram Temple issue. It must be clarified here that the verdict is not relating to the title suit, but regarding a point of law that arose out of the Dr. Ismail Faruqui verdict of the Supreme Court in 1994.

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Is reading the Quran a SIMI activity?

The police say that the activities of the Students Islamic Movement of India has started and this is a worrying sign.The SIMI on the other says if reading the Quran or performing Namaz is considered to be activity, then there is very little to say since every Muslim as long as he is alive will continue to do this (perform Namaz and read the Quran).
Even as the legal battle to lift the ban on SIMI continues to be fought in the Supreme Court of India, the Madhya Pradesh police made a crucial arrest at the Kochi airport a couple of days. The man arrested was
Sainudeen Sainulabudeen, former president of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India.The police claimed that he was being picked up in connection with a case at Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. His questioning will be crucial for the investigating agencies since they will not only look into the existing case on hand, but will also try and find out about the future plans of the SIMI which was banned over a decade back.
However security agencies are reading more into this case and say that the fact that he was arrested in a land which is the strong hold of SIMI is an interesting development. While this is the claim by the security agencies, Dr Shahid Badr Falahi the president of the SIMI at the time of the ban says that this is nothing but a build up for February 2012 when the ban on SIMI has to be re-imposed.
Although several persons in the SIMI state that all this is stage managed to build a case to re-impose the ban, the police say that there are many radicals within the outfit who feel that they should revamp and carry out strikes.
The activities of some of these cadres is still very much on and the point of revamp will be Kerala since they do enjoy a lot of moral support over there. They have deliberately moved out of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh their strong holds since the heat is too high over there. Kerala was a better option for them since there is not only political support for them, but many parts of this state especially, Malapuram, Nadapuram in Kannur and
the Vizhinjam and Poovar areas in Tiruvananthapuram are communally sensitive.
Over the past couple of months Intelligence Bureau inputs suggest that some cadres of the SIMI are becoming aggressive. They have been in touch with several elements sponsored by the ISI in a bid to revamp. The ISI has been missing a dedicated Indian wing to carry out terror strikes on Indian soil. They did manage to rope in some cadres of the SIMI for this purpose and did manage a lot of success at first. However following the ban, a lot of the cadres went underground and several others arrested. This led to the formation of the Indian Mujahideen which did show all of us its capabilities when it carried out a series of attacks across the country. The IB says that the re-vamp of either the SIMI or the IM will be under an entirely new name and this is largely done to confuse investigators.
However Dr Falahi considers all this as nonsense. We were expecting an arrest to take place and our doubts have been clarified. This is a trend that we have been witnessing since the past 5 years. The arrest of Sainudeen Sainulabudeen is nothing but an exercise to build up a case for the ban again next year. The police have decided that any member of the SIMI is nothing but an anti social. What activity are they talking about? If we read the Quran or perform Namaz, does that amount to acticvity? I sit down and speak with my friends and crack a couple of jokes and that becomes Jihadi activity? A Muslim is bound to perform Namaz or read the Quran. How does that become activity in police language? As long as Muslims are alive they will surely do these two things (read the Quran and perform Namaz).
The government will do everything it can to ensure that the ban continues. In any part of India if something wrong is done by a Muslim then they say he is a SIMI member.
Yes about this Safdar Nagori version to the SIMI is something that has been spoken about. I do feel that this is a creation of our security agencies. When I was the President and the day the ban was imposed, I was addressing a huge gathering. That is when the police came to arrest me and did so at the end of it. Nagori too was present at that meeting, but he escaped arrest. Since then he is considered to be a fugitive.
The hope for all us is very distant. The BJP banned us and this so called Secular Congress continued to act on the lie of the BJP. The ban keeps getting re-imposed and we continue to be banned despite we winning the case once before the Commission. Now we are back in the Supreme Court and the case is on. Well if at all we win, I do not know what the fate of SIMI would be.

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