Protest prayer for lynched boy triggers debate - Times Of India

KOZHIKODE: The funeral prayer meet organized by the Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) to protest the killing of Hafiz Junaid , the 16-year-old boy who was lynched at Faridabad last week, has triggered a debate within the Muslim community.

While all agree that the killing warrants strong condemnation, some organizations have expressed reservations on converting a funeral prayer into a form of protest.

"No doubt the killing was brutal. We also share the concern over the increasing incidents of lynching in the name of cow protection. But the funeral prayer is a solemn occasion where we seek pardon for the deceased," said Abdul Hameed Faizi Ambalakkadavu, state secretary of the Sunni Yuvajana Sangham (SYS).

"Prayer should be performed with due diligence and care. We are against turning it into a form of protest as there are numerous other ways to register your protest. Samastha Kerala Jam-Iyyathul Ulema leadership gave a call to pray for Junaid but it was not a form of protest," he said.

Abdul Majeed Swalahi, state president of the Ithihadu Subbail Mujahideen (ISM), also felt that funeral prayer should not be made an occasion to show surge of emotion and an occasion to protest. "There is a system in the country to find out the culprit behind the murder and punish as per the law," he said.

However, Jamaat-e-Islami Kerala assistant ameer Sheikh Muhammad Karakunnu said those who opposed the form of protest have not fully understood Islam in its entirety. "Prayer helps us attain heights in the spiritual realm, but at the same time it has relevance in the societal life too," he said adding that it should not be confined as a personal affair.

Thoufeekh Mambad, state general secretary of the SIO, said that protests were organized in 30 places in Kerala as a mark of protest 'against the fascist aggressions in the country".

"There could be differences among various Muslim organizations on the finer aspects of the religious practices. But we didn't look at it from that angle. A boy who learnt Quran by heart was murdered on the eve of Eid ul-Fitr and we decided to protest the killing," he said.

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