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Top Indian cleric warns Muslims off Anna Hazare

Published Aug 22, 2011 03:02pm


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Indian rights activist Anna Hazare gestures to supporters from the back of a police van after he was detained prior to beginning a hunger strike in New Delhi, August 16, 2011. — AP Photo

NEW DELHI: One of India's top Islamic clerics cautioned Muslims on Monday against joining an anti-graft drive that has galvanised the nation, saying its leader Anna Hazare lacked secular credentials.

“I have advised all Muslims to stay far away from Anna Hazare, because he has done nothing for Muslims,” Syed Ahmed Bukhari, the imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid mosque told AFP.

“Today he is fasting against corruption, but in all these years he has never even fasted half a day when communal riots occurred in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra, killing so many people,” he said.

Hazare, 74, is on the seventh day of a fast to pressure the government into accepting an anti-graft bill drafted by him and his associates, which he claims will tackle corruption effectively.

Bukhari took a swipe at the activist for calling himself a devotee of independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, who used hunger strikes to great effect while fighting against British rule.

“Hazare is not a secular man. Gandhi united Hindus and Muslims, he took the whole country with him in the freedom struggle,” he said.

He particularly criticised Hazare for publicly praising Gujarat state chief minister Narendra Modi, who is a divisive figure in India after communal riots in the state nine years ago left some 2,000 people dead, mostly Muslims.

Bukhari also objected to the campaign's use of the slogan “Vande Mataram”(Hail to the Motherland) to rally its supporters, saying it was blasphemous for Muslims.

Vande Mataram was a popular hymn invoked during India's independence struggle, but remains controversial among religious minorities due to certain verses that liken India to the Hindu goddess Durga.

Tens of thousands have gathered every day to watch Hazare fast in Delhi's Ramlila grounds, an open-air venue where the veteran activist is enacting his hunger strike.

He has been given official permission to fast there until September 2.


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samyak gowda Aug 22, 2011 08:27pm
Best example, why Muslims remain the most backward in the entire world.
harish goswami Aug 22, 2011 08:40pm
India Aug 22, 2011 08:43pm
Anna's strike is not restricted for any religion or region. please stop this non sense and support this good for every indian.Ask urself R U INDIAN, THEN SUPPORT THIS PROTEST. JAI HIND.
John Aug 22, 2011 08:46pm
Buddy who ever feel that corruption is not their cause to fight for please feel free to stay away or go as far away from this country as you please.
abid Aug 22, 2011 08:47pm
He is out of his mind and finding reason to show his name in paper and making mockery of Muslim intellect
Anurag Aug 22, 2011 08:50pm
This is a strange reaction. I'll restrict myself to 'Vande matram', etc. Iqbal saheb wrote the famous 'Saare jahan se achcha'. So should it mean nothing to Indians, since he chose to live in and favour Pakistan? Some also allege 'Jana Gana Mana' pays homage to a British king, so should we throw that away to for not being kosher? It is said there is no remedy for suspicion. The burning issue of the day in India is corruption. The fight against corruption must be supported, the man heading the campaign is of secondary importance. Hindustan is not rallying behind Anna Hazare, it is rallying against corruption. The distinction is important to keep in mind. A question can be also put to the sanctimonious Imam- what has he done to address the myriad social issues India faces today? And how many political or apolitical leaders of note today have done anything to promote any kind of inter-religious harmony. As a commoner of India, my impression can be summarized in two words- no one.
Suresh Aug 22, 2011 08:54pm
He is Fighting for a cause(corruption), I dont see a reason why this guy is dragging religion in this cause. at present corrruption is the biggest enemy. Political corruption is the use of legislated powers by government officials for illegitimate private gain. Misuse of government power for other purposes. Corrupt people in the govt doesn't not bother whether he is Hindu or Muslim or Sikh or Christain. Support this cause instead of mis-leading people with these kind of rumours.
Khuram Aug 22, 2011 09:02pm
Why Bukhari is created hate among Muslims for a noble cause. May be, he would have gotten some golden promises from congress.
pervez roshan Aug 22, 2011 09:05pm
Well,it's really unfortunate.A social activists doesn't require to satisfy a community,when the whole mass gathering is against corruption the remarks of the imam is totally unfortunate.
Devendra Aug 22, 2011 09:09pm
Syed Ahmed Bukhari is a divisive figure and a religious bigot. For him to cast aspersion on Anna Hazare (and I am not a paynegrist for Anna and actually don't know that much about him), a man who is doing the right thing by any measure, only shows the moral bankruptcy of Bukhari.
Surinder Singh Kade Aug 22, 2011 09:20pm
This reminds me of saying among Jewsh people in New York. Any action taken by the authorities Is it good for Jews? Surinder Singh Kade New York
Indian Aug 22, 2011 09:34pm
Mr Bukhari is misguided. Did he ever fight against corruption? So why does he want Anna to fight against communalism? Anna is not fasting for unity. He is not fasting for communal harmony. He is fasting against corruption. And he has not asked Hindus or Muslims to join him. He has asked Indians to join him. People like him really are going to be irrelevant. Secular or non muslim countries are more peaceful than muslim countries. Take Pakistan, and entire middle east. Most of muslim countries are in turmoil because of people like him. They exploit poor, weak and incite anger in them for all kind of causes. I have never heard a single Imam working hard to create peace. They talk about purity, Jehad and Islam. What good is a religion if its followers, most of them are not happy. Religion is for people to identify themselves, find a reason, find a cause. But most of religious heads do not understand what they need to do. I sincerely hope Mr Bukhari and other muslim leaders would try to do soul searching that why is that mostly Muslim nations are in turmoil. And not all are in turmoil. Malaysia, Indonesia and Turkey are examples because they do not have extremist Mullahs. I hope Dawn is mature enough not to censor my opinion.
Atis Aug 22, 2011 09:56pm
Leaders like Bukhari have done more harm to Muslims than even Narendra Modi to Muslims.While the approach of Mr Hazare may not be a full proof approach to control corruption,the divisive approach by persons like Bukhari has done more harm to common Muslims.
Ashok Aug 22, 2011 09:59pm
Anna's movement is supported by progressive youth of India who want a good future for them in India. Also what secular credentials Mr Bukhari himself has that he questions other's credentials.
cool indian Aug 22, 2011 09:59pm
Mr Bukhari does not command any respect among most of the muslims. His comments lack any sense and he is one of the main forces supporting communal forces..
Prasad Saraph Aug 22, 2011 10:06pm
Good for Bukhari! He should stay far far away indeed ... Not many Muslims in India want to be near Bukhari either... he was the one who supported denial of alimony in Shahbano case that deprived thousands of Muslim women from their legal right to alimony ... so much for talking about the well-being of Muslims.
Kalyan Aug 22, 2011 10:10pm
This is why no one likes this man..good for nothing...wants to drag religion in every matter...not good for country...talking secularism when need...else just talk about his religion..
Vikram Aug 22, 2011 10:11pm
Indian Muslims have already joined the movement. Some Muslims even though they are fasting, are serving food and water along with other Indians to protestors in Delhi. Syed Bukhari has a right to say whatever he wants. I respect him but I don't agree with him on this. This anti corruption movement is for all Indians, doesn't matter what religion, caste or ststus poor or rich
Sudhir Aug 22, 2011 10:19pm
This is really very unfortunate--dragging religion in the struggle for fight against corruption. Who cares whether someone is a Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or a Christian. As long as he or she possesses leadership qualities to fight for a cause and lead the people to fight against corruption. Anna Hazzare has shown what no leader since past 3 decades in India hasn’t been able to do. Hope at least now Anna should be left to fast peacefully for a justified cause.
Gurpreet Aug 22, 2011 10:21pm
The Indian govt is trying all the tricks to divide the people over the Lokpal bill. This seems to be one of it.
Deepak garg Aug 22, 2011 10:29pm
You work 12 hours a day... and then give direct and indirect taxes.. Finally you end up saving less money for your kids then you give to government via taxes. Government does corruption on public money and you end up paying more taxes. So you are neither able to spend time nor save money for your dear one. Who is the looser. Don't communalize the issue of corruption.. Its shame on the part of people.
BRR Aug 22, 2011 10:59pm
Bukhari has outlived his use. He is like a man shouting "don't eat that food" when a benefactor shows up to feed the hungry at a famine camp, just because that benefactor had never before helped anyone (at least in the limelight). Bukhari has played into the hands of the Congress govt. like he has done before. Playing this Muslim card all over again. And if Muslims still cannot sing Vande Mantaram, then they can do so at their own peril, of being further marginalized by their own choosing.
saad Aug 22, 2011 11:02pm
Its not merely a coincidence that he had to threaten with fasting during the month of Ramadan. It is during this time that Muslims fast are in the spotlight. its possible that maybe he wanted a little of that for himself as well.
wasim Aug 22, 2011 11:05pm
At the age of 74 hazare cannot take out a country out of turmoil. he is at the last stage of his life and hunger strike will make him more weak to a cardiac arrrest. as far as the question of muslims are concerned they never in the history have followed a non-muslim and in case of hazare is the same thing
jk Aug 22, 2011 11:09pm
This chap is out of his mind. Is corruption not impacting Muslims in India? This type of negative attitude is very harmful for Muslim community and they should publicly condemn this useless fellow who is trying to paint communal picture of the movement.
samrat Aug 22, 2011 11:14pm
The question is what has Bukhari done for the Muslims of India except inflamming passions
one fellow indian Aug 22, 2011 11:15pm
See use (misuse ) of religeon by one cleric for his own political interest....such people are really enemy of the religeon
Rahul Aug 22, 2011 11:15pm
In my personal opinion this is unfortunate. This fight is going to impact every citizen of India regardless of their cast and religion. And there is correction as well. Tens of thousands have gathered every day to show that they are with Anna and not to 'watch' him fast.
Ramesh Aug 22, 2011 11:16pm
i support Anna... dont worry Mr Ahmed Bukhari...I will not ask you what you have done for Hindus. we will still fight against corruption for betterment Indians including you.
Riz Aug 22, 2011 11:22pm
A self made Imam, Everyone are fighting unitedly for a cause. None will listen to you
Roy Aug 22, 2011 11:24pm
Honorable Bukhari is trying to give this movement a communal color. Shame on him. If corruption is eradicated or even reduced, Muslims will also benefit from it.
Mohamed India Aug 22, 2011 11:34pm
He will say whatever the Congress leadership asks him to say. I am sure He is getting paid well for saying this.
rahul kumar Aug 22, 2011 11:43pm
its frustating to read what Bukhari sahab has to say.i think his views are conservative. muslims are participating in this movement as much so called hidus are. These spritual leaders has always disappoited india. Every Indian irrespective of his religion is affected of corruption and Anna is fighting for all of us. Muslim brothers are participating as much as anyone else.
Tarun Aug 22, 2011 11:52pm
These clericks are now opposing this march for ant coruption, but once the law is passed they will be first one to reap fruits. Shame on these guys and such leaders, for mis guideing the followers.
Venky Aug 22, 2011 11:57pm
First I am a human being, then an Indian and then a Hindu. I fail to understand how come "hail to Motherland or country to which one belong is blasphemy? Clerics like these are not cautioning but misleading
Zubair Aug 23, 2011 12:06am
Does corruption target people based on their religon? I am a Muslim in India and I wholeheartedly support Ann Hazare. Imam Bukhari should understand this is a social movement. He is known to be a Government sidekick and he proved that today.
Rakeeb Aug 23, 2011 12:14am
Corruption affects everybody whether you are a Muslim or not. So, to say that Mr. Hazare's agitation is not for Muslims is dishonest at best and divisive at least. If Indian Muslims want to listen to this regressive cleric, it will only go to show their ignorance and small mindedness. Yes there have been many inequalities and injustices in any society. But the purpose of an agitation gets diluted if you include everything in your charter at once. Besides, the support is not for a person Harare, it is for a cause even if you do not like the person.
Vidya Aug 23, 2011 12:39am
Few points: 1. Congress that has ruled India for more than 55 years have always followed appeasement policy towards Muslims. And unfortunately large section of muslim brothers havent recognised this yet. Bukhari has always been with Congress and himself is not politically secular. 2. In my opinion, all the minorites, lower classes need this ombudsman bill more than average majority population. Oce we have this bill passed, you can file RTI and raise questions as to why certain development was not in certain area. Why women of certain society are still not educated, why are children from particular area have no enough clothes to wear and responsible can be punished. There is no accountability about this now. 3. Anna hazare didnt praise Modi for riots in Gujrat but he praised Modi and Nitish Kumar for the development that can be seen in states like Gujrat and Bihar! 4. If Anna goes on fast for Right to Information, JanLokpal Bill why couldn't the leaders like you go on fast for quick resolution of cases against Modi and the likes. 5. If Maulana Mahmood Madani could come forward towards the betterment of the country why are you hiding in your backyard? 6. It is the time you should lead from front Mr Bukhari and set an example. You should in fact appeal muslims to join the cause like Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. 7. Try not to look at India as an outsider. You are very much part of the India, its problems and its solutions.
HK Aug 23, 2011 12:51am
Corruption affects everyone, including Muslims.If Mr. Bukhari has interest of Muslims in mind he should come strongly against corruption. Corruption eats away almost everything meant for helping the poor which include a large number of Muslims. He is playing into hands of ruling class and unnecessarily communalising the issue. Leaders like Mr Bukhari are equally responsible for plight of Muslims by making them a mere vote-bank and happy with mostly symbolic concessions promised by Political parties and nothing more than that.It is a golden oppurtunity for Muslims to be a part of this change rather than trying to sabotage it.
Enter your name... Aug 23, 2011 01:42am
Sir, What a way to look at everything from a communal angle! The guy Anna is doing some goodwork galvanising the whole nation to condemn curruption and every section of the community should support it so that something usefull comes out of it. No use wearing dark glasses and looking at things with jaundiced eyes. Sunderam,Coimbatore,India.
VS Aug 23, 2011 01:51am
For Hindus country comes before all.
bobby Aug 23, 2011 01:56am
Cannot understand the muslim leadership, when this man wants to fight graft affecting everyone, this muslim leader wants to see if he has worked for a muslim cause. When will this world have a good leadership which does not say religion first
Shock horror Aug 23, 2011 01:57am
Who does Syed Ahmed Bukhari represent apart from himself?
gaurav Aug 23, 2011 02:03am
Why dont you highlight the positives here... this man has done a lot for both Hindus and Muslims. Please try and understand, and Indian Muslim is genetically different from a Pakistani Muslim... enough said. That said, this man has been fasting to bring about a change that this country needs badly. Muslims have been presidents, ministers and top bureaucrats in this country. How many Hindus have reached powerful positions in Pakistan?
Rajesh Aug 23, 2011 02:24am
It amazes me that a man of his stature and position can be so irresponsible in his comments. What Anna is doing has nothing to do with religion. He is working towards the common good of every human. After all, we are human beings before we are Muslims, Hindus, Christians, etc. I would expect a lot more maturity from a religious leader like Bukhari. The unfortunate incident in Gujarat brought suffering to both Hindus and Muslims. Did Bukhari shed a tear for the Hindu deaths?
Mahan Aug 23, 2011 02:39am
Well why don't you fast unto death for the Muslim cause. Honestly, what have you done for the muslims other than blaming the rest of the world for their plights.
Kalyan Aug 23, 2011 03:17am
Perhaps Mr. Bhukhari could have led a secular protest against corruption rather than waiting for someone else or complaining about someone else.
P Sharma Aug 23, 2011 03:53am
He is uniting all Indians irrespective of their religion. I guess Mr. Bukhari does not understand that.
just an indian Aug 23, 2011 04:33am
But there are millions of muslims who offered Namaz in Ramlila ground to show there support to Anna. What has Ahmed Bukhari done for muslims? people like him can only divide humans not unite. Right now every so called leader in India is feeling threatened by this ordinary person (a real leader) who has united people from all walks of life, which these corrupt politicians, moulvies or other so called leaders have not been able to do.
amar Aug 23, 2011 04:37am
Poor mr bukhari now wants to divide india into hindu and muslims again!but he won't b able to to as india is for both muslims and hindus!
Dr K Aug 23, 2011 05:16am
This is what is the real problem with muslims in India, they dont participate in anything unless it is just for them. Does corruption not hurt muslims in India? And tell me what is so wrong with the slogan? Because its not in Urdu?
Piyush Aug 23, 2011 05:30am
Fight against corruption is for whole India, by bringing religion in it the cleric is only proving he doesn't care about country and shows how divisive is the mindset of muslim leadership in India.
krishnan Aug 23, 2011 05:42am
I think is quite unwise to boycott Anna on religious grounds..Thee are reports of Muslims feeding the protesters at the Ramlila grounds.I am sure the Holy Koran encourages such peaceful interaction rather than look for reasons to create a division.Though I support Anna's initiative I am not happy with the methods. I hope wiser counsels would prevail in all quarters.
Zubair Aug 23, 2011 05:57am
Darul Uloom Deoband is supporting Anna Hazare and so are several other Muslim organizations. Bukhari is himself plagued with allegations of corruption and his political loyalties keep shifting keeping in mind the size of the packet. Anna Hazare is focusing on one issue only and that is corruption. It is not his job to ensure that well being of each and every citizen. That is the job of the government. Thousands of Muslims are participating in the agitation and several of them are top rung organizers. Please stop spreading canard.
Vik Aug 23, 2011 06:33am
Well done Mr. Bukhari. What a wonderful contribution you have made to the unity of your nation, and to the social uplift and transformation, by these well timed comments. While you are at it could you please help enlighten us how we can identify Muslims (and indeed Hindus, Christians, Budhists etc.) in the sea of crowd that we see in the pictures published in the media? In case you have missed it, it is not about religion - but about better life for citizens of India (which I am not by the way). So what are you saying, Muslims in India should continue to accept corruption? And if you are saying that fight against corruption but just do not support anna's movement, then it is a political statement rather than religious; and hence totally inapprorpiate for you to use your position in such manner. Unfortunately, it is leaders lilke you who are the bane of the community.
Forbidden Fruit Aug 23, 2011 06:34am
Nothing should keep muslims from supporting a good cause! Why are clerics (regardless of their faith) emotional people who never look at the bigger picture?!
Aarvey, india Aug 23, 2011 06:44am
Most Indians ( including Muslims) would like this man to move bag and baggage out of India as he is deemed a public nuisance. The problem with people like him is he sees religion in every corner of his eye. India probably is unfit for him or vice versa.
M s s murthy Aug 23, 2011 06:49am
Mr Bukhari's comments about MrAnna Hazare's secular credentials are genuine.But his call to Muslims to disassociate with the looks irresponsible.It is people like Bukhari who are partly responsible for problems faced by Muslims if India in integrating with the national mainstream.
Prasanna Aug 23, 2011 07:23am
This is outrageous. Because Anna hasn't fasted when communal roits took place, it doesn't make him communal.. He has worked at the grass root level to uplift a village which is now a model village in india. This war entirely against corruption which affects each and every religion man.. The clerics should think before they bring community in between this kind of situations..
Indra Aug 23, 2011 07:56am
Anna is fighting corruption; it is a common cause for all the citizens of India. The rampant corruption is like cancer that is weakening the Indian Democracy. Imam Bukhari should join rather than preach a divide among Hindu and Muslims. I envision India leading in forefront for a secular world and all should join in this goodwill mission. I would rather ask muslims not to heed and to get far away from Imam Bukhari.
foruchandan Aug 23, 2011 08:07am
this is what makes them move away from Majority community and this is when other INDIANs feel these ppl are outsiders.... but as a matter of fact, not sure how many would here these silly words...Anna never said he would do that or he would do this...what is secularism to do with corrpution? Anna does not have solution to all problems...he just raised corrpution and lets stick to it for the time being....
Vijay Aug 23, 2011 08:08am
As usual, Bhukari is a traitor for the country he is living and to his community. Due to corruption, Muslims are one among that are worst affected in the daily life. Bhukari's main concern is that if the Muslims grow up economically then they will not kneel down in front of him.
Prabhu Aug 23, 2011 08:21am
Dear Dawn, please don't publish these kind of Religion based which is not good. Here we are supporting together to remove corruption and as a Indians everyone supports him.
Ajay Aug 23, 2011 08:41am
And then they say ..."we all r not same,we love INDIA as much as u do "...but when the time comes "He has done nothing for us"..."Vande Matram" is an issue for life like mohajir would have rang a bell in their mind perhaps..... Anna has done nothing for me either but i still support him for many reason other then the Lokpal alone....Only by saying that we are patriotic wont serve the purpose....when the time comes at lease show support if nothing else is possible..
True India Aug 23, 2011 08:42am
I am not surprise by listening this statements by Mr Bukhari. This kind of narrow thinking of his(muslims) put the their whole comunity in entire world in miserable condition now-a-days. I went to Ramlila Ground last Sunday, and saw people have round cap (muslims) were taking free dinner which was orgnaised by Anna camp for the people who came support of him. They can eat free food in the camp but asked for stay away from the Anna Hazere..Ha ha ha its rediculous..............
robert Aug 23, 2011 08:59am
Spoken like a Muslim..? What did Bukhari do for the muslims? And how is this a communal issue? Bukhari should be thankful he lives in INdia. Tomorrow, if he gets into trouble with the likes of Modi he may have to thank the Jan Lokpal bill, after all!!
Neena Aug 23, 2011 09:15am
Being an Indian Muslim its my right to fight corruption head on..I think the imam must take this "issue" with Anna after the whole corruption thing is settled as it would alienate muslims from the fight against corruption..
Sultan Khan Aug 23, 2011 09:17am
The cause of Mr. Hazare is very noble but the path chosen by him is illegal and undemocratic just the one chosen by Mr.Nawaz for the restoration of CJ.When there is democracy and parliament then everything should be done through the parliament, not an institution but the supreme institution.NO one should pressurize the parliament into accepting its demands by street power,long marches, use of guns or fasts unto death. It would be total negacy of democracy.
KK Aug 23, 2011 09:28am
All the people were united to fight against corruption, people of religions, people from diffrent income group...this movement has been goining on for months (not the first time Anna fasted for the bill) this has gained huge popular support, our clerics jump to the picture to get the limelight, and did what they do best...gave a communal angle to it!
romi Aug 23, 2011 09:50am
Ana is fasting for his fight against corruption which affects all indians of all religions - Bukhari himself should answer what good he has done for his own community ??
Balu Aug 23, 2011 10:46am
It is exactly this kind of narrow mindedness that is the scourge of our society. This man is fasting against corruption which touches the daily life of every citizen irrespective of whether he is a Hindu, Muslim or Christian. A corruption free society benefits one and all. I hope Syed Bhukari realises this and uses his influential position in society to support Indian citizens and not just Muslims or Christians or Hindus. I hope he realises that these divisions are only in the minds of people.
Malay Aug 23, 2011 10:46am
Nothing new. As expected from Bukhari. If Muslims do not support Anna, it does not matter much. Anna already has millions of supporter all over India and it is growing day by day. Again, I feel very pitty. If any body has reservation to say Bande- Mataran, is he or she as any right to live in this countery?
MAK (MUMBAI) Aug 23, 2011 10:52am
JeezBell Aug 23, 2011 11:00am
I am glad that many muslims and muslim groups have joined Anna'c campaign and ignored this Imam's call. Fighting corruptions helps everyone including and especially poor muslim families. Looking at the world with a communal, regressive lens means always being mired in the past. Many Indian muslims have chosen to be progressive just like citizens of other faiths.
VK Aug 23, 2011 11:14am
Muslims in India are smart enough to overlook this advice. He is against Anna Hazare just because he has praised Narendra Modi. Anna dint praised Narendra Modi for riots but for economic development that has happened in India. Such clerics in any religion are responsible hurdles in development of a country. Can he suggest any other solution of corruption than the Anna's way ?
sana Aug 23, 2011 11:15am
Rather than accusing some one else why dont Syed ahmed Bukhari fast for muslims? why do you expect a non muslin to fight for you , you need to stand up for your rights . Corruption is a mutual social problem not a religious slogan .
faraz Aug 23, 2011 11:23am
It seems like the hunger strike is going to be a win-win situation for Hazare. Event if he fails to convince government to accept his version of anti-graft bill, he is attracting enough popularity to become a prominent political figure, paving way for a top position such as Presidency!
Harsh P Aug 23, 2011 11:26am
So pity, same religious leaders would have told to press that Anna should leave religion to us and there are many big issues like corruptions in India if he would have been fasting for that! This kind of attitude alienates certain section of people from mainstream. These religious leaders are the most backward people in the society.
Vikram Chopra Aug 23, 2011 11:42am
Corruption affects all regardless of religion, caste or creed. Mr. Bukhari has proved that he is a congress stooge.
Raj J Aug 23, 2011 12:02pm
Anna is fighting for all indians. If the muslims in India are believing themselves as Indians, they also will get the benefits.
Zahid Hussain Aug 23, 2011 12:06pm
Anna Hazare's move can, and should provide guide-line to Pakistani nation.
zulfiqar ahmed Aug 23, 2011 12:09pm
The interst of syed Ahmed Bukhari seems to be hamperd by Anna,s movement against curruption.In pakistan we are motivated by Anna and following these foot steps campaign is likely to bestarted.I think to struggle against curruption is teacing of every relgion & nobody particularly Muslim will listen Syed Ahed advice.
tarun Aug 23, 2011 12:17pm
corruption is not related with religion.corruption is the issue of whole country.
roy Aug 23, 2011 12:33pm
Mr Wasim, I differ with your statement. During independence struggle against British, Hindus and Muslims were all togather. In fact many Muslims were following M. Gandhi to fight British. Maulana Azad, Bismillah, Ashfaq, to name a few. Get your facts straight before making immature statements.
putar Aug 23, 2011 12:59pm
The statement from Mr Bukhari shows that he is out of sync with the public mood prevailing in the country.
Corrupt Politicians Aug 23, 2011 01:29pm
The politicians first divided a country in to small countries. Now if a common man stands up against these corrupt politicians the same politicians with their filthy mindset try to get mileage.If the politicians were good enough why would any one protest in the first place ?
DR FAZAL Aug 23, 2011 01:31pm
i agree with most of the people. i think ANNA has emerged as an icon. we people in Pakistan are are driving lot of inspiration from him. His struggle has nothing to do with religion. I think the cleric is getting tips from Indian government.
ranga Aug 23, 2011 01:53pm
very secular.
jaydeep Aug 23, 2011 01:57pm
for this fight hindus and muslims in India are together We in India have noble approach here for all religions Such Muslim leaders need to think a lot before studying the situation If you guys will start such movement in Pakistan we all with Anna hajare support you guys Anyways .. at last you are our neighbors
Sameer Mehta Aug 23, 2011 02:17pm
This is clear example of why most Muslims in India are lagging behind other citizens. If Muslim leaders have such 19th century mentality how can their followers prosper? Why they have to drag religion in each and every matter? Who have stopped Muslim leaders to protest non-violently? Corruption effects everyone. Divide and rule isn't going to work in 21st century. Newer generation of educated Muslims understand this.
Pramod Aug 23, 2011 02:24pm
Corruption has no religion. Be it India or Pakistan, corruption eats into everybody’s life irrespective of religion, caste or creed. Politicians have been doing the ‘Divide and rule’ thing since time immemorial. There are many Muslim groups that are voluntarily involved with the campaign. I am truly touched to see that Dawn has such mature and sensible group of readers. Pakistanis are definitely better than what they are made out to be by the media.
HP Aug 23, 2011 02:30pm
Hi Sultan, You thoughts are indeed very correct, but are they practical in a democracy like India , where the Parliament and MP's have not been able to pass this single act in the Parliament since atleast times of Indira Gandhi. This has become a basic necessaity as without a strong anti corruption bill, none of the laws or policies in India could be implemented properly. In fact this is more undemocratic than what Anna is doing. I think the world should take a lesson from this 72 year old man, who without picking a single weapon, showing no aggression, he is making the rulers feel the heat of the public opinion. HP
Laxmi Narayan Patnai Aug 23, 2011 02:47pm
it is a unnecessaary statement. Mr Bukhari himself recevies resource from Govt time to time. These words are of GOI
Naresh Aug 23, 2011 02:48pm
Sir, The Dawn news paper is very nice news paper gives news as it is it is not biased as our Indian channels. Hats of to Dawn. Coming to the real issue of Anna we should not allow people like bukhari to divide us on the religion basis. Corruption is the curse for whole world not just for India. So we expect the brothers from Pakistan also to support the movement of Anna. He is fighting for every one and his movement belongs to every one who were victims of the corruption.
SA Aug 23, 2011 02:58pm
I feel very good to read mature comments in this newspaper 'Dawn'. So far as Bukhari is concerned he has already painted himself in a corner. He is seen as an agent of Congress and is nor supported by Indian muslims. Indian democracy is maturing by the day, just like old wine, with the prime movers being the youth who are not interested in any divisive agenda but progress of the country..
IM Aug 23, 2011 03:05pm
As an Indian Muslim I can say Bukhari is not representing the muslims of the country, nor any body cares for him, except a few people lives around old Delhi area. Better he should remind himself what he has done to the community. Honestly I don't want anything from him, I do my job,get my money and support my family which no body objecting. I have some concerns the way demands are raised about the passing of Lokpal bill, but no doubt Anna should be congragulated for bringing up corruption an issue which affects all Indians, whichever religion they belong.
Prabhat Aug 23, 2011 03:23pm
Every citizen has the right to be Indian. Vande Mataram should be a choice, not a forced choice. Feeding by force creates even more resistance and suspension of reason. Anyways the right wing has made India way too nationalistic.
German Reader Aug 23, 2011 03:28pm
Anna Hazare is fighting against corruption which affects and effects every community and religion in India. To expect from him to represent every thing like the Muslim leader is asking and to stand for the Farmers in Maharashtra (a west Indian state)as one Ms Roy is demanding, is just too much. Anna Hazare is doing HIS 'one good thing' let Bukhari do HIS 'good thing' and let Ms Roy do HER 'good thing'....Why aren't they doing it??
Abdul Aug 23, 2011 03:33pm
I fully agree with IM
dhananjay Aug 23, 2011 03:39pm
Mr. Wasim who has called for support from "Muslims". Mr. Hazare has called for the support from "Indians" and not specifically from "Muslims". If according to you Muslims have never in history followed a non-muslim, so be it. Nobody cares about it. You be happy in your own foolish divisive thoughts and look at every event in your life in terms of Muslim and non Muslim.
jaydeep Aug 23, 2011 03:40pm
Great work brother .. keep it up
Sri Aug 23, 2011 03:51pm
@True India, has it ever occurred to you that the Muslims you've seen at Anna Hazare's campaign ground eating the free food have actually been taking part in the agitation? Please don't malign good people who are doing their bit for the country.
Raj Aug 23, 2011 04:15pm
Its quite well known that Bukhari is in the Congress pocket. This man has done nothing either for Muslims or the his country.
Wally Walter Aug 23, 2011 04:22pm
Responses from all Muslim bro's are fascinating and much encouraging for the simple reason they think & support the noble cause. People like Bukhari will be found in every religion and need to be separated out of society.
dawood Aug 23, 2011 04:48pm
I think corruption is social,moral problem which has no religion.Islam does not allow any corruption and therefore it is practicable for muslims to support anna in this particular scenario.Besides I just want to advice people like malay and true india to read some personal development books to broaden their minds,hope my advice will give them a food for thought
NIDA & UBAID Aug 23, 2011 04:50pm
as a muslim i totally disagree with these political religious leaders who seek their own advantage in everything n keep on passing absurd statements.but let us tell them clearly ,earlier we were trapped in their tricks but not now.UNITED WE ARE GONNA STAND.I M IN FULL SUPPORT OF ANNA.I LOVE MY NATION.
chandrakanth Aug 23, 2011 04:52pm
Go to Ralegaon Siddhi, the village of Anna, Mr.Bukhari. Talk to the Muslims there for once. You wont be campaigning for the Congress then.
Adit Aug 23, 2011 04:54pm
Dr Fazal: Thanks for your opinion. We the people of Pakistan and India have to realize the REAL killers are not enemy bullets ; but hunger and poverty which is fed by corruption and extremism. Once the common man has his roti , kapda and makaan... there will be harmony. Unfortunately corrupt people in power cannot bear that and we all suffer. Hope this is a turning point in history... we all deserve it! Peace!
dawood Aug 23, 2011 04:59pm
Prabhat you are very right,there are not many minds that are as refined as yours.but this guy MALAY he is a glass of hostility and hate against muslims.HE HAS SOME NEGATIVEPHOBIA FOR MUSLIMS.
Supriya Aug 23, 2011 05:00pm
Mr. Malay, Muslims are part of our Country India. Singing Vande Mataram - and Not Bande Mataram does not is not a litmus test of Loyalty of India. Thousands of Corrupt minded people and dirty politicians must be speaking Bande Mataram and thinking they have done great job by letting down others. But Mind it ALL INDIAN MUSLIMS ARE PART OF THIS COUNTRY THEY ARE WITH ANNA AND WANTS TO ERADICATE CORRUPTION. DONOT PUT YOUR DIRTY CORRUPT MIND BY DIVIDING NATION ON THE BASIS OF VANDE MATRARAM
saurabh Aug 23, 2011 05:10pm
If Bukhari is against anna, then I whole heartedly support anna. He thinks only about 1 community , anna thinks of all
Yogesh Aug 23, 2011 05:14pm
Very good Reply given by Supriya ! This is the Tight reply for people who thinks they can divide the Indian society on the basis of Religion. Singing "Vande Mataram " is NOt A LITMUS TEST OF LOYALTY. May be Mr. Malay is from Bengal. I am from Maharashtra should I also say that our state itself says it is Biggest Nation as MAHARASHRTRA ? Mr. Malay stop dividing people on the basis of Religon and Region. You are nothing different than Mr. Bukhari except your religion. your thoughts are as filthy as Mr. Bukhari.
ashutosh Aug 23, 2011 05:17pm
I am in consternation to see some Indians talk on civic issues invoking religious differences,which exist basically in their cultural midst.But how can Anna's fast be labelled an anti-minority or anti-Muslim in particular as Mr Bukhari seems to be suggesting?I find it quite of the order of an intellectual challenge for Mr Bukhari,if nothing else...Ashutosh
Fauzi Mahmood Aug 23, 2011 05:23pm
I am indian muslim and I am proud to be main stream muslim, these kind of leaders or ulama’s they do not represent any progressive muslim from India. I should also say to my Pakistani brothers we Indian muslims are happy to make choice to stay in India even my abbu and ammy says it. We are prospering and living in peace with our Hindu brothers. Proof is our progress along with other groups (Christian,Budhist, Zionists).
Sandip Aug 23, 2011 05:55pm
Thanks Fauzi, Proud to be your fellow Indian brother!
M Chaudhry Aug 23, 2011 05:56pm
Anna where was for so many years. Now, you awake up and find that there is corruption in the country. Corruption is the culture of India. At least things are working. Without corruption everything will stand still.
Rajeev Palanisamy Aug 23, 2011 05:59pm
It is indeed sad to hear the cleric say this as this movement is non-religion and non linguistic and is a for worthy cause only for good governance and a corrupt free nation. People from all walks of life stand together.I see a government color with a evil design to spoil this movement. But it won't work.
Rajeev Palanisamy Aug 23, 2011 06:03pm
Very well said Fuazi Mahmood sir..........
Dr C T Rao Aug 23, 2011 06:06pm
Are Muslims a different breed of humans or different countrymen. It is expected for a person of Mr Bukhari's stature to be making mature statement. In fact, heshould have issued a statement asking all countrymen, irrespective of caste, creed and relegion, to join Anna's revolutionary agitation to fight the evil of corruption. It would have been then hailed by all Indians. Such divisive statements are only meant to foster hatred. It is really heartening to read that the bloggers from the muslim brethern both from India and Pakistan have been critical of Mr Bukhari. I hope he realizes that Indian muslim youth today cannot be brainwashed, they understand what is right and wrong.
Natesan Narayanan Aug 23, 2011 06:10pm
Anna is above religion, Please do not bring religion.
Girish Aug 23, 2011 06:13pm
Thanks Fauzi, Proud to be your fellow Indian brother!
jaydeep_India Aug 23, 2011 06:23pm
Greetings to all pakistani friends, just logged on to say - every Indian has lot of love for Pakistan and people of Pakistan. We want to be developed country and 3rd mighty economy by year 2020. right now growth rate in India is close to 8.8% , IF we will continue like this till 2020 then we will be 3rd superpower after America and china Anna Hajare movement is part of that. I would say in Pakistan also you guys start such movement , We are with you for any great work you guys will do in future thanks Inshaa allah everything will be alright be happy
abdul syed Aug 23, 2011 08:22pm
who is bukhari to make a comment in fight against corruption. he is trying to give secular color to this movement. corruption is a burning issue for all citizen of India weather they r Muslim or Hindu. Abdul
Mansoor Aug 23, 2011 08:47pm
I agree with Syed Ahmed Bukhari
Uttam K. Jain Aug 23, 2011 09:59pm
It is so typical of some Muslims in India: Anna is for eradicating corruption; he won't be able to do that totally but he is willing to sacrifice everything including his own life. What secular credentials are these few Muslims looking for? Are they expecting Anna to convert to Islam or are they expecting majority Hinu nation to bring India under Sheriat Law. What more ridiculous can it be than this sort of trashy opinions? India is one country where Muslims are more open society and democratic rights, do Hindus really have that in Pakistan??? I am not condemning Pakistan; just saying like it is! All Muslims of the sub-continent are either those forcefully converted to Islam or their descendants! What do these Muslims have against the Hindus: Hindus were their ancestors!
JNC Aug 23, 2011 10:15pm
So Bukhari Sahib finds even the slogan blasphemous. Corruption is not an issue for him. He should migrate to the Indian Ocean.
Tony Aug 23, 2011 10:17pm
Corruption is like a Cancer on Indian Society. It attacks everyone irrespective of their religion. Millions of Indian Citizens (Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians) has to bribe Govt. officials to get their work done. Everyone knows this. I don't see any logic behind the statement issued by this cleric.
Arun R. Aug 23, 2011 11:18pm
The words of Syed Bukhari are disappointing. India is a secular democracy and when movements such as Anna Hazare's (which draw inspiration from the Satyagrahi's who won the independance of BOTH India and Pakistan) prevail all Indians - Hindu or Muslim; educated or illiterate; poor or middle class) win. However I am confident this cleric's words will not deter all freedom loving Indians from participating.
Rahul Aug 24, 2011 12:18am
Who is Hindu who is Muslim! Be a part of the drive and you will find every one is Anna there!!
parul Aug 24, 2011 12:57am
Really sad. Every Indian should be with Anna because corruption hurts everyone , irrespective of which religion or caste one belongs to.Its now or never.
Venkat Aug 24, 2011 01:19am
Thank you Fauzi...I am a Hindu..but i am proud and happy to stay in a country with people like you. My hindu friend married a muslim and they are a very good couple. We are good and these leaders create differences between us for their political and monetary gains.
Reeba Aug 24, 2011 01:35am
If Bukhari doesn't want Muslims to follow Hazare's campaign, why don't he start a fasting saga of his own against corruption? Most middle class and educated muslims support Hazare and Indian muslims are smart enough not to follow fatwas.
SK Aug 24, 2011 03:42am
It appears Syed Ahmed Bukhari is fond of corruption and nothing else. Let him get out of his four walls.
Honest Man Aug 24, 2011 04:58am
This is nothing to do with religion.This is against corruption.Nation should stand to gether to fight corruption.
Ramesh Aug 24, 2011 10:17am
Mr.Bukhari is no more taken so seriously by any Muslims in India. He can only declare when Chand is seen during festive occasions. Mr.Bukhari go and see large crowd of Muslim brothers/sisters supporting this movement in any Indian city. Other Muslim organisations have also come out to support Anna. It will be wise for Mr.Bukhari to keep quite rather than degrading his image in Indian Muslim population.
gp65 Aug 24, 2011 11:45am
If you read about Anna on wikipedia, it will tell you where he was. HE has been actively working against corruption in his home state of Maharashtra over last 2 decades and even succeeded in getting 3 corrupt ministers removed. Secondly corruption is a very secular issue because it affects people of all religions and castes. I would ask the imam of Jama masjid - 1. Does the issue of corruption not impact Muslims? 2. Missallocation of resources which invalraibly happens with corruption reduces the pace of progress against national scourges like hunger, illiteracy and poor health. Is it the Imam's contention that these issues do not impact Muslims in India? 3. SO Anna did not fast against communal riots. HE did not fast against terror attacks where Hindus have been disproportionate victims. HE has not fasted against Narmada dam. HE did not fast to support the Singur either. So what does it prove. That he is against Muslims, Hindus, tribals and BEngalis? Or simply that those are not issues he has focussed on? India has so many issues. If the man started fasting aagainst every issue he would never eat for a day in his whole life. 4. This imam from jama masjid is not representative of Indian Muslims. Congress who used to mollycoddle him has also realized this now that people have stopped voting based on his fatwas. 5. People should recognize the difference between being an atheist and secular. You can be a Hindu and secular as well as long as you are wiling to respect other people's faith. 6. In any event, while speaking up for any disadvantaged minority's legitimate concerns is a good thing, if you speak about only one religious minorities rights, your cause is not a secular cause but a communal one. The fact that your cause is communal does not make it undesirable in and of itself as long as the cause is inherently just and fair. I find that Shahi Imam is neither secular nor are most of his causes just and fair. One remembers his highly anti0 Muslim women stance during the Shah Bano case.
Anup Aug 24, 2011 12:43pm
Mr. Anna Hazare is a social leader with his movement against corrupt politicians. He does not care against whom he is daring to stand and does his job honestly. Few years back he caused Shivsena and BJP in Maharashtra to force few resignations due to corruption. Now its Congress Party of Sonia(sorry India) who is in focus. Now in this contest where is the topic religion? no where off-course. Sane and intelligent people understand this and follow this for sure. Goodness is not slave of or bound with any group of people in this wold. We all use Electricity, Internet etc. invented by by so called Christians, petrol produced in middle east by Muslims, Software services by Indians(or majority Hindus if one wants to say so) etc. So we never complaint about religion there, none has guts to reject all these benefits due to their origin. Now coming back to democratic practices and agitations, questions is what was concrete work by Mr. Bukhari for upliftment of Indian Muslims. People may talk about his work in spiritual context and thats very correct. But in terms of social upliftment we do not hear much of proposals or suggestions by same person. Again nothing wrong here as Anna not agitating against Gujrath riots. Because scope of work is very different as simple is the fact. Now questions are why Mr. Bukhari asked so to Indian Muslims? and whats their response on these social reforms? does still Mr. Bukhari thinks there needs to be separate set of rules for every ethnic group? What is proposal of Mr. Bukhari for conducting anti-government movements to curb corruption like issues? Are we going look everything through specs of religion? Well I think time and proper education to every person is the best solution to disconnect social issues with religion. Else we can only dream of Eu like south Asia and upliftment of people from subcontinent.
Anil kumar Aug 24, 2011 04:40pm
Whole India was corrupted from Anganwadi to Suresh Kalmadi. If Syed Bukhari knows he has rights to start his own campaign against corruption other wise he had option to support Anna Hazare.
Surya Aug 24, 2011 04:42pm
Most of us Indians are Tolerant and mutually respecting for other religions. I am Tamil Brahmin and my mother used to bring my kids to nearby Mosque in Chennai where people coming out after Friday prayers bless my Children. In fact many of community folks do that. In summary, we only see the end objective and humanity. Religion is personal to us. FYI, the most popular indian Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam was raised and mentored by a Tamil Brahmin named Mr. Subramiam Iyer. Dr. Kalam knows about Hindu vedas better than most of us.
Akhter Aug 24, 2011 05:19pm
So, lives of innocent Muslims according to all of you are less important than corruption. He did not say that Anna is doing something wrong. He said this person who is droving nation against government could have done the same job when around 2,000 Muslims were killed by secular RSS under the patronage of Narendra Modi.
Rohan Aug 24, 2011 07:49pm
Very well said Mate! Anna's movement is against Corruption and only Corruption! Political parties Congress or BJP no one is in support of Jan Lokpal, coz everyone is corrupt, so by hook or crook they want to reduce the support of Anna. Initially they have issued the statement that Anna is mentally retarded, then they started saying that this movement / protest is to satisfy to his EGO, then they stated that he has insulted TriColor in one of the TV ad, and last but am sure not the least Muslim and Dalit please stay away STATEMENT and from Whom, their respective "Leaders" and who are these "Leaders" Politicians. Bukhari is may be a mualana's face but everyone knows he is politician as well. And All Politician are scared of this protest coz everyone knows once this passed, everyone's real FACE would be out to public. But TODAY I am proud Indian, coz even Muslim bros, Dalit Bros or for that matter everyone in India is aware that this is ridiculous. And are least bothered about bukhari's statement! Today India has one VOICE, ANNA and its protest against Corruption.
Rohan Aug 24, 2011 08:10pm
This is SAD, but I guess I would say "Thanks Bukhari" for a wrong statement at a wrong time! This would be enough for my Muslim Brothers and Sisters (I am Hindu) to understand that these political leaders (Pundits or Imam's or Father or Guru), try to divide is on basis of Religion. Tell me my friends, we (South Asia, Pak/India/Bangla/SriLanka) we all have lived for thousands and thousands of year together as ONE society, but last 100 yrs we have been divided by our religions. We had never issue of any religion, we have more of social issues than any reliogion. Anna's this movement is the FIRST right movement and we all should support it!
Joginder Kumar Aug 24, 2011 08:44pm
All big political parties who are in power in center and states are against Jan Lokpal bill because it will expose their corruption and their money making machine will stop!
sachin Aug 24, 2011 10:26pm
i am very sad about bukharis comment which he made.anna is doing all these for indians not for any particular relegion.if Mr bukhari has will let him conduct a campaign like annaji and let see how many people will support him after all how many people knows Mr bukhari?
Sam101 Aug 24, 2011 11:50pm
Corruption and Religion is two different thing. Not sure why mr. Bukhari mixing two things together. He just want to please congress by opposing what Anna is doing to get his mileage from Anna's agitation against Congress (ruling party). I am sure, Indian Muslims are as much affected as anyone else by this corruption of politicians.
CS Bora Aug 25, 2011 11:24am
Mr. Bukhari is a puppet of Congress. Many Indian muslims are secular and they live with religious harmony with other religions. This fight is against corruption not against any religion. If Mr. Bukhari wants to see everything with the specs of religion he must go to Pakistan.
Mohammad Saad Ahmad Aug 25, 2011 05:13pm
Mr. Bukhari said very well, Anna Hazare did nothing for muslims,when muslims were being killed in gujrat where was he?He is puppet of BJP and one more thing why should we(Muslims) go to pakistan.India is our country before you.We love india more than you and we dont need to proove this to you.You think that we r traitor but i would like to let you know the first traitor of glorious indian history was JAICHAND(Not a Muslim.)
Muthu Kumar Aug 26, 2011 07:09am
Fauzi Bhai Thank you. I feel so proud to be your true Indian Brother. I am elated to read a true muslim brother's mind...Love India...Love you all muslim bro & sis
kazi jawed akhter Aug 26, 2011 10:45am
I totally agree with Bukhari Sahib. India (Bharat) is not only for Hindus(though most of them are secular in thoughts).It is the desh of Hindus,Muslims,Sikhs,Parsees,Budhs,followers of Janmat, and many others living peacefully mostly with exception of few incidents of riots since last many many years.Why Anna Haraze did not had a part when people were being killed in Gujrat. Why is he not speaking extra judicial killings in Kashmir, and other parts of India. How he can claim to be a true follower of Karamchand Mohandas Ghandhi. No. He is not. Ghandi jee had a part to clear the financial liabilities on part of Indian government for Pakistan at the time of partition.
Annad Aug 26, 2011 12:35pm
Muslims in India as minority are worst affected class due to heavy corruption. Most of the Muslims are belongs to middle-class or Bellow-poverty-level. They are trying hard to keep them alive by paying almost all what they earn for the day. Upper class like you people, are enjoying these discussions. I don't see any trust while blaming others.
Johnson Aug 26, 2011 03:33pm
It is indeed sad to hear a cleric say such things. but well our country is a democratic country, and every one has the right to speak, and it is now unto every Indian to decide for the country and its future. The immense crowd with Anna Harare have shown the political society of our country, that we Indian's want corruption free India.
Ashesh Aug 27, 2011 12:20pm
Why doesn't Bukhari himself fast unto death for the justice of the millions of people killed in Gujarat and other riots? He should do that instead of advising Anna to have protested for another cause.
Advocatus Diaboli Aug 28, 2011 01:08pm
its funny ........ Muslim identity stand out even when it is a national issue affecting the day to day lifes of the entire population......what does have believing in one religion do with corruption.....apprently the Mollas are irked by the popular movement which cornered congress ( the phoney secular party ) ......pls leave your religious beliefes to your house and mosques and fight for the national causes
Ussman Mohamad Aug 29, 2011 08:36am
People like Mr. Bukhari bring a bad reputation to we Muslims. Please see that whatever people like Mr Bukhari say is not the opinion of Muslims. If Anna didn't fast for the cause of Muslims I think its ripe time that people like Mr. Bukhari Fast until Death for that. Stop blaming others what you can't do yourself Mr. Bukhari.
JOhny Aug 29, 2011 08:46am
I can't believe the comments. Seems like most of our Muslim brothers are complaining why Hazare didn't care about Gujrat. I guess you need to look at fundementals. If the country was prosperous and doing well with minimum corruption and equal oppurtunies, situations will never bring out communal riots as people would generally be happy. I guess that is what Hazare is voting for. Also I think, the case against the people responsible for riots in Gujrat went to this state again because of influence and corruption. So if this works, probably you can prosecute the culprits again? More than that, if its about priorities of issues, we should make a list so that Hazare can take a call on it.
swamy Aug 29, 2011 08:54am
bhukari is a traitor,he doesnot want india to progress.whether people are hindus or muslims all are suffering from corruption.chanting vande mataram is not a sin,it merely says india is great what is wrong in it for indians.pakistani people also must start this type of agitation to cleans the system their,they must also chant vande mataram.the politicians in both the countries are dividing the society and ruling and enjoying at the cost of people.if the corruption is eliminated both the countries can live in peace.
Hari Aug 29, 2011 09:02am
Bukhari is Sarkari Imam and to call him a "top cleric" is the joke of the year. Deoband has said there is nothing wrong with Muslims supporting Anna, since Sharia prohibits giving or taking of bribes. Muslims have greater respect for Deoband than for the corrupt Bukhari.
naim Aug 29, 2011 09:04am
I am fully agree with You...
Neutralnagrik Aug 29, 2011 09:09am
Tomorrow if a so called "hindoo" doctor will discover a medicine for cancer or AIDS - the wise Bukhari sahab will declare that it is blasphemous for our muslim brotherhood to accept it as if only the "hindoos" are afflicted with these diseases. I wonder how can anyone say that what he stated is correct.
Anand Aug 29, 2011 10:46am
This fasting is a public stunt by Mr.Anna. The corruption cannot be demolished nor it cannot be contained. its not only in our country (India) but it in all around the world. first he must clear or clean his name (he is also involved in the corruption) then how can the culprit can fast. what a shame?
Dorjay Aug 29, 2011 11:22am
Yeah ,thats right why didn't Mr.bukhari himself sit on fast for the people in kashmir and Gujrat he can still do this....and i m sure people of india support this cause also.Being a religious leader he shouldn't make such comment which cause hate.
Indian Aug 29, 2011 11:27am
Well said! These kinda people misguide the muslim population and try to divide the country in the name of religion..sorry..religious politics..
raj Aug 29, 2011 11:27am
common people of india,why u taking religion out of anna hazare's fast,lets take some good things out of it... if we dont raise now,we wont achieve a safe,secular,unity Rich India.there is nothing to do with religion here,first of all we are indians,even many people from muslim,hindu,christian have given support.
Abhinav Kumar Aug 29, 2011 11:31am
First Mr. Bukhari has to realise that anna is not gandhi, he followed gandhi. So even if he had protested people probably wouldn't have listened. He took up a very noble cause, and corruption is something which has to be removed and it will greatly help Muslims as most of the Muslims belong to lower strata of society and after corruption is removed money meant for their development will reach them...please don't make it a communal issue....
Indian Aug 29, 2011 11:32am
Hello brother, What you have raised is an important issue! Perhaps people like Anna's stature could take this up.. But, what he is doing now is for the good of the whole country.. Please don't distract and undermine this effort.. Perhaps Bukhari should have taken this upon himself or if he needed support he could have asked people like Anna (he still can ask), instead of making divisive comments.. We all need Muslim brothers also fight in this initiative unitedly
manish Aug 29, 2011 11:38am
brother i would like to ask u what imam is doing for Muslims except making hateful n divisive statements.why did not he been able to create an awareness even among Muslims to do something for educational n economical backwardness.he himself being a part of political corruption feeling uneasy about this movement.
kk Aug 29, 2011 11:39am
i agree with u!!
kk Aug 29, 2011 11:41am
kk Aug 29, 2011 11:49am
i was just lookin 4 some1 like u 2 speak up!!
Ankur Dhami Aug 29, 2011 11:56am
It is sad that such a renouned cleric is talking in such way. We all tend to forget that above all religion, faiths, beliefs is the hunger of a hungry person, pain of a father watching his son die due to lack of medical facility, shame of a woman who doesnt have enough clothes to hide her modesty,cry of a student who being bright cannot afford a good education, fight of a mother fighting for her rights from police...But these religious people or political lords will never understand the real India where a common man has to fight corruption everyday. Mr Bukhari corruption never sees a person's religion and strike, it is same for all. Anna is not doing this for any religion in particualr but for all the Indians as One. Kindly support him sir, Your support is highly appreciable. We might have hundred reasons to fight amongst us but now God has given us one last reason to unite once again and do something for our motherland which is already divided into castes, religion, class etc and bleeding in pain. Hope you will undertand sir. Your great admirer.. Regards.
Muthu Aug 29, 2011 11:57am
Ppl are dying of corruption and this Bukhari is talking about religion... Why Baba ramdev's campaign failed even though India has 80% hindu population? Reason is Indians are intelligent and never come under a influence of religion.. Religion is personal belief and nothing today with noble cause.
Amit Aug 29, 2011 12:02pm
Well said reeba.. I am sure that peoples of all different religions will support him if he do anything like this.
GOKUL Aug 29, 2011 12:03pm
when we are crushed by bribes, corruption then it is not only related to any particular religion but its only to victim who is helpless human. what Imam doing country he tell publically AND dont connect to religion this issue
kk Aug 29, 2011 12:08pm
kk Aug 29, 2011 12:21pm
agree with u!!
kk Aug 29, 2011 12:23pm
yup!! insha allah!!
kk Aug 29, 2011 12:30pm
yes sir pls tell that man that no-one can b brainwashed, every well educated person is smart enough to understand what is gud & what is bad.. i infact wud like to have a cbi probe into that person just 2 know whether he comes clean!! if he is so concerned about annaji's cleanliness!! but all this after the bill is passed!! :) ;)
kk Aug 29, 2011 12:35pm
hey mr.bukhari try your level best!! i don't think ne1 is gonna listen 2 u!!
Vivek Aug 29, 2011 02:39pm
He is not involved in any kind of corruption.
Pushkar Aug 29, 2011 04:22pm
Today people from all walks of life is affected with corruptions and it is responsibility of every citizen to support such campaign. But few people still work on theory Divide and Rule. But now India is educated country and Hindu and Muslims knows their responsibility. Such people cannot divide us now. We love our all Muslim brothers and wish them a Happy Eid in advance.
Pramod Aug 29, 2011 04:33pm
Bhukari is trying to use Divide and Rule of Congress(After Britishers). Now indians are enough mature. This will not help Bhukari in anyway
Sudhirb Aug 29, 2011 04:53pm
Every time Bukhari opens his mouth he talks in terms of Hindu-Muslim. He should understand that problems like corruption in society, price-rise, law and order, admissions in schools do not involve religion and are common to all. His utterances on religious basis create a divide harming the interests of Muslims.
Iftikhar Aug 29, 2011 05:08pm
I'm a muslim and I know that 'Anna' is for corruption eradication and what is this Imam for? I really don't know. Let muslims decide for themselves what is good and what is bad. We have many Imams but there is one and only one Anna.
todd_alex@rediffmail Aug 30, 2011 08:36am
In this developing INDIA to talk about religion is NONSENSE, unless talking religion is for building society, fostering brotherhood. Let the hardliners be hited hard by the people....who have supported ANNA for a greater cause... CORRUPTION that has actually created the chaos in the society has nothing to do with religion,there can be no difference between a Hindi corrupt and Muslim Corrupt or a Christian....and all these people will not bother to loot the people of their own community. Peter alex todd, Guwahati
Ahmed Shaikh Aug 30, 2011 11:46am
Dear Brothers/Sisters, I applogize you for the insane comments made by this imam which provide rifts in between us as indians. Our pledge says which i heard in school that "All Indians are my Brothers and Sisters" and no where it said al muslims are my brothers and sisters. These imams and swami's have no other work than to create rifts in the society against religion and they are the most dangerous people to be left out in public. Anna Hazare have provided us the right to fight against corruption with no personal benefit. What would a man 74 years old would have any benefit than doing it for us and for the nation. I salute his patriotism and people like this imam should be executed for passing such comments than being grateful for what he has done. For all those Muslim brothers who likes commenting in the favour of this imam, i really feel pity on the way you think. Its disgraceful...
prashant chaudhary Aug 30, 2011 05:35pm
Good one.........these swami and imam always have intention of the conflict and create an issue on religion but never think about their country ,I think ANNA had done a tremendous job to reunite us once again .I m very happy to see ur comment .headsoff to you and heads off to ANNA ....................VANDE MATRAM ,INKLAB JINDABAD