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article imageIndian Muslim organisations reject al Qaeda's India announcement

By Sravanth Verma     Sep 17, 2014 in World
Indian Muslim organisations have issued statements rejecting the announcement of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri, regarding the establishment of wing in South Asia.
"Muslims in India believe in the Constitution that guarantees freedom to preach and practise their religion. We're self-sufficient and can solve our problems within the Indian framework. We don't need AQ," said Maulana Mehmood Daryabi, general secretary, All India Ulema Council.
Analysts have said that al Qaeda's video is an attempt to wrest back influence and initiative that it seems to have lost to ISIS.
Several Muslim clerics and leaders have denounced the announcement. "India with its large Muslim population is an ideal territory for terrorist outfits to target. I'm optimistic AQ (al Qaeda) won't get much traction here. The overwhelming majority of Muslims don't accept AQ ideology ," said Javed Anand of Muslims for Secular Democracy.
Jamaat-e-Islami, an influential Muslim organisation founded in 1941, said, “If the video is indeed genuine, then the Indian state will naturally fight it. Indian Muslims will also fight it." Abdul Hafeez Farroqui, a member of the organization said, "There's no reason for Indian Muslims to be influenced by al-Qaida ideology."
India is a secular democracy, though the majority of its population follow the Hindu way of life, which is traditionally called Sanatana Dharma. Though Muslims make up the largest minority in the country, they are still the third largest Muslim population country-wise, in the world.
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