New Delhi, 10 May 2015: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has written to the embassy of China and Tajikistan in New Delhi seeking correct information about alleged moves of their governments curbing the human rights of Muslims in the two countries separately. A local administration in an area of China has allegedly issued orders enforcing Muslim owners of shops and hotels to sell wine and cigarette. The Tajikistan government, on the other hand, has tabled a bill in the parliament to restrict the Muslim majority of the country from giving Islamic names to their new-borns.
Intizar Naeem, Assistant Secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (National & International Affairs), in his letter to the Chinese ambassador, said that Jamaat feels that the news could be propaganda against the Chinese people and their government. “We are certain that not only the Chinese people and their government but most of the people of the world are well aware of the fact that wine is among some prohibited items in Islam and no Muslim is allowed to use it or trade it.” In the letter, he expressed hope that the Chinese government would not force its Muslim citizens into the business of wine and would oblige the Jamaat by informing it with the real situation in this regard.
In his letter to the Tajikistan ambassador, Intizar Naeem expressed surprise at the news about attempts for the passage of such a bill in the Tajikistan parliament. After passage of the bill, Arabic names of Muslim children would not be registered in the registry offices in the country. In Jamaat’s letter, it has been said that media reports indicate that the government of Tajikistan wants to usurp the fundamental rights of the Muslim majority of the country, after which they would not be able to give Islamic names to their children as per their wishes.
The Jamaat leader expressed hope that the government of Tajikistan would reconsider its illegal, un-Islamic and immoral steps which can sully its image in the entire world. He also expressed hope that the government would recall the bill from the parliament in order to protect the fundamental rights of the Muslim majority of the country.