Bengaluru: Syed Fauzan Shah Qasmi, the eldest son of Moulana Anzar Shah Qasmi told Nasheman.in that his father is innocent, and his arrest is based on baseless allegations. Moulana Anzar Shah was arrested on Jan 6th by Delhi Special Cell on allegations that he is linked to Al Qaeda.
He said while it’s true that Moulana Anzar Shah was ruthless in his speeches, and there are many within the community, who were irked by his words, but never has he made any speech against the country. “Being an Imam, he used to give bayans (sermons) urging Muslims to follow the Quran and the sayings of the Prophet, just like every other imam. The only difference was in his style of speech”.
Ever since his arrest, Fauzan says, his father has been calling them every alternate day, and has assured the family that he is fine, and there is nothing to worry about. Fauzan told Nasheman.in, that many Muslim religious leaders, including the President of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind Maulana Syed Arshad Madani, have come forward to offer assistance. Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind has also appointed M S Khan, a Delhi-based advocate, to follow up the case of the Maulana.
Fauzan said that he has faith in the law of the land, and said justice will be provided to his father. However, he also objected to the manner, the arrest took place and the manner in which he is being portrayed by the media.
“My father is a well-known Islamic scholar. The media, even before any evidence is produced against him, has already labelled him a terrorist, which is absolutely unacceptable,” he protested.
He said this is an attempt to malign the Muslim community and demanded an impartial investigation in the matter.