In an incident that points out to the growing influence of Islamic extremism in Kerala community, a video has surfaced on the social media where a prominent religious teacher says Muslims should not be a part of Hindu celebrations. The speech was made during Samastha Kerala Sunni Students Federation (SKSSF) campus call. SKSSF is the student organisation affiliated to Samastha, an influential body of Sunni scholars and clerics in Kerala.
“Muslims are not supposed to celebrate festivals of other religions. When people from other religions come, asking for donations for Hindu festivals, call them inside and slip Rs 50 into their pocket and tell him to take the money for buying some refreshments.” Says the religious speaker Simsarul Haq Hudavi. He further says that Islam doesn’t allow its members to take part in celebrations like Christmas and Onam. So when a Muslim gets an invitation for celebration, he or she should handle the situation diplomatically.
In case if you are amidst the celebration, just pop a sweet into your mouth and avoid feast offered as a part of the festival saying you are not hungry anymore. Since they (Hindus and Christians) take part in our festivals, diplomatically avoid such occasions. We can’t tell them what the Prophet says because it may result in even communal unrest. Thus by giving money we are not supporting the festival but helping to feed their stomach.
Though hate speeches are a part of Islamic religious talks, most of such videos are not recorded or made public. Inspired by these speeches, the number of people who turn extremists is increasing largely in Kerala. Central agencies such as the National Investigation Agency (NIA) have made a number of arrests connected to terrorism in the state. However, both LDF and UDF governments who are ruling the state since its formations have their appeasing policy that has eventually resulted in making the state a paradise for Islamic terrorists.