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Nadwa snubs its mentor and patron Saudi Arabia for Brotherhood
Says Saudi move to tag Muslim Brotherhood is an act more cruel than Gujarat genocide of hundreds of Muslims in 2002
Tuesday March 11, 2014 10:28 AM, Staff Reporter

Setting a worst example of opportunism, Nadwatul Ulema, on Monday cancelled its March 16 appointment with a delegation from Saudi Arabia - the kingdom which always patronised and funded the now popular Islamic seminary in Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow especially in its bad days.

Nadwatul Ulema

Nadwa authorities in a statement described the decision as a move to protest Saudi Arabia's decision to declare Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas as terrorist organizations. The statement termed Muslim Brotherhood as an international reformative social organization and Hamas an organization that fiercely resists Israel.

Nadwa did not just stop here. In the most bizarre manner it compared Saudi Arabia's move to tag Muslim Brotherhood as an act "more cruel than the genocide of hundreds of Muslims in 2002 that was allegedly led by then chief minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi".

A message posted on the Facebook page of Salman Nadwi, the Dean of the Faculty of Shariah at Nadwatul Ulema said the administration of Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulema decided to take this extreme step because of their "religious, community, and reformative responsibility."

While talking to local English daily Salman Nadwi confirmed the cancellation of the appointment.

"All that I can confirm is that the decision was taken collectively by the institution to express our resentment over what Saudi Arabia has done. The Saudi Arabia government has merely fallen to international pressures," he said.

The decision has shocked the Muslim community in India as it is a well known fact that Saudi Arabia has always funded, patronised and helped in all sorts the Islamic seminaries in India including Darul Uloom Deoband and Nadwatul Ulema.

It is said that late Syed Ali Miya Nadwi, former Dean of Nadwatul Ulema was a frequent visitor to the oil rich Kingdom and had gained major share of Saudi funding.

It is also learnt that Salman Nadwi, the grandson of Ali Miya Nadwi, who is said to be behind the entire controversy, is said to have been studied at Jamiatul Imam in Riyadh on Saudi Arabia's expenses.

The higher education of Salman Nadwi 's son, an alumnus of a Saudi university, is also said to be fully funded by the Saudi government.

It is also learnt that Salman Nadwi has established a seminary of his own with the help of Saudi funds but is now running a smear campaign in India against the Saudi government and its rulers since last few months.

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