[Ahmadiyya Khalifa in a file photo]
Hyderabad: Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for wishing success to 'Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya Centenary' celebrations, Jamiat Ulama Telangana and Andhra Pradesh said patronising a small group of community which does not have any relationship with Islam while ignoring the Muslims is unfair and not good for the country.
"This is strange. In the last two years Prime Minister Modi has never issued any congratulatory message to Muslims on the occasion of Eid and other Muslim festivals. But, he has sent a letter wishing success to Ahmadiyya community", Hafiz Peer Shabbir Ahmed, MLC and President of Jamiat Ulama Telangana and Andhra Pradesh said in a statement.
"This has hurth the sentiments of Indian Muslims. If Modi thinks Ahmadiyyas are Muslims then he has to correct himself. Ahmadiyyas are not Muslims and it is the decision of Muslims world over", he added.
Hafiz Peer Shabbir was commenting on a letter issued by Prime Minister to Ahmadiyya community on December 21, 2015.
"Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is known for its religious tolerance, universal brotherhood and these qualities of the community have been instrumental in strengthening the unity of the nations", Modi said in his letter.
"It is a matter of pleasure to know that Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya Centenary will be celebrated at its headquarters Qadian Dist. Gurdaspur, Punjab and a souvenir is being published to mark the occasion. I wish success to the centenary celebration", he added.
Hafiz Peer Shabbir in his statement condemning the prime minister further said that Modi should work with Muslims for harmony in the country.
"Instead of working with a vast majority of Muslims, Modi is encouraging a small group which has nothing to do with Islam and Muslim. It does not fit the integrity of the union government", he said.
India has a good Ahmadiyya population, and most of them live in Kerala, Rajasthan, Odisha, Haryana, Bihar, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and a few in Punjab in the area of Qadian.
Though Muslims consider Ahmadiyyas non-Muslims and apostates, Indiam law regards them as Muslims.