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Malegaon/Kochi/ Thiruvananthapuram:  With 'Love Jihad' becoming a topic of discussion in the State, Muslim religious leaders have urged community members not to heed such baseless allegations targeting the community.


On Friday, at several mosques in the city, clerics exhorted members of the community not to believe in reports about Love Jihad or Romeo Jihad as Islam was against pre-marital relationships. Clerics also said that the community did not resort to such activities as Islam was against forceful conversion.


"We do not believe in converting people to Islam through such activities. There have been attempts by various sectors to target the community by leveling baseless allegations. We should ignore them," said a native, quoting from the speech prior to the special Friday prayers.


Jamaat-e-Islami secretary M K Mohammed Ali said that Islam was against using forceful means for conversion. "There has been a tendency among youngsters to fall in love during their college days, but we do not think that any particular community is using love as a means to conversion," he said.


Some mosques in Thiruvananthapuram district too are sensitizing the Muslims against Love Jihad. "Though we have not come across any sort of Love Jihad activities here, it has indeed become a point of discussion during the regular prayer meetings," said Vallakkadavu Jama-ath president Saiffudin.


"Muslims are told that getting involved in such activities is similar to cheating, which is a sin as per the Holy Quran," he said.


President of the Palayam Jamaat Shaikh Hussain said that such matters had not come up in the mosque so far as it was felt that no such activities were taking place there. Beemapally Jamaat secretary T Basheer shared the view.


Earlier on September 29, Kerala High Court had asked the state DGP to submit a report on the occurrence of ‘compulsive religious love based conversions’ that have taken place in Kerala ‘during the last three years’. In reply to the Court order, a report submitted by Jacob Punnoose, Director General of Police, in the Kerala High Court on October 22, 2009 said, no organisation or movement in the name of ‘Love Jihad’ or ‘Romeo Jihad’ is functioning in Kerala. The report had further added that no evidence has been found regarding the functioning of any such organisation dealing with forced conversion in the state.


In a similar case, Minister of State for Home in Maharashtra had also shrugged off any such activity being carried out in the state.



“That the CID will probe the inter community marriages between Muslim boys and Hindu girls and vice-versa, is totally baseless. We have neither given any statement nor have issued any order to the State CID in this regard.


An English Daily in Mumbai July this year had carried a report alleging Muslim boys are luring Hindu girls for conversion and marriages. "The report is incorrect and does not have any basis”, Minister Nitin Raut had said in a press conference on July 4, 2009.








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