Indian clerics flay imposition of 'Jizya' on Pakistani Sikhs

Darul uloom

Criticising the imposition of 'Jizya' on Sikh community in Pakistan by Taliban, top Muslim clerics on Tuesday said this is nothing more than "extortion" by an armed and lawless gang.

Head of Darul Uloom Farangi Mahal Maulana Khalid Rasheed and Naib Imam of Lucknow Idgah expressed serious concern over the reports of Taliban extracting huge amount of money from Sikhs as 'Jizya' in Pakistan's Aurakzai tribal region.

They also flayed the Talibani militants for damaging the property of those Sikhs who have not paid the "tax".

"The imposition of the so-called Jizya is nothing more than extortion by an armed and lawless gang which does not constitute a sovereign government or state or even an organ thereof," Maulana Khalid Rasheed said.

Moreover, Pakistan's tribal areas are not "conquered lands" and the non-Muslim population has been living there for centuries", Maulana Khalid pointed out.

As per Islam, Jizya is a tax paid in an Islamic state for exemption from military service by healthy non-Mulsim adults, he said in a statement.

He added that "for many centuries 'Jizya' had not been levied by Muslim states and on Tuesday even the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not levy Jizya on non-Muslims".

Prominent Islamic scholars of the modern times are of the view that 'Jizya' should not be imposed now as non-Muslims are equal citizens of the Muslim states and pay all the taxes paid by other citizens and also share the duties, he stated.

Please read our terms of use before posting comments
TERMS OF USE: The views, opinions and comments posted are your, and are not endorsed by this website. You shall be solely responsible for the comment posted here. The website reserves the right to delete, reject, or otherwise remove any views, opinions and comments posted or part thereof. You shall ensure that the comment is not inflammatory, abusive, derogatory, defamatory &/or obscene, or contain pornographic matter and/or does not constitute hate mail, or violate privacy of any person (s) or breach confidentiality or otherwise is illegal, immoral or contrary to public policy. Nor should it contain anything infringing copyright &/or intellectual property rights of any person(s).
comments powered by Disqus