Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui arrested for running ‘biggest conversion syndicate’

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  • It will not be surprising if someone demands that the activities of each Maulana, Maulvi and Imam in the country be monitored !

Meerut (Uttar Pradesh) – The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) arrested renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui (Chairman of ‘Global Peace Centre’) from Meerut for allegedly running the biggest conversion syndicate. The ATS said the cleric’s name emerged during the investigation of a case filed in Lucknow in which cleric Umar Gautam and others have been charged.

Kaleem Siddiqui : “Hindus are most easy community for conversion. They are so loving that even most staunch Hindu can surrender before you if you offer him two spoons Eid ki Sevaiyan. Show them love and they will convert.”

64-year-old Siddiqui was arrested three months after Delhi’s Jamia Nagar residents Mufti Qazi Jahangir Alam Qasmi and Mohammad Umar Gautam were apprehended by the ATS. Qasmi and Gautam were running the Islamic Dawah Centre, an outfit allegedly working on ISI funding for converting deaf-mute students to Islam, according to officials.

Additional Director General (ADG), Law and Order, said the ATS has so far arrested 10 people from different parts of the country in connection with its probe into the alleged conversion racket.

The ATS has already forwarded a chargesheet against 6 of the 10 accused. The probe against four is pending. Giving details of the racket, the ADG said it came to light during the probe that Gautam and one of his accomplices were given Rs 57 crore by UK-based Al-Falaa Trust, but the two did not give details of the expenditure. Siddiqui’s involvement in the illegal conversion racket under the garb of running various educational, social and religious organisations was also found, the officer said.

The ADG said it also came to the fore that Siddiqui ran the ‘biggest unlawful conversion syndicate’ and threatened and misled people for conversion and prepared them for ‘Dawah’ (The act of calling people to embrace Islam). The ATS found that he also runs the Jamia Imaam Waliullah Trust, which carries out illegal religious conversions in the name of running ‘communal harmony’ programmes, the officer said.

For the purpose of conversion, Siddiqui’s self-written literature, which is available Online as well as in print, was being given to people for free, he said. He was propagating that only Sharia (Islamic law) could give justice to people, the ADG said. “He used to emphasise that issues like triple talaq should be dealt under the light of Sharia”, he added.