New Delhi: In the swelling numbers of supports, cutting across caste and creed, to Anna’s crusade against corruption, Muslim community also threw its weight behind the movement for strong and effective Lokpal.

The chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Omar Farooq, has extended his support to Anna Hazare, while Darul Uloom Islamic educational institution calls Hazare’s movement non-political which is required for the national interest.

Hazare’s anti-corruption movement has also received overwhelming support from Muslims in Madhya Pradesh. More than 40 ‘Imams’ are also prepared to visit Delhi to extend support to Hazare.

While supporting Anna’s movement, Mirwaiz said, “Hazare has repeatedly fought against corruption and malpractices. We are also facing the same in Jammu and Kashmir.”

“Due to corruption, Kashmiris are deprived of their rights. We must improve ourselves. We have tried to raise voice against social evils and for the rights of Kashmiris in a peaceful manner but our voices have been suppressed,” he added.

Maulana Abul Qasim Banarasi, Vice-Chancellor, Darul Uloom at Deoband said, “A concrete action against corruption is earnestly needed. We have no business with politics. We cannot participate in the movement nor can we stage protest, but we do support Anna’s movement.”

Moulana Mohammed Islam Qasimi, a member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said it is the duty of every Indian to support the movement of Anna Hazare.

JPN/Bureau