Holy hair: HC notice to Kanthapuram

Published: 09th July 2012 09:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th July 2012 09:42 AM   |  A+A-

The High Court has sent a notice to All-India Sunni Jamiyyathul Ulama general secretary Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musaliyar on a petition filed before the court seeking a directive to the state government to conduct an inquiry into the ‘Thirukesham’ (holy hair) controversy and take necessary action.

 The division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice M M Shafeek received the petition in file and ordered to send a notice to Kanthapuram while considering the public interest litigation on July 6.

 The petitioner, U C Aboo of Vadakara, submitted that Kanthapuram A P Aboobaker Musaliyar was exploiting the Muslims across the state by making false claims that the hairs collected by him were the relics of Prophet Mohammed.

 The petitioner contended that Islam does not promote or permit worshiping the remains of any person, including that of Prophet Mohammed, though the Muslims are attaching importance to the relics of Prophet Mohammed.

 Aboobaker Musaliyar is aware of this aspect and he is bent on exploiting the sentiments of poor uneducated Muslims for making illegal gains, he added.

 On June, 2011, the petitioner sent complaints regarding the issue to Union Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Home, Finance and Ministry of Minority Affairs also.

 The Union Government, in an order on 20 July, 2011, directed the Home Department of the state to conduct an inquiry into the issue.

 But owing to the political influence, no inquiry was conducted, said K Noorudheen Musliar, lawyer of Aboo.

 According to historical records, the life period of Prophet Mohammed was from AD 570 to AD 632.

 After 1,400 years of his death, Kanthapuram came with a claim of his long hair spontaneously, to exploit the Muslim community, said the petition.



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