(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Hundreds of Indian Muslims on the occasion of International Quds Day on Friday staged a rally against Israel's illegal occupation of al-Aqsa Mosque, at Jantar Mantar in Central Delhi.
Expressing solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine, Indian Muslims, mainly Shia Muslims yesterday sent a clear message of condemnation to the Zionist Regime and its allies for the atrocities they have committed against the Palestinians and illegal occupation of the al-Aqsa Mosque.
Demonstrators, under the banner of National Council of Shia Ulema, Majlis Ulema-e-Hind along with other organizations, raised the slogans for the liberation of holy al-Quds and chanted 'Down with Israel,' 'Down with US'' and 'Long Live Islam.'
Chanting slogans in favor of Palestinian people they demanded an end to the Zionists' illegal occupation of Arab lands.
The protestors reaffirm their support to the Palestinian people's right to establish an independent and sovereign Palestine state on all the territories occupied by Israeli Regime.
Addressing the gathering, Maulana Syed Mohsin Taqvi, Friday Prayer Leader of Shia Mosque, Kashmiri Gate at Old Delhi called for unified resistance against the Zionists and US designs.
He called on the Muslims of the world as well as on all Islamic governments to join forces to cut down this usurper and its supporters.
The Israeli regime has occupied the territories of the Palestinian people, killing innocent people and destroying the holy places of Muslim worshipers.
'Why the self-styled champions of freedom and democracy, the US and its allies are watching as mute spectator. Why the so-called pioneers of human rights and justice are not raising their voices against the heinous crimes committed by the Israeli Regime. Why the United Nations, which vigorously passed resolutions against those Muslim countries whose rulers are against the hegemonic policies of the West, is watching silenty the crimes of Israeli Regime,' asked Maulana.
'When the entire nation of Palestine has been illegally occupied by Israel, when the entire Palestinian civil society has been surrounded, encircled, crippled, tortured, massacred, humiliated, besieged and being systematically destroyed and assimilated, these self-styled champions of freedom and democracy, so-called pioneers of human rights and justice have turned a blind eye, this is more shameful than the crimes committed by the Israeli Regime,' he noted.
Criticizing Arab countries role, T A Rahmani, President of Muslim Political Front said: 'How painful and distressing it is that in the proximity of the Muslims and the so-called Islamic governments, the usurper Zionist Regime can so outrageously and presumptuously attack the innocent people of Palestine, and rather than rising up in their defense, which is a divine ordinance and a human duty, the governments of the Islamic countries display meekness and instead rise up to act for the vile aims of America and Zionist Regime by training their sights on Islamic Iran and Islam in Iran rather than the oppressor Israel.
Later on Maulana Syed Jalal Haider Naqvi, Joint Secretary Majlis Ulema-e-Hind, Syed Mohd Mohsin Taqvi, Friday Prayer leader of Shia Mosque at Kashmiri Gate in Delhi and other eminent religious scholars submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh.
The memorandum while demanding evacuation of Palestinian territory from Israeli aggressors, asked government of India to revert back to its original foreign policy of panchsheel and non-alignment so as to accept the right of self-determination, sovereignty and independence of all nations in the world.
Memorandum also called on the international community and the Arab League (AL) to fulfill their commitments to the religious sites of great value to all Muslims around the world.
The last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan is observed all over the world as the International Quds Day. On the day, Muslims worldwide hold demonstrations to condemn the atrocities of Zionist regime against Palestinians and the Zionists' illegal occupation of the Beit-ul-Moqaddas.