Australian Fake Sheikh Mohamad Tawhidi is currently visiting India creating controversy with his inflammatory comments against Muslims in general and Pakistan in particular, receiving red carpet treatment by Islamophobic media personalities and leadership of the Hindu nationalists party BJP.
He has been invited to visit India by Zee TV network to attend ‘Arth’, a cultural festival attended by more than 250 writers, scholars, artisans and artists from India and abroad.
Even before he landed in India, self-proclaimed Imam Mohamad Tawhidi has became a subject of contention.
Tawhidi’s remarks have found favour with the Hindutva brigade and right-wingers in India. The ideological Right have showered him with praise promoting his views on ‘Islam’ considering him as self hating Muslim.
He has been spewing hatred against Pakistan. In a recent interview with The Times of India, Tawhidi said that “Pakistan’s version of Islam is amended to fit the narrative of the government and justify its wrongdoings.”
On Thursday 14 February, Tawhidi held a meeting with BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy in New Delhi.
Tawhidi has also been praised by several people online, including right-leaning American Hindu author David Frawley.
He has also been praised by another controversial figure, self hating Indian Muslim media anchor, Tarek Fatah, for attack on mainstream Muslims.
Shujaat Ali Quadri, National President of Muslim Students Organisation of India, had Tweeted: “We oppose and reject Imam Tawhidi ‘s arrival in India. He is nothing but a puppet of the West and Israel.”
Indian Muslim’s peak body representing both Sunni as well as Shia Muslims, the Majlis Ulama-e-Hind had expressed its disapproval over Tawhidi’s visit and had written a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The organisation had also slammed Zee TV network for inviting him for ‘Arth’.
The letter written by Maulana Kalbe Jawad Naqvi, general secretary Majlis Ulama-e-Hind, stated that the so-called leader has been invited by a channel to India. This man is masquerading as a scholar while he is not related to Shi’ism or Islam, because his photos, videos, books and speeches all are against the teachings of Islam and Shi’ite belief.
Saying that inviting such a person is like disrupting the peace of India, Maulana Jawad urged the government to put a ban on all his programmes.