Kashmir Solidarity Letter for Imams and Leadership

Whereas Kashmiri Muslims have been peacefully struggling for freedom since 1935;

Whereas on August 5, 2019, the government of India suspended Articles 370 and 35A of its constitution, thereby revoking the long-protected semi-autonomous status of Jammu & Kashmir without consultation with the Kashmiris;

Whereas Kashmir is a disputed territory according to the United Nations’ resolutions;
Whereas Kashmiris have been demanding the right to self-determination since 1948, which Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the United Nations promised them via UN Resolution 47;
Whereas India currently maintains some 900,000 troops in Kashmir, making the disputed territory the most militarized space in the world;

Whereas since 2016, the Indian security forces have caused mass blinding by shooting metal pellets at Kashmiri protestors, leaving many, including  toddlers blinded;
Whereas the Indian government has imposed a communications ‘siege’ on the Kashmir Valley, and put into place other coercive measures to effectively imprison 8 million people;
Whereas the Indian occupation has caused 100,000 Kashmiri deaths and suffering of the millions;
Whereas India has ruled Kashmir through the illegal use of force and torture, as documented by the United Nations and Human Rights Watch;

Whereas Indian army and paramilitary soldiers operate with absolute impunity and  have never been punished for committing crimes against humanity in almost 30 years;

Whereas Genocide Watch has issued a ‘Genocide Alert’ for the disputed territory of Kashmir;
Therefore, we, Imams and the leaders of the Muslim community, state:

We stand in solidarity with the Kashmiris in their struggle for freedom, liberty and justice for all;
We ask the Muslim community in the USA
To dedicate Juma khutba on July 24 for Kashmir
Join a digital rally for Kashmir on July 25
On July 31 - Aug 1 remember Kashmiris in our Eid duas
On August 5th: Join a Twitter storm to engage Congress on Kashmir using the hashtag #KashmirAction
We demand the Indian government
to immediately restore the basic human rights of Kashmiris;
remove military and paramilitary forces from the civilian population;
end torture, sexual violence, disappearances, murder, maiming, intimidation and other crimes against humanity;
release Kashmiri children kept in distant jails of India as detainees without a trial,
stop any move to change the demographic structure of Kashmir and
rescind “Jammu & Kashmir Reorganization Order 2020” and “Jammu & Kashmir Grant of Domicile Certificate Rules 2020”

We ask the United States to:
to demand India provide immediate, unimpeded access to Kashmir for local and international journalists, the United Nations, and other humanitarian actors to verify that Kashmiris are allowed to live normal lives consistent with internationally recognized human rights principles;

(Organizations listed for ID purposes only)
Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, President, SoundVision, IL
Imam Abdul Jabbar, Director (SouthEast), Justice For All, GA
Dr. Mazhar Ul Sheikh, VA
Mushtaq Khan, Marietta, GA
Imam Zakir Ullah, GA
Imam Mohammad Yasir Abbasi, Masjid Maryam, Duluth, Atlanta, GA
Imam Shamsi Ali, Jamaica Muslim Center, NY
Dr. Mudasir Khan, NY
Dr. M Dar, Ohio
Misbaah Mahmood, Chief Executive Director, AMD FIDK, NY
Imam Abdullah Jaber, Executive Director CAIR, GA
Kausar Talat, Idris Mosque, WA
Hafiz Imam Inayatullah, Masjid al Hedaya, Marietta, GA
Amjad Tawfiq, President, Masjid al Furqan, Marietta, GA
Tariq Rathore, WA
Mukhtar Ahmad, ISNA, Indiana
Mohamed Sameen, President, Mount Sinai Muslim center. NY
Mufti Shareef Ahmad, Madni Center, Lawrenceville, GA
Maqsood Ahmad, Chattanooga, TN
Yaqoob Ali, Chicago, IL
Bisharat Mahmood, Birmingham, Al
Maulana Khursheed Muhammad, Norcross, GA
Abdullah Shah, Elmhurst, NY
Dr. Mirza Baig, Muslim Federation of NJ, NJ
Mat Kamal Salleh, Selangor, MY
Imam Abdirahman Kariye, WA
Ibrahim Saeed, President, Islamic Center of Madison, WI
Mufti Shareef Ahmad, Madni Center, Lawrenceville, GA
Maqsood Ahmad, Chattanooga, TN
Yaqoob Ali, Chicago, IL
Bisharat Mahmood, Birmingham, Al.
Maulana Khursheed Muhammad, Norcross, GA
Abdullah Shah, Elmhurst, NY
Imam Farhan Tariq, Paulding county Islamic Center, GA
Imam Juma Muhammad, Marietta, GA
M.Ismail Khan, Dallas, GA
Latif Shobrat, Straightpath, NY
Aisha Syed, West Babylon, NY
Imam Tariq El-Amin Masjid Al-Taqwa, IL
Imām Haroon Ahmed, Muslim Association of Bolingbrook, IL
Masood Rab President, Coalition of Americans for Pluralism in India, MI
Sumreen Sheikh, UK
Manjula Khan, NJ
Masood Ahmed  Louisiana
Naeem Awan
Bernie Soesilo, CA
Nargis Kher, Ca
Imam Azeem Meo, Missouri
Arshad Khan, President, England
Dr. Dana Alhasan, Students for Justice in Palestine, South Carolina
Muqtadi Mohammad Siddique, MD
Dr. Khalid
Hasnet Qureshi, ICNA, Richardson, Texas
Khaja Khaleeluddin, Epic Masjid, Dallas, TX
Arshad Parray, CA
Fatima Ait Rami, Interfaith & Outreach Director, Florida
Amir Adroos, Restore justice and peace in Kashmir, Gauteng
Akhtar Hussain, Money Planners Limited, Managing Director, Barnet, Arkley, Barnet Gate Lane, EN5 2AA
Tuba ERKILIC, Goer, Texas
Kausar Talat, Idris Masjid, WA
Ahmadullah Helmand, Senior commissioner, City of Fremont, CA
Nainamohamed Rahman, Nonee, California
Jaweed Shariff, NY
Aameen Akhtar Khalil, Uk
Shabana Siddiqi, Ohio
Ms. Samia Muhammad, Community Leader, NY
Dr. Aftab Khan, FL
Dr. Tahir Rohail, Assistant Professor of Medicine, IL
Shafaat Syed, Director, MAS Islamic Center, TX
Asifa Syed, MAS Islamic Center, TX
Mohammed Ghouseuddin, Fatima Tuz Zahra Masjid - Kingwood, TX
Nasir Ahmed, Secretary-General, Islamic Centre of Markham, Ontario
Imam Tariq Yousuf Rathore, Karachi
Syed Irshad, Save Humanity, Ontario  
Abdula Polovina, Head Imam of the majlis west of Islamic Community of North American Bosniaks, Oregon
Imam Yusuf Rios, 3 Puerto Rican Imams ILF, Chicago, IL
Shafaat Syed, MAS Islamic Center, TX
Mahmood Bhatti, Member at  ICK, WA
Ammad Shaikh, Deer Park
Rafi Fazli, Selden, NY
Taheer Qazi, Hauppauge, NY
Fahad Ahmad, Brentwood, NY
Tayyab yunus, Richardson, TX
Khalid Masood, Richardson, TX
Aqeel ur Rahman, Irving, TX
Raza ullah Khan, Newark, NJ
Syed Ashiq Ali, Patterson, NJ
Sajjad Ahmad, Hudson, NJ
Dr.Muhammad Yunus, Central Islip
Wasif Ali Yousufi, Islip, NY
Sardar Sawar Khan, New York, NY
Sardar Zulfiqar Khan,
Kashmir American Welfare Association, Washington, DC.
Haleem Khan Kaashmiri, Alexandria, VA
Ala ud Deen, East Plano, TX.
Iqbal Ahmad Ansari, Norcross, GA
Nazish Sehr, Kashmir American Alliance, Copiague, NY
Rafe Husain, Cali bike inc, CA
Mohammad Asghar Shareef, Imam/American Islamic Association, Frankfort, IL
Imam Zia Uddin, Mauritius
Mohammad Asghar Shareef, Imam/American Islamic Association Frankfort, IL
Masood Rab, President, Coalition of Americans for Pluralism in India, MI

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