Abdul Rauf, however, denies that he prayed for Kasab’s soul, and says he is the victim of a power struggle. His words might be more credible, however, if Islamic supremacists didn’t always disclaim responsibility for any wrongdoing, and blame someone else.
Noteworthy here is that Rauf was only dismissed after police began an investigation. How many other sympathizers with Kasab and his jihad mass murder remain in the Judge Mukku mosque, and other mosques? What programs have peaceful Muslims instituted in India or anywhere else to make sure that no other Muslims get the idea that massacring innocent civilians is pleasing to Allah? Why, there are no such programs, anywhere. “Kochi mosque official prays for Ajmal Kasab”s soul, gets the boot,” by Ajay Kanth for TNN, December 29:
KOCHI: The managing committee of a Jama’at mosque here has initiated disciplinary action against its khatib (preacher leading Friday prayers) for allegedly praying for salvation of the soul of Ajmal Kasab two days after the terrorist was hanged in Pune’s Yerwada Central Jail.
Khatib Abdul Rauf, however, preferred to resign from the post than wait for action against him following strong protest from the juma (Friday congregation) that had assembled at the Judge Mukku mosque at Thrikkakkara in Kochi’s outskirts.
Though the incident had occurred on November 23, its details trickled out only after police began an investigation on Friday when it, once again, “became a talking point at the juma”.
“We have confirmed the incident. An investigation is on,” a source in the police told TOI.
President of the Judge Mukku mosque managing committee Abdul Rehman also confirmed the incident. “Khatib Rauf did include the name of Ajmal Kasab in the prayer for the departed souls after the namaz,” he told TOI.
“Every Friday we say a prayer for the souls. But to our surprise and shock khatib Rauf prayed for Kasab. There was instant protest from the juma,” Rehman said.
The committee members immediately decided to suspend him. But before they could issue the suspension order, khatib Rauf offered his resignation.
When TOI contacted him, khatib Rauf maintained that he was being victimized. Rauf said he was being made a scapegoat of a tussle between two groups in the managing committee.
“I didn’t pray for the salvation of Kasab’s soul. That it was the first Friday after he was hanged I used his case as an example to advise the juma not to lead such a life,” Rauf said.
All I said was that “Kasab got the punishment he deserved. Believers of Islam should never follow the path of these kinds of people”, he said.
“I have been working in the mosque for the last 25 years and this was a ploy to oust me from the post by a group of people,” Rauf said.