If you support Hadiya -the Kerala woman whose marriage to a Muslim man was nullified by the Kerala HC and was ordered to get back to her maternal home, then you must convert to Islam.
This is what a Salafist preacher in Kerala has stated in a web article which is now going viral in the state.
The article in the website Al Aswala, written by Abdul Muhsin Aydeed, urges those who support Hadiya aka Akhila to embrace Islam and show their support for her.
Over the past few weeks, many in the country have expressed their disappointment with the Kerala HC’s verdict and voiced their support for her right to marry whoever she wants. While initial support was from Muslim groups, recently, writers such as J Devika and K Satchidanandan, and many human rights activists have come out in support of Hadiya.
The writer of the article, titled ‘Come let’s save Hadiya’, is a Muslim leader who lives in Kozhikode and had earlier stirred a controversy by asking Muslim parents not to send their children to mainstream schools that ‘attempt to take them away from Allah and make them Kafirs’.
“Come follow her. With pride, you should say that you are also Hadiya. Just say it loud ‘I will also become a Muslim’. Let us see which prisons await you. If you can’t do this, your protests of burning effigies and putting Facebook posts will not achieve the aim. Sangh Parivar’s enemies are Muslims and those who get converted to it. To beat them, we should do what they are scared of. If you can’t do it, Hadiyas will be created again,” the article says.
Evoking the story of Hamza ibn Abdul Muttalib, who got converted to Islam and extended his support to Muhammed, the article consistently urges Hadiya’s supporters to convert to Islam.