Event of Shia, Sunni clerics to jump into fire in Gilgit-Baltistan canceled after backlash
A few days ago, Sunni and Shia clerics in Gilgit-Baltistan challenged each other of Mubahila (debate) on the recent sectarian disputes. Both parties accepted the challenge, and the day and time of the Mubahila were also fixed.
Separate statements were issued on the 17th of May by the Ahl-e-Sunnat and the Imamia Council of Gilgit-Baltistan.
The leaders of the Ahle-e-Sunnat said that an urgent meeting of the scholars and religious and political parties was held under the chairmanship of emir-e-Tanzeem. The statement stated that “the other side (Shia) was constantly disturbing the peace and order in multiple ways. Therefore, all Muslims must play a vital role in establishing peace. A case of blasphemy will also be registered against the Shia scholar. Moreover, the challenge of Mubahila has been accepted”.
Meanwhile, the Central Imamia Council of Gilgit-Baltistan also wrote a letter to the central khatib of Ahl-e-Sunnat Jamia Masjid Gilgit, saying that Agha Rahat Hussain Al-Husseini had accepted the debate challenge. “Our call is based on the truth of honesty that all Muslims should accept the religion of truth.”, said the statement.
Following this, the district administration of Gilgit was ordered to arrange firewood on the 21st of May 2021, at 3 pm at the Royal Polo Ground.
In the presence of the provincial government, Maulana Qazi Nisar Ahmad from Ahl-e-Sunnat and Jamaat and Agha Rahat Hussain Al-Husseini from the Shia sect were supposed to jump into the fire to prove their legitimacy.
However, after the backlash from social media, the event has now been canceled.
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