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Maulana Abdul Aziz teaches young children in their Madrasa

یکھئے مولانا عبدالعزیز اپنے مدرسے میں چھوٹے بچوں کو کس قسم کی تربیت دے رہے ہیں؟

The Maulana Abdul Aziz teaches young children in their Madrasa

Maulana Abdul Aziz teaches young children in their Madrasa

Maulana Abdul Aziz teaches young children in their Madrasa

Abdul Aziz Ghazi

Personal details
Nationality     Pakistan
Residence     Islamabad, Pakistan
Religion     Sunni Islam

Abdul Aziz (Urdu: محمد عبد العزيز‎) is a Pakistani cleric and Khateeb (prayer leader) in the central mosque of Islamabad known as Lal Masjid, which was the site of a siege in 2007 with the Pakistani army. On 4 July 2007, he was arrested by the Pakistani police as he was trying to escape the complex while dressed in a burqa (veil)”.[1] According to his account, he was forced by authorities to rewear the burqa. Aziz was released from custody by the Pakistani supreme court in 2009 and acquitted in 2013. According to Shah Abdul Aziz, the justification for his cross-dressing escape is that, “He was deceived. He was called by a senior official of an intelligence agency with whom he has been in touch for long. Since this man could not enter into the mosque to meet him (to save his cover and identity) he asked Maulana Aziz to come down to Aabpara police station, situated on a walking distance from the mosque and asked him to wear a burqa to avoid identification.[2] The mosque he leads operates the Jamia Hafsa madrassas and has a militia. Its followers have engaged in political protests and have been involved in vandalism, violence, kidnapping, and arson. In 2014, Aziz named a library at one of the mosque’s seminaries after Osama Bin Laden.

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Maulana Abdul Aziz served as officially designated prayer leader in government constructed and owned Lal-Masjid until 2005 when he was dismissed from service (but never removed) after he issued a “fatwa” (religious decree) against the army officers who were fighting against the Taliban and their supporters in the tribal areas close to the Afghan border. In the fatwa he declared that none of the army officers who were killed in the fighting in tribal area was a martyr and religious sanctions were not available for their funeral. His fatwa irked the government and he was dismissed from service. But in fact, the government has not attempted to remove him from his post. A replacement cleric was appointed for Lal-Masjid, but female supporters refused to pray behind anyone other than Aziz. It is speculated that President Musharraf did not want to stir up popular unrest in an already tense national political atmosphere due to massive support for Aziz within Islamabad.

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