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Add 'Mujahid' prefix to name to dispel misconception, defeat communal forces: Srinagar Dy Mayor

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Srinagar's Sheikh Mohammad Friday asked Kashmiri youths to add the prefix 'mujahid' to their names to send a strong message that the term is in no way related to terrorism and also to defeat those fighting elections stoking "communal hatred".

"The word 'mujahid' means one who is engaged in jihad (holy war) and a protector who strikes against evil and advocates truthfulness. Every Muslim should be a 'mujahid' and there is no harm in using this prefix. Jihad is a spiritual fight against the enemy. Our religion is being misinterpreted by some sections of media," he said in a statement here.

According to him, the term 'mujahid' has been always used in a negative way by the media.

"I will use the prefix 'mujahid' at every place where my name will be used. We are not terrorists. 'Mujahid' is in no way related to any kind of terrorism."

Referring to BJP leaders, including Narendra Modi, prefixing their handles with the word 'chowkidar', said, "I am not against that. I can appeal to my people to use the prefix 'mujahid'."

said he has added 'Mujahid' to his name on Twitter, and other platforms and appealed to Kashmiris to follow him.

"It will be a loud and the clear message to people fighting elections stoking communal hatred," he said.

He also said every Kashmiri wants peace and resolution to the issue but not at the cost of sacrifices of the youth.

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 22:30 IST