Abbas Siddiqui

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Abbas Siddiqui
আব্বাস সিদ্দিকী
File:Abbas Siddiqui.jpg
Abbas Siddiqui in pir abu bakar siddique's mazar
Personal details
BornFurfura Sharif, West Bengal, India
NationalityIndian
Political partyIndian Secular Front
FatherAli Akbar Siddiqui
RelativesToha Siddiqui (uncle)
Zulfiqar Ali Siddiqui (grandfather)
Alma materFurfura Fatehia Senior Madrasah
Occupation
  • Politician
  • Cleric
Nickname(s)Bhaijaan (brother)

Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui is an Indian islamic scholar, theologian and politician who established the Indian Secular Front in 2021. He is a cleric of the Furfura Sharif Shrine in Hooghly, West Bengal and is the scion of the Siddiqui family, which is the founder and custodian of the Furfura Sharif.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Abbas Siddiqui was born to Pirzada Ali Akbar Siddiqui. He is the great-grandson of Abu Bakr Siddiqui who established the Silsila-e-Furfura (Order of Furfura Sharif) and is the nephew of Toha Siddiqui.[3]

Siddiqui has studied Islamic Theology from Furfura Fatehia Senior Madrasah.

Political career[edit]

On 21 January 2021 he formed his party Indian Secular Front which will be contesting in the 2021 West Bengal Elections. Initially they planned to join hands with AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi.[4] However, that plan faltered[5] and instead he joined hands with the Left Front (comprising various communist parties) and the Congress to form the Sanjukta Morcha. He contested on a borrowed symbol from Rastriya Secular Majlis Party (RSMP) Which is a Bihar-based party

Controversies[edit]

Siddiqui has been in a number of controversies. In the aftermath of the 2020 Delhi riots he was heard asking for a "virus" that would "kill 10–500 million people"[6] He referred to MP Nusrat Jahan as the "one who earns by showing her body" and that she should be "tied to a tree and beaten up". He has described Kolkata's mayor and state urban development minister Firhad Hakim as an "infidel and apostate" for participating in the Durga Puja despite being a Muslim.[7] He has also come out in support of the man who beheaded French school-teacher Samuel Paty.

In response to these comments; he has replied in an interview[8] that these comments should be ignored because "That Abbas was of a different ideology, leave him be."[9]

References[edit]

  1. "Popular Muslim cleric Abbas Siddiqui floats new political party in Bengal". Hindustan Times. 21 January 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  2. Roy, Rajat (29 March 2021). "Abbas Siddiqui's dilemma—bring Muslims from TMC and still be secular enough for Left-Congress". ThePrint. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  3. "Why it is Wrong and Unfair to Label Abbas Siddiqui as Communal". newsclick.in. 4 March 2021.
  4. "Owaisi Joining Hands with Abbas Siddiqui Could be a Red Flag for Mamata Banerjee". The Wire. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  5. Chowdhuri, Pranmoy Brahmachary & Rajib (28 March 2021). "Asaduddin Owaisi withdraws support to Peerzada Abbas Siddiqui in West Bengal polls". The Asian Age. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  6. Daniyal, Shoaib. "Abbas Siddiqui might struggle against TMC – but represents a churn amongst Bengali Muslims". Scroll.in. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  7. "Explained | What Does Controversial Cleric Abbas Siddiqui's Poll Plunge Mean For Bengal?". Moneycontrol. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  8. মুখোমুখি (১৩.০৩.২১) ভোট কেটে আসলে আপনি বিজেপির সুবিধা করবেন? মুখোমুখি পীরজাদা আব্বাস সিদ্দিকি (in Bengali), retrieved 27 April 2021
  9. Daniyal, Shoaib. "Abbas Siddiqui might struggle against TMC – but represents a churn amongst Bengali Muslims". Scroll.in. Retrieved 27 April 2021.




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