In Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), Dr Nayeem and Dr Naseem – sons of veteran Hurriyat chief Syed Ali Geelani – have stated that they weren’t allowed to carry out the final rites of their father as per Islamic legislation which was their proper.
“What brings peace to us is the truth that our father’s physique was handled in the identical manner our father was handled when he was alive. It was all wrestle and torture and oppression,” his sons stated in a press release to Kashmir Media Service.
Dr Nayeem and Dr Naseem stated they may not take part within the funeral of their father. On Wednesday night time when Syed Ali Geelani breathed his final, police and authorities officers got here and took away the physique, forcibly. The household might neither give Geelani his final bathtub nor provide his funeral prayers, the duo stated.
Within the 92 years of his life, Syed Ali Geelani was imprisoned for 20 years and spent the final decade beneath home detention.
He was imprisoned in jails exterior the territory as nicely. Throughout this era he suffered a number of illnesses, together with coronary heart issues for which he needed to bear a pacemaker implant. Considered one of his kidneys needed to be eliminated and he was being handled for bronchial asthma of the lungs.
However his tooth had been intact, very uncommon in an individual his age. His one remaining kidney, which was solely half of the conventional measurement, had begun to develop once more, performing the perform that two kidneys do. In between these well being problems, Geelani, nonetheless, continued his political life, and wrote over 30 books on topics starting from faith to literature to politics.
Dr Naseem Geelani stated that his father, regardless of many difficulties, by no means gave up his routine. He would get up earlier than Fajr prayer, take a stroll, recite the Holy Quran, and browse books.
After August 5, 2019, nonetheless, the day when New Delhi scrapped IIOJK’s particular standing, Geelani’s well being started to deteriorate. He began shedding his urge for food and likewise his reminiscence. He would provide prayers sitting on the chair with gestures of his eyes, a technique of prayers allowed for individuals who’re ailing.
“He was beneath these well being situations that he left this non permanent world,” Dr Naseem stated. An hour earlier than Geelani died, Dr Naseem had gone to see him.
“I left to supply night prayer. Whereas I used to be doing it, I used to be known as by the home assist to see about one thing that was not proper with Abu ji’s well being. His oxygen degree was dropping. We put him on oxygen, however the degree was not coming to regular,” Dr Naseem stated.
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Since August 5, 2019, Geelani had been telling his household that he will get a way of three individuals recurrently visiting him, asking him to be prepared to depart this world.
However when the ultimate moments arrived, Geelani gave no inkling of it to his son. In reality, his well being appeared to be all proper till the sudden fall within the oxygen degree. It was round this time that medical assistant Omar, who had been attending to Geelani’s well being since lengthy, was known as.
He sounded an alert and shortly after, the Director of Soura hospital arrived. He declared that Geelani had handed away. In the meantime, police and paramilitary forces surrounded the home. Two senior officers began a dialog about how the final rites can be performed.
“We advised them (police) that it is going to be finished tomorrow morning so that every one the kinfolk will arrive and have a final glimpse of Geelani sahab. Ladies current on the house additionally advised them to not contact the physique with their palms. However then they (police) got here at 3am after we refused to do the final rites in the course of the night time. They forcibly took the physique and did the final rites with out relations,” Dr Naseem added.
“They wished us to be a part of their recreation. They wished us to supply funeral prayers with them in order that they will present them to the world. We didn’t permit that to occur,” he stated.
The administration had imposed curfew-like restrictions as quickly because the information of Geelani’s demise got here out.
Within the morning, because the brothers left house searching for their father’s grave, they discovered him buried within the native graveyard. Locals recognized the grave for them.
“We provided prayers for him and left. However there was nobody from the administration who reached out to us after that. They simply wished us to remove the precise of funeral from us, and so they did,” Dr Naseem stated.