There are reports that there is an email message floating from a so-called Tahreek Taliban Hindustan which uses the Darul Uloom Deoband tag (as you may see in the picture). There are also reports from Maharashtra that some newspapers also published such news and they attribued a fatwa saying: ""This Country ‘India’ was never a nation of Hindus. It was ruled and governed by Muslims for hundreds of years. And we the students of tahreek-e-taliban-hindusthan, demand that the Muslim majority areas should be and must be ruled according to the Sharia Law."
It also said: "Therefore we pass This verdict from today onwards that all the non-muslim living in muslim majority areas should start paying ‘JIZYA’- A tax that every non-muslim has to pay to Live and Work under Muslims.
You have only three choices: (1) Convert to our great faith ‘Islam” and u will be safe. (2) Or pay the Jizyah on our terms and conditions and live. (3) Or accept our challenge and fight us on the battle field."
The Darul Uloom Deoband authorities were quick to reject and comdemn the propagand. A clarification to this effect was published on the seminary's website, which read:
Nowadays, there are email messages floating on internet from a so-called Tahreek-e-Taliban-Hindustan, which is using Darul Uloom Deoband’s label for its heinous and vested interests. There are reports appearing in print media as well with this reference in some local and regional newspapers.
Therefore, we deem necessary to clarify that neither Darul Uloom Deoband has any relation with the so-called movement nor does it recognize the ideologies propagated by it. Darul Uloom Deoband believes in peace, mutual harmony and national integration.
We strongly condemn any such propaganda with or without our name.
(Maulana Mufti) Abul Qasim Nomani
Acting VC, Darul Uloom Deoband