An important meeting of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind’s Central General Body held under the organization’s president Maulana Qari Mohammad Usman Mansoorpuri. Over 2000 members and noted ulama participated in the meeting.
Presenting the report on the occasion, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind’s General Secretary Maulana Mahmood Madani came down heavily on the politics of provocation and hatred. He said that provocative and nonsensical issues are being raked up as part of the mischievous plan to deflect people’s attention from pressing issues. The hate campaign helps the ruling dispensation to keep people involved in superfluous issues. Maulana Madni said he is not scared of standing firm against the campaign of hate and would fight till his last breath to upkeep the national unity and communal amity of the country.
Maulana Madani also took exception to some Muslim leaders who indulged in ‘reactive politics’ which inflicted more harm to the Muslims. He said that some Muslims use the same tone and tenor to rebut the hatred and inflammatory remarks made by the communal forces. These leaders are, in fact, the enemy of Muslims who intentionally or unintentionally fall in the trap spread by communal forces.
He appealed the common people to carefully choose their friends and foe for their future. “We will have to be cautioned not only from the enemy’s trap but also from foolishness of some friends,” said Maulana Madani. Maulana Madani emphasized that the change of government would not bring any change in the community and urged the Muslims to strive hard to improve their condition. Nobody can play mischief against Muslims if they stick to the commandments of Allah and the Prophet (SAW), he underlined it with emphasis. There is no denying the fact that the Muslims are confronted with many challenges today, but Islam is faced with even bigger challenge. The Muslims themselves can address this challenge by building their character. Maulana Madni emphasized on development of Islamic education and social reform.
He expressed concern that a significant number of Muslims do not even know kalma (profession of faith). He claimed that nearly four crore Muslims are currently on the brink of apostasy and kufr who need counseling and proper teaching of Islam. “We will have to come forward to rescue them,” he said. Meanwhile, many important decisions were taken in the central managing committee meeting. A strategy has been chalked out to address current situation of the country and the socio-political and educational backwardness of Muslim community as well. The meeting deeply expressed concerns over government’s failure to enact Communal Violence Bill in spite of consistent demand made by the Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind along with peace-loving people of the country. Over the years, different governments at the Center kept on delaying the enactment of the bill.
The meeting demanded strict action and security and Intelligence officials involved in implicating innocents in terror cases besides withdrawal of all the honors and medals accorded to them. It also demanded the government to take responsibility to rehabilitate those acquitted of terror charges.
It is proposed that media can play key role in strengthening national unity by exposing the communal forces engaged in creating rifts to achieve their political or ideological goals. Media organizations have been urged to selflessly promote communal amity, peace and unity.
The Jamiat also appealed the followers of all the sects to create an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding and shun prejudices against one another. Do not allow sectarian biases marred mutual coordination and togetherness, it urged.
The Jamiat expressed concern on the deplorable condition of wakf properties demanding appointment of a full time CO in all the wakf boards. It also demanded to set up Indian Awkaf Service to raise a special cadre on the pattern of IAS or IPS. It demanded appointment of a nodal officer whose minister should be a uslim besides tabling Sachar Committee report on awkaf in the Parliament. Other issues the managing ommittee endorsed in the meeting include: the problems of Kanpur textile mills, s trategy to form Dalit-Muslim unity, ttempt to impose a particular religious custom on schoolchildren, relief work of Rohingya Muslims, roblems of the Muslim world, safeguard of religion and belief, effective mechanism to stop isunderstanding being spread against Islam, strengthening Imarat Shairah and setting up training camps.
The General Body also elected Mufti Khairul Islam (Grand Mufti of Assam) Maulana Amanullah (rector of Madarsa Husaina) organisation’s national vice presidents unequivocally.
The leaders who spoke on the occasion are below: Maulana Badruddin AJmal, Maulana Khalid Saifullah ahmani, Maulana Sadiqullah Chaudhary (President of Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind West Bengal),Maulana ateenul Haque (Assam), Professor Nisar Ahmad Ansari (Gujarat), Mufti Mohammad Rashid Azmi, Maulana Hafiz Nadeem Siddiqui, Mufi Iftekhar Ahmad (Karnataka), Mufti Abdul Mughni (Hyderabad), Maulana ohammad Qasim (Bihar), Mufti Javed Iqbal (Bihar), Mufti Syed Mohammad Affan Mansoorpuri, Maulana Sulaiman Bijnori, Maulana Niyaz Ahmad Farooqui, Hafiz Peer Shabbir Ahmad (Andhra Pradesh), Maulana Mohammad Rafiq Mazahri (Gujarat), Maulana Abdul Wahid Khatri (Rajasthan) Maulana Mohammad Aaqil Garhi Dolat, Maulana Yahya Kareemi (Meewat), Maulana Ali Hassan Mazari (Nazim Aala, Jamiat Ulema-i-Haryana, Punjab, and Himachal Pradesh), Maulana Qari Shaukat Ali, Janab Hafiz Basheer Ahmad (Assam), Maulana Mansoor (Tamil Nadu), Maulana Mohammad Zakir Qasmi (Maharashtra), Mufti Ahmad Deola (Gujarat), Maulana Shamsuddin Bijli (Karnataka), Maulana Abdul Qadir (Assam), Maulana Saeedi Manipur), Maulana Rahmatullah (Kashmri), Maulana Moizuddin Ahmad, Maulana Abu Bakar (Jharkhand), Maulana Kalimullah Khan Qasmi (Ambedkar Nagar), Maulana Dr Mohammad Islam Qasmi (Uttarakhand), Maulana Hakumuddin Qasmi, Maulana Mohammad AbidAli and others.