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By Mohd Faisal Fareed, TwoCircles.net,

Lucknow: Demand for reservation to Muslims gained momentum with Jamiat Ulema-I-Hind leader and Rajya Sabha MP Mahmood Madani and Jamiat chief Qari Usman Mansoorpuri courting arrest after a public meeting at Jyotiba Phule Park in Lucknow on Thursday. Madani threatened to intensify the agitation in coming days while urging the Muslims to wake up and strive for their rights.


MP Mahmood Madani, General Secretary of JUH, addressing the meeting

"Reservation is our right. Muslims are the most backward community in the country. Their condition is worse than Dalits in the country. We will not live as tenant in the country but now we want joint ownership in the country," said Madani.

Lashing out at the UPA government he stated that Muslims are only 1.5 percent in government jobs but their representation in jail is 32 percent. "This is a sinister ploy by the government to degrade the Muslim community and unleash a reign of terror over the community," he said. Madani also stated that despite the promise made in the election manifesto, Congress-led UPA government has failed to fulfill its promise to provide reservation to the Muslims.


JUH National Chief Qari Usman Mansoorpuri being arrested

The meeting which was held at Jyotiba Phule Park in Chowk in Lucknow was well attended with Jamiat workers converging from several districts of the state. Flowing beards and skull caps dominated the meeting ground with several speakers demanding reservation to the Muslims. The Jamiat has launched "Save the Country and Community Campaign' for reservation to Muslims and for inclusion of Dalit Muslims in the SC category.


View of gathering

Madani also demanded that waqf properties should be properly managed and central government should enact a law preventing the state government in appointing their blue eyed man as chairman of waqf boards. "The revenue from waqf boards is in crores of rupees across the country and it should be utilised in such a manner that the general Muslims are benefitted," he said.


MP Mahmood Madani being taken to jail

However, the meeting was disrupted when a woman identified as Shameem Jahan reached near the dais and started pleading her grievance. She claimed that a BSP legislator was trying to capture her house in Mahmood Nagar in Lucknow. The volunteers, however, quickly hushed her away from the scene.

The meeting was also addressed by state National Chief of JUH Maulana Usman Mansoorpuri, chief of JUH Maulana Hayatullah Qasmi, the brother of former minister Yaqoob Qureishi, Yousuf Qureishi from Meerut and several others. The congregation also offered prayers for the development of the country and community.

 

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Sad Demise of Hadhrat Maulana Marghoobur Rahman
Mohtamim of Darul Uloom Deoband
 
With extreme pain and grief, it is informed that Hadhrat Maulana Marghoobur
Rahman, Mohtamim of Darul Uloom Deoband died today on 8 Dec 2010 (1 Muharram
1432) Wednesday in his native town Bijnor. [Inna Lillahi wa Inna Ilaihi Raji’un]
May Allah forgive him and grant him high ranks in Jannah. Amen!
 
HadhratMohtamim sb passed away in his hometown Bijnor where he was staying for
past several months due to prolonged illness and weakness.

 
He was about one hundred year old. He held the post of Mohtmim (Rector/VC) of
Darul Uloom Deoband for thirty years (from 1981-2010). This period is bright era
of the history of Darul Uloom Deoband. Darul Uloom Deoband made extraordinary
progress under his administration and it developed leaps and bounds. Numerous
huge buildings constructed, the old ones were renovated, several educational
departments were launched and many reforms were introduced in the education
system.

 
HadhratMaulana Marghoobur Rahman graduated from Darul Uloom Deoband in 1352
(1932). He was appointed as Member Shura of Darul Uloom Deoband in 1382 (1962).
Later, after the 100th anniversary of Darul Uloom Deoband in 1982, he was
assigned the post of Mohtamim. He undertook the post in a critical time and
served Darul Uloom in exemplary style with his god-gifted ability and insight.


We appeal to all well-wishers, madrasa authorities and those related to Darul
Uloom to pray for his forgiveness and isal-e-thawab.

His janazasalah (funeral prayer) will be held in Deoband after Isha at 9 pm.
 News (Darul Uloom - Deoband)           www.deoband.in

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No place is better than India for Muslims : Maulana Mahmood Madani

Maulana Madani delivering the talk

Democracy is the greatest virtue and strength of India and no place is better for the Muslims than India, Maulana Mahmood Madani, Leader of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, who is also the member of the Rajya Sabha, said on February 21, 2010 evening while delivering a talk on “Terrorism: Response of Indian Ulema”.

Maulana Madani, known for his stiff opposition to the jihadi brand of terrorism, did not hold back any punches on the subject during his talk organised by the Vivekananda International Foundation at the VIF campus that was attended by eminent personalities from such diverse fields as politics, bureaucracy, armed forces and religious organizations. VIF Director Ajit Doval introduced the subject and the speaker, while former Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral K K Nayyar presided over the function. Doval, a former Director of the Intelligence Bureau, described Maulana Madani as a major representative of the ‘Indian Islamic thought’ who had contributed a lot to the national interest.

The Maulana said there was no place for wanton killings in Islam and stressed that the roots of the problem of what is happening today in the name of Islam are not in India, but outside. “Violent activities in the name of Islam are actually against Islam. This is the greatest unIslamic act. To kill or oppress somebody who is innocent and weak is an unIslamic act and I can give innumerable citations from the Koran and the Hadith,” he argued.

The Deoband chief spoke extempore in Urdu for about 40 minutes and then answered questions from the audience. He described how the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, the biggest organisation of Indian Muslims, launched a movement against terrorism, but quickly added that it was a short-term strategy. He recalled how he was criticised by fellow Muslims and some other leaders of his community who repeatedly taunted him for this and asked whether he had nothing better to do. He said his movement against terrorism was aimed at giving the much-needed make-over to the “Muslims, Maulvis and Deoband” whose image was getting dented by terrorist activities.

Significantly, in this context, he pooh-poohed the claim of the Taliban leaders that they were ‘Deobandis’. He quoted Maulana Mahmood Hassan, a prominent Muslim leader from Deoband who in 1915 sent his five Maulvi disciples to Afghanistan to wage India’s freedom struggle from there. Maulana Madani pointed out that Maulana Hassan’s disciples set up a government-in-exile and Mathura’s king Mahendra Pratap was made the head of this government-in-exile. Maulana Madani quoted this example to drive home his point, which was Maulana Hassan’s conviction too, that India could be made independent by oneness, by staying together, wherein the citizens keep the national interest supreme by sinking their differences on religious grounds.

Maulana Madani said the need of the hour was to thrash out a long-term strategy to deal with the menace of terrorism. He opined that the long-term strategy will have to ensure three things for the Indian Muslim community: economic upliftment, education and deliverance of justice – the kind of justice that is not only done but seen to be done also. He also advocated reservations for Muslims to achieve these objectives.

The Maulana recalled with a tinge of bitterness and regret the utterances of former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf at a conclave in New Delhi in early 2009. He said he had thought that since General Musharraf was visiting India a few months after the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, he would be applying a soothing balm to the Indians through his words. The Maulana said he was totally disappointed with General Musharraf, who instead of saying a few soothing words “spoke like a General addressing his troops”.

In response to a question seeking his reaction to the fact that after the Delimitation of Lok Sabha constituencies last year, the number of those constituencies where the Muslim population was 15 per cent or more had risen to 164 from 119 earlier, Maulana Madani replied this was one of the reasons for the Muslim community to feel proud to be Indian. The Maulana also pointed out that India had never been an invader or a colonialist power. Amid thundering applause from the audience, he said India pulsated in its soil and throbbed in its air, something that has to be felt and cannot be taught through any book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Reported by Rajeev Sharma)

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UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi has assured a delegation of Muslim groups that the modalities for providing reservation for the minority community would be worked out in six months.

This is the first time the Congress has set a timeframe for fulfilling its electoral promise.

They had assured a reservation modelled on the quota structure already in place in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Expressing satisfaction with her commitment, the Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind has suspended its ongoing jail bharo agitation for six months.

The delegation, comprising top leaders of Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind, Jamaat-e-Islami, All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and secular activists such as film director Mahesh Bhatt and Swami Agnivesh, also met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

They pushed for the implementation of the Ranganath Misra committee report.

Singh, however, did not give any commitment, but said his government has, in principle, agreed to the idea of reservation for the backward sections of the community.

The 18-member delegation, after meeting the country's top two leaders, claimed that both were not averse to Muslim reservation.

"Sonia Gandhi told us that the government is working on the modalities for Muslim reservation. When we requested for a timeframe, she said it would be completed within six months.

We are taking her word. We have decided to suspend the ongoing satyagraha and jail bharo agitations for six months," Jamiat leader and Rajya Sabha MP Mahmood Madani said after the meeting.

He said the delegation would again meet both the leaders after six months.

Kamal Farooqui, a senior member of the AIMPLB and former chairman of the Delhi Minorities Commission, repeated Madani's claims. "She (Sonia Gandhi) said the Congress was not averse to the reservation, but it should not By A. M. Jigeesh in New Delhi create any problems. The modalities are being worked out to ensure that there will be no problem in ensuring quota for the backward Muslims," Farooqui said.

The delegation also reminded the Prime Minister and the Congress president of their party's promise in the manifesto.

"The Congress manifesto said reservation for Muslims would be implemented which would be similar to the ones in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

There are no legal barriers before the government," Farooqui added.

The Jamiat and a number of Muslim organisations were agitating against the UPA government over the non-implementation of the Ranganath Misra committee report. The Jamiat had started a countrywide jail bharo agitation to press for their cause.

"The state should also intervene to ensure that the Muslims, which constitute 13.4 per cent population, are provided equal opportunity to access the benefit and fundamental rights provided in the Constitution," said a memorandum submitted by the Jamiat to the Prime Minister in April.

Members of the delegation said the Prime Minister first requested them to stop their agitation.

The Prime Minister had reportedly said that he would consult with his senior colleagues and try to reach a consensus on the issue. " He acknowledged that there was no doubt that a section within the Indian society, especially Muslims, had been left behind and urgent steps were needed to provide them a fair and equal opportunity," the Jamiat said in a statement.

The delegation also want the government to make amendments in the communal violence prevention Bill.

"The Bill has total disregard towards basic demands such as accountability of security officials and the victims' right for compensation," the Jamiat said.

The Jamiat has consulted other party leaders as well on the issues. They met CPM leader Sitaram Yechury on Friday and are scheduled to meet a number of other political leaders - Prakash Karat, A. B. Bardhan, Lalu Prasad, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Sharad Pawar and Mamata Banerjee.

 

Sonia for consensus on quota for minorities

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Posted: May 23, 2010 at 0227 hrs IST

New Delhi Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday gave a concrete indication that the UPA government intended to move fast on forging a consensus on the politically contentious issue of providing reservation to minorities. She made it clear that her party remained firm on the commitment in this regard made in its election manifesto.

Sonia conveyed her party’s as well as the government’s intention to a group of Muslim leaders who met her, demanding implementation of the recommendations made by the Ranganath Mishra commission. The delegation called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with the same demand.

Both the Congress president and Prime Minister conveyed to the leaders that the government was “serious” about the issue since the party had announced its resolve to replicate the Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh model of reservation at the national level, but stressed the need for forging a consensus first.

Rajya Sabha MP and Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind leader Mahmood Madani, who was part of the delegation, said Sonia assured them that the consensus-building efforts would be speeded up. “She agreed that Muslims are socially, educationally and socially backward and the community should be given reservation,” he told The Sunday Express.

Kamal Farooqui, the former chairman of the Delhi Minority Commission, said the delegation urged the Congress chief to impress upon party-ruled states to replicate the Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala models of reservation. “We told the UPA chairperson that such a move should be initiated as the first step,” he said.

 

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Top Muslim leaders meet PM, Sonia on Muslim reservation

 
By TCN News,

New Delhi: In a big and rare show of unity, a delegation of top leaders of prominent Muslim organizations met Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi here today to press the demand for Muslim reservation and passage of the Communal Riots Bill with proper amendments.
The delegation led by Maulana Qari Mohammad Usman, President of Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind, submitted a memorandum on two issues of national interest i.e. Reservation to Muslims and Communal Riots Bill. The delegation that included Maulana Mahmood Madani, Jamiat Ulama leader and MP, Maulana Jalaluddin Umri, President, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and Dr. Zafrul Islam Khan, ex-President, All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat among others urged the Prime Minister to declare his firm commitment on these two issues as the UPA Govt. had been expressing time and again its commitment to deliver justice and fair equal opportunity to most backward and weakest sectio

 

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“After listening to the delegation the Prime Minister first reacted by saying that please stop the ongoing Jail Bharo Andolan, meanwhile he shall be consulting his senior colleagues and try to create consensus on the issue,” said Niaz Ahmed Farooqui, secretary, Jamiat Ulama. The PM assured the delegation that he would try his best to resolve the issue. He acknowledged that there was no doubt that some sections of Indian society specially Muslims had been left behind and urgent steps were called for to provide to them fair and equal opportunity. In that direction he had already started the process and shall further expedite.

Mahmood Madani shaking hand with PM, Dr Zafrul Islam Khan and others can be seen

After meeting the Prime Minister the same delegation called upon Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson UPA and President of Congress. The leaders specifically reminded her of her commitment to the issues of Minorities, backward and weakest section of society and requested her to use her position as UPA Chairperson to get the long pending demands on reservation to Muslims and communal riots bill accepted and passed through Parliament.

The leaders of Muslim organizations Maulana Jalaluddin Umri, Amir, Jamiat-e-Islami Hind, Dr. Zafrul Islam, All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, Kamal Farooqui, Dr. Qasim Rasool Ilyas, and two important social activist Swami Agnivesh ji and Mr. Mahesh Bhatt expressed their full support for the demands listed in the memorandum and told Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister that there was lot of simmering anguish in the most backward sections of the society because of the discrimination and injustice to the minorities. If the demands are not accepted the people would have no option but to join the nationwide Satyagarah launched by Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, Niaz Ahmed Farooqui added.

Maulana Mahmood Madani, MP and Leader of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, mentioned to the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi that UPA has completed one year today in his second term of power and while celebrating its first anniversary it would be most becoming gift to the people of the country if they give a positive message accepting the long overdue demands. The Delegation also expressed its deep condolence on the unfortunate Mangalore air crash and loss of 160 precious lives.



Jamiat delegation leaving Jamiat headquarters to meet PM

Jamiat leaders are trying to mobilize support of other political parties and leaders by directly talking to them on the issues. A meeting with Sitaram Yechury took place on 21st May 2010 at CPI(M) head office. Further meetings are being scheduled with A.B. Bardhan, Prakash Karat, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Sharad Pawar and Mamata Banerjee and few other party leaders.

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Name

Designation

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President, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind

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Maulana Jalaluddin Umri Sb.

Amir, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind

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Mohammad Jafar Sb.

Naib Amir, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind

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Dr. Zafrul Islam Sb. Ex.
President,

All India Muslim
Majlis-e-Mushawarat

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Swami Agnivesh ji

President, World Council of Arya
Samaj

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Mr. Mahesh Bhatt ji

Social Activist

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Mr. Kamal Farooqui Sb.

Ex. Chairman, Delhi Minority Comm.

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Dr. Qasim Rasool Ilyas Sb.
Executive

Member, Muslim Personal Board

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Maulana Mahmood A. Madani, M.P.

Leader, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind

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Maulana Hayatullah Qasmi Sb.

President, Jamiat Ulama-e-Uttar
Pradesh

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Hafiz Peer Shabbir, MLC

President, Jamiat Ulama-e-A. P.

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Maulana Qari Shaukat Ali Sb.

Gen. Secretary, Jamiat
Ulama-e-U.P.

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Maualna Mateenul Haq Osama Sb.

Member, CWC, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind

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Mufti Mohd. Salman Sb.

Member, CWC, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind

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Mr. Shakil Ahmed Syed, Advocate

Member, CWC, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind

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Haji Mohd. Haroon Sb.

Gen. Secretary, Jamiat
Ulama-e-M.P.

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Hafiz Nadeem Siddiqui Sb.

President, Jamiat
Ulama-e-Maharashtra

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Maulana Hakimuddin Qasmi Sb.

Gen. Secretary, Jamiat
Ulama-i-Hind

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Secretary, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind

 

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NEW DELHI: In a move that displays the need for liberal Islamists to be heard, leading Islamic organisation Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind plans to set up a team of `young ulamas' or teachers that will work to "dispel misunderstanding" on the religion in the current geo-political discourse.

JUH leader Maulana Mahmood Madani on Sunday said the Jamiat was planning to set up a centre that would nurture young people to understand and write on Islamic teachings. "We need to know today's language to understand what is being written or talked about and to match it to our own understanding and writing... if not all (all Muslims) but at least a team of young people. We will start a centre and nurture people with leadership qualities to dispel misunderstanding about Islam," he said outlining a long-term strategy to counter terrorism in India.

Madani, a Rajya Sabha member, was speaking at the Vivekananda International Foundation on `Terrorism: Response of the Indian Ulama'.

The parliamentarian said that other important long-term steps included economic upliftment, education and delivery of justice. "It is important to deliver justice and to be seen that justice has been done... that people have a space to voice their complaints," he said.

Pointing out the dilemma of organisations like the JUH, Madani said because he and other leaders opposed terrorism, they were constantly faced with people who felt that their stance spelt an acceptance of the fact that some Muslims were terrorists and this was an "image" exercise. Madani said that compelled by the growing misconception that all Muslims were terrorists, the JUH had spearheaded a campaign. "We have been working on a campaign against terrorism for the past 25-30 months. We have felt the need for an image change," he added.

Emphasising that anyone using religion to target the innocent was misusing the basic tenets of Islam, Madani said the problem was not local. "The root of the problem (terrorism) is from outside (India). It is our responsibility that we create an atmosphere so that terrorists don't get local support from India," he said.

The RS member said the endeavour must be to increase people's tolerance towards each other so that common chords are not forgotten because of differences on petty issues.
 

 

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Jamiat protests Pakistan link
 
17 Dec 2008, 0056 hrs IST, TNN
NEW DELHI: Should Darul Uloom in Deoband be linked to the Islamic extremists in Pakistan's NWFP and FATA areas where Taliban and Al Qaeda ideology
 
flourishes?

After Pakistan's permanent representative in Pakistan made the link in the UN, Jamiat-Ulema-i-Hind has complained to MEA, the Pakistan high commissioner and the UN secretary general against Pakistan opening this new front.

In his speech at the UN, Pakistan's ambassador Abdullah Haroon drew a distinct link between the neo-Taliban and Deoband. "Some of you here may not be aware where this matter has taken root in a very deep way... led entirely by the mullahs in India in Deoband. I am not pointing a finger, I am coming up with a very good suggestion. It is for the clerics in Deoband, who wield great influence in the North West Frontier territories of Pakistan and in FATA, to come to Pakistan, get together and embed, offer a fatwa in Pakistan against suicide bombing and killings of Muslims in Pakistan and also in India," Haroon said.

"I think it would have a very important effect in the North West Frontier Province and in fact (on) the most powerful politician in that province, Maulana Fazlur Rehman who also pays obeisance to Deoband," he added.

When questioned, an MEA spokesperson said, "The Jamiat-Ulema-i-Hind has (protested) at the language used and aspersions cast in the statement by the Pakistani permanent representative at the UN Security Council during the open debate on Threats to International Peace and Security on December 9, 2008. In the protest, it was pointed out that this was a shameful attempt to deflect attention from the real culprits."

In fact, after issuing a fatwa against terrorism in May, the Darul Uloom organised a conference in November in Hyderabad of senior Islamic leaders to condemn terrorist acts.

But equally, it's impossible to ignore the Pakistani official's statement. From 200 religious schools or madrassas in Pakistan in 1947, the number increased to 893, 40% of which were Deobandi. By 2002, the number of Deobandi schools in Pakistan increased to about 7,000. It's also true that the Deobandi creed is what is followed by the Taliban and other radical Islamists scattered in the NWFP areas. It's these schools that also double up as terror training camps.

What is the Deoband ideology? Broken down to its simplest, the Deoband thought wants to purify Islam from what it considers to be "extraneous" influences. According to the Deobandi interpretation of Islam, the Muslim's first loyalty is to his religion and then his country; it recognises the frontiers of the ummah as superior to national frontiers and more important, it retains the obligation to wage jihad to protect Muslims in any country. All of this, including the Deoband restrictions on women and attitude to others like Shias, have been adopted in full by the Taliban.

As many scholars have pointed out, the Deobandi fatwa against terrorism is a rejection of its extremist tactics like killing of innocents, but the Deobandi school has not yet disregarded the classic fundamentalism that is the hallmark of Deobandi and Wahabi thought.
 

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Militants are enemies of humanity and Islam, says Madani

New Delhi, Dec 17 (ANI): Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH) leader Mehmood Madani has criticised the act of militancy, calling it a curse on mankind.

Addressing reporters here last evening, Madani praised Indian Muslims for openly condemning the barbaric act of militancy and said that for the first time general public have come out of their houses in huge numbers. 

“This is the specialty of India and Indian Muslims who come out and openly condemn the terror attacks. We are doing that job which has not been done by anyone in the world. Those who are promoting the acts of terror and terrorism are enemy of both the humanity and Islam,” said Madani.

He also asserted that his organisation is also planning to hold a conference of Islamic scholars to discuss the further strategy so as to prevent some people from tarnishing the image of Islam.

“My opinion is that a conference should be held in New Delhi in which Islamic scholars from all across Asia are invited and a debate should be conducted on how to prevent some people from tarnishing the image of Islam,” added Madani.

Madani is also a Member of the Parliament representing Uttar Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha.

JUH, along with the Dar-ul Uloom Deoband had issued a fatwa against terrorism on May 31.

Observing that the recent attacks in Mumbai had aimed at hitting spreading communal disharmony, Muslim intellectuals have asked the entire country to unite against the elements of terrorism. (ANI)

17-12-2008

Press Release                                                                                                            For favour of publication

Protest against Pakistani Ambassador's remark in UN on Deoband

"Please Retract and Apologize"

Maulana Mahmood Madani appeals to the President of Pakistan

 

New Delhi : - December 16, 2008

Reacting to the statement of Pakistani representative Abdullah Hussain Haroon in UN, Maulana Mahmood Madani, Leader of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind and Member of Parliament has sent protest letter to the Govt. of Pakistan through the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India, New Delhi, High Commission of Pakistan at New Delhi and UN Secretariat. The Pakistani Representative Abdullah Hussain Haroon in his 9th December speech in UN had remarked obliquely suggesting that 'Mullas in Deoband' were behind the terror activities going on in North West Frontier and FATA regions of Pakistan. The Ulemas at Deoband involved with the recent initiatives against terrorism have been hurt by such an offending remark. They have expressed their anguish and consider it a shameful attempt by Pakistan to deflect people's attention from the real culprits.

Following is the text of Maulana Mahmood Madani's letter addressed to High commission of Pakistan in India.

 

JUH/VIP(40)/2008                                                                                                     Dec. 15, 2008

His Excellency Mr. Shahid Malik

High Commissioner of Pakistan

Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi

Your Excellency,

With all due respect and salutations I seek your help to convey to the Government of Pakistan our anguish and protest against the most deplorable statement by His Excellency Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in the Security Council open debate on Threats to International Peace and Security on 9 December 2008. We take strong exception to the language and substance of the Para 7 of the speech casting aspersion on the role and character of World's most highly reputed seat of Islamic learning of Deoband and its scholars. Just by saying, "I am not pointing a finger," the offensive nature and style of the contention can not be reduced in any way.

It is really nothing but a shameful attempt to deflect attention from the real culprits. Deoband initiative against terrorism has been welcomed all over the world. It is not politically motivated. It has been launched out of sense of religious duty to present the Islam's true message of universal peace and brotherhood to the world. All those who use the name of Islam, whether individuals or states, to target, terrorize and kill innocent civilians are enemies of Islam and humanity. Certainly Deoband Fatwa against terrorism and its firm and clear stand does not suit the design of anti Islam forces following the dual damage strategy. On one hand they are misguiding and misusing our youth in the name of Islam and Jihad. On the other hand they are trying to widen the schism between the Muslims and other communities and alienate further the people at large from Islam and its followers by tarnishing the image of Islam and its Prophet of Peace.

In such a scenario the official statement made on behalf of the president of Pakistan exceeds all norms of propriety and justice. Use of such derogatory style and abusive epithet "Led entirely by the Mullahs in India in Deoband" is obnoxious. Diplomats are very particular in choice of titles and conduct of protocol. We fail to understand the purpose and the reason behind such offensive gesture.

Please convey to the president of Pakistan. We are offended, aggrieved and anguished. We condemn the statement in strongest terms and in the name of Justice and propriety appeal to you to order your permanent representative to retract his statement and apologize.

However I would like to reiterate that Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, majority of which consists of Deoband Ulemas, along with Ulemas of all other sects and likeminded non Muslim brothers shall continue its struggle to root out terrorism and establish peace in the subcontinent. To achieve this objective, people to people contact and cooperation across the Indian subcontinent including Pakistan has been and shall continue to be hallmark of our initiative. Politically motivated and provocative statements such as above shall not make us desist from the truthful path of peace and friendship.

I seize this opportunity to express feelings of goodwill, friendship and peace between the people of our two countries.

Thanking you,

Yours sincerely

Mahmood A. Madani

The para 7 of the controversial statement of the Pak's UN representative is reproduced hereunder:

"How should we proceed? I would say that let us recommend to each other to stop all negative campaigns against each other. Then Indian must help resolve even the religious aspect. Some of you here may not be aware where this matter has taken root in a very deep way. Led entirely by the Mullahs in India in Deoband. I am not pointing a finger. I am coming up with a very good suggestion. It is the clerics in Deoband, who wield great influence in the North West Frontier territories of Pakistan and in FATA, to come to Pakistan, get together and embed, offer a fatwa in Pakistan against suicide bombing and killings of Muslims in Pakistan and even in India. I think it would have a very important affect in the North West Frontier province and in fact the most powerful politician in that province, Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman who also owes his obeisance to Deoband. So we can help. We can use each other's facilities. This one being perhaps the most important which is not being considered."

 

Dear Sir,

Kindly publish the Press Release and oblige.

 

N.A. Farooqui

Secretary

 

 

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Muslims to take out peace march against terrorism

December 6th, 2008 - 7:42 pm ICT by IANS -
New Delhi, Dec 6 (IANS) Saying that Islam strongly prohibits acts of terrorism and the killing of innocent people, Muslim clerics will take out peace marches Sunday in 12 Indian cities to “share the pain” of the Mumbai carnage victims.At a conference organised at the India International Centre here Saturday, members of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, the Mili Council and the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat came down heavily on terrorism.

“There should be no confusion that Islam does not permit killing of innocents. We share the pain of those who were killed in the Mumbai terror attacks. I have asked the people to celebrate Eid with simplicity,” said Mufti M. Mukaram Ahmad, a top cleric.

The peace marches will be taken out Sunday afternoon in Ahemdabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chennai, Delhi, Faizabad, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Patna, Lucknow and Mumbai, the clerics said. There will be no speeches, slogans or shouting during the marches.

Speaking at the conference, veteran journalist M.J. Akbar, said: “Such acts (terrorism)are against the spirit of Islam and attack on secularism and democracy of India.”

The clerics asked the government to introduce religious education in the school curriculum in the country so that children are not mislead on the name of religion.

“There is a need to introduce education about religion in school curriculum so that children can know about the teachings of different religions at an early stage,” said Qari Usman, senior cleric of Darul Uloom Deoband.

28-11-2008

Indian PM blames 'external forces'
Nilofar Suhrawardy | Arab News
 

RESCUED: Police escort a stranded guest from Taj Hotel in Mumbai on Thursday. (Reuters)
 

NEW DELHI: India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is blaming “external forces” for the terror attacks that have killed more than 100 people in the country’s financial capital.

In a nationally broadcast address yesterday, Singh said “the well-planned and well-orchestrated attacks, probably with external linkages, were intended to create a sense of panic, by choosing high profile targets and indiscriminately killing foreigners.”

Singh is vowing to take the “strongest possible measures” to ensure that they aren’t repeated.

Singh said New Delhi would “take up strongly” the use of neighbors’ territory to launch attacks on India. “The well-planned and well-orchestrated attacks, probably with external linkages, were intended to create a sense of terror by choosing high-profile targets,” Singh said in his address.

Indian governments have in the past blamed neighboring Pakistan or sometimes Bangladesh for supporting or harboring militant groups for these attacks. “It is evident that the group that carried these attacks, based outside the country, had come with single-minded determination to create havoc in the commercial capital of the country,” Singh said.

Earlier, Singh called an emergency meeting of Cabinet to take stock of the situation in Mumbai. During the meeting, Home Minister Shivraj Patil briefed the Cabinet. Patil, accompanied by National Security Guards (NSG) Director General J.K. Dutt, returned to Delhi yesterday morning after a short visit to Mumbai. Certain vital clues regarding terror attacks have been picked up by investigators, Patil told reporters after the cabinet meeting.

Refusing to divulge details, Patil said: “We have certain information but it is premature information. It will not be proper to share premature information as it may compromise the ongoing operations.”

“We are ready to extend all help to Maharashtra government. The center had sent naval commandos as also NSG commandos to help Mumbai police in anti-terror operations,” Patil said. The prime minister was in touch with Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, Patil said.

Earlier in the day, Singh held a high level meeting with leader of opposition L.K. Advani (Bharatiya Janata Party) and discussed the situation with him. Advani will accompany Singh in a visit to Mumbai, which is expected to take place soon. Singh canceled the election rally he was scheduled to address yesterday in the capital city, which faces polls tomorrow.

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, who is also United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson, strongly condemned Mumbai terror strikes as a “barbaric act” to weaken the country. “This is not only a matter of security of the country, but also of its pride. Terrorists are enemies of the country and we have to deal with them sternly.”

Describing attacks as “unprecedented in nature,” condemning them, Advani said: “This is an audacious attack and a challenge to the nation. While maintaining calm and unity, we must resolve to break the back of India’s enemy.”

Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind chief Mahmood Madani deplored the attacks in strongest possible terms and said there could be absolutely no rationale or justification for this kind of a dastardly act.

“If what the government and the media are saying is true, that those involved in the heinous act are indeed Muslims or have acted in the name of Islam, I wish to tell them that what they have done is not only a war against humanity and the country but also a war against Islam. This is not jihad but ‘fasaad’ (wanton killings, terrorism), and under Islamic law it carries a very severe punishment. Such acts not only have no sanction under Islam, they actually do great damage to this great religion of peace,” Madani said in a statement.

“Our country is passing through very difficult times. Many of us have lost our near and near ones but we must keep our emotions in check and not allow anybody to exploit us. Failure to do so will only help those responsible for such acts. It is incumbent upon all of us, politicians and civil society alike to rise to the occasion and defeat this sinister conspiracy to divide us. As Indians we must sink our differences of caste and creed and unite to defeat those who are bent on polarizing our society,” he added.

— With input from agencies

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From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 5, Issue 46, Dated Nov 22, 2008
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interview

�Ask us, hear our explanations, present our views�

SHOMA CHAUDHURY speaks to four influential clerics about their fatwa against terrorism and the problems that vex the Muslim community

As the peace train from Deoband to Hyderabad pulls out of the station, an ordered serenity descends on the bogey. A cleric hums a tarana; others kneel at the appointed hour for namaaz. In between, there are avid conversations about religion, terror, communalism and the idea of India. Speaking to TEHELKA at different moments Maulana Qari Usman, Maulana Mahmood Madani, Maulana Rafeeque Qasmi and Maulana Shaukat Ali offer a mosaic of insights into the community

Maulana Mahmood Madani Rajya Sabha member, general secretary, Jamiat-Ulema-I-Hind

What triggered the fatwa against terrorism earlier, and the peace train now?
Maulana Mahmood Madani:
There has been such intense stereotyping of Muslims by the West, and the communal forces and media in India, that it has affected not just non-Muslims but Muslims themselves. Jihad, jihad, jihad � the propaganda has slipped into people�s blood so much they have started thinking the Koran, the Prophet, and Islam are a source of terrorism, whose philosophy teaches nothing but to kill. Even ordinary Muslims have become confused � is this indeed jihad?

Our target audience, therefore, is both Muslims and India�s silent majority, who are still not 100 percent convinced that this community is what it is being made out to be. One way of fighting the propaganda was to keep highlighting the injustice and prejudice of the police and media. Many human rights groups, both Muslim and non- Muslim, are doing this. But the fact remains that terrorist incidents are also increasing and innocent lives are being lost. Don�t these victims and their families have rights too? This is why we have chosen the middle path. This peace train and the Hyderabad Resolution is just the beginning. We have to take this message to every city, district, village and mohalla.

Our biggest problem is that we have to fight on two fronts at the same time. On the one hand, we have to confront those non-Muslims who are not ready to listen or debate even reasonable issues related to Muslims. On the other, there are some Muslims who have either got misled, or are so fed up with the propaganda that they don�t want to speak out. They feel that to even oppose terrorism is to accept we are terrorists.

What impact do you think you will have on Muslim youth who are radicalised or just scared, angry and frustrated? Do your words as ulema have any meaning for them?
Maulana Rafeeque Qasmi:
See, you are a follower of Hindu dharma. When this life is over, you don�t know where your soul will go. Whether you are a good man, thief, murderer or rapist, you have 84 lakh lives in which you can refashion yourself before you reach parlokh or swarglokh. In Islam, the idea is different. We tell our youth, if you harm an innocent you will have to answer to your Khuda when you die. So there is a big difference in the psychology. For a Muslim to do wilful wrong, he will have to think a million times because he is bound by his fear of Khuda in the afterlife. Hindu philosophy, of course, teaches one to be righteous, but a Hindu youth is not bound in the same way in sheer psychological terms. When Prophet Mohammad was driven out of Mecca and returned after eight years, he did not urge retaliation. I am not saying this has an invulnerable hold today, but it is a big religious deterrent. Narendra Modi sahib and Vajpayee sahib tout their action-reaction theory and excuse everything on the basis of that, but we tell our community, no matter what the provocation, the reaction has to be within the bounds of the Koran, Hadees and Indian Constitution. Your response to wrongs has to be to cleave to what is right. Yes, the Koran sanctions one to fight injustice, but killing innocents? Never. Under no circumstance. Religion is a strange thing, people can do anything to defend it but, by that logic, they will stop because their religion does not allow something. That is what makes our voice significant.

Maulana Qari Usman President, Jamiat-Ulema- I-Hind

Maulana Qari Usman: Even if we don�t have immediate direct impact, we have made it clear to the community that anyone who commits an act of terrorism has stepped out of the boundary of the religion and community, and is no longer part of it. Having said that, I also want to say there have been many arrests but very little proof yet against Muslim youth accused of terror blasts. In fact, though the media reports every arrest, it often fails to report on all those who are acquitted, so this image of widespread guilt remains strongly in people�s minds.

Maulana Madani: There are definitely very grave wounds and a deep sense of victimisation. There is anger, desperation and utter hopelessness. We have to dispel all three, not just for the good of Muslims but the whole country. We need a holistic approach and the government, civil society and media have to jointly rectify this. How else can you confront this? You cannot turn such a big country into a police state. You need education, equal opportunity, employment and faith in non-discriminatory justice. We tell Muslims, particularly Muslim youth, you are stakeholders of this country, you are not here on sufferance. So yes, claim your rights with confidence, but remember that with rights come duties. The story of discrimination against Muslims in these 60 years is a long and bitter one. But we don�t want to open a complaint cell here, because our focus is on terrorism and communal harmony. We don�t want to mix those messages. They are separate stories. We are not saying give us justice or there will be terrorism; we are saying terrorism has no justification.

Is there talk of launching a new political party for Muslims?
Maulana Madani: Many among the ulema do feel the need for a new political party, but we opposed this now because we want to send an undiluted message of communal harmony and peace. Not just Muslims, every ordinary Indian is so fed up of politicians and political parties, we did not want people to feel this was yet another political drama in an election season. Secondly, while there may be need for a new political party, even if there were need for a specifically Muslim party, we will never agree to it. In fact, we will oppose it with all our strength. I believe, in this country, to do any work based only on Muslim identity is both against the interests of the nation and the interests of the community. It is a firm belief that whatever we do, we will do with like-minded non-Muslims, not alone. Muslims should not alienate themselves. We are stakeholders in this country, and there are enough non- Muslims who feel the same way about the country, so why shouldn�t we all come together to create a new political system? I am totally ready to back that in the future. Even in Hyderabad, when Barrister Owaiz talked of Muslim unity, I said, if you are talking about reading namaaz, then talk of Muslims only, but if you want to fight for any political or social issues, then let us make a common minimum programme with likeminded Indians.

Maulana Shaukat Ali Treasurer, Jamiat-Ulema -I-Hind

Let me throw a laundry list of issues the Hindu Right uses to rouse emotions against Muslims: Bangladesh immigrants, Afzal Guru, allegiance to Pakistan, population, Partition, the Amarnath land transfer, reservations, SIMI�s belligerent rhetoric. To a lesser or greater degree, a lot of ordinary non-Muslims buy into the prejudices they create.
Maulana Madani: (Laughs) Let�s see. As far as Bangladeshi immigrants go, no foreigners should be allowed to live illegally in this country.

Having said that, it should not be that you catch anyone wearing a lungi and beard and throw him out. There are fair processes. Set up a commission, summon people to show their documents, then deport them. As far as Afzal Guru goes, we believe anyone proved guilty should be punished according to the law of the land, but again, there are due processes and if this allows him a mercy petition, why should it be denied to him? Pakistan. (Laughs again) The Jamiat-ulema-i-Hind opposed Partition and the creation of Pakistan, not just on political grounds but on the ground of religion itself. It passed a resolution that demanding a homeland on the basis of religion was not allowed by Islam and went against the tenets of Islam and the Koran itself. As far as the Amarnath issue goes, the Jamiat had passed a resolution that Kashmir is an integral part of India, and we feel that while Muslim emotions should not be hurt in India, neither should Hindus�. We may not believe in idol worship, but we respect the faith of those who do. Transferring that land from the forest department to the Board did not hurt Muslim interests in any way. There was nothing to oppose. It was unnecessarily made into a political issue by all sides. As for population, it is madness to link this with religion. This is purely a social and economic issue. Conduct your own surveys, you will find that in a particular economic, social or educational bracket, Hindus and Muslims have the same number of children.

Maulana Rafeeque Qasmi Secretary, Islamic Society, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind

Maulana Qasmi: You brought up SIMI. We have no argument with many issues they were raising but we urged them to approach this in a way that will not alienate others. We believe you have to win over people, not make divisions deeper. When they did not listen and their approach grew increasingly strident, we severed relations with them completely. Many of our concerns are similar, but they have had to face many hardships for their belligerence, and their issues have got lost in the mess.

Maulana Shaukat Ali:We are glad you are asking these questions that point to the poison that is spread across the country. Ask us, hear our explanations and present our views so that ordinary Indians understand we are not responsible for this growing divide.

It�s not our fault people don�t see each other as human beings but as Hindus and Muslims. Ask those who are engendering this � why are they bent on destroying Hindustan�s fabric? We still believe our blood is the same, so where has this poison come from? When people understand that, these questions about us will dry up.

In your understanding, why is the Hindu Right growing in strength? And what makes you keep faith with India?
Maulana Qasmi: It is not becoming stronger. In the past, when they were the Jan Sangh, they never adopted such extreme measures. No one could raise a finger against them. It is only when they formed the BJP and began to want power that they upped the ante. The person really responsible for setting our nation on this divisive, dangerous path is our Advaniji, his rath yatra and its particular mission to incite hatred and anger. That psychology has amplified and amplified till we are at this pass today, where army and dharma gurus have become part of a terror act and no one knows how to put a stop to it all. All this to secure Prime Ministership?

I don�t know how many souls have passed through India with this dream and ambition. But this country�s janta has not yet become so insane that anyone who pleases can become Prime Minister. In this country, when Ram was asked to leave, did he turn around and fight? No, he went peacefully into the jungle. That is why he is called Puroshattam Ram. Now, in his very name, in the name of this noble soul, this upright character, they are teaching people how to hate? No, this cannot last. Everything has a horizon, a natural limit, after which it recedes. Here, when politicians, media, even religious leaders have become corrupt, you can say things have reached their limit. Look at America. After two centuries of white hegemony, here comes Barack Obama. A historic moment, a time of change. Proof that everything has its limit � we just have to work towards it. India is 60 years old, our secular and democratic traditions run deep; they have taken root. They cannot be destroyed so easily.

 
From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 5, Issue 46, Dated Nov 22, 2008
From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 5, Issue 46, Dated Nov 22, 2008
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cover story

‘War On Terror’

As religion becomes a fiery faultline, in an inspired move, a vast swathe of clerics seek to find the voice that reconciles rather than divides. SHOMA CHAUDHURY boards the peace train to test the mood. Photos by SHAILENDRA PANDEY

Mystic Men Clerics aboard the Sheikh-ul-Hind Express on the way to Hyderabad

MARSHAL EVERY stereo type of Muslims loudly proclaimed from public rallies, stereotypes drifting unquestioned in the wind, stereotypes snaking below joking asides even in liberal conversations. Muslims can’t be trusted. Muslims are pan-religionists. Muslims cheer for Pakistan. Muslims are bigots. Muslims have three wives. Muslims have too many children. Muslims are dirty. And the latest, all Muslims may not be terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.

In post-Partition India, Muslims have increasingly receded from public view and dialogue as a community of thinking, flesh-and-blood, individual citizens. For the average non-Muslim, they are little more than a homogenous, vaguely threatening spectre. Swathes of skull cap and lungi smudged across ghetto towns of middle India. A community about which we have made up our minds and have no curiosity. The “These people…” of our parents’ conversations. The imaginative (and information) vacuum into which the communal Hindu Right has poured its poison.

These are the stereotypes that tremble beneath the humorous anxiety of one’s family. “What? You are going alone on a train with 2,000 Muslim clerics to Hyderabad? One woman amidst 2,000 Muslim men?”

On November 6, 2008, rising in a magnificent and hopeful gesture against the image that has come to imprison their community, 2,000 Muslim clerics set off on a train decorated with zebra-stripe flags and marigold strings from Deoband to Hyderabad. The Sheikh-Ul-Hind Express — a “peace train” carrying a promising message of national integration. Four thousand other clerics were to join them there from different corners of India – Gujarat, Assam, Manipur, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Bengal, Bihar, Kerala and Maharashtra — to attend the 29th general body meeting of the Jamiat-Ulema-I-Hind at the Nizam College ground.

The brotherhood of man Jamiat-Ulema-I-Hind clerics at Hyderabad

The train — a metaphorical masterstroke — is only a prop in a journey that began in Deoband in February this year, when the Darul Uloom, an old and influential madrassa, ironically often touted in the wind as the intellectual fountainhead for militant Islamic groups across Asia, issued a fatwa against terrorism. This fatwa — something of a historic first — was endorsed publicly a few months later in May at a huge anti-terror rally of almost three lakh Muslims at the Ramlila Ground in Delhi. Then too, clerics from every state, representatives of Shia and Sunni sects, and Muslim organisations like the Jamiat-Ulema-I-Hind, Nadwatul Ulema Lucknow, the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, and the Muslim Personal Law Board were present. Each organisation the face of a vast hinterland of influence.

The significances are hard to miss. Sixteen years earlier, LK Advani’s rath yatra had ripped the country with pungent speeches and a call to hate. His chariot gave the ugliest face to existing faultlines. It released a narrative of exclusion that has brought the country to the brink. Now, rising from its bruised aftermath, here were people readying to sow it back. At a time when one has grown weary of hearing political and religious leaders talk a reckless language of reprisal and atavistic hate, here were these clerics — by all accounts the most conservative face of Islam in India — reaching for the higher ground, the redemptive note.

Perhaps, a potent new counter-narrative is starting to roll.

It is three in the afternoon. The Sheikhul- Hind Express has just chugged into Nizam-ud-din station. Hundreds of clerics in white kurtas and caps are waiting to get in. There is an air of palpable excitement, almost elation. The frisson of a collective welded together by a higher purpose. It might dissipate later as the group disperses to the individual struggle and dilemmas of life, but for now, it is unmistakable. For all the hustle to get in, the atmosphere in the train is marked by an ordered — almost astonishing — civility. Two thousand men, but a marked absence of male aggression. None of the bogeys suffer the slightest indiscipline.

The Sheikh-ul-Hind Express offers other revelations. In a sense, travelling on it is a journey into the belly of one’s own unsuspected prejudices. It is a reminder of how little one knows, how little one ventures into other cultures, and how easily such a blank slate can be usurped and written on.

As the train pulls out of the station, Maulana Kalimullah Khan, the founder of Hira Public School in Faizabad, a genteel man in a mehendi beard, is detailed by the organisers to facilitate conversation between the indifferent Hindi of the journalist and the eloquent Urdu of the clerics. He proves to be an untiring bridge, with a smiling gift for irony.

CONVERSATIONS SWIRL through the train. Sixty years of India’s chequered history compacted into a bogey. There is animated talk of terror blasts, the arrests of Muslim youth, “appeasement”, reservations, equal opportunity, the Sachar Committee Report, discrimination, Muslim mistakes, the Hindu Right, Babri Masjid demolition, SIMI, the comparative merits of Hindu and Islamic societies, Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Pakistan, Kashmir and the Koran’s position on women.

Peace tonic Muslim clerics decorate the Sheikh-ul-Hind Express at Nizam-ud-din station

(When conversation on that subject gets particularly heated, I say exasperatedly to my interlocutor, “what can one say if the Koran is the voice of Khuda who is male, and all the codes are written from a male point of view. All I can say for Hindus is that at least we have devis as goddesses, so the road is a little more open.” The maulanas listening in burst into laughter.)

Many of the conversations are more sombre. Maulana Kalimullah Khan describes the hostility he faced getting CBSE recognition for his school. Maulana Mahmood Madani, Rajya Sabha member, secretary of the Jamiat-Ulema-I-Hind, and a key figure behind the anti-terror initiative, talks of his humiliating attempt to start an CBSE affiliated boarding school for Muslim children in Dehradun. Given sanction at first to buy land by then Chief Minister ND Tiwari, he was later stopped from making the school by the government. The reason? They suspected he was going to start a madrassa and this would compromise the security of the Indian Military Academy (IMA) there! “And they say we are being appeased by political parties,” he laughs ruefully. “This is what happened with me, a Rajya Sabha member. You can imagine what happens with ordinary Muslims. There were 150 other institutions in the 12 kilometres that separated my land from the IMA, but only we were suspect. I told the education minister I did not need his permission to start madrassas. I could start them in Aruna–chal Pradesh on the China border sitting right here! They make such a bogey out of madrassas, but they won’t let us start any other schools either. There has been a systematic programme to keep Muslims out of the mainstream. What people don’t understand is that if such a large percentage of the population is ghettoised and kept backward, it is not just harmful for Muslims, it is harmful for the entire country,” says he.

“The communal forces accuse us of being terrorists and anti-national,” says Mohammad Rafeeque Khan, secretary of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, a fatherly man, with a vein of kindly laughter running below his voice, “but Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse of the RSS. Indira Gandhi was assassinated by Sikh bodyguards. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by the LTTE. From the Supreme Court to district court — was there ever an injunction from the Bar Council that these perpetrators will not be defended? In fact, a lawyer as reputed as Ram Jethmalani fought the case for Indira Gandhi’s assassins. Yet now the Bar Council of Gorakhpur, Benaras, Faizabad and Lucknow have ordained that Muslims caught for the Sabarmati Express carnage or Sankat Mochan temple blast will not be defended. They are just suspects, their crime has not yet been proved. That’s one scenario. The other is that the VHP, BJP and RSS have said they will open their coffers to save Sadhvi Pragya Thakur. Why this discrimination? There are only two fair routes — either don’t give legal or financial assistance to anyone accused in this category of terror crime; or else give everybody due legal assistance and deem them worthy of reasonable doubt. For Rahul Raj’s death, Ram Vilas Paswan, Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav — three men who never unite — came together to ask the Prime Minister for an investigation. But when there are other false encounters — and human rights groups and media outfits are themselves pointing in that direction — it becomes traitorous if Muslims ask for an investigation? How can these attitudes lead to progress? It can only lead to the country’s destruction. No matter how much we want the country to progress, until we unite hearts and realise that Hindus and Muslims feel the same pain, it will only slip into more anarchy.”

Other repudiations are made. Reeling out his ideological rants, in an interview to TEHELKA two weeks ago, Prakash Sharma, national convenor of the Bajrang Dal, had claimed that the Hindu Right fought Muslims because areas in which they were concentrated would lead to demands for new partitions. Maulana Rafeeque tackles this propaganda patiently: Uttarkhand. Chhattisgarh. Jharkhand. Greater Nagaland. Gorkhaland, Telengana. The LTTE’s demands. Assam’s ULFA demand. The Shiv Sena’s Marathi manoos campaign. Which of these separatist movements are led by Muslims? he asks quietly. For the space of one pulse beat that follows, the propaganda this embattled community has suffered comes home in its crushing enormity.

But through all of this, through all the vexed conversations, two things shine through. Gauged by some lenses, the genteel men on Sheikh-ul-Hind Express might seem suffocatingly conservative and unyielding on some issues: the inalienable correctness of Muslim Personal Law and a refusal to allow Muslim women to function out of purdah. But these are matters of culture to either be accepted or fought from within the community. There may also inevitably be an underlying sense of Islam’s superiority in terms of its sense of order, justice and decreed morality. But this is only a window into how a culture sees itself and what it holds dear. What shines through it all is an unveering loyalty to land and nation and a language of unequivocal respect, amiability and tolerance. Unlike the virulent rhetoric of the Hindu Right — the demonising of others, the insidious theory of “action and reaction” they use to justify their violence — the men on this peace train say no provocation, absolutely none, evokes a call for violent reprisal.

“Please do not mix these issues of justice or Muslim reservations or discrimination with our message against terror and plea for communal harmony,” Maulana Madani urges repeatedly on the plane back to Delhi from Hyderabad. “These are separate stories.”

“Even if our demands and needs are not met, we do not believe in spreading anarchy,” says Jamiat-Ulema-I-Hind president Maulana Qari Usman. “We fight for our rights and will continue to do so as legitimate citizens of this country, but only by the rule, only within the framework of the Indian Constitution.”

This is a voice of the Indian Muslim that the average non-Muslim Indian has started to forget completely. A voice that the national media does not seek out and politicians don’t woo. A voice that has been completely smothered in the war of “action and reaction”, competitive word and deed, between belligerent Muslim radical and parasitic Hindu Right. In fact, it is a voice of moderation and sanity that Indian public life has begun to forfeit altogether.

THE PHILOSOPHY of the Jamiat- Ulema-I-Hind has much to do with the fashioning of this voice. The driving force behind the fatwa against terror, the rallies and now the peace train, the Jamiat-Ulema-I-Hind is one of the leading Muslim organisations in India, mainly comprising of clerics and scholars from the Deoband alumni. With ten million primary members, who in turn run schools and madrassas in every corner of India, the Jamiat wields considerable influence. It is a part of the dangerous amnesias that have beset India that very few non-Muslim Indians would know that the Jamiat-Ulema-I-Hind, set up in 1919, sent out a powerful call to all Indian Muslims to join the freedom struggle against the British. When talk of Partition arose, it resisted the idea of Pakistan ferociously. It passed a resolution declaring that the demand for a homeland on the basis of religion was against the tenets of Islam: the Koran emphatically disallowed it. It put all its strength instead on backing the foundation of India as a secular democracy, committed to tolerance and coexistence between Muslims and those of other faiths.

Much of this ethos is on display at the Jamiat’s general assembly on November 9, 2008. Around one lakh Muslims sit in orderly rows at the Nizam College grounds in Hyderabad. Cleric after cleric takes the mike and exhorts the audience to unity and a righteous life. Swami Swaroop– anand, the Shankaracharya of Dwarka peeth, has sent a message. Among other things, he says, there can be no war between Hindus and Muslims because Hindu scriptures prophesied the coming of the Prophet 5,000 years ago and so He is perhaps more dear to Hindus than even Muslims. The crowd erupts in a joyous Allah ho Akbar! Sri Sri Ravi Shankar speaks of peace between communities. Every now and then plangent solo-voiced taranas soar up to the sky: “Hum Musalman Bharat ke wafadar hain...” (We Muslims are loyal to India). The mood is both reconciliatory and assertive. Towards the end, in an electric moment, the entire congregation rises up, lifts a finger of witness, and takes an oath of allegiance to fight against terrorism.

Inevitably, there are critics who will dismiss this as the new-found piousness of a community on the backfoot. Even if one supposed for a moment that this is true, one ought to remember that under siege, there are two responses possible: one can either reach for the higher ground or for reactive anger and anarchy. Clearly, a redemptive resolution has been made towards the former — stronger for having been born out of internal debate and dissent. For those who are seeking meek submission and an acceptance of second - class citizenship, the Sheikh-Ul-Hind Express might have some unpleasant surprises. This is not a capitulation of legitimate demands; it is an azaan for peace and civil dialogue. In a moment of crisis, we can turn ourselves either into something shining or sullied. This appears a hopeful call to the first.

 
From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 5, Issue 46, Dated Nov 22, 2008

 

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Indian Muslims condemn terrorism

Indian Muslims
A third of India's Muslims are very poor

A conference attended by thousands of Muslim clerics, scholars and community leaders in India has endorsed a religious ruling against terrorism.

The ruling or fatwa was issued earlier this year by an Islamic seminary.

It said that Islam rejected all kinds of bloodshed and the killing of innocents for selfish and politically motivated gains.

This is the first time the Islamic scholars have come together to give their backing to the measure.

The fatwa was issued in May this year by the religious school, Darul Uloom Deoband.

Coming from one of the most respected Islamic theological schools in the region, the fatwa is significant, correspondents say.

Abdul Hameed Nomani, one of the organisers of the conference, which was attended by more than 6,000 Islamic scholars, said: "Some people are involved in terrorist activities in the name of Islam and some are defaming Islam by involvement in terrorist activities.

"We condemn both. The country is facing a challenge. We must fight it together without calling it as a Hindu-Muslim problem."

Misguided

Many Muslim leaders feel that the actions of a few misguided individuals were being linked to Islam, tarnishing the image of the community as a whole.

Today, at more than 138 million, Muslims constitute more than 13% of India 's billion-strong population, and in sheer numbers are exceeded only by Indonesia's and Pakistan's Muslim communities.

Several Indian cities have recently been targeted by serial bombings which were blamed on Islamic militant groups.

The bombings also triggered tensions between Hindus and Muslims in some areas.

Muslims in India protest against terrorist attacks (File picture)
There have been a number of blasts in India blamed on Islamic militants

The Indian Muslim leaders have now taken a series of initiatives to spell out clearly that the community is opposed to terrorism and it should not be unfairly viewed with suspicion.

The meeting also drew the government's attention to a range of problems facing the community, including unemployment.

A recent government report confirmed that a majority of India's Muslim population lagged behind members of other communities, according to various social and economic indicators.

At just under 60%, the community's literacy rate is lower than the national average of 65%. Only half of Muslim women can read and write.

As many as a quarter of Muslim children in the age group 6-14 have either never attended school or dropped out.

They are also poor - 31% of Muslims are below the country's poverty line, just slightly above the lowest castes and tribes.
 

 

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8 Nov 2008, 0334 hrs IST, TNN

Muslim clerics descend on city for Jamiat meet

HYDERABAD: In what is billed as a big show, hundreds of Ulamas (Muslim clerics) have started gathering in Hyderabad for a two-day meeting that will discuss a wide range of issues from the emergence of Hindu face of terrorism to the need of peace among all communities in the country.

The general meeting or the ijlaas-e-aam that is being organised by Deoband-based Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind would be attended by various representatives of Muslim and other organisations.

Rajya Sabha member and leader of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind, Maulana Mahmood Madani, told TOI: "Separatist and divisive forces are threatening the secular fabric of our country. Terrorism, communalism and regionalism have disturbed the peace to such an extent that the common man is feeling insecure. In a situation like this it is the duty of all secular and peace-loving members of the country to rise to the occasion and assert their views. This conference is one such attempt in that direction.".

According to observers, the meeting would be one of Jamiat's biggest show in the recent past with about 5,000 delegates from different parts of the country descending on Hyderabad. About half of them have already gathered in Chandraingutta in the Old City. A special train, Shaikhul Hind National Integration and Peace Express, carrying about 1200 clerics from Deoband reached the city late on Friday night.

Jamiat is involved in a bitter legal battle of inheritance since the death of its president Maulana Asad Madani. The other faction is led by late Maulana's brother, Maulana Arshad Madani. The relatively younger Maulana Mahmood has been trying to prove that he is the true successor of his late father's legacy and carries the biggest number of Jamiat members with him.

Maulana Mahmood had earlier organised a hugely successful meeting in New Delhi in May last in which a fatwa against terrorism was made public and the Muslims took an oath to continue their struggle against terrorism.

The Ijlaas-e-aam of Jamiat spread over about eight closed door sessions would culminate in a big public meeting at Nizam College Grounds on Sunday evening where resolutions would be read out.

Jamiat's AP chapter President Maulana Hafiz Peer Shabbir, who is a Congress-supported MLC, said that the meeting would also take up the issue of separate statehood for Telangana.

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6000 Muslim clerics ride Deoband ‘peace train’ to cross a divide

New Delhi, November 4 : A special train will set off on Thursday, chugging from Deoband to Hyderabad via New Delhi, hoping to find ways to cross a chasm.

The 14-coach Sheikh-Ul-Hind Express, also named the Train for National Integration and Peace (Ittehad aur Aman) by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, will take about 6,000 Muslim clerics to Hyderabad for a special two-day conference.

The conference, hosted by the Jamiat — which has a strong bond with the Dar-ul-Uloom in Deoband — will be attended by representatives of virtually all prominent Muslim organisations, including the Jamaat-e-Islami-e-Hind and the Milli Council.

Jamiat leader and Rajya Sabha MP Mahmood Madani declined to say what exactly will be discussed in Hyderabad. But clearly, the ground is being prepared for the “next stage of debate” within the community after the historic fatwa from Deoband early this year condemning Terror as un-Islamic.

Said Madani: “The train is a symbolic gesture to underline the roots of why the Jamiat was founded in 1919, to provide a forum to draw Indian Muslims into the freedom struggle. The time has come again to reclaim our history of involvement in the formation of this great country and make national integration the background within which all debates and arguments on alienation should be conducted.”

Several Muslim organisations have been debating the perceived sense of injustice and potential danger of community profiling. Now the scene is being set to urge the community to introspect on elements who may be misguided.

04-11-2008

6000 muftis to slap fatwa against terror

New Delhi, Nov. 3: Six thousand Muslim clerics are set to gather in Hyderabad on November 8 to issue the “biggest ever fatwa” against terror.

Organised by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, the country’s largest Islamic body, the meet will have muftis from all states condemning the propaganda that “regards terrorism as synonymous with jihad”.

The Jamiat, along with the Dar-ul Uloom Deoband, India’s oldest Islamic seminary, had issued a similar fatwa on May 31, the first of its kind in the country.

“The first fatwa was signed by only three muftis. This one will be signed by 6,000 muftis, which means the impact of this will be much larger and deeper,” Jamiat leader Maulana Mahmood Madani said.

The move comes in the wake of arrests of several Muslim youths in connection with a spate of recent blasts.

“We want to tell the whole world that Muslims are much better in India than in any other country despite certain shortcomings. Muslims elsewhere or here should have no confusion about that. This is the message we want to convey,” said Madani.

The Jamiat also plans to set up counselling centres in every district for Muslim youths who may “easily get carried away by sinister campaigns”.

Stressing its moderate position, Madani said: “It’s easy to spark hatred. But it will take years to calm it down.”

The November 8 meet will also issue a public declaration demanding a “strict anti-communal violence law”, uniform treatment of riot victims, reservation on the basis of population and implementation of the Ranganatha Mishra commission report that has recommended Scheduled Caste status for Dalit Muslims and Christians.

Wary of the alleged “pro-American tilt” of the UPA government, the Jamiat will ask the Centre to come clean on its stand on Palestine and Iraq. “The blatant pro-American position taken by the government of late is being viewed by the community with suspicion. The government will have to make its position clear,” said Madani.

Despite the accusation, the meeting should allow the Congress to breathe a sigh of relief. It has been facing flak from almost all leading Muslim groups for “targeting the community in the name of terror”. Some have even equated the Congress with the BJP, saying the parties were “two sides of the same coin”.

But the Jamiat said it still had faith in the Congress’s secular credentials. “The Jamiat doesn’t endorse comparing the Congress with the BJP. The Congress, despite its many shortcomings, is considered a secular party by most Muslims,” Madani said.

 

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I am not willing to believe that Muslims are behind all acts of terror in this country�

New Delhi,: Aug 31, 2008
Seema Chishti: He is a bearer of a very illustrious legacy. He is also the general Secretary of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, which has a very interesting record since the late 19th century. They have been at the forefront of the freedom struggle and they still champion nationalist causes. They are closely associated with Darul Uloom, they have taken positions that have been very bold and Madani Saab himself was for this anti terror conference that was organised before this rally that was done now. So, he has been pretty much at the front of various issues and taking a lot of questions from within the community and interfacing outside as well and dealing with the more complicated issues that have unfolded over the last decade and half. So, we'll begin with the questions. Mahmood Madani: You mentioned that I am the General Secretary of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind. I would just like to clarify, that I was, and, am not anymore. I am just a small worker of the organisation. This organization was founded in 1919 although we were working long before that in an unorganised way but it was felt that a formal organisation ought to be set up. So, in 1919, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH) was formed.In the first ever meeting of the organization, the first ever resolution that was proposed was of complete Aazadi. Till that time even the Indian National Congress used to talk about the internal power sharing with the British, but the JUH demanded complete freedom from the very first day.

Another specialty of this organisation was that we did not set up our shop separately on any communal basis even though at first glance we do appear very communal. I was on Delhi Airport waiting for a flight to Bombay and because it was the winter, I was wearing a sort of a pagdi (headgear). So, a small boy tells his mother, "Mother, look Bin laden is going." So, when he said Bin laden, I turned around and thought he is definitely referring to me. That's why I said that at first glance, we do appear a tad communal, but our ancestors have never operated on communal basis. Our understanding is that our religion is not in conflict with people who follow any other religion. There is no conflict between on or other religion because the Quran clearly states �tumahara deen tumhaare saath, hamaara deen hamaare saath.� What that means is that everyone has their religion, and everyone should follow it in their own way. There is no need for mudslinging and fighting with each other.

What I wanted to say was, our organisation is set up as a religious organisation but we have never conducted politics in the name of religion. Religious activities are a huge part of JUH, but that does not mean that we communalise any issue. So, when the country was on its way to freedom, a group emerged that demanded a separate homeland in the name of religion. We were the only organization in India that opposed this, of course there were individuals like Maulana Azad, who opposed the two-nation theory, but JUH was the only organisation. We did not oppose the theory on a political level but as a religious body- we considered it our religious duty and based our opposition on the Quran and Hadith and said it is an un-Islamic demand. Islam does not permit you to ask for a separate homeland, just on the basis of religion. Since Independence, JUH specialization has always been that it has not handled any issue on communal lines, even when Babri Masjid happened we made it an issue of justice, not religion. And if there's any one organisation that is contesting this in court, from the beginning it is JUH. We have never bought this fight to the streets. We were very clear that we would fight in the courts and accept whatever decision emerges from there.

Seema Chishti-: There have been many cases of terror over the last few days, and with each instance, there have been e-mails. Your name has been frequently mentioned in these mails. In one of the mails, JUH was mentioned and in another your name was mentioned. So how do you view this, when these people allege that you are a traitor to the community?

Madani-: In my view, most of these terror activities in India are being backed by agencies. There is an effort to create this view, that all these activities of terror, the world over, are being perpetrated by Islam and not by Muslims. Muslims can be good or bad, even I may do something wrong, but behind this is the philosophy of Islam and Quran. This is what people are trying to prove and then a few people rose in the name of Islam and declared this terror un-Islamic. Whatever terror is happening in the name of Jihad, is not actually Jihad, in fact, it is against Islam whoever the actual doer may be. So the greatest discomfort to the perpetrator is only because of this, because his ideology and his philosophy are being challenged by a voice that is considered an authority amongst the Muslims. So in such a case if they don't threaten us, then who else will they threaten?

Manish Chibber-: Have you ever felt alienated? A lot of Muslims chose to go to Pakistan but many stayed back. Do you think the ones who stayed back feel alienated? Do you feel like you are not treated as equals?

Madani-: Of course, that is happening. Over the last 62 years, Muslims are being punished for a sin they have not committed. Muslims had an option, they could leave, and, those who wanted to leave, left. Amongst the ones who stayed, were those who could not leave because they were helpless, they were poor, but a large number of people were those who thought it out and consciously chose to stay. Despite having the chance, the option, they did not leave. Now they are treated as a burden on this country. However, in my view they are, an asset. I have always said, Indian Muslims are an asset for the country, but those who run the Government, the political parties, treat Muslims like a burden on the country. In every sector and field Muslims have been systematically alienated, in a planned manner, through the political leadership.

Manish Chibber: On the other hand, a large part of the Indian populace believes that a policy of appeasement is adopted in dealing with Muslims.

Madani-:That is just because they want to close all doors for justice for this community by using appeasement as an excuse.

Suman K Jha-: Recently JUH and Deoband released a combined Anti-terror declaration and then you conducted anti-terror conferences and marches. This was viewed very positively all over the country, the media too, gave it a lot of importance. There has been talk about a few senior Congress Muslim leaders wanting to conduct similar anti-terror marches. So the first question is what made you feel that such a thing was important, considering you were the one who thought of these anti-terror marches and you tied up with Deoband for the same.

The second thing is that, the first declaration laid a lot of onus on the Indian Army. It was said that the Indian Army and the Indian state has been less than fair. The way they have treated the minorities, the Muslims has been unfair. So BJP and other Hindutva organisation picked up on this point and said this is all eyewash and it is meaningless to say so. However, the subsequent marches were perceived very positively. Please shed some light on this.

Madani-: This country has a history that is thousands of years old, this experience is nowhere in the world except here. Different cultures, religions and languages co-exist here, this whole dispute about partition of the country, sure, it did give us freedom, but it also created a huge problem for us. The country was suddenly divided along communal lines, land was also partitioned and so were people. People have tried to fill this void in different ways, sometimes they were successful, sometimes unsuccessful. But there has always been a certain level of suspicion between communities. Now whether it's the political leadership or the bureaucratic leadership or the religious leadership or the masses, everybody's biggest worry is terrorism. In dealing with terrorism there are two parts, the first part is, did we do our duty, the second part is of administration, whether they did their duty or not. Our duty is to raise our voices against this menace so that nobody can threaten our people and even those who follow other religions in India can do so without suspicion.

However, what is more important is that the administration's attitude to deal with this has not been honest. The reason for that are their own limitations, they need an easy target. So there arose amongst the Muslims a section, which felt that they were being targeted in the name of terrorism. This section would have otherwise fought against terrorism. As far as the Deoband declaration is concerned it is very clear, now part of it was as you said it was. A lot of thought went into preparing it and we were very clear that we did not want any section of it to be misunderstood or misconstrued. However, those people who want this gap to stay between communities, they could not swallow it. Even if you ask them now, they will still think it is eyewash. JUH just had a working committee meet and we have decided that we have to keep this movement going, we cannot back down. We bought a fatwa, an oath of allegiance; this was a completely new concept. I had gone to UK and there I met Lord Khalid Hamid who is originally from Lucknow and Lord Adam Patel from Gujarat. So they said something unique, something we don't realise here, they said there have been a lot of conferences and marches against terrorism by Muslims all over the world, but, this is the first instance where there was mass mobilization and Lord Hamid pointed out that this can happen only in India, it cannot happen anywhere else in the world. People assembled in lakhs and rallied against terrorism. So, I said, this happened because, we have had a history of living together and Indians- whether Hindus or Muslims have not forgotten that.

We now want to do this in Hyderabad, we did it in North India and now we want to conduct an anti-terrorism rally in Hyderabad, God willing we should be able to organise one by 8th or 9th November.

Suman K Jha-: During the declaration and even after that you told us off-the-record that you were in touch with Congress leadership and L.K Advani too.

Madani-: When did I say that? What I could have said was that, if needed, we will talk to everyone. Till now we haven't met anyone or spoken to them or done this because somebody told us to. It is our duty.

Cithara Paul-: Yours is one of the most moderate voices amongst the Muslim community and your declaration against terrorism did make an impact in general society. Apart from these rallies and seminars, are you planning to do anything concrete at the ground level. Because the impact that you declaration made on the general population, I doubt whether the impact was the same on the educated Muslim community. We have had several instances recently so I really doubt its impact within the community.

Madani-: Yes, this is a very important question. What impact did this have on our own community, particularly the educated people? Whenever an initiative is taken the goal is to create an impact on both sides of the spectrum. I do not know how much impact this will have on everyone, but I do know that what could not be done anywhere else in the world, was done here. Lakhs of people assembled and took an oath together, they took an oath that they will fight against terrorism, they will not perpetrate, not or let any one else spread terror. Now if you want a quick result for things like this, it will be a tad difficult. There is a debate within our community about whether only Muslims are involved in these terrorist activities? Are others not involved? If answer your question and say yes the impact has been very good on Muslims and they will stop indulging in terror then, that means that, I am acknowledging that only Muslims are involved in these acts of terror even though yesterday two members of the Bajrang Dal were killed while assembling bombs. What happened in the Nanded? However, I am not making an issue out of this because if I do that then they will say that he wants to wash his hands off everything and pass on the blame to others. I am not willing to do that either. But I am not willing to believe either that all acts of terror in this country are caused by Muslim individuals or Muslim organizations. I cannot say that all of this is true or untrue. I just want to walk the middle path. I want to address both ends. I believe that there has been an impact and it will continue to happen. The first thing that needs to be done is that even if a few people have taken this path out of anger, we must not let their numbers rise. This we can do through this movement. You said the Media welcomed this move, please forgive me, but I would say the media did not give this burning issue as much importance as it deserved.

Cithara Paul: Sir, there is also talk of a political Muslim party along the lines of the Indian Union Muslim League. Sir, do you think that such a party would be able to further the cause of the Muslim community rather than the community being just a vote bank for other political parties?

Madani-:No. Any party, whether it is Hindu or Muslim in this multi cultural society, if it is based along religious lines it will be harmful not only to the country but also to that community. We are against it. It is another thing that there is a huge gap of the political leadership, of political parties. Indians whether Hindus or Muslims, are tired with the political parties. There is a need of an honest political party and political leadership, which can take up core political issues without any vested interests, but there is no need for a religious political party.

Anubhuti Vishnoi-: Do you think the Sachar community report will go a long way in addressing the needs of the community? Second question is about terrorism, do you think this is a problem of our country or do other countries too have a hand in this?

Madani-:Sachar committee is a report and if you look at JUH resolution over the last 40 years you will feel that Sachar has compiled those. When there was talk to set up this Sachar Committee, a delegation of Muslim leaders led by Maulana Asad Madani met Dr. Manmohan Singh and this issue was discussed. Maulana Asad Madani said that Muslims should get reservation, so the Prime Minister wondered how this could happen, he said reservation on religious lines was impossible. So he said at least look at what conditions the Muslims have reached at. So we told him the conditions but he said we can not just take your observations at face value. So he took a decision to make a committee under the leadership of Justice Sachar. Now that the report is out and it establishes what really the condition of the Muslims, it is important to take some decisions for the Muslims but that has not happened. This is very unfortunate. This also helps the terrorists that you do not do any justice and when there is talk of doing justice you delay it so much that people get impatient and feel alienated.

Secondly, I believe that terrorism is not at all a domestic problem.

Although, it should have been, but it is not and God willing it never will be. Now about SIMI, there is a world of difference between our ideology and SIMI ideology. But our country and its leaders have not dealt with or presented it properly. The style, in which SIMI functions, Bajrang Dal and VHP function in a style worse than that. Till when will this double standard be followed in our country? How will this country work? How will we succeed in our fight? How will we destroy terrorism with these double standards in place?

Manu Pubby: This question is about the Kashmir situation. You said that you did mass mobilisation against terror but the situation in Kashmir over the last few days must have been a blow to your efforts because so many people are protesting in the streets. So how much did this hurt your efforts and what can you do to bring change?

Madani-:The situation in J&K is very unfortunate, and that too in the name of religion even though this is not a matter of religion at all.

We took a delegation Muslim organisations to J&K and our visit was satisfactory for us. We had a great response in Jammu, we met Hurriyat leaders in Srinagar. Their attitude was not very positive but not very negative either. So, this is definitely a subject of great sensitivity for the country and it needs to be dealt with very carefully. We should try not to communalise the issue.

Suman K.Jha: Did the Government know that you were doing this?

Madani-:No, not at all, the Government came to know about it later although the Governor welcomed our move and said that what we were doing was the most interesting thing and he requested us to come again. Other than that the Government did not talk to us about this at all.

J.P Yadav-: Recently a US Citizen was allowed to leave Mumbai and your community raised a few questions that although he was involved he was let off.

Madani-:Why was this question being raised by my community? My Indian community should have raised it. He should be made answerable in court.

J.P Yadav-: Are you making an issue out of this?

Madani-:No, why should we make an issue, the country should take this up. The real culprit gets away.

Chithara Paul: Now we have a minority ministry exclusively set up for the welfare of the minorities. So, are you happy with what the Congress led UPA Government is doing for the minorities? What more should be done?

Madani-:No, this is a huge question. What should be done, I am not a specialist on this issue, but JUH has been demanding for a long time that Muslims should be given reservation in education and employment.

There are many suggestions, which can be made if anybody is willing to take up the matter seriously. The Minority ministry is just pretence, nothing else.

Unnirajen Shanker-: You did not like the idea of Political parties set up along religious lines. I will just give you two examples, one is the Indian Union Muslim League in Kerala, what it does is that it fills the mainstream moderate political space, the absence of which will lead to a lot of extremists filling that space. Now, that party is doing that job in Kerala and post BSP, whether we agree or not, there is huge Dalit empowerment that has happened in this country. Now why can't a similar thing happen to Muslims in India or Muslims in North India?

Madani-:There is democracy in this country and just like every one else Muslims too have a right to set up and operate their political parties. There is a lot of difference between Kerala and this part of India where we live starting with education, communal tension and situation. If any one tries to make a political party in the name of Islam, political parties will use that to widen the communal gap, which is already there. We cannot afford that. If this gap narrows then anyone can stand up and do this but not today.

Coomi Kapoor: Would you agree that in the mainline National political parties, those Muslims who are in the top of the hierarchy have no following within their own community whatsoever.

Madani-:I think whatever political Muslim leaders there are today, they are Muslim leaders in their own political parties, they are not the Muslim's leaders of Congress of Janata Dal. They are the party's Muslim leaders not the leaders of Muslims. And if any such individual emerges who can understand issues of the Muslims, who can highlight these issues, then the political parties quickly crush him.

Suman K.Jha: How did you join hands with the RLD? We have heard that there are some internal disputes within the JUH too, between you and your uncle?

Madani-:When I was in my final year at the Deoband Madrassa, the Babri Masjid incident happened and in Deoband too, 6 people were shot dead, something that did not happen in Deoband in 1947 also. It was the Narsimha Rao led Congress Government then and I decided that I will never join Congress. This is how a Muslim youth thought at that time, and I also decided I will not get into politics. Because, when I use to study in Amroah, I studied the Quran and at that time there was a dispute over Deoband between my father and Maulana Taayib. So when I used to walk from my house to the Madrassa, people would stop me on the way and abuse my father, some people would admire, others would abuse.

So, I thought I am not going to get into this. I will do business. So when I finished studying, I started my business in timber which I did for 2 years and I earned a lot of money. Then JUH decided to make me organizing secretary and they asked me and I said I cannot devote any time to that. At the most, I said, I could work for 10 days. Working committee said 10 days is fine so I got stuck to such an extent that its now been 10 years. When I came into the organization and then it was time to enter the political arena and I started with the Samajwadi party. When it was time for elections they said sorry, the Assamese unit is not agreeing. I stayed with Congress. Next election I wanted to contest so they said contest from UP, I said if I have to contest from Up then why will I contest from Congress, what does the Congress have in UP? So, I went to RLD and from RLD I contested this election from Amroah and I won 2,80,000 votes and I lost the election by 9,000 votes. After that they moved me to the Rajya Sabha and that is how I came into the RLD.

Your next question is very important. My father was President of JUH for 22 years and for 8 years I was general secretary. When I came into the organization as the organizing secretary, JUH had 12 lakh primary members. Every two years we go into the field and make primary members and it is a two-year term. Before my father's death, there were over 1 crore members. After that people said that Maulana Arshad Madani is my uncle and he is the senior person of the family so he should become president and I will remain general secretary and all the work will be done by me. He also said you do all the work I have no problem with that, but when he became president he started doing all the work himself. So is said, ok you do all the work, I tried to be low profile for a few days too. And then things came to a head when he terminated 21 people from the working committee at the same time. Special working committee was called, and a no confidence motion was passed. He said the working committee cannot remove me, I can remove them but they can not do anything to me. So, can any democratic process function this way? Then this issue went to the court, yesterday the Delhi High Court rejected his petition. But we are only fighting within the organization, my personal relationship with him is completely normal.

The present president is a fine man, very sincere. It is my commitment that I will never ever become the general secretary of this organisation and he will never be removed from presidency either. He will remain the president. I just want to work for the organization.

Anubhuti Bishnoi:: According to you, what is the most important issue for the Muslim community at the moment?

Madani-:Education.

Anubhuti Bishnoi: Isn't it true that modern education sits uncomfortably with Madarsa idea of education?

Madani-:There is a religious aspect to Madrassa education. How do we deal with this, in the contemporary modern world? When we talk of education, we must look at what people we are talking about. The kind of people being educated in our Madarassas today, if you close the Madarassas, these people wont get any education at all. First we have to get rid of illiteracy, people should become literate. Do you feel that someone can be made literate without making them an engineer? I have hundreds of examples, where people are engineers or doctors or scientists but they are hundred per cent illiterate. The second thing is that this is my philosophy, you don't necessarily have to agree with it. There should always be a section in society that can stop society from becoming evil. It can tell society what it wrong or right. This is a need even though a lot of people feel this is rubbish and man should be allowed to decide for himself what is right and what is wrong. I agree but it is important to have someone who can explain things to you.

Arpit Parashar: Tehelka recently did a story that no case has ever been proved against any person arrested from SIMI. So, do you have any such facts or any such information?

Madani-:I do not have any such facts and as I explained earlier that there is a sea of differences between SIMI and us. Despite that, we have a complaint with the Government, agencies and with the media with the way of dealing. There is no effort to establish truth and justice and double standards are regularly adopted.

Tannu Sharma-: Yesterday there was a hearing in the Supreme Court where Shahi Badr, a former president of SIMI, his advocate said that earlier whenever there was a terrorist activity in the country, Babbar Khalsa used to be named right away, and now SIMI is named. The judges also agreed with this, and agreed that they will examine the case. This is because the cases usually fall flat in the court and are not proved, there are no FIRs, no chargesheets. What do you think about this?

Madani-:It becomes easier to escape. They don't have to work very hard and they take anyone's name.

Arpit Parasher: Who issues the Fatwas?

Madani-:There is a two-year course for this and then that person should have some practice. Recently we issued a Fatwa against terrorism and three Muftis signed it. Now we are getting it signed by 10,000 people and then we will launch it in Hyderabad and make them take an oath there too.

Anubhuti Bishnoi-: There was an attempt to make Muslims stand against the Indo-US nuclear deal.

Madani-:This was not a Muslim issue and those who tried to make it a Muslim issue were unsuccessful. It is an issue of the country, some people are for it, some are against. This is a common issue. As a Muslim, you can not be against it or for it. It's a national issue and you take a decision as a citizen not as a Muslim.

 

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OATH OF ALLEGIANCE 

We support the declaration of this Anti Terrorism Global Peace Conference of Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind and other organizations. We are bound by the Fatwa of Darul Uloom Deoband and undertake that we shall condemn terrorism and spread the Islam’s message of global peace.

Ref: 814 B

Subject: Seeking Fatwa  

These days, a sinister campaign is going on in an organized manner, to tarnish the image of, and to malign against Islamic faith, Holy Quran and teachings of the Prophet (PUBH), by linking terrorism with Islam and distorting the meanings of Quranic verses and the Prophet traditions. Therefore, please clarify what is the clear stand of Islam towards world peace? What are the guidelines issued to humanity in Quran and Prophet’s traditions about this matter?  

Mahmood Asad Madani 

Fatwa issued on the letter head of Darul Uloom Deoband. 

Signed and sealed by the Grand Mufti and his three Assistants in the Fatwa Department of Darul Uloom Deoband. 

Ref: 685 B

In the name of Allah, most gracious and most merciful 

Answer (with the blessings of Allah): Islam is the religion of Peace and security. In its eyes, on any part over the surface of the earth spreading mischief, rioting, breach of peace, bloodshed, killing of innocent persons and plundering are the most inhuman crimes. In several places in the Holy Quran strict prohibition has been prescribed against breach of peace “Do not mischief on the Earth after it has been set in order” (Surah Aaraf, V. 56) and in another place condemning the mischief mongers it has been said  “When he turns he back, his aim every where is to spread mischief through the earth and destroy crops and progeny but Allah loveth not mischief”  (Surah AlBaqarah V. 205) in another place Quran says “And do no evil nor mischief on the (face of the) earth” (Surah alBaqarah V. 60) In the eyes of Quran and Islam killing of one innocent person is equivalent to killing of the whole humanity. Because when this door opens no body is able to control while saving one life is equivalent of saving the whole humanity. Allah Taala had said “On that account: We ordained for the children of Israel that if any one slew a person-unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land- it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life. It would be as if he saved the life of the whole people.” (Surah Maidah, V. 32) in another place it has been clearly ordered, “and don’t kill any one whose killing has been prohibited except in just manner.”

Islam’s love for peace is so extended that while giving permission of self defense to the oppressed it prescribes that no excess should be committed in retribution nor any innocent person should be targeted. Thus, Allah Almighty says, “Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you but do not transgress limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors”.

Therefore, in the traditions of the Prophet (PUBH) it is provided that even in the state of war, human rights must be fully observed. Such details are provided in the Prophet’s traditions. In addition, it is the teaching of Islam that all the creatures of Allah are one family and who ever treats the family of Allah with compassion and mercy he would be loved by Allah most (Baihaqi). Our Prophet Hadhrat Mohammad Mustafa (PUBH) has said that those who take mercy upon others Allah takes mercy upon them. You treat the inhabitants of the earth with mercy and the inhabitant of the Heaven (Allah) shall take mercy upon you (Tirmizi, Abu Dawood). In short, Islam rejects all kinds of unjust violence, breach of peace, bloodshed, murder and plunder and does not allow it in any form. It is the principle of Islam that cooperation should be done for the cause of good but no cooperation is to be done for committing sin or oppression. Allah Almighty says “Help ye one another in sin and rancour.” It is proved from the clear guidelines provided in the Holy Quran that allegation of terrorism against a religion like Islam which preaches and guarantees world peace is nothing but lie. The religion of Islam has come to wipe out all kinds of terrorism and to spread the message of global peace. Allah knows the best. 

Signed by: 

Mufti Habibur Rehman

Grand Mufti, Darul Uloom Deoband 

Ratified by: 

1.         Zain ul Islam Qasmi (Deputy Mufti, Darul Uloom Deoband)

2.         Mufti Waqar Ali (Assistant Mufti Darul Uloom Deoband)

3.         Mufti Mehmoodul Hasan Bulanshehari 

Issued under the seal of Darul Ifta, Darul Uloom Deoband

 

Jamiat back under Darul umbrella

Zia Haq, Hindustan Times

New Delhi, April 06, 2008

Just as the Congress had feared, the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind on Saturday ratified the removal of its pro-Congress president Maulana Arshad Madni, replacing him with Qari Mohammad Usman, who is vice-rector of the powerful Darul Uloom, Deoband.

With this, many believe the last pro-Congress pillar of the wide-reaching Jamiat has fallen. Its reins have also slipped back directly into the hands of its parent organisation, Darul Uloom, after a gap of several decades.

The Jamiat is the country’s oldest Muslim organisation, which had played a major role in the nation's freedom struggle. It has electoral influence in several states, including UP, Assam, West Bengal and Bihar. In Assam, for example, state Jamiat president Maulana Badruddin Ajmal has 10 members in the Assembly.

The 70-year-old Maulana Arshad was in the throes of a power struggle with his nephew and current Jamiat general secretary Maulana Mahmood Madni, a Rashtriya Lok Dal MP. His exit is a clear signal that the organisation is drifting away from the Congress, which it had traditionally been supporting thus far.

In a deft move, the Maulana Mahmood camp on Saturday convened an emergent meeting of its entire governing council of 2,785 members from various states. A "verbal vote" was held followed by a signature campaign, in which an overwhelming majority of state presidents ratified the decision to oust Maulana Arshad. The vote was held in presence of four independent observers, including former high court judge Naseemuddin Siddiqui and Safdar Hussain Khan, senior general manager of the Indian Trade Promotion Organisation.

The ouster of Maulana Arshad assumes significance because of the impending general elections, as key Darul officials and Maulana Mahmood are clear about not supporting the Congress.

"I respect Maulana Arshad Madni but he was creating problems by dissolving duly elected state Jamiat committees. It's clear that he was being misguided," Maulana Mahmood told the HT without naming any political party.

The Maulana Mahmood camp has been accusing the Congress of trying to engineer a split in the Jamiat. "The Congress offered Maulana Arshad a Rajya Sabha ticket from Assam in return for a promise to help in the general elections," a Jamiat source told HT.

 

BACKGROUNDER

 

The meeting of Central Managing Committee of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind

Held on 5th April 2008 at New Horizon Public School Campus,
Nr. Humayun Tomb, Hzt. Nizamuddin (E), New Delhi-25
 

Importance of the Meeting of Central Managing Committee:

This meeting will not only decide who will be the President but it will deliberate on much wider and important issues. It will settle issues on which the survival of the organization and its future policies depend.

                     Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind will be a democratic organization or will it be dominated by particular individual or family;

                     Who will have the upper hand? Organization or Individual;

                     Will an individual how ever highly placed he may be have the right to impose his wishes or the Working committee and the Managing committee will have the right to question;

                     What will be the relation of the organization with the government and any political party? Can an individual mortgage the organization to a particular party;

                     What will be mechanism to restrain the organization form being high jacked;

                     Would there be transparency in the structure of the organization, its administration and accounts or not? The control would be institutional or individual?

                     The meeting wills settle in one sentence whether there will be democracy, transparency and reckoning in Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, the oldest and largest organization of Indian Muslims or would it become personal property?

 

Central Managing Committee, the Most Powerful Body:

Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind is the largest and 90 years old organization of Muslims. It has played leading role in the freedom movement and thereafter, it has been in the forefront to raise the issues and challenges facing the community and country. It is a constitutional organization and its organizational structure is based on democratic principles. Its managing committee is the supreme body. It has right not only to formulate policies and programmes (Article 55A) but it can also reject or approve the resolution of the Working committee of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Article 55(C). This body can amend, add or abrogate the constitution (Article 89). As the managing committee has been made all powerful precaution has been taken to keep it safe from the domination of any individuals. Therefore, its members are elected by the local units at the lowest level who reach the Central Managing Committee through elections at district and state levels.

 

How the Members of the Central Managing Committee are elected?

First of all the local unit consisting of minimum hundred or more members elect members from the district level. The district level Managing Committee elects its members for the State level managing committee which sends one third of its members to the Central Managing committee. Thus the Central Managing Committee is constituted through elections under Article 43. The elected president has power to nominate 51 eminent persons to the Managing Committee under Article 54.

 

Review of the Constitution of Present Managing Committee:

Keeping in view the above mentioned organizational structure we would review how and when the present managing committee was constituted and how far and at what level it represents its electoral college.

There are seventeen state level units of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind. The election process has been completed in fourteen of them where in total 54 lakh 54 thousand 823 primary members have been enlisted. 1008 local units were constituted. They elected 216 district level managing committees and in turn they elected 8355 state level members. Out of these 2785 members were elected to the Central Managing Committee. The chart giving below presents the organizational structure and electoral process. In this meeting delegates from 14 states are participating.  

Name of the State

No. of Members elected to Central managing Committee

Name of President

Uttar Pradesh

790

Maulana Hayatullah Qasmi

Andhra Pradesh

206

Hafiz Peer Shabbir Ahmed

Uttarakhand

17

Dr. Mohammad Islam Qasmi

Assam

170

Maulana Badruddin Ajmal

Orissa

27

Maulana Mohammad Jabir

Tamil Nadu

35

Maulana Ahmed Kabir

Tripura

55

Mufti Tayyabur Rahman

Delhi

174

Mufti Zafiruddin

Karnataka

125

Mufti Iftikar Ahmed

Gujarat

290

Maulana Habibur Rahman

West Bengal

237

Maulana Hisamuddin

Maharashtra

240

Haji Shamsuddin

Manipur

23

Maulana Said Ahmed Qasmi

Haryana-Punjab-HP

396

Maulana Mohammad Ilyas

 

Why this meeting has been convened:

Since Maulana Arshad Madani continuously took steps repugnant to the policy of the organization, he dissolved elected units, disintegrated the democratic organizational structure and tried to establish personal rules, the working committee of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind took strong notice and expelled him on 6th March 2008 and he was replaced by Maulana Qari Syed Mohammad Usman, who was declared interim president. Maulana Mahmood Madani remained its General Secretary.

Since Central Managing Committee is the supreme body the working Committee referred its resolution for ratification and thus this meeting was convened. Its agenda is as under:

1.                  Reading and ratification of the resolutions of the previous meeting;

2.                  Secretary Report;

3.                  Ratification of the decision of expulsion of Maulana Arshad Madani and election of Maulana Qari Syed Mohammad Usman, Dy. Rector of Darul Uloom Deoband as the president of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind.

4.                  Disciplinary action against members involved in anti party activities;

5.                  Resolution on Terrorism;

6.                  Election of two vice president and treasure;

7.                  Deliberations on Sachchar Committee and Ranganath Commission report;

8.                  Reservation for Muslims and demand for bill to prevent communal riots;

9.                  Dalit-Muslim unity;

10.              Protection of Muslim Aukaf;

11.              Islamic identity and social reform;

12.              Resolution against Israel aggression in Palestine;

13.              Budget and Accounts;

14.              Condolence Resolutions;

15.              Other matters.

The procedure for the ratification of the expulsion of Maulana Arshad Madani and election of Maualan Qari Syed Mohammad Usman. A completely transparent procedure has been adopted. All the participating delegates will vote in writing whether they agree with the decision of working committee or not. They will further express their choice through voice vote in the presence of the following panel as well as media. 

1

Hon’ble Justice (Retd.)

Mr. Naseemuddin Siddiqui

Observer

 

2

Mr. Safder Hussain Khan,

Sr. General Manager, ITPO

Observer

 

3

Mr. Ahteshamul Haq,

Legal Consultant, ITPO

Asst. Observer

 

4

Mr. Shakil Ahmed Syed, Advocate, Supreme Court of India

Election Officer

 

5

Mr. Tayyab Khan, Advocate,

Supreme Court of India

Asst. Election Officer

 

 

 

 

Maulana Badruddin Ajmal opens his mouth on Jamiat crisis

 
By TwoCircles.net staff reporter

Mumbai: Breaking his silence on the dispute over leadership in Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, Maulana Badruddin Ajmal Qasmi, president AUDF and Assam unit of the Jamiat, has urged all concerned to find out solution within the constitution of the organization.

In a statement issued on 11th March, Maulana Ajmal backed the proposal given by Maulana Marghoobur Rahman, director Darul Uloom Deoband and senior member of the Jamiat working committee, to solve the problem which began on 6th March when Jamiat president Maulana Arshad Madani faced a no-confidence motion against him in the working committee meeting. He walked out of the meeting and Qari Usman was appointed caretaker president.

Maulana Ajmal urged all parties of the dispute to accept Maulana Marghoobur Rahman’s proposal wherein he had said that a compromise should be find out in light of the Jamiat constitution. If any section of the constitution needed explanation during solution finding process, a committee comprising a group of reverend Ulama should be constituted, he had said.

Maulana Ajmal requested all three leaders of the organization –Maulana Arshad Madani, Qari Usman and Maulana Mahmood Madani to accept Maulana Marghoobur Rahman’s proposal. To solve the crisis is the pressing need of the time as the Muslim community in India is standing at a critical juncture of its history, Maulana Ajmal said.

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MUMBAI: Jamiatul Ulema-e-Hind (JUH), one of the oldest organizations of Indian Muslims, is on the verge of a split. Factional fights between the two groups, headed by Jamiat's president Maulana Arshad Madni and his nephew Maulana Mehmood Madni, seem to have struck a heavy blow to the premier organisation of nationalist ulema in the country.

With its split, observers feel, the recent declaration against terrorism from Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband may lose direction as JUH virtually controls the Darul and its huge network of madrassas across the country.

The differences between the two camps reached a flashpoint on March 6 when the Jamiat's Working Committee — at its Delhi meeting — elected a new temporary president, challenging the authority of Maulana Arshad Madni. The new president's election will be formally ratified on March 26. Both Arshad Madni and Mehmood Madni blamed each other for undermining the organization's constitution.

"Maulana Arshad Madni has run the organization like a dictator ever since he took over reins after my father Maulana Asad Madni's death last year. The working committee is not happy with his style of functioning and it has elected a new president (Qari Mohammed Usman of Darul Uloom Deoband)," Mehmood Madni said.

Dismissing the charge that he himself eyed the post and wanted to dethrone his uncle, Mehmood Madni claimed he would never become Jamiat's president. "I am not interested in any post in the organization though I will always be its worker. Let them make me a chowkidar in the organization and I will readily accept it," Maulana Mehmood, general secretary of the Jamiat, said.

But Maulana Arshad said he still headed the real Jamiatul Ulema-e-Hind. "The majority of the working committee members are with me. Mehmood Madni is misguiding people and the media when he claims that I have lost the confidence of the majority," the septuagenarian said. He still enjoys the support of many senior clerics, including Maulana Marghoobur Rehman, rector of Darul Uloom at Deoband.

Founded in 1919 during Mahatma Gandhi-blessed Khilafat Movement, JUH galvanised Indian Muslims for the freedom struggle

Way out from Jamiat Crises is in Maulana Marghoobur Rahman's Suggestion: Ajmal

Press Release

Guwahati: (March 11). The present divergent crisis in Jamiat Ulama-e Hind (JUH) is painful for all— Jamiat workers, its well wishers and those link with Deoband school not only in India but also all over the world. I am totally in agreement in both letters and spirit with the suggestions put forwarded by the respected rector of Darul Uloom Deoband Hazrat Maulana Marghoobur Rahman Saheb who is also Ameerul Hind (leader of the believers in India ). His suggestions were published in yesterday's Urdu newspapers asking both the groups involved in the crises to sit along the discussion table with the existing constitution of Jamiat as only way out of the dispute. It is my humble request to Hazrat Maulana Syed Arshad Madani, Qari Mohammad Usman and brother Syed Mahmood Madani to take practical note of our elder Hazrat Maulana Marghoobur Rahman Saheb's advice and make the constitution of Jamait Ulama the only means to solve the present deadlock condition within India 's prestigious Muslim organization. It is surely the only way out for us, the sooner we resolve it the better it will be for all Muslims. Muslim Ummah around the world is in pain, it is time to draw an end to the existing indifferences in Jamait and let people feel in peace.

I also request to all well the wishers of Jamiat Ulama-e Hind, Muslim intellectuals and ulama who have either personal or social relationship with any of the disputing groups to please use your contact to resolve the issue. Ask both the parties to fully respect what suggested by honourable Muhtamim Saheb of Darul Uloom Deoband to take Indian Muslims out of a panic stricken condition and help make the plot of anti unity forces ashamed.

It is noteworthy, however, that I have been neutral in this dispute from the very beginning, I am and will Insha'Allah ever remain neutral. May I also request all who know us round the world to pray for a better peaceful solution of the existing crises in Jamait Ulama-e Hind.

Mohammad Badruddin Ajmal Al-Qasmi

 

One of frontline Muslim organisations, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind today split vertically when a meeting of the ''working committee'' expelled its president Maulana Arshad Madani for anti-party activities.

A resolution to the effect was moved by General Secretary Maulana Mahmood Madani, who is also the nephew of Maulana Arshad Madani. The resolution was passed by a majority of 24 members out of 32 present in the meeting. The meeting also ''unanimously'' appointed Qari Mohammad Usman, vice-rector of Darul Uloom Deoband, as the new president of the Jamiat.

Maulana Arshad Madani staged a walkout from the meeting with his supporters terming the step ''against the Jamiat constitution''.

He also in turn expelled General Secretary Maulana Mahmood Madani and six of his supporters, claiming he was still the president under section 66 of the Jamiat Constitution.

The elevation of Qari Usman, who is a special invitee to the working committee, to the post of President would be formally announced at the General Council meeting to be held on March 26, Mahmood Madani told a news conference.

''Arshad Madani was working against the constitution of Jamiat and was trying to divide the party by annulling organisational elections in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh,'' he charged.

Maulana Arshad Madani took over the reins of the organisation after the death of Jamiat patron Maulana Asad Madani. A power struggle was on between Arshad and Mahmood Madani ever since.

A working committee meeting had been called on February 28 to resolve the differences between the two top leaders of the Jamiat but it ended inconclusive. The very next day Arshad Madani sacked 20 special invitees to the working committee and also annulled the organisational elections in Karnataka.

 

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Jamiat Ulema scuffle comes to a boil

Posted May 29th, 2007 by Editor                                                                                                                                                                                         Indian Muslim

By Two Circles. net staff reporter

New Delhi :  The tussle between Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind president Maulana Syed Arshad Madani and its general secretary Maulana Syed Mahmood Madani had been simmering and simmering since the day, nay much before, the former was named the organisation's president under an agreement between the two following the demise of then president and father of Mahmood Madani last year. But it has now come to a boil when Arshad Madani chose to nullify the said agreement at a meeting of Jamiat's working committee held at its headquarters here Monday.

The meeting reportedly convened to contain the rising popularity of Mahmood Madani, was attended by only 7 out of the 20 members of the committee and 4 out of 21 special invitees. 13 members of the committee, including Ameerul Hind Maulana Marghoobur Rahman and Assam UDF leader Maulana Badruddin Ajmal and some other members from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Delhi did not participate in the meeting.

A report published Tuesday in Urdu daily Hindustan Express argues that Maulana Arshad Madani was named Jamiat president under an agreement and not through any electoral process. When he has got the agreement annulled, there is no question of his continuing to function in the capacity of Jamiat president.

The report also questions the very legality of the meeting of the working committee, for the quorum of the meeting was completed with Mufti Abdur Razzaq of Bhopal against whom the Jamiat was probing the allegation that he had openly supported Bhartiya Janta Party in the last election. "The question is whether an accused can sit in judgement of his own case. If this cannot be, why was the quorum completed with Mufti Abdur Razzaq?" the report questions.

In one resolution adopted in the meeting, the Jamiat withdrew the enquiry against Mufti Abdur Razzaq. The report claims that much of the decisions made in the meeting has not been released to the media. The Hindustan Express, in a front page lead story published Monday, had reported that Maulana Arshad Madani got the windowpane of Maulana Mahmood Madani's office broken just after Fajr prayer Sunday and sent a person inside the office through the broken window to search his office. The report alleged that he took this extreme step on the advice of his special adviser Qari Hammad. The paper also carried a clubbed photograph showing a person mounting a ladder and another person breaking the window. The Urdu daily Akhbar-e-Mashriq also carried a UNI report of this sad development. The paper, in a front page lead report published Tuesday, said the division in the 75-year old Jamiat is nothing new. When Maulana Syed Asad Madani was named president of the Jamiat after the demise of Maulana Hifzur Rahman, a group led by Mufti Ateequr Rahman Osmani launched a separate Jamiat. Then Maulana Syed Ahmad Hashmi and Maulana Waheeduz Zaman Kairanvi separated from the Jamiat to launch their own Milli Jamiat Ulema.

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Mahmood A. Madani, MP and General Secretary of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind called on the Chief Minster Dr. Y.S. Rajashekhara Reddy and urged upon CBI enquiry into the incidents of Friday in and around Makkah Masjid, Hyderabad. He also demanded stern action against the police officials who opened fire on the mob protesting the blast in Makkah Masjid.

The Chief Minister heard the representation patiently and assured all possible help to the victims including Ex-Gratia payment, House and employment to the eligible member of the bereaved families. Maulana Madani thanked the Chief Minster for his gesture and appealed for immediate action against the erring police personnel. He expressed the hope that the Chief Minster will not try to shield the erring police cops or the real terrorists. He said that after his return to New Delhi he will meet the Chairperson of UPA Smt. Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minster Dr. Manmohan Singh and demand to release instructions to A.P. Government to initiate the process of CBI inquiry into the incident at the earliest.

Maulana Mahmood Madani who arrived last evening, called on the victims of the bomb blast and police firing he also visited Makkah Masjid and various hospitals in the city and enquired about the condition of victims. He expressed his heartful sympathies with the families of those killed in the Friday incidents.

Maulana expressed his anguish over non action against the police officials who demonstrated barbarism and cruelty by targeting the protesters. He said that it is natural for follower of any religion to protest against the incidents of bomb blast or desecration a blot on the face of any secular country and civilized society. He demanded that the cops responsible for this brutality must be brought to book immediately. They should be suspended, arrested and prosecuted for targeting innocent civilians. Maulana Madani expressed his anguish over the state of affairs said that if the rulers continue to support and patronize the terrorism by police and administration, then they should understand that they are not able to rule any more.

ON THE RECORD

Maulana Mahmood Madani, Gen-Secy of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind

‘Muslims are worse off in W Bengal than in any other state, yet we don’t want the Left Govt to be voted out’

Posted online: Monday, April 16, 2007 at 0000 hrs
 

  Hello, I’m Shekhar Gupta, and welcome to Walk the Talk. I’m in front of Masjid Abdul Nabi, a great Islamic institution, built more than 500 years ago. And my guest this week is a very young maulana, 39-year-old Maulana Mahmood Madani. Welcome to Walk the Talk.

Thank you.

You are young, maulana, and you represent one of the most liberal streams of Islam. You have so much of work pressure but people do not understand that. People do not understand that your party was responsible for the resistance in Nandigram in West Bengal. Sadiqullah belongs to your party.

He’s the state general-secretary of the party and the state unit took the lead on the issue.Whenever such issues have come up, Jamiat Ulama has a history of taking on a leadership role. Jamiat Ulama played a leading role even in the freedom struggle. Jamiat was formed in 1919 and in our first meeting we took a resolution on attaining complete freedom.

So you were even a step ahead of the Congress?

The Congress used to talk only about internal independence, but at that time Jamiat demanded complete independence.

And even during the time of Partition, your party was against Partition?

This was the only Muslim organisation making such a demand and Maulana Asad Madani, my father, made such a demand not for political reasons but on the basis of religion. He said our religion does not allow us to divide people on the basis of religion.

The booklet carrying your father’s sermons says that one should love his country first.

I am a Muslim and if I love my country then it is so because I am a Muslim. If a person is not a real Muslim then we can get suspicious whether he is a friend of the country or not. Those who practise religion can never be enemies of the country because our religion teaches us to love our country.

But now some people are saying that those who led in Nandigram did so because they got support from the US. So now there is an allegation that you are friends with America.

Here, he (Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee) is not just a chief minister but a dictator as well. So when he saw such a big obstruction he started accusing people without any evidence. During George Bush’s visit to India we had staged a demonstration which nobody did in the country. Even Bardhan Sahab had participated in that. So when we opposed Bush’s visit to India, we did so because we were his (Buddhadeb’s) friends!

But Bengal says that Sadiqullah met some high officials from the US administration, who directed Sadiqullah to take this step.

That’s their version. People from different backgrounds visit us. We never say no to anybody. We are even ready to meet Buddhadebji.

So you must have read about this new development: Bengal claims it is a conspiracy. They say it’s an Islamic-American alliance, or rather, a Jamiat-American alliance.

This is the thinking of the communists. This is so because they are realising that nothing is in their hands and they are feeling helpless. And this is not a Muslim issue in Nandigram, it’s a public issue. And the Bengal government has been defeated as it could not achieve what it wanted. And in future too it will be defeated if it does not change its attitude. If they change their attitude, we will be their best friends.

But not many people know that Bardhanji participated in the demonstration which you staged against Bush’s visit to India.

It was covered by media. Everybody watched it. Last week, in an interview a journalist was mentioning that I have been friends with communists. And that, together with Bardhanji and other communists, I had staged a demonstration. I said we didn’t do a combined demonstration. He participated in it, and also addressed us.

So for you it’s a tough choice. On the one hand you have America and on the other you have communists.

No, we don’t share any relation with America. And neither do we intend to keep one. We just stress on the fact that the public should not suffer.

But it’s a big thing that Buddhabedji visited you, and he came because he is troubled by your party. But when he came to you, what did he say?

He did not talk much on the main issue. He said he had done a lot for the minorities. He also said that if some other party comes to power in West Bengal, then things would go haywire. But a new party coming to power in the states is nothing new. It happens all over India. We are not bothered with whatever party comes to power. But if some good work has been done by Buddhadebji or by Jyoti Basuji, it is not counted as their obligation. It is a fact that the condition of Muslims is the worst in West Bengal, be it socially, economically or educationally. Nowhere in the country is the condition of Muslims so bad as in West Bengal.

Are you serious in saying this?

Yes, I am very serious. And in spite of this we never wish that his government is voted out of power.

Why so?

Because when it comes to communal harmony, we do not put them on the same platform as some other parties.

For example, the BJP.

Yes.

But Mamata is an ally of the BJP?

So we can never accept her.

You don’t see any difference between Mamata and the BJP?

Because Mamata is an ally of the BJP, we cannot talk or discuss anything with her. And we are not a political organisation.

But you are a Member of Parliament?

That’s another point. But Buddhadebji’s attitude and the way he wants to rule . . . During Jyoti Basu’s time we never had any major conflict. Jamiat had organised a big rally for the protection of madrasas, which I had also attended. We passed a resolution against the W. Bengal Government and even Biman Basu participated in that rally.

So did you tell Buddhadebji that the condition of Muslims was so bad in his state?

He said that Sachar has not included certain points and we are trying to incorporate those points. So he started finding faults with the Sachar Committee.

Do you follow the Sachar Committee report or you go on your own report?

We have our own report also. And that shows our condition to be worse than what Sachar Committee report has to say.

But why so? But CPM is secular. Then why is the condition of Muslims in Bengal so bad?

It’s very difficult to answer this question. We follow the middle path.

But spiritually you are Deobandi?

Basically, the Deoband school of thought follows the middle path.

But a new reputation has come up that Deobandis are extremists, they are Taliban.

This has been projected by the Taliban. This is their regional conflict.

Do you consider the Taliban to be Deobandis.

They claim they are Deobandis. And we cannot go against their claims.

But does the work done by them come under Deobandi ideology?

This is a matter related to their region.

Did they come up with any resolution for a reconciliation on this topic?

They said we can discuss the matter. I agreed with that. But Jamiat is leading a group of 29 organisations and most of them are non-Muslims. We have to discuss the matter with each organisation.

But Jamiat, BJP, Mamata Bannerjee and Naxalites — all have a mixture of ideologies.

These parties are following their own way of fighting for an issue. That’s why we don’t have any alliance with BJP or Mamata. All these 29 non-political organisations have come together and they are fighting for a cause.

But you are ready to talk?

Yes. The best way to solve all problems is to talk. I have had a talk with him here, and if needed I can go to West Bengal also.

So you are going there?

At the moment it has not been decided. First, we will hold talk amongst ourselves.

Did Buddhadebji express regret for whatever happened in Nandigram?

Yes. He also took the responsibility for the incident.

Did you feel that there has been a change of heart in him?

I don’t know about that. But he’s surely under external pressure.

Did you ask him why he is accusing you of being an American agent?

His statement calling the Jamiat a terrorist and a fundamentalist organisation was published a few days back. And anyone who’s aware of Jamiat’s history would have never done so. So our members questioned him (Buddhadebji) why Biman Basu visits us and why he sends messages to us if we were terrorists and fundamentalists. In response, he said he did not know about it and was wrongly quoted. We said that in such a case you should have contradicted the statement.

What do you dislike the most, being called an American agent or a fundamentalist?

We feel bad when we are linked with the terrorists. In fact, I do not mind being called a fundamentalist. Rather, I feel proud that I am attached to the roots.

Your fundamentalism is of a different kind.

Yes, for us it’s a case of tolerance. According to the Quran, you follow your own path and I will follow my own path. It talks about a society where we don’t fight over this issue.

When I read your father’s speeches, the collection of which will be released by the Prime Minister, it talks mostly about education.

Yes, our basic aim is to impart education.

But another central point is that if we look at our country’s situation at the moment, especially in Bengal, where we have small holdings and all areas are over populated, then we don’t have any other option except for industrialisation.

Nowhere do we have any other option except for industrialisation. We need industries. But for setting up industries, will you kill our men? Keeping the public in view, we should chalk out a middle path.

So if the public was persuaded in Nandigram, then we could have had industries there also?

Yes, we should follow a proper procedure, along with a proper rehabilitation project.

Can you suggest a way of proper rehabilitation in a place like Nandigram?

The people of the area where you are setting up a project should be taken into confidence. And once the talks begin, a special kind of relationship develops, in which you respect each other’s demands. But if somebody doesn’t listen to you then make him a partner in the project. I don’t oppose SEZs on any ideological ground. But there should be some changes in the SEZ policy, especially in the Land Acquisition Act. And I also agree with

Sitaram Yechury that the government should first take up government industrial areas, ones where industries have been shut down. Then they should acquire wasteland, and the option of going to the farmers is always there.

But there is hardly any wasteland in West Bengal. If the government goes to the people once again . . .

At the moment I can’t say anything about Nandigram till we talk to everyone there. We don’t oppose SEZs on the basis of any ideology. I’m not against industrialisation. But it shouldn’t be done by force. There was a time when, in terms of industrialisation, West Bengal was in the top slot. But the Left ruined everything. They shut down all the industries. And now they want to revive industries. That’s something really good. I congratulate them for this. But they are still trying to follow the Hitler way of working, which is not good.

After the talks do you think they have learnt a lesson?

I can’t say that. But they were reasonable while talking. But the CPM cadre in Bengal is still harassing our people there. For example, in madrasas and schools. They are threatening our activists in villages. Harassment and talks cannot go hand in hand.

Did you tell him about this?

I received this information after the talks. I will talk to Yechuryji about this. But I told him that your people are threatening to kill us.

Didn’t he tell you that your workers also used weapons.

When did we use weapons? This is an allegation. We used the biggest weapon given to us by democracy. The weapon to bring about a revolution, which was used even by Gandhiji.

But he says that you removed all their party workers, and now they are staging dharna to be sent back.

This is not true. In fact rapes were committed by CPM workers. But I won’t say much in public now. I don’t want to indulge in a blame-game. They are accusing us to only to save their face.

There is a lot of confusion in the media about Jamiat’s identity. Some consider you a Naxalite, some consider you a Taliban, some consider you an American. So there is ignorance.

Apart from ignorance, it’s also according to convenience. He understands everything but he tries to make the people understand according to need of his story.

But while going through your organisation’s literature and your father’s book I found they mention about a great India and her great qualities. Such an aggressive nationalism is not very common.

It’s not so much found even in non-Muslims. My grandfather stressed on composite nationalism on the basis of the Quran. He even wrote a book on composite nationalism and Islam.

Yeah, I have read that book. And you had strongly opposed the idea of Partition.

We are just against dividing people on the basis of religion.

And you think that Muslims of the subcontinent have suffered due to Partition.

Hindustan, Muslims, Hindus, the entire subcontinent has suffered due to Partition. We could have been a superpower.

According to you, what will happen to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in the next 15-20 years.

According to me, we should have a confederation with simple visa procedures. When Atalji was the prime minister, I got his permission and had called Maulana Fazlur Rahman, the chief of Pakistan Jamiat.

Interestingly, some reporters mentioned your Jamiat as the Indian chapter of the Jamiat, which is actually the original.

Yes. But we don’t have any direct relation with them. Jamiat rules in the North West Frontier today. During independence, the Muslim League lost in the elections from there and Congress won. They wanted to be a part of India. Even today, they share the same ideology as of India only because the Jamiat and the Deobandi school of thought had a hold in the region. They were also against Partition. And till today they are paying for that. There is no development work done there as compared to other districts.

And you will say that Muslims of India also have had to pay a price because they did not support the Muslim League during Partition.

Muslims who stayed back here always had an option of going to Pakistan. But instead of respecting them for staying back, they are treated as criminals. When we go out, we are called Hindi, Hindustani. But we are proud of it. I want to give a message to the new generation of this country. I want them to set up a new India where there is industrialisation, equality, education for all, modernisation, there is no discrimination on the basis of caste.

You don’t support orthodoxy, and you don’t have anti-industrialisation ideology.

No. In fact, I support industrialisation. Without that we won’t be able to attain our target.

Thank you for talking to us.         Thank you.         Press Release

 

 

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