Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind’s conclave begins in historic city of Ajmer Sharif

Ajmer: (Pervez Bari): The two-day 33rd general session of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (Madani faction) began here on Saturday at the historic city of Ajmer which has the privilege of having the shrine of Sufi saint Hazrat Khawja Moinuddin Chishti (R) who is remembered as “Ghareeb Nawaz” and was embodiment of universal peace and communal harmony. The city popularly known as “Ajmer Sharif” has the distinction of people of all faiths and not just Muslims visiting the saint’s shrine to pay their obeisance.

In the backdrop of Uniform Civil Code and Triple Talaaq controversy, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind’s general session began with all round refrain that Muslims will never tolerate any interference in the Muslim Personal Law as any such interference amounts to infringement of fundamental rights which have been enshrined in the Constitution of India to one and all countrymen.

Showing the unity of all sects and schools of thought at the 33rd general session, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind President Maulana Mohammad Usman Mansurpuri said in his presidential address that there is a need to iron out the sectarian differences among the community as the communal forces are trying to exploit these to defame Islam and the Islamic Shariah. He exhorted the Jamiat members and followers to attach themselves with the four lineage of Sufism. He said the decision to hold 33rd Jamiat session in Ajmer Sharif was to give a universal message of Islam against terrorism and communalism as Hazrat Khawja Moinuddin Chishti always stood for these ideals.

Echoing his views, Jamiat Secretary General and ex-MP Maulana Syed Mahmood Madani also said the Jamiat session is being held for national unity as well as unity among Muslims and Ajmer Sharif is the most suited place for this as Hazrat Khawja Saheb had spread the universal message of brotherhood, peace and harmony from here.

Presenting the secretary report, Maulana Madani raised doubts on government’s intention over Uniform Civil Code and the issue of triple talaaq. He said there is complete unity and unanimity among the Muslims on the issue of Shariah as no one will tolerate any meddling in their religious matter. However, he urged the Ulema, who gathered here from every nook and corner of the country, to work for social reforms and bring about positive change in the society. He said it was Islam which gave the concept of divorce ( Talaaq) to the world, but it is unfortunate that it has been pilloried.
In the prevailing situation in the country, Maulana Madani called for forging unity with Dalits and backward classes as they have been still subjected to caste cruelty in the country. It is the duty of Muslim to spread the Islamic message of brotherhood.

Sajjada nashin of Dargha Sirhind, Khawja Syed Sadiq Huassian and president of Ahle-Sunnat wal Jamaat (North) Khawja Junaid also addressed the Jamiat session and exhorted for unity and harmony among the community.

Besides this, Jamaat leaders, Maulana Nadim Siddiqui, Maulana Mateen-ul-Haq, Osama, Niyaz Ahmad Farooqui and others also spoke on the occasion. More than 10 thousand Ulema gathered here to attend the session which assumes significance in the present situation.

Meanwhile, special invitee Javed Jamil, internationally renowned thinker and writer, speaking on the occasion said: “Communal Violence is a much bigger threat than Terrorism, and Hindu Terrorism more dangerous than Muslim Terrorism” He said that the few biggest terrorist attacks in India did not kill more than 300 people while a large number of communal riots killed several thousand people. Not only around 80 percent of the dead in communal riots belonged to minority community, out of all terrorist related deaths, those attributed to Muslim outfits are an insignificant minority. He said that while the official figures indicate a death toll of around 15000 in Hindu-Muslim riots in last 50 years, the unofficial estimated figures may well be near one hundred thousand. He told that out of around 35000 terrorism related deaths in India, only 1500 have allegedly been by Muslim terrorists. Naxalites have killed more than 11000 in last 30 years and Ulfa have killed more than 18000 in last two decades. Still, Hindutvavadis have the audacity to say that “all terrorists are Muslims

A number of resolutions such as on communal riots, reservation, terrorism, Tripple Talaaq, Uniform Civil Code were passed on the occasion with unanimous approval. (pervezbari@yahoo.co.in)