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24 August 2021

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind President says imperialist forces should learn lesson from Afghanistan; calls to make it an ideal Islamic welfare state



 

New Delhi: Commenting on the political changes in Afghanistan, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) President Syed Sadatullah Husaini has hoped that these changes will end years of unrest and bloodshed in the country and restore peace and order in the region and help to reinstate the rights of the Afghan people.

 

In a press statement, the JIH President said, “20 years ago, the overthrow of the Afghan government through military action, the brutal atrocities on innocent civilians by colonial and imperialist forces, the series of bombings and raids on its cities and the constant attempts to impose the will of foreign powers on the Afghan people is a reprehensible chapter of recent history. It is gratifying to note that the perseverance and struggle of the Afghan people resulted in the withdrawal of the imperialist forces from their country.”

 

Mr. Husaini said that the imperialist powers should learn a lesson from this episode and forever refrain from the policy of unnecessary interference in the affairs of poor countries to further their own vested interests. He asserted that the United Nations and the international community should also learn a lesson from this and put in place a strong process to prevent the manipulation and interference of weaker nations at the hands of powerful countries. He expressed happiness and satisfaction that the transfer of power was completed peacefully without much bloodshed.

 

The JIH President drew the attention of the Taliban to the fact that the eyes of the whole world are now on them and are closely monitoring their behaviour and actions. “The Taliban have the opportunity to present to the world a practical example of the benevolent and merciful system of Islam. We would like to draw their attention to the fact that Islam is the advocate of peace and well-being. It gives freedom of belief. The protection of the lives and property of all human beings, including minorities, is of paramount importance to Islam. Islam is also very sensitive about women’s rights. We hope that the new rulers of Afghanistan will strictly adhere to these teachings of Islam and set an example before the world of an Islamic Welfare State where everyone is free from fear and terror and lives a peaceful and prosperous life with equal opportunity to flourish and prosper. We also hope that a new government shall soon be established in Afghanistan by popular vote in the democratic and consultative spirit of Islam that represents all sections of the country and one that shall prove to be a source of lasting unity and stability among the Afghan people. Reports that the Taliban have announced a general amnesty, assured peace and order to Sikhs, Hindus and other minorities, and hinted at dialogue and co-operation with all countries of the world are welcome,” he added.

 

Commenting on Indo-Afghan relations, the JIH chief has said that our country India and Afghanistan have a long-standing and healthy relationship. He continued, “In recent years, India has also played an important role in the development of Afghanistan. We hope that this warmth and solid relations will continue and be further strengthened. We also wish to remind the Government of India of its responsibility to initiate healthy relations with the new Afghan government and to play its part in building and developing Afghanistan and ensuring peace and security throughout South Asia.”



09 August 2021

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Maharashtra announces Rs 1.5 Crore rehabilitation package for Konkan flood victims

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Mumbai: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) Maharashtra President Rizwanur Rahman Khan along with state Vice President Syed Zameer Qadri visited the Konkan flood hit areas like Chiplun, Mahad and other towns. They spoke to the flood victims, assuring them of all possible support. Meetings were held with several social workers and heads of community centres and NGOs to discuss plans of rehabilitation.  Mr. Rizwan has said that all social organizations need to come together and cooperate with each other to carry out the rehabilitation task, ensuring that no flood victim is left out.  The JIH state chief has also announced Rs.1,50,00,000/- (1.5 Crore Rupees) rehabilitation project for the flood affected victims. He said, “people who have lost their livelihood in this calamity will be helped in restarting their businesses. Also, houses which have been destroyed or partially damaged will be reconstructed or repaired. A proper survey has been initiated to facilitate this process.”

 

Following the devastating flood in the Konkan region, the JIH Maharashtra along with affiliated organisations and its sister bodies had commenced the relief operation from 23rd July. The JIH cadre is now being assisted in this task by members of the Ideal Relief Committee Trust, IRW, Youth Wing, Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) and Medical Service Society (MSS). The volunteers have not only distributed cooked food, medicines, bottled water and blankets, but they have also cleaned wells, roads, schools and residential buildings and houses, making them usable. They were professionally trained to work in such an emergency situation.

 

Briefing on relief efforts, the JIH Maharashtra said, “a team led by the organisation itself, also comprising members of the Youth Wing, IRW, MSS and SIO from Mumbai and Thane had reached the worst hit town Chiplun (Ratnagiri district),  on 24th July with two truckloads of relief material. Later, several other teams from Mumbai, Solapur, Parli, Pune, Nagpur, Nanded and other cities joined with them to execute the relief operation. They are still on the ground, engaging in all sorts of relief work. After the survey, the JIH has provided 1500 kitchen kits sets so far in Chiplun, Murad Nagar, Rajewadi and Kondeote. Till date, JIH has distributed about 3400 bottles of water, 4200 food packets, ration kits to 500 families, medicines and 1500 emergency lights. More than one lakh rupees has been distributed as emergency aid among 40 families. As many as 14 wells and seven water tanks have been cleaned in Chiplun so far. Several schools, buildings and mosques have also been cleaned. The JIH has set up a medical camp in the affected area because such calamity can potentially increase the risk of infectious or epidemic diseases. A mobile medical van is also being used to address the health concerns of the affected people. So far over 500 patients have benefitted from this effort. 50 houses of Mahad and Rajewadi have been surveyed. Cleaning material has been provided to more than 800 families.

 

The JIH state unit has appealed to all the people to lend a helping hand to this relief and rehabilitation effort by their contribution.

29 June 2021

Organisations, community leaders raise questions over arrest of Maulana Umar Gautam, Mufti Qazi Jahangir Qasmi

 

Maulana Umar Gautam, Mufti Jahangir Qasmi

 

New Delhi, 29 June 2021: Various organisation and leaders including Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), Jamiat Ulama Hind, SIO, former Delhi Minority commissioner Dr ZafarulIslam Khan, renowned Shia scholar Renowned Shia scholar Maulana Kalbe Jawad have raised serious questions over the arrest of Maulana Umar Gautam and Mufti Qazi Jahangir Alam Qasmi.

 

The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad recently arrested them on several charges and now they are being investigated.

 

In a statement, JIH Vice President Prof. Mohammad Salim Engineer has strongly condemned their arrest and called it completely against the justice. He said, “the manner in which they were arrested and are being implicated in serious charges and the way a section of the media is overreacting, it clearly shows that attempts are being made to exploit public sentiments by creating a charged atmosphere of fear, intimidation and hatred for political mileage. Such attempts to divert attention from the real public issues to create a sentimental atmosphere in view of the UP Assembly elections to be held eight months later, are very regrettable.”He said, “Our Constitution gives every citizen the right to choose, practice and propagate the religion of his choice. No one can deprive him of this right. Making unfounded allegation of terrorism and threaten to invoke stringent laws like NSA and seizure of property are tantamount to challenge the democracy and the Indian Constitution.” Urging justice loving people, organizations and the political parties to raise their voices against such injustices, Prof. Salim Engineer said that they should take steps to protect the rights of citizens.

 

 Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind-M leader Maulana Mahmood Madani has said that the manner in which Omar Gautam and others have been arrested on charges of forcible conversion and the way in which the media is presenting the case is highly reprehensible. He said, "in the case of minorities and weaker sections, it has become a common trend for the media to become judges and present them as criminals. In the past, a similar attitude was adopted towards the Tablighi Jamaat. As a result, those who are accused have to suffer a lot, and the people associated with them have to suffer a lot, and later when the courts acquit them, the same media shrouds them." He said that Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind will pursue the case of Omar Gautam and others in court.

 

Senior member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board Maulana Kalbe Jawad has raised questions over the working of ATS and has asked for a fair investigation. He said, “the arrest by UP ATS is not correct many times and there should be a fair investigation of this whole matter. Also, it should be kept in mind that no innocent person is punished.”

 

Condemning the arrest, Dr Zafarul Islam Khan said, "Umar Gautam’s issue is not his personal. He was doing his work well within his rights, as per Article 25 of the constitution. If he has done something wrong, then it should be investigated in a transparent manner. But the media trial and UP government’s eagerness to implicate him indicates that the matter is something else. In fact, they want to prepare ground for UP election, create Hindu-Muslim polarization and spark communal riots. This type of hype is necessary for all this."

 

Prominent civil rights body Association for protection of civil rights (APCR) has called their arrest an attack on the citizens' right to freedom of religion  of the country. APCR General Secretary Malik Mutasim Khan, said, "the recent arrests of Maulana Umar and Qazi Jahangir are not isolated incidents but the result of concerted efforts by the UP government through its agencies and laws over the past few years to end the right to freedom to change one's religion or belief."

 

In a statement one of the largest students  bodies, Students Islami Organisation of India (SIO) said, "we strongly condemn Mohammad Umar Gautam and Mufti Jahangir Qasmi's arrest and appeal for their immediate release. The state government and a section of media is using this case for their own vested political interests and to fan communal hatred."

19 May 2021

Indian socio-religious leaders come out to denounce Israel’s massacre of innocent Palestinians

 



New Delhi, 19 May 2021: Prominent Indian socio-religious leaders have denounced Israel’s massacre of innocent Palestinians, in an online press conference under the banner 'Indian Friends for Palestine'. They issued a joint statement today in solidarity with the Palestinian cause.

 

Addressing the press conference, former MP Mr K.C. Tyagi and member of the Executive Committee of Parliamentarians for Al Quds (Jerusalem) said: “We should look at this issue from a humanitarian perspective, not a religious one. The current conflict and Palestinian protests in Jerusalem are due to Israel's aggressive expansionist policies and actions on the ground. The current unrest erupted when the Israeli government, in violation of all international laws and treaties, launched a campaign to forcibly evict the Palestinians living in Sheikh Jarrah and other neighborhoods near Al-Aqsa Mosque. We welcome the announcement by Mr. TS Tirumurti, India's Representative to the UN Security Council, that India fully supports the just cause of Palestine”.

 

Acting General Secretary of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, who also convened the PC, pointed out that: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque is a holy place for Muslims all over the world and their religious sentiments are associated with it. The city of Al Quds (Jerusalem) is important for three major religions of the world. Therefore, Israel has no authority to change the demography or status of the city and its structures”.

 

President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Syed Sadatullah Husaini urged: “All justice-loving countries of the world should not merely condemn this blatant aggression, but also to take all the steps that the United Nations Charter entitles them for seeking appropriate action against hostile and lawless nations. They must pressurize Israel and impose strict economic and diplomatic sanctions against it. The Zionist rulers and soldiers of Israel must be indicted and put on trial for war crimes in the International Court of Justice for their atrocities in Gaza and other Palestinian territories”.

 

Fully endorsing the position of ‘Indian Friends for Palestine’, former parliamentarian and General Secretary of Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind, Maulana Mahmood Madani said: "The main reason for most of the Palestinian protests and intifadas (resistance movements) are the unprovoked attacks on Gaza by Israel, its daily atrocities against Palestinian civilians, and its covert and open diplomatic activities in the Middle East. Israel has been violating many UN resolutions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Even in bilateral agreements, Israel has a history of backtracking on its commitments. Israeli political class and its rulers intensify their aggression from time to time to subvert focus from their local political problems".

 

Renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Sajjad Nomani pointed out that: “These heinous acts are being concealed from the world and attempts are being made to publicize the Palestinian resistance operations unilaterally. The way journalists are being targeted and their offices being demolished to keep the world unaware of the truth and facts on the ground is a serious challenge to the whole free world. I call upon all justice loving countries including the Arab world to take the lead in resolving this crisis as soon as possible".

 

General Secretary of All India Milli Council Dr. Manzoor Alam said: "The immediate solution to this problem is to swiftly end the Israeli occupation of Al-Quds and other occupied Palestinian territories and to force Israel to stop all its cruel and aggressive intentions and actions. The United Nations must play its role in stopping Israel. Israel's actions are illegal, against all international treaties and equivalent to war crimes against the whole world".

 

Addressing the press conference, rector of Darul UloomWaqf Deoband Maulana Muhammad Sufyan Qasmi has said that he supported the stand taken by the group and hops that the Palestinians get justice and are liberated from the illegal occupation of Israel.

 

Others who also addressed the online press conference include Maharishi Goswami SushilJi Maharaj, Dr. M D Thomas, General Secretary of Press Club of India Mr. Vinay Kumar, and senior journalist and commentator Mr. Santosh Bhartiya.

 

Full text of the Joint Statement:

We strongly condemn Israel's aggression and barbaric atrocities against Palestinian civilians. These violent attacks are now being carried out by Israel almost every year. Israel's intentions regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the entire Jerusalem have not been sincere since the day it occupied the land of Palestine. It wants to occupy a large area of West Bank and completely annex Al Quds (Jerusalem) as well. It is working towards changing the historical character, geography and demography of Palestine.

The current conflict and Palestinian protests in Jerusalem are due to Israel's aggressive expansionist policies and actions on the ground. The current unrest erupted when the Israeli government, in violation of all international laws and treaties, launched a campaign to forcibly evict the Palestinians living in Sheikh Jarrah and other neighbourhoods near Al-Aqsa Mosque. Israel is illegally occupying Palestinian homes and lands, displacing native Palestinian and new colonies of Israeli settlers are being established here. The Palestinians responded to these aggressive intentions of the Zionist regime and fought back this new series of forcible evictions and atrocities.

The main reason for most of the Palestinian protests and intifadas (resistance movements) are the unprovoked attacks on Gaza by Israel, its daily atrocities against Palestinian civilians, and its covert and open diplomatic activities in the Middle East. Israel has been violating many UN resolutions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Even in bilateral agreements, Israel has a history of backtracking on its commitments. Israeli political class and its rulers intensify their aggression from time to time to subvert focus from their local political problems. Thus, Israel has a long history of all these atrocities.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is a holy place for Muslims all over the world and their religious sentiments are associated with it. The city of Al Quds (Jerusalem) is important for three major religions of the world. Therefore, Israel has no authority to change the demography or status of the city and its structures.  Israel's actions are illegal, against all international treaties and equivalent to war crimes against the whole world.

These heinous acts are being concealed from the world and attempts are being made to publicize the Palestinian resistance operations unilaterally. The way journalists are being targeted and their offices being demolished to keep the world unaware of the truth and facts on the ground is a serious challenge to the whole free world. We support the way our country's reputable media organizations, the Editors Guild of India, the Press Association and Press Club of India, etc. have condemned it and call on media organizations around the world to speak with one voice against this barbarism.

The immediate solution to this problem is to swiftly end the Israeli occupation of Al-Quds and other occupied Palestinian territories and to force Israel to stop all its cruel and aggressive intentions and actions.

We call on Arab and Muslim countries to unite and come forward to protect Palestine and the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to play an active diplomatic role in forcing Israel to desist from these atrocities.

We call on all justice-loving countries of the world not to merely condemn this blatant aggression, but also to take all the steps that the United Nations Charter entitles them for seeking appropriate action against hostile and lawless nations. They must pressurize Israel. Impose strict economic and diplomatic sanctions against it. The Zionist rulers and soldiers of Israel must be indicted and put on trial for war crimes in the International Court of Justice for their atrocities in Gaza and other Palestinian territories.

The Government of India has always been against the expansionist ambitions of the colonial powers and under this policy, it has always supported the Palestinian liberation movement and the rights of the oppressed Palestinians. We welcome the announcement by Mr. TS Tirumurti, India's Representative to the UN Security Council, that India fully supports the just cause of Palestine. We rightfully expect and demand that our government, in keeping with this historic declaration, play a key and effective role in ending Israel's oppression of Palestine.

The signatories to the joint statement:

·       Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, Acting General Secretary, All India Muslim Personal Law Board.

·       Mr K. C. Tyagi, Member of Executive Committee of Parliamentarians for Al Quds.

·       Maharishi Bhrigu Pithadhishwar GoswamiSushil Ji Maharaj, National Convener of Bhartiya Sarva Dharma Sansad.

·       Dr. M D Thomas, Founder Director of Institute of Harmony & Peace Studies, New Delhi.

·       Mr. Syed Sadatullah Husaini, President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.

·       Maulana MahmoodMadani, General Secretary of JamiatUlema-i-Hind.

·       Maulana Muhammad Sufyan Qasmi,  Rector of Darul UloomWaqf Deoband.

·       Dr. Manzoor Alam, General Secretary, All India Milli Council.

·       Maulana Khalil-ur-Rehman Sajjad Nomani, Director, Imam Shah Waliullah Academy.

·       Mr. Vinay Kumar, General Secretary of Press Club of India.

·       Mr. Santosh Bhartiya, senior journalist and commentator.

 

12 April 2021

'Absolutely frivolous' says top court while dismissing Wazim Rizvi's Plea Seeking Removal Of 26 Verses From Quran, imposing Rs 50,000 fine

 


New Delhi, 12 Apr. 2021: The Supreme Court today dismissed a writ petition filed by former UP Shia Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi seeking removal of certain verses from the Holy Quran.

 

According to livelaw.in, a three-Judge Bench headed by Justice RF Nariman and comprising of Justice BR Gavai and Justice Hrishikesh Roy dismissed the writ petition observing, "this is an absolutely frivolous writ petition". The Court has also imposed Rs. 50000/- as costs on the petitioner for filing the petition. When the matter was taken, Justice Nariman asked the counsel if he was serious about the petition."Are you pressing the petition? Are you seriously pressing the petition?", Justice Nariman asked at the outset.

 

Rizvi, in his plea, alleged that certain verses in the Quran are a threat to the sovereignty, unity, and integrity of the country.  The bench was not at all inclined to entertain the matter and proceeded to dismiss it with Rs 50,000 costs, after terming the petition 'absolutely frivolous'.