Mumbai: People from all
communities gathered here Sunday afternoon to resolve to jointly
celebrate Prophet Mohammed's birth anniversary and pray for the
victims of Saturday night's Pune terror attack.
for the Pune victims, a unique campaign was announced to bring
together Muslims and Hindus to jointly celebrate the birth
anniversary of the Prophet, said one of the organisers, Ejaz Ahmed
Aslam, the secretary of Jamaat-E-Islami.
campaign - 'Mohammed For All' - will introduce the last Prophet of
Allah and reject the belief that that he is only for the Muslims.
The 12-day campaign, likely to touch over 20 million people in
Maharashtra, will start Feb 17," Aslam told IANS.
anniversary of the Prophet will be celebrated this year on Feb 26.
speakers, including Aslam, National Communal Harmony Award recipient
Ram Puniyani, architect and social activist Pratima Joshi, religious
scholars and others highlighted the preaching of the Prophet and
"India is a
pluralistic society and we request all our brothers and sisters to
make attempts to understand Islam and the significance of the
Prophet's teachings which are universally valid," Jamaat-e-Islami
(Hind) state unit chief Nazar Mohammed Madu said.
Mohammed has come with the message of universal brotherhood, peace
and equality which are infinite in nature and should be implemented
by all humanity. It will be wrong to confine him to Muslims alone as
he stood and fought for a better, equal and just society," Maratha
Sewa Sangh chief Purushottam Khedekar said.
Hirdekar, who teaches at Shivaji University of Kolhapur, said
Prophet Mohammed's teaching are relevant to modern society even
after 1400 years.
he shunned casteism, and exploitation in the name of region,
religion and gender, supported rights of minors and opposed slavery
when it was an accepted way of life," Hirdekar said.
said the Jamaat has set up several groups consisting of leading
Muslim and non-Muslim personalities, intellectuals and activists of
social organisations, which will go around the state targeting
social evils like injustice, female foeticide, dowry, child labour,
alcoholism, corruption, human rights violations and terrorism.
The other co-organisers
of "Prophet For All" include clerics from different Muslim sects,
the Maratha Samaj, and the Satya Shodhak Samaj.