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Wednesday June 5, 2013 9:27 AM, Pervez Bari, ummid.com

The Muslim community, which is in great disarray as it has been dubbed with the tag of terrorism, must close ranks and fight back spiritedly the curse foisted upon it by the administration and media. This can only be possible when the different sects of Muslims sink their differences and join hands to face the challenges together to refurbish the image of the community.

This was the gist of the conference on the topic of "Tehreek Ittehad-e-Millat" in which the speakers stressed the need for unity among Muslims. Speakers after speakers said that due to the differences among Muslims on petty issues the community is becoming weaker day by day. Now the time has come to remove these differences and unite under the banner of La Ilaha Illallah Muhammad Rasulallah.

The conference was held in Mumbai at Amrit Nagar, Jogeshwari under the aegis of Qaumi Majils-e-Shura, Amrit Nagar, Young Welfare Association, Milli Council United Welfare and Education Federation, a Press release stated.

Speaking on this occasion President, Ittehad-e-Millat Council, Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan of Bareilly said that in spite of the differences on religious grounds among different Muslim sects there is unity among the Muslims. Unity among different sects of the Muslims is the need of the hour. He said that now a days it is a fashion to brand Muslims as terrorist but I am sure that no devout Muslim can be a terrorist. He called upon the masses to secure their rights in democratic India but for that they will have to be a practicing Muslim. He said that late Hemant Karkare, sacrificed his life for exposing the enemies of India.

Prof. Saud Alam Qasmi, Dean, Faculty of Theology, AMU, Aligarh, said that when the house is burning then the need is to extinguish the fire unitedly instead of accusing each other. Those who talk about disunity are carrying the legacy of Pharoh and those who talk about unity are the followers of Islam. Islam always stresses on unity and never encourages disunity among the followers. Prof. Qasmi said that, theologically there is great difference between the Christians and Jews and history tells us that there are 118 sects among Christians but now there is complete unity among Christians and they are the protectors of the Jews throughout the world. Muslims should take lessons from them and try to minimize their differences.

President, Sir Syed Awareness Forum and Law Professor from AMU, Dr. Shakeel Samdani said that the conference is very important form Milli point of view and especially for Mumbai and its suburb because the conference is being convened to motivate the people for Unity among the Muslims. The population of Muslims is about 15 per cent in India. If the Muslims divide themselves in sects, castes and regions it will be suicidal for them and their political importance will diminish and it will pave the way for anti-Muslim forces to swallow them.

Dr. Samdani, in his emotional and inspiring speech said that no Muslim should be prevented from offering prayer in any mosque, this is anti Islamic. Similarly on the question of Imamat in any funeral prayer there should be no quarrel among the followers of different schools of Islamic jurisprudence. Muslims should desist from such activities.

He exhorted Muslims to sink their differences and work for the unity of Muslim Ummah. He requested the masses to understand the importance of legal education for Muslims in India. He told the audience that acquiring legal knowledge is very important for the Muslims as they are confronting those problems, which can be solved only by legal means. Muslims need large number of competent lawyers and efficient judges. This is only possible when Muslims join law courses in large numbers.

In his presidential remarks Maulana Shoaib Koti said that educated Muslim youth are disunited and frustrated. For their future it is the duty of Muslim Ummah to unite itself.

Maulana Abdul Jalil Ansari 'MAKKI', vice president, Jamaat Ahl-e-Hadith, Mumbai, while explaining the aims and objects of the conference said that due to the disunity among Muslims the net result will be humiliation and loss of the community. On this occasion Sufi Noor Mohammad, Daud Khan, also expressed their views.

The program was conducted by Sarfaraz Arzoo, Editor, Hindustan Daily. Convener of the program Azimuddin Syed proposed a vote of thanks. The important personalities present on the dais were Advocate Zubair Ahmed, Farid Khan, Tanveer Alam, President, AMU Alumini Association, Maharashtra, Syed Hurmul ,Advocate Mohammad Ali Ansari, Shafi Wasan, Salman Siddiqui, Corporator Changez Multani. The program lasted for about four hours and it was attended by Ulema, intellectuals, social workers, students and others. (pervezbari@eth.net)


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