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Mahmood Madani dares govt to ban Jamiat-e-Ulema
Darul-Uloom Rector Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani too cricises BJP MLA's statement, terms it 'inflammatory'
Saturday December 13, 2014 11:32 AM, Staff Reporter

In a strong reaction to the outrageous remarks by Ashish Shelar, BJP's Mumbai unit president and the party MLA from Bandra (West) made in the Maharashtra assembly, Muslim leaders across the country slammed the government even challenging it to ban the Jamiat-e-Ulema.

Mahmood Madani

"I dare you to ban the Jamiat-e-Ulema", Mahmood Madani, former MP and General Secretary of the Jamiat-e-Ulema said while talking to reporters in Deoband.

"Those who do not have any contribution in India's freedom struglle are making ridiculous and outrageous demands. I challenge the government to ban the Jamiat-e-Ulema", he said.

Darul-Uloom Rector Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani too cricised the BJP MLA's statement and termed it 'inflammatory'.

"The history of the India's freedom struggle is incomplete without the Jamiat-e-Ulema. Any demand to ban such an organisation will be against the secualr values of the country", he said.

BJP MLA Ashish Shelar had on Thursday said the Jamiat-e-Ulema is promoting 'terrorism' in the country and there is a need to ban this organisation.

"The Jamiat-e-Ulema collects huge donations to fight the cases of people arrested in terror related cases. It promotes terrorism in the country. It should be banned without further delay", Shelar said in the Maharashtra assembly's winter session.

Participating in the debate on the law and order situation, Shelar also said that the Maharashtra Jamiat-e-Ulema is not a registered body, and alleged that its president Gulzar Azmi and his 'brother' Mustaqeem Azmi have links with Chhota Shakeel gang.

"These are serious charges, and there is an urgent need to probe them. If found necessary, the Jamiat-e-Ulema should be banned", he said.

His statement was opposed and condemned by the Mulsim MLAs present in the house.

"India's first education minister and one of the leading figures in the country's freedom struggle Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was president of the Jamia-e-Ulema. The country's top leaders including Mahatma Gandhi have graced the Jamiat-e-Ulema sessions. Defamatory remarks against such an organisation are unacceptable", Asif Shaikh Rasheed, Congress MLA from Malegaon (Central) assembly seat, said in the house.

Asif Shaikh also said that the Jamiat only helped those who are implicated in 'false' terror cases. He also said the Jamiat with the help of donations it collects, helps the victims affected by natural calamities.

He demanded apology from the BJP MLA and also from Chief Minister Fadnavis for the outrageous remarks.

the Jamiat-e-Ulema Maharashtra also condemned Shelar's allegations and said the Jamiat has helped victims irrespective of their religion.

"Along with Muslims, the Jamiat has helped some Hindu accused also who were framed in wrong cases", Jamiat legal advisor Shahid Nadeem Ansari said while talking to

He also said Gulzar Azmi is the Secretary of the Jamiat-e-Ulema Legal Cell whereas Mustaqueem Azmi is its president. The two are not brothers as claimed by Shelar.

"They have no link with Chhota Shakeel or his gang. They are also not brothers", he said.

He also said 30% of the Jamiat's Education Aid goes to Hindus.

He also said that the Jamiat is not providing any legal aid to Abu Jindal, the accused in the 26/11 terror case, as claimed by Shelar.

"Shelar's allegations are bundle of lies. It can be verified from the court documents that the Jamiat has not provided any legal to Jindal", he said.

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