[Mahmood Madani addressing the Husool-e-Insaf Conference organised by Jamiat Ulema Hind at Meerut on February 14, 2016. Jamiat Ulema President Arshad Madani is also seen on the dias.]
New Delhi: With Arshad Madani sharing dais with him after about seven years and in the presence of over 100,000 people, Jamiat-e-Ulema General Secretary Mahmood Madani warned the BJP led government in New Delhi against dividing Muslims on sectarian lines.
"Stop making conspiracy against the Muslim community and concentrate on inclusive development of the nation", Mahmood Madani said while addressing the Jamiat-e-Ulema conference held at Faiz-e-Aam Inter Colleg in Meerut on Sunday.
Reiterating that "Muslims are Indian by choice not by chance", Mahmood Madani said, "We have upper hand living in India and those asking Muslims to leave for Pakistan should themselves be deported".
In a direct reference to what he called as a "so called Sufi group" criticism and attack against Deobandi and Wahabi sects in recently concluded conference in New Delhi, Mahmood Madani said that some forces are trying to widen the gap between different Muslim sects with a motive of aggravating the already downtrodden community.
"We would like to emphatically announce from this platform that we will no allow such conspiracy to succeed, whatever sacrifice we had to make", he asserted.
“Barelvis are our brothers in Islam. Our doors are always open to them. We ask them to come to us at their own terms. We are ready to work under their leadership", he said.
He also urged the Muslim youths to follow Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) and repent from evils.
“Instead shouting against those who insulted our Prophet (peace be upon him), we should at least revive one Sunnah of him", he said.
The conference which witnessed more than 100,000 Muslims gathering from differtent parts of country especially Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, demanded from the UP government led by Akhilesh Kumar to bring legislation to grant reservation for the Muslim community.
"This should be done holding Muslims, socially, economically and educationally backward, and on the pattern of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Kerala", Madani said.
Maintaining that the Samajawadi Party’s promise of 18 percent reservation was technically and legally wrong that can never be meant for fulfilling, Madani warned the Akhilesh government against befooling the minority community.
The conference was significant becuase Jamiat-e-Ulema President Arshad Madani, shared the dais with his nephew Mahmood Madani after about seven years.
Madanis were at war with each other following the power struggle between the two after the death of Asad Madani.
Efforts of reconciliation were on since last few months for the merger of the two factions. They intensifies last month when after a meeting between Arshad Madani and Mahmood Madani the two factions agreed to withdraw cases filed against each other.
The two also agreed to work for the merger in due course.