Mumbai: The reconciliation efforts which began six months ago to reunite the two factions of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind — led by uncle-nephew duo Arshad Madani and Mahmood Madani, a former Rajya Sabha member, have been intensified, informed sources.
The efforts to merge the two groups that split seven years ago took a meaningful turn Sunday after they agreed on some key issues cause of dispute and agreed to resolve the remaining as early as possible, sources closed to Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind top leadership revealed to ummid.com.
Sources also said that the two warring factions would file on January 21, 2016 applications in court to withdraw cases filed against each other.
It is also learnt that a formal announcement on the merger of the two Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind factions is expected any time after January 21.
In reply to a question regarding the peace efforts between the two Jamiat factions, Arshad Madani confirmed that the two groups have agreed on various issues but declined to divulge much. In reply to a question regarding the peace efforts between the two Jamiat factions, Arshad Madani confirmed that the two groups have agreed on various issues but declined to divulge much. At the same time, he hinted that some announcement is expected after January 21.
Mahmood Madani and Dhubri MP and President of AIUDF Badruddin Ajmal Qasmi, who is also a senior Jamiat functionary, had met Arshad Madani on July 22, 2015 with a “peace proposal”. The two sides had later agreed to work on the contours of the reconciliation.
The peace overtures were formally approved by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind working committee on the same day.
In December last, over 200 scholars and Darul Uloom Deoband fraternity had made a passionate appeal to Arshad Madani and Mahmood Madani to shun their differences and unite in the midst of challenges facing the Muslims in India and abroad.
"In this critical hour and time of crisis, both at the national and global levels, Muslims of this country and especially we, the hundreds of the graduates of Darul Uloom Deoband, Markazul Ma'arif and similar institutions are looking with hope towards Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind", they wrote in a letter addressed to the two senior most leaders of Muslims in India.
"We are constantly keeping our eyes on national and international incidents and media reports about Muslims in India and abroad. Under the influence of extreme anguish and restlessness, we humbly request you to unite Jamiat Ulama-e Hind, the premier Muslim organisation founded by the pioneering nationalist Islamic scholars of this country", they wrote.
"To us, only the unity of Jamiat can somehow ensure a stronger leadership and a louder voice for common Muslim masses in India to successfully fight for our identity and Indian unity", they added.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind split into two groups after the death of former president of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind Asad Madani because of the dispute between his brother Arshad Madani and son Mahmood Madani over the leadership of India's largest Muslim organisation.