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COUNCIL - USA
National Muslim Organizations Endorse IMC's Appeal to Observe Second Week
of Ramadan as Gujarat Genocide Remembrance Week and the Second Jumah as
Gujarat Genocide Memorial Day
New York, 2 November, 2002: Indian Muslim Council-USA, a national
human rights group for the rights of Indian minorities has appealed to
American Mosques and Islamic organizations to observe the second week of
Ramadan as Gujarat Genocide Remembrance week and the second Jumah as
Gujarat Genocide Memorial Day. IMC website www.IMC-USA.org will have a
Jumah Khutba posted on it in case the mosques need any such assistance.
This appeal is endorsed by national Muslim organizations, CAIR, ISNA, ICNA,
AMC and IMRC.
Earlier this year, in Gujarat, India, the Hindu-fascist government killed
thousands of Muslims, including little children and even unborn babies by
burning them alive or hacking them to pieces. Hundreds of young girls and
women were gang-raped and then brutally killed.
What is even more disturbing is, emboldened by the silence of the world,
these terrorists are openly threatening Muslims with more genocides,
unless they abandon Islam. This threat is so serious that, Amnesty
International has issued an urgent warning.***
Another matter of great concern is the infiltration of these terrorists
and fascists in the highest power centers in the US including media and
the Congress. They are contributing to the growing hatred against Muslims
and Islam in the U.S. A visit to their website, www.hinduunity.org will
reveal that these extremists groups are working closely with known
"As you can see the challenge is huge. But we have no choice",
said Dr. Shaik Ubaid, the IMC president. "Remember Quran teaches us
that saving one life is like saving the whole humanity; in India today,
millions of lives are in danger. We will be held accountable both by Allah
SWT and by coming generations if we fail to act now. IMC, therefore, has
decided to meet this challenge. We have full trust in Allah. The
assurances of firm support from Muslim communities and our track record
reassures us. In a short time, alhamdulillah, IMC was able to achieve some
Dr. Ubaid further appealed to the mosques and Islamic centers in his
Ramadan appeal: "May this blessed month find you, your family and
loved ones in the best of Imaan and health. May Allah Subhanahu wa Ta`ala
accept all your fasts, prayers and charity.
In this month, when the hearts of the believers are softer and we tend to
be more sensitive to the sufferings of our fellow humans, especially
Muslims, I request you to remember the 180 million Muslims of India, the
second biggest group of our ummah, in your duas. We need your help in
preventing more genocides by the Hitler loving Hindutva-fascists who have
promised to make India a second Spain for Muslims".
IMC was launched after the merger of three advocacy groups that were
formed after the Gujarat genocide. These were ImanNet, IMAC and IMPACT.
For the first time we saw a full merger of Muslim organizations,
alhamdulillah! We united to be more effective in their campaign to save
India's minorities from the Hindutva-fascists who admire Hitler and his
Grass Root Advocacy:
§ IMC-USA launched a nationwide protest campaign urging the State
Department and United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
to condemn Gujarat massacres and declare VHP as a terrorist organization.
The campaign resulted in USCIRF & State Department releasing strong
reports against religious violence in India.
§ Countered massive Hindutva campaign to stop screening the PBS
documentary "Soul of a Nation" on Gujarat massacres.
§ Launched an effective campaign against the fundraising activities of
the Hindutva-fascist propagandist, Sadhavi Rithambara in the U.S.
§ Produced and mass distributed three full color brochures and 50 alerts
in a quantity of 250,000 on Gujarat genocide. These were also sent to U.S.
policy makers, opinion makers, activists and clergy .
§ Met and briefed US Senators and Congresspersons.
Education & Outreach
§ IMC issues weekly news digest and periodic alerts through e-mails.
§ Brought Gujarat genocide to the forefront of national Muslim
conventions and got resolutions on Gujarat passed.
§ Briefed the leadership of National Muslim organizations in the US about
the dangers of Hindutva-fascism.
§ Organized numerous lectures, photo exhibits, teach-ins and seminars in
mosques, churches and college campuses, all over the US about the Gujarat
genocide and the dangers the Hindutva-fascists pose to Indian minorities
and to world peace.
§ Meets regularly with representatives of U.S. Human Rights groups as
well as religious leaders.
§ Works closely with other Indian minorities, moderate Hindus and Women
§ IMC has archived more that 6000 articles on Hindutva-fascism that could
be used for research.
Full Time Office in Washington
The Hindutva-fascists are getting well entrenched and are infiltrating US
govt.'s institutions and other power bases. They work closely with
anti-Muslim terrorist organizations. IMC will need a full time office to
IMC intends to compile of all statements and activities by the fascists
both here and in India. It will help IMC in getting these groups banned as
Gujarat Genocide Anniversary
Compile all the reports and update on legal and relief work in book form
that will be sent to politicians, media and other opinion makers
College Campuses Campaign
Educate Campus activists on the dangers of Hindutva-fascism and mobilize
them to fight this dangerous and hateful philosophy.
Gujarat will be repeated: Ashok Sanghal, president, VHP (World Hindu
Praveen Togadia, secretary general of VHP threatened "garlands of
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