|ALL INDIA MUSLIM
Majlis-e-Amla, 9 August, 2003
New Delhi, 9 August, 2003:
The Markazi Majlis-e-Amla
(MMA) of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat held a meeting in New
Delhi on 9 August, 2003, with the President Mr. Syed Shahabuddin in Chair.
The meeting was attended by Maulana Mohd. Shafi Moonis, Vice-President,
Mr. A.R. Shervani, Treasurer, Mr. M.H. Ansari, Mr. Amanullah Khan, Mr.
Mohd. Sulaiman, Mr. Ejaz Aslam, all members and Mr.S.H. Abidi and Mr.
Navaid Hamid, Secretaries.
The MMA discussed the
national and international situation and adopted the following Statement.
Statement on National and
Babari Masjid Question
The Markazi Majlis-e-Amla
(MMA) endorses the decision of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board to
reject the proposal for unilateral and unconditional ‘gift’ of the
Babari Masjid site and reiterates its demand that since the Sangh Parivar
is not prepared for an honourable out-of-court settlement, the Union
Government should unequivocally fulfill its constitutional and legal duty
by advising the VHP and the rest of the Sangh Parivar to wait for and
honour the final judicial verdict and by making a public commitment to
implement without any reservation the Supreme Court’s judgement of 24
October, 1994, in letter and spirit.
The MMA expresses its
surprise and unhappiness at the emotional outburst by the Prime Minister
at the funeral of Pramhans Ram Chandra Das.
The MMA requests the
Supreme Court to review expeditiously its order to bifurcate the
Demolition Case in the interest of justice and instruct the State
Government to revise the notification in order to remove the technical
flaw so that the criminal case is expeditiously heard by the CBI Special
Court in Lucknow.
The MMA is surprised by
persistent refusal of Shri Kalyan Singh to depose before the Liberhan
Commission and considers his testimony essential for proper appraisal of
the circumstances leads to the Demolition.
Uniform Civil Code
The MMA has noted that the
obiter dicta of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has been seized
upon by the Sangh Parivar to revive the question of introduction of
Uniform Civil Code (UCC) and to replay its old game of Muslim-bashing. It
calls upon the proponents of the UCC first to introduce a
Uniform Tax Code and to achieve complete uniformity within the Hindu Code
and then endeavour to produce a draft UCC which shall take
into account the personal laws of various religious, caste and tribal
communities, for public discussion.
The MMA opposes the
proposed central legislation on cow slaughter as unconstitutional, and as
an indefensible burden on the public exchequer and as an electoral
Prosecution of Cases
relating to Gujarat Genocide
The MMA welcomes the
intervention of the NHRC and the Supreme Court in the Best Bakery Case and
calls upon the Commission to formally place all its Recommendations
relating to the Gujarat Massacre before the Supreme Court for appropriate
directives to the Union and State Governments. It also requests the NHRC
to take note of continuing displacement of thousands of families, the
terrorization and economic boycott of the community, particularly of those
engaged in social work, not to speak of deprivation and marginalisation,
harassment and humiliation.
The MMA is firmly of the
view that the OBC’s and the Muslim women should have separate sub-quotas
of 40% and 12.5% respectively in the proposed reservation for women in the
The MMA takes this
opportunity to reiterate its demand for due representation for the Muslim
community in legislatures, in higher and professional education, in public
employment, in distribution of benefits of development and welfare
programmes, in proportion to its population at the operational level.
National Secular Alliance
The MMA revives its call
for the formation of a National Secular Alliance and requests the
Congress, as the biggest secular party, to take the initiative to achieve
this objective at the national and state levels in the light of its
decision at Srinagar and Shimla.
It cautions the Muslim
voters against frittering away their political strength by supporting
unwinnable candidates, put up in many cases by new and rootless parties
with the support of hostile forces, to ensure the defeat of secular
The MMA urges the militant
groups in Jammu and Kashmir to abjure violence, thus permit steady
progress towards normalcy within the state and resumption of talks between
India and Pakistan for a political settlement which alone would bring
peace, progress and happiness to the long-suffering people.
The MMA also requests the
State Government expeditiously to inquire into the whereabouts of the
missing and make ex-gratia payment to the next-of-kin of those who are not
traceable for long as well as of the victims of custodial killings or
The MMA has taken note of
the flaws in the Bodoland Territorial Council Bill in respect of the
representation of the non-Bodos in the Council, inclusion of non-Bodo
majority border villages within Bodoland and protection of their
legitimate economic and social interests. It feels that the Agreement and
the Bill contain seeds of instability and advises the State Government to
ensure harmonious and cooperative relations between the Bodos and non-Bodos
within the Bodoland.
Right to Vote and Contest
The MMA considers it
imperative following the recent judgement of the Supreme Court that the
right to vote and the right to contest election to the legislatures and
the PRI’s be declared Fundamental Rights so that democratic institutions
are not under-mined on one excuse or the other and the weaker sections of
the people are not deprived of their basic democratic rights.
Trifurcation of Punjab
The MMA considers the
proposed trifurcation of the Punjab Wakf Board a risky venture which may
accelerate unlawful alienation of wakf properties under political pressure
to the detriment of the Muslim community, advises the Muslim communities
in Punjab and Haryana in particular, to form State and District Wakf
Protection Committees, constantly to monitor the situation of the local
wakfs and requests the Central Wakf Council to monitor the interests of
the community and intervene, as and when necessary.
Fraternization with Sangh Parivar
The MMA expresses its
indignation at the fraternization by the visiting Pakistani leader Maulana
Fazlur Rahman with the Sangh Parivar which has never concealed its
ideological and social hostility to the Muslim community and has
persistently engaged in denigration of Islam, the Quran and the Holy
The MMA regrets the slow
progress towards restoration of the sovereignty and independence of Iraq
and calls for immediate withdrawal of all occupation forces and transfer
of power to an interim government, representative of all sections and
regions of Iraq, to be installed by the UN.
The MMA denounces the
construction of security walls by Israel within the Arab occupied
territories as an unmistakable evidence of its intention to maintain its
illegal settlements and thus reduce the proposed State of Palestine to a
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