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Muslim Islamic NewsResolutions of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat

Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat, 11 February, 2006


The MMA expresses its deep sense of sorrow at the demise of Dr. A.U. Shaikh, Educationist, Administrator, Mumbai, Justice Shamsul Hasan, Retired Judge High Court, Patna, 23.12.2005, Dr. Abdullah Abbas Nadvi, Islamic Scholar and Educationist, Meena, 1.1.2006, Dr. Zaki Badami, Islamic Scholar, London, 24.1.2006, Dr.Akhtar Husain, Physician and CFM, Chicago, 31.1.2006, Mr. Mohd. Wali Khan, Pathan Leader and Maulana Asad Madani, President, JUH, Delhi, 6.2.2006.

The MMA offers its condolences to the bereaved families and prays to Allah for the Maghferat of the departed souls.

On Aligarh Muslim University

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat (MMM) has been shocked and surprised by the Judgements of the Allahabad High Court on the declaration of the AMU (Amendment) Act, 1981 and the denial of minority status to the AMU. However, the MMM shares the feelings of Muslim community but remains optimistic that the dark clouds shall be dissipated before the next academic session begins if either the Supreme Court, on appeal by the University and the Union Government, restores the minority character or, if necessary, the Union Government promptly translates its repeated commitment into appropriate legislative measures.

The MMM suggests to the AMU authorities as well as the Union Government to coordinate their appeal to the Supreme Court and that they simultaneously work on suitable amendments to the Constitution as well as the AMU Act of 1987 to place it beyond any doubt that the phrase ‘educational institution of their choice’ in Article 30(1) includes a university and that the AMU is a minority educational institution, established by the Muslim community and incorporated by the AMU Act of 1920.

The MMM appeals to the Muslim community not to allow itself to be exploited by political adventurers by launching an agitation but to help build up a national consensus by placing its point of view before the people, the Union Government, the important political parties and the mass media.

On Ministry of Minority Affairs

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat (MMM) welcomes the creation of the Ministry of Minority Affairs as the realization of an idea which it has espoused consistently for many years and hopes that all government institutions and schemes which relate exclusively to the minorities shall be transferred to the Ministry and that it shall also be given to monitor the benefits that access to the minorities under other general schemes and common institutions.

The MMM welcomes the appointment of a senior leader of the stature and experience of Shri A.R. Antulay as the first Minister for Minority Affairs and suggests that he should establish a National Advisory Council on Minority Affairs, which should include, inter alia, the heads of Muslim organizations and institutions and personalities of national eminence.

The MMM thanks the Prime Minister for this innovative step and reiterates its suggestion to take the initiative for the formation of a Joint Parliamentary Committee on Minority Affairs. The MMM also takes the opportunity to request the Minister of Finance to august the grant-in-aid to various minorities institutions and the Planning Commission, while formulating the XI Plan, to pay due and proper attention to the welfare and development of the minorities.

On the Communal Violence Bill, 2005

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat (MMM) has taken note of the assurance by the Minister of Home Affairs to give due and transparent consideration to all public suggestions on additions, deletions and alterations to the Draft Bill to make it not only comprehensive but also adequate to meet the demand of the situation.

The MMM has tried its best to formulate a Muslim consensus on the Bill and authorizes the President to submit a Memorandum as soon as possible to the Minister of Home Affairs containing its suggestions for improving the Bill from the point of view of the communities which have been generally targetted in such violence.

On the National Commission on Minority Educational Institutions (Amendment) Ordinance, 2005

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat (MMM) appreciates the expeditious manner in which the NCMEI Act, 2005 has been amended by an Ordinance to make it more effective and thanks the Minister of Human Resource Development for fulfilling his assurance.

The MMM takes this opportunity also to express its deep appreciation to the Union Government for exempting minority educational institutions from reservation in favour of the Backward Classes in all government-aided institutions and reiterates its demand that there should be reservation in all government and government-aided institutions in favour of religious minorities in every State in proportion to their proportion in population.

On Creation of National Wakf Development Corporation and Restoration of Punjab Wakf Board

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat (MMM) demands the establishment of a National Wakf Development Corporation with adequate capital with an organic link with similar Corporations in all States of Wakf concentration.

The MMM also urges the Union Government to restore the Inter-state Wakf Board covering Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and U.T. of Chandigarh because after its break up none of the States have been able to form viable State Wakf Boards in accordance with the Wakf Act, 1995 because of limited Muslim population. This has caused immense distress and handicap to the management and progress of religious institutions in three States and one U.T. The MMM also demands that similar inter-state Wakf Boards be established in other regions, particularly in the N.E. and in the case of other U.T’s.

The MMM also urges an amendment to the Wakf Act, 1995, to raise the status of the Central Wakf Council from that to an attached office to the Ministry of Welfare to that of an autonomous body and establish organic linkages between the Central Wakf Council and the State Wakf Board.

On Sighting of Moon

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat (MMM) is shocked by increasing clash of opinion among various religious bodies on sighting of the first moon in various parts of the country. Sometimes rival bodies in the same state or place announce different dates. Such sectarianism and the absence of coordination makes the Muslim community an object of ridicule.

The MMM appeals to the religious bodies of national eminence to devise a national as well as regional set-up consisting of Ulema of all schools to appoint suitable persons for moon sight in all important district towns and obtain and convey to them in advance the astronomical data on when and where to look for the first moon and the duration of its visibility.

On Sectarian Violence

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat (MMM) takes this opportunity to deplore the rise in sectarian violence, particularly caused by rivalry for control of Masjids. The MMM solemnly declares that all Masjids are open to all Muslims, irrespective of sect, baradari or organization and that the management committees should be appointed democratically from among the representatives of all sects living in the vicinity of the Masjid.

On Jammu and Kashmir Question

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat (MMM) welcomes the initiative by the Prime Minister of holding dialogue with all political elements and social groups in the State of J&K.

The MMM has noted that while both India and Pakistan are taking confidence-building measures, they do not appear to have made much headway for the settlement of the Kashmir dispute. The MMM suggests that the Government should place all suggestions made by our think tanks or by Pakistan and by Kashmiri leaders before the people for a free debate which alone can build a national consensus on possible and viable approach towards a final settlement. The MMM also proposes systematic consultation by the Government with major political parties as well as eminent opinion-makers.

On Palestinian Election

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat (MMM) is of the considered view that the democratic mandate given by the Palestinian people to the Hamas must be respected and they should be permitted to form the Government, notwithstanding any reservation expressed by Israel or by the USA.

The MMM also urges that the Hamas that once formed its Government should take up the thread of negotiation with Israel as well as the UN and other States involved without any precondition. Such negotiations following a cease-fire and resumption of normal movement of people and goods shall imply de facto mutual recognition, without Israel formally abandoning the concept of Ertz-Israel or the Hamas, any legitimate rights of the Palestinians.

On IAEA’s Resolution against Iran

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat (MMM) of the AIMMM deplores the decision of the Executive Board of the IAEA on 4 February 2006 to refer the Iran case to the United Nations Security Council, while diplomatic negotiations were still in progress. Since Iran has not violated the NPT by undertaking enrichment of uranium and by all accounts it is still years’ away from the production of nuclear weapons, even if it so intends and also because Iran’s negotiation with Russia for outsourcing the enrichment of uranium were still in progress, the MMM regrets that India voted in favour of the resolution. This vote is being universally seen as submission to U.S pressure.

The MMM has, however, noted that the Resolution gives another 4 weeks for diplomatic negotiations before the Security Council considers the Iran case, and, for once, calls upon all States of the region to stop production of weapon of mass destruction. This provides an opportunity for the Security Council to take note of the growing nuclear arsenal of Israel, which, not having signed the NPT, has been freely developing nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction without let or hindrance.

The MMM feels that to make the region free from all weapons of mass destruction, the international community must pressurise Israel to declare its stockpile and facilities and stop production and stop piling all nuclear weapons. Unless this is done, all States in the region, whose collective military strength does not match Israel’s will continue their quest of security in all possible ways.

On Blasphemy against the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in Europe

The Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat (MMM) strongly condemns with deep indignation the publication of caricatures of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) by a Danish paper and its re-publication in several European papers and looks upon it as a despicable expression of Islamophobia which has been on the rise in the West particularly after 9/11 and as a provocative move, designed to humiliate the Muslims and to misrepresent Islam and to incite hatred and contempt against them among the people of the West who are for peace have opposed war against Muslim States

The MMM rejects the justification for this deliberate act of blasphemy in terms of Freedom of Press. All freedoms have limits and entail responsibility and sensitivity to the values and interests of the others.

The MMM considers that all European states in one form or the other practice double standards and Islamophobia has behind it the West’s historic hostility to the world of Islam.

The MMM realizes that the West is not prepared to countenance the resistance of Muslim communities to cultural assimilation at the cost of their religious identity but the plurality of the world today demands mutual respect and tolerance and nationalism calls for national integration but not assimilation.

The MMM fully supports the right of the Muslim world to register its protest but is convinced that an excessive and violent response, which is against the tenets of Islam, only serves the agenda of those elements in the West which are writing a scenario for eventual collision between Islam and the West.

The MMM, therefore, urges Muslim communities all over the world, and particularly in India, to eschew violence and articulate their feelings peacefully and through the representatives of the Western Governments and mass media in their countries and their own governments.


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