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Maulana Jalaluddin Umri re-elected chief of JIH

New Delhi: On April 6, in a meeting of the Council of Representatives of Jamaat-e Islami Hind, Maulana Jalaluddin Umri was re-elected unanimously as the chief of JIH for another four-year-term. It is to be noted that 74-year-old famous writer and scholar Maulana Umri was elected as JIH chief for the first time in 2007. Maulana Umri is an alumnus of Jamia Darussalam Umerabad (Tamil Nadu) and did his graduation in English from AMU, Aligarh.

Presently, he is vice president of AIMPLB, rector of Jamiatul Falah Azamgarh and editor of quarterly Tahqiqate Islami and head of many other institutions. Maulana Umri has to his credit more than three dozen books. Several of his books have been translated into regional and foreign languages. It is to be noted that the JIH Council of Representatives comprises of 146 members from across the country including 19 women members.

Resolutions: JIH in this 5-day meeting of its Council of Representatives, which concluded on 7th April, demanded that an unbiased enquiry into terror incidents of the past two decades in the country should be conducted and innocent people, who are detained on terror allegations, be set free. After the review of the two-year performance report, some alterations in the JIH constitution were also approved.

On this occasion, several resolutions regarding corruption in the country, Wikileaks revelations and issue of India’s sovereignty and the freedom upsurge in the Arab world, were adopted. A resolution on the sad demise of Maulana Shafi Moonis was also passed which said that it was a great setback for the Muslim community. Terming corruption as a serious problem, JIH demanded the people of the country to support individuals and parties who are determined to clean the nation of all kinds of corruption and moral evils. The resolution regarding terrorism demanded that innocents, most of them Muslims, be freed and a fair compensation be paid to their relatives and that the real culprits must be brought to book. A resolution regarding the freedom surge in the Arab world said that this is a welcome change, and the popular uprising is a shift towards democratic values which are very important not only to the Arab region but also to the whole Muslim and non-Muslim world. The JIH meeting demanded Arabs that, utilising this freedom in the best way, they should establish, in the light of Qur’an and Sunnah, such a system which could be followed by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. On this occasion the consultative body of the Jamaat comprising of 18 members was also constituted.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2011 on page no. 6

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