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Jamiat Ulama Conference resolutions

Under the ageis of JUH, Gujarat Jamiat Ulama had organise a general session in Ahmedabad on 17th April, 2011
(1) Indian Muslims Reservation
The managing committee of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Gujrat expresses its concern on the nominal presence of Muslims in educational institutions and legislative institutions like the Parliament, state assemblies and the village panchayats, due to a persistent discrimination against them. As per government figures, Muslims constitute more than 13% of the Indian population but their representation in various spheres is less than 2%. This has resulted in their extreme poverty and socio-economic and educational backwardness. The discrimination against the Muslims in the official, semi-official and representative institutions has been going on for the last 63 years. Their recruitment in the army, intelligence and other important institutions is almost totally banned. It is believed that they are discriminated against in the UPSC and other administrative exams too. The Justice Sachar Committee report has proved that the economic, educational, political and social condition of the Muslims in India is worse than that of Dalits...
 
(2) Resolution for the Release of Innocent Persons
Jamiat Ulama-i- Gujrat strongly demands that Muslim youths implicated in false charges by prejudiced and communal officials should be released immediately and cases against them withdrawn. The government must provide financial compensation to those Muslims languishing in jail for a long term;  for more or less eighteen years as a result of which their careers have been ruined and their family members have suffered economically too besides emotionally. The government should learn a lesson from the Australian government which has given adequate financial compensation to Dr Haneef. Since several outfits belonging to the majority community are known to have been involved in serial bomb blasts, therefore members of the minority community arrested on mere suspicions, should be set free because no evidence has been found against them. This act of the government will instill a sense of confidence and goodwill among the members of the minority community.

(3) Resolution of problems of Haj pilgrims
Every year a huge number of Haj pilgrims head for Saudi Arabia for performing Haj by spending their hard earned money. Centre and state level Haj committees are constituted with the aim of providing these pilgrims facilities and correct guidance, but unfortunately the magnitude of their problem is getting bigger day by day and these committees do not bother to solve their problems...

(5) Resolution to Protect Islamic Identity and Social Reform Movement
Degeneration in the Indian society has affected every community. Muslim community in particular, has been the target of various cultural malpractices. They indulge in superstitions and rituals and rites passed on by the age of ignorance. It is a fact that the decline of the ummah is due to wanton avoidance of Islamic rules and social values. All religious injunctions are forsaken for the sake of material desires. It is therefore and benefits the duty of all Muslims, especially the ulama, to devote themselves to amr bil maroof and nahi an’il munkar (command for good deeds and negation of objectionable practices)...

(6) Resolution to fight against activities of turncoats
The managing committee of Jamiat Ulama-i-Gujarat warns against the apostasy movements launched by Qadyanis and other elements. Qadyani evangelists and other misguided factions are trying to turn Muslims of Assam, Manipur, Tripura, Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Kashmir into turncoats by providing them the means to luxuries of all types. They mostly trap those who are ignorant of the teachings of Islam, and lure them in the web spun of dreams of better job opportunities, availability of cash and easy loan. Incidents of unrest and disorder are also taking place due to Qadyani activities. Jamiat Ulama-i- Hind does not deem it appropriate to take any action by taking the law in their own hand, but it surely would like to alert Muslim masses not to be deceived by them...

(7) Resolution on Muslim Awqaf
This Managing Committee of Jamiat Ulama-i-Gujrat strongly expresses its concern that despite implementation of Awqaf Act 1995, illegal tampering with and unlawful encroachment on the waqf properties is still going on. Neglecting the intentions and the will of the donor, the income of the waqf properties is being used for personal benefits...

(8) Resolution for Establishment of Makatib in Backward Rural Areas
This Managing Committee of Jamiat Ulama-i- Gujrat feels it very necessary to establish makatib (religious institutions) in backward rural areas of the country. In remote rural areas, ignorance of religion is very common in Muslim society. There are many who cannot recite even the kalema. Children getting education in common schools are usually not aware of the basics of the religion. There is information of the prevalence of polytheism in their society. They are unable to distinguish between right and wrong. With that in view, this general session of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind emphatically appeals to all the Muslims to put in efforts to establish makatib in backward areas where at least primary religious education could be imparted...

(9) Resolution on Communal Violence
This Managing Committee of Jamiat Ulama-i-Gujrat expresses its deep concern that despite the recurring communal violence in the country, no law for prevention of riots has been introduced so far. The United Progressive Alliance had promised to bring an effective and comprehensive legislation to deal with the communal riots but despite having completed more than 2 years in office in its second stint, it has done nothing hopeful in this direction... In order to avert the communal riots, a law must be introduced to hold higher officials and district administration responsible for the outbreak of violence. This law must also have provisions to provide uniform compensation to the victims irrespective of their caste, creed or community. Protection of life and property of citizens is the prime responsibility of the government, and therefore this house demands from the government to come out with an effective law to combat existing situation so that the life and property of the innocent citizens could be well protected and justice is ensured for the victims.

(10) Resolution on anti Muslim activities by communal outfits
The Managing Committee of Jamiat Ulama-i- Gujrat expresses its deep concern over anti- Muslim activities of communal outfits and demands of the central and state governments to take effective action against them. In several parts of the country the RSS and its affiliated organizations have been spreading hatred against Muslims. After the verdict on title suit of Babri Mosque was delivered, several activities by communal outfits have been launched in urban and rural areas. VHP has launched cow protection movement to spread hatred and animosity against the Muslims. Hate literature is being circulated and those who champion the cause of secularism have become special target of attack. The managing committee of Jamiat Ulama Hind demands that the Government should take effective action for taming the activities of the communal forces. The session appeals to all organizations, political parties etc to launch mass awareness programme for maintaining peace and solidarity across the country.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2011 on page no. 10

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