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Human Rights Conference in Lucknow

Lucknow:  A conference on human rights was held in Shanker Prasad Hall here under the auspices of Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat UP. Speaking on the occasion, Maulana Shahabuddin Salafi said, “Human rights have a due place in every religion and they are synonymous with humanity. The concept of human being’s rights, which Islam has ensured, does not exist in any contemporary religion.” Explaining the rights of Allah and those of human beings, he said that Allah forgives His rights, but if a human being usurps other human beings’ rights, Allah doesn’t forgive him unless the sufferer pardons the person who usurped his rights. He said the basic human right is the security of one’s life and property. Whoever kills someone without any crime, he is the killer of whole humanity. He said, when Allah sent His messenger, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as Divine Mercy to all mankind, there can be no scope for terrorism in Islam.

The chief guest and internationally-famed champion of human rights, Ravi Nair said, “In our country democracy died because there is lack of democracy in society.  There is no democracy in our homes also.” Going into details about the Human Rights Act, Nair said, “This act has defects which need to be rectified. He pointed out that a non-commissioned officer can enter your house and kill you on the basis of doubt. Referring to Akshar Dham attack, he said, “Seven persons were set free after keeping them in jail for long years when the court pointed out that a fabricated case was filed against them and the police had no proof against them. Was the court not duty-bound to punish the perpetrators of the crime of implicating innocents?” Referring to developed countries, Nair said that there could be a delay in submitting a chargesheet and in trial, but there can be no scope for delay in deciding the case once the trial starts, while in our country it may take years to decide a case.

Maulana Zaheer Ahmad Nadwi said that a righteous society is the one where the rights of all classes of society are safeguarded. He said, “The democratic institutions should all be self-dependent and no one should be allowed to exploit them for their benefit. All classes have to raise their voices in order to check the violation of human rights.”

P.C. Kureil said that most of the cases of human rights violations take place in India. He said, “Islam claims to be a most ardent exponent of humanity. When the principles of Islam would be put in practice, people who have negative thinking would be eliminated. Human rights can only be protected by putting the Islamic principles in use.”

Professor Ramesh Dikshit said that human rights could only be protected when the weaker sections of society are given the right to say what they have to say. Talking about the old society, he said that in that period the down-trodden had no rights which were concentrated in the hands of the royal and landed families. He said that the greatest danger to human rights is from those powers which have no regard for the law of the land and do whatever they wish. He said that only a democratic system can protect human rights. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the government to protect the democratic norms of the country and apply the same in police and the army establishments also. President of Muslims Majlis-e-Mushawarat UP, Prof. Muhammad Sulaiman, former IAS officer, Anees Ansari and Vidyagiri, the mahant of Mankameshwar Mandir, also addressed the conference.

On this occasion, Ravi Nair was bestowed with the “guardian of human rights and justice” award. The book “Akshar Dham” in Hindi and Urdu was also released on this occasion. Prof. Muhammad Sulaiman presided over the conference. The conference was attended by a large number of intellectuals, writers and dignitaries.   

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 January 2016 on page no. 13

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