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Jamiat's Mahmood Madani group meets Narendra Modi, breaks Muslim ranks

'The PM heard us passionately and agreed with our concerns' says the delegation of Jamiat Ulama-e Hind (Mahmood Madani group) which met Modi today at his official residence

New Delhi, 9 May, 2017: A delegation of Jamiat Ulama-e Hind (Mahmood Madani group) met the Prime Minister Narendra Modi today at the Prime Minister's official residence. The large delegation included some persons from outside Jamiat also like Prof. Akhtarul Wasey (VC, Maulana Azad University, Jodhpur), Dr. Zahir I. Kazi (President of Anjuman-i-Islam, Mumbai and P. A. Inamdar (Chairman, Azam Campus, Pune).

According to a press release issued by the Jamiat, the meeting lasted for about two hours. Later, talking to media, Mahmood Madani, General Secretary of his group of Jamiat, described the meeting as "satisfactory and positive". He said, "the PM heard us passionately and agreed with our concerns." Madani further said, "Our meeting with the PM was mainly for opening the door of mutual communication and closer understanding that would lead to further opportunities and all of us will be able to play our role in the development of our country." Madani added that he asked the Prime Minister to create a mechanism for further dialogue between the PM and the Indian Muslim community.

This was the first such high-level meeting of leaders of the Indian Muslim community with Prime Minister Narendra Modi who came to power three years ago but was shunned until now by the Muslim community. A few days earlier Mahmood Madani group had said that it has asked for time to meet the PM. Soon after Mr. Modi's coming to power, at least three high-level meetings were held by Muslim community leaders including one called by Maulana Mahmood Madani himself in his Masjid Abdun Nabi office in Delhi, in which it was decided unanimously that no Muslim group will meet Mr Narendra Modi who was held responsible not only for Gujarat 2002 riots, fake encounters but also for creating in the country an atmosphere of hate against the Muslim community. The leaders had decided that should a need arise to meet the PM, it should be a joint delegation that will go to meet him. Today’s delegation did not include any leader of leading Indian Muslim organizations like Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, Jamaat-e Islami Hind and Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e Hadees or institutions like Muslim Personal Law Board or Darul Uloom Deoband.  By meeting the PM today with only a Jamiat delegation, Mahmood Madani group has broken the Muslim ranks.  

Following is the full unedited text of the press release issued Jamiat Ulama-e Hind after this meeting:

New Delhi, May 09
 
Mr. Narendra Modi
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India
PMO, New Delhi

Delegation of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind consisting of a galaxy of religious scholars, Educationists and Social leaders led by Maulana Qari Mohammad Usman Mansurpuri, President Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind met Prime Minister Narender Modi today at his residence in New Delhi. The delegation discussed with the PM several issues including the current communal situation of the country.

Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind president Maulana Qari Usman and its General secretary Maulana Mahmood Madani while speaking to the media after conclusion of the meeting that continued for about two hours, said that the meeting was satisfactory and positive. Maulana Mahmood Madani said the PM heard us passionately and agreed with our concerns. He said, PM also appreciated our stand that the divorce was internal issue of the Muslim community and the community itself should take reformative steps. Our meeting with the PM was mainly for opening the door of mutual communication and closer understanding that would lead to further opportunities and all of us will be able to play our role in the development of our country. We requested from Honorable PM to create mechanism for access to him or his appointee for continuing dialogue and closer understanding so that Muslim community is assured of its role and share in the development of our country. Maulana Madani said PM was apprehensive about growing hatred in the name of cow protection and he assured us that he would not let this trend prosper.

On this occasion, the delegation submitted a memorandum which text is hereunder.

To the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India

We are very grateful to you that you granted this opportunity to the delegation of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind consisting of a galaxy of religious scholars, Educationists and Social leaders led by Maulana Qari Mohammad Usman Mansurpuri, President Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind to meet their Prime Minister.

The basic objective of the meeting is to establish closer interaction between the Government and the Muslim Community on issues of larger national interest which has been highlighted by the Honorable Prime  Minister himself through the slogans like “Sab ka Sath Sab ka Vikas and Meri Sarkar Sabki Sarkar’’. We are of the opinion that most important national issues can be solved through mutual dialogue.

Supremacy of Rule of Law is must for the security, integrity and development of our country. No one is above the law. It must be administered with total impartiality and equality. Your recent reprimand to private groups taking law in their hands and launching murderous attacks for salvaging cows has sent the correct message but much has to be done by law enforcing agencies and the state administration. The recent incidents of manslaughter on the pretext of cow slaughter have sent shock waves of terror and fear through Muslim, Dalit and the weakest sections of the society. We are afraid that the fear and despondence if unchecked could prove highly counterproductive.

There is no doubt that terrorism, fueled and perpetuated by enemy forces tops our agenda with reference to our national security, peace and stability. There have been attempts to communalise even this issue. We have always condemned such attempt and consistently campaigned at the national level in cooperation with all communities against terrorism as well as religious bigotry and extremism. We are happy to note that in the context of tarnishing the image of Islam and Muslim globally you made the Indian Muslim communities hold their head high by projecting Indian Muslim community’s ideology of peaceful Islam with reference to India’s tradition of Islamic Sufism and their aversion to extremist ideology. We appreciate this on your part and on our part reiterate our commitment to enable India lead counter terrorism campaign by example. However, for controlling the menace of terrorism, the law must be enforced effectively with total impartiality. Every caution should be exercised to ensure that no innocent person is victimized.

Muslim community has issues and grievances just like any other community which have to be dealt with as per the exigency but this shouldn't undermine their aspiration to be equal stake holder. These issues should be deliberated upon and solved amicably so that none of the communities have a feeling of discrimination on the basis of religion and they feel their duty and share in the country’s development equally which tallies with identity of our beloved country.

The delegation requests the Honorable PM to create mechanism for access to him or his appointee for continuing dialogue and closer understanding so that Muslim community is assured of its role and share in the development of our country.

We once again, thank you and hope that door of mutual communication and closer understanding that has been opened today, will lead to further opportunities and all of us will be able to play our role in the development of our country.

With highest regards

Yours sincerely
 
Mohammad Usman Mansoorpuri
President
 

The delegation includes

1

 

Maulana Qari Syed Mohammad Usman Mansurpuri

President of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind.

2

Maulana Mahmood Asad Madani

General Secretary, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind

3

Dr. Zahir I. Kazi

President of Anjuman-i-Islam, Mumbai

4

P. A. Inamdar

Founder of Azam campus educational society, Pune

5

Professor Akhtrul Wasey

VC, Maulana Azad University, Jodhpur

6

Mohammad Atique

O.S.D. (Officer on Special Duty) Maulana Azad University, Jodhpur. 

7

Maulana Mufti Mohammad Salman Mansoorpuri

General Secretary of Religious Educational Board, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind

8

Maulana Hasib Siddiqi

Treasurer, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind.  

9

Maulana Mohammad Qasim

President, Jamiat Ulama-i-Bihar

10

Maulana Hafiz Nadeem Siddiqi

President, Jamiat Ulama Maharashtra

11

Mufti Iftikhar Ahmad Qasmi

President of Jamiat Ulama Karnataka

12

Maulana Hafiz peer Shabbir

President of Jamiat Ulama Andhra Pradesh & Telangana

13

Mufti Shamsuddin Bajli

General Secretary of Jamiat Ulama Karnataka

14

Maulana Badruddin Ajmal

President of Jamiat Ulama Assam

15

Maulana Matinul Haq Usama

President of Jamiat Ulama Uttar Pradesh

16

Mufti Ahmad Deola

Vice President of Jamiat Ulama Gujarat

17

Shakeel Ahmad Syed Advocate

Advocate Supreme Court, Member of National Executive of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind

18

Maulana Niaz Ahmad Farooqui

Member of National Executive of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind

19

Maulana Abdul Wahid Khatri

General Secretary of Jamiat Ulama Rajasthan

20

Maulana Mohammad Yahya Karimi

President of Jamiat Ulama Haryana, Punjab & HP

21

Maulana Ali Hassan Mazahiri

General Secretary of Jamiat Ulama Haryana, Punjab & HP

22

Maulana Muizuddin Ahmad

Member of National Executive Committee of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind

23

Maulana Qari Shoukat Ali

Member of National Executive Committee of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind

24

Haji Syed Wahid Hussain Chishti Angarah Shah

Secretary, Anjuman Khuddam Khawja Sahab, Syed Zadgarn, Darghah Sharif Ajmer. 

25

Maulana Hakimuddin Qasmi

Secretary of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind

 

Following is the report published on the Prime Minister's official website about this meeting:

http://www.pmindia.gov.in/en/news_updates/leaders-of-jamiat-ulama-i-hind-call-on-pm/

 
Leaders of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind call on PM
 
09 May, 2017
 
25 leaders from the Muslim Community, under the umbrella of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind called on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi today.
 
Welcoming the delegation, National Security Advisor, Shri Ajit Doval, said that the whole world is looking at India today, and it is the responsibility of all segments of Indian society to take the nation forward.
 
Leaders from the delegation agreed with Shri Doval. They said that the objective should be to take the country forward, together, following the Prime Minister's call of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.
 
Praising the Prime Minister's vision, members of the delegation expressed hope that the nationwide trust that he has among the people, will ensure prosperity and well-being of all segments of society. They said that the Muslim community is keen to be an equal partner in the making of New India.
 
Noting that terrorism is a major challenge, they expressed a common resolve to combat it with all their might. They added that it is the Muslim community's responsibility that under no circumstances should anyone compromise the nation's security or well-being. They said that the Muslim community would never allow any conspiracy against India to succeed.
 
Expressing concern at the situation in Kashmir valley, members of the delegation said that only Prime Minister Narendra Modi can resolve the issue.
 
They appreciated the Prime Minister's stand on the issue of Triple Talaq.
 
Members of the delegation, who are associated with educational institutions, also mentioned the progress made by their institutions, in Government initiatives such as cashless transactions, start-ups, and the Hackathon recently organized by NITI Aayog.
 
The delegation also appreciated the implementation of minority welfare schemes under the Union Government.
 
Welcoming the members of the delegation, the Prime Minister said that democracy's greatest strength is harmony and amity (मेल मिलाप). Emphasizing that the Government does not have any right to discriminate among citizens, the Prime Minister said that India's speciality has been its unity in diversity. He said that the new generation in India must not be allowed to fall victim to the rising global tide of extremism.
 
On Triple Talaq, the Prime Minister reiterated that the Muslim community should not allow this issue to be politicized, and urged the assembled gathering to take the responsibility for initiating reform in this regard.
 
The members of the delegation included Maulana Qari Syed Mohammad Usman Mansurpuri - President of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind; Maulana Mahmood A Madani - General Secretary of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind; Dr. Zahir I Kazi, President - Anjuman-i-Islam, Mumbai; Prof Akhtarul Wasey; and Maulana Badaruddin Ajmal.

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