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From Darknesses to Light: Jamaat Islami conference in Jaipur

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“From Darknesses To Light” was the central theme of the two-day state level conference organised by the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Rajasthan, on 2-3 October 2010, at Waadi-e Amn, Karbala Ground, Jaipur. Jamaat President Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, inaugurating the conference, said “today the world is surrounded by several types of darkness (hence the theme ‘From Darknesses To Light’), the weaker are being oppressed by the powerful, women are subjected to violence, their rights are being violated, they have been denied the very basic right to ‘live’, a girl child is killed right in her mother’s womb before she could take a single breath in this world.” He said that these are a few types of darknesses as we are living in.

State President Engineer Muhammad Saleem pointed at some more kinds of darknesses. He said that our youth has lost direction and has become uncertain about his or her future. In his welcome address, Janab Waqar Ahmad, president of the Jaipur unit, said that today darknesses are being deemed as light, whereas the light is being propagated as darkness. It is our responsibility to bring our fellow countrymen out of these darknesses.

Women’s Session: The central theme of the session was “Role Of Women In Making An Ideal Family And Society.” Women’s coordinator for western India, Mrs. Muneera Khanam said that an ideal family in the eyes of Islam is one in which all the members dwell with love and unity, recognize and respect each other’s rights, where the basic Islamic values of Tauheed, Risalah and Akhirah are strictly observed and rights of Allah and His servants are given accordingly.

While speaking on the topic “Role of Girl Students in reconstruction of the society”, Sister Yasmeen from Pune said that young women and girl students can play crucial role in reconstruction of the society. As the coming generation will be nurtured in their laps only, hence they must acquire good knowledge and set up to prepare the new generation. Today the campus atmosphere has been polluted with fashionism and nudity even the Muslim girls are following the trail that leads to destruction.

On this occasion, Mrs. Arifa Parveen, Women’s organizer for Gujrat State, said that the woman is as oppressed today as she was in the ancient times. The male-female ratio in our country has been disturbed due to the ever increasing trend of female foeticide. She said that Islam gives glad tidings to the parents on the birth and rearing of a girl child without any discrimination that such parents will enter the paradise. She said that the basic responsibility of a woman is to look after her family.

Maulana Muhammed Rafeeq Qasmi, central secretary Jamaat-e-Islami Hind for Islamic Society said due to the wrong perception, that it was woman who betrayed Adam and caused him to be expelled from the paradise, men have legitimised all kinds of cruelty and injustice against her. He was concerned about the religious education of the girls.

A resolution was also passed on this occasion, expressing great concern over the ever increasing trend of female foeticide, deeming it an inhuman act. The house urged the government to enforce the law properly, made to curb the female foeticide and punish the culprits sternly. The house also expressed its concern over the increasing cruelty against women, in and out of her home. The house was also concerned about the growing fashion of nudity and promiscuity and deemed the fast waning dignity of woman a big threat to the society. The house was also deeply concerned that a number of sisters and daughters are being forced to indulge in flesh trade; the house loudly denounced the act. The house pledged to strive for girl education as well as to curb harmful traditions like dowry and unnecessary expenses in marriages.

A number of scholars from different Muslim sects also addressed the conference. All India vice president of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Mr. Muhammad Jaafar said that the Muslim Ummah has forgotten the very purpose of its existence on the earth and this is the root cause of every kind of problems. He said that the Muslims have one Kalima and one Quraan and not any other community in the world has such a basis for unity, hence we must stand united and strive for the establishment of ‘Deen.’ Dr. Qasim Rasool Ilyas said, “today, the Muslim Ummah has reduced itself to a demanding group, it goes from door to door and party to party stretching a beggar’s hand and begs for its rights and its requirements.”

Maulana Abdul Wahab Khilji said that we have got our country free from the British, and we only are able to reconstruct it better for ourselves. Maulana Jalal Hyder Naqvi said that we Muslims are like a lamp, let the darkness be of any degree, when a lamp is put on the darkness is destined to vanish. He said that Muslims never accepted the concept of super power.

Mr. Pekar Farooq, said that 30% of the Muslim population lives below the Poverty Line and similarly we are badly lagging behind educationally. We didn’t ever recognize our political strength and hence we are being subjected to every kind of oppression.

Maulana Abdul Hameed Nomani said that we need to re-establish our connection with our creator. He also laid stress on the necessity of unity within the Ummah.

Speaking as the chief guest, Shankaracharya of Prayag Peeth, Swami Onkaranand Saraswati, said that religion joins the people and doesn’t separate them, because it is not a true religion which divides people.

JIH Secretary Ejaz Ahmad Aslam, presiding over the session, said that darkness can never overpower light it. If we return towards our Sustainer and follow the divine guidance sent down by our Lord, our country can become the leader of the world.

On this occasion, Mr. Ved Vyas, president Bhaichara Foundation, Mr. Sawai Singh, Convener Sadbhav Manch, renowned Gandhian thinker and writer Mr Kumar Prashant, PUCL State President Mr. PK Sharma, President of Sarvadeshik Arya Pratinidhinidhi Sabha Mr. Satyavrat Samvedi, Former chairman of the Rajasthan Minority Commission Sardar Jasbeer Singh, President Masihi Shakti Samiti Father Vijay Paul Singh also expressed their views.

Concluding Session: In his concluding speech, Maulana Jalaluddeen Umari, National President JIH said that the only way to come out of darkness is to hold the book of Allah fast and seek this book for guidance then proceed according to its guidance only. He said that only Allah’s Deen (way of life) is true all other ways of life are false and wrong. The only ideal and role model for the whole mankind is Prophet Muhammad (SAWS), hence accept him as your guide and leader, he added. He said that your step raised in the way of Allah, will save you from the hell.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 November 2010 on page no. 20

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