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Root cause of all problems of Muslims is their moving away from Islam: Imam Haram

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New Delhi: The two-day 31st annual conference of Jamiat Ahle Hadees was held here on 3-4 March on the theme of the greatness of the Sahaba (the Companions of the Prophet, pbuh). A galaxy of Indian and foreign scholars and dignitaries participated in this conference especially Dr Saud ibn Ibrahim Al-Shuraim, an Imam of the Holy Mosque in Mecca.

While expressing concern at the rampant social evils, scholars stated that the root cause of all evils prevailing in the Muslim society is their moving away from the Qur’an and Hadees. Scholars said, for the solution of all their problems Muslim should make, like Sahaba, the Qur’an and Hadees their guiding light.

Several resolutions were adopted at this conference which stated that Muslims should abstain from liquor, intoxicants, sexual perversion and license, theft and loot, black marketing, cheating and all kinds of harmful habits and activities. While focusing on the habits that spoil the youth, appeal was made to milli and religious organisations to start campaigns for reforming society.

Concern was also expressed over the Supreme Court’s approval and justification of live-in relationship between man and woman, i.e., living together without marriage. It was stated that this is unacceptable from the social and religious point of view. At the same time homosexuality was described as dangerous for society and a request was made to the Indian government that bearing in mind moral values and people’s feelings, homosexual relationships should be banned through a legal amendment. A demand was also made to remove the provision of live-in relationship included in Domestic Violence Act.

Other resolutions adopted by the conference included a call for the implementation of Sachar Committee and Mishra Commission recommendations for social progress of Muslims at the earliest, impartial inquiries into terrorist and bomb blast cases and exemplary punishments to criminals, investigation of Batla House encounter, acquittal of innocent Muslims at the earliest who were falsely arrested, making the local administration accountable in case of communal riots, exempting religious institutions and organisations and places of worship from Direct Tax Bill, review of objectionable items/materials in the Waqf Amendment Bill. The conference passed resolutions on various world affairs including a strong condemnation of the burning and desecration of the Qur’an by NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Imam of Ka’ba, Sheikh Dr. Saud ibn Ibrahim Al-Shuraim while addressing a large gathering said that raising fingers at the Sahaba is tantamount ot finding fault with the religion and is therefore kufr. He said that the respectable Sahabas had fully devoted themselves to the service of religion and humanity and had set examples worth emulation in all walks of life. He said that by adopting the way of the life of the Sahaba, people can face the problems and difficulties of the present times. He prayed for the well being of the millat, country and humanity as a whole.

Jamiatul Ulama chief Maulana Arshad Madni, while speaking at the conference, said that the solution of modern day problems is possible only by following in the footsteps of the venerable Sahaba who were indeed the benefactors of Mankind. Jamaat-e Islami’s chief Maulana Jalaluddin Umri said that adhering to the Sunnat will guarantee success in life. He said that the main reason for our humiliation and difficulties today is not following these fundamental principles. He said that all Muslims agree that Sahaba did not err in identifying the true religion. Muhammd Adeeb, M.P., said that Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees by organising this conference provided the opportunity to us to be in the company of Imam of Ka’aba. He urged the people to be a blessing, not a curse, for the people on this earth.

General secretary of Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees, Maulana Asghar Ali Imam Mehdi Salafi, said that this conference on ‘adaalatus sahaba was organised because the venerable sahaba are our role models in practicing our religion and rendering service to humanity. That is why Gandhiji had said that after independence we will set up a system like the one that prevailed during the period of Caliph Hazrat Umar. Emphasising the role of Jamiat Ahle Hadees, he referred to the words of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who had stated that if the sacrifices of all the fighters of India’s independence are placed in one side of the balance and those of the Ahle Hadees of Sadiqpur are placed on the other side, the latter side will have the upper hand.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 March 2012 on page no. 13

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