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Tolerance is necessary to maintain world peace: Maulana Rabey Nadwi

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Bhatkal: India is the only country in the world where people are united as one whole nation, with a common cultural heritage and have a feeling of unity in spite of belonging to various castes, creeds and religions. However, the small differences that have crept into every Indian’s life have been the result of the Britishers’ conspiracy, said Maulana Syed Rabey Hasani Nadwi, chairman of All India Muslim Personal Law Board and the rector of Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknow.

He was addressing the third day of the 50th year celebration of the Jamia Islamia, Bhatkal. The theme of the programme for Day 3 was “Message of Peace and Humanity” where thousands of participants thronged the Jamia Islamia campus.

Speaking on the occasion, Maulana Rabey Hasani Nadwi said that brothers in every house should be united in order to save themselves from outsiders but if any differences arise in between brothers, it will be easy for the outsiders to destroy the house. People in India have learnt to have religious tolerance since ancient times and every common man in the country strives to have communal harmony.

He stressed that tolerance is the virtue of extreme necessity in today’s world to maintain world peace. If tolerance among people is lost, the destruction of the society is inevitable, he added. He called on the people to unite and work for the development of the country. He stated that the concept of minority and majority should not exist in our country as even the majority is made up of many minority communities.

Shri Brahmanand Swami, while addressing the occasion, congratulated the management of Jamia Islamia for completing 50 years. He applauded the efforts of Jamia Islamia in creating religious awareness among common people. While quoting references from Quran and Hadees, he stated that the Quran is the only holy book that hasn’t been altered since its revelation. He said that Muhammed (pbuh) spread the light amidst the darkness of ignorance. The Swamy called upon the people to spread the same words.

Shri Prasanna Swamiji, speaking on the occasion, said that he was interested in knowing what is actually taught in the Quran. He stated that he got all his doubts cleared after he read the Kannada translation of the Quran. He averred that although the truth is one, it is expressed in different ways. While stating that every religion preaches the oneness of God, he questioned why have so many conflicts erupted among people. He asserted the need of clearing these conflicts by rational thinking and finding out the truth behind these circumstances.

Karnataka Minister for Primary and Higher education, Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri, commended the achievements of Jamia Islamia. He congratulated the founder, management and alumni of Jamia Islamia, who had gathered on the occasion. While dismissing the allegation that BJP was an anti-Muslim party, he extended his support for any development required by the Jamia Islamia. He also informed that Rs 40 crores had been sanctioned this year for building the Hajj Bhavan in Bangalore, while this proposal remained on the cards for 16 years.

Kerala MP ET Muhammed Basheer cited that three things that remain after a person dies are Sadaqa-e Jaria (continuous charity), beneficial knowledge and righteous children. He affirmed that the founders of Jamia Islamia have achieved all these three things. He stated that the whole world is plagued now with a number of problems and everybody is trying to find solutions for them. However, the solutions don’t lie in man-made laws, ideologies and theories; rather the solution can be found in spiritual education. He maintained that Islam does not address only Muslims. Instead, it addresses the whole of humanity. He grieved that Hijab (veil) and Jihad are the most misinterpreted and misunderstood concepts of Islam that should be cleared, as Islam is transparent and nothing is hidden in it.

While presenting the aims and objectives of the programme, Editor of Vartha Bharathi, Abdus Salam Putthige addressed the queries in relation to madrasa and said that a madrasa is a place where students are educated.

Chairman of Anjuman Hami-e Muslimeen, SM Syed Khalilur Rahman, while speaking on the occasion, said that Bhatkal should be made an example where all people live together in peace and harmony irrespective of their religion. He stated that although people of all religion live harmoniously in the town, media is hell-bent on tarnishing the image of this peace-loving town.

On this occasion, Mr. Parvez Kashimi, President of Majlise Islah wa Tanzeem; government secretary IAS Mr. Zameer Pasha; Uttar Kannada district SP Mr. Bala Krishna and other dignitaries were present.      

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2012 on page no. 3

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