Israeli official meets “Muslim leaders”

Lucknow: Great concern was expressed in the weekly meeting of the organisation 'Ali Congress' held on 1 February over the news published in an Urdu daily according to which, on Israeli embassy's secretary Sharon Repaport's arrival in Lucknow some self-styled, conscienceselling Muslim leaders  held a meeting with her. Participants in the meeting said that this news may be surprising for those simple minded people who consider these self-styled leaders real and true Muslims and who till now could not understand that such people are in fact wolves in sheep's clothing whose every act is aimed at deriving material benefits.

Ali Congress had earlier also warned the people to specially beware of such dubious people who and whose family members outwardly are in the forefront in opposing Israel and in raising anti-Israel slogans but very frequently visit Israel to enjoy that country's hospitality. Their hypocrisy has now been fully exposed and hence people should shun and boycott them completely because such people can never be trustworthy whose actions are contradictory to what they preach. People should repose their faith in honest and sincere Ulama and religious leaders who are not hankering after keeping the auqaf and its properties under their control and who, in Friday sermons, preach social and personal reforms, who urge people to lead a pious life and who are able to sincerely solve the problems of their milli brethren.

Ali Congress has again drawn people's attention to the fact that UP government plans to reconstitute Shia Waqf Baord. Now it is the duty and responsibility of the people to urge the government through letters, statements, representation or any other means not to appoint criminals, looters and misappropriaters of Waqf properties as members of Shia Waqf Board.

The participants in the meeting also lauded Maulana Hamidul Hasan's decision not to accept remunerations for recitation of elegiac verses because it is very essential that our reciters should not demand and accept remuneration for such religious services and should lead and guide others also to lead a pious and righteous life. Ali Congress also urged the organisers of Majlis not to pay remunerations to reciters, thereby depriving themselves as well as the reciters of the heavenly rewards in the hereafter. The Congress also appealed to organisers of Majlis not to invite professional reciters who demand remunerations for such services.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-28 February 2010 on page no. 14

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