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Nikah on 6 December

What cannot be dismissed as a mere co-incidence both Maulana Kalbe Jawad and Maulana Sajjad Nomani celebrated the ‘nikah’ (marriage) and ‘walima’ (reception) of their daughter and son, at different places, in Lucknow, on Dec 6! Both are members of All India Muslim Personal Law Board.

“Contrary to the popular Muslim sentiment, which has been moulded in all these 17 years, to observe Dec 6 as a way of protest for the Babri Masjid demolition of Dec 6, 1992, the ‘celebration’ by two towering religious Muslim personalities could not gel with the Muslims of the city. Muslims all over India as well as abroad observe Dec 6 with pain, anguish and agony,” said Syed Muhammed Ahmed, the Jamat-e-Islami UP (West) President. He had expressed the same to Jawad but concurred to join his function out of personal courtesy to Jawad. Ahmed is right now on  a UP tour as part of a ten-day ‘Anti-Imperialism Campaign’.

The duo, however, have their own set of agreements, Kalbe Jawad gives the reason to have had a consonance with Eid-e-Ghadeer, i. e. the 18th of the month of Zilhij, which fell on Dec 6, as per lunar calendar, and which the Shiites believe to have been the day of nomination of Hadrat Ali, by Prophet Muhammed, to be his successor. Ironically, the 18th of Zilhij, is also the day of martyrdom of Hazrat Usman — the third caliph of Islam.

Sajjad Nomani, in his capacity, had dished out to reason that there is no place to attribute any given day with ‘a grievance and mourning’. Sajjad rejected the whole notion of such observances with the ‘contempt it deserves’ while talking to an English daily, as according to him, there were many more issues confronting the Muslim community. However, in the past, Sajjad Nomani has earned quite a flak, for his role into forging an agreement with Kanshi Shankaracharya over the Babri Masjid dispute. The talks failed as Shankaracharya had sought Muslims to forego their claim from Kashi and Mathura masjids too! This letter had come from the seer, even before the dialogue was to begin.

Kalbe Jawad played host to Yahya Bukhari, the younger brother of Shahi Imam Ahmed Bukhari, Jammu and Kashmir Ex. CM Farooq Abdullah, Muslim Majlis President Muhammed Atif Khan along with many other political personalities.

Zafaryab Jilani and Muhammed Azam Khan—both co-convenors of Babri Masjid Action Committee were invited but did not turn up.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 January 2010 on page no. 17

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