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Popular Front forms Imam Council

Chennai: Speakers at the All India Imams Council (AIIC) said that religious scholars, imams and madrasa teachers can play a leading role like a mentor in nurturing and empowering the Muslim community. Through their sermons, these religious heads can induce a thought process in the community. The AIIC, an initiative of the Popular Front of India, came into being on 29 September at the National Ulema Convention in Chennai. With its launch, a new process has begun to unite imams all over the country with its objective to empower Muslims on various sectors. Baqavi said, "In Islam, masjids are centres of religious and community activities and according to the Islamic tradition, imams are respected figures in their localities and beyond. Their mission is to guide Mankind and to help build the society on the foundations of freedom, justice and security. But unfortunately at present the role of imams is confined to mosque and madarsas.

Resolutions passed at the end of the convention demanded the rebuilding of the Babari masjid, strenghtening Darul Qaza system, recovery of the encroached Wakf board properties, working for the development of muhalla, prohibition of dowry. Maulana Usman Baig of Karnataka was elected as the national president with Quari Mohamed Ismail of Haryana as Vice President, Jameel Shahabi of Indore as general secretary, Abdul Nasir Baqavi of Kerala  and Mufti Mohamed Ihtaramul Haq of Karnataka as secretaries and Mufti Arshad Qasmi as Treasurer.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 October 2009 on page no. 17

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