Deoband (UP), May 28 (UNI) In the largest center of Islamic education in the country, Deoband in Saharanpur district, President of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind (JUH), the biggest social and religious organisation of Deobandi school of thought, Maulana Mahmood Madani on Saturday, while expressing concern over the current situation in the country, said that situation has become difficult for Muslims.
A two-day annual convention of JUH, presided over by Madani, started here in Deoband. Getting emotional during his speech in the conference, Madani said that today, it has become difficult for Muslims to live in the country.
Though he appealed to the Muslims not to get disheartened, Madani said, “We have been made strangers in our own country. We will bear the atrocities, but will not let the country down. Muslims should not get disheartened with the prevailing condition in the country because Jamiat is here to fight for their honour and rights. We should not fall in the trap of those spreading hatred. We have to respond to hatred by strengthening love, peace and harmony.”
Madani said that governments come and go, but the society and the country remains intact. “We will not bow before the extremist fascists forces. Like our forefathers and ancestors, we will be ready to sacrifice everything for the sake of the nation and its established values and idealism,” he said.
Jamiat is progressing successfully against injustice and discrimination, promoting education, establishing peace and mutual brotherhood in the country. He appealed to the Muslims not to get influenced by any provocative speech, but to answer it with patience and calmness.
The JUH president alleged that efforts were being made to break the unity of the country in the name of pseudo nationalism. “Jamiat believes that this is not the loss of Muslims, but the loss of unity and integrity of the country,” he said.
Madani appealed to the Central government to stop anti-social, anti-democratic and discriminatory policies and activities that discriminate among the citizens and create inequality. He said following their religion, Muslims discharge the interests of the nation with full devotion and dedication and will continue to do so.
He said the Muslims may be a minority in the country, but they are in majority, as compared to those who are in power.
Three resolutions were passed on day one of the convention. While one was the opening of address by the JUH president, two others were related to setting up of various committees to promote Hindu-Muslim brotherhood and harmony in the country.
A meeting of the Governing Body of JUH will also be held during the two-day convention on Saturday and Sunday. Around 2,000 representatives are participating in the event, being organised at Eidgah ground in Deoband.
Before Madani, Vice Chancellor of Darul Uloom Deoband Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani and Cabinet Minister in West Bengal government Siddiqullah Chowdhury also addressed the convention. MP from Assam and a member of the management committee of Darul Uloom, Maulana Badruddin Ajmal was also present on the occasion.
In the wake of the convention, adequate security arrangements have been made. Circle Officer of Deoband Ram Karan said that in view of the security arrangements, one company of PAC, three police inspectors, 10 sub-inspectors, six women constables and 40 constables have been deployed at the venue.
Challenges being faced by minorities due to the Uniform Civil Code, Gyanvapi mosque dispute, Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi-Eidgah dispute in Mathura and other issues will be discussed during the meeting of the Governing Body of JUH.