New Delhi: Over one Lakh Muslims, led by Mahmood Madani with over 200 religious leaders from different countries, took an oath against terrorism and vowed to spread the message of universal harmony and tranquility according the true spirit of Islam.
The mammoth conference organized under the banner of “Sheikhil-Hind Educational Charitable Trust”, an offshoot of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind, here at the Ramlila Ground in connection of Centenary Calibrations of Silk Letter Movement (Tehreek Reshmi Roomal) by legendry cleric Molana Mahmud Hasan Deobandi (1851 – 30 November 1920), who was arrested by Sharif of Mecca and handed over to British. He was imprisoned in Malta, for more than three years before his release in 1920.
The conference came after a two-day world Peace Conference attended by clerics from U.K., Maldives, Britain, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar at Deoband in Uttar Pradesh's, Saharanpur district. It was resolved to set up a forum of Muslim Ulema from all over the world to spread the message of peace and harmony all over the world.
"The forum will help promote peace and make the entire world understand that the motive of Islam is to promote peace and harmony. Islam has always wanted that peace prevails in the world," said Maulana Mahmood Madani, the organizer of the event.
Only harmony between various religions, better mutual understanding and a universal brotherhood will bridge the rift between different religious denominations and sects. He called let the world live in peace and usher in prosper.
"Freedom of conscious is the basic human right guaranteed by Islam. Those who are spreading terrorism in the name of Islam do not represent true spirit of Islam, the religion of peace and tranquility. We deplore this trend and want to send a message to the world that Islam strictly prohibit all disruptive activities.” said Maulana Madani, a former Member of Rajya Sabha and General Secretary of Jamiat-Ulma Hind, the organization formed in 1919 and which played a leading role in Indian Independence Movement.
"Today the issue of terrorism is not just limited to one or two particular regions but has infected in teh whole world in different forms. Some world powers also acting in the same way and their actions are resulting in huge menaces of terror acts. This has made it immensely important for the people to come together and tackle all such sort of issues to let peace prevail in the society," he said.
Reporting Delhi Conference, The Indian Express wrote, “In their first large-scale initiative in the capital, Jamiat Ulama e-Hind organised a gathering to pledge peace and harmony among different religions, communities and theological groups. The rally was held to adopt in public the recommendations of the recently concluded World Peace Conference at Deoband.
The rally was attended by prominent Muslim scholars, from different countries including Maulana Fazlur Rahman (Pakistan), Qari Usman Mansoor Puri (India), Mufti Mohammad Rizwe (Sri Lanka) and Mufti Noor Mohammad (Burma).
Taking a strong stance against terror activities, the speakers unanimously spoke “against the misuse of Islamic ideology by terrorists” and declared Islam’s dedication to peace and non-violence.
Malauna Mahmood Madani said, “The World Peace Forum will see Islamic organizations across the world create and establish critical initiatives against terrorism of all kinds, and assist each other towards this common purpose.”
Madani also announced the resolutions undertaken at the World Peace Conference through a formal declaration. The resolutions include condemning “vociferously” all kinds of terrorism and endorsing the fatwa of Darul Uloom Deoband.
The conference also pledged to “strive to deliver rights and social justice to minorities, poor people, weaker sections and women.”
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Besides, a resolution to “cleanse the society of crimes, immoral customs, extravagance, alcoholism, drug addiction, sexual exploitation, nudity and female foeticide” was also adopted at the conference in Deoband
Rakhi Chakrabarty, reported for TNN, Maulana Mahmood Madani slammed political leaders for failing to maintain peace and communal harmony in the country.
At Jamiat's World Peace Conference, attended by around 200 clerics from India and neighbouring countries, Madani pressed for the Communal Violence Bill and warned political leaders, of a befitting reply from the people for delay in passing it.
Madani said, "Blood of people was shed (in Muzaffarnagar) in the name of religion. I want to tell leaders like Mulayam Singh Yadav that if you cannot ensure justice to humanity, you don't have the right to continue in power."
Madani hit out at political leaders for not doing enough to maintain peace and communal harmony in the country. "We are working to propagate peace among people. But political leaders are not doing their job. Let leaders like Manmohan Singh know that those who can't make a law to prevent the blood of our countrymen from staining our soil will be forgotten by the people. When the time comes, the people will give them a befitting reply," said Madani.
He pointed out that Islam did not teach revenge but tolerance. "Sectarian violence is anti-Islam. Zulm ke jawaab mein sabar kar lenge. Yeh buzhdili nahin bahaduri hai (We will endure persecution. Don't mistake it for cowardice, it is bravery)."
At the Aman-e-Alam conference Islamic clerics sought to disown terror and dissociate terrorism from Islam.
Clerics from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Maldives, Sri Lanka and the UK unanimously endorsed Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband's fatwa against terrorism. A resolution adopted at the meet urged all "justice-loving people to denounce terrorism and strive to remove the causes and motives that breed terrorism".
Clerics stressed on Islam's vision to end terrorism through its message of peace. The clerics set up a world peace forum to eradicate terrorism.
Pakistan's Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Fazlur Rahman, who is for peace talks with the Taliban, said, "Today, terrorism is not just limited to Afghanistan and Pakistan, but has affected almost all nations across the world. So, it is immensely important for people to come together and tackle these issues for the sake of peace." He, however, said peace cannot prevail as long as "people suffer atrocities by dictators in a society".
The clerics resolved to safeguard the rights of women, the minorities everywhere, the poor and the weaker sections of the society. "We will strive to deliver them their rights and social justice," they pledged.
Glimpses of conference on U Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyB2HBTsRRA