Frontier Gandhi’s Khudai Khidmatgar Get a New Lease of Life and Avatar in India

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TAHMINA LASKAR

[dropcap]K[/dropcap]hudai Khidmatgar, a social organization active during pre-Partition India, has been given a new lease of life. Khudai Khidmatgar or servants of God, was originally founded by Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan or the Frontier Gandhi initially as an organization aimed at social reform in North West Frontier Province. Later he joined Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent freedom struggle against the British. Khudai Khidmatgar was revived in India in 2011 by a group of youth led by Faisal Khan. The organization has been tirelessly working for  propagating the message of love, humanity and peace.

According to a report in the Sunday Guardian (http://www.sunday-guardian.com/investigation/muslims-get-active-to-save-youth-from-extremism-isis) an official had said that the Home Ministry  was aware of the work being done by newageislam.com and Khudai Khidmatgar and would try to contact such organizations.

Khudai Khidmatgar Faisal Khan said  that “truth is very powerful and we strongly believe that truth always wins” he added that “the acceptance of Home  Ministry that Khudai Khidmatgar is working towards de-radicalization of youth will create confidence among Muslim youth because this will remove fear among youth because they will not be worried if they will are active in social field they are under government radar and their parents will also not stop them from social activism. We have been aware for long that the Home Ministry has kept a close watch on our activities.”

Underlining the fundamental teachings of Islam, he said: “Islam is the religion of love and humanity and Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, had clearly said that the best person is the one who is kind to all, Islam is the guarantee of peace and protection for humanity.”  He said, “we at Khudai Khidmatgar never talk of any particular brand of Islam. We talk about real Islam and real Islam is only iman (faith), mohabbat (love) and salamati (protection).”

He said the first step is that the government should deal firmly and equally with all types of hate propaganda and all should be treated equally and it should also ensure that there is no fear among minority communities at all. We should also increase representation of minority  communities, especially Muslim community in social issues.

He lamented that the representation of Muslims, mainly youth, is almost nil in the social sector. Many in the sector want to see Muslims only as victims, so they never created leaders from the community. “But if you look at our history, we once had great Muslim social workers like Frontier Gandhi, Bibi Amtush Salam.” He pointed out that social activism is very low in the Muslim community thanks to poverty and illiteracy. Khan is hoping to create a platform where Muslims, especially youth, get a chance to work for the society pursuing the Frontier Gandhi’s ideals.

“We genuinely believe  that Muslim youth should get more opportunities to volunteer for social work but this should not be done in isolation. So we have also reserved 40 seats for Hindus in the 100-member national council. We strongly believe that all social organization should be run on public money not on government resources,” he emphasized.

 

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