The JUH general session appealed to all fair-minded organisations and nation-friendly individuals to unite and fight against extremist and fascist forces at political and social levels.
NEW DELHI — The 34th General Session of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind began on Friday in New Delhi under the presidentship of Maulana Mahmood Madani.
The plenary session of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH) is set to discuss the growing hate campaign launched by certain vested interests who are out to dismantle the secular and pluralistic fabric of the country. The meeting will also have a detailed discussion on the Islamophobic campaign launched by the media spoiling the image of Islam, ridiculing its strictures and misinterpreting Islamic terms.
Thousands of people are expected to participate in the event at Ram Lila ground in New Delhi.
Maulana Hakeemuddin Qasmi, JUH General Secretary, issued a report containing important resolutions adopted by the party’s general session on Friday.
Topmost among the resolutions is the growing hate campaign and Islamophobia in the country. The general session noted that incitement against the Muslim community has increased to an alarming level. “The most regrettable point is that though the government is aware of these developments, it prefers to adopt an ostrich-like approach. Despite reports from various international organisations, Indian civil society and warnings by the Supreme Court, it has not reacted in any manner. The rulers are conveniently overlooking these incidents, while the country’s cordial atmosphere is continuously being poisoned by the hateful statements of many BJP leaders, members of state assemblies and members of parliament,” it said.
The resolution noted that this trend has also damaged the country’s global image. “It (the government) should take immediate steps to put a stop to such actions, which are against the norms of democracy, justice and equality and are anti-Islam in nature,” the resolution said.
It called for strict action against these elements and the media which is engaged in spreading hatred, especially after the recent clear and rational comments of the Supreme Court. “Action should be taken against the inattentive agencies and their slipshod attitude in this regard and the miscreants should be brought to justice,” it said.
“As recommended by the Law Commission, a separate law should be enacted to specifically punish those who incite violence against minorities,” it added.
In order to promote harmony in the country, the resolution said, National Foundation for Communal Harmony and National Integration Council should be made active. “Under this, mutual programmes and outreach events, especially joint meetings and conferences of influential people of all religions, should be organised throughout the country in a phased manner,” it said.
The JUH meeting appealed to all fair-minded organisations and nation-friendly individuals to unite and fight against extremist and fascist forces at political and social levels. The youth and student organisations are directly being targeted by internal and external anti-patriotic elements, it said, adding that “every tactic is being used to psychologically frustrate, incite and mislead them.”
The general session condemned the Islamophobic campaign being carried out by the media, by spoiling the image of Islamic strictures and misinterpreting Islamic terms.
Spoiling image of Muslims
A draft resolution adopted at the session noted that systematic efforts are currently underway at the national level to spoil the image of Muslims and Islamic rules, using electronic media and social media to brainwash other communities. “Social media has become a handy resource for groups which make negative comments against Islam and the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him). It shows a subjugating mindset. Ignorant, uneducated and ill-informed people are invited to comment on Islam, who in reality are instruments to spread falsehood about the Holy Quran and Hadith and present a distorted picture of Islam.”
This meeting, it said, strongly condemns all such attempts. “We expect the media channels to cover issues related to the development and progress of the country. Any programme containing anti-religious misrepresentation, leading to sectarianism is highly detrimental to the development of the country.”
The JUH appealed to Muslims not to be affected by such ill-intentioned and blasphemous programmes being carried out by electronic and social media.
Legal action needed
“It is a fact that lies die their own death. Nevertheless, if blasphemous content is aired on any channel or social media or hurts the religious sentiments of Muslims, then a few selected people should take legal action and lodge FIRs against such channels and social media platforms,” the JUH said.
The meeting said the government, investigative agencies and cybercrime sections of the police in the country should automatically register criminal cases against hate mongers without waiting for a formal complaint from anyone. “An effective monitoring system should be established to identify the culprits, take action against them and get such false content removed immediately,” it suggested.
On environmental protection, the meeting stressed the Islamic viewpoint that cleanliness is half the faith. “Environmental degradation, climate change and unsustainable development are also serious threats to the right to life of current and future generations. This meeting attracts the conscious citizens of the country to ensure self-hygiene, and maintain cleanliness both in and outside their homes as part of social life.”
It said imams of mosques, religious speakers and influential people have a moral responsibility to spread the message that “dirt is not only dirt but the root of thousands of epidemics.”
The meeting appealed to the general public to plant a large number of trees to avoid air pollution. “Arrange greenery at houses, rooftops, balconies, offices, and educational institutions,” it said.
Other important passed resolutions included consideration of measures to protect Muslim endowments (Auqaf), effective measures to ensure voter registration and larger participation in elections.