US Muslims Mobilise Efforts to Stop RSS Takeover of the R20 Religion Summit

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American Muslim organisations take representations to ambassadors of Muslim G20 nations and world leaders coming for the UNGA including President Recep Erdogan in this matter

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NEW YORK – This year, while the G20 summit is going to be presided over by Indonesia in Bali in November 2022, two weeks before the summit, an Indonesian Islamic think tank, the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) will host a two-day conference. Ram Madhav, a committee member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hindu supremacist organisation, claims that he had met earlier with officials of the NU to promote summits such as these as a permanent global platform.

He is also scheduled as one of the main speakers at the event.

American Muslim organizations, including the umbrella alliance, United States Council of Muslim Organisations (USCMO), Alliance to Save and Protect America from Infiltration by Religious Extremists (ASPAIRE) and Justice America (JA), have expressed great concern over the RSS attempts to gain credibility and demonise Islam by infiltrating this summit.

RSS, the international Hindu supremacist and ultranationalist movement based in India is the ideological parent of the ruling party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The RSS follows the ideology of Hindutva and seeks to make India a Hindu nation.

American Muslim organisations, including the umbrella alliance, United States Council of Muslim Organisations (USCMO), Alliance to Save and Protect America from Infiltration by Religious Extremists (ASPAIRE) and Justice America (JA), have expressed grave concern over the RSS attempts to gain credibility and demonise Islam by infiltrating this summit.

“Officials of the NU should know that by hosting any functionary of the RSS, they are white-washing, and tacitly supporting the hate currently sweeping India. The RSS is born from the fascist ideas of Mussolini and early leaders openly praised Hitler’s methods as “one to learn by ” for India. India’s Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and Dalits (the lowest rung of the Hindu caste hierarchy) are routinely subject to attacks, lynchings, and rape, and are being systemically marginalized in the country that advertises itself as the “World’s Largest Democracy,” declared Dr. Shaik Ubaid of ASPAIRE.  

“Our campaign is multifaceted and broad-based and will involve people of all faiths and those who do not espouse any faith-Americans of all hues including Indian diaspora living in the US. By trying to infiltrate such a high-profile meeting, the RSS has given us an opportunity to expose its global infiltration. They are as brutal as ISIS and Al-Qaeda,” said Ubaid.

“We will continue to update the media about the different phases of our campaign. We and the USCMO will be advocating with the US government and American faith leaders and the ambassadors of G20 nations. We will be meeting President Recep Erdogan and other world leaders when they will be visiting the US for the UN General Assembly,” said Hadi Abdul Mateen for JA

Ubaid further said, “For the Nahdatul Ulama to call for a religious summit at this moment in human history is a noble act and we call upon the NU authorities in Indonesia to:


1) Include Hindutva as an equally important problem as are supremacist distortion of Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, etc.


2) Denounce all violent religious supremacist and violent ultranationalist ideologies and groups as unacceptable including Islamic State (ISIS), Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Badr, the Hezbollah Brigades, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), World Hindu Council/Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Bajrang Dal, Abhinav Bharat (Pride of India), the Rashtriya Jagran Manch (National Revival Forum), the Sri Ram Sene (Army of god Rama), the Hindu Dharam Sena (Army for Hindu Religion), the Sanatan Sanstha (Eternal Organization)KKK, Neo Nazis groups, Ma Ba Tha, Bodu Bala Sena, Kach, Kahane Chai and other similar violent fanatic groups.

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