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Jamada al-thani 14,1435/April 14, 2014 # 15
Pakistani elites thought the new ameer of Jamaate Islami,
Sirajul Haq, would reverse the policies of Syed Munawar
Hasan. They are shocked to notice that their wishes have not
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for Sirajul Haq's first juma khutba in Mansoora, Lahore.
Courtesy Jamaat al-Muslimeen, Virginia
Egypt: Shocking, rare video. 31,000 views till now.
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Video shows the unequalled sacrifices of the unarmed Egyptian people against the ruthless and murderous regime of General Sisi. Even with so much support, Morsi was not allowed to have a democratic government.
This video will make you cry with pride and sorrow at the great uprising of the unarmed masses. It also shows the slow but steady drift of the Egyptian people towards Jihad. Ikhwan are insisting on peaceful means but after thousands killed in cold blood and tens of thousands wounded and hundreds of thousands arrested, the Black Flags are emerging with the seal of Muhammad, pbuh, on them.
Breaking News: Syria
April 13: Mujahideen are advancing all over Syria. In Aleppo
they are trying to take the forts Assad's forces retain in
the vast sprawling city. Today al-Nusra captured the
Rashideen neighborhood of Aleppo and part of Jamiat
In Latakia, the slow but steady mujahideen advance continues
across the countryside. Desperate Alawite attacks have
failed to stop the advance.
In the suburbs around Damascus, Assad's air force is putting
in a maximum number of strikes. However the civilian
casualties have dropped as people move out of vulnerable
areas. None of the mujahideen have retreated from the
Damascus area, putting a noose around Assad's power center.
[Large Hizbullah formations have come in to defend Damascus
in case Assad collapses.]
In Homs, where the population was starved into surrender by
the Alawites, a bomb exploded in the Alawite center killing
The heaviest fighting is in Hama province where Assad's
troops fell into an ambush and lost 50 killed. Assad then
dropped chemical barrel bombs killing 3 civilians and
traumatizing more than 100. Assad immediately blamed the
Breaking News: Nigeria
US and Israeli backed Nigerian troops are rampaging through
Muslim villages in the north east, killing civilians and
blaming the Boko Haram. No journalists are allowed to check
the regime's claims.
Troops have killed an estimated 130 civilians.
Breaking News: Central African Republic [CAR]
Christian lynch mobs are slaughtering unarmed Muslim
civilians. The Muslim minority is facing genocide. Thousands
have been killed. More than a hundred thousand are homeless.
French troops are on patrol but simply watch the Muslims
being killed. Muslim troops from Chad killed 24 of the
attackers and rescued a few hundred families. However, under
international criticism, the Chadian troops have withdrawn
into Chad. Panicked Muslim refugees are asking for help.
Breaking News: Greater Kansas City, April 13.Looks lke Dr.
Leon was right about "angry white men" in America. The
latest is a shooting at two Jewish centers in Kansas.
Please scroll way down.
Breaking News: Nevada: April 12
Armed American cattlemen Confront Government Agents
by Sis. Aisha [Jamaat al-Muslimeen, New York City
It took place, today, in Bunkerville, Nevada. A White cattle
baron, Cliven Bundy, who, according to the courts, had his
cattle grazing on public land was engaged in a standoff with
Bureau of Land Management Agents sent there to remove his
cattle (380 cattle were removed, so far). However, they were
met by 1000 supporters, some of them armed with AK-47s and
pistols! No shots were fired.
This past Wednesday, there was a confrontation between a son
of Bundy's. An agent's German Shepherd attacked him and
kicked the dog. He was then, tazed but other protestors
moved forward to remove the tazer electrodes from his body.
That video went viral on the Internet and garnered any angry
response of White militia members who made reference to the
incidents where people were murdered in Ruby Ridge, Idaho
and Waco, Texas, some time ago. The 1000 supporters at
today's stand-off were members of out of state militias and
many of them brought guns over state lines! This is an
arrestable offense for most of us.
There was a lot of criticism directed at the Bureau of Land
Management, even by politicians, for how they've handled
Wednesday's round up.
After a few hours, the federal agents were told to pull back
out of fear for their safety! The legal battle is not over,
however. The Bundy family has been involved in court battles
with the federal government since 1993. Cliven Bundy, who is
a Mormon, states that his family first settled the land in
the late 19th century. It is always interesting when any of
us New Americans proudly claim ownership of land previously
inhabited by Native American murder victims. Bundy has since
stopped paying any grazing fees and refuses to believe that
the federal government has any jurisdiction over state land.
The federal government's issue was based on its efforts to
protect an endangered tortoise in that area.
The courts have also stated that Cliven Bundy owes over $1
Million dollars in unpaid grazing fees. Bundy is considered
a lawbreaker by some and a hero by others.
Top Black Intellectuals uncover the oppression rife in America
On April 7, Prof. Solomon Comissiong from the University of
Maryland spoke at Lincon Universdity, Pennsylvania. It was a
7 PM program via the Lectures & Recitals Committee and the
Student Government. Prof. Comissiong is an expert on Hip Hop
music and is incisive in in his criticism of music which
evades the real issues in America and which insults and
abuses women. Hip Hop, according to Be. Solomon as we call
him, originally was and can be used to grapple with
oppression which is prevalent in America and to help reform
On April 8, Dr. Wilmer Leon spoke at Lincoln University, was
also invited by the Lectures & Recitals Committee. and
addressed the advances made by the Black community which are
being reversed by the violence directed at Black people,
particulzarly males, by angry White men. The larger White
community, he analyzed, is undergoing a loss of control on
the US and lashing out at Black scapegoats. Poverty and a
sense of disempowerment are widespread among American
Whites, he noted.
Both visits were initiated by Dr. Kaukab Siddique who wants
students to be connected to the non-corporate view of the
world. The two visits were antidotes to Zionist attempts to
infiltrate Black colleges. Very recently AIPAC sent a
representative to Lincoln and before that the President of
Lincoln University was taken to "Israel."
"Elections" US Style in Afghanistan
As New Trend had prognosticated, the "elections" in
Afghanistan were a completely fake and a big fraud
perpetrated on the Afghan people. American money and the US
air force made this game possible.
Eric Margolis' analysis of these elections is right on
target. Please scroll down. It's a delightful expose.
Sent by a reader in Chicago.
A Standard for Muslim males to live up to:
Ibn 'Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the
Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
"The best among you is the best towards his wife, and I am
the best of you to my wives." (Ibn Majah and authenticated
[Hadith selected by Br. Adam Mohomed Sait in India]
One Authentic Hadith Destroys the Entire Sectarian
Propaganda Stream On Line
Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the
Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was asked, 'O
Messenger of Allah, which of the people is most beloved to
He answered: "'A'ishah."
He was asked, 'And among men?'
He said: 'Her father.' (Ibn Majah and authenticated by
Homosexuality Imposed on Americans by Sophisticated Tyrant.
Three Miracles of the Qur'an.
Hadith and Qur'an are Linked together from Day one to
On April 11, 2014 the khutba at Masjid Jamaat al-Muslimeen
in Baltimore, Maryland was given by Dr. Kaukab Siddique. The
masjid was well attended but as it is a small masjid, here
are the main points for countrywide distribution on line.
[An appeal was made by Br. Abdur Rahman for funds to pay the
gas bill which is too high owing to severe winter.]
text: And (We sent) Lut, when he said to his people: What!
do you commit indecency while you see?
What! do you indeed approach men lustfully rather than
women? Nay, you are a people who act ignorantly. But the
answer of his people was no other except that they said:
Turn out Lut's followers from your town; surely they are a
people who would keep pure! But We delivered him and his
followers except his wife; We ordained her to be of those
who remained behind. And We rained on them a rain, and evil
was the rainfor those who had been warned.
[The Qur'an 27:54-58.]
People in various religions believe in "God" but to be a
Muslim, that is not enough. One must accept Muhammad, pbuh,
as the entire ummah's Prophet, teacher, Guide, example and
decisive interpreter of the Qur'an.
The Qur'an is the greatest miracle of Allah for all times
to come. Miracles of past messengers are history. The Qur'an
contains teachings which are revealed anew to new
generations of human beings.
There are numerous miracles in the Qur'an. Here are
People believed that stars and heavenly bodies are stuck
in the blue canopy of the sky. The Qur'an taught that they
all MOVE in pre-determined orbits. It took science a
thousand plus years to recognize this truth.
People in all human history believed that the female
child was the "fault" of the mother. The Qur'an condemned
this attitude and taught that the male sperm is responsible.
A thousand plus years later, modern science takes it for
The Qur'an teaches that the original humans were BLACK
[see sura hijr where this is mentioned twice as well as
indirectly in other chapters.] More than a thousand years
later, scientists found that the original human emerged from
Other than the Qur'an, the books of hadith are superior
to any other published material in history. They are
superior for these 5 reasons:
transmission both orally and in writing,
the character of transmitters,
Hadith scholars were the greatest critics of hadith and
have made it possible for us to know what is actually from
the Prophet, pbuh, and what is not clearly verifiable. The
level of authenticity is about 98%.
Even narratives about WUDU are the same from narrators
who could not meet and were living in Makka, Damascus, Kufa
and Egypt. All weak or fabricated narratives have been
criticized and separated.
So any attack on authentic hadith is an attack on the
foundations pf Islam.
Now look at America and the evil which is being spread
here by the people in power. At the top of the list is the
abomination of homosexuality.
However weak in their faith they may be, Muslims,
Christians and Jews in America know that homosexuality is
not acceptable in their religions.
However, owing to the lack of hadith or original
authentic interpretation of the Bible, the Christians and
the Jews are unable to stop the legitimization of
The Bible is open to interpretation by all and sundry.
Priests and churchmen are being brought out to proclaim that
homosexuality is legitimate.
The government and the people in power destroyed the
moral base of America. After spreading the "glamor" of
adultery and fornication and liquor and drugs and the break
up of marriage bonds, it was not difficult to preach
homosexuality to a nation which has been subjugated.
The man who is the ;president of this tormented nation
is leading the homosexual movement.
With governmental power behind them, the homos are
using the courts to legitimize homosexuality.
They have become so powerful, with the full support of
the Zionist media, that now people can lose their jobs and
businesses if they oppose these groups. It's almost like the
time of the Prophet Lot, pbuh. They are ready to kick out
people who want to be pure. [see the verse of the Qur'an
Even democracy doesn't work. Where Christians have voted
down the homos, the regime has used the courts to overturn
democratic votes. Black churches have opposed the
abomination but have been isolated.
The defeat of the US president's ideology is coming from
Muslim Africa. Senegal has rejected his moves and Gambia has
condemned it. Nigeria and Uganda have shocked Obama with
their rejection. [In Bangladesh there has been a severe
Muslim imams have a duty to uphold the Qur'an and the
authentic hadith. Any Muslim imam who leans towards the
sophisticated propaganda being spread by the Zionists will
have ZERO credibility inshallah.
AFGHAN ELECTIONS FOR ANOTHER FAKE REGIME
by Eric Margolis [Canada]
Afghanistan's national election held this week is a sham. A
group of candidates, handpicked by the US, will pretend to
compete in an election whose outcome has already been
determined - by Washington.
The candidates include US groomed politicians, and
drug-dealing warlords from the Tajik and Uzbek north. Chief
among them, Rashid Dostam, a major war criminal and
principal CIA ally who ordered the massacre of over 2,000
Such is the rotten foundation on which Washington is hoping
to build a compliant Afghan "democracy" that will continue
to offer bases to US troops and warplanes. Afghanistan's
majority, the Pashtun tribes, have little voice in the
The largest, most popular party in Afghanistan, Taliban, and
its smaller ally, Hisbi-Islami, have been excluded as
"terrorists" from the current and past elections. They are
boycotting the vote, rightly claiming it will be rigged and
run by the western powers and their local collaborators. We
see this same pattern of faux democracy across the
If an open vote was held today, Taliban would probably win.
Americans have no problem it seems working with Afghan
Communists, war criminals, and drug kingpins. In fact, under
American rule, opium, morphine and heroin production in
Afghanistan has surged to all-time record highs. This is
After 12 years of using everything in its arsenal short of
nuclear weapons, the mighty US military has failed to defeat
lightly-armed Taliban forces. The Pashtun tribes are almost
certain to keep on fighting indefinitely. A favorite Taliban
saying: "the Americans have watches; we have time." The
Pashtun defeated four British attempts to colonize
Afghanistan, the Soviet effort in the 1980's, and now the US
Afghanistan has proved the longest war in America's history.
As US troops and heavy bombers attacked Taliban position, I
wrote in the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers that
invading Afghanistan was a terrible mistake, a war that
would not be won. Not surprisingly, I was widely
My column of 26-years was blacklisted by a major newspaper
chain after I dared to say the war was lost and a waste of
blood and money.
I knew this having been in the field with the Afghan
mujahidin during the 1980's Great Jihad (holy war) against
Afghanistan's Soviet occupiers - recounted in my "War at the
Top of the World."
A few years later, I was present at the birth of Taliban.
The Pashtun movement arose during the early 1990's Afghan
civil war to fight the mass rape of Afghan women, and combat
foreign-backed Afghan Tajik and Uzbek Communists.
Washington's current plan is to install a new, post-Karzai
Afghan client regime in Kabul, and keep control of the
400,000-man Afghan police and army who fight for US dollars.
The tame Afghan regime will then "invite" some 16,000 US
soldiers and airmen, plus large numbers of tribal
mercenaries, to stay on and keep Taliban at bay.
The key to ongoing US control of Afghanistan is airbases at
Bagram, Kandahar, Herat, and Shindand, supported by bases in
Central Asia, Pakistan and the Gulf. The US and its allies
could not retain their bases across Afghanistan without
mounting hugely expensive 24-hour combat air patrols that
respond within minutes to any Taliban attacks. Without
constant resupply and support from the air, western forces
would be quickly cut off and defeated.
This is one big reason why the war in Afghanistan has so far
cost the US $1 trillion dollars. Billions have disappeared
due to massive corruption. Without a steady stream of US
dollars, the Afghan regime in Kabul would collapse. Pakistan
has been paid over $18 billion since 2001 to fight its own
Taliban and allow US military operations.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama's efforts to cut US
occupation forces in Afghanistan are being openly and
brazenly challenged by his own insubordinate military
commanders who cannot face admitting defeat at the hands of
Taliban - the ultimate humiliation for the high-tech US
But now that China and Russia have challenged the US, the
Pentagon has found a new foe and reasons for ever-bigger
budgets. So it may reluctantly abandon the Afghan
misadventure. After all, who remembers the Vietnam War and
the disgraceful flight from Saigon?
copyright Eric S. Margolis 2014
For German translation of above article please go to
Shootings at two Jewish Centers in Kansas City leave Three Dead.
CNN) -- Three people were dead Sunday after a shooting at
the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in
Overland Park, Kansas, an official said.
Shootings occurred at two locations, and one person is in
custody, said Jason Rhodes, a spokesman for the Overland
Park Fire Department.
A building at the center is on lockdown, and police are at
the scene, the center said in a Facebook post.
CNN affiliate KSHB reported that there were two separate
shootings at Jewish centers in the area -- one at the
community center and one at an assisted living facility.
An Overland Park police officer and Kansas State Trooper
guard the entrance of the Jewish Community Center after a
shooting in Overland Park, Kansas, on Sunday, April 13.
The FBI is at the scene working with local authorities
investigating shootings that occurred at two locations, FBI
spokesman Joel Sealer said.
At the time of the shooting, auditions for a dance
competition and dance recitals were being held at the
community center, KSHB said.
"This was a community center full of young teens, and they
were on lockdown after the shots started. Some of these kids
were taken into locker rooms and told to lay on the floor as
the shots rang out," KSHB reporter Lisa Benson told CNN.
Kashmiri American Leader, Ghulam Nabi Fai Visits Northern California
Report by Ras H. Siddiqui, April 11, 2014
Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai or "Dr. Fai" as he is known by many
people across the world visited Northern California recently
and addressed gatherings in the San Francisco Bay Area,
Monterey and Sacramento. This writer was able to hear his
address to a get together at the Kabob and Chutney
Restaurant in California's Capital on Wednesday, March 26,
2014, an event jointly put together by the American Muslim
Alliance (AMA) and The Pakistan-American Democratic Forum
(PADF) whose leader Dr. Agha Saeed was very much present
here. Dr. Fai was recently released early from a minimum
security facility after being sentenced for activities
related to the Kashmiri-American Council (KAC). The details
of the case are widely available on the internet and will
not be discussed here, but the organizers of his visit had
introduced him both as "The Most Distinguished
Kashmiri-American Thinker" and "The Recently Released
Political Prisoner", a voice of an oppressed people.
One is well aware that Post 9/11 America has had little
patience for Muslims seeking political or even humanitarian
justice worldwide. The damage that the attacks on the Twin
Towers in New York and the Pentagon in 2001 have done to the
Palestinian and Kashmiri cause still lingers. But neither of
these issues has been resolved or gone away. Millions of
people associated with them continue to suffer. And where
there is continued suffering there cannot be peace, with a
potential for violence is never far away.
Speakers at the Sacramento event included Hazem Kira, Talat
Sattar and Muhammad Salim Akhtar. They presented words of
welcome and introduced both Dr. Saeed and Dr. Fai. For the
purpose of this report we will focus on Dr. Fai's speech and
what he had to say. One knows that it is risky to even write
about issues such as Kashmir these days but since Dr. Fai
not only writes, talks and breathes Kashmir he lives it, and
one can see that his passion for the cause of his people has
After greeting everyone Dr. Fai explained the relevance of
the Kashmir issue today. He went back at length into history
and pointed out how American Presidents and other high
officials starting from President Harry Truman to President
Barack Obama (over 60 years of time has passed) have been
both involved and concerned about a place 10,000 miles away
from this country. The Kashmir issue has been brought up at
the UN in a resolution co-sponsored by Britain, France and
China. President Kennedy involved himself in the problem in
1962 and President Clinton called it the most dangerous
place on earth. President Obama has been on record at least
5 times on a willingness to facilitate an understanding on
the issue between India and Pakistan while keeping in mind
the wishes of the Kashmiri people.
"You should not be apprehensive about talking of Kashmir,"
said Dr. Fai. He said that the issue of Kashmir was not
terrorism. He added that even the judge that sent him to
prison said that his work was about bringing peace (between
India, Pakistan and in Kashmir). He added that the movement
since 2008 has been non-violent and a more recent "Million
Man March" in Srinagar brought out more than a million
people with no guns in sight.
Earlier that week in Monterey, California Dr. Fai had
presented 8 points to ponder over that would create the
necessary harmony for peace:Dr. Fai elaborated on these
eight points as: "(i) The rights of all members of
minorities in Jammu and Kashmir should be protected at all
costs; (ii) All those persons who have been displaced from
Jammu and Kashmir since 1947 should be encouraged to
return;( iii) The members of the Pandit community displaced
in the recent past should be facilitated to return and their
rehabilitation guaranteed; (iv) The 'Armed Forces Special
Powers Act' (AFSPA) should be repealed as recommended by the
leadership of civil society of India, like Justice Rajiner
Sachar & Ambassador Kuldip Nayar; (v)The bunkers from
villages and towns need to be dismantled; (vi) The release
of political prisoners would go a long way to hasten the
progress of peace and reconciliation in the region; (vii)
The Kashmiris should be integral component of the ongoing
peace process as they are the primary stake holders. They
should be inclusive in the peace process with India &
Pakistan as it will facilitate permanent, durable and
honorable settlement of the Kashmir dispute and (viii) The
leadership of both India Pakistan must recognize that there
can be no settlement, negotiated or otherwise, without the
active and full participation of the people of Jammu and
Kashmir living on both sides of the Cease-fire Line,
including the Kashmiri diaspora."
In Sacramento speaking on what should be done in America
today, Dr. Fai said that young people in this country need
to step forward, get involved and hold seminars on Kashmir
especially on college campuses. He also called for
increasing the awareness of the Kashmir issue within the
strong Inter-Faith dialogue taking place in America. And
last but not least he called on Muslims to raise their hands
in prayer for people suffering in the region.
During the Question & Answer session that followed Dr. Fai's
speech, one was reminded of a major event that once took
place during the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in 1998,
where the late Nelson Mandela surprised everyone including
the Indian Premier by publicly calling for the need of
resolving Kashmir (and offering NAM's help). On the great
man's recent passing, the mainstream Indian media chose not
to bring up that point as they waxed eloquent about his many
achievements including the ending of Apartheid in
In conclusion one finds that Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai is as
committed as ever to the cause of Kashmir in spite of his
recent incarceration. He remains a man of integrity and
sincerity in many eyes, one who has had to work in an
environment akin to a cesspool where he was certainly not in
the running for a popularity contest. His quest is and
always has been for Kashmiri "Azadi" (Freedom) and for that
he is up against many powerful forces. And we do know that
there is no bigger irritant in the international diplomatic
arena today than an unarmed man who keeps bringing up
unpopular truths (unfortunately), and especially when
everyone knows that he is right!
Pakistan:From Anwar Riazi
Newly Elected Ameer of Jamaate Islami Blasts Pakistani
Ruling Class, Supports the Poor.
JI wants end to VIP culture JI wants end to VIP culture
LAHORE, Apr. 11 Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Sirajul
Haq, has said that the Jamaat e Islami wanted to end the VIP
culture in the country and bring the oppressed masses at par
with the ruling elite.
Addressing the first Friday congregation at Mansoora mosque
after assuming his high office, Sirajul Haq termed the tiny
ruling elite as the greatest threat to the country's
stability, and warned that if the rulers did not change
their attitude, the oppressed masses could rise in revolt.
The JI Chief also counseled the Prime Minister to withdraw
the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) which was a clear
violation of human rights and was bringing bad name to the
He said that besides armed terrorism, Pakistan was also
facing political terrorism and economic terrorism as a tiny
elite class was controlling 95 per cent of the country's
rich resources and exploiting the masses. He said on one
hand was the VP culture while on the other hand, there was
the foot path culture as thousands of children were seen
collecting food items on roads and living on foot paths. Nne
of the feudal lords or capitalists had made any sacrifice
for the sake of Pakistan, it was the poor who rendered
sacrifices for the country. However, after Pakistan came
into being, the feudal and capitalists managed to come to
power. He said it was only because of the corruption and
plunder of the elite that the masses were without basic
necessities of life and the country was under the huge debt
of the IMF and the World Bank.
Sirajul Haq, said that as Finance Minister, he had seen that
whenever there was a move for raising the salaries of the
class four, the bureaucracy would oppose it with full force,
but on the other hand, every suggestion for raising the
perks of the privileges was cleared in no time. This was
because the privileged would not like the poor to stand
equal to them. He said if the elite class did not mend its
ways, time was not far when the deprived masses would rise
in protest and topple the rulers.
He said that Islam bestowed equal rights to all the people
and was the biggest advocate for a welfare society. He said
all man made systems, capitalism socialism, communism could
not stand in the face of Islam's everlasting teachings and
the rulers would have to take shelter under Islam for
building the country a truly peaceful and welfare state,
wherein every citizen had the facilities of education,
health and employment.
The JI Ameer said that Pakistan was destined to be a Islamic
welfare state. He said that he wanted to see the day when
the Chief Justice of Pakistan would have a copy of the Noble
Quran in his hands, the Prime Minster would make the call
for prayer (Azan) and the President would lead the prayers.
With thanks tp Shah Abdul Hannan.
What are the Options for India's Muslims as the month long
Muslims will consider supporting AAP, if it offers concrete
programme for them: Ameer JIH
Posted on 10 April 2014
New Delhi, 10 April
2014: Amid the talk of communal forces emerging stronger,
India is going to polls. The fear of BJP's prime ministerial
candidate Narendra Modi is perhaps more felt by the Muslim
minority than anyone else. The "secular" Congress—charged
with corruption and misrule—does not seem much energetic and
confident at this moment. At this crucial juncture what
strategy should the largest religious minority community of
the country adopt in the upcoming General and assembly
elections? What are the options available for them? To learn
about this and more, Mishab Irikkur, Mohammad Raghib and
Abhay Kumar interacted with Maulana Jalaluddin Omari, the
Amir (national president) of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) last
week at the New Delhi headquarter. The seventy-nine year old
Amir-who is an Islamic scholar and author of dozens of
books-spoke on a host of issues such as elections, politics,
the social and economic problems of Muslims, reservation,
framing of innocent Muslim youth on terror charges etc. The
JIH—which came into existence soon after the Jamaat-e-Islami
had split into two separate organisations during Partition —
is one of the most influential Islamic organizations among
Muslims that mainly does "intellectual" work and carries out
welfare activities as well. The excerpts are as follows.
What are the major concerns of Muslims ahead of the upcoming
Omari: Our Constitution does not discriminate any citizen on
the basis of caste, colour, religion, region, sex etc. It
has also given minorities some special rights related to
their personal laws and culture. Muslims, therefore, should
vote to power those forces, which are committed to upholding
democracy, secularism and the principles of Indian
Constitution. At the same time we should defeat the parties
which are opposed to diversity. The very language of
cultural assimilation is a threat to the spirit of our
Constitution and interests of people.
Which party or coalition should Muslims support?
Omari: There are two main forces or coalitions which are
competing with each other for power at centre. These are the
so-called secular coalition [Congress-led UPA] and BJP-led
NDA. There is also Left-supported Third Front, which
projects itself as an alternative to both the UPA and the
NDA but it does not look quite promising at this moment, for
the Left itself is very weak. The Congress-led UPA
government has not kept its promises to Muslims and even
failed to enact Communal Violence (Prevention, Control and
Rehabilitation of Victims) Bill. The Samajwadi Party
(SP)—which has often been one the favorite for Muslim voters
in UP -was unable to check riots in Muzaffarnagar. Mulayam
Singh today speaks with a forked-tong; while he does not
miss any chance to take potshots at the Congress, it was his
party that came to the rescue of UPA government at the
centre a few years back. Ram Vilas Paswan and Udit Raj could
support and join the BJP respectively but such options are
not available for us. Muslims cannot support the BJP as it
has been involved in riots and the saffron party stands for
cultural assimilation. At this critical juncture, Muslims
should support secular forces, which are committed to the
What about the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)? Could the AAP be a
possible alternative for Muslims?
Omari: The primary focus of the AAP is corruption. I told
Arvind Kejriwal that corruption is a major issue of India
and it does not mean much to backward Muslims in this
country. Most of rickshaw-pullers and cart-pullers are
Muslims. Therefore, the real concerns of Muslims are
security, education, health and employment etc. If the AAP
offers a concrete programme for Muslims, Muslims will
consider supporting it ( Musalman AAP ke bare men ghaur kar
sakte hain). But nothing has been clearly spelt out so far.
Besides, the AAP is yet to state its clear position on the
illegal detention of Muslim youth on terror charges. But we
are happy that the AAP has started taking up the issues of
communalism as a key challenge before the country.
There is a strong view among a section of Muslims that they
should float their own party rather than supporting secular
one. What do you think about this?
Omari: There is no doubt that most of political parties
appear before Muslims at the time of elections. They are
desperate to get Muslims' votes and then forget their
issues. Given this, we often come across such a view that
Muslims should stop rallying behind 'secular' parties and
they, instead, should form their own party. But this is an
emotional claim. How could 14 per cent Muslim minority do
this? But we all know that this is not going to be possible.
In other words, Muslims are not in a position to come to
power on their own in India. What Muslims can do is to
support others in coming to power.
One often hears the talk of division among Muslims community
on caste, region and sect lines. What do you have to say
Omari: One wails that Muslim as a community is divided. It
is true that Muslims are divided but other religions are
more fragmented. Can anyone name the supreme Hindu leaderof
India today? Is Modi the leader of all Hindus? He is
How do you respond to the opinion that Muslims and other
marginalised sections, such as Dalits and OBCs, should get
united to defeat dominant and oppressive upper castes and
Omari: Muslims have tried to go along with Dalits. On the
one hand, Dalits want Muslims to work under their leadership
but on the other hand, one should not forget the basic
difference between them and us. Dalits and OBCs are
considered their own people ( apne log) and a part of
Hinduism by the majority community. Dalits and OBCS—despite
the fact that they are discriminated and placed lower at
ritual hierarchy in Hinduism- worship the same gods and
goddess, as done by the majority of Hindus. Though Dalits
are not allowed to enter some temples but it is also a fact
that they worship in their own temples. Moreover, the
festivals such as Holi and Dipawali are celebrated by both
Brahmins and non-Brahmins. In short, Dalits and OBCs share a
lot with Hindu community in culture and religion, while
Muslims, contrary to Hinduism, follow Islam and believe in
monotheism. It is during a conversation some time back, a
person told me that a Muslim in India could join higher
position in army, and become ministers, governors and even
presidents but she/he will never be trusted to become the
prime minister of the country. Such discrimination is
against the spirit of Indian constitution. Why is this
discrimination? This is because of lack of trust in Muslims.
During the freedom struggle, Muslims sacrificed much more
than their proportion and their contribution was not less
than that of Hindus. But soon after Partition, Muslims
suddenly become the other. Let me give another example to
drive home the point. The social base of the SP is mostly
among Yadavas but Yadavas' votes alone are not sufficient to
help it form government. How does then it reach the corridor
of power? The SPcomes to power because it is supported by
both Yadavas and a large section of the majority community.
Such support cannot come to Muslims.
The Welfare Party of India (WPI) is considered JIH's
political-wing, which is contesting as many as 34 seats in
the 2014 General Election. Does the WPI look promising to
you in the coming elections?
Omari: Unlike the Muslim League and the Social Democratic
Party of India (SDPI), the WPI wants to bring all weaker
sections together. The JIH supports the WPI because it is a
values-based party. However, I do accept that WPI has no
sufficient strength to contest as many as 34 seats but its
strategy seems to aim at creating electoral space.
The ideology of the WPI does not aim at establishing the
Islamic system, as advocated by the JIH. Does this mean that
there is a contradiction between the perspective of the JIH
and that of its political-wing WPI? Has the JIH deviated
from its core ideology?
Omari: We support the WPI. But this does not mean that there
is no difference between the JIH and the WPI. The JIH has
also not deviated from our core ideology of iqamat-e-deen
(establishment of Islam as thecomplete system). The JIH
firmly holds that the Islamic system is an alternative to
the present 'secular' system. But people are yet to be
pursued with iqamat-e-deen in our country. We cannot impose
the Islamic system on people until people generally agree to
it. The JIH, therefore, has been working since its inception
to prepare people in favour of Islamic system. Till then we
will continue to support the present system because this is
the system which allows freedom of expression and
prorogation of one's views.
What has been the JIH doing for addressing the issues of
Muslims, such as security, and education, social and
economic problems? How far has 'Vision 2016', a programme
also supported by the JIH, been successful in achieving its
target of building schools, hospitals, houses etc.?
Omari: Let me first begin with the issue of security.
Thousands of innocent Muslim youths are being framed in
false terror cases. The media trail, which propagates police
version, has done lots of damage to them. We, along with all
other Muslims organisations, have been demanding that an
inquiry, if there is strong evidence, may be done but this
cannot go on and on for years. But it should be ensured that
the enquiry must be completed in a time period. Moreover,
Muslims are also facing social and economic problems. In the
area of education, particularly in higher education, they
are lagging behind. The communal violence in Muzaffarnagar,
which broke out in small areas, proved severe because most
of the Muslims—were poor and uneducated. One may point the
figure at the Muslim community, for it has not taken
adequate measures to help their own co-religionists as done
by the Sikh community. But this is not entirely true and
many Muslim organisations are working for the empowerment of
the community. 'Vision 2016' programme is an example of
this. Under this programme, welfare work has been done in
Assam, Bengal and Bihar. 'Vision 2016' has mainly focused on
the areas of north India as the Muslims of south India are
relatively better off. But my experience says that no
(community)organisation alone can solve the problems of
Muslims unless the government takes responsibility.
Unfortunately, it is yet to become sincere about addressing
What is your view on reservation for Muslims? What criteria
should be followed to implement it?
Omari: Reservations are given to Muslims in some states such
as Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. But there is no such
provision at an all-India level. Mulayam Singh promised
Muslims 18 per cent reservation but he no longer talks about
this. Today Muslims as a community have become backward and
therefore, reservation should be given to them on economic
basis, not on the basis of caste ( samajik tabqat ke buniyad
(Mishab Irikkur (firstname.lastname@example.org), Mohammad Raghib
(email@example.com), and Abhay Kumar
(firstname.lastname@example.org) are pursuing PhD at Jawaharlal
Nehru University, New Delhi.)
- Courtesy twocircles.net
2014-04-14 Mon 20:03:10 cdt