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MONTHLY    *    Vol 13-03 No:147    *   MARCH 1999/ ZIL-HIJJAH 1419H
email: editor@islamicvoice.com

JAMAAT CONFERENCE


Against Evils, For Peace! : The Jamaat meet, attended by more than 70,000 delegates, pledges to strive for an evil-free society
Jamaat Resolutions : Stop Vulgar Media Programmes, Restore Title Suit of Babri Masjid
Hi-Tech Hospital in Wilderness


Against Evils, For Peace! : The Jamaat meet, attended by more than 70,000 delegates, pledges to strive for an evil-free society

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The theme of the Jamaat e Islami Hind's South India conference in Bangalore.
The verse Fefrru ilallah means Rush towards God.

By Javed .G.

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BANGALORE: The three-day South-India Conference of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind at Shikaripalya, 20 kms from here, attracted around 70,000 delegates, 18,000 of them women and 5,000 non-Muslims. The Jamaat chief Maulana Mohammed Sirajul Hasan inaugurated the conference on February 19th, preceded by Friday prayers led by Dr. Sheikh Seyam, former imam of Masjid-e-Aqsa at Jerusalem. Apart from Karnataka, thousands of delegates came from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Goa and Pondicherry.

The three-day meet reiterated its commitment to building a society where human rights are secured, life and property of all are protected, men not exploited by other men and where people are not discriminated against on the basis of their creed, region or language.

The preparations for the conference had been on for the past several months. The organisers were overwhelmed by the massive turnout. “The attendance at the conference was more than expected. We had expected that there would be a turnout of around 60,000. But people responded overwhelmingly to our call”, says chief organiser M P Basheer.

Fafirru Illallah, (Rush Towards Allah), was the theme of the conference. Banners and hoardings, inviting people to the conference had been displayed in the city for months before the conference in the city.

The much-awaited conference offered many attractions to the delegates. Many prominent personalities of different communities took part in the mega event. An exhibition on Islam and a book stall containing Islamic books in all South-Indian languages received a constant flow of visitors.

A scene of the Jamaat conference in session on Feb. 20. Seated right are Maulana Shafi Moonis, Maulana Abdul Aziz, Ameer Jamaat Maulana Mohd. Sirajul Hassan, Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque Dr. Sheikh Mohammad Al-Seyam, Maulana Rafiq Qasimi, Mohammad Iqbal Mulla.
BELOW : Rof. L S Sehsagiri Rao is realeasing the Telugu translation of a book at
the Jamaat conference on Feb. 20.

In his opening remarks, the Jamaat chief, Maulana Mohammed Sirajul Hasan, while referring to the present political turmoil in the country, said that the people had only two choices. ‘Election or corruption’. He said that elections being held every one and two years in the country was not a good sign for the country’s development. He explained the aims and objectives of the Jamaat saying that they were based on the teachings of the Holy Qur’an and the life of Prophet Muhammed (Pbuh). “The Qur’an invites entire mankind to seek guidance. Our message is also to humanity irrespective of religion, caste, creed etc.,” he said. He added that the theme of the conference Fafirru Illalah (Rush Towards Allah), symbolises the message of Jamaat. During his speech he denied foreign links. He said the Jamaat-e-Islami of Bangladesh, Kashmir, Sri Lanka and Pakistan were totally different.

Separate pavilion was built for the 18,000 odd women who gathered. Parallel sessions went along for them in which women speakers who came from different regions spoke. Among the prominent ones were Nasira Khanum, Sajida Tabassum and Dr Afrozunnisa.

Taking care of non-Muslims who participated, only vegetarian food was served. “The convenience of our non-Muslim brethren was our top-most priority,” said Mr Basheer. All the speeches in both the sessions were translated into Kannada, Tamil and Telugu.

A symposium on “India - Present and Future”, marked the climax of the conference. Eminent personalities including Justice (retd) R S Narula, chairman, Forum for Democracy and Communal Amity, Justice Sardar Ali Khan, former chairman, Minorities Commission, Patil Puttappa, veteran journalist and Ezra Sargunam, Bishop of the South-India Church, Chennai participated in the symposium. Dr F R Faridi, noted economist from Aligarh, presided over the session.

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All the participants of the symposium spoke at length about the deteriorating law and order situation in the country, attacking fascist forces, holding them responsible for such a situation. The speakers that represented different communities took notice of the problems facing the minorities. The growing atrocities on minorities, especially the ones on Christians in recent months, became a topic of discussion. Bishop Ezra Sargunam said that in less than one year of the BJP rule at the centre, there were hundreds of attacks on Christians, on churches and the burning of a missionary who worked with lepers. He added, “minorities were being attacked in some parts of the country because Christianity and Islam did not believe in caste system”. He further said that there were attempts by some to rewrite the Constitution to suit their ends and these were not good trends.

Justice Sardar Ali Khan underlined the importance of checking the onward march of fascist and divisive forces. “The country is passing through a critical period and the forces of communalism, decentralisation and degradation are active as never before,” said the former chairman of minorities panel. While maintaining that majority of Indians of all communities were truly secular, Justice Khan recalled the days of Akbar and Ashoka when society was secular and pointed out that efforts were on to degrade this common heritage.

Most of the speakers applauded Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee for his bus-trip to Lahore terming it as ‘a historic event’ and an admirable step. Bishop Sargunam said, “the Prime Minister should follow this up by taking a bus trip to Ayodhya and laying the foundation for reconstruction of Babri Masjid.”

Another important programme was the ‘Milli session’ in which several Muslim leaders participated. ‘Unity of Ummah’ was the topic and the participants comprised Maulana Hafiz-ur-Rehman of Ahl-e-Hadees, Maulana Saud Aalam Qasmi of Aligarh, Syed Ghulam Hussain Raza Aaqa, the Shiite representative of Ali Khameini in India, the spiritual leader of Iran and a few others. All speakers expressed concern over the growing strife in the Ummah and called upon the Muslims to fight against conspiracies laid to divide them.

At the end of the conference, the Jamaat adopted a resolution, pledging itself to continue to strive for the social and moral upliftment of people. It drew attention to the rights of women saying that women should have all human rights, dignity and their role in society. It accused the media of corrupting the morality and character of the youth for business interests and condemned the anti-Muslim approach of the media which tended to project all Muslims as ISI agents and anti-nationals. It appealed to Muslims to keep the media informed about their activities so that their image did not get distorted.

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Jamaat Resolutions : Stop Vulgar Media Programmes, Restore Title Suit of Babri Masjid

By A Staff Writer

BANGALORE: The Jamaat e Islami Hind has urged the media to shun the vulgarising of culture and art. In a resolution at the end of the South India conference here on February 22, the Jamaat said the government needs to review the policy of unbridled economic liberation which in its wake had imported a wave of vulgar and obscene literature and electronic media programme.

The Jamaat condemned the trend towards commercialisation of women and urged the society to accord women the dignity and honour due to them. It said Islam accorded women a status in keeping with biological traits and natural characteristics. In another resolution, the jamaat appealed to the media to eschew to maligning the Muslims and Islam. The Jamaat urged the government of India to conduct the Babri Masjid title suit on a day to day basis and avoid misleading the people about the nature of the dispute. It said the Muslim stand on the issue had been a rational one. The Jamaat endorsed the view that the Kashmir dispute should be resolved between India and Pakistan through mutual consultation and by taking the people of the state into confidence.

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Hi-Tech Hospital in Wilderness

By Javed G.

It was a wonderful ensemble. Of men, machine, drugs and people in distress. All for a brief while. Just for three days. The monumental effort itself claimed almost a fortnight. Machines were moved from Bangalore. Drugs were donated by leading pharmaceutical and private donors in the city. But, more than this it was the dedicated team of doctors, 50 in all, who worked day and night to create the campsite hospital that came up in the wilderness of Shikaripalya, the venue of Jamaat e Islami ijtima on the outskirts of Bangalore. The hospital was hi-tech. At the head of the team were two qualified American and British trained doctors, Taha Mateen and K. S. Javed. 50 others assisted them. Among them were five non-Muslim doctors too, fuelled by the service motto only. The women’s section was headed by Dr. Asifa who had 20 of her colleagues assisting her.

With 25 beds, an OP department, two ambulances, oxygen cylinders, nebulisers, insulin injections and blood monitoring facility for diabetics, emergency kit for cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, minor surgical care like suturing and dressing, stretcher facility and above all, round the clock service, the hospital was a big draw. According to Dr. Matheen, at no point of time the beds were vacant. “At any given time, we had five to six patients who required constant attention”, says he. “The most alarming case that we handled was that of Abdul Rahim, who came with a swollen eye, choked throat (difficulty in breathing) and formation of hives (urticaria) on the skin. He had been a victim of a Penicillin dose, to which he was allergic. Thanks to timely attention, he was snatched from the jaws of death.

Several pharmaceutical companies, Cipla, Natco, Microlabs, Astra-IDL, SmithKline and Beecham, etc. extended voluntary help. Others too chipped in with their mite. The makeshift hospital liaised with many local hospitals such as Shifa, Swamy and Mediscan for those who needed hospitalisation.

The very sight of the facility made many a people sick and it took lot of persuasion on the part of the doctors to convince that the hospital was meant for only those who needed emergency help or ailments due to the change of climate. Yet the flow of the “sick” and the really sick was unceasing. Even those with the age old complaints like acidity and headaches made a beeline. It was also a windfall for the villagers nearby. As he put smilingly: “Our hospital and availability of medicines brought down the shutters of nearby medical stores for three days.”

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