In a unique event, Muslims and Hindus came together on Sunday to take part in the birth anniversary celebrations of Prophet Mohammed and announced the launch of a campaign to spread the message – “Muhammad (PBUH) For All”.
The function was held at the YB Chavan Centre at Nariman Point and was presided over by Ejaz Ahmed Aslam, Secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind. Speakers after speakers – comprising religious scholars and intellectuals highlighted the saying of the Prophet and condemned terrorism. Mr.Ram Puniyani, Prof, IIT Mumbai and Ms.Pratima Joshi were the other prominent speakers who lend their support for the campaign.
Prof.Ram Puniyani, Professor, IIT, Mumbai praised the teaching of prophet Muhammad(PBUH) and clarified Islam is the total surrender of people towards Allah for peace. The tension between Hindu and Muslims are not because of Religion but because of Politics.
The Jamaat-e-Islami Hind-Maharashtra also launched “Muhammad for All”, a state-wide campaign to introduce the last Prophet of Allah and reject the belief that he is for the Muslims only. The campaign would be from February 17-28.
Jamaat has set up several groups consisting of the leading Muslim and Non Muslim personalities, Activists, Intellectuals and Social Organizations of Maharashtra who will travel across and will reach out to its targeted 2 crore people with the message.
Jamaat will specifically target the social evils like social injustice, female feticide, dowry; child labour, liquor, corruption, human rights violation, terrorism, violence etc.
Nazar Mohammed Madu, President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Maharashtra said: “India is a plural society and we like to request our brothers and sisters to please try and understand Islam also.” He further explains the campaign, “this is the first time that not only the Ulemas of different sects like Jamiat-e-Ulema, Jamiat-e-Ahle hadis, Ulema Council, and Shia but our brothers from Bamcef and Maratha Samaj, Satya Shodhak Samaj, and others are the co-organizers of this campaign.”
Mr.Purshottam Khedekar, President of Maratha Sewa Sangh, said, “Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) has come with the Message of Universal Brotherhood, Peace and equality, which is infinite in nature and should be implemented. It’s wrong to confine his Personality to Muslims only. It’s the people who see great personalities for the some set of people. It’s him who wanted to unite and integrate human beings. He appealed for the better society and good governance. He fought with the people who fought with him.”
Prof.Ram Puniyani, IIT Mumbai said, “Muhammad PBUH has taught about Peace and Justice but maliciously Islam is related to Terrorism now days. He always preached against the violence and taught universal brotherhood.
Mr.B.N Hirdekar, Examiner Shivaji University, Kolhapur, said: “It’s very surprising to see 1400 Years old Teaching of Muhammad PBUH is very relevant today. Like he shuns casteism, exploitation in the name of region, religion, gender and taught Universal brotherhood. He also taught about Kids right which was only brought to us in the year 1969. He routed out Slavery when it was a routine.”