Targeting mosques hurting Muslims and the country as well – Syed Sadatullah Husaini

February 16, 2024

Kozhikode: In a powerful display of unity against right-wing fascism, thousands gathered in Kozhikode, Kerala for a mass rally and fraternal conference organized by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Kerala under the banner of “Resist Hindutva.”

The event was inaugurated by the President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Syed Sadathullah Husaini. Addressing the gathering he voiced concern over the growing aggression against mosques in the country. Hussaini warned that these attacks would not only adversely affect Muslims but also hurt the entire nation. He said, “The chief ministers of the BJP-ruled states are competing with one another in spreading hate. Thousands of acres of land have been encroached but mosques are being demolished at night alleging that they are built on encroached land. The conference is a declaration that people are not ready to surrender.”

Men, women, and children assembled in their thousands and collectively voiced their opposition to the discriminatory agenda and anti-Muslim campaign unleashed by right-wing forces in the country. The rally featured giant banners highlighting key issues, including the campaign to forcibly acquire Gyanvapi and Mathura mosques, and instances of anti-Muslim violence across India.

Among the prominent speakers addressing the gathering was Abdul Batin Nomani, the Imam of Gyanvapi Mosque. Nomani vehemently refuted right-wing claims, declaring them false and fabricated. He emphasized that historical records in Varanasi did not support the existence of a temple at the mosque’s location, challenging the right-wing’s narrative. Nomani clarified that the area purportedly used for worship was, in reality, a site near the mosque designated for storing temple assets.

The diverse array of voices at the conference included Muslim scholars, leaders, journalists, and Dalit writers, collectively reinforcing the importance of unity in diversity. Through impassioned speeches, they highlighted the need for solidarity in confronting the challenges posed by communalism and bigotry, advocating for a more inclusive and harmonious society for all.

As the event concluded, the resounding message was clear: a broad coalition stands united against the rising tide of intolerance and discrimination, emphasizing the shared resolve to create a society that embraces diversity and rejects divisive ideologies.

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