New Delhi, 7 Nov 2014: The Central Advisory Council (CAC) of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind held its 3-day session with Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Omari in the chair at its headquarters here from 2 to 4 November 2014. The JIH-CAC deliberated on the various problems and issues confronting the nation in general and Muslims in particular. On the concluding day of the session, it adopted three resolutions.
In a resolution the JIH-CAC said the BJP-led government at the Centre is now disregarding the announcements and promises of ‘development’ and ‘good governance’ it made during the Lok Sabha election campaign. It appreciated the government measures like Swachh Bharat and adopting one village in every parliamentary constituency for exemplary progress, etc. But it voiced concern over ‘increasing participation of corporates in government functioning’, scraping of constitutional institutions, increasing influence of western culture on the society, and on promoting ‘the values of a particular religion in every sphere of life, which stands in open contravention of the Constitution of India’.
The JIH-CAC has also appealed to the Government to realise that ‘it is the government of the entire country and all its citizens’ and ‘to take care of the interests of all citizens’.
In another resolution the JIH-CAC called upon the Muslims in India to ‘support government decisions which are in accordance with the Constitution of India and for public welfare’, and ‘raise voice in a peaceful manner in the light of the Constitution and law of the land against those measures and decisions which intervene in our beliefs and institutions or whereby efforts are made to subjugate us or which increase the sufferings of the poor, labourers and the suppressed and deprived sections of the society’. It also urged the Muslims to ‘play a positive and constructive role in the progress and advancement of the country’.
In yet another resolution, the JIH-CAC condemned ‘the extremist and violent goings-on in the name of ISIL’ and appealed to the youth ‘not to get influenced by such misleading slogans and appeals as have been declared doubtful and undesirable by eminent Ulema and movements in the Muslim world’.
It also condemned ‘the way sentences are being pronounced against the leaders of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’ and urged the Government of India to use its office ‘for restoration of rule of law and justice in Bangladesh.’
Full text of the resolutions:
To the Indian Muslims
This session of CAC of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind likes to remind the Indian Muslims that:
The Muslim Ummah is a principled Ummah which has been created to promote virtues and protect human beings from evils. History bears witness that whenever the Muslims fulfilled this assigned duty, they emerged triumphant and exultant in the world; and whenever shirked therefrom, they stood botched and ruined and faced troubles. It has been the distinction of this Ummah that due to its certain weaknesses and as per the scheme and will of Allah it had to face trials and tribulations in the various periods of history and then by virtue of its strength of Iman and power of deeds it also came out of the malaise with flying colours. The history of Indian Muslims has been the same. During the last two years this Ummah had to face many serious predicaments but in spite of its certain practical drawbacks it remained firm on its faith and beliefs; no wave of adverse circumstances could shake it out of its fundamental beliefs; every effort to merge it with the majority society went in vain. Now once again the Indian Muslims have been undergoing trials and tribulations. These circumstances are apparently difficult but they also provide the Indian Muslims with an opportunity for their resuscitation. The most important and prime most point in this regard is that we the Indian Muslims do not fall prey to any kind of frustration and disappointment, become the embodiment of Islam in the real sense, and having overcome our moral laxities and practical drawbacks mould our individual, family and social life on Islamic teachings. Let’s foster unity in our ranks, and try to solve the problems, confronting us today or those which might come in the future, with staunch Iman and mutual cooperation. Let’s establish contacts with our fellow countrymen more and more, and try to remove with our sayings and deeds the misunderstandings and misgivings found in certain sections in the country. We are the best, most responsible and law-abiding citizens of the country and we ought to strengthen further this character of ours. Let’s behave with the present government too purposively, support all its measures and decisions which are in accordance with the Constitution of India and for public welfare, and raise voice in a peaceful manner in the light of the Constitution and law of the land against those measures and decisions which intervene in our beliefs and institutions or whereby efforts are made to subjugate us or which increase the sufferings of the poor, labourers and the suppressed and deprived sections of the society. Besides, let’s play a positive and constructive role in the progress and advancement of the country. Let it be clear that faith in Monotheism, Prophethood and the Day of Judgement are our greatest wealth and the foundation of our existence. The stronger it would be, the more deserving of Allah’s help we would be.
To the New NDA Government
With the governance so far of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre, it seems that owing to its particular socio-economic policies this party is now disregarding the announcements and promises of development and good governance this party made during the Lok Sabha election campaign. Although moves like Swachh Bharat, public contacts, adopting one village in every parliamentary constituency for exemplary progress, and Prime Minister’s direct address to the public are indeed worthy, but increasing participation of corporates in government functioning is a matter of concern. Inflation has increased during the last five months; medicines for fatal and complicated diseases, manufactured mostly by multinational companies, are being de-regularised, their prices going further beyond the reach of poor sections. During the election campaign there was much talk of bringing back black money from foreign countries but the new government is evading the issue and in a way it has surrendered. A good scheme of the previous government, MGNREGA has been weakened and rendered ineffective. As for FDI, the present NDA government is taking measures even farther than the previous UPA government. To promote FDI in an important and delicate sector like Defence is rather a matter of grave concern. Important democratic and constitutional institutions like the Planning Commission and the Collegium System of Appointing Judges are being scraped. Likewise, at the social and moral front too, the situation is as usual rather has worsened from different aspects. There has been an increase in the oppression on persons belonging to Dalit and other weaker sections. No practical measure is being taken to contain the bad influence of western culture in the country; rather it has been increasing day by day due to corporate economic policies. The Commission for Women leader’s plea to the Supreme Court to legalise flesh trade is the most alarming move during the new government, which can lead the country to moral abyss.
As for the Muslim community in the country, although the Prime Minister or any other government functionary has not made any irresponsible statement or declared any dangerous decision against it, however some practical measures of the government and many statements and demands made by the office bearers of the organisations allied to the ruling party are damaging not only to the Muslim citizens but to all citizens as well. The RSS chief has underlined publicly the need to rewrite history. The process of saffronisation of education and culture in BJP-led States has been accelerated. Efforts are being made to promote the values of a particular religion in every sphere of life, which stands in open contravention of the Constitution of India.
This session of the CAC of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind appeals to the Government at the Centre to realise first of all that it is the government of the entire country and all its citizens; therefore, it will have to take care of the interests of all citizens.
On the Disquieting Developments in the Muslim World
This session of the CAC of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind expresses its concern over the ongoing violence and grave situation prevailing in the Muslim world. That the world powers have made this entire region the centre of their unholy machinations and abominable struggle for their dominance is a matter of concern for world peace.
Efforts are being made to create lawlessness in Syria, Iraq and other West Asian countries and thus implement the plan to divide the Muslim countries in small chunks based on sects and factions. It is a matter of sorrow that the rulers in Muslim countries are often puppets in the hands of world powers in this unholy game.
This session condemns the extremist and violent goings-on in the name of ISIL and appeals to the youth not to get influenced by such misleading slogans and appeals as have been declared doubtful and undesirable by eminent Ulema and movements in the Muslim world.
This session condemns Israel’s barbaric raids on Gaza, Jerusalem and particularly Masjid al-Aqsa, and congratulates the brave people of Gaza for their courage and valour. Following its defeat in Gaza, now Israel is bent upon damaging the sanctity of Masjid al-Aqsa. The session strongly demands from the international community to recognise the independent state of Palestine and exploit its power and influence to prevent the barbarism of Israel.
This is a matter of shame for the civilized world that in spite of claims of democracy and human rights the people in the Muslim world are being deprived of forming their governments and running their affairs on their own. There is no hope in sight for restoration of democracy in Egypt. An important opposition party in Bangladesh is being made victim of barbaric and inhuman oppression just to meet political expediency and all known and civilized values of law and justice are being violated openly in the name of war crimes. This session severely condemns the way sentences are being pronounced against the leaders of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami. The session demands from the Government of India to exploit its power and influence for restoration of rule of law and justice in Bangladesh.
On the other hand, the free election in Tunisia and the act of Al-Nahda to accept the election results open-heartedly has created a new hope for democracy in the Arab world. These two contradictory developments in Egypt and Tunisia prove that the real standard-bearers of the spirit of democracy in the Muslim world are Islamic Movements, and the real enemies of democracy are the so-called liberal elements and supporters of the west.
This session of the CAC appeals to the people in the Muslim world to realise the gravity of the situation, having overcome the differences on the basis of factions and sects, foster unity in their ranks, identify the forces having sincere sympathy with the people and strengthen their power, and get rid of anti-people powers instrumental in international machinations.