A delegation of prominent Muslim leaders of the country met the Home Minister Rajnath Singh earlier today and apprised them of the various problems that the Muslim community is facing. Rajnath Singh not only gave an empathetic ear to the problems but also assured the community leaders that all their concerns will be taken care of. He assured the community elders that they have no reasons to feel threatened or unsafe. Attraction of Muslim youth towards Middle-East based terror organizations, even though in small number, too was discussed in detail.
Informing RNI about the details of the meeting, prominent Muslim leader from Delhi Kamal Faruqui called this meeting a very positive development and said all the important issues pertaining to the community were discussed. Issues discussed most prominently were the waqf issue, the issue of minority character of Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia besides the threat faced to country by so-called Islamic terrorism and how to tackle the menace.
Prominent cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad was high praise for the positive discussions that were carried out. Informing RNI about the proceedings, he said the chief issue discussed was how to contain the threat of ISIS. The delegation told the Home Minister that such people are anti-Islam and have no relation with the religion of Islam, which propagates peace and fraternity. General consensus was that the Ulemas should use various platforms including the pulpit to speak against these terrorists and expose them. Maulana Kalbe Jawad also stressed that the sources of their funding should be checked and stopped.
The delegation also brought to the notice of Home Minister the several cases of Muslim youth who were caught with terrorism charges but later found innocent by courts after a long trial lasting several years. A valid question raised was if they were innocent, who were the real perpetrators of the heinous acts. The real culprits are being let off while the innocent are being caught in the name of terrorism.
As regards to issues related to waqf, Rajnath Singh assured the delegation that various problems are being studied and certain concrete steps will be taken in the near future. The Home Minister was also briefed about the problems pertaining to the minority character of the Muslim institutions and the likely fallout if this was carried forward.
In his remarks, Rajnath Singh said India’s traditions and family values will overcome the nefarious designs of terrorist groups and that while the traction that ISIS has got in India is extremely limited, and almost insignificant in comparison to other countries, there is a need to keep up vigil on all fronts, and not let down the guard in any manner.
Rajnath Singh also mentioned about the need for the formation of a community comprising prominent Muslim Ulemas and leaders, so that regular discussions are carried out. This will ensure that problems of the community will reach the Home Minister and two way communication carried out unabated.
The delegation included prominent Sunni and Shias Ulemas including Maulana Wahid Hussain Chishti of Ajmer Sharif, Maulana Arshad Madani of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, Maulana Asghar Ali Imam Mehdi of Jamiat Ahle Hadees, Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan, Mustafa Faruqui and others besides Kamal Faruqui and Maulana Kalbe Jawad Naqvi. The meeting which lasted nearly two hours was also attended by NSA Ajit Doval and senior Home Ministry officials.