New Delhi 23rd September
All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board [AIUMB] has while condemning terror attack on Military camp at URI in Kashmir has criticized Pakistani establishment for creating havoc in the lives of People of Jammu & Kashmir who have otherwise identified with India and taking part in all constitutional and administrative institutions of the country.
President of the Board and founder Hazrat Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichchawchchvi said in a statement released from Chittorgarh of Rajasthan and read in all the unit meetings that, Islam never allows killing of innocent people. The government, military establishment and secret agencies in Pakistan are working overtime to destabilize peace and tranquility in Kashmir which is disservice to Kashmir youth as they have every right to acquire higher education participate in nation building and become proud citizens of India.
In Delhi AIUMB condemned Uri Attack in demonstration led by Shah Hasan Jamee National Secretary AIUMB and Syed Farid Ahmad Nizami, Syed Shadab Hasan Rizawi. Syed Alamgir Ashraf President AIUMB Maharashtra lead a protest in Nagpur, Maulana Ale Rasul Ahmad Qadri in Lucknow (UP),Maulana Ramzan Ali Naeemi president AIUMB Punjab in Bhatinda,Syed Salman Chishty in Ajmer . Local units of bhilwara (Rajasthan) ,Ludhiana (Punjab), Nautanwa ( Maharaj gunj,UP ) have also recorded their protest.
AIUMB president further said that the unfinished agenda in Kashmir is to get the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) vacated from Pakistani military and government of India must pursue this part in all global forums including UN.
In meetings held today in almost all the branches of AIUMB including Head Office in New Delhi, the participants expressed anguish over the disturbances in valley since 8th July after death of a dreaded terrorist Burhan Wani of Terror outfit Hizbul Mujahedffn who was glorified by Nawaz Sharif the Pakistani Prime Minster ignoring all the sensitivity of India.
The participants were clear in their assertion that Pakistan is destabilizing Kashmir only to divert attention of the Pakistani people who are fed with Nawaz Sharif for his bad governance or no governance. The situation of Baluchistan, POK, Northern areas also came up for discussion with special reference to Brahabdagh Khan Bugti ,exiled son of assassinated Bloch iron man Nawab Akbar Bugti ,because Junior Bugti has prayed for political asylum in India. Atrocities on Pakistani people by Nawaz Sharif regime has created peoples unrest and so Pakistani establishment has started death and destruction in Kashmir with a strong hope of easing out local pressure.
AIUMB units all over India pledged their support to the actions to be taken by Government of India and demanded that harsh steps are taken to force Pakistan from trouble mongering in the peaceful localities, Ceasefire violations on control line and terror attacks on military establishment like Uri.
Hazrat Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashraf, president and founder of All India Ulama &Mashaikh Board attended Istanbul Conference on “Islamic movements and its ill effects on Asia Pacific”. The dates o f the three days conference were 13th to 16thOctober 2015. He left New Delhi on 12th October.
This was an international gathering in which Hazrat represented Indian Muslims. He started his extempore speech on the current state of affairs asking to see through the game played by Islamists who are also clerics. The tone of the speech was conciliatory and inclusive. Representing India in any international forum needs some tact and knowledge, which was displayed wisely and brilliantly by the president AIUMB.
He started with AIN, a letter in Urdu, Arabic, Persian alphabet to describe that ilm and ishq both words (equivalent to love and knowledge in English) start from ain. Ain also means eye. Anyone can not have complete vision unless he has both the eyes i.e. both ain works in harmony. To complete a personality you need both love and knowledge. Those who are deprived of one of them either ishq or ilm, inflict damage. There are movements that are led by clerics. These clerics have knowledge (ilm) but they lack love for the prophet (Ishq e Rasool)
He said Indian Muslims are 15 % in country’s population. Though there are aberrations, yet India guarantees freedom of faith under the constitution and Indian Muslims enjoy that freedom on a great level. Islam came to India through ocean and landed in Kerala but in heartland India it was propagated by Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti R.A. who made Ajmer in Rajasthan, his base for connecting with people and dispensing knowledge and preaching peace, harmony, unity, co existence and love. Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti alone attracted 900 lacks of people toward Islam through his preaching and practices.
In this context, Hazrat Maulana Mohammad Ashraf dwelled much on redefining the social strata among the Muslims and was brilliant enough to place his theory of settlers, prospectus and pioneer. In his redefinition of social strata, settlers are those who live to remain confined with the everyday needs of life. They are in huge majority, to say 80%. House, food, cloths engage their attention and eat up all their energy and time while these workers, peasants small business men, middle class , upper middle class and professionals grow in generations to graduate to the next class which is to be named Prospectus. Prospectus (about 20%) consists of elite class Capitalists, Academicians, business men, industrialists and so on. This class harps on achieving more and more and in these process losses his connect with the Pioneer. While, historically Pioneer was the main guide some centuries ago. Kings and rulers used to obey and pay respects to the pioneer .Pioneer (some 5 % to 10% in the population) used to guide the prospectus to secure welfare for the public mostly consisting settlers. In this way there was a systemic line up between the pioneer, prospectus and settlers. This system has wrecked. People are thriving on freedom from the pioneer and that is why there are independent leaders and movements doing much harm to the world including Asia pacific region which is the topic of the day.
ASIA Pacific is suffering like any other part of the globe. Somewhere there is Wahhabism, somewhere there is Salafism. The message of Islam has been peace but the followers of Islam have taken route of violence because the pioneer link is missing from the system in these three centuries. Till 17Tth century Islam was serving the humanity in each field of knowledge. Muslims invented Algebra. They worked a lot on Astronomy. They were inventors and academicians but after 17th Century period things went bad. All the academic and other investments were done in another sphere and the movements were shape to be finally recognized as ideology of death and destruction.
Even the kings in Ottoman Empire used to derive strength from the pioneer. The system was productive. Pioneer was effective in making prospectus to take care of the settlers.
Hazrat Maulana Mohammad Ashraf concluded is speech by saying; I am of the strong opinion that the real value system in Islamic societies must be restored to make a productive connection between the three.
After the conference he met President Tayyip Erdogan, Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Latif Sener and also the Minster of Religious Affairs Dinayet Iseri Baskanligi.It was his second visit of Turkey as representative of Indian Muslims and also as a respected and admired panellist. First was also related to an international conference on Peace in Afghanistan.
During his stay in Turkey, President of the Board also met with Ulama & Mashaikh of Istanbul and Konya. Members of Syrian delegation in the conference also had a meeting with President of AIUMB apart from Sufis of Balkans. It was also an occasion to see clerics of Naqshbandi, Shazli and Rafai orders. President of the Board recorded his attendance in two Khanqahs of Indian Sufis in Turkey .Both of these two Sufis have their roots in Allahabad in UP. Both are from Chishty order. The people in Turkey remember one of them as Khamosh Peer and the other as Hazrat Ta’ous Hindi. Khamosh peer used to recite and explain Masnavi of Maulana Rome. After visiting the Khanqah of these two Sufis of Indian origin, the President AIUMB met Municipal authorities to request them to take care of these Dargahs of Indian Sufis and make more arrangements for providing basic amenities there. Authorities were kind to assure they would take extra care of these two Khanqahs. During each outing the President AIUMB created contacts with authorities to have more and more knowledge about the technicalities of manning and managing religious places.
Some 125 delegates who gathered to attend this conference had come to represent 37 countries including Afghanistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Cambodia, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Borneo, Maldives, Brunei, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam and South Korea.
By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi
October 17, 2015
In the wake of rising Islamophobia, terror attacks and wars in Muslim countries, the Presidency of Religious Affairs of Turkey has come to the fore to exert effective efforts for global Muslim solidarity. During the last few years, it has organized several events bringing together Muslim clerics from around the world including a summit of Eurasian Muslims, the African Countries Religious Leaders Summit, a convention of European Muslims, a meeting of clerics from Balkan countries and a summit of religious leaders in Latin American and Caribbean countries. In a continued effort to uphold its noble cause, it has been bringing together top Islamic scholars promoting unity among Muslims in the face of violence stemming from sectarian strife and other internal struggles in Muslim countries.
In its continued effort to reaffirm the global Muslim unity, the Presidency of Religious Affairs of Turkey (D?B) in association with Directorate General of Foreign Affairs and Department of Muslim Countries & Communities organised First Asia & Pacific Countries Muslim Religious Leaders’ Summit. This 4-day international event brought together Muslim clerics from Asian and Pacific countries in Istanbul. Aimed at establishing global unity among Muslims, this event started on October 12, 2015, and lasted today after Friday prayer (called “Cuma Prayer” in Turkish language) in Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque). Thus, the summit will go down in history as the latest bid by the state-run organisation to enhance universal brotherhood and fraternity of Muslims the world over.
The summit was mainly titled, “Unity in Multiplicity: Rethinking Hikmah (Wisdom) and Peace Together”. Nearly 125 religious leaders from 37 countries, from Afghanistan to Australia and to tiny Pacific nations participated and presented their views and papers in this summit. However, there were numerous sub-titles and other broader themes on which the participants expressed their views and presented their papers. Some crucial topics among them were:
• Muslims at Regional Level: Challenges, Solution Suggestions and The Possibility of Cooperation
• The Challenges with the Religious Education and Services in Islamic Institutions, Solution Suggestions and The Possibility of Cooperation
• The New Movements of Thought in Islamic World and Their Adverse Effects on Muslim Nations in Asian-Pacific Countries
• Common Challenges Facing Muslim Minorities and the Future of Islamic World
Besides, there were subsequent sessions for general presentation of representatives of different Muslim countries. Mehmet Görmez, the head of the D?B and chairman of the Peace and Moderation Permanent Contact Group in Turkey spoke at the very outset. He stated: “the summit was aimed to re-establish religious, historical and cultural ties between Muslim countries and communities in Asian and Pacific countries and Turkey”. He further said, “We are here to exchange knowledge with brothers we haven’t met for decades. The summit does not aim to impose any thoughts on Muslim communities or take problems from other parts of the Islamic world to those regions”. “This is a meeting to discuss cooperation opportunities after a long period of inaction. We are meeting to exchange experiences on providing religious services addressing our age’s needs”, said Mr. Görmez.
Mr. Görmez also highlighted the “struggle within the Islamic world” and called on all Asia Pacific Muslims to help their Muslim brothers in the Middle East and Balkans. “All Muslims are equal. No one is superior to the other regardless of geography, language, ethnicity and wealth,” he said. He also warned that when people lose wisdom, peace disappears along with it as well.
Among participants of this international Muslim religious summit were Muslim clerics, Imams, Sufi scholars and officials from several Asia Pacific countries, including Afghanistan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. A number of eminent Islamic scholars from India and Pakistan also addressed the international Muslim gathering.
Speaking in this event, Delhi-based apex body of Indian Sunni Muslims, All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board’s Founder-President Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichauchawi said: “Asia-Pacific countries, where most of the world’s Muslims live, are today an appropriate place to examine Islamic Movements’ status and direction. Across the region, religious and political dynamics are highlighting the possible future role of Islam.”
He further said that “Islam in Asia-Pacific countries is a legacy of Sufi saints who disseminated their pluralistic messages at a time when the idea of religious tolerance was not even debated in a large part of Western Europe. They laid greater emphasis on the broader Qur’anic notion of wasatiyyah (moderation in life) maintaining a moderate narrative of Islam which exhorts man not to transgress the limits determined by God”, he said.
Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichauchawi also said that “at a time when the extremism has penetrate the Asia-pacific countries in different forms, Sufi Ulama, Mashaikh, Imams and muftis from Morocco to India to Bosnia to Chechnya to Pakistan to UAE to war-torn Syria –including Shia community, have come out to tackle the onslaught of religious extremism”. “So far, Sufi Islamic scholars and clerics and their organisations have held back the tide of extremism and radicalism”, he said.
Syed Mohammad Ashraf strongly condemned all groups who are perpetrating terrorist acts in the name of Islam. “Terror is terror, it has no relation to any religion, and it is a grave threat to all humanity,” he said. He also condemned the last terror act in Turkey. “No matter which religion it comes from, we condemn such terror incidents, he said. He hoped that the summit would help rebuild deep cultural and historical relations and values between Muslim countries.
During their speeches, Afghanistan Hajj Minister Feyz Mohammad Osmani and Indonesia’s Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin offered their condolences to Ankara victims, who were killed in the twin bombings Saturday, which left at least 97 people dead.
About the challenges facing Islamic countries today, Saifuddin highlighted the role that education could play in confronting the challenges, adding that through education “we will be able to find solutions to the crucial problems that the Islamic countries have faced in the last several decades”.
Bangladeshi Minister for Religious Affairs Matior Rahman, head of Islamic Association of China Hilaluddin Chang Guangyang, Malaysia’s Religious Adviser to the Prime Minister Abdullah Bin Muhammad Zin, and Minister of Muslim Religious Affairs of Sri Lanka Mohamed Hashim Abdul Haleem also delivered speeches at the summit. Governor of Istanbul Vasip Sahin and Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas were also present at the summit. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus also spoke at the summit about the paramount significance of justice, freedom, and responsibility in Muslim countries.
According to the Turkish officials and organisers, the event was solely aimed at recognising Muslims in Asian and Pacific countries, exchanging ideas on problems of the Islamic world and discussing solutions, re-establishing historical ties with Muslim countries and communities in the Asia-Pacific region and discussing opportunities for cooperation in religious education and services. The summit also dealt with the effects of new mindsets in the Muslim world on the Asia-Pacific Muslim communities, the future of the Muslim world and Islamophobia.