Muslim delegation under Maulana Mahmood Madani urges the Home Minister to take stern action against perpetrators of violence

Muslims are being deliberately targeted by organisations and individuals who are purportedly affiliated with the ruling party, not the government's plans.

Muslim delegation under Maulana Mahmood Madani urges the Home Minister to take stern action against perpetrators of violence
Muslim delegation under Maulana Mahmood Madani to meet Home Minister

Delegation calls on Home minister at his residence 

New Delhi, April 5, 2023: Concerned about the violence committed against Indian Muslims in various parts of the nation on the occasion of Ram Navami, a delegation of Muslim religious and national leaders met with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and asked him to take stern action against the perpetrators of violence.

Under the leadership of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind President Maulana Mahmood Asa'd Madani,  a 16-member Muslim delegation met the Home Minister at his residence late on Tuesday evening. Besides planned communal violence, the delegation also raised a range of issues including arbitrary scrapping of Muslim reservation in Karnataka, unabated  hate Campaign and Islamophobia, growing incident of mob lynching, raking up of  Uniform Civil Code,  attack on the autonomy of religious seminaries,  situation in Kashmir, forced evacuation in Assam, protection of Waqf Property and others. During the meeting which lasted more than one hour,   Muslim leaders also brought to the home minister's notice the bail issue of Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui and Umar Gautam.

President of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Maulana Mahmood Asa'd Madani stated in his opening remarks that efforts are being made to drive the second largest majority of the country into a cave of despair and that the situation in the country is being contaminated by the open proclamation of hate and communal passion, as a result of which, in addition to economic and commercial loss, the good name of the country is also affected. In this circumstance, we anticipate that you will act quickly to restrain these anti-national individuals and organizations.

On this, the Home Minister responded that "We are also concerned about the religious tension and bloodshed this time around on the occasion of Ram Navami festival.  In the states where we do not have our party governments, we have tried to control it through the governor or chief minister, and where we have our governments, whatever incidents have happened, strict action will be taken, the Home Minister said after carefully reading the points and demands made by the delegation.

Regarding the incidents of mob lynching, the Home Minister said that the incidents of mob lynching have taken place in any part of the country; we need to see whether a case of murder has been registered under Section 302, if not write to us and we will make sure of it immediately. In this regard, a list of such incidents will soon be sent to the Home Minister.

The delegation also explicitly referred to the incidents in Mewat and asserted that, as depicted in the TV sting operation to date, a group of miscreants going by the name of Gau Raksha is the height of it. The Home Minister concurred that these organizations need to be restrained.

On Muslim vilification campaign run by the section of media, he said that they (BJP and government) were also the target of the media. Regarding the Islamic madrasas, he said that the government has no objection to teaching Quran and Hadith in the madrasas, but the children should also be imparted modern education in madrasas. A member of the delegation also raised the issue of the Maulana Azad scholarship for Muslim students.

On the issue of scrapping Muslim reservation in Karnataka, the Home Minister said that the Muslims who were getting reservation on the basis of backwardness will continue to get it, but the previous governments had made all Muslims backward, so the backward communities do not belong to, they will get reservation under EWS category. The misunderstanding that is being spread in this regard, we will clarify it soon, and will also ask the Law Minister of Karnataka Government to explain the whole matter.

The Home Minister stated that the action should not be viewed through the lenses of Hindu and Muslim when the group criticized the abrogation of Article 370 in Kashmir.  He also said that although some of it was state policy, we would take stern action if any excesses by the security forces or officials  in Kashmir came to our attention.

The home minister claimed that no group is subject to discrimination under his administration. The government's policies and programmes are open to Muslims and Hindus alike; we don't create programmes specifically for either group. The delegation emphasised once more that the biggest issue is that Muslims are being deliberately targeted by organisations and individuals who are purportedly affiliated with the ruling party, not the government's plans.

The government should accept its constitutional duty and act in this respect since incidents of Islamophobia and hate crimes have damaged the reputation of the nation.

The delegation comprised of Maulana Mahmood Asa'd Madani President Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, Maulana Asghar Ali Imam Mahdi Salafi Ameer Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith Hind, Maulana Shabbir Nadvi, President Naseh Education Trust Bangalore, Kamal Farooqui Member All India Muslim Personnel Board, Prof. Akhtar Al Wasa President Khusrow Foundation Delhi, Mr. PA Inamdar Chairman MCE Society Pune Maharashtra, Dr Zaheer Kazi President Anjuman Islam, Mumbai, Maulana Muhammad Salman Bajnoori Vice President Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, Maulana Nadeem Siddiqui President Jamiat Ulema Maharashtra, Mufti Iftikhar Ahmed Qasmi President Jamiat Ulema Karnataka, Mufti Shamsuddin Bajli General Secretary Jamiat Ulama Karnataka, Maulana Ali Hasan Mazaheri President Jamiat Ulama Haryana-Punjab-Himachal Pradesh, Maulana Yahya Karimi General Secretary, Jamiat Ulama Haryana-Punjab-Himachal Pradesh, Maulana Muhammad Ibrahim President Jamiat Ulama Kerala, Haji Hasan Ahmed General Secretary Jamiat Ulama Tamil Nadu, Maulana Niaz Ahmad Farooqui Secretary Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind and others.