The Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind split into two factions after the power struggle between Maulana Syed Mahmood Madani and his uncle Maulana Syed Arshad Madani. This letter is written by over 200 Islamic scholars educated both at Darul Uloom Deoband and Markazul Maarif Education & Research Centre etc. living in India and various Gulf countries, UK, US and South Africa.
Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh!
We hope and pray that you all are in good health.
1. On the national level, the incidents of growing intolerance and a spate of communal attacks against Muslims in the country are being carried out by the extremists and Hindutvadi brigade, anti-national elements and fascist forces, who are actively promoting anti-Muslim hate crimes to get their planned conspiracies materialised and destabilise the peace and unity of our loved country India. These fanatic forces are also trying to malign the image of all Madrasas including Darul Uloom Deoband by maliciously labelling them as centres of terrorism and hate; saffronizing the education system of the country and forcing Muslim children in schools to chant ‘Sarasvati Vandana’- the worship song of Hindu goddess etc.; attacking the religious beliefs, ethos and cultural identity of the Muslims of this country. Frustrated over the atmosphere of the rising religious and cultural intolerance and incidents of communal attacks, Muslims of this country, especially the youths, are feeling angry, upset and suffocated.
2. On the international level too, the situation of Muslims is going from bad to worse. Hundreds of innocent children, women and elderly people are being killed every day by the bombing and shooting of the anti-Muslim forces – terrorists or so called anti terror forces. As a result, the entire Muslim world is red with the blood of innocent Muslim civilians. The incidents of Islamophobia are painfully on the increase world over.
3. In this critical hour and time of crisis both on national and global levels, Muslims of this country and especially we, the hundreds of the graduates of Darul Uloom Deoband, Markazul Ma’arif and similar institutions are looking with hope towards Jamiat Ulama-e Hind. We are constantly keeping our eyes on national and international incidents and media reports about Muslims in India and abroad. Under the influence of extreme anguish and restlessness, we humbly request you to unite Jamiat Ulama-e Hind, the premier Muslim organisation founded by the pioneering nationalist Islamic scholars of this country. To us, only the unity of Jamiat can somehow ensure a stronger leadership and a louder voice for common Muslim masses in India to successfully fight for our identity and Indian unity.
We also urge you to immediately launch a countrywide campaign and protest against persons or organizations who abused and insulted our loved Prophet Mohammad (saws) from the united platform of the Jamiat Ulama-e Hind and to demand from the Government of India to take prompt and exemplary action against Kamlesh Tiwari of Hindu Mahasabha for his highly inflammable, provocative and blasphemous press statement against the Prophet of Mercy and Peace (saws). We rightly hope and pray to Allah (swt) for the unity of Jamiat and the regaining of the lost honour of Muslim Indians. It is an urgent call, let’s unite for the sake of Allah and His loved Messenger Mohammad (saws).
With the best wishes and high regards!
Alumni of Darul Uloom Deoband & MMERC