National forum of Sunnis mooted


KOCHI: In an initiative to mobilise Muslims at the national-level, the All-India Sunni Jame- yathul Uelma will form a national forum of all Sunni organisations in the country.

Announcing the policy of Sunni Muslims at the National Islamic Conference held here, Kanthapuram A P Aboobackar Musaliyar, general secretary, All- India Sunni Jam-e-yathul Ulema, said that the activities of the SYS need to be widened at the national-level.

Other major decisions taken at the conference included organising a nationwide campaign to popularise Kerala’s experience in the areas of Dawa and education and a national-level meet of leaders of various organisations in Delhi in July this year. It has also been decided to impart training for people to organise national-level campaigns and to organise debates in various cities based on the framework adopted by the National Islamic Conference.

A sub-committee with A K Abdul Hameed as chairman and Hassainar Nadvi from Andaman as convener and Sufi Abdul Kadir Sahi from Andhra Pradesh, Mowlana Saleem Siraji from Tamil Nadu, Kuthubudheen Mapari from Maharashtra, Faisanul Musthafa from UP, Mowlana Afsal Misbahi from Delhi and A P Abdul Hakeem from Kerala as members has also been constituted to look into the preliminary activities.

Earlier, in a resolution passed at the seminar organised as part of the conference, it was stated that Muslim political parties in the country are facing serious crisis. “The recent trends in the elections prove that their policies and programmes are rejected by Muslims,” it said.

The three-day conference discussed the plight of Muslims in the country and their socio-cultural and political aspirations. More than 10,000 delegates from dif ferent parts of the country participated in the conference that concluded on Sunday. ENS 04/05/2009

Muslims a neglected lot, says Baby

KOCHI: Over 10,000 delegates including 500 foreign delegates are attending the three-day National Islamic Conference, which began at Malikudhenar Nagar here on Friday.

The conference discussed the issues related to Muslim politics and culture in contemporary India. It would also frame a blueprint aiming at unification of various Muslim organisations of the country.

Tamil Nadu Chief Qazi Salahudeen Muhammed Ayyobi, who inaugurated the conference organised by the Sunni Yuvajana Sangam (SYS), highlighted the need for creative exchange of ideas between religion and sense of citizenship.

He said the country’s integrity and identity were facing danger and it would be protected only if the moral values, which had been of late deteriorating, were preserved.

Earlier, addressing the conference, Education Minister M A Baby said the Muslim community had been neglected in the education and employment sector.

“The Muslim community has a prominent role in safeguarding the principles of democracy. Depriving the Muslim community of opportunities will weaken the democratic system of the country,” he added.

Various religious heads including All India Sunni Jam-e-yyathul Ulama general secretary Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musliyar attended the conference. ENS 03/05/2009



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