Communalism

Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind Calls off Eid Milan over Current ‘Communal Atmosphere’

“We hope that the government will understand our feelings and make efforts to resolve the issues of the oppressed and weaker sections of society by restoring the atmosphere of peace and trust…”

Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind. Credit: Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind website

Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind organisation, with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, in an event in Delhi. Credit: Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind website

New Delhi: Citing “the current communal atmosphere”, the Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind, the largest Muslim organisation in the country, has cancelled its annual Eid Milan, reported The Telegraph. The Eid Milan, which was scheduled to be held on June 30, is an event where people get together to mark the end of Ramadan. The invitees to this year’s event included Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several Union ministers. Last year, Union home minister Rajnath Singh had attended the Eid Milan.

Maulana Mahmood Madani, the organisation’s general secretary, said in a statement that Muslim, Dalit and other marginalised communities were being treated in an inferior manner across the country.

“Things have come to such a pass that we are being forced to tell our kids that if someone makes some comments in a bus or a public transport, digest it. Do not react. My biggest fear is not that Muslims are being subjected to wrongs but that this will thwart our success in keeping young people away from extremism,” Madani told the Indian Express.

The organisation was forced to take this step, it said, in light of the frequent lynchings, most recently when Junaid Khan, a 15-year old Muslim boy from Haryana, was stabbed to death on a train to Mathura on suspicions of carrying beef.

Madani said, “We are pained to make this decision, respecting the sentiments of the just-minded and peace-loving persons of the country who are grieved at the series of mob lynchings intended at creating a mindset of superiority among the majority community…. The government has been ignoring its responsibility to ensure the security and protection of the oppressed ones.”

Madani added: “We hope that the government will understand our feelings and make efforts to resolve the issues of the oppressed and weaker sections of society by restoring the atmosphere of peace and trust so that the public may celebrate Id, Holi and Diwali with full rejoice and calmness representing the idea of peaceful co-existence and share the pain and happiness of each other.”

The Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, another prominent Muslim organisation, has denounced Junaid’s killing while people from the boy’s village in Haryana have decided to wear black armbands during Eid prayers today to articulate their anger in a peaceful manner, reported The Telegraph. Condemning the incident, a villager told ANI that people would be wearing a black band to celebrate the festival. “As long as ministers and police officials are supporting us, we will not conduct a violent protest. We would only wear black bands and the pictures for the same would be posted on social media”, he said.

“Over the past few years, there has been an increase in such communal incidents, especially in the BJP-ruled states, and antisocial mobs have been attacking the innocent,” a statement from the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, made in Urdu, said.

“It is very sad that the government has not taken any strong measures to crack down on them and this has emboldened such groups. It is being felt that both the Centre and the state governments are encouraging such elements.”

A delegation of several Muslim organisations led by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind general secretary Amir Nusrat Ali visited Junaid’s village in Haryana and gave Rs 25,000 to his family to help treat his brothers injured in the train attack.