By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net,
New Delhi: The Sunni Youth Society, a prominent youth group of Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat, held its National Islamic Convention 2009 in New Delhi today with eminent personalities from the dominating section of the Muslim community attending and addressing the daylong program.
The theme of the convention was Message of Humanity. The theme was selected “not only to strengthen the roots of communal harmony in the country but also to teach our youth about the secular and rich traditions of our country,” said Sunni Youth Society. “The message of every religion is same and each religion tells to live with peace and harmony. This message which is very much relevant in this scenario where everyone is trying to prove his religion as best one, SYS (Sunni Youth Society) is rising with a slogan to spread the message of humanity,” the group said.
The program presided over by Syed Muhammad Ashraf Miyan Jilani, president, Spiritual Foundation of India, was addressed by various renowned spiritual personalities including Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmed, chief patron of Sunni Youth Society and General Secretary, Jamiat Ulema (Kerala), Syed Shah Shameemuddin Ahmed Munami, Sajjad Nasheen of Khanqah Munamiah (Patna) and Dr Abdul Haleem Azhari, national president, Muslim Students Organization.
Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmed said that Muslims are in good condition in India but what has now become disturbing for some years is that the community is being blamed for terror attacks in the country.
Hussain Ashraf Jilani (England) said that Islam has no affiliation with terrorism and extremism. Yet Islam is blamed for terrorism. So now it’s our responsibility to track down the terrorists to clean the image of the religion.
Talking to TwoCircles.net on issues concerning Muslims in India, Sheikh Aboobacker said lack of a consensus leadership is the biggest problem of the community. On the main reason for lack of unity in the Muslim society, the sheikh said there is no difference in the basics.
There are thousands of madrasas being run in the country by Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat. When Sheikh Aboobacker was asked for his stand on the proposed Central Madrasa Board, he said: If the government wants to help madrasas financially and see modern subjects like English and computer being taught at madrasas and has no intention to interfere in their religious syllabus, we can support the proposal. Otherwise, there is no way to support it.