New Delhi: Jamaat-e—Islami Hind organized a weeklong get together of newly graduates of different madrasas from across the country at its central office in Jamia Nagar here in New Delhi. The get-together in which around 150 ulama from across the country participated was different in many ways.
These were not the graduates of Jamaat’s madrasas being run in different parts of the country. On the contrary, many of these ulamas came from different backgrounds and belonged to different schools of thoughts and masalik. Many of them were so much opposed to Jamaat’s thoughts that they didn’t respond to the salams that they were welcomed with.
Many of the ulamas were so much against the ideology of Jamaat or other schools of thought that they believed if they responded to customary welcome in the form of salam, their marriage with their wives will be annulled.
The importance of this get together can be gauged by this background and the magnanimity of the organizers who have been criticized by ulamas of many such organizations in the past.
It was not just an effort to bring these newly ‘minted’ ulama to one single platform, but to give them an opportunity to interact with fellow ulama from different backgrounds and fiqhi masalik. There are reasons to believe that the young Islamic scholars participated in the weeklong program with enthusiasm, posing serious headache for the organizers as to how to convince them and satisfy their never ending questions.
The organizers tried to convince the importance of unity among the Muslims ummah and impress upon the budding ulama to work towards end, forgetting minor fiqhi and maslaki differences. They were impressed upon to work for the unity of the ummah that is facing multiple challenges on different levels throughout the world.
The ulama who attended the meetings came from Barelawi, Deobandi, Ahle Hadith and also from some Jamaat run madrasas from almost every part of the country.
While Jamaat’s Maulana Rafeeq Qasmi was the overall organizer of the program, many Jamaat leaders interacted with thees ulama. It included JIh amir Maulana Jalaluddin Umari, Maulana Waliullah Saeedi, Maulana Enayatullah Subhani, Maulana Naseem Ghazi.
Several leading ulama belonging to different schools of thoughts were also invited to interact with the participants, most of whom were in their early twenties. These included the likes of Dr Ghulam Yahya Anjum of Jamia Hamdard, Prof Yaseen Mazhar Siddiqui of AMU, Maulana Sufiyan Qasmi reactor of Darul Uloom Deoband, Maulana Ateeq Ahmad Bastawi and Prof. Saud Alam Qasmi besides many others.