Jamaat Asks Muslims Not To Be Instigated, Establish Contacts With Non-Muslims
New Delhi, July 12: In view of the communally surcharged and provocative situation in the country, one of the largest Muslim organizations on Wednesday appealed to the Muslim community, particularly youths to "avoid being instigated and avoid giving any emotional reactions."
At a press conference in New Delhi, top leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind issued their two-page appeal to the government, citizens and Muslim youth. They also strongly condemned the terror attack at a caravan of Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir and extended their sympathy with the victim families.
"We demand that the government must feel the seriousness and grave nature of this issue," said Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, national president of Jamaat while referring to the recent incidents of mob violence and mob lynching in the name of cow protection and beef in different parts of the country.
"The government should immediately take firm political, legal and administrative steps so that the confidence of minorities and other oppressed classes is restored," he said.
In its appeal to Muslim youths, Jamaat said that "They should not get depressed and lose heart. They should avoid being instigated and avoid giving any emotional reactions. The communal elements want Muslims to either get disheartened or lose hope or should become isolated from the mainstream in this country."
"We should not use the language of ear and despondency nor use the language of confrontation and communalism. Our emotional reaction and an unbalance narrative will only help the divisive agenda of the communal forces," said Jamaat chief who was accompanied by vice president Nusrat Ali and Secretary General Mohammad Salim Engineer.
Ali informed the press that Jamaat is setting up Sadbhavana Manch (communal harmony platform) in villages and towns of the country in order to maintain harmony and mutual relations among communities.
In the current situation, he said, Muslims should vigorously work for "establishing communications, contacts and connections with our non-Muslim brothers and sisters." "We should remove their misunderstandings and apprize them of the true teachings of Islam," said Jamaat.
In the last three months, around two dozen people, mostly Muslims, have been lynched on cow, beef or child theft rumours. Majority of these incidents have occurred in three BJP-ruled states - Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Haryana.