Minutes of the Joint Meeting of Markazi Majlis-e- Mushawarat (MMM)

Meeting No. 2 and Markazi Majlis-e-Amla (MMA)Meeting No. 3

(Kolkata, 17 July 2016)

 

A joint session of the 3rd meeting of Markazi Majlis-e-Amla of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (MMA) and the 2nd meeting of Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat was held today the 17th July 2016 at Anand Banquette Hall, Kolkata. The meeting was chaired by Mr Navaid Hamid the President of AIMMM whereas the Secretary General Mr Mujtaba Farooq conducted its proceedings. The session began at 10.30 AM with the recitation of Holy Quran by Maulana Shoeb Koti.

At the outset, Mr Mujtaba Farooq thanked the participants and hosts of the meeting and told that as per the circulated notice the first part of the meeting would be the meeting of the MMA and the second part as that of the MMM. He further said that as both the kinds of invitees were present, it would be considered as the joint meeting of the MMA and MMM. The participants agreed on the arrangement. Then, the meeting proceeded according to the given agenda.

  1. First of all, a resolution on Obituaries appertained to important persons died since the last session of the MMA was approved with prayers in favor of the deceased. On suggestions of the participants names of Mr Mohammad Ali Baqar and Mr Amjad Sabri were included in the list.
  2. After this, the President of AIMMM Mr Navaid Hamid made his opening remarks, which were summarized as under.
  • He remarked that any central meeting of the Mushawarat was being held in Kolkata after a lapse of almost three decades. He further said that the Mushawarat had a special connection with the city of Kolkata as the services of Mulla Jan Mohammad and Dr Maqbool Ahmad were well known to one and all. These two stalwarts reared the Mushawarat from its inception in a way that people were taking interest in the Mushawarat still in good numbers in Kolkata as well in other parts of West Bengal. In the very first general meeting of the current term, held on 31 January 2016 it was firmly resolved where the ensuing organizational meetings would be held round the year. The planned meeting of MMA at Ahmadabad could not be held there due to some reasons but it was ultimately held at Bhopal on the suggestion of the members from Madhya Pradesh. It was also resolved in the first general meeting that the next meeting of the MMM would be held in Kolkata and accordingly the same was being held.
  • While speaking about the political situation in the country, Mr Navaid remarked that the situation was gradually turning from bad to worse and the country was facing disappointments in all the three realms of economy, society and politics which required that voice should be raised against the same. He went on to say that whatever the present government had done to the country was known to all. The draft made available on the website of the Ministry of Human Resource Development had not only hidden many facts from the people being incompletely uploaded but it also spawned a score of worries in the minds of minorities as well as all justice loving secular and democratic people of the country, he commented. He also said that it was required to divert attention of authorities towards making transparent policies so that they could be seen according to the values of democracy.
  • The President of AIMMM had also expressed his views against the briefing of the Supreme Court judges by the NSA on 14 April terming it to be a partisan and communally motivated move. As regards the ISIS, he said that the Minister of Home Affairs had expressed his opinion that the ISIS had no influence in the country, still a minuscule of curious youth might visit its website; they need persuasion and counseling and not the detention under stern laws. He said that all organizations should take note of the situation and ask the government to block such websites immediately and to regularly do so in future.
  • The government and the Law Commission were making the UCC an issue to divide people. All India Muslim Personal Law Board and Jamiatul Ulama were involved in responding on the issue of Triple Talaq but there was a need to give suggestions on their responses as regards the case, as the experts found them somewhat vulnerable. The Mushawarat had forwarded its resolutions to the Board that emerged in the consultation organized by it on the issue. The Board had not rejoined on the letter which was enclosed in the files of the attending members. The President said that the government should earnestly take up the Article 47 of the Constitution which was required for every Indian rather than going on emphasizing on Article 44 which might divide the country.
  • In Jharkhand, the increasing trend of communal intimidation had the involvement of government machinery, which was both worrisome and condemnable. The adherents of Hindutva were being emboldened there and Muslims were being targeted.
  • There would be assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh the next year and, as a result, the atmosphere in the entire country had been turning explosive. The Mushawarat had organized a discussion about the ensuing elections there in which leading Muslim political leaders and opinion makers of the state participated. The discussion was very fruitful, but it required further attention on the situation and should be considered in the meeting as a part of the agenda.
  • The President of the Mushawarat said that he promised in the first meeting of his tenure that he would try his best to strengthen the federal nature of the organization and by the divine grace efforts in that direction had led to concrete outcome. After a long time, Indian Union Muslim League was with the Mushawarat. Besides, the largest section of Indian Muslims represented by the Barelvi school of thought was represented by Maulana Syed Athar Ali. Furthermore, eminent persons like Mr Tariq Anwar MP, former MP Mr Syed Aziz Pasha, Mr Roshan Baig a minister in the Government of Karnataka, an OBC activist Mr Shabeer Ahmad Ansari and others had joined the Mushawarat.
  • The President expressed his dismay that some of members of the Mushawarat itself were defeating these earnest moves by the current dispensation. As regards meddling in the Mushawarat’s efforts to help the AMU regain its minority character, he named Dr Anwarul Islam. He also hinted about another member who interfered in his reach out to the Bohara leader Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin. He remarked that such attempts were tantamount to indiscipline in the organization. Dr Zafarul Islam Khan intervened and asked the name of that member but Mr Navaid rejoined that he would be named if so required. Mr Mujtaba Farooq commented that Dr Anwarul Islam should be enquired whether he had discouraged people from participating in the Mushawarat’s program about the AMU who should be properly counseled rather than taking any other step, however, on his insistence due action should be taken against him.
  • On the question raised on the press statement of Mr Masoom Moradabadi, Mufti Ataur Rahman and Dr Zafarul Islam Khan, the former replied that they were media persons and had an individual identity, hence could they have no right to give statement to media? He further remarked that they considered that kind of objection improper. Dr Zafarul Islam Khan and Mr Amanullah Khan said that such statements should not be on behalf of the Mushawarat. The proper and formal statements on behalf of the Mushawarat had been the responsibility of the office-bearers. Dr SQR Ilyas stated that one could give his press statement in individual capacity without mentioning to be a representative of the AIMMM and if media connects them with the Mushawarat it would be its own responsibility. Mr Sultan Ahmad suggested that the Mushawarat should accept the version of the members that they had given statements in their individual capacity rather than as members of the Mushawarat and that the differences should go away among its members. Mufti Ataur Rahman said that the statement that was broadcasted on DD should also be paid attention to. Dr Ilyas said that the Secretary General should have discussed with the concerning members before the meeting rather than pointing out them directly in the meeting.
  • On this, Mujtaba Farooq rejoined that had the matter were brought to his knowledge before the meeting he would have tried to sort out the matter out of the meeting and if something was brought to the notice of members during the meeting then it would be naturally discussed there itself. According to him, the principled stand would be that the statement should be given with the impression that it was from the Mushawarat, as mentioned by some members. Decisions of the Mushawarat should be made public by the concerned functionaries of the organization after discussing them at a proper forum in the light of approved policies. If anything would have come in individual capacity, it would not have been objected. The statements of some members which appeared in media as regards the Sufi Conference, were taken as official policy of the Mushawarat and invited sharp reactions of a section of Muslims. Mr Navaid Hamid said that it was correct that no one could be prevented from expressing one’s individual opinion but ‘former office-bearer’ could hardly be considered as any responsible post to be mentioned in a statement.
  • Dr SQR Ilyas raised the point that it was not proper for Mr President to mention some of the honorable members as ‘losers’ in elections as they were actually nominated by someone as contestant. Mr Navaid Hamid rejoined that the term ‘loser’ was not his own but originally used by Dr Zafarul Islam Khan for some members nominated by him in the MMA and he only repeated it in his address to make a point.
  1. While stressing on the issue of “Mushawarat Documents”, the President affirmed that it was a property of the Mushawarat and should be handed over to the organization. Dr Zafarul Islam Khan responded to him saying he had used his staffs and invested significantly for its preparation after extensive research. He further commented that the Mushawarat did not have enough resources to publish it and its printing was still pending by then and whatever books seen were only dummies of the proposed documentary volumes in English and Urdu. Mr Navaid remarked that the logic of paucity of funds was not understandable as there was sufficient surplus of funds left after the Golden Jubilee Conference of the Mushawarat which could have been credited to Dr Khan. Still it may be paid and if required more would be paid to him but the Documents would be the property of the organization, Mr Navaid asserted. Mr Shaikh Manzoor Ahmad and Mr Sultan Ahmad advised that it was not good to wrangle on the issue and the matter should be amicably resolved. The Secretary General Mr Mujtaba Farooq said that if Dr Zafarul Islam Khan was prepared to hand over the manuscripts on some reasonable financial return then the matter would be easily settled and would he mention certain amount it would be In-Sha-Allah compensated to him.
  2. Mr Nusrat Ali suggested that mutual difference if any should be put before the President in writing for consideration of mutual resolution in a suitable way rather than disseminating it in social media.
  3. Action Taken Report: While submitting the Action Taken Report, the Secretary General Mr Mujtaba Farooq said that the Mushawarat was working on the issue of Awqaf under the convenership of Dr M.R. Haque and due correspondence was made with the Delhi Government and efforts were going on in different states that concerning state governments should pay attention to the issues of Awqaf there. He informed that a meeting was scheduled to be held on 27 August in Madhya Pradesh and then Gujarat would be covered.
  • As regards the minority character of Aligarh Muslim University, the Attorney General of India had raised some questions which complicated the matter.
  • Jamia Millia Islamia: The sanction of its minority character was bound with other institutions. In that regards meetings with Sikh and Christian leaders were going on and other minorities would also be contacted. If found suitable a joint program involving all minorities would he held.
  • Triple Talaq: The issue was sub judice in the Supreme Court, which had spawned anxiety in the community. Therefore, a meeting was held on the theme “Consultation on the Interference of Government and Judiciary in Shariah”. Eminent personalities participated in the consultation. Suggestions that emerged in the day long consultation were sent to Maulana Sayed Mohammad Rabey Hasani Nadvi the President of All India Muslim Personal Law Board. However, no response or even acknowledgement on that was received from the Board.
  • Dalit-Muslim Dialogue: One meeting was held on 2 April 2016 and further efforts to promote the same were going on. The President of the Mushawarat would prepare a concept note on the dialogue for circulation among all the concerned.
  • Meeting on “New Avenues of Dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir”: On 21 May, a meeting was held at the Mushawarat to assess the worsening situation in Jammu & Kashmir and to explore possibilities of dialogue among all concerned for any alleviation. Bureaucrat AS Dulat and senior journalists Syed Iftikhar Gilani and Saba Naqvi joined as discussants. Its report has been provided in the file. The program made it evident that there was more unrest in Kashmir than thought of earlier.
  • UP Elections: A meeting was organized at the Mushawarat Office on 13 June 2016 in which eminent Muslim political and social leaders having say in political situation of the state joined. It was resolved after discussion that more meetings were needed to understand and affect the ground situation there.
  • Mr Siraj Hasan and other experts were consulted on the Union Budget and their proposals were set for providing to all concerned.
  1. Statement of Income and Expenditure: Six monthly Statement of Income and Expenditure was placed for consideration and was subsequently endorsed after responding to the queries of some attending members. The Secretary General suggested that evaluation of those members who neither pay their membership fee in time nor attend meetings of the MMM should be done. Mr Navaid Hamid corrected the amount mentioned in the statement under Consultation on Waqf, saying that out of Rs 50,000 of the donation, half was for the consultation and rest for general expenditure.
  • While continuing his report, the Secretary General informed the house that the meeting of Committee on Constitutional Amendment was scheduled on 15 July 2016 but could not be held, which would then be held in the next month. Similarly, renovation of the flats of the Mushawarat building was under way and widening of the central hall was also under consideration. He requested the members to come forward and constitute in the prospective expenses. He further said that the work was undertaken with the permission and cooperation of the former president Mr Syed Shahabuddin.
  • Efforts were going on to hold a Youth Convention for motivating and activating Muslim youth. In that regard active cooperation of Mr Iqbal Husain the President of SIO was sought. Similarly, an education conference was planned to be held in November 2016 with the cooperation of Mr Amanullah Khan. Preparations were undertaken for the same by constituting a committee in that regard.
  • Whatever activities undertaken at the central level were also being held in states. In the states where the organizational set up existed they were being instructed to become active according to the system of the Mushawarat. Mr Navaid Hamid intervened to say that wherever state set ups were not active due to pending elections, elections should be held, e.g. in Gujarat, Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar, Haryana and other states. Mr Amanullah Khan intervened and said that the referred state committee of Uttar Pradesh had only a few formal members of the AIMMM and others were only on papers. Mr Mohammad Ahmad had rejoined that the fact was not so as they were elected in his presence and if there was any lacuna of formality, it could be fulfilled rather than dissolving the committee itself. Mr Navaid Hamid said that when he visited Lucknow in February, he was informed by 8 members that they were office-bearers but were yet to formalize their association with the Mushawarat.

 

The second session began after Zuhar Prayers and Lunch.

 

  1. Mr Mujtaba Farooq presented the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat held on 31 January 2016 in New Delhi. At outset, Mr Navaid Hamid made almost the same remarks as he had done in the morning session.
  2. On the issue of Uniform Civil Code, along debate entailed from the remarks of Ms Uzma Nahid.
  • She commented that the Law Commission of India was working on a document but no representation was there from All India Muslim Personal Law Board whereas Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan was representing on behalf of the Muslim community and helping it in codification of the Muslim Law. It was disappointing that there was no Islamic scholar associated with that organization as well. What they would actually come out with was not evident. Only a few days were left so, something should be done. The Hindu community was also silent on the issue, and the work had been undertaken in a secrete way, she said.
  • Mr Mujtaba Farooq said that the draft of the Law Commission should be procured. One of the participants suggested that the Mushawarat should assist them.
  • Dr SQR Ilyas said that it was not an easy thing to impose Uniform Civil Code.
  • Mr Navaid Hamid remarked that the Mushawarat should not make it as an issue of Muslims only but other minorities such as Christians, Sikh, Buddhists and Jains should also be involved. Under the Constitution of India, its implementation is impossible since nobody would touch the family law of Nagas. Sikh and other groups should be mobilized to say that it was not acceptable to us. Thirdly, other sections should be involved in public protests. Mrs Uzma Nahid commented that gender justice, polygamy and Triple Talaq were really a problem and we had sent suggestions to the president of All India Muslim Personal Law Board in that regard. We should enquire about the same if no reply was received from there.
  • Mr Shaikh Manzoor Ahmad cautioned that we should not remain in any illusion and should play our role. There was a need to undertake a legal study.
  • Mrs Naheed said that the Supreme Court had given approval to Darul Qaza.
  • Mr Muzaffar Ali stated that the government was highly inclined to work on some strategy for winning the coming elections in Uttar Pradesh that’s why it was creating such issues to get advantage thereof. Mr Mujtaba Farooq replied that the situation had not worsened by that time and there was no need to bring that issue on streets. Dr SQR Ilyas suggested that the matter should be left to the Muslim Personal Law Board for due action.
  • Mr Navaid Hamid said that a dominant section was conspiring whereas the Law Commission had said that it would seek opinion of different communities, hence, the Mushawarat should also pay attention on that issue. All Muslim organizations should send representation to the Law Commission so as to extend support to the Muslim Personal Law Board.
  • Mr Yusuf Habib said that persons like Javed Anand were trying to influence the Commission, therefore we should not ignore the matter, we should knock every community and he also expressed his agreement on the suggestion of Mr Navaid Hamid.
  • Maulana Asghar Ali Imam Mahdi said that we should keep on pressurizing the government similar to our efforts on Babri Masjid and should not say anything in public which could give the impression that we are against the Board; however, it was noteworthy that the Board had not worked on codification of Muslim Law during last 6-8 years.
  • Mr Navaid Hamid said that we should march in unison with the Personal Law Board to make it stronger and to assist it. This way our efforts would become strength of the Board.
  • Mr Mujtaba Farooq remarked that we should not harm the Board in anyway.
  • Mr Malikul Aziz said that first of all we should see the draft of the Board and reserve our reaction till the UP elections.
  1. P. Assembly Elections: While briefing about the conclusions of the meeting held at Mushawarat central office about UP elections, Mr Mujtaba Farooq said that important political personalities were there in the meeting. UP elections remained a serious issue. We were trying to influence its outcome by uniting all local parties. He further said that the leader of Peace Party was also agreed to the idea of common front. Maulana Salman Hasani Nadvi and Imam Ahmad Bukhari were likely supporting him. These remarks entailed to a brief discussion on the issue.
  • Mr Navaid Hamid said that it had become evident after consulting concerning people that Muslim parties were interested to contest on 40-45 seats and may be prepared to fight election in alliance with other sections. It had been indicated by the Congress to give tickets to 60-65 Muslim candidates in the assembly elections so that Muslim candidates may mutually defeat each other. So we should try to ensure unity for defeating such conspiracies.
  • Mr Yusuf Habib reminded that UP election was very sensitive and appealed the Mushawarat members to go to people in the state with sincerity and tell them what they should do. If Muslims were going to form groups it would only benefit fascist forces through polarization.
  • Mr Mujtaba Farooq remarked that there might be agreement on Muslim dominant seats but what would take place on other seats. What would be the options? It would be good to have opinion on what we should do.
  • Mr Qamarul Islam said while pleading in favor of the Congress that its policy was important as it had given command of UP elections to Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad With Mrs Sheila Dikshit as the projected Chief Minister.
  • Mr Mohammad Sulaiman said that the President had called meeting at the Mushawarat Office on 13 July 2016 represented by important Muslim politicians and political activists of Uttar Pradesh in which it was the consensus that no chance should be given to the communal forces to take any advantage and have lead in Uttar Pradesh. There was hardly any noticeable influence of the Congress in the state and only two factors were powerful there, i.e. Muslims and Dalits. If our talk could ensure on increase in the Muslim representation it would be good. It would be considered what role the Mushawarat could play in that regard.
  • Mr Shamail Nabi remarked that his experience let him say that no leadership could emerge in Bihar, Bengal and Uttar Pradesh after late Fakhruddin Ali Ahmad. Whatever the Mushawarat were deciding we should agree to it.
  • Mr Malikul Aziz said that the Mushawarat should encourage people to caste vote in large numbers.
  • Dr SQR Ilyas remarked that BJP was going to make diehard efforts to win the election; efforts were going on to block its way for last 65 years. Whatever leadership might emerge we should assess its strength and efforts should be made while making an alliance to defeat BJP. There were two leading parties in Uttar Pradesh BSP and SP, Muslims were not presently happy with the SP, hence Muslims should talk with both the parties. If our target remained to stop communal parties, we should not make appeal in favor of this or that party.
  • Mr Mujtaba Farooq suggested that we should try that Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav should meet Ms Mayawati. We might plan for other meetings to develop proper strategies. Mr Navaid Hamid informed that the Mushawarat was planning to hold meeting in four cities of Uttar Pradesh so as to have a wider consultation.
  1. Resolutions:
  • Mr Navaid Hamid presented a drafted resolution on the situation of Jharkhand and requested Maulana Yasin Qasmi to present his report on it. Maulana Yasin Qasmi remarked that Jharkhand had become the second headquarters to RSS after Nagpur. It was implementing its agenda there and Muslims were persecuted and oppressed. He said that Muslims comprised the second largest population after the Scheduled Tribes, which constituted 25% of the state population.
    • Mr Akif Ahmad said that a team recently visited there to access the ground level situation, which reported that there were no Muslim officer in the state and communalism was being vehemently promoted in the state bureaucracy.
    • Dr Ahmad Sajjad commented that Jharkhand was being turned into a Hindu state. Muslim youths were its prime target. There were more than one hundred torture houses in Pakod. Hazaribagh was also being targeted with the help of police. The Christian population in the state comprised 2.5% of the total population. They were also facing the tyranny; hence, both should work together.
    • Mr Mohammad Ahmad remarked that the Mushawarat should not open many fronts.
    • Mr Navaid Hamid said that the Mushawarat was mandated to work for political affairs, education and liaison with government.
    • Dr Ilyas agreed and said that we should take cooperation of organizations which had cadre, however, their working fields should also be kept in view.
    • Mufti Ataur Rahman Qasmi said that whatever was taken up should be done with complete dedication.
  • On the draft resolution of New Education Policy Mr Navaid Hamid said that the president of Students Islamic Organization, Mr Iqbal Husain, had already developed a proposal in that regard and whatever policy reported so far was not complete and it was required to work on that.
    • Mr Mujtaba Farooq said that the proposal of the SIO would be had from its office.
  • Mr Navaid Hamid presented a draft resolution on the issue of Dr Zakir Naik. Dr SQR Ilyas seconded it and remarked that the issue was created by media. Even the government had accepted that there was no serious case against him. It was simply a media trial and was unnecessarily connected with the incident in Bangladesh.
    • Mr Navaid Hamid read out the resolution on Jammu & Kashmir.
    • On the issue of registration of a case by the NIA against the AIMIM leader Mr Asaduddin Owaisi for his decision to provide legal support to Muslims alleged of terrorism in Telangana by the agency, Mr Navaid Hamid said that it was against the spirit of fair treatment, injustice and the provisions of the Constitution as the law gives the right of legal defense to anyone accused and the one who cannot have proper legal support the court itself appoints a legal counsel for him or her.
  1. Controversy between the Present and the Previous Presidents on Social Media: As the last part of the agenda, Mr Mujtaba Farooq asked the members whether there should be any discussion on the correspondence between Mr Navaid Hamid and Dr Zafarul Islam Khan.
  • The attending members strongly expressed in almost one voice that such kind of a controversy between the two responsible senior members of the Mushawarat and that too on social media was not proper and they would not like to discuss in that regard in the meeting. They said that both the responsible members should keep silence on such things and should not pursue the matter any further. If any issue comes, it should be raised and discussed in the proper forum and should be amicably settled with a frank discussion on the appertained matters. No more discussion should be taken up in that regard.
  • After this, Mr Navaid Hamid remarked that it would strengthen the Mushawarat if all members were taking interest in the affairs of the Mushawarat as before. He said that he did not take anyone in the organization as his opponent and appealed once again to the members to take active interest in the Mushawarat.
  • Mr Mujtaba Farooq said that we should expect that both were not going to use social media to express themselves on mutually tagged issues.
  • The Secretary General thanked the members for their cooperation and participation, especially to Mr Abdul Aziz and his local team.

The meeting was concluded with the prayers of Maulana Asghar Ali Imam Mahdi.

Names of the participants were as follows:

  1. Mr Navaid Hamid, President
  2. Ms Uzma Nahid
  3. Mr Malikul Aziz
  4. Mr Umer Ahmad Shafiq
  5. Dr Mohammad Yasin Qasmi
  6. Mr Aamir Edrisy
  7. Mr Sayed Tahseen Ahmad
  8. Mr Naushad Ansari
  9. Mr Iqbal Al-Zafar
  10. Dr Zafrul Islam Khan
  11. Mr Mufti Ataur Rahman Qasmi
  12. Maulana Asghar Ali Imam Mahdi Salfi
  13. Mr Waseem Khan
  14. Mr Abdul Rahman Kondo
  15. Mr Aakif Ahmad
  16. Mr Amanullah Khan
  17. Maulana Mohd Shoaib Koti
  18. Dr Ahmad Sajjad
  19. Mr Moneer Ahmad Khan
  20. Dr Nizamuddin
  21. Mr Khalid Abdullah
  22. Mr Shahansha Jahangir
  23. Dr M.N. Khan
  24. Dr Shakeel Ahmad
  25. Ms Shabanah Jaweed
  26. Mr Sultan Ahmad, M.P.
  27. Mr Hafiz Rashid Chowdhari
  28. Mr Yusuf Habib
  29. Mr Muzaffar Ali
  30. Ms Rehana Nizam
  31. Dr Sayeed Qasim Rasool Ilyas
  32. Mr Idris Ali, M.P
  33. Mr Mohammad Jafar
  34. Mr Gulam Mohammad
  35. Mr Ashfaq Siddiqi
  36. Mr Shamail Nabi
  37. Mr Zahid Mahmood
  38. Mr Imran Khan
  39. Prof Mohammad Sulaiman
  40. Prof Zainussajidin Qasmi
  41. Mr Abdul Aziz
  42. Mujtaba Farooq, Secretary General
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