Those Four Days in the Capital City of Delhi

When Imam Al-Sheikh Saud Bin Ibrahim Al-Shuraim reached Delhi on Mar 1 and stayed here for full four days, the earth and sky of Delhi witnessed the same love and affection of Indian Muslims for the Haram-al-Sharif and heart-touching scenes of Muslim unity which they had done on the occasion of the visit of Al-Sheikh Abdur Rahman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Sudais in the last week of March last year. These two revered personalities are from among the Imams of Ka’ba. The Muslim believers the world over maintain Islamic affinity with them. Imam Al-Sudais was here to participate in the conference of Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind (last year). The conference was held in the sprawling Ramlila Ground of Delhi. The Imam had also gone to Deoband. Imam Al-Shuraim was invited by Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind to grace its two-day conference in that very Ramlila Ground. Al-Sheikh Saud Al-Shuraim also went to Deoband. These two revered Imams also visited the headquarters of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind. Imam Al-Sudais could not lead the Zuhr prayer at Markaz due to the mounting crowd of believers; however Imam Al-Shuraim did lead the Isha prayer on Mar 4. About 25,000 to 30,000 Muslims offered Isha Salat behind him.

Scenes of Islamic Unity
And thus, as in March last, in this March also Indian Muslims exhibited magnificent Islamic unity. They proved that despite sectarian differences there is no difference here in the fundamental bases of Deen, in Shari’ah commandments, in reverence to Prophethood, in the affirmation of majesty and justice of Prophet’s Companions, and in devotion for and honour of the Haram al-Sharif. And the credit of this heart-touching unity goes to Ulema and religious organisations, in whose leadership Indian Muslims welcomed both the Imams with utmost devotion. And these demonstrations of unity were not the first on the part of Indian Muslims. This has been the history of Muslims of the subcontinent. Such scenes were most often seen during the Khilafat Movement. The anguish and anger of Indian Muslims were worth seeing at the times when Bait at-Maqdis was set on fire and the accursed Rushdie chose to blaspheme against the Holy Prophet. Movements for the protection of Shari’ah laws in Shah Bano case, and for maintenance and restoration of Babri Masjid hint at this very quality of unity of Indian Muslims.

The same point
However it was rather difficult to comprehend the same point that was difficult in March last year also. The central theme of the conference held last year was Azmat-e-Sahaba (Greatness of Companions). The conference held this year was also on Adalat-e-Sahaba (Justice of Companions). The question as to what was the wisdom behind choosing this theme for the conference was there in mind last time also as it was this time. Are Indian Muslims unaware of the greatness and justice of Companions or has it weakened? Has the greatness and prominence of Companions got affected in any sense? If, God forbid, it is so, the Muslim Ummah should be acquainted with it. As for the aggression unleashed by anti-Islam forces, it slings mud at the splendour of Islam, the magnificence of the Qur’ān and the greatness of the Prophet. Therefore, this should be the theme. This can be done even now, and this work should be done not by one but jointly by all the organisations and institutions – however this parenthetical clause does not lower the importance of the visits of Imams of Haram al-Sharif, the unity caused by them, and the purity of intention of the organisers and their bid to serve the Deen. May Allah keep it intact!
13/03/12 khabar-O-Nazar by Parwaaz Rahmani, sehrozaDAWAT, translated by: Abu Yusuf

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