The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has given a clarion call to the minority organisations, institutions and the Imams of mosques to fight against central government’s “sinister design” of imposing the “Vedic culture and Brahmin dharma”.
The AIMPLB will push forward the agenda during its first conclave of clerics, Imams, qazis and heads of minority schools and colleges on August 17 in Bhopal. The conclave is being held to implement the resolution the AIMPLB’s working committee had passed in June targetting the central government for propagating yoga, surya namaskar and vande matram in educational institutes. The resolution had termed these as “part of Brahmin dharma and against the ideology of Muslims”.
“There is a serious threat to our religion. There is a sinister design to impose ‘Brahmin dharma’ through yoga, surya namaskar and Vedic culture. They all are against Islamic beliefs. We need to awaken our community for launching a protest on a large scale,” Maulana Wali Rehmani, working general secretary of AIMPLB told The Indian Express.
He said that the conclave in Bhopal will “take forward the resolution passed by the AIMPLB among the Muslim masses”. More such conclaves will be held in every state, Rehmani added.
On June 15, Rehmani had written a letter to Imams and the heads of Muslim bodies urging them to unite against the agenda of central government, which is promoting Vedic culture.
AIMPLB, which positions itself as a spokesperson of Muslim opinion in India and the chief custodian of Muslim personal law and the Shariat, also circulated a fresh letter on August 5 to prominent Muslim community figures asking them to enumerate and include every Imam, madrasa, and doctors, engineers, and advocates from the community in the campaign.
“Since these people have their own area of influence, we need to include them in our campaign. We have distributed proforma so that we have details of every mosque and madrasa and other Muslim figures from every locality,” Rehmani said.
For the conclave, invitations have been extended to nearly 150 people, including Muslim advocates, NGO workers, Imams, and social workers. “We cannot accommodate a large number of people so we have invited only 150 people. After briefing them about our agenda, we will urge them to further take it forward among their well wishers and the Muslim community,” Rehmani said.
Meanwhile, the AIMPLB has also extended support to a programme to be organised in Bhopal on August 16 highlighting the role of Muslim freedom fighters. In the programme, school children will be awarded based on their knowledge about Muslim freedom fighters.
“There is a campaign to project Muslims in bad light. We are doing this so that people also know about our prominent personalities. It is not official programme of AIMPLB but our office bearers are doing it,” Rehmani said.