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Ulema?s foray into politics denounced

WHILE MUSLIM ulema (clerics) have been desperately trying to capture political leadership of the community, the Muslim Political Council (MPC), which was launched here today, assailed their attempt to hijack the community in the name of religion. This is for the first time that a group has come out openly to condemn the clerics? communally divisive move in the State.

india Updated: May 29, 2006 01:12 IST

WHILE MUSLIM ulema (clerics) have been desperately trying to capture political leadership of the community, the Muslim Political Council (MPC), which was launched here today, assailed their attempt to hijack the community in the name of religion. This is for the first time that a group has come out openly to condemn the clerics’ communally divisive move in the State.

The MPC, which has succeeded in getting support of some prominent people like former director general police SM Nasim, well-known Urdu poet Bekal Utsahi, film actor Shahzad Khan, former police officer Shariq Alvi, senior advocate Salauddin and others, said that by launching political parties the ulema had been trying to divide the community on religious grounds and this would only help communal forces.

MPC president Dr MA Siddique said that the community needed proper political guidance and training. He said the MPC, an apolitical forum, would only educate the community to get its share in power. He said efforts would be made to create awareness among the people in this connection.

SM Nasim said that Muslim intellectuals should come forward to lead the community so that the clerics’ move could be thwarted.

He said ulema had their role in the community but politics was certainly not their domain. Nasim said mobilisation of the weaker sections was needed to ensure their proper development. He said a vigil would have to be kept on those Muslim leaders who had been bargaining for Muslim votes with various political parties.
In fact, the launch of People’s Democratic Front (PDF) headed by prominent Shia clergy Maulana Kalbe Jawwad has led to a heated debate in the community over the role of the ulema. Now Delhi Jama Masjid Imam Ahmad Bukhari is also making efforts to launch a parallel organisation in UP. He has summoned a meeting of various Muslim organisations in Delhi on June 10.

Jawwad has summoned a meeting here on June 4 to chalk out the PDF action plan. However, so far the PDF has not been able to get all round support of the community. Some people are clinging to Jawwad, who is quite popular in the Shia community, to serve their vested interest.