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Ulema Council formed

THE LEADERS of Shia and Sunni sects of the Muslim community announced the formation of Joint Ulema Council (JUC) to address and spearhead the economic and socio-political problems of the community.

india Updated: Mar 20, 2006 01:17 IST
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THE LEADERS of Shia and Sunni sects of the Muslim community announced the formation of Joint Ulema Council (JUC) to address and spearhead the economic and socio-political problems of the community.

The slight change in the organisation’s nomenclature, earlier billed as Joint Ulema Board, they said was done to ensure that the people did not confuse it with the community’s umbrella body, the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB).

“The council is not associated with the AIMPLB. But this doesn’t mean that we have any differences or will be working at cross purposes with the Personal Law Board,” clarified Maulana Kalbe Jawad, who, along with Shah Fazlur Rehman Waizi Nadvi, Maulana Saif Abbas, Maulana Jehangir Alam Qasmi, figured on the council’s steering committee.

“Our decision, to lobby actively for issues related to the welfare of the minority community, should not be construed as a move to dabble in politics,” said Jawad. “We would draft our own agenda after holding talks with other leaders, intellectuals and prominent people of the community and then call on representatives of both the Centre and State with the demands,” he added.

To a question, that of late, he was being perceived as being close to the State Government, Maulana Jawad, much to the obvious discomfiture of his colleague Maulana Rehman, hit out at the present regime saying it had attached three city mosques because of dispute.

Maulana Rehman, on the other hand, said that council would ask the Central Government why it was not giving due share to the Muslims granted to them under the Constitution.

He said it would be a folly to associate terrorism of any kind either with a religion or a community and added that the vilification campaign was a conspiracy of the West to create a rift among the communities on religious lines.