Saturday, March 08, 2008

Jamiat-e-Ulema heading for a split: Arshad Madani removed from the post of President

One of the oldest and most influential Muslim organisations in the country, the Jamiat-e-Ulama seems to have almost split.

The 85-year-old organisation which has played vital role in securing the rights of Muslims and fought many battles is today in a sorry state, with a group 'expelling' Maulana Arshad Madani, the president.

In the executive body meet on March 6, not only the leadership of Maulana Arshad Madani was challenged and another group of Ulema (that supports Maulana Mahmood Madani) nominated Qari Mohammad Usman as the working President of Jamiat thereby 'removing' Arshad Madani from the post for his anti-Jamiat activities.

Maulana Arshad Madani's newphew Maulana Mahmood Madani moved a resolution, expressing lack of confidence in the President. Maulana Arshad Madanai later walked out along with his supporters. A final attempt for patch-up would be made later this month in a special meet of the General Council (March 26).

The episode has shocked Indian Muslims. Under the presidentship of Maulana Husain Ahmad Madani, Jamiat established its authority as the apex Muslim body to take stand and voiced their concerns. After the downfall of Mushawarat, it is another blow for the Indian Muslims.
[Photos: Maulana Mahmood Madani (Top) and Maulana Arshad Madani ]