It was a unique two-day meet in the name of the greatness of Prophet Mohammed’s Companions at Delhi’s historic Ram Leela Ground. Held on April 10-11, 2010 under the auspices of Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind, the oldest organization of Indian Muslims and second oldest organization of the country after the formation of Indian National Congress on December 28, 1885 at Mumbai, the 30th All India Ahle Hadees Conference interestingly passed the 30-point resolution on issues at community, national and international levels, and emphasized upon looking towards the great companions of Prophet Mohammed as a model to the humanity.
Thousands of participants were unanimous on the point that the need of the hour today in an era of materialism was that the exemplary lives and mission of the great companions of Prophet Mohammed should be followed so that the humanity could get its due dignified and respectable status after being brought out of the persecution and darkness. They were relevant to the present crisis-ridden humanity. The great companions of Prophet Mohammed were a model to the humanity. They were loyal to Allah and true embodiment of humanity. They had been trained and guided by Prophet Mohammed himself.
The two-day conference was participated by thousands of delegates from different parts of the country. The foreign dignitaries included scholars like Dr Abdul Aziz Al Fauzan, Dr Saad Ali Al Sahrani, Dr Hamid Yaqub Al Farih and Sheikh Abdul Aziz Sulaiman Al Tawejri from Saudi Arabia; Sheikh Khalil Al Shatti and Sheikh Usman Al Khamis from Kuwait; and Sheikh Ubaid Salim Alkaas and Sheikh Hasshsham Al Zahrani from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Sher Khan Jamil Ahmed from the United Kingdom.
Expressing his views in his presidential address, Hafiz Mohammed Yahya Dehlavi, Ameer, Martkazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind, said the solution to the problems we were facing today lied in the teachings of the great companions of the Holy Prophet. Their teachings were, in fact, present before the humanity as a model, he asserted.
Maulana Asghar Ali Imam Mahadi Salafi, General Secretary, Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind, in his keynote address, averred that today the entire humanity was grief and problem-stricken. Human values were being undermined. And, in such a situation the exemplary lives and mission of the great companions came as a ready-made solution. The great companions dealt with every issue in a so decent way that their achievements were described by all the historians and became a role-model, he said.
According to Maulana Asghar Imam Mahadi Salafi, it was the recognition of the great companions of the Prophet that Hazrat Omar Bin Khattab, second Caliph of Islam and a representative of the great companions, was included along with Prophet Mohammed in the internationally reputed book “The 100”, written by American Christian author Michael Hart about 40 years ago.
Maulana Abdur Rahman Mubarakpuri, in his welcome address, remarked that both Muslim and non-Muslim brethren of the country should go through the lives and works of the great companions to know how they served the entire humanity, not a particular community or group. He also said that the world that was facing today a great economic crisis following recession, needed to get benefited from the interest-free economic system practiced by the great companions of Prophet Mohammed.
Maulana Mohammed Muqueem Faizee, Convener, 30th All India Ahle Hadees Conference, said the message of today’s conference was that “we should follow the exemplary lives and mission of the great companions and take the humanity out of various kinds of problems in all walks of life.”
The inaugural session was followed by three business sessions addressed by eminent Islamic scholars from India and abroad.
The second day of the two-day 30th All India Ahle Hadees Conference began on April 11, 2010 with the fourth session addressed by eminent religious scholars, intellectuals, academics, reformers, politicians, media celebrities and social and human rights activists with the emphasis upon the point that the great companions of Prophet Mohammed were a role-model to the humanity irrespective of religion, caste, creed or race, and all the problems in the world in general and our country in particular faced today could be solved by emulating them in spirit and practice.
Prominent among those participating in this session included eminent ideologue and Pro Chancellor of Meerut-based Shobhit University Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra, former Member of Parliament and Editor of Hindi weekly and Internet TV “Chauthi Duniya” Santosh Bharti, former Member of Parliament and Chairman of Jain TV Group Dr J K Jain, renowned expert of world religions Dr M M Verma, Arya Samaj leader Swami Agniwesh, Hindu religious leader Swami Omkaranand Srivastava, Ayodhya saint Jugal Kishore Shastri, Hindu religious scholar Pandit N K Sharma, Jain expert Prof Anay Kant Jain, Member of Parliament Mohammed Adeeb, Member of Delhi Assembly Shoib Iqbal, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Secretary Maulana Mohammed Rafique Ahmed Qasmi, Tanzeem Aemma Masajid President Maulana Umair Ilyasi, All India Muslim Personal Law Board member Maulana Ataur Rahman Qasmi, Tanzeem Ulama-e-Haq leader Maulana Ejaz Urfi Nadvi, besides a number of Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind dignitaries like Wakil Parwez, Maulana Abul Aas Waheedi, Dr Syed Abdul Haleem, Abdullah Hyderabadi, Abdul Qadir Anwer Bastawi, Dr Abdul Aziz Fauzan, Saad Ali Ash’ar, Abdur Rahman Khilji, Sher Khan Jameel, Dr Hamid Yaqub, Shafi Ahmed Madani, Dr Abdul Aziz Sulaiman, Ahmed Al Rumi, Abdul Mannan Salafi, Shamim Ahmed Salafi, Abdur Rahman Mubarakpuri, Shamim Ahmed Nadvi, Shaukat Ahmed Shah, Shakil Ahmed Madani, Mufti Rashid Azmi, Abdul Hakim Abdul Ma’bud Madani, Abdul Wahab Hejazi, Abdul Moid Madani, Khursheed Ahmed Madani, Shahabuddin Madani, and Dr Jawed Azam.
Swami Agniwesh said that he considered himself as a disciple of Prophet Mohammed and his companions because they after a long period revived the concept of “Tauhid” (Oneness of God) and spread it. According to him, Tauhid possessed a potential that could alone bring a revolution in the world.
Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra, who is also an educational patriarch and hailed from UP’s famous casbah Gangoh, said that the only way to empower the humankind was to get them educated with the concept of ‘totality’. According to him, this was the message that Prophet Mohammed and his companions practiced themselves and spread in the society. He said the first word of the Holy Quran that was revealed was “Iqra”, meaning read, obtain knowledge, and get you educated totally.
He also said that the Prophet’s companions stressed the importance of education. That’s why they as the leaders of the initial Islamic governments declared education compulsory upon both males and females. He said the education that was declared recently compulsory in our country had been declared compulsory by the world’s first coalition government at Madinah, headed by Prophet Mohammed himself and pursued by his companions later on.
He made it clear that this all showed how much stress Islam laid on education. He also averred that the Prophet’s companions came to Malabar (India) during the lifetime of Prophet Mohammed himself and made the spread of education the mission of their lives. He was of the view that’s why that part of India had emerged as the most literate and educated state of the country.
Veteran journalist Santosh Bharati said that most of the companions of the Prophet were youth and the role they played then to bring a social and religious revolution was well known. Therefore, the need of the hour was that today’s youth came forward following the footsteps of the Prophet’s companions and what needed to come forward was only possible to get them empowered socially and educationally.
He revealed that his Hindi weekly “Chauthi Duniya” played a decisive role in tabling the Ranganath Mishra Commission Report in the Parliament whose main recommendation was to provide 10 per cent reservation in education and jobs to the Muslims.
Scholar Dr J K Jain said as a result of the wisdom and strategy of the Prophet’s companions, Islam was flourishing in the world today. According to him, the Prophet’s companions were like the shining stars in the sky and who would like to get enlightened from them would be on the right path. He also said that Islam was a religion of peace, not of terrorism.
World religions expert Dr M M Verma said that all the companions of the Prophet had spread the message of peace and harmony. Quoting the holy Quran, he said that Islam asked to respect other religions and not hate any body on the ground of religion.
Hindu religious leader Swami Omkaranand Srivastava was of the view that Islam was a religion of peace and talked of integration, not disintegration. “I have come here to integrate myself with Islam,” he opined.
Ayodhya saint Jugal Kishore Shastri said the teachings of the Prophet’s companions were the remedy to the present problems found in the society but unfortunately it was not spread the way it needed. He said that this created a gap between Islam’s followers and other religions’ adherents.
Jain expert Prof Anay Kant Jain said that he had studied the holy Quran and compared its teachings with the teachings of Jainism. According to him, there were several similarities between the two great religions. Both denounced violence and terror, he opined.
Congress Member of Parliament Mohammed Adeeb stressed the need to spread the teachings of the companions of the Prophet in this country today. He regretted that today those with beard were seen with suspicion.
Shoib Iqbal, MLA, Delhi Assembly, opined: “We have gone away today from the real teachings of Islam. Due to which we have been shrouded by a lot of problems. We can even today get rid of these problems if we follow the teachings of the great companions.”
The sixth and last session saw well known politician and Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav and his spirited team of other leaders, stealing the show and winning over the hearts of thousands of speakers. In his flamboyant style, Lalu Yadav complimented the organizers for organizing such timely and needful conference calling to abide by the teachings of the great companions of Prophet Mohammed at a time when materialism and opportunism were dominating the scene.
He declared the Holy Prophet and his companions as the real emancipator and role-model for humanity irrespective of religion, community, caste, colour and race.
The two-day conference, comprising total five besides inaugural and concluding sessions, ended with the adoption of the 30-point resolution.
According to Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind General Secretary Maulana Asghar Ali Imam Mahadi Salfi, the Jamiat was proud of holding a befitting conference honouring the great companions of Prophet Mohammed.
In the words of the 30th All India Ahle Hadees Conference Convener Maulana Muqueem Faizi and Secretary, the conference was successful in achieving its purpose.
According to media coordinator Sheesh Taimi, the highlights of the two-day conference were that it attracted a large number of thinking persons of the society and experts of myriad fields belonging to different religions and schools of thought.
“This shows how much the people in general have got love, affection, admiration and respect for and faith in the great companions of Prophet Mohammed,” asserted the young activist of Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind.