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Sunday, June 27, 2010 08:18:14 PM, ummid.com Staff Reporter
Maulana Sayyad Mohd Wali Rahmani delivering the keynote speech at Abdullah As-shae Auditorium, Mansoora in Malegaon
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Malegaon: Blaming Muslims for everything that goes wrong is a favorite mantra for a section in India. Coming down heavily on such people, Maulana Sayyad Mohammad Wali Rahmani said, the contributions made by the Muslims are immense and can never be written-off by unfair propaganda.
“It has become a fashion in the country to blame Muslims for every wrong or bad. Those involved in such propaganda should recall the invaluable contributions made by the Muslims in the country and the world. They should not forget that it was the Muslims who were the architect of the just and civilised society. It was the Muslims who were involved in more than 400 inventions. It was a Muslim who invented ‘Zero’ and it was a Muslim who taught mathematics to the world”, he said while addressing the dignitaries, teachers and students at Abdullah As-Shae Auditorium, Mansoora in Malegaon on June 25.
General Secretary of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and Founder-Chairman of Patna based Rahmani Foundation, Maulana Rahmani was in Malegaon for the foundation stone ceremony of Maulana Mukhtar Ahmed Nadvi College of Engineering and Technology (MMANCET), As-shae Girls Hostel and inauguration of Mohammdia Dialysis Centre.
Delivering the keynote speech after laying the foundation stone of the college building, he urged the Muslims to use education as an effective tool in order to revive the community.
“People in the country should stop looking at things on communal lines. We are in fact proud to be part of such an important project", say Prof. Handa (left) and Architect Sachin Kothari
“If you want to restore your lost glory, you should acquire the best of knowledge in every field and should develop a sense of cooperation and helping others”, he said.
Recalling the famous tradition of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) that says, the hand that donates is better in every sense than the one stretched to beg, he urged the gathering to become an asset for the humanity.
“Because you have forgotten the lessons taught by the Prophet (peace be upon him), you are marginalised in every field. You are considered as a liability”, he said. “Stop looking at others for each and everything. Try to become an asset and a helping hand for the mankind. Then you will see how fast things change in your favour.”
Applauding the step taken by Jamia Mohammadia Education Society (JMES) to establish the Engineering College in Malegaon, he said, “Nothing can be more valuable for the community than these institutions. The Madaris, the Muslim institutions, colleges and schools howsoever insignificant they might appear now, they are actually the source of knowledge for the community and in them are hidden the secret of its success.”
Interestingly, the entire function on June 25 had in it some unusual and surprising glimpses. The establishment of the engineering college was so important for the people in Malegaon that people cutting across the sectarian and religious differences converged at the venue in a large number. Maulana Rahmani himself is the spiritual leader of Khanqah-e-Rahmaniya, Monger, estimated to be having a following of half a million people spread all across the globe. This is something unusual for Jamia Mohammadia Education Society (JMES) management that belongs to a different sect. Still, it rolled out red carpet for the Maulana.
“It would be unfair if we identify or associate an institution with a sect or religion. The institutions are actually owned by and meant for the people”, President of Jamia Mohammadia Education Society (JMES) Arshad Mukhtar said in his address.
Adding more colour to the gathering was the presence of Prof. CC Handa and Architect Sachin Kothari, who despite religious differences agreed to offer their services for the college.
In reply to a question they said, “People in the country should stop looking at things on communal lines. We are in fact proud to be part of such an important project.”
And, this is exactly what the religious pluralism in India is all about.
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