[Former IG U Nisar Ahmed delivering keynote speech at Jamia Mohammadia Mansoora Education conference on Saturday November 25, 2017. (ummid.com photo)]
Mansoora (Malegaon): Describing in details the pathetic condition under which Muslims are living all across India, U Nisar Ahmed, former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Karnataka, on Saturday said the situation demands from the community leaders and NGOs to work and contribute on war footing to bring a change.
“Community welfare efforts are traditionally called as social work and considered an option. But, Muslims should remember that, for them, the community welfare work is a religious duty. It is an obligation and not an option”, U Nisar Ahmed, a retired IPS officer said.
The former Karnataka top cop was delivering the extension lecture during the concluding session of the first day of the two day national conference which opened Saturday morning at Jamia Mohammadia Mansoora Campus in Malegaon.
Experts, academicians, scholars and thinkers from India and abroad have gathered at Mansoora – the plush educational complex 03 kms from the textile hub Malegaon, to discuss challenges, solutions and importance of linking Madaris to mainstream education.
Quoting from the government data and with the help of photographs Nisar Ahmed showed the existing condition of Muslims living in slums located in Bengaluru, Lucknow, Patna, Karnool and other cities.
“The Muslims are living under inhuman conditions in these slums which are located a stone throw away from posh housing societies and colonies. Besides others, these housing societies have Muslims as their habitants.
“Also located near them are a good number of Muslim institutions. But, sadly no one is realizing the pain of these people living so close to them”, he said.
Highlighting the government schemes and importance of various entitlements, he explained with the help of data how a small effort can bring smile on the faces of poor people.
“There are various welfare schemes including pension for senior citizens, widows, scholarships for students and a very effective Public Distribution System (PDS) of food grains.
“However, poor Muslims fail to take benefits from such schemes as they are illiterate and hence unaware of such schemes. On the other hand, the literates in the community are enjoying their own frugal life, and do not have time to spare for these poor and make them aware of these schemes”, he said.
Highlighting the role of education in creating a healthy, empowered, aware and sound society, the retired IPS officer, who is running a chain of schools in different Indian states, urged the community leaders and NGOs to pledge that no one from the community will remain uneducated.
“Among the first things which Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) after he migrated to Madina was establishment of “Suffa”, and it was from among the Ashab-e-Suffa that the Muslims got great leaders, jurists, scholars, and military generals who later ruled the world for centuries”, he said.
Former top cop Nisar Ahmed founded National Centre for Research and Development (NCRD) after retirement. Besides working as NCRD Chairman, Nisar Ahmed is also associated with various platforms working for the empowerment of poor and downtrodden, especially the Muslims.
Established sometimes in 2010, the key objective of the National Centre for Research and Development (NCRD) is to understand socio-economic problems, to analyse the social and economic changes and to suggest directions on issues relating to education, health human resources, welfare & poverty alleviation, governance, communalism, gender discrimination, ethics and morality.
The NCRD also acts as a ‘Think Tank’ and help translate its goals and objectives into tangible reform outcomes.