Muslim groups plan protest rally to save religion, country
Imarat Shariah (House of Shariah), which is headquartered in Patna, and All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), will hold a protest rally in Patna's Gandhi Maidan on Sunday. Called 'Deen Bachao, Desh Bachao', the rally is expected to have a turn out of three lakh. According to senior clerics and community leaders, neither Islam nor the country is safe under the BJP regime.
The Imarat Shariah was founded in 1921 in a bid to guide Muslims of Orissa, Bihar and Jharkhand, with Sharia-related issues. Further, the AIMPLB held demonstrations against triple talaq bill and drew a bigger action plan this time with Imarat Shariah.
AIMPLB's general secretary Maulana Wali Rahmani said they waited for four years but BJP didn't learn to run the country and added, " Our personal laws which are part of the Muslim faith are under attack." Rahmani alleged RSS has a long list and after triple talaq, they'll put a ban on playing azaan on loudspeakers. He hoped many would join the cause.
Rahmani said, "We want to convey the message that if you don't wake up now, there will not be enough space and opportunity to act later. There are a number of issues on the RSS agenda which this government will try to implement."
A number of madrassas and masjids are mobilizing the crowd across Bihar, Jharkhand, and even Orissa. People are bearing their own travel and food expenses; the Imaarat Sharia has received some donations to make arrangements. Imarat Shariah's general secretary Maulana Aneesur Rahman Qasmi said no political party is funding the rally. He, however, added political parties may come but leaders won't speak.
Recalling protest by President of Jamiatul Ulema-e-Hind, Maulana Asad Madni, three decades ago, a Mumbai based cleric said, "He wanted to save the community and managed to get into Rajya Sabha. I don't know if any of organisers here have hopes of a Rajya Sabha nomination"