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Muslim youths exhorted to build bridges with fellow countrymen, avoid getting instigated

The Ameer (chief) of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has appealed to the Muslim youth in India to build bridges with fellow countrymen and spurn instigation in the face of growing incidents of lynching and mob violence in different parts of the country.

Addressing the monthly press conference of Jamaat at its headquarters today, JIH chief issued an appeal to the government of India, fellow citizens and Muslim youth in particular. Appealing to the Muslim community of India and Muslim youth in particular Maulana Umari said: “Muslim youth should not get depressed and loose heart. They should avoid being instigated and avoid giving any emotional reactions. The communal elements want Muslims to either get disheartened or lose hope or should become isolated from the mainstream in this country. We should not use the language of fear and despondency nor use the language of confrontation and communalism. Our emotional reaction and an unbalanced narrative will only help the divisive agenda of the communal forces.”

“We should try our level best to prevent the situation from escalating into becoming a reason for communal and religious strife. According to the teachings of Islam, the most important work in such a situation is to run a vigorous campaign for establishing communications, contacts and connections with our non-Muslim brothers and sisters. We should remove their misunderstandings and apprize them of the true teachings of Islam and enlighten them of its pristine message. We should raise our voice against oppression and injustice hand in hand with our non-Muslim brothers and sisters,’’ said Jamaat’s president who was accompanied by vice president Nusrat Ali and Secretary General Mohammad Salim Engineer.

Nusrat Ali informed the media persons that Jamaat is setting up Sadbhavana Manch (communal harmony platform) in villages and towns of the country in order to maintain harmony and mutual relations among communities. In the current situation, he said, Muslims should vigorously work for “establishing communications, contacts and connections with our non-Muslim brothers and sisters.” “We should remove their misunderstandings and apprise them of the true teachings of Islam,” said Jamaat.

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