Muslim confederation meet on terror excludes NDF, Jamait Islami

via Pioneer News Service | Kozhikode published on April 9, 2007

Muslim union excludes NDF & Jamait Islami   

The Muslim league-led-Muslim confederation meeting against terrorism held in Kozhikode has excluded the NDF and the Jamait Islami.  

Senior Muslim league leaders, who organised the seminar did not make any particular mention of their exclusion but it is learnt that if both these organisations are included then there will be a general feeling among public that the meeting was not serious but simply an eye wash. 

Representatives of Samastha Kerala Sunni Student Federation (SKSSF), an organisation supporting the Muslim League, Sunni Student Federation of Kandapuram AP Aboobacker Musaliyar which is diametrically opposite ideologically to the Muslim League and the Mujahid Students Movement (MSM), which is noted by its staunch opposition towards the NDF were also invited for the confederation. 

Muslim League leader Dr MK Muneer, who is in-charge of the Youth League has taken initiative of this meeting and the organiser KA Shaji, State general secretary of the youth league has always taken strong stands against the NDF. 

Shaji while talking to the Press said that the Jamait Islami is excluded from the meeting as they are distributing certain books, which are propagating fundamentalism, and in a meeting opposing terrorism and fundamentalism the organisation cannot be included.

According to social observers closely watching the developments in the Muslim politics said that both the NDF and the Jamait Islami has not taken lightly to their exclusion from this meeting, which has almost all the other Muslim organisations participating. 

The Jamait Islami in particular is sore that they are excluded as they are in the forefront of several environmental campaigns and have taken up several social causes and is trying desperately to enter the mainstream of the social and political life of the State. 

A senior Muslim league leader while speaking to The Pioneer said, “The Jamait E Islami is trying hard to remove the hardline face that it has and is donning the cap of a moderate eco-friendly organisation. But as the Muslim co-ordination meet is totally against terrorism and fundamentalism we are not able to include them as a major section of the Muslim organisations who takes part in this meeting does not want them to be included in this particular programme”. 

Political observers based in Kozhikode said that the move of the Muslim League has to be lauded as there is a serious line of thinking in the party and the Muslim community in general that the organisations propagating terrorist ideology and fundamentalist moorings has to be isolated. 

The educated youth in the Muslim community feels that there is no need for any fundamentalist activity and that without any initiative on the part of Muslim organisations like the Muslim League and the SSF the fundamentalist forces will rule the community which in the end will lead to the total destruction of peace and harmony in the State and in particular Kozhikode and adjoining areas, which these youth does not want to happen. 

It is also learnt that the Muslim women are also not happy at the community being getting a negative branding. The Muslim woman’s league is also in the process of revamp and the senior party leaders in a closed meeting recently has decided that the Woman’s league has to be strengthened.  

It is also learnt that one of the prime reasons for such thinking is to curb the growing fundamentalist tendency among the youth, which could be easily curtailed once the woman’s organisation of the Muslim league is active in society.


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