Mahmud Madani resigns, averts split in Jamiatul-Ulema-e-Hind

March 25th, 2008 - 12:33 am ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) A possible split in the 89-year-old Jamiatul-Ulema-e-Hind has been averted, at least for the time being. Its general secretary Mahmud Madani has called off the party’s 5,000-strong general body meeting he earlier summoned here for Wednesday to remove president Arshad Madani. Mahmud Madani, who forced the confrontation, also resigned as the party’s general secretary, as did the newly appointed president Qari Mohammad Usman. Both Monday proceeded to Saudi Arabia for Umra.

Arshad Madani, whose stewardship of the Jamiat was threatened, has, meanwhile, recast the 21-member working committee.

But the Jamiat office remains locked as Mahmud Madani carries its key. The police have set up a picket inside the headquarters of Masjid Abdul Nabi to prevent any violence between the two factions.

Mahmud Madani recently clashed with the organization president, who happens to be his uncle, over the control of the Jamiat. He summoned a general body meeting of the organization, but informed sources said he called off the meeting when he realized he did not have numbers with him.

The drama in the 350-year-old mosque March 6 has left a bitter taste among the Muslim clerics. Many blame Mahmud Madani for trying to belittle their public stance of terming terrorism as un-Islamic.

Arshad Madani said: “Mahmud may not be an agent of these forces inimical to Islam, but by trying to split the Jamiat at such a crucial moment he clearly played into the hands of these forces. I hope better sense prevails upon him.”

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