Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Prez’s Eid message highlights Palestinians suffering; calls for conscientious voting in India

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NEW DELHI –In his Eid greetings , Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) President Syed Sadatullah Husaini has extended heartfelt congratulations to Muslims worldwide while addressing significant global challenges, particularly focusing on the plight of Palestinians and Gazans and the upcoming general elections in India.

Addressing Muslims, the JIH President began by urging the community to focus on the true purpose of fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, stating that if they heed the lessons learned, they will emerge “stronger and more powerful” from the current situations.

Turning his attention to the upcoming general elections in India, Mr. Husaini emphasized the civic and religious responsibility of the Muslim community to participate in the democratic process. “Participating in the elections and voting is our responsibility. It is the requirement of the continuous Takbir (reciting God is great) that we use every opportunity to provide peace, security, justice and freedom to the slaves of Allah,” he said.

Calling on the community to vote conscientiously, putting aside biases and stereotypes, and selecting representatives who prioritize the people’s welfare over personal gain, the JIH leader stated, “we should vote for the best representatives, above all biases and stereotypes, temporary benefits, and narrow interests. For which, we should also prepare citizens of the country.”

As the Islamic world grapples with profound challenges, Mr.Husaini highlighted the enduring struggle of the Palestinian people and commended their courage and resilience in the face of oppression. He addressed the plight of the Palestinian people, who are “marking the glorious history of their martyrdoms and sacrifices” amidst the ongoing Israeli aggression in Gaza.

The JIH leader praised the courage, strength, and steadfastness of the Palestinian people, who have “brazenly exposed and unmasked the hypocrisy of the international powers, their double standards, their brutality and barbarism, their racism, their human hostility, and their hypocrisy.”

Acknowledging the immense suffering of the Palestinian people, Mr.Husaini said, “We feel sad at the suffering of our Palestinian brethren, yet we do not lament our martyrs. Instead, we pray for Allah’s assistance, patience, healing for the sick and wounded, and peace for them.”

Expressing hope that the desolated streets of Gaza will be the cause of the fall of these evil powers, the JIH chief voiced solidarity with the Palestinian brethren, and prayed for their strength and ultimate liberation from oppression, invoking Allah’s mercy and support. He also expressed hope that the sacrifices and resilience of the Palestinian people would inspire the Muslim Ummah for centuries to come.

Drawing attention to the urgent need for justice, peace and freedom for Palestine, Mr Husaini prayed Allah to grant the oppressed Palestinians political freedom while give mental freedom to the Muslim world. “May Allah free the Al-Aqsa Mosque from all the evil forces. May Allah bring the oppressors and the corruptors to justice and punish them. May Allah grant the oppressed people of Gaza the power and domination and leadership and the land that you (Allah) have promised?” he prayed.

Amidst this backdrop, Mr.Husaini called on the Muslim community in India to remain focused on the broader context, rather than reacting impulsively to every event. “Instead of dwelling on circumstances or reacting impulsively to every event, people should strive to comprehend the broader context. Allah, in His wisdom, tests us during difficult times, but if people remain focused on the goals of fasting and heed the lessons of Ramadan, they emerge stronger,” he said.

The JIH leader began by extending Eid greetings to the community, wishing them a blessed and joyous celebration. He emphasized the importance of not just observing the outward rituals of fasting, but also internalizing the spiritual transformation that Ramadan is meant to bring about. He urged Muslims to reflect on the transformation fasting should bring about in their character, behaviour, and interactions with others. Quoting the Prophet Muhammad, he warned against the mere physical observance of fasting without achieving its spiritual goals.

The JIH president highlighted the four key objectives of fasting, as outlined in the Quran: the development of Taqwa (God-consciousness), gratitude, guidance, and the glorification of Allah. He urged the community to introspect on how well they have embodied these qualities during the holy month. He stressed the importance of internalizing these objectives, gaining control over desires and emotions, and leading a righteous life imbued with patience.

Addressing the broader socio-political context, Mr. Husaini emphasized the need for the Muslim community to remain patient, steadfast, and focused on the larger picture, rather than succumbing to impulsive reactions. He warned against the pitfalls of impatience, which can lead to arrogance, corruption, and the inability to uphold the community’s long-term interests.

Addressing the current challenges facing the Muslim community, the JIH leader urged a proactive approach, emphasizing the need to understand the broader context of situations and strive for positive change. He encouraged Muslims to rise above reactive attitudes, blame games, and hopelessness, viewing difficulties as opportunities for reform and preparation for greater responsibilities.

As India and the world explore the turbulent times, the Eid-ul-Fitr message from the JIH president offers a glimmer of hope, urging the Muslim community to channel their faith, resilience, and engagement to address the pressing issues of the day.

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