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'Dawa can bring back deviant youth to right path'.

Kaleem Siddiqui

Jeddah: M. Nasir Jawed

Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui, a notable Islamic scholar from India, believed that only sustained Dawa work could move the Muslim youth away from the violent path that they have taken to in many countries, causing much bloodshed and giving a bad name to Islam.

Recently in the Kingdom to perform his Haj, the Maulana referred to these youth as "misguided", adding that "The new century will be an era of Dawa work. I think that this is the only solution to stream line these deviant youth; we need to undertake Dawa work on a sustained level and in a vigorous manner."

Dawa, the Maulana said, is fundamental to the cause of Islam and is central to the character of a Muslim. When asked in his interview why India -- unlike many Muslim countries -- remains much better and more peaceful place for Muslims, the Maulana quoted a Hadith in which the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had said that he was smelling fragrance coming from the soils of India.

He praised India's large population, dominated by Hindus, and called them the most humble, tolerant and loving people.

"The people of India are such a nation that even most hardened of the Hindus get humbled at the offer of Eid's sewaiyan (a seet dish)".

He gave the example of late K. Sudarshan, the former chief of RSS, a religious Hindu group, saying when some Muslims invited him to eat sweet dishes on Eid, he was so moved that he offered to say Eid prayers together with Muslims next year. Sudarshan died before he could fulfill his wishes.

"It's a nation full of love and compassion. We should not consider them alien to Islam," he said and referred to a Qur'an verse that says "They are all off-springs of single parents."

Further, he said the Prophet (peace be upon him) never considered non-Muslims outside the pale of Islam. .

Maulana thinks that new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is accused of presiding over a massacre that had killed nearly 2,000 Muslims in Gujarat, is a much mellowed person.

"He appears to be much different from the 2002 Gujarat and much more responsible person given the kind of statements that are coming up from him," he said.

The maulana was however hard-pressed to explain why the Madrassas today are lacking an ability to adapt to modernity. He said that according to a community survey, one out of 500 Muslim students takes admission in the Madrassa.

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Date:Nov 5, 2014
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