Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind passes resolution against Uniform Civil Code

India: Clerics on Sunday said repeatedly raising past disputes over ancient places of worship is not appropriate for peace and harmony in the country. During a meeting convened by Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind in Deoband, the clerics asked the community to remain patient, and said that India belonged to them too and those who were asking Muslims to go to Pakistan, can go there themselves.

Maulana Mahmood Madani said, “We had the choice of going to Pakistan but we chose to stay back here. Those who want to send us there now, can go themselves.” Madani refused to accept the uniform civil code (UCC) and said that it was against the spirit of Constitution which grants freedom of religion to every citizen. The meeting also passed resolutions on the Gyanvapi dispute and the UCC. The clerics cited the places of Worship Act 1991 and said that some people were deliberately creating controversies on the issue. “We will not tolerate any interference in matters of Shariat,” they said.

The Deoband-based prominent Muslim body on Saturday also accused the BJP government of protecting people engaged in poisoning the majority community’s mind in the country. Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind made the allegation, expressing concern over the alleged spread of communalism and saying that the government is turning a blind eye to the people spreading hatred against the minority community in various meetings. It claimed that the country’s unity is being hampered in the name of “false nationalism”, which is dangerous not only for Muslims but the entire country.