Mumbaikars decide that they would Slay Hatred to Nurture Humanity

Posted on 06 January 2019 by Webmaster JIH Maharashtra

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The Mumbai chapter of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), in association with Sadbhavna Manch, IIC, PSF, AIITA and SIO, successfully concluded a massive campaign on social and inter-religious harmony by the name, #Nafrat_Ka_Nash_Manavta_Ka_Vikas this evening. This campaign was being conducted right from the 20th of December 2018.

All over the city, lectures were held in schools and colleges, sermons were delivered from the pulpit, people were approached at street corners and outside railway stations, meetings were held with the heads of various social institutions and NGOs and attempts were made to reach out to all sections of society with a single simple message- Let us Unite against Hate. As expected, the response was also overwhelmingly positive, with each resident of this cosmopolitan city feeling the urgent need to mend the social fabric of our country.

Moreover, a Selfie contest by the name, Selfie Against Hate was floated, wherein people were encouraged to take selfies with people of various religious faiths to promote bonhomie.

Similarly, a quiz contest with attractive cash prizes was held online as well as offline for non-Muslim brethren, with questions directed at clearing misunderstandings about the minority community. This was intended at fostering inter-faith dialogue and understanding.

A week before the concluding program, a function was organised at a suburban restaurant over lunch for the representatives of various city NGOs to chalk out a plan for mutual cooperation to defeat hatred and enmity and promote peace and sustainable development in society.

Nafrat Nash 3A press conference was also held on the 3rd of January to ensure that the enormous influence of mass media is harnessed towards this noble endeavour. Social Media platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter were also tapped into, reaching out to the netizens at large.

This campaign reached its summit with a two-day program that was held at the Andheri Sports Complex on the 5th and 6th of January. Editor in Chief of Radiance Viewsweekly, Maulana Ejaz Aslam Khan inaugurated the exhibition-cum-seminar and encouraged the audience to come together and weed out hatred and prejudice from this country. Interfaith dialogues were held on both these days. Justice (retd) Dr. D. K. Sonawane, Mr. Shankar Chilap (sec, Shri Sadguru Seva Mandal), Brahmakumari Tapaswini behenji, Mr. Anthony Dias (Bombay Catholic Sabha), Brahmachari Prahladanand from Vile Parle Sanyas Ashram, Mr. Charanjeet Singh Gaura (President Punjabi Sanjhi Sabha, Mumbai) and Dr. Ven Bhadant Rahula Bodhi Maha Thero were all unanimous in emphasizing upon the need for communal harmony and goodwill through healthy dialogue and exchange of ideas. Lamenting upon the current state the country is receding into, they expressed hope that positive ground efforts would defeat evil and divisive forces and ensure true progress of humanity.

Nafrat 4Counseling sessions were conducted for the visitors on both days by Mr. Zainuddin Shaikh. He spoke on human psychology, stress relief and domestic disputes, lacing his lectures with interesting quips and anecdotes.

nafrat nash 2An exhibition boasting of scores of illustrative panels on religious and moral teachings were displayed in English and Marathi these two days and the volunteers of JIH guided the visitors, explaining to them how and why divine guidance is the only route to a happy and satisfying life.

As the curtains drew to a close, the convenor of the campaign, Mr. Shakir Shaikh reminded the volunteers that this campaign needs to be continued in spirit even beyond this date. The President of JIH Mumbai, Muhammad Abdul Qadeer added that this is a lifelong relentless process; a campaign but serves to grant an impetus. He prayed for the restoration of peace and harmony in society and asked God to accept their humble efforts in this enormous cause.

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