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Monday, February 18, 2013

India's unfinished social contract

Indeed, the story is same with most nations. Injustice will not go away, no matter how much we fake it, it builds up and is likely to erupt engulfing everyone into its flames, in the end everyone loses. The long term security of a nation hinges on justice and fairness (Dharma) to every Citizen. 

As Indian Americans, we gripe about our limits in the society, we do shout discrimination, we do scream when so many Indians were denied visas. We hate when a Guru, a student or a politician is denied a visa to the United States.  We have also carried huge discussions on Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley, believing that because they converted to Christianity they made it… there is resentment.


These issues are not going to go away, they sit with us, not with all of us though, but if someone attacks those attitudes, whoever can speak out for us, we become fans of such person. When I attacked SenatorWilliams and Pastor Jeffress for their ignorant comments about Hindus, I got huge support. Similarly if a Hindu speaks out for Justice to others, he or she will be liked as well.


In the United States, resentment was building up in the 50’s with Rosa Park, Selma, Montgomery and other incidents, the black panthers came in to being, the situation would have exploded had it not been for the civil rights and equal opportunity acts led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.  Americans together quickly cured the explosive situation.


Injustice will not go away, no matter how much we fake it, it is likely to erupt, and engulf everyone into its flames, at the end, everyone loses. The long term security of a nation hinges on justice and fairness (dharma) to every Citizen. Indeed Satyameva Jayate.

As Indians, we have to consciously bring closure to many of the unfinished issues, our language has to be inclusive, whatever affects one Indian, should be felt by all, if not we are deficit in our humanity.

I am glad; we are a pluralistic democracy rather than an autocratic, monarchic or dictatorial system where critical issues take time to resolve through consensus, rather than imposition.  Because of the nature of our governance, we have piled up unresolved conflicts that will take time to heal. Among them are; Sikh Genocide, Babri Masjid-Ram JanamBhoomi, Kashmiri Pundits, Gujarat Genocide, misogyny,  and discrimination against the minorities as well as the majorities in schools and jobs. There are other issues, but my focus is social issues.
 
HISTORIC INDIA

The old wounds like the Somnath destruction, indiscriminate killing of Hindus have remained on the psyche of Hindu Indians. It was expressed during Gujarat, to show Muslims their place and to show Sikhs their place during the Sikh Genocide of 1984. We have allowed resentment to flourish towards each other, and the politicians have used us suckers very well. Yes, you and I both. We need to face things squarely and find sustainable solutions.


There is a need for a serious national dialogue where Muslim Indians disown those freaky kings who wreaked havoc on fellow Indian Hindus. Muslims need to continuously disown Aurangzeb and Ghazni.  I seriously doubt if there is any Indian today who is a descendent of them, or has inherited their loot. Today’s Muslims are not responsible for what  the kings did, indeed, most kings, whether Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Budh or otherwise have made their business to annex the next land, rob the rich, steal from the temples and fill their coffers. Hindus on the other hand need freedom from that pain, and they need to realize that Muslims have nothing to do with what those kings did.We need a national declaration from Hindus and Muslims releasing each other from the past and together forge a new future, and constantly guard ourselves from falling into the old pit.


INDEPENDENT INDIA

Our constitution has flaws and we need to seriously make some amendments. The Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists are categorized as Hindus. Even here on my Radio show in Dallas in 2002, a friend said Jainism was an offshoot of Hinduism and it was immediately objected to, it's happened a few times. We need to learn to recognize the sovereignty of each faith and tradition and honor them for their distinct belief.  If you don’t think, it is a problem, wait until this happens to you.


This is a real story, an American Christian said Salaam Alaikum to a Hindu, or Namaste to a Muslim –most of us smile, as we don’t see that as a problem. However my Hindu friend and the Muslim friend,  were quick to point out the biggest mistake of that’s man's life and spent time teaching them, fortunately neither were denigrating the other. Once I said Salaam to an Egyptian looking guy, he was ferocious and said, I am not a Muslim, no Salaam to me.

You may enjoy the following videos delivered to a gathering of 1200 Christians in Chicago bible Study class that I attended.  I sound like a preacher in it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo3a8wX6SXQ . A benediction for Obama's inauguration is here and hope you like it as well - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-ghouse/president-obamas-ideal-inaugural-benediction_b_2481579.html#es_share_ended


Most of us Indians meet and greet for a few minutes in a year, and want to keep it that way. Very few of us have a genuine interest in putting off sparks. If you do take the time, you will find what is going on in each Indian, the resentment towards fellow Indian is quietly simmering inside, and It needs to be addressed, not suppressed or do the typical Indian thing, “there is really no problem”.

We need to dig deeper and remove such sparks for the long term good of the nation and the each one of us. Hate towards the other eats us alive, we need Mukti from it.
 
What happened to Sikhs was not an instant reaction, there was some unfinished business brewing among communities that erupted and resulted in the Genocide, same goes with the Muslim Genocide in Gujarat. We cannot brush aside these issues, the sparks were there, we need to dig up and find solutions, if not, this will happen again.

Indian Muslims should not be criticized for Pakistan either, they chose to stick with India, and any accusation should be shameful and condemned by every one of the 1.2 Billion Indians. We all need to jump on those Idiots who point their fingers at fellow Indians who are Muslims.

Just because the Prime Minister is a Sikh, the President may be a woman or a Dalit, the injustices toward Sikhs, Women and Dalits do not stop. People are getting along on the surface, one more event like Indira Gandhi happens, then you can see all that hatred burst up into flames. If we are patriotic Indians, we need to feel the hurt of all Indians and fix the problems.



We should not dump these issues onto the next generation, we are conquering the space, we can conquer our prejudices too, that is the greater Jihad (inner struggle) Lord Krishna and Prophet Muhammad had called for. The nation is moving forward cautiously, but unless we bring closure to the issues, we may not feel the goodness in our hearts. The issues will not go away by burying our heads in the sand.

We need to collectively apologize, forgive and restore justice to the victims of such genocides.
What makes sense is for Hindus to take the lead in bringing Justice to all, Muslims to stand up for Hindus, Jains to stand up for Dalits, and Sikhs to stand up for Christians…. Stand up for others, we can change India. You and I will die and be gone, but it is our duty to quit blaming others and find solutions. At least, let it begin with you and me.

Of course, had it not been for Hindus a whole lot more Sikhs, Muslims, Dalits and Christians would have been massacred out, had it not been for Muslims, a whole lot more Hindus would have been driven out of the valley. Thanks to the good ones among us for standing up for others. 

Right now, the GOI has denied Amnesty Int’l to investigate the atrocities of Sikh Genocides; we need Hindus, Muslims, Jains, Christians and Buddhist Indians to take this forward. We can take on one issue at a time. "Injustice to one is injustice to all" - Martin Luther King, Jr.

We need at least five committed individuals to initiate a committee at the Dallas Peace Center to take this forward comprising Hindu, Muslim, Jain, Christian, Dalit and Buddhist, and of course a Sikh Volunteer as well.   

URL
http://mikeghouseforindia.blogspot.com/2013/02/indias-unfinished-social-contract.html



HONORING SIKHS
- http://911unitydayusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/viii-annual-unityday-update-pictures.html


COMMEMORATING SIKH GENOCIDE - http://holocaustandgenocides.blogspot.com/2013/01/6th-annual-holocaust-and-genocides-sikh_23.html


Mike Ghouse is a former Board Member of Dallas Peace Center with a life time commitment to the center and its work. Please visit DallasPeaceCenter.org for details. 
 ....... Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism, politics, peace, Islam, Israel, India, interfaith, and cohesion at work place. He is committed to building a Cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day at www.TheGhousediary.com. He believes in Standing up for others and has done that throughout his life as an activist. Mike has a presence on national and local TV, Radio and Print Media. He is a frequent guest on Sean Hannity show on Fox TV, and a commentator on national radio networks, he contributes weekly to the Texas Faith Column at Dallas Morning News; fortnightly at Huffington post; and several other periodicals across the world. His personal site www.MikeGhouse.net indexes all his work through many links.

Beneath Burqa, a Mangalsutra and Chooda


It is good to read these pieces and hope more and more people highlight the commonalities, so we all can relate with each other as opposed to building a barrier around us.
 
I am amazed at the Times of India story, as if Mangalstura and chooda are a new thing. It's been around. My mother, sister and my late wife wore the mangal sutra, it is a beautiful tradition where the husband puts the black bead necklace around the wife's neck, almost identical to the rings exchange ( I have included a few pictures below). The bindi (dot on the forehead) is not common among Muslims, but is prevalent, see the pictures of a Bangladeshi Muslim or Hindu wedding, you cannot differentiate between a Muslim and Hindu.. why should you? 
 
Culture is an external manifestation, faith is internal for most people, but some of them wear it on their sleeves. The Punjabi Sikh, Hindu or Muslim women nearly dress alike, in the respective places of worships, they nearly have the same tradition of pulling the pallu (part of the saree or a scarf) over their head. Our culture, i.e. the culture of the subcontinent is fairly similar with variations in regions and sub-sects and religions.
 
As an interfaith wedding officiant (minister), I have performed some unique weddings - between a Jewish woman and a Christian man, Jain boy and a Muslim girl; a Hindu girl and a Christian man.... it is not a religious wedding, but a social wedding with religious flavor, so the family and friends feel a sense of wedding. there is a Sikh and Muslim wedding in the making... but I don't think they should marry, I have advised them against it, there is no compatability, the guy is pushing her to convert and any compulsion in relation is bound to affect them in the long run. There is a Jain and a Hindu wedding coming up, the family just wants to hear my unifying sermon, ... .  so they asked me to do it for them and God willing, I will. So many kids feel a sense of in-completion when they get married because their Rabbi, Pastor, Pundit, Gyaniji or Imam declines to perform the wedding. No one should feel that, there is a need to be fulfilled and I am pleased to help out the kids.

If you attend at least a few Bengali, Malayalee, Tamilian, Gujarati, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Punjabi, UP, Bihari, Kashmiri and south Indian weddings and focus on similarities... all rituals are designed to prolong the process... ... Wedding is a time for every one to be a part of it... you will enjoy each one of them. I am blessed to have attended just about every wedding.. However, I have not attended an Arab wedding, but have Vietnamese, Chinese, Latino and other weddings
 
Enjoy, there is more common between people than we can see.
 
Mike
 
Beneath burqa, a mangalsutra and chooda
By Maria Akram, TNN | Feb 2, 2013, 01.48 AM IST

Young Muslim women in India, and even Pakistan, can be increasingly seen sporting the chooda, mangalsutra and often the sindoor.
 
NEW DELHI: As burqa-clad Sumaira walks past the streets of Jama Masjid, there's nothing really striking about her. That's until she flashes the bright red bangles she's wearing — the kind that newly married Hindu women have around their wrists.

Young Muslim women in India, and even Pakistan, can be increasingly seen sporting the chooda, mangalsutra and often the sindoor. And they see no taboo in it, taking it as a fashion statement, something that adds to their 'just married' look.

''Wearing a chooda doesn't make me a Hindu or a lesser Muslim," says 21-year-old Sumaira. "See, among Muslims there is nothing that differentiates married women from those who are still single. I have been fascinated with choodas ever since I was a kid. So that was one of the first things I bought after my engagement. In fact, my cousin Saima, too, wore one at her nikah." So did Huda Ahmad, also from the Jama Masjid area here, when she got married last week. To her surprise, none of her relatives objected.

It's not only the chooda. The demand for mangalsutras is picking up, and not just in India but also in Pakistan where many of those who ask for it attribute it to the influence of India's enormously popular saas-bahu soaps.

Two years ago, when Naseema Aziz, a resident of Karachi, visited her relatives in Delhi they were startled to see her buy seven diamond-studded mangalsutras from Karol Bagh. "Mangalsutra is a beautiful neckpiece and goes with every suit," Naseema explained over phone.

"If one is wearing it out of choice, there's nothing wrong in it. In Pakistan everyone knows I am a Muslim. Merely wearing a mangalsutra won't have me confused for a Hindu."

Jewellers in Delhi confirm this trend. "In the past two-three years, we have seen a growing number of Muslim women, some in burqas, ask for the mangalsutra," says Ankit Kohli, owner of Raj Jewellers. "They prefer the ones that have diamond pendants."

With the mangalsutra and chooda finding favour among Muslim women, how can the sindoor, that eternal sign of a married Hindu girl, be left behind? But while most Hindu women prefer red sindoor, Muslims tend to go for orange. Interestingly, in parts of Kolkata the two different shades have come to distinguish women from the two communities.

Rizwana, who works as a nanny in Kolkata, has seen her mother with orange sindoor. She followed suit when she herself got married in 2010. "Hindu women use red and we orange. Don't women in Delhi do the same?" the 24-year-old asked. In Bihar, however, many Hindu women also use  orange sindoor.

This confluence of cultures can these days be witnessed during Muslim weddings too. Some of them come complete with what resembles the sangeet ceremony.

Omar's wedding in Delhi is on February 23 and he's busy not just with his shopping but frenetic dance rehearsals. "Though the wedding is on the 23rd, the nikah will take place on the 10th. And there is a sangeet-cum-mehendi function with dance performances by relatives and friends. Both Hina, my fiancee, and I will be performing," says the excited man.

When asked why the nikah was being held before the functions, he says, "If we perform together before the nikah, some of our elderly relatives might not like it that the girl and boy are dancing away without even getting formally hitched."
 
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MANGAL SUTRA
 
CHOODA
 
 
In Indian tradition, the bride is prepared for marriage in a few different ceremonies. The Chooda ceremony is an intimate gathering of the bride’s extended family.   It begins with a havan or puja performed by the pandit.  In traditional families the oldest mama and mami will keep fast until the chooda.  The set of 21 cream and red bangles, the chooda, are not shown to the girl until just before the ceremony.  Historically they were made of ivory, however, since it is banned they are now made of plastic. The chooda is then placed onto the brides wrist by her uncle, and everyone at the puja are suppose to touch the chooda in order to offer their good wishes to the bride. Kalira may be tied to the bride’s wrist at this time as well. 

Chooda 1 copy

Depending on your family this may be the extent of the chooda ceremony, or the chooda ceremony may be preceded by a mauli ceremony.  The Mauli is when a holy sting is tied by the pandit on the bride's wrist, and four lamps are lit.  She is then seated in front of them.  Oil is constantly added to the diyas providing a beautiful glow to the bride's face.  A paste of tumeric powder and mustard oil is applied to her body and then the bride is given a bath in holy water.

Chooda 2 landscape copy

Conventionally, an indian bride dresses in her bridal attire, the bridal lenga or sari.Which  per tradition is given by her maternal uncle. US brides often choose to have the chooda ceremony a few days before the wedding.  Newlywed brides will wear their chooda up to their first anniversary. Since that might not go over well with your work clothes, you can keep them in your temple at home.
 
Mike
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Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism, politics, peace, Islam, Israel, India, interfaith, and cohesion at work place and standing up for others as an activist. He is committed to building a Cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day at www.TheGhousediary.com. Mike has a strong presence on national and local TV, Radio and Print Media. He is a frequent guest on Sean Hannity show on Fox TV, and a commentator on national radio networks, he contributes weekly to the Texas Faith Column at Dallas Morning News, fortnightly at Huffington post, and several other periodicals across the world. His personal site www.MikeGhouse.net indexes everything you want to know about him.

Non-Sikh Indian Volunteer wanted

We just concluded the program on Sikh Genocides at the Holocaust and Genocides
event in Dallas.

We are looking to have non-Sikhs to stand up for Sikhs in asking the GOI to
allow Amnesty International and Human rights commission to investigate the
Genocides and identify the culprits.

If you don't stand for others, why should any one stand up for you? We are
disgustingly selfish people, we stand and speak up for our own, its time to
change.

If you are a Hindu, Jain, Christian, Muslim, Dalit, Buddhist or other, other
than Sikh, we need you to volunteer to form a special committee at Dallas Peace
Center.

We have to stand up for every one to create a better world. Look at America, our
adopted home, the Christians and Jews will stand up for us the Indians, do we
reciprocate? or Do we do that for fellow Indians?


Mike Ghouse
214)325-1916

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

So what if John Brenan is a Muslim?

URL - http://mikeghouseforindia.blogspot.com/2013/02/so-what-if-john-brenan-is-muslim.html

Names withheld
I agree with you, it does not suit me to use the expletive, and I humbly acknowledge it.
My apologies to you and others who have expressed their dislike or not.

The note was in response to the calls, Sean Hannity announces my website and his text goes out to a million of his followers, many of whom are following me as well as chasing me. I was getting non-stop calls from all over the United States as if I am the Pope of Muslims. Nagging questions like, he (Brenan) is a Muslim in closet, he has connections to God knows, what are you going to do about it.... and did you know he is a Moslem?

My response to that question was the title of the topic, so I captioned the article to make the point. So what if he is? Actually Collin Powell had used the same phrase minus the expletive.

Now, to your other question, perhaps because you don't have the first knowledge of what I do (as a volunteer); Here is the elaboration of the response I wrote to my other Indian friends, with whom I connect fairly well and respect.

" (name) ______,  I was equally mad when a council man in Dallas pointed his finger at the other and said "You  people" to a Jewish man. I was outraged and wrote that in Dallas Morning News in 2005. When Bush did not sign the bill to allow the Wicca (another religious tradition) Veterans in Arlington Cemetery to have their own headstone, I went ballistic. When the state Senator Williams of Kentucky called the Governor names for participating in Bhoomi Puja in E-Town, I was jumped all over him and wrote in Huffington post, when the Pastor from Kansas called Jews, Christ Killers and staged rallies in front of the Holocaust Museum and a few synagogues and Texas Jewish post, I was there with the Jews protesting against the pastor.. . I have worked with the Dept of Justice to include Jain symbol in their symbols of religions, have held the rallies against the Gujarat massacre and held a program about Sikh and Bangladeshi Genocides…

Yes, we have condemned strongly against the plight of Hindu Pundits of Kashmir in our Holocaust and Genocides programs...wrote and generated calls to the Russian embassy in DC to pull back the ban they were working on banning Bhagvad Gita, challenged Moscow for usurping the Hare Krishna Temple land, condemned the desecration of temple in Trinidad, condemned and wrote to the Minister of Malaysia to punish those idiots who threw the head of a bull in the Temple in Kuala Lumpur... 15 years ago, I got threatening calls from a few right winger Catholics for defending the bishop in Lisbon who allowed a Hindu couple to get married in the church and they place Ganesh Icon on the altar, which got the bishop fired...and I got nasty calls from some of the idiots, they said, shame on you to defend the idol worshippers. It is easy to back off isn’t it, that is what most chickens do, thank God; I will not be pushed around when it comes to standing up for others.

Nanak, no one asked me to do this, Hindus did not ask, Jains did not ask, Christians did not ask, Jews did not ask... I did it because it is the right thing to do. It is not just them, when someone attacks a Muslim for his religion I will fiercely go after him, and I have gone after Sunnis in Bahrain for being brutal to their Shias, Armadas in Pakistan, Bangladeshi and Indonesia, even here...  We hold a lot of interfaith dialogues, no one pays me or asks me, but I always include all religions, Hinduism, your faith is never missed in my writings. Look at Dallas Morning news – 112 articles, Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Islam, Judaism… are all weaved in each article.

I hope you will stand up for every one regardless of their religion, if you have stood up for a Jain, Sikh, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jew, Buddhist, Baha’i, Adivasi, Dalit…  please share, we need more people who do that to change the world.


After I finish compiling all others, I will compile what I have done for the oppressed among Muslims. Since it is my religion, I am doing at the end. 

Aren’t you and I taught in India, that you feed the guests first and eat in the end, did not your mother and my mother ate after all the family was fed?  I am doing nothing different than that, and I hope my fellow Muslims understand that.

Unless we stand up for others, why should anyone stand up for us?

Please share your experience of standing up for Jains, Sikhs, Muslims, Adivasis, Tribals, Dalits, Bahai, Jews, Christians and others... it is good to hear that.


The pope resigned today, and hopes the new one will be open to all faiths and not be biased against any. I was going to write about it in Dallas Morning News on Monday, but simply ran out of time. Some ten years ago, the Baptist convention in Atlanta had said bad things about Hinduism, I had written to their convention at that time, and I have faced off with their president from two years ago in defending Catholics on the national radio.

I request each one of us not to judge others without knowing or hearing the hearsay.

Thank you.



  .... Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism, politics, peace, Islam, Israel, India,interfaith, and cohesion at work place. He is committed to building a Cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day at www.TheGhousediary.com. He believes in Standing up for others and has done that throughout his life as an activist. Mike has a presence on national and local TV, Radio and Print Media. He is a frequent guest on Sean Hannity show on Fox TV, and a commentator on national radio networks, he contributes weekly to the Texas Faith Column at Dallas Morning News; fortnightly at Huffington post; and several other periodicals across the world. His personal site www.MikeGhouse.net indexes all his work through many links. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Muslims stand up against extremism, death to Wahhabism

It is good to see a mass movement against extremism, as Muslims we welcome it. The numbers need to be verified, 2 million in Bikaneer sound unreal? What is important is that the movement has started and it must be nurtured.

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) advocated a moderate path; we need to live up to it. No one is responsible for your or my actions on the day of the judgment, which means they need to mind their own aamaal (deeds). Even in any society, the criminal goes to the jail not his family members, his imam, rabbi, pastor or pundit. Let each one bear his own burden in the matters of faith.

All it takes for the Imams and Maulana’s is to have guts to gut the dumb dime a dozen fatwas, and move on with common sense that Islam teaches. A few more rallies like this will spell death knell to the Wahhabi movement.
As a Pluralist, I have no problem with the Wahhabi movement, as long as they keep their practice to themselves. There is no compulsion in Islam, Islam is about freedom. It is sickening to hear a handful of Muslims talk arrogantly about Islam, Islam is not about arrogance, punishing others or denying others to be Muslim or whatever religion they follow. Islam is about humility, equality and justice.

Even in Saudi Arabia, whoever believes in the ideology must lovingly adhere to it, but not go around chasing women who do not wear Hijab, or let the girls burn to death in schools because males cannot get in there, not walk in to a private room and take the Ganesh Icon out of a guy who worships it…or even BS about baby Burqa’s.
The Sufi’s also needed to restrain their arrogance. They are one form of Islam, like the others. Each tradition is dear to the believer and we must respect that, following the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
Jai Hind
Mike Ghouse
World Muslim Congress
MikeGhouseforIndia

Bikaner, Rajasthan, India
On February 10, the grounds of the historic Sadul club filled with more than two million Sunni Sufis from across India. It was a memorable sight when the assembled people chanted 'Bhaarat Zindabaad' (Long Live India!) and 'Wahhabi Murdabad' (Wahhabism, go to hell!).
Maulana Syed Muhammad Ashraf Kichowchhwi at the Bikaner assembly.

General Secretary of All India Ulema Board Maulana Syed Muhammad Ashraf Kichowchhwi said we shall not allow the use of Indian soil for spreading extremism. He blamed Saudi Arabian petrodollars for continuously ruining the world Islamic heritage and culture and affirmed that true Indian Muslims will not accept the imposition of a Saudi Wahhabi agenda on India. Maulana Ashraf recalled that Saudi Wahhabi ideology only targets the soft Sunni countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Egypt, Mali, Libya, Iraq and now Syria. Maulana Ashraf warned Wahhabi elements they would be punished under the law, if they try to hamper India's secular social fabric founded on coexistence.
Maulana Ashraf lambasted the Indian political class as not understanding the need for representation of Sunni Muslims in politics. Maulana Ashraf denounced the radical Wahhabi fake Sunni Muslims in looting the rights of 80 percent of traditional Sunni Muslims. He reiterated that Sunni Sufi Muslims make up 80 percent of India's Muslim population, but its participation in power is zero. He offered the dictum that a true Indian Sunni Muslim is neither going to submit to Wahhabi religious leaders nor accept Wahhabis as political mentors.
In an emotional tone, Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Ashraf Quadri Mian said the catastrophe of the Islamic world is caused by the foolishness of fanatical Wahhabis. He said we shall not allow Wahhabism to capture India. Maulana Quadari said they have tried it from Africa to Pakistan to Afghanistan to Syria, but they will not be successful here in India as we are aware of the dirty game of the Saudi Arabian regime.

Ajmer Dargah presbyter and All India Ulema and Mashaikh Board Patron in Chief Maulana Syed Mehdi Mian declared that the mystic land of Indian Saints and its culture are unwelcome to Wahabi "Salafi" ideology.
The All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board's National Secretary Syed Babar Ashraf warned that 80 percent of the Muslim population of the country, in the context of government programs, planning and policy, find no place. The Wahhabi agenda hinges on seizure in India of Islamic monuments, dargahs [Sufi shrines], mosques and madrasas. A letter embodying this message was passed around the Sadul Club ground, with more than two million people repearting in unison, "Please accept, please accept it," as a slogan echoing in the vibrant sky.

Chief Conservators of Dargahs, Ulema, the imam of the local mosque, and the city Qazis [Islamic jurists] of Rajasthan attended the assembly. Sunni Islamic da'wa institutions, including many local organizations, worked to make the program successful.

Participants in the Bikaner assembly.