Largest Indian Muslim Group Promotes "Progressive" Ideology

An influential Muslim group in India, the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind , is urging members to practice “Islam that does not talk about jihad as an excuse to take up arms.” The group is also urging equal rights for women.
The Daily Times reports:

KOLKATA: India’s largest Muslim group said on Thursday that it had launched a campaign to spread progressive values in the community to debunk stereotypes.

Leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind – which commands widespread influence among Muslims, especially in the countryside and has around five million members and volunteers – said that thousands of clerics and volunteers were meeting fellow Muslims in towns and villages to spread the message that a correct understanding of Islam would defeat perceptions that Muslims were “fundamentalist” and “militant” by nature.

Speaking to Reuters, one senior Jamaat leader, Rahamat Ali Khan, said: “Our aim is to explain to the community that the true values of Islam do not talk about jihad as an excuse to take up arms.”

He also stressed that the groups was “calling for education for all family members, especially girls, and equal rights for women as this is what Islam really preaches”; while groups members were also telling Muslim women that under Islamic law, if their husbands died, their brothers-in-law and fathers-in-law were obliged to look after them and not allow them to become destitute by throwing them out of their houses. “The response to our call has been overwhelming,” said Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas, another Jamaat leader.

It sounds like a very good start, anyway.


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