India’s biggest Muslim body, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, out for a campaign with thousands of scholars and volunteers for a good cause. Their mission is to engage everyone positively with the community’s problems. Washing away the misconceptions about their community is a big task ahead for them.
Rahamat Ali Khan, a senior leader of the powerful Jamaat-e-Islami Hind said that
we are calling to go for education for all family members, especially girls, and equal rights for women, as this is what Islam really preaches.
Muslims have lower literacy rate than the national average. The social status of Muslim women is even worse as most of them are completely unaware about the right given to them by the government.
The thousands of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind‘s scholars and volunteers are going to towns and villages across India to meet families and making them aware for education and their fundamental rights.
These volunteers are learning women that Islamic law says that if their husbands die, their brothers-in-law and fathers-in-law will have to take care of them. They cannot throw the women out of the house.
According to the government data, Muslims account for 140 million of India’s 1.1 billion people. This is the third highest number in the world after those of Indonesia and Pakistan.
Khan said further that our aim is to explain to the community that the true values of Islam do not talk about jihad as the excuse to take up arms. Most importantly, these campaigns are getting wider as well as overwhelming response from every place in the country.