RELIGIOUS LEADERS, who paid glowing tributes to Sunni cleric Maulana Ali Mian at a congregation organised by the Payam-e-Insaniyat at the Lucknow Christian College grounds here on Sunday, were unanimous in their decision to urge the President of India to confer the Bharat Ratna on the Maulana posthumously.
Important among those who attended the meeting included Swami Shankracharya Anandji, Secretary of Iranian embassy Mohd Hussaini Khushamdi, Maulana Ishaq Nadwi, Luv Bhargava, vice-president of All- India Muslim Personal Law Board Maulana Kalbe Sadique, Sultan Shakir Hashmi, Maulana RH Nadwi and Bishop Gerald J Mathews.
Addressing the condolence meeting, Mr Bhargava said that by conferring Bharat Ratna on Ali Mian the government could promote peace and harmony in the country. Expressing similar views, convener of the meeting Sultan Shakir Hashmi said that the move would send a positive message to other countries also.
Buddhist monk Pragyanand said that it would he the best way to recognise the services of the late religious leader.
Recalling the teachings of Ali Mian, Mr Bhargava said that they are still relevant.
He called upon the youth to emulate the great leader if they wanted to take the country on the path of prosperity.
While rector of the Nadwa College Maulana Rabey H Nadwi, paying tributes to Ali Mian, said that he had left his footprints on the sand of time, Pragyanad said that 'it is Ali Mian's dedication that the Nadwa college is attracting students from across the world. Moulann Ishaq Nadwi also exhorted youths, irrespective of caste and creed, to follow the path shown by the late Sunni leader.
Eminent Shia cleric and vice-president of the All-india Muslim Personal Law Board Maulana Kalbe Sadique, who also attended the meeting, asserted 'that 'Islam is not against any religion but it is against those who commit atrocities on innocent persons.' Bishop Gerald J Mathews said that it was the duty of all religious leaders to promote peace in the society. Mohd Hussaini Khushamdi, condoling the death of the great Islamic scholar, said that his demise had shocked the entire world. A congregation, will be held at the ancestral village of Ali Mian at Takia in Rae Barely on February 27 under the presidentship of Mohd Muslim.