Yavatmal: Coming forward with a message of fraternity and equality, a Muslim organisation run by a social activist from Parbhani is launching a ‘Mohammad Paigambar for all’ campaign, which will reach out to Muslims all over the State to help children from Dalit and Adivasi families and that of farmers, who have committed suicide, to celebrate Eid.
Subhan Ali, who calls himself a Shiv Vyakhyata (Orator of Shivaji’s biography), is the head of the Bhartiya Seva Sangh and is a part of the Riot Free Maharashtra Committee. He says he came up with the concept, as he saw the Muslim fraternity becoming more and more marginalised. “We see that the communication between Muslims and other social groups is breaking down. Muslims too are isolating themselves,” Ali said, adding, “I think this a bad thing as a Muslim.” “A good Muslim cannot see poverty, hunger and inequality and do nothing. Mohammad Paigambar, the prophet, had been sent on earth as Rehmatul-al-amin, not as Rehmatul-al-musalmin, which means he was for everyone, not just the Muslims,” Ali said. He added, “Adivasis, farmers, Dalits are all our brothers who are suffering. As Muslims, we need to reach out to them with a hand of love and help.”
Ali plans to use his network spread over Maharashtra to gather donations and club them together to spread happiness to marginalised families. “We will gift clothes to 1,000 Dalit, Adivasi and farming family children. We want them to know the joy of Eid and celebrate it together with our children,” says Ali, adding, “We will also distribute Sheer Kurma (a sweet delicacy) on Eid to 1 lakh people.”
“We want a peaceful India and peaceful Maharashtra. I have been working against communalism and social dogmas through my speeches and workshops where I try to spread social reform by referring to great reformers and personalities of various communities,” he says and adds, “I think if a brother of ours is suffering, we need to go to him and not wait for him to come to us. We will go to villages and tribal areas to spread the joy of togetherness.”