By OUR CORRESPONDENT
In the presence of thousands of its activists, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Tamil Nadu, and Pondicherry inaugurated its youth wing, “SOLIDARITY youth organisation” on June 12.
The inauguration conference was preceded by a peaceful rally that started from the venue of Pullukadu, at a distance of 1.5 km from the conference ground at Lorry Pettai, Ukkadam. Thousands of supporters who had come from the length and breadth of Tamil Nadu took part in the peaceful rally, raising the slogan of upholding truth and justice and calling on the youth to remove injustice and falsehood from society. They also raised slogans directed at forming a morally sound society and saving fellow youth of the state from immorality and also against corruption, racial, class and caste discrimination, materialism, consumerism, bribery, violence, and Islamophobia.
The peaceful rally moved at a steady speed with supporters waving flags in their hands. It reached the conference venue around 4 p.m.
The chief guests of the inaugural conference were President and Secretary-General of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Syed Sadatullah Husaini, and T. Arif Ali, respectively. The conference was also attended by the Presidents of the Welfare Party of India, Tamil Nadu, and the Students Islamic Organisation, Tamil Nadu, as well as the Zonal leadership and office bearers of JIH Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.
There was a score of distinguished speakers who spoke on varied subjects relating to the importance and significance of youth work and its need for bringing about positive change in society at large. Maulana Ismail Imdadi, Head of Rabitul Ulama, inaugurated the conference proceedings with recitation of Qur’ānic verses and translated them into Tamil.
Syed Sadatullah Husaini delivered the keynote address in Urdu, which was translated by T. Azeez Lutfullah, State Shoora Member, JIH TN. He highlighted the importance of solidarity as a ray of hope in these tough times. He advised the youth to work on confidence, unity, steadfastness and justice.
T. Arif Ali, Secretary General, JIH, spoke and delivered a special address in Malayalam. He spoke on the rising Islamophobia in the country and its effects and also emphasised the importance of social work among all, irrespective of class, caste or religion. The speech was translated by Saleem, Vice Principal, Islamiah Matric School, Coimbatore.
JIH Tamil Nadu President Haneefa Manbaee delivered the presidential address highlighting the importance of goal setting among youth. Dr. KVS Habeeb Mohammed spoke about the awakening of youth and their responsibilities.
Moulvi Nooh Mahlari, Professor As-Salam Islamia College, Trichy, spoke on the role of youth in the Islamic renaissance. V.S. Ameen, State Secretary Dawah, spoke on the special features of the Solidarity Youth organisation.
Syed Sadatullah Husaini also hoisted the Solidarity flag. It was followed by introduction of the Zonal leadership team of Solidarity by K. Jalaludeen, state secretary of JIH TN. Coimbatore-based C.A. Abdul Hakkim was elected President and A. Kamaluddin from Trichy State Secretary. Eleven executive members from different parts of Tamil Nadu were introduced. Dr. Abutahir, Executive Member of Solidarity Youth Organisation, introduced the solidarity flag.
C.A. Abdul Hakkim delivered the concluding address, thanking all participants and those who worked hard to make this conference and Solidarity Youth Organization a reality.
Earlier, Convener P.S. Umar Farooq delivered the welcome address.
The conference adopted several resolutions, which included:
- Promoting unity in diversity and rooting out fascist forces, religious fundamentalists, and other threats to this country’s communal harmony;
- Calling on youth to develop skills and use their energies towards social, community and national improvement and to strive to eradicate ills of society like corruption, bribery, alcohol consumption, drug use, etc.;
- It welcomed the state government’s step towards banning online gambling and urged the government to ban porn sites; and
- It urged the government to release all the innocent prisoners who were wrongly imprisoned and to punish the true perpetrators of criminal acts.