The Solidarity Youth Movement Kerala (SYMK) launched its second state-level conference on the theme ‘The tradition of liberation and the proud testimony of faith’ at Kaloor, Ernakulam, Kerala on May 21 and 22. The conference’s main goals were to prepare the Muslim community to engender the creative potentiality of youth for the wellbeing of society, and address the infliction of Islamophobia in the nation.

The SYMK held a massive rally in Kochi on May 22, as part of two-day state level conference. More than 10,000 delegates participated in the rally. “Civil Society has a responsibility to uncover and resist the propaganda of Hindutva. It is based on hatred and racism which is deliberately planned by Islamophobic right wing group,” says the resolution passed by the conference. The two days gathering discussed various topics. 

Sangh parivar plays hate politics by treating Muslims as the ‘Other’ and considers them as enemies.  Even anti-fascist leaders, including the Left Front parties, also fail to understand the anti-Muslim elements of Hindutva propaganda. They are blindly following the cultural agenda cooked by fascist organisations. The entire nation must defeat and dismantle the politics of divide and rule, said State President SYMK Dr. Nahas Mala during the inaugural session of the conference.

President Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) Syed Sadatullah Husaini, in his inaugural remarks, said that governments have responsibility to ensure pluralism and harmony among people of different beliefs. Fake news produced by fascist factories make separations between different communities.

Inaugurating the conference, T Arifali, General Secretary Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, said the total extermination of the Muslim community in India is nothing but a daydream of the sangh parivar. Jamaat-e-Islami Kerala Amir M.I. Abdul Aziz delivered the keynote address.

Palestinian Ambassador Adnan Abul Haija was the chief guest of the public conference.

In an important session on Muslim Ummah: Identity and Survival, Muslim Youth League State President Munawwarli Shihab Thangal stressed that “community survival should be the main agenda of Muslim communities during the current days of hatred. The opportunity for healthy discussions and dialogues should expand, especially in a plural society to build more trust among the people.” Preeminent leaders from different Muslim movements in India discussed the issue in depth.

Leaders like All India Muslim Personal Board Executive Member Abdushukur Qasimi,  Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen State Secretary Salahuddin Madani, Wisdom Islamic Organisation General Secretary TK Ashraf, Jamiat Ulamaye Hind Kerala General Secretary Aliyar Qasimi, Kerala Muslim Youth Federation President Ilavupalam Shamsuddin Mannani, Secretary Jamaat-e-Islami Kerala Sheikh Mohammad Karakunnu addressed the session. Solidarity State Committee Member Shihab Qasimi delivered the welcome address, and Vice President Suhaib CT delivered the concluding address.

Aakar Patel (President Amnesty International India), Aditya Menon (Editor, The Quint),  Fatima Sabarimala (Social Activist and motivational speaker), Nargis Khalid Saifi (Social Activist),  P. Mujeeb Rahman (Assistant Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Kerala), P.V. Rahmabi (Jamaat-e-Islami Women’s Wing, State President),  Adv. Tamanna Sultana (GIO State President),  Amjad Ali EM (SIO State President), CT Suhaib (Solidarity State Vice President) also addressed the conference.

Youth Momentum session witnessed a gathering of young leaders and activists who energised the anti-fascist discussion. The youth leaders discussed various aspects like struggle against the ongoing anti-Muslim attacks led by the Hindutva fanatics.

Activists and leaders like Aditya Menon (The Quint), Mong Thein Shwe (Free Rohingya Coalition), Rizaul Kareem (President, AAMSU), Asif Mujtaba (Founder, Miles 2 Smile), Vali Rahmani (Social Activist, Public Speaker), Salman Ahmed (President, SIO India), Shamseer Ibrahim (President, Fraternity Movement), Labid Shafi (President, Solidarity Karnataka), Rasikh Rahim (Social Worker), Anwar Salahuddin (General Secretary SIO Kerala), Samar Ali (GIO State Secretary), Shaheen Abdullah (Mektoob Media), Shafrin (Acting President Fraternity Kerala), Nida Parveen (Student Activist) articulated that all injustices could be rectified only by strengthening the democratic agitations on the streets.

Leaders like VT Abdullakoya Thangal (General Secretary, Jamaat-e-Islami Kerala), Yusuf Umari (Secretary, Jamaat-e-Islami Kerala), Jamaat-e-Islami Malappuram district president Saleem Mambad, Dr Badiuzaman (C.E.O, I.E.C.I), K.M Ashraf (Asst. Rector, Al Jamia Al Islamia Shantapuram), Shiab Pookottur (Secretary, Jamaat-e-Islami), Dr V M Safir (Member of Solidarity, Kerala), Noushad C A (Solidarity Secretary), Dr R Yusuf ( Jamaat-e-Islami core member), C Davood (Jamaat-e-Islami core member), T Muhammed Velam (Jamaat-e-Islami core member), Abdul Hakeem Nadvi ( Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary) presented their views on diverse topics.

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