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Rajnath brings leading Muslims onboard, seeks clerics’ help to stop IS recruits

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had a meeting with delegation of Muslim clerics and leaders of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (JUM) on Tuesday that carries a lot of weight among Indian Muslims.

Rajnath Singh has discussed the ways to counter the ongoing radicalisation of youths To crackdown on Islamic State (IS) recruitment, an “issues concerning the community”.

Source said the home minister sought the delegation’s support of the clerics, prevent Muslim youth from being lured by oufits like the IS.

The meeting was attended by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind’s Maulana Arshad Madani, Maulana Abdul Wahid Hussain Chisti of Ajmer Sharif, Asghar Ali Imam Mehdi of Jamiat Ahle Hadees, Tauqeer Raza Khan, Rafiq Warshiq, Shia leader Maulana Syed Kalbe Jawad Qalbe Jawaid, Kamal Farooqi, Mushafa Faruqi besides others.

The JUM, offered all help to the government in this regard and is already working to keep youth away from any sort of radicalisation, they asked the home minister to arrest efforts to marginalise the Muslim community by way of ‘terrorising it’.

Kamal Faruqui, a well-known liberal Muslim scholar, who was also part of the delegation has said. “The meeting was necessary to convey our concerns that we squarely conveyed. We asked the home minister why no action has been taken against the Hindu Swabhiman Sena that is giving arms training to 15,000 children.

Can we imagine any minority community or Muslims doing the same and not earn the wrath of law enforcement agencies?”

Beside seeking the support of the delegation the home minister stressed that India’s traditions and family values would thwart any radicalization attempts. This was for the first time that the Home Minister had a meeting with Muslim clerics on the issue of ISIS.