Wael Al-Batterkhi, Mininster Counsellor, Embassy of the State of Palestine was the chief guest of the inaugural session of All India Conference of Students Islamic Organization of India(SIO).
Mr Wael began his speech recalling the support of Muslim community and Indian Govt at the most critical times. He criticised Israel and U.S declaration of Aqsa as Israel’s capital for violating international laws. Illegal colonial campaign led by Israel and U.S together has been restricting the economy and freedom of Palestinian people.
‘There has been immense pressure on us to leave our homeland, but we will not leave. Palestinian people consider the Trump’s declaration as illegal, Illegitimate, and of no legal validity which will not change the fact that Quds is an integral part of Palestine. It has started escalating tensions in the debate. Israel considers itself above the international law and humanitarian values, continuing to occupy Palestine at demographical and physical levels. It’s a modern form of ethnic cleansing. U.N reports underlines that there has been attempts to make Gaza inhabitable’ He said. He appealed to Indian society and Muslim community around the globe to continue their support for Palestinian cause and to save Al-Quds.
Last speaker of the session was Nahas Mala, national president, SIO. He began the speech raising slogans in support of Palestine and Al-Quds. In the history it was muslims who would come up to engage and actively participate in all the issues pertaining to the society. It is time we reclaim our dignity which is under threat , drawing inspiration from our glorious past. Retrospection and strengthening our relationship with holy Quran would inspire us in our way forward, he observed. He also opined that we shouldn’t be in any delusion that appeasing and compromising would make our path easier. We should continue our mission we have been on since 35 years before without striding away from the straight path, reaching out to all nook and corner of the country.
Khaleeq Ahmed Khan, general secretary chaired the inagrual session. Introducing the theme of the conference, he urged that everyone in the community, especially the students, stand up to the attacks on the dignity of the community from the different corners of the country.
National Amir of Jama’te Islami Hind , Syed Jalaluddin Umari delivered speech emphasising the importance of strengthening brotherhood among the community to face the novel challenges in the campuses in particular and in the society in general. SIO has paved a unique path in defining studentship, he said.
Syed Sadathullah Hussaini, Vice – president, Jama’te Islami Hind opined that we should strive for reclaiming the dignity of Muslims, Dalits , Adivasis, women and everyone whose dignity is under threat, unravelling theme of the conference. ‘The notion of ‘future’ in our theme does not confine to worldly life, but extends to life hereafter’, he said. We could represent our country in huge numbers in near future if we are honest in our mission, he observed. He also said that ours is a pro-active organisation, not a reactive one.
Courtesy : Media News Team, SIOAIC