Mushawarat: President's report 2006
All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawaerat
President`s Report, 2006
The All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM) Dastoor was further amended by referendum during the year. The amended Dastoor as on 1.1.2006 has been published.
The IMMM has been persistently endeavouring for the reunification of the Mushawarat. Our Dastoor allows readmission of all former members of the Markazi Majlis. The Dastoor also has a place of honour for the former President who now heads the parallel body in addition, we have offerd 1 post of Vice Presidnt and 1 post of General Secretary. Our formal negotians began on 12 November, 2006. However, our efforts have not met with success so far because the parallel body insistson full parity and murger of the two bodies on equal terms. However, our efforts will continue.
Office-bearers: The President, Mr. Syed Shahabuddin, completed his 2-year term on 31.12.2005. Election was held by postal ballot to fill the vacancy, with Mr. A.R. Shervani as the Returning Officer. Mr. S. Shahabuddin was declared unanimously elected by the Returning Officer on 31 December, 2005 for the period January, 2006 to Dec., 2007.
Change in the Markazi Majlis and Markazi Amla
There was no change of office-bearers during 2006.
The membership of the Markazi Majlis-e-Mushawarat which stood at 98 at the end of 2005. The names of the new members who joined in 2006 are:
1. Mr. Mohd. Zaki Ansari
2. Dr. S.M. Yahya
3. Prof. Moneer Alam
4. Mr. Ishrat Aziz
5. Prof. Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman
6. Mr. Syed Shahid Siddiqui
7. Mr. Munawwar H. Peerbhoy
8. Mr. Furkan Ansari, MP
9. Prof. Akhtarul Wasey
Mr. Syed Mahmood Ali & Shamim Hashmi pased away, Maulana Habib Rehan Khan Nadwi & Maulaana Salman Hasni Nadwi were dropped. The member end of 2006 was 103.
During 2006, 4 elected members of the Markazi Majlis-e-Amla, Mr. Khushid Alam Khan, Mr. Salman Khurshid, Mr. Mahmood Ali and Mr. Justice Abdul Hadi were dropped and Prof. S.M. Yahya,Prof. Moneer Alam, Mr. Mohd. Zaki Ansari and Mr. Furkan Ansari, MP were nominated by the President in their place.
The Central Office has finalized the draft of the Mushawarat Trust.
The Central Office has also initiated steps for the reconstitution of the Supreme Guidance Council.
Finance: The Statement of Expenditure for 2006-07 and the Budget for 2007-08 is approved by the MMM are summarised below:
Actual Income Budget for
Membership Fee Individual 39,525 40,000
M/ Fee from Jamaats 4500 14,000
Donation by CFM 5,05850 4,50,000
Rent from Muslim India 54,000
Total Income 6,03,925
Actual Expen. for 2006-07 4,37,546 5,00,000
No. of Members of CFM as on 31.12.2004 19
No. of Members of CFM as on 31.12.2005 50
No. of Members of CFM as on 31.12.2006 39
Associate Members of CFM as on 31.12.2005 4
Associate Members of CFM as on 31.12.2006 10
I would like to place on record that the donations of the Friends of the Mushawarat have helped it to raise the level of activities as well as sustain financial health.
Staff: The Central Office which has a staff of only 3 full time employees of who Mr. S. Ali Kausar resined in June, 2006. Also Mr. Shabih Mohd. voluntary retired. The office continues to suffer from paucity of staff even though if the work has been expanding. The Central Office urgently needs an Archivist, apart from a second computer-typist or stenographer and a Urdu translator-cum-typist.
Our call to the educated intelligentsia to serve the Mushawarat as Volunteers or even as Executive Secretaries has not had any much response.
Activities: Meetings of the MMM/MMA
During 2006, 3 meetings of the MMM were held on 11 February, 10 June, and 14 October, 2006. 3 meetings of the MMA were held on 8 April, 12 August, 9 December, 2006. The minutes of all meetings have been published in the quarterly Bulletin.
During 2006, the MMM and the MMA adopted 56 Resolutions (Please see Annexure-I for subjects).
During 2006, the Central Office continuously monitored the national and international developments of interest and concern to the Muslim community on a day to day basis and issued 47 Statements (Please see Annexure-II for subjects) and addressed letters to Governments, Political Parties, other Muslim Organizations, mass media and opinion-makers.
Discussion with Government
During the year the AIMMM met several authorities. It submitted a detailed Memorandum on Budget 2006-07 to Minister of Finance and other on proposed steel shield fo the makeishift Mandir in Ayodhya to Minister of Home Affairs.
Visits: During the year, the President visited Assam twice, as well as Bihar, W. Bengal and M.P.
Website: All Resolutions and Statements as well as important letters have been posted, apart from publication in the Bulletin, on the Mushawarat Web-site (www.mushawarat.com) which was operationalized during the year. In fact the Website carries the entire Bulletin from April, 2006.
Publication: Apart from the Bulletin, revised editions of Introduction to Mushawarat and Directory of Members were reprinted, alongwith the revised Dastoor (in English and Urdu).
The AIMMM applied the experience of General Election 2004 and the Assembly Elections 2005 to reminder political guidence to Muslim groups particular in Assam, Kerla in 2006.
The AIMMM discussed the formation of Muslim front in UP to avoid division of Muslim seats.
Cooperation with Other Muslim Organizations:
During the year, on several occasions, the Mushawarat took initiative to consult with Muslim organizations particularly JUH, JIH and A.I. Milli Council on matters of common concern and responded positively to invitation from them.
I would like to reiterate that I had accepted the post of the President for the from 2006-07 much against my will, simply because no one also was available and I would be happy to be relieved on completion of my current term in December, 2007. I request you to realise that no one is immortal nor is any one the last person in history but Mushawarat, Insha’Allah shall go on.
But I must also confess that my dreams about the Mushawarat are yet to be realized and I nurse a growing sense of failure and futility. I do not quite know where the obstacles are. Perhaps, in the era of politicisation, an elitist organisation is not in keeping with the spirit of the age. The elite in any case, I have found, are largely self-centred. The Mushawarat has to consider whether it can perform its due role and achieve its object and purpose more effectively by transforming itself into a mass organization. I am, however, afraid that a mass organization cannot be functional without adequate resources which the Mushawarat does not possess and tends to become a political formation. I leave it to the Members to ponder over this basic dilemma.
At the end, I would like to express my thanks to all the members and particularly to the Friends of the Mushawarat for their assistance and to the Donors for our Building Project and to our staff for their dedicated work. I am grateful to Maulana Mohd. Shafi Moonis in particular for his constant guidance and access and I hope in the coming year, our other office bearers who live in Delhi shall spend at least a few hours every day in the Central Office.
Sd/Syed Shahabuddin 9 June, 2007 President
I : Number of MMM & MMA Resolutions during, 2006, 54.
II : Number of Statements Issued During, 2006, 47