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The Power of Prayer

Published: 13th Apr 2014 06:00:00 AM

Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, 80, President, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind

Contrary to popular belief, Delhi prays more today than ever before. And this is the contention of none other than Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, president, Jamaat-E-Islami Hind, who feels Muslims in Delhi as well as the world over, adhere more to the diktats of Islam than they did before.

The octogenarian scholar says the knowledge of Islam dawns upon a child early in Delhi. The city with its Muslim-dominated localities, where people of different socio economic strata co-exist, send their children to madarsas, while those who can afford convent education also arrange for extra Islamic tutorial classes, while yet others are taught about Islam at home. The Jamaat-E-Islami Hind in its Delhi Centre runs two schools, one Urdu and another English medium. In the evening, Islam and Koran are taught to around 150 children from neighbouring areas in its mosque in Jamia Nagar.

The author of 40-45 books on Islam, the Maulana feels with its cosmopolitan culture, tolerance levels are also at a new high in Delhi. According to him, every person is the ambassador of his culture and there should be exchange of knowledge and ideas for peaceful coexistence. To this end, Jamaat-E-Islami Hind organises Eid Milan every year where people from all religions are invited to participate.

On the attractions of Islam, he says it is the trials and tribulations of present times that are drawing both Muslims and non-Muslims towards Islam.

Misses About the Past: The joint family system

Peaceful Place: The mosque. The peace one feels after finishing chores is unparalleled

His Idol: Prophet Mohammed

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