A delegation of Karnataka Muslim Muttahida Mahaz met Moulana Syed Meeranji Abid Khundmiri, Ameer-e-Markazi,
‘Jamaat-e-Mehdavia Hind’ at his residence in Dairathul-Islam, Channapatna near here on Sept 12th.
The delegation briefed him about the Mahaz’s endeavours in creating awareness about the important aspects of elections and the unity of Muslim votes. As Allama Abid Khundmiri commands a highly respectable spiritual position in Muslim-Mehdavia Community, the Mahaz requested him to issue a communiqué advising all the units of Jamaat-e-Mehdavia in Karnataka to support the cause of Mahaz by co-operating with the local setup of Mahaz in their respective places.
Khundmiri All Praise for Mahaz
Moulana Khundmiri lauded the efforts of Mahaz as “sincere, selfless service” and said he would “extend all support whenever it would be required.” He lambasted the politicians for “taking the system to such a dearth.” Commenting on the political scenario of the state, he said: “The present politics is a business. Candidates invest in the elections and after victory they do everything to get huge returns on the investment rather than to serve the people. Even if a legislator offers services, it will be with an eye on monetary gains. They have to not only loot loads of money, but also earmark a huge surplus to spend in the next election. This corrupt system has rotten the roots of democracy. Since democracy is a system for the people, hence, it is primarily the responsibility of the people to reform this system.”
Moulana Khundmiri suggested, “This materialistic mafia can be curbed by organized public efforts. Spiritual leaders should help the people by initiating system-cleansing drives and strengthening service organizations like Mahaz.”
The Mahaz delegation included Janab Tanveer Ahmed Shariff, Joint Convener of Mahaz, Janab Syed Muhammad Iqbal, Secretary, Wing Commander (Retd.) Janab Mahmood Khan, Janab Ziaulla Khan, and Janab Syed Tanveer Ahmed.
According to Jamaat-e-Mehdavia: A good number of Muslim-Mehdavis exist in many countries including European and Gulf nations while a considerable population of the community is found in India and Pakistan. In India, the sates of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu have many Mehdavi Dairas (hamlets). There are over five lakh Muslim-Mehdavis in Karnataka including 50,000 in Channnapatna, near here.
The following places in the state have good Mehdavi population with Masjids and Anjumans.
- Aland (Gulbarga)
- Baba Halli (Bhadravati Tq)
- Donaba Gatta
- Hitkal (Dam)