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Historic Background

Introduction

The All India Muslim Majlis-e­Mushawarat (AIMMM), as the apex forum of Muslim organizations and institutions of national eminence alongwith some well-known personalities, was established at a representative meeting of the community leaders held on 8-9 August, 1964 at Nadwatul-Ulema, Lucknow, inaugurated by Syed Abul Hasan Ali Nadvi and chaired by Dr. Syed Mahmood. Apart from them, Mufti Atiqur Rahman, Maulana Abul Lais Islahi, Qari Mohd. Tayyab, Maulana Kalb-e-Abid, Maulana Minatullah Rahmani, Janab Mohammad Muslim, Maulana Jan Mohammad and Janab Ebrahim Sulaiman Sait played the key role.

Dr. Syed Mahmood was elected as its first President. Mr. M.N. Anwar, MP became its first General Secretary.

Historic Background

The AIMMM was formed under the shadow of large-scale communal riots in Bihar and Orissa. The AIMMM Delegation had then toured the affected areas to give solace to the victims and to promote peaceful co-existence among communities. The AIMMM has been consistently engaged over the years in promoting communal harmony, Hindu-Muslim unity, national integration and inter-group reconciliation.

A non-political body, the AIMMM does not participate in elections but it has been guiding the Muslim community at the time of parliamentary or assembly elections with the objective of strengthening the secular forces.

At various junctures, the AIMMM leadership has played a decisive role in the formation of apex organization on critical issues, like the AMU Action Committee, the A.I. Muslim personal Law Board and the Babri Masjid Movement Coordination Committee but these bodies independently tackle specific problems in the light of the general consensus.

The AIMMM has played a constructive role in resolving critical situation such as those created by the VHP agitation against the Shahi Idgah Masjid, Mathura and Gyan Vapi Masjid in Varanasi, Shia-Sunni dispute in Lucknow, large-scale detention of Muslims under TADA and later made POTA, Hate campaign against the Community and its basic religious institutions, the Masjids and the Madrasas, under-representation of the community in Legislatures, educational backwardness of the community, the official programme for the saffronisation of education, crises in the AMU, reservation for Muslims in public employment, particularly in the police and intelligence machinery and higher education, welfare and development benefits.

The Mushawarat had adopted a formal Dastoor in 1965; it was amended in 1967 and had some minor changes in 1987. It has adopted a new Dastoor in 2002.

The Mushawarat adopted a formal Dastoor in 1965; it was amended in 1967. Some minor changes were made in 1987.

The Dastoor of 1965 has been replaced by a new Dastoor in 2002.

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