Is the Rise of Young Muslim Leadership  Possible in India?


Is the Rise of Young Muslim Leadership Possible in India?

Manto and Sir Ganga Ram
Islamic Voice At 30
Notings – Studying Inter-Community Relations

There are many reasons for the leadership crisis in Indian Muslims, but one of the main reasons is that the current top leadership of Indian Muslims is oblivious to the youth of the nation, they seem to be concerned about them, but there is no such policy or plan in front. It comes from which it can be estimated that our leaders are paying special attention to the youth. For one thing, very few Muslim youths enter the field of education and leadership, the tendency of most youths and their parents is to learn some minor skill and start earning as soon as possible. Get employment in multinational companies, work in Gulf countries or settle in a Western country and become a hand in the economic needs of your family as soon as possible. Some young people who have big and golden dreams come to the field of education and leadership, but opportunities are not available for them. All their time, even their whole life, is spent maintaining their job and serving institutions and personalities. They do not get enough opportunities for their ambitions and plans in relation to the nation.

If we look at the developed world, it is found that they not only prepare their youth for this but also provide proper space to talented youth by encouraging them and valuing their abilities. A clear example of this is 43-year-old Justin Trudeau of Canada, 38-year-old Juri Rats of Estonia, 40-year-old Alexis Tsparis of Greece, and 40-year-old Youssef Chahad of Tunisia. Apart from these, there are other examples such as Gabriel Borque who became the youngest-ever president of Chile at the age of 35. So has James Simoncini, 26, one of the captain’s regents of the tiny independent state of San Marino in northern Italy. Kosovo’s female leader, Vajusa Osmani, was elected president in April last year at the age of 38. El Salvador’s controversial populist president, Nayeb Buquel, is 40, having been elected president at age 37. Former Andorran justice minister Xavier Espot Zamora became head of government in the small region between France and Spain in May 2019 at the age of 39. Costa Rica Carlos Alvarado, a journalist and former labor minister, was elected president in May 2018, aged 38. New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern was 37 years old when she was sworn in as Prime Minister in October 2017. Ireland’s Leo Varadkar became Ireland’s youngest Prime Minister in June 2017 at the age of 38. He now shares power as the deputy leader of a coalition government and is set to become prime minister again next year. French investment banker Emmanuel Macron became France’s youngest president in May 2017 at the age of 39. Among other notable young leaders, along with democratically elected governments. Chad’s Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, also 37, took over after his father’s death in April last year. Similarly, the leader of the military junta in Mali, Assimi Guetta, is 38 years old.

Famous writer Emily Ludwig has written a biography about Napoleon. It also mentions the successes of Napoleon i.e., what was the secret of his victory. They say the first thing is the full spirit of youth! At this age, the stomach does not become a barrier to digesting all types of food. Sleeping with carelessness and waking up for duty, determined will, and light of eyes which is sharp in this age means that the mental and physical abilities given by nature can be fully utilized in this age. This age forms the basis for bringing extraordinary changes to a human being, provided one wants to take advantage of it. If you look at the generals competing with Napoleon at that time, you will know the difference. The commander of the Austrian front, ‘Bellevue’, is in better years. The seventy-year-old general of the French front, ‘Coolie’, was also suffering from a secret illness, and General Alvizi was sixty years old, and the King of Sadina was an old man. General ‘Verizor’ was deaf. We can say that the time of youth was kind to Napoleon. Bertrand, 42, was the youngest of the generals Napoleon faced, but he was also a good scholar with all his senses and a master of his craft; He also held the rank of sergeant for a time during the Bourbon era. Hence, he rose to the rank of general in just a few weeks. Napoleon always recommended the development of individuals who had the passion to do something at a young age. There were many young colonels in his army. He never engaged the soldiers of his front in office work.

In the Muslim world of the recent past, we get to see many such examples in the form of Muhammad bin Qasim, Tipu Sultan, Salahuddin Ayyubi, etc., who not only ruled the world but also raised the flags of their conquest and work. And took the iron of his abilities from the world. In the later days, Maulana Muhammad Ali Johar and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad not only gained nationwide fame with their exceptional abilities, but a bright chapter of the freedom struggle consisted of their struggles.

In this regard, examine the Muslims in general and the Muslims of India in particular and consider the causes of the leadership crisis. After all, what is the reason that there was a crisis of leadership among the Indian Muslims after independence and no great leader was born among the Muslims for such a long time, if there was, the Muslims did not recognize him unanimously. Neither in politics, nor in religion, nor on any other platform could a leader be born. It turned out. Why did this happen? This happened because we don’t have institutions to create leadership here. Even if there are institutions, heredity was at its peak, the result of which was that the talented children of the nation could not find a field to work. did not allow to come forward. Even if it is extended, only to the people of his family, clear examples of this are Darul Uloom Deoband (both ancient and waqf), NidwaUl Ulama, Jamiat Ulema Hind, Emirate Sharia, Muslim Personal Law Board, Tablighi Jamaat and other national and charitable organizations and Madrasas etc.

However, in the past, in relation to the preparation of leadership, the opposite is seen, in which the brightest example is that of Allama Shibli Nomani. In his journey from Aligarh to Nidwat Ulama and then to Darul Munsafin, the few youths he had directly or indirectly prepared in his life, the nation could not produce a leader like him for a century. Muhammad Ali Johar, Allama Syed Sulaiman Nadvi, Maulana Abdul Salam Nadvi were directly trained by him. The bright chapter in the history of Nidwat Ulama is the one in which the effects of Shibli can be clearly felt. This is the age of national leaders and preachers of Islam. Nadwa has been presenting examples of its bright history since that time. Obviously, Shibli directly trained the youth. There will be many examples of that. Now that is what is missing. He who goes ahead wants to stay ahead whether he deserves it or not. The loss is of the nation and the nation. This needs serious consideration. Darul Uloom Deoband, the biggest bastion of inheritance at that time, was also established at a young age by religious scholar Maulvi Qasim Nanotwi when he was only thirty or 32 years old and who also died at the young age of 47 years. Only a young and hot-blooded person could have changed his course immediately after failing in the armed struggle. If you think about it, the elders of that time, regardless of which school of thought they belonged to, are more generous than one. Jamiat Ulema Hind’s appointment of Maulana Maududi as the editor of its spokesman, Jamiat, at the very young age of only 21 years was not an uncommon event.

An important example in this regard can be given by the former Amir of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Maulana Abul Laith IslahiNadvi. He got the leadership of the party at the age of 35 and the conditions under which he got it are also evident. At that time, the overwhelming majority of the Jamaat Shura members were also young people. The basic outline of Jamaat, which currently has a wide organizational structure and various departments, was not only developed during this period but its expanded forms are being worked on. But in the later days, nothing new happened that can be called yesterday’s discovery.

Even after the partition of India, this process of training and trusting the youth did not stop. How Dr. Abdul Jalil Faridi, in the minority role of Aligarh Muslim University, prepared the students of Aligarh for leadership is not a very old story. From Arif Muhammad Khan (now his Qibla has changed, he is still a part of the history of Indian politics) to AkhtarulWasa, Zafariab Jilani, Muhammad Azam Khan, ZK Faizan and Javed Habib, the deceased built a team of young leaders. But unfortunately, perhaps none of them had the passion that the 1947 generation had.I was born after the nineties, but what I have read in books or heard from elders suggests that the generation before forty-seven may have been made of different clay. Among these multi-talented elders, none can be accused of having acted in the interests of himself or his family. It is clear that with the discouragement of the hereditary leadership, it is necessary to give a chance to the entitled and sincere new generation. There is no other example of this.