Before going into the nuances of who these members from Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath (TNTJ) are and what were the resolutions passed by this party in the name of Anti Shirk movement, let us look closely as to what is meaning of Shirk in the Islamic world?

In Islam, shirk (Arabic: شرك‎ širk) is the sin of practicing idolatry or polytheism, i.e. the deification or worship of anyone or anything other than the singular God i.e. Allah. Within Islam, shirk is an unforgivable crime: Allah may forgive any sin if one dies in that state except for committing shirk. The anti-Shirk movement is basically aimed at moving the Indian Muslims to a concept called Tawhid (aka Tawheed/Towheed). This concept refers to the indivisible oneness concept of monotheism in Islam, literally translating into a hard written rule that acceptance of any other God apart from Allah is haram (forbidden or proscribed by Islamic Sharia law).

In 1947, there were two Nations which was formed out of its parent call “Bharath”, A popular saying – “One Nation has reached Mars while the other is still trying to enter India”. This is the current state of affairs of the Nation called Pakistan which is severely reeling under the radicalized Islamic influence. Pakistan has been brazenly showing its heinous terror face across the borders of India by planning several terror attacks, similar to the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and the recent 2016 Pathankot attacks. What one doesn’t realize is that, they also have already secretly planted their roots in several Indian states though faith based Muslim organizations. Fortunately many of these organizations have been banned due to their direct involvement in terror roles in the respective states. But fact remains that most of these organizations have already branched out to float Muslim based political parties to align with mainstream political parties or act as NGO outfits for the development of Muslim masses in the respective states.

In order to understand the origin of Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath (TNTJ), one must try to understand the rise of several such groups preceding TNTJ. One such group which rose to an inglorious fame is Al Ummah which was founded by Syed Ahmed Basha and M H Jawahirullah in Coimbatore in 1993. Subsequently in the same year there was a catastrophic bombing of the RSS office in Chennai killing 11 persons, forcing the then CM J Jayalalitha to act upon Al Ummah. Sixteen terrorists belonging to the Al Ummah, including its founder SA Basha, were arrested by the AIADMK for the blasts under Terrorists and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA).

In 1998, Al Ummah was planning to assassinate Bharatiya Janata Party leader L K Advani during the election campaign in Coimbatore. Advani, however, narrowly escaped due to a 3 hour delay in his flight. But in the serial bomb blasts which went off in 18 places, around 58 persons were killed. Post the bid to assassinate L K Advani, this terror group was banned by the Tamil Nadu government. In either of these bomb blasts, the main accused were released by the subsequent DMK governments in 1997 and 2009 respectively which is seen as a direct influence of minority appeasement politics.

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In 1995, M H Jawahirullah broke away from Al Umma to find the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK). TMMK is projected as an NGO doing social charity and supposedly abjures electoral politics although it describes itself as a mass-based organization. In 2004 leaders from TMMK who reportedly had an internal dispute, floated TNTJ as a breakaway political party. While around 2009, TMMK floated its own political party called Manithaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK) which is currently in alliance with the ruling AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu. Technically all these so called factions TMMK, MMK and TNTJ owe its allegiance to Al-Ummah which is seen as a haven for radicalized Muslims in Tamil Nadu.

Around 20 resolutions were passed by TNTJ during the meet at Trichy which was held on 31st January 2016. Most of them focused on rephrasing the existing worship practices currently prevailing in India, which comes directly as an attack on our multi-cultural identity.

1) The focus was on the concept of Dargah worship; it being against Islam ideology as Quran does not encourage such worships.

2) Abolition of all non-islamic rituals, Man-made laws and songs not related Allaha in Madrasa with proclaiming more religious rights to the Muslims in India.

3) Urging the Centre and the State governments to implement Muslim reservation.

4) The Centre should not twist the history, by fading out the participation of Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan in the freedom movement.

5) There were resolutions against discrimination of Dalits and against the central government’s bias in offering benefits during Hindu festivals over Islam festivals.

6) Release of convicts from prison who are serving more than 12 years of jail time

To the unadulterated naked eye, all these resolutions can be twisted as an approach by TNTJ in the name of “RIGHT ISLAM” to reform Muslims in Tamil Nadu. But unfortunately each point is a direct attack on the basic fundamental rights of being an Indian.

The Constitution of India states that every citizen of India has the right to freedom of religion ie right to follow any religion. Abolition of non-islamic rituals is seen as a direct attack to the religious practices of Hindus and Christians, Abolition of Man Made laws directly targets the Constitution of India, Abolition of songs not related to Allaha in Madrasa can be applied even to the National anthem. Implementing Sharia Law, exclusive Muslim reservation in all fields, propagation of fake Mughal history and extracting dalits from the mainstream Hindu community can all be viewed as acts which led to the creation of Pakistan by the Muslim League.

In 2011, the electoral rise of MMK, which acts of political office of TMMK, witnessed a number of disturbing incidents in Tamil Nadu. The rising murders of RSS and Hindu outfit leaders, 2013 foiled bomb attack on L K Advani’s yatra, attack of USA consulate in Chennai, enforcing ban on films like Thuppaki by Vijay (Holiday by Akshay Kumar) and Vishwaroopam by Kamal, rise of ISIS supporters in Tamil Nadu and Ambur violence can only be viewed as a direct involvement of these organizations. While in one hand parties like TNTJ and MMK are known to hold rallies against terrorism, the irony is that implementing all their resolutions and considering their source of origin, they can only be viewed as an organization of ISIS sympathizers.

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At a point of time when the Centre Government has been implementing stringent measures to weed out radical elements from the country due to the presence of ISIS sympathizers, very little has been done by either DMK or AIADMK in order to eradicate the radical elements from Tamil Nadu. Providing a safe haven for such parties by either forging alliance with them or allowing them to freely engage with neutral Muslim youth is definitely not helping the cause.

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