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Mumbai: A delegation of Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith of Maharashtra met Maharashtra Home Minister Mr. R.R. Patil on February 12 to clarify their position on the allegations from Barelvis that clerics of Ahle Hadith are spreading hatred.

Rejecting the allegation that they are spreading hate, the delegation told Mr. Patil that they believe in promotion of high human behavior, peace and communal harmony and they avoid any such thing which could lead to conflicts, confrontation and disrupt peace.

The tension between these two Muslim sects started after Maulana Meraj Rabbani, an Ahle Hadith cleric, addressed a gathering in Ghatkopar, Mumbai on January 28, 2010 in which according to Barelvis, Maulana Meraj made some remarks against Barelvis. They filed lawsuit against him in court demanding ban on speeches delivered by him. Since then the war of words is going on in the state.

While explaining the matter the delegation said that in Ghatkopar’s program which was made base of conflict Maulana Meraj Rabbani did not utter any insulting word about anybody.

The delegation claimed that the CD which is presented before the administration is decade old and Maulana Meraj Rabbani has since visited Mumbai many times and made speeches.

Mr. Patil assured the delegation of fair action in the matter and appealed to all to maintain peace. He also asked them to take care of each other's feelings and sentiments and wait for the decision of court.

The delegation comprised Maulana Muqeem Faizi, Gen. Secretary, Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith Hind, Maulana Abdus Salam Salafi, President, Maharashtra Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith, Mumbai, Maulana Syed Ahmed Bastawi, Nazim, Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith, Mumbai, Maulana Manzar Ahsan Salafi, Qari Najamul Hasan Faizi, President, Jamia Rahamania, Kandivali, Maulana Abdul Haq Qasmi, President, Salafi Society, Kurla, Maulana Ajmal Rafiq Asari, Maulana Shafiq Salafi, Al-Markaz-ul-Islam, Mumbra , Maulana Jamil Ahmed Salafi, Abdul Bari Saheb, Shafiullah Saheb, Muhammad Najeeb, President, Trust Board, Jama Masjid, Ahl-e-Hadith, Mominpura, Maqsood Allauddin Saheb, General Secretary, Al-Markaz-ud-Dawatul Islamia, Saunas.