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27 January 2012

Book Release "End of Casteism" held in Bangalore

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Bangalore: On the evening of Sunday, 22nd January, 2012, the book release event "End of Casteism" was organised by DIET, Discover Islam Education Trust in Daarussalaam, Queens Road, Bangalore, which was attended by hundreds of Muslims and non-Muslims.
The book "End of Casteism" has been authored by a revert to Islam, formerly known as Mr. T.M. Mani, who has currently changed his name to T.M. Umar Farook.


T.M. Umar Farook is a veteran Dalit rights activist who struggled for the rights of the Dalits for over 52 years, and finally learnt that the end of casteism is found in his conversion to Islam. In his book he writes about the concept of brotherhood in Islam that makes him feel the true peace that he has found in the religion Islam.


Many dignitaries participating at the event included Moodnakudu Chinnaswamy (A Poet), Umar Shariff (President, DIET), Gulam Muhammad (Chairman, Vergal Publications), Justice Gopalakrishnan (now Muhammad), Mohanraj (State Convenor, Dalit Sangharsha Samithi), Arvindraj Bodh (Neo Buddhist Priest) and Shaikh Ismail Oomari (Khateeb, Masjid Abu Raihaan).


Shaikh Ismail Oomari read the verse from Qur'an, where in Allah says that He created the whole of mankind from a single male and female; and that the best amongst mankind is he who is God conscious. He talked of Islam's mission of spreading peace to humanity.
Gulam Muhammad, Chairman of Vergal Publications, said that he was impressed by the book, and that he has already translated the book to Hindi, Tamil and English. Currently he is translating the book to Kannada language too.


Moodnakudu Chinnaswamy congratulated both the dignitaries who converted to Islam. He also expressed his views of the book. He said that when he read the book "End of Casteism", he felt that this book needs to be translated into all the languages. He even quoted Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, who said that "I am born as a Hindu, but will not die as a Hindu". He reminded the mission of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, in encouraging the Dalits and backward classes to convert to Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. He himself a convert to Buddhism, was sharing his brotherly relationship with the Muslim community.


Justice Gopalakrishnan, currently known as Justice Gulam Muhammad, expressed his experiences, while he was serving as a Judge. He said that the judges who worked with him were racist, and even participated in laying foundation at the demolition of the Babri Masjid. He encouraged the Muslim community to invite the Dalits to embrace Islam. He said that the Dalits are oppressed people, who need education. He encouraged the Muslim community to start schools and give education to the Dalit community.


T.M. Umar Farook said that the thirst is there with the Dalits, while the water is with the Muslims, hinting that the Muslims must spread the religion of Islam. He even quoted the hadeeth of Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him), wherein the Prophet encourages the Muslims to free the slaves, and get rewarded by Allah.


T.M. Umar Farook said that the Dalits in India are living like slaves in India, and that they need the Muslims to work towards releasing the Dalits of India from slavery. He brought out incidents where the Dalit women were raped and tortured. He also provided information on how the Dalits are brainwashed by the politicians to use them for the votes and to hold the flags for their parties. He also quoted a historical event when Dr. B.R. Ambedkar burnt the law book of the Hindus, Manusmrithi. He said that many who have embraced Islam from the Dalit community, have also become scholars in Islam. He overjoyed by saying that Islam is the only hope for equality, fraternity and brotherhood.


Mr. Mohanraj said that he was shocked when he heard the name of the event, "End of Casteism". He mentioned that casteism has reached to such an extent that it is almost impossible to eliminate it from India. He mentioned about Gautham Buddha's revolution against his fight against casteism. He even mentioned a time in history, when a Buddhist was identified by the Hindu rulers, and killed in India. He said that the culture of Dalits are not too different from that of Muslims, when it comes to marrying many women, eating beef, and in having many children. He also said that his father had 9 children. He said that if the authority lies in the hands of the Brahmins, then the Dalits would be oppressed. He mentioned that the former Chief Minister of Karnataka, Mr. B.S. Yediyurappa donated 160 crores of money to the temples; the money that was collected as tax from the Muslims and Dalits. He even mentioned another occasion when the Chief Minister also gave 130 crore rupees to the construction of the temples. He reiterated that political power is a must to eradicate the upper caste supremacy in India.


Lastly, Arvind Raj Bodh spoke about Dr. B.R. Ambedkar's life and his mission. He mentioned that Dr. B.R. Ambedkar didn't leave any wealth to his wife, and that he lived for the upliftment of the Dalit community. Arvind Raj Bodh said that the "End of Casteism" is an error. He said that there are divisions even among Muslims, who are divided amongst themselves by making innovations in the religion of Islam. He said there is no division in Islam. Islam is a clear path, but the Muslims are divided by ignoring the true teachings of Islam. He encouraged the Muslims to unite by following Islam thoroughly.

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