Mokter Hossain Mondal, TDN World, Kolkata: The women wing of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind approaches thousands of sex workers in Kolkata with the message of Islam.
To observe a week on “Muhammad, the Messenger of Peace” the organization comes out with a Caravan campaign. As a part of this week-long campaign the Caravan moves into Sonagachi, an area which people refers to as forbidden zone (as brothels are located there) with contempt.
Sadab Masum, a leader of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, told TDN World, “It is for the first-time that any Muslim organization put efforts to reach the sex workers with the message of Islam. The women have come out with zeal to know about Islam”.
A sex worker asked the Jamaat activists,” Can I read these books of Islam?”
-“Why not. Of course, you can have knowledge about Islam”, responded the activists. This time, the woman said, ‘ But People question our sanctity.
“Islamic books help one to be holy, these books are for you, to assert your sanctity and dignity”, the Jamaat activists replied her. Not only in Sonagachi, on behalf of Jamaat-e-Islami Kolkata, the message was spread over across Kolkata, in streets and allies. They uphold the life, history, ideology of Prophet Muhammad.
On Thursday, the Caravan moves across Ruby, Acropolis Mall, Ballygunge, Tollygungue, Rashbehari, Kalighat, Hazra more and other streets as well. Today, on Sunday, the Caravan will set off its journey at 12:30 pm from Dharmatala. And will take its round at City Centre, Karunamoyee, Ecopark and few other places.
“This campaign has caused a great stir among non-Muslim brothers and sisters. Booklets on the life and teachings of Muhammad have been disturbed,” organizational leader Sadaf Masum told TDN World.
According to Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, the caravan campaign was led off in almost every street in Kolkata. They have reached successfully to Chadni, Wellington, Moulali, Entally, Park Circus and other streets as well.
Asked about the initiative, the organization said they are carrying out this campaign in order to acquaint the non-Muslims with the life and ideology of Prophet Muhammad.