Role of Jamiah In Independence Movement

Dandi March is one of the most important events in the independence movement. It is also recognized as Salt Satyagraha. On 12 March 1930, Mahatma Gandhi marched on foot to Dandi a coastal village in Navsari in Gujarat State. This march was against the new salt tax imposed by British government. This protest was considered as a widespread civil disobedience against the British government. This step taken by the Indians was a great challenge against the British imperialism.

The road to Dandi passes through dhaman village near Dabhel. Upon hearing the news of Gandhiji’s visit to Daman village, Maulana Hafiz-ur-Rehman Sewharvi and Mufti Ateeq-ur-Rehman Usmani, on the orders of Shaykh-ul-Hadeeth Hazrat Maulana Anwar Shah Kashmiri, went there and met Gandhiji. Gandhiji was very happy to meet these scholars. Upon meeting these scholars, Gandhiji enquired about Prophet of Islam (PBUH) says “there is no duty Water, Salt and Grass” to which the scholars confirmed it. After listening to this Gandhiji was very happy and expressed the desire to give it in writing.

Many Jamiah teachers joined Gandhiji and participated in making salt in Dandi. These details are present in the records of Gujarat government. Similarly, Jamiah teachers took part in Bardoli Satyagraha.

In the same time, Mufti Ateeq-ur-Rehman Usmani issued a fatwa against British government from Dar-ul-Ifta of Jamiah, which states that “the purchase of properties to be auctioned due to non-payment of taxes was declared as open support to oppression and declared haram and illegal”. This fatwa blew the minds of British. As a result, the press which published this fatwa was confiscated.