Late General Secretary of the Central Board of the Progressive Dawoodi Bohra Community
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
"As for solution of Israel-Palestine problem I firmly believe that Israel should recognize the right of Palestinians to have their own state and Palestinians should recognize right of Israeli State to exist and both the states should co-exist in peace and harmony and both parties should abjure violence. The differences should be sorted out through peaceful dialogue. If Israel returns territories captured in 1967 war as per UN resolution, it will greatly help bring about solution of the problem.
I am totally against suicide bombing which results in killing of innocent civilians and results in more severe retaliation from Israel and then again Palestinians retaliate. This vicious circle of violence should end immediately. It is only in peace that humanity can prosper. Islam is a religion of peace and peace is very central to Islam, not war or jihad.
If Israel ends injustices against Palestinians and Palestinians end their violence. All of us should try our best to make this crucial area peaceful."
Received an honorary DLit from Calcutta University (India) in 1983
"The Central Board of Dawoodi Bohra Community is the representative body of reformist Dawoodi Bohras. It was formed formally in 1977 in Udaipur and has been engaged in the campaign for reforms ever since. It has been fighting against the atrocities perpetrated by the Kothar and has been enlightening and educating the members of the Bohra community. It has carried on this campaign relentlessly and fearlessly for more than 20 years and has never compromised over it. It holds conferences every two years to elect its members and office bearers." "About Us, Central Board," Progressive Dawoodi Bohra website (accessed May 11, 2009)
[Editor's note: The Progressive Dawoodi Bohra Community led by Asghar Ali Engineer is a reformist movement of the Dawoodi Bohra Shiad Muslim religious group from India guided by Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin.]