On Wednesday 26 January 2022, the day India celebrated the 72nd anniversary of its constitution, Muslim Americans of Indian origin fasted and prayed in solidarity with Muslims, Dalits and other minorities facing the threats of genocide from Hindutva extremists. The call to seek divine intervention came from the American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin (AFMI).

Several families participated in a collective prayer offered after the community in Los Angeles broke its fast. 

Expressing his gratitude to God, Dr Iqbal Ahmed and his wife Dr Razia Ahmed, told the participants that their family spent the day fasting and praying together for the safety of Muslims. “It was a sober moment for all of us, and we are grateful to God for this opportunity,” Dr Razia said.

During his opening remarks, Saeed Patel, the President of AFMI said that our spirituality is our strength and a source of inspiration to stand for justice and peace. Prominent Muslim Americans of Indian origin including Dr Nakadar, founder of AFMI, Dr Ahmadullah Siddiqi, Secretary of the World Council of Muslims for Interfaith Relations, and Dr Sanaullah Khan, the past President of AFMI, talked about strategies needed to counter the genocide threats. 

Fasting helps people develop compassion for the victims of injustice and inspires us to seek divine help in our endeavors to help them.

A principal tenet of Ramadan fasting is to have empathy for the poor. The practice of not eating food allows the fasting person to internalize the plight of those who do not have access to necessities in life.

Muslims of India face the threats of genocide from a groups who have the backing of the religious and political elites of the majority community. The President of Genocide Watch considers the situation in India precarious and fears that the BJP-led country is closer to engineering mass bloodshed of minorities.

Muslims of India believe in the legitimacy of the Indian constitution framed by one of the great legal minds of India, Dr Baba Sahib Ambedkar, and celebrate it as one of the best political documents in the world.