Three Muslim organizations have decided to speak up against claims that all muslims will support Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar and the UNC Government in August 10’s general elections.
The Trinidad Muslim League (TML), Anjuman Sannat ul Jamaat Association (ASJA) and Tackveeyatul Islamic Association (TIA) are making it clear that their members can vote for whichever party they wish.
On Sunday, UmmahTT Muslim Federation threw their support behind the UNC at the Islamic Diplomatic Centre in Felicity.
Twenty-five other muslim organizations joined them to endorse Persad-Bissessar as the next Prime Minister of the country.
But President-General of TML Faz Khan said that the organization has managed to stay independent in the past, although they have had dialogue with those in power about legislation to govern the Muslim community.
He added that the organization was not part of the UmmahTT Muslim Federation.
General Secretary of ASJA Rahimool Hosein said his party was not invited to the meeting, adding that the party has not had any political affiliations in the organization’s history.
He said, “ASJA is an independent religious body and is not affiliated to any Ummah T&T Muslim Federation. ASJA members across the country are free to support any party or organisation of their choice. It will be inappropriate for any office holder of ASJA to speak on its behalf on supporting any political party in Trinidad & Tobago. I repeat, we, ASJA are apolitical.”
While TIA President Imran Hoosaney said that the group will not endorse any political party, he had no problem with his members voting for the UNC.
He said he is not upset with members from the other Masjids who support Persad-Bissessar as there are benefits to be gained from the party in power.