Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wahabis and India

Sultan Shahin wrote:




When the King of Najd, Shah Saud Ibne Aziz paid a visit to India, then on the 29th November 1955 the Founder Patron of the Tableeghi Jamaat, Maulvi Hussain Ahmed presented a Welcome address on behalf of Jamiate Ulama Hind to the "Distinguished" visitor. This paragraph of the Welcome address is worthy of reading: "Your Majesty, specially in connection with Hijaz Muqaddas when the late, his exalted highness Sultan Abdul Aziz Ibne Saud had taken the victorious step (viz. The onslaught of the Najdi Armies to demolish the relics of the age of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and the sacred memories of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).

by Maulana Arshadul Qadri


Dear Sultan Sahab,

Maulana Ashraf Qadri should immediately stop using Petrol [Innovation - Bida'at] from Najd i.e. Heartland of Wahhaabism i.e. Saudi Arabia, he is condemning Hussain Ahmed Madni whereas the Saudi King Abdullah Bin Aziz when he was on a visit to India had suggested that India should be included in OIC States [Organization of Islamic Countries] so why condemn Deobandis and Maulana Madni only [Deobandi Ideology is considered Deviant in Saudi Arabia and mind you the Book Fazail-e-Aamaal is banned in Saudi Arabia]. Please go through the Trade and Diplomatic Ties between Sufist India and Wahabist Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and UAE [These are all basically Wahhaabi States with minor difference in Social Set and Political Setup]. Please also read the details of Investments [in US Dollars] of these Wahhaabi States in India and 'excellent' trade relations between India and these as per Maulana Qadri "Najdi Fitnah'

Meet India's Republic Day chief guest rediff Features Desk

January 04, 2006

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud will be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations on January 26 in New Delhi. The move is seen as an extension of New Delhi's oil diplomacy by some analysts -- Saudi Arabia is the world's largest exporter of oil.

Saudi king on rare visit to India Wednesday, 25 January 2006, 11:44 GMT

India and Saudi Arabia move beyond oil By Siddharth Srivastava South Asia

Jan 28, 2006

Lets have a qucik glance at Saudi Arabia - India Trade and Diplomatic Relations:

One wonders as to why "Sufi India" enjoys Trade Relations with these stereotyped and proverbial Islamo-Fascist Arabs. Why the Investments of Extreme Kuwaitis-Qataris and Saudis [all of them are hard core Wahaabis i.e. Anti Sufis] are being accepted in India? So much so the Saudi King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia [to all and sundry Head Pope of Wahabis] was given Guard of Honour in India.

Describing Saudi-Indian relations as excellent, the ambassador said “there is considerable symmetry in perceptions of the two countries on regional and international issues. India is seen as a force for stability and moderation, which countries recognize, as an essential prerequisite for prosperity. India’s unwavering commitment and steadfast support to the Arab cause is historical and well known.” On commercial and economic cooperation, the ambassador said India is the fourth largest trading partner for Saudi Arabia. The value of the bilateral trade during the period April 2003-March 2004 stood at over $ 6.5 billion. India is the fourth largest market for Saudi exports and is the tenth largest source of the Kingdom’s imports. Saudi Arabia is the major source of India’s imports and ranks as the 14th largest market for Saudi exports. “Every year India buys oil and oil products worth around $ 4 billion from the Kingdom. The figures of Indo-Saudi bilateral trade for the last two years have been growing at a healthy rate, with India’s exports to the Kingdom up by 13.72 percent in 2002 and 19.05 percent last year. The corresponding figures for Saudi Arabia are 8.40 percent and 46.06 percent respectively.”

He pointed out that in addition to the growth in traditional exports such as Basmati rice, tea, yearn, textiles, fabrics, garments, iron and steel, chemicals, machinery and instruments, the share of value-added products and services such as IT services, engineering goods and contracting services is also on the upswing. “As India emerges as a leader in knowledge-based industries, Indian exports are gradually shifting to advanced products and services, particularly in the area of software and IT products. Ahmed pointed out that a landmark in Saudi-Indian economic relations was the visit of Minister of Commerce and Industry Dr. Hashim Yamani who led a high-level Saudi delegation to the first-ever GCC-India Industrial Conference held in Bombay in February this year. More than 200 GCC delegates, including ministers, industrialists, CEOs, businessmen and officials participated at the GCC-India Conference. “At the conclusion of the conference, GCC and India expressed their interest in signing a framework agreement for economic cooperation which will kick off free trade negotiations between the two sides. He pointed out that a high level businessmen’s delegation led by Abdul Rahman Al-Jeraisy, chairman, Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry, visited India in October last year. Another important visit by Prince Talal ibn Abdul Aziz, president of AG Fund to New Delhi in December 2003 to chair the annual prize giving festival of the Fund held in New Delhi for the first time. In reply to a question on joint ventures in the wake of the Kingdom’s economic reforms program, the ambassador said that since the establishment of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) in 2001, it has awarded 68 new licenses to Indian companies for establishing 29 joint ventures and 39 hundred percent Indian-owned companies in different sectors, such as management and consultancy services, construction, projects management, telecommunications, IT, pharmaceuticals, etc. These joint ventures, 100 percent foreign-owned companies, were expected to bring an investment of around $366 million in Saudi Arabia. Similarly, during the last decade, Saudi companies have invested $ 181 million in India. Overall, there are around 55 Indo-Saudi joint projects in India. “In addition, several Indian companies are working in Saudi Arabia in the areas of IT, software development, designing, consultancy, financial services, etc. The last year saw entry of several new Indian companies in the Kingdom and expansion of operations by those already present here. Today, I am happy to note that almost all leading Indian IT companies, including top; three, Tata Consultancy Services, Wipro, and Infosys have established their presence in the Kingdom, he added.

The Saudi British Bank (SABB) has reaffirmed its commitment toward providing banking solutions, which will best meet the requirements of the Indian community in Saudi Arabia. “All Indian expatriates are in search of a convenient, secure and speedy method of transferring money home to their families. To meet their needs, SABB has introduced DirectPay to respond to their needs,” Faisal Ansari, head of payment and cash management at the Saudi British Bank, said. He pointed out that all the Indian expatriate SABB account holders can enjoy the convenience and peace of mind of transferring money round-the-clock within the Kingdom and around the world without leaving the comfort of their home. DirectPay can be accessed by SABB Direct (Phone Banking Service) or SABBNET (Internet Banking Service) to perform payment to their Pre-Defined Beneficiaries. “We value relationships with all our Indian customers; therefore, we have expanded our network coverage through our strong tie-up with the HSBC Bank, HDFC Bank and the Federal Bank of Kerala to ensure higher level of service delivery to our customers and at special low rates,” Ansari said. For detail please contact SABB Direct on 800124888. They could also log on to for details.

India attained independence on this day in 1947. This was the culmination of a long and difficult struggle for freedom at a great cost and sacrifice made by our martyrs, freedom fighters and our people. Our thoughts naturally go to those men and women who laid down their lives for the sake of independence of the country so that we and future generations could live freely. We owe our freedom to them and to all our leaders who participated in the freedom struggle under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The independence of India also had its ramification globally since it sparked the decolonization of many countries throughout the world. Centuries of colonization and occupation took away India’s riches and left it poor at the time of independence. However, the past more than five decades of nation building have seen India emerge as a very strong country. The economic, industrial and technological progress made by India speaks about the inherent resilience of our system and determination, commitment and strength of our people and our democratic institutions. While we move and progress into the future, we have to also defend and preserve our freedom and its value. Let us all, on this occasion, renew our commitment to continue to build our nation together for the better future and better life for everyone. India attaches great importance to its relationship with Saudi Arabia. We have had exceptionally friendly ties that are based on civilizational contacts, cultural interaction and traditionally close relations between our peoples. We value and cherish this closeness, which has over a period of time, translated into enormous economic cooperation, which has the potential of further tremendous growth. Today, our bilateral trade has grown over $5.10 billion. India’s continued economic reforms and resultant growth of the economy has attracted the attention of leading Saudi entrepreneurs and businessmen toward India and we are quite confident that the Indo-Saudi economic cooperation is poised for an exponential growth in times to come. The large Indian community in Saudi Arabia has made useful contribution to the development process in the Kingdom by building strong and lasting bridges of friendship and cordiality between our two countries. Our people are a source of strength to us. They supplement and complement the efforts of our embassy and the consulate in developing and nurturing relations between India and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. With complete dedication to work, strong cultural values and ethos of religious tolerance, abhorrence to violence, easy assimilation traits and friendly nature, the Indian community has made a distinctive place in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We feel proud to be the largest expatriate community in the Kingdom. We look up to the Indian community with gratitude for their efforts and for helping us in discharging our work as well as for building and strengthening goodwill between our two countries. The Consulate General of India always endeavors to work in a responsive and responsible manner to take care of the growing needs and expectations of the Indian Diaspora in the Western Province. The consulate is community oriented and proactive in strengthening bilateral relations as well as serving our community with new vigor and zeal. Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to extend warm felicitations to the friendly people of Saudi Arabia on behalf of the Indian community and on my own behalf.

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SAAB Meets Indian Expats’ Requirements Staff Writer§ion=0&article=49864&d=15&m=8&y=2004&pix=community.jpg&category=Featurescom

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(in US$ Mn)


Exports from India

Imports by India

Total Trade

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Wednesday, December 15, 2004 -- (Business Wire India) Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is organizing the 2nd 'UAE in India' trade exhibition, which proved its metal last year and intends to raise its benchmark this year. The event is scheduled from December 15th to 18th at the World Trade Centre in Mumbai, India.

The initiative by the DTCM, which also sees the support of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) & the Public Corporation of Ports, Customs and Free Zones, aims to progressively strengthen UAE-Indo trade and economic links.

According to a DTCM official, "The DTCM considers India as a very important market with tremendous growth potential. Our participation in the first-ever UAE Trade Exhibition in India, which was held from October 21 to 24, 2003 in Mumbai, reflects our desire to enlarge the scope of strong economic relations with the country whose nationals accounts for the bulk of expatriate workers in the emirate."

"Our participation once again in this exhibition underlines our commitment to enhancing our presence in this important market. The location of DTCM Overseas Representative office in Mumbai clearly suggests the importance we accord to trade and commercial relations with India as the place happens to be the Commercial Capital of India," he added.

"The Dubai-India relations have been historical and strong and have been showing signs of fast growth due to the keenness on both sides and the expansion of economies of both. India has remained one of the largest trading partners of Dubai and has the two-way trade has been posting impressive year-on-year growth," concluded the official. The DTCM has been conducting a number of road shows, exhibitions and workshops on its own in key cities of India every year in addition to joining the initiatives of other government organizations in tapping the Indian markets. In addition, the DTCM has been working on plans to tap the potential to attract more Indian tourists and businessmen to the emirate.

This year's expo is attracting a huge interest and participation from major companies and business establishments with the total number of participants set to double. The event will offer access to over 15,000 serious business visitors from across the Indian subcontinent.

The 2nd edition of the show is a development after the huge success of the first show, which took place in October 2003. The 1st show attracted participation from big firms and banks in the UAE and resulted in generating deals to the tune of AED 500 million between businessmen and investors in both the UAE and India in the fields of real estate, food processing, and building materials. Agreements were also signed between UAE and Indian parties to name agents and dealers for the UAE products in India.

The show also attracted over 8,100 trade and business visitors from India and gained a lot of praise from the officials in both countries as well as the exhibitors - who demanded a wider space for the following sessions of the show. Some of the confirmed participants at this year's expo include Dubai Sports City, Emaar, National Bank of Dubai, Nakheel, Hamriya Free Zone, Dubai Poly Films, Al Khaleej Sugar, Fujairah Free Zone Authority, SAIF Zone, Ajman Free Zone, Islamic Bank, Emarat, IAL Containers, Jebel Ali Free Zone, etc. amongst others

The number of visitors from India to the UAE has seen a rapid increase. Dubai hotel establishment guests from India registered an 8.2 per cent increase in 2003 over the previous year while Dubai's trade with India registered an impressive 35.1 per cent increase over the same period.

The total non-oil trade between UAE (Dubai in particular) and India has reached about US$ 7 billion by year ended in 31st of March 2004 making a 50 per cent growth over the previous year while Indian exports to the UAE reached US$ 5.1 billion during the same period marking the same percentage for the total growth. The total number of flights operating between the UAE and India too saw an increase of 65.7 per cent from 169 in May 2002 to 280 in April 2003.

The exhibition has the support of the Indian Business and Professional council. Technical organiser of the 'UAE Trade Exhibition in India' is International Expo-Consults (IEC), a division of Dubai's multi-faceted Falaknaz Group. The Government of Dubai, Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has had an office in India for the last seven years which has been functioning as an initial contact point and query-processing centre for the Indian travel trade interested in doing business in Dubai.

The India office aims at promoting commerce and tourism, through the organisation of marketing activities such as presentations, roadshows, advertising, brochure distribution, direct sales meetings and media education programmes, which include familiarization visits for business and travel journalists to Dubai.

The DTCM expects to play an important role in boosting bilateral ties by promoting a widespread awareness of the opportunities Dubai has to offer in both business and tourism. The presence in Mumbai brings to 14 the total number of offices in the DTCM's international network.

References and Notes:


Source: DGCI&s, Govt. of India

*Does not include oil import figures.

Major Items of Exports from India:

Gems & jewellery


Manufacture of metals

Machinery & instrument

Plastic & linoleum products


Marine products, etc.

Major Items of Imports by India:

Pearls, precious / semi precious stones, gold

Pulp & waste paper

Sulphur & unroasted iron pyrites

Metalifer ore & metal scrap

Organic / inorganic chemicals, etc.

Nature of Indo-UAE Bilateral Trade:

UAE is India’s topmost trading partner in the entire WANA region. UAE alone represents 70% of India’s export to GCC countries.

Indian exports to UAE accounts for 6% of India’s global exports.

Dubai is a major export trade center and a gateway for the whole of Arab world.

Revival of oil prices since late 1999 has strengthened the trading position of GCC countries in general and UAE in particular.

Oil & gas production are the main stay of UAE’s economy.

To reduce dependence on oil & gas, Abu Dhabi has planned large scale privatization programme in all fields, especially the power & water sectors.

UAE market being an entrepreneur of trade center is characterized by tough competition and hence price sensitive.

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Source: Dept. of Tourism & Commerce Marketing, Govt. of Dubai Wednesday, December 15, 2004 09:27 AM IST (03:57 AM GMT) Editors: General: Consumer interest, Travel & tourism; Business: Advertising, PR & marketing, Hospitality, Travel & tourism Second UAE Trade Show in India Sees Dubai's Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing Strong Support Expo to Boost Trade Ties Between the UAE & India

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