Islamic Voice
Rabi-ul-Awwal 1422H
June 2001
Volume 15-06 No:174

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READER'S COMMENTS


Qur'anic Text in Roman Script
Disappointing Editorial
Mahavir statue
Immodesty in College
Tampering with the Personal Law
Appeal

Qur'anic Text in Roman Script

I am disturbed to see sometimes Islamic Voice carrying Qur’anic verses in Roman letters (transliteration). Could you clarify if it is right?

K.P Absad, Kannamangalam , Kerala

Editor replies: Transliteration of the Qur’anic verses is not prohibited. It is rather desirable if the purpose is to make the recitation easy for those unacquainted with the Arabic language. The first full transliteration of the Holy Qur’an was done by M. A. Haleem Iliasii of Hyderabad in 1978. Commending the effort, late Maulana Abul Hassan Ali Nadwi of Lucknow wrote to him: “The transliteration of the Holy Qur’an will ease the pronunciation of the text by people not familiar with the Arabic script such as those in Europe and America, and serve the vital purpose of propagation of the Holy Book on the widest scale. (Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi, The Holy Qur’an, transliteration in Roman script, Burney Academy, Hyderabad 1978).

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Disappointing Editorial

We are greatly disappointed to read your editorial " The Bamiyan Outrage". (April 2001). Talibans are the only people who completely follow shariah. Islamic rulers of yore could not be a better guide. Except a few, all others ruled as they wished, and not according to the Shariah.

K.M.Fathima, Gowrivakkam, Chennai

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Mahavir statue

Dr. Zakir Naik has mentioned that the 60-foot statue of Mahavir Jain has been removed from the Jal Hotel, opposite Mumbai airport (Ref. Doublespeak on statues, April 2001 issue). It is not correct. The statue is still there. Only they have covered its private parts. It seems Dr. Naik is supporting the Taliban act. That's why he is beating about the bush. No Islamic scholar has supported the Taliban action.

Abdullah Pathan, Mumbai

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Immodesty in College

I feel depressed to see that several Muslim girls in my college do not wear Hijab, mix with boys and do not perform namaz (salah) and roza (fasting). One of our Muslim male lecturer even wears gold ring. Since several Muslim girls do not observe hijab, non-Muslim girls question me. Some Muslim girls wear nail-polish as well as pray. All these are deeply demoralizing for us. Kindly publish articles on these issues.

Nazia Ameer, Hyderabad

Editor replies: Questions pertaining to these issues have been raised in previous issues of Islamic Voice and have been answered. Our duty is to persuade others to follow the teachings of the Qur'an and adopt the Holy Prophet's (Pbuh) model of character. Only when we embody Islam, it can appeal to others. The vices appear attractive while virtues are harder to follow. This makes the dawah a slow process. But there cannot be any other alternative to persuasion in a democracy.

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Tampering with the Personal Law

The Supreme Court's notice to the Centre on a petition by a divorced Muslim woman, seeking direction to outlaw the practice of polygamy in the community, is an example of tampering with the Personal Law. Attempts to ban polygamy or triple talaq are direct interference in the Shariat and an infringement on the Muslims' fundamental right to practice their religion. While polygamy is not a rule, but an exception and a legal concession granted by Islam, triple talaq is wrong, but needs to be curbed by penalties and not by banning it since the Prophet did not ban it. The reasons for him not banning it is a different issue. Instead of suggesting changes in the Muslim law and time and again, provoking the Muslims, steps should be taken to prevent the misuse of law and the problems of Muslim women must be addressed sincerely and not politically by creating an awareness of their rights among men.

Mrs Safia Iqbal, Member, All India Muslim Personal Law Board, New Delhi.

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Appeal

I am suffering from end stage renal failure. I have to undergo dialysis at least thrice a week which approximately costs Rs 10,000 each month. My poor economic condition does not allow me to foot the huge monthly bill. I appeal to the readers to kindly donate for the purpose.
Note:
A copy of medical certificate has been furnished

Azharuddin, DEANS, 123, Brigade Road, Bangalore; 560 025.

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