Volume 15-07 No:175
The Two Saviors in your children’s corner(April issue)made very interesting reading. Philanthropy with pure intentions can bear marvelous results! Articles related to science, environment and those with a good moral lesson, whether they come from the east or west, from Muslim or non-Muslim sources should be encouraged. We want our children to be global citizens, aware of the past world heritage and ready to contribute their share to build a more beautiful and better world for tomorrow.
Dr. Sabiha Sayed On e-mail
K. M. Fathima has criticised your editorial "The Bamiyan Outrage". Her disappointment was on your criticism of a regime which she thinks is the only government that is following Shariah. I wonder how she got the idea that Talibans' existence and the perpetration of their hegemony in Afghanistan is in line with Shariah. How can destroying a country's heritage in the name of Shariah be admitted by any Muslim? Bamiyan statue was never used as an idol of worship.
Ahmed M. Kalnad, firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a Pakistani boy and performed Haj this year. In Saudi Arabia I observed that the Muslims from India are not fully aware of what they have to do in the pilgrimage. They make a lot of mistake while performing tawaf and umrah. I am not criticizing the Muslims of India but want to know where they are lacking, if they do not have text regarding the training of Haj or Umrah then I from Pakistan will try to manage it. Secondly I noticed that they read Quran written in Hindi language. I think it is not good for your future generations. You should find out the solution to resolve this matter.
Arshad Zubairi, email@example.com
Editor replies: India's Central Haj Committee arranges orientation programmes for those going for Haj every year from India. But somehow it is not possible for all pilgrims to follow them. This is because a good number of pilgrims from India are beyond the age of learning. We will have to think ways to train them properly within our national boundaries. The reading of Quranic meanings in any language is not religiously prohibited. So also with Hindi, which is mother tongue to nearly 40 per cent of India's citizens. We do not see any harm in this. After all it is similar to reading the meanings in Urdu or any other language for that matter. However, there is a small difference. Urdu is closer to Arabic due to similarity of script. But not so with Hindi. But how do you look at Bangladeshis (the former Pakistanis) who read the meanings in Bangla language. After all Bangla is much more sanskritisised than Hindi. Let us not forget that all Muslim are not Arabs. We have to live in this world as Indian Muslims, Indonesian Muslims and American Muslims. Nation-states are currently a bigger reality than the Muslim ummah. It may be that you have seen an Indian pilgrim reading Quran's transliteration in Hindi. This concession could be allowed for all those who cannot read Arabic text, nor have the capacity to learn it any more.
I admire you for urging the Muslim World to take a stand on the acts of Taliban. It takes guts to condemn the evil and Muslims are shortchanged in that field. The community is perhaps driven by the fears of repercussions and as such they do not take the stand on issues. It is time to make those changes, before laws of the world are changed that will affect the entire Muslim Ummah. Acts of a few Muslims in Palestine, Kashmir, Afghanistan and Timor are affecting the image of the entire Muslim community, and the Muslim Ummah will simply be pounded. In the United Nations recently, India, the US and several countries chose not to vote separating Islam and Terrorism. Since the responsible Muslim groups of the world are not condemning the acts of Talibans against the Hindus, you get branded "all Muslims are the same". Is it the duty of Muslims to protect the image of Islam? The first step would be to separate Islam from the evil acts associated with Muslims.
Mike Ghouse on e-mail
I find Islamic Voice highly informative. I receive news, views and articles which no other media provides. But I feel disheartened to read the demands made by the bridegrooms for their brides-to-be. The demands from the boys go like this: 'Girl should be educated, religious, beautiful, very fair and from a decent family'.
If all men want their life partner to be extremely beautiful then who will marry simple, good-looking girls who are also a creation of Allah. Islam is a religion of simplicity and modesty. We have imbibed demanding culture from other communities. It is advisable that that such advertisements are avoided.
Dr. Farzana Qureshi, Pune.