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Jamadi-Ul-Awwal 1422H
August 2001
Volume 15-08 No:176

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ArRum Carvanserai in London
Nigeria Warned against Sharia Implementation
Japan's First Islamic School
Muslim Open University in France
Bibliography of Muslim Scientists
Poso killings pass the 800 mark
Afghanistan on the Verge of famine
Pak., Iran Border Common Market
Makkah to have Islamic Museum soon
Center for Islamic History in Makkah
International Seminar on Mental Health
Islamic Center
Sharjah Sets up Institute in Britain
Uzbekistan's Call for Emergency UN Aid
Mosque in Cologne
Ivory Coast is 57th Member of the OIC
Recipients of NASA Scholarships 2001


ArRum Carvanserai in London


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London: ‘ArRum’, a private members club for Muslim entrepreneurs, professionals, artists and academicians has been launched here by Reedah Nijabat, a British-born, Pakistani origin Muslim who has earlier worked as executive in several business firms. The club has been organized on the ‘caravanserai’ (merchants’ inn) concept built by erstwhile Muslim rulers on important crossroads and thoroughfares. Located on 44-48 Clerkenwell Road, it has 80-seat private dining area, a leather lounge and reading bay, a bar dispensing non-alcoholic juices, internet bays, prayer hall and a multipurpose seminar room. According to Reedah Nijabat, the aim of the private club is to have a private club for second and third generation Muslims who live in the United Kingdom. She claims the club has already attracted 3000 members and she plans to take it to the entire Europe and America.

ArRum will celebrate a different country, highlighting its distinctive language, food, art, culture and role models with weekly women-only days and a crèche facility for families. It plans to host business networking seminars every fortnight. ArRum is located at a 5-minute walk from Farrington and Barbican station on the London’s tube and is easily accessible from West End. ArRum could be accessed at www.ArRum.co.uk or email: Reedah.N@ArRum.co.uk, Phone: 02074157111, address: RrRumLtd, P O Box 18198, London EC1M 5XE.

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Nigeria Warned against Sharia Implementation

Kaduna, IINA: Shari’a advocates insistent on Islamization of the polity may be unwittingly paving the way for “disintegration of the country,” and may subvert the nation’s nascent democratic order and its unity, former Sudanese Prime Minister, Sadiq Al-Mahdy, warned last month. Mahdy was delivering a lecture under the title “The Challenges of Islamization - The Experience of Sudan,” at Arewa House, in Kaduna. He said the Nigerian Muslims should concentrate their efforts on ensuring the unity of the country, rather than pushing an agenda that could lead to its disintegration. He reminded Nigerian Muslims of the experiences of other African countries that had sought political emancipation through Islamization, but ended up being enmeshed in intractable political crises. He gave the example of the creation of Pakistan and the resultant dichotomy between it and India.

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Japan's First Islamic School

Tokyo, IINA: The Islamic Center here is building the first Islamic school in Japan which will be situated next to the Tokyo Mosque, and is partly funded by the Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank. The construction work is estimated at US$2.5 million. The Director of the Islamic Center, Dr. Saleh Al-Samurai has issued an appeal to all Muslims to donate generously to the project. Dr. Samurai said the number of Muslims in Japan is steadily increasing, particularly in view of the fact that many Muslim immigrants inter-marry with the Japanese, and also because of the Daawa activities of centers such as the one in Tokyo.

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Muslim Open University in France

Paris, IINA: The General Federation of French Muslims intends to set up an open Islamic University, on the Internet, and will be using two languages, French and Spanish, as its media of instruction. Its main objective would be to acquaint all those who speak either of the two languages with Islamic culture. Dr. Muhammad Al Bishary, president of the federation, said that the university would benefit all the French and Spanish-speaking countries not only of Europe, but also of Africa and Latin America. He said the university's contingent of academic scholars would be using all the modern means of communication in imparting knowledge on and about Islam and Islamic Studies. Arabic as a language would also be included in the curriculum.

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Bibliography of Muslim Scientists

Riyadh, IINA: The King Faisal Center for Islamic Research and Studies has issued a new publication detailing the contributions by some of the eminent Muslim thinkers and scientists such as Ibn Bitar, Ibn Nafis, Ibn Hazm, Razi, Abu Hayan Tawhidy, Ibn Tufail, Bairuny, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Khawarizmy, Ibn Rushd, Jabir bin Hayan, Husn bin Hutheim, Abdul Rahman bin Khaldun, and Yacoub bin Is’Haq. It was compiled by Dr. Amin Suleiman Sayidu, an expert in Library Science.It took the author nine years to complete the treatise, and it details the lives of several Muslim scholars and scientists of various disciplines, including their works, and the publications that have been written by and about them.

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Poso killings pass the 800 mark

Poso, Indonesia (ANTARA/IINA) : In the southeast Sulwesi town of Poso, 821 Muslims have been killed over the last 13 months, as a result of the prevailing sectarian conflicts in that part of the Indonesia. The remains of all the dead have been found so far, according to Jabar Assalam, member of the fact-finding team, but there are still those who have gone missing and have so far not been found.

Most of the remains were found in mass graves, nearly all of them showing either wounds inflicted by sharp objects or burnt. A hunt for the culprits has been initiated. The Muslim-Christian conflict in the eastern Indonesian town of Poso brought out after a similar conflict had gripped the Maluku Province in early 1999.

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Afghanistan on the Verge of famine

Kabul, IINA: The World Food Program has said that Afghanistan is on the verge of a horrendous famine that threatens the lives of millions, particularly after the wave of drought that has been brought about by three consecutive years of lack of rain.

Following a visit to the affected areas, programme officials said that the failure of the 2001 harvest means that around 50 lakh people would be threatened with starvation and will therefore need food assistance, if they are to survive. It revealed that in some northern areas, the people have resorted to eating grass. But the threat of famine encompasses the entire country, said a World Food Programme official, and added that 85 per cent depend on agriculture for their livelihood, and the fact that the country has had three years of drought means that food security has been badly affected.

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Pak., Iran Border Common Market

Islamabad: Pakistan and Iran have agreed to form a Border Common Market between their two countries, IINA said quoting Pakistan Online. Pakistan’s Minister of Commerce, Abdul Razzaq Dawood, said that the Iranian Government has decided to allow Pakistani lorries to pass through Mashhad, Tehran, and Asfahan, in exchange for which Pakistan is to allow Iranian lorries to reach Lahore, Karachi, and Multan. He added that the two countries have agreed to impose some customs tariffs on each other’s goods that are so exchanged.

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Makkah to have Islamic Museum soon

Makkah, IINA: An Islamic Museum is to be opened here during the new Hijra year. It would be housed at the King Abdul Aziz Palace, and will have nine halls of exhibits. The Undersecretary at the Saudi Ministry of Education, Dr. Sa'ad Al Rashid, announced that the museum will have exhibits beginning from the era of Prophet Ibrahim.

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Center for Islamic History in Makkah

Makkah (IINA) : A center for Islamic history, to be known as the Makkah Center for Islamic Historical Studies, will be set up in the holy city in the near future. The objective of the center would be to document the history of Makkah and Islam in general.

Makkah is also the natural center for the setting of a permanent Islamic Trade Exhibition, at which Muslim countries would be able to showcase their products and services, Prince Abdul Majeed bin Abdul Aziz, the Governor of Makkah Region, told the Nadwa newspaper.

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International Seminar on Mental Health

Aden, IINA: An International Seminar on Mental Health in the Muslim World will be held here from October 15 to 17 this year. The main objective would be to bring together Muslim doctors who are concerned with this aspect of health in the Muslim world, and to benefit from Islamic principles concerning mental health. The seminar will also specify the particular mental health problems in Muslim communities, and the specialists will exchange ideas and experiences.

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Islamic Center

Frankfurt: The head of the Aal-Maktum Charity Organization has launched the first phase of the Islamic Center here. The center is sponsored by ruler of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Aal-Maktum and Minister of Finance and Industry.

Work on the project started last year, and the complex comprises a mosque, with a capacity for 1,000 worshippers, an assembly hall, an office, plus a prayer area for female worshippers. The cost of the project is DM(German Mark) 2.6 million, while the first phase will cost DM 1.7 million.

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Sharjah Sets up Institute in Britain

London, IINA: The ruler of Sharjah, Sheikh Dr. Sultan Al-Qassimy, formally inaugurated the Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Exeter University, Britain in the first week of July. He donated a sum of 2.4 million sterling pounds for setting up of the institute.

The University of Exeter has been concerned with the teaching of Arabic and Islamic Studies for a number of years now. It has a student enrolment of around 11,000 students from various parts of the world.

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Uzbekistan's Call for Emergency UN Aid

Tashkent : A UN delegation has called for emergency aid to Uzbekistan, which has been experiencing famine for the last three years in a row. The head of the delegation revealed that at the moment not less than 600,000 Uzbeks in the far north of the country, particularly in the Tandar Region, have been rendered without means of livelihood due to shortage of water for irrigating farms.

He said that though not the entire country is presently affected, it is advisable that help should be sent as early as possible.

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Mosque in Cologne

Cologne, IINA: The Municipal Authorities in the German city of Cologne have approved the setting up of a central mosque in the city for the 100,000 Muslims residing here, most of them ethnic Turks. A piece of land for this purpose would be acquired within the next few months.

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Ivory Coast is 57th Member of the OIC

Bamako, IINA: Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoir) has become the 57th member of the of the Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), following the conclusion of the 28th meeting of the Islamic Foreign Ministers here in the first week of July. It had so far an observer status.

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Recipients of NASA Scholarships 2001

Washington D. C.: Every year NASA gives scholarships to children of NASA employees in US who are studying Science or engineering in college. This year the Agency gave out eight scholarships. There were 85 students who applied for it. Of the eight who were awarded the scholsarships, four have Indian parents, one has Chinese parents, three have American parents. Children of Indian Parents: Sarah Zaman, Cleveland, Ohio; Nick Singhal, Houston, Texas; Saini Swati, San Francisco, California; Jyoti Natarajan, Langley, Virginia. Circulated by : AligarhNetwork@yahoogroups.com

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