Volume 15-08 No:176
I am a frequent visitor to your website. Though I am a Hindu and respect my religion, our family has always had friends from among Muslims. I picked up interest in your religion from my father. I feel most Muslims are not given enough exposure to get involved in the process of nation building. I greatly admire the exceptional articles regarding Hindu-Muslim reconciliation in your website. It would help your community even more if Muslims can be made to feel that it is their homeland as much as anybody else and their anger/silence will affect the country as any other major community.
As Hindus, a lot of us recognize Muslims’ contributions to our country in the form of art, literature and science. Instead of overzealously criticizing the government for every move it makes, I would appreciate if you could put the moves in a perspective that makes Muslim brethren realize that they will sink/swim with India’s destiny. They are as much a precious part of our nation building as any other Hindu is. We need more Abdul Kalams, Maulana Azads, Zakir Hussians to make us a better nation.
If there is any feeling that will make them separate from the mainstream it will cause more harm than anything else. It is important that they know and understand what is happening in their own country than anywhere else.
Also many thanks for answering a Pakistani(Islamic Voice July 2001) that we do not need to break nation in the name of religion. Please do keep up the good work.
Roopa Vittal on e-mail
Editor replies: The Islamic Voice has been distinct in its effort in reinforcing Indianness of Indian Muslims and urging them to explore solutions of their problems within the multi-ethnic society and Constitutional framework of India. It has been our effort to tell the Muslims that their success lies in being creative, educated, enterprising, less demanding and more contributing. It has rejected the clamour-mindedness that is characteristic of the so-called Delhi based leaders of Muslims who represent no one but themselves.
This is with reference to the letter of Arshad Zubairi from Pakistan and your apt reply to it. It is because of persons like him that Pakistan was divided and Bangladesh came into existence. His ignorance about the Muslims of his own country, Pakistan is surprising. There are quite a large number of people in every country including Pakistan who cannot read and write any language and hence the Holy Quran also. There are also people who read it in their own language or in the language known to them. Pakistanis are not an exception to this. His quoting the example of an Indian Muslim who reads the Quran written in Hindi during his Haj performance is not understandable. It shows only his narrow-mindedness, ignorance and arrogance.
Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf has rightly advised the Pakistani "fanatics" to understand things and behave. Some mullahs are fast becoming a nuisance to the society. They should remember the Hadith that Wailul li-ummati min ulamaaissooyi. It is these people who are instrumental for many ills of the society. Arshad has only reflected their mentality which is rampant in some circles.
V. M. Khaleelur Rahman Ambur, Tamil NaduTop
I am impressed by the way Muslims have started realising the importance of claiming their interests through meetings at mass level. It is definitely an important milestone in the improvement of Muslims who remained economically and socially backward to have their say in the matters of national importance. This would just not improve their conditions but also condition of India in general. We as a whole country can only improve if all the people and minorities hit by the past mistakes of our leaders can come together to improve this country again with its cultural richness and traditional wisdom.
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'What Ails Muslim Industry' Was a highly penetrating analysis of the Muslim managed industry and economy. Mr. Lakdawala has provided an indepth insight into the interest free investment companies. Such articles do lend great value to Islamic Voice.
Md. Aleem Khazanchi, Mumbai.Top