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Volume 17-0
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Spicy Stories - At Whose Cost?
Heard of Democratic Jihad?
Reliance School presents Ideals of Imam Hussain
AIMPLB Workshop on Social Reform
Empowering Muslims
Discrimination against Unani Alleged
SIMI Ban Upheld
IUML gets a New Address

Spicy Stories - At Whose Cost?

In the recent times, it has been observed that the national media reinforced certain stereotypes related to Muslims rather than doing in-depth stories

By A Staff Writer

Mumbai: On March 6, 2004, NDTV carried a story on the ghettoisation of Mumbai leading to the increasing gulf between Hindus and Muslims. On March 12, Midday carried the same full-page story. But the facts were distorted to create sensationalism. Reporters in this case tried to generalise isolated incidents into general trends.

In the recent times, it has been observed that the national media reinforced certain stereotypes related to Muslims rather than doing in-depth stories. When this correspondent visited Millat Nagar (a Muslim dominant society)- the same place where the NDTV reporters' had approached the brokers for the rented apartment under assumed Hindu name, and were advised against doing so, the ground reality is different.

This correspondent interacted with the president and members of Millat Nagar Federation and other residents and none said that they have ever refused to sell apartments or to give on lease to Hindus. It is another matter that majority are Muslims in Millat Nagar. .Maulana Riaz Ahmed Khan, former president of Millat Nagar Housing Federation said that the Federation has no written or unwritten laws which restrict selling or giving on lease any apartment to Hindus. "The real reason why individual and families prefer to reside in the localities having the majority of their own community is culture. It is human nature that they are more comfortable within its own community. Even in the USA and Europe, Indians prefer to live in the Indian majority areas rather than live in the white majority areas. So nothing wrong in it", said Maulana Riaz Ahmed Khan.

The other sweeping remark made in the NDTV story was that "reporters found that no one wanted a Muslim couple in their neighbourhood.". It is totally contrary to the ground reality. This correspondent knows and can cite numerous examples where Hindus and Muslim are comfortably living as neighbours since years. The areas cited in the stories where Muslims are not welcome are "Kandivli, Matunga, Mulund, Borivali, Napean Sea Road, Walkeshwar, Colaba.". In all these areas, no doubt that there are few societies where Muslims might not be welcomed, but it is not the general rule, only an exception. Even in the exceptional cases, the reason is vegetarianism as Jains, Brahmins and Gujaratis are very particular about this aspect. Generally in all these localities, Muslims and Hindus do live side-by-side and that to peacefully since ages.

This correspondent had no problem finding an apartment in all these localities, with few exceptions, in all the areas mentioned above. Out of the 9 brokers approached, only one said that it would be difficult to get an apartment because of the Muslim name. It is an irony that the mainstream media, just to make a story spicy, are resorting to sensationalism and generalising isolated incidents.

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Heard of Democratic Jihad?

Muslim immigrants in America, the Gulf or even Australia are finding their land of Dreams turning into a nightmare.

By A Staff Writer

Mumbai: The 45-year-old Aziz Ahmed, accused in the Mumbai serial bomb blasts case of 1993, has accused the Mumbai police of applying electric shocks to his private parts and brain, suspending him from the ceiling for hours on end, pulling out his hair, and beating him up brutally, all while abusing him and calling him a traitor. To invite the public attention to the atrocities of the police, Aziz is determined to focus the nation's attention by contesting the Lok Sabha elections against none other than Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Lucknow, on an Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) ticket.

A marine engineer by profession, Aziz also exported imitation jewellery to Dubai.In 2002, Aziz contested the Lok Sabha by-election in Mirzapur, UP, as an independent and lost. But this time around, he is intending to put up a more determined fight. Mine is a "democratic jihad" against the injustice done to me and my community."

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Reliance School presents Ideals of Imam Hussain

Moulana S. M. Zaki Baqri of Canada 
Delivered the Lecture

Bangalore: Karbala is one of the cities of Iraq where many people were killed at a religious gathering recently. Imam Hussain(Pbuh), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh), stood for the rights of humanity during the reign of Yazeed, who was a corrupt leader and wanted to enslave humanity. Imam Hussain outrightly rejected the demand for his allegiance. In order to show his strength, Yazeed gathered more than 30.000 troops against the Imam and his small army, on the 10th day of Muharram 61st Hijri (lunar calendar) about 1360 years ago. The slogan of the Imam was not to budge against the inhuman forces of Yazeed. The Imam's mission was to make people realise the grave mistake they were doing following a corrupt leader like Yazeed. "Honourable death is better than a disgraceful life," this was the slogan of Imam Hussain. The war between the two forces was on, and the result was obvious as the Imam had a small army of 72, and this army has been crushed by the forces of Yazeed. After the event of Karbala, the followers of the Imam gained power against Yazeed. Very soon, the reign of Yazeed was defeated. The message of the Imam is clear that one should not budge against the forces of falsehood although you may not be very powerful. This event has been commemorated all over the world during the time of Muharram. Reliance School, Bangalore also held such a gathering for the benefit of all humanity.

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AIMPLB Workshop on Social Reform

By Andalib Akhter

New Delhi: Islamic scholars, intellectuals, academicians and the Imams of the mosques have expressed grave concern over the spread of non- Islamic practices among the Muslim society. They said that the Muslim society has been inflicted with evils and immorality. They stressed the need for social reform within the society. The views were expressed at a three- day workshop, 'Social Reform; Meaning & Pre-requisites', organised by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) here recently. "Our society is being inflicted with immorality. Selfishness and immodesty are eating out the society" said Maulana Rabey Hasani Nadvi, chief of AIMPLB. Emphasising the need of social reform, the convenor of the workshop, Maulana Wali Rehmani said that the work of social reform was tough and required immense responsibility. He said such workshops would be organized in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Patna and Kolkata in the near future.

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Empowering Muslims

New Delhi: Two books, 'The Empowerment of Muslims in India, Perspective, Context and Prerequisites' and 'Empowerment of Muslims through Education' were released by the Delhi chief minister Sheila Dixit and the chancellor of Jamia Hamdard, Sayyid Hamid here, recently. The first book is authored by Prof. Dr. Abdur Rahman Momin of University of Mumbai and latter one by Prof. Mohammed Akhtar Siddiqui of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.The books have been published by the Institute of Objective Studies (IOS), an NGO working for the upliftment of the Muslim community..

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Discrimination against Unani Alleged

Jaipur: Rajasthan had 17 Unani dispensaries and 7 Ayurveda dispensaries in 1947. Ayurveda system of medicine has flourished during the last 57 years due to official encouragement and there are 3700 Ayurveda dispensaries while there are only 81 Unani dispensaries. This was stated here by Dr. Mahmood Ahsan, veteran Unani physician in an interview with Hindi weekly Alamgair Times from Jaipur. He said the Government treats Unani in a step-motherly manner. He said the Rajasthan Government had approved 50 new Unani dispensaries in the State on the condition that rent-free buildings are provided for the purpose. There were offers for 26 rent-free premises for the new Unani dispensaries and the same was communicated to the Assistant Director of Ayurveda and Unani at Ajmer. However, the Government changed the Unani into Homeopathic dispensaries later, said Dr. Ahsan. He said the vacancies in Ayurveda dispensaries were filled last July in accordance with the recommendation of the Bhanot Committee, but similar recommendation by the Bhanot Committee with regard to Unani dispensaries have not been complied to.

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SIMI Ban Upheld

By A Staff Writer

New Delhi: Two-and-a-half years after the Centre declared the Students Islamic Movement of India unlawful, a Tribunal has upheld the ban saying there was “sufficient cause” for the Centre’s decision.

A tribunal has upheld the ban on SIMI for its alleged role in being detrimental to communal harmony, internal security and maintenance of secular fabric of the country saying there was sufficient cause for the action. The decision was taken by Justice R.C. Chopra, a sitting Judge of the Delhi High Court, who is heading the tribunal.

In his March 23rd, order, Justice Chopra said “there is sufficient cause for declaring SIMI unlawful” and as such the Government’s notification in this regard issued on September 26, 2003 “stands confirmed”. The Tribunal was constituted on October 23, 2003 for adjucating whether or not there was sufficient cause for declaring SIMI as an unlawful organisation. The Centre imposed the ban on SIMI in the wake of its “pro-Taliban” stance after the 9/11 attacks in the United States. The notification banning the organisation said, “SIMI is in close touch with militant outfits and is supporting extremism/militancy in Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere.”SIMI supports claims for the secession of a part of the Indian territory from the Union, supports groups fighting for this purpose, and is thus questioning the territorial integrity of India.”

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IUML gets a New Address

By K.Malikul Azeez

 Chennai: The Indian Union Muslim League, Tamilnadu Unit has got a new office. A new four-storey building was inaugurated on 14th March 2004,in Chennai, by Kerala State President of Muslim League, Syed Mohamed Ali Shahab Thangal, in the presence of IUML All India general secretary, E.Ahmed, ministers of Kerala state, Cerkulam Abdullah and P.K.Kunjhalikutty and IUML Rajya Sabha member.

 P.V.Abdul Wahab. The function was presided by the President of Tamil Nadu unit of IUML, Prof.K.M. Khader Mohideen. The State genearal secreatary of the party, K.A.Wahab, Head quarters secretary, A. Abdul Hakeem, State’s women wing’s secretary A.S.Fathima Muzaffar and other party secretaries and office bearers were present on the occasion.  Nearly 5000 guests cutting across different walks of life,also graced the occasion with their presence. n

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