Islamic Voice A Monthly English Magazine

SAFAR
- RABI-UL-AWWAL 
1425 H
APRIL
2004
Volume 17-0
4 No : 208
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Letters


Muslims, Stop Judging
Confusing Reply on Inheritance
Disgraceful Indeed
Amanath Bank Irregularities
Respect the Companions
Testaments in Arabic

Muslims, Stop Judging

I request you to refrain from publishing articles or news items of occult nature which pertain to magic, ghosts and other such elements. I get scared to keep that issue around me! I admire Asghar Ali Engineer for his scholarship and courage so what I write is not to disparage him nor as an affront to what he believes, but to present a counter-point which I believe the Muslims need to ponder.

Engineer has stated the obvious while echoing his apprehensions, but vision demands that one looks beyond the obvious. The Congress has successfully used the Muslims as a vote bank without bothering about their welfare, while the BJP is seeking their trust. According to Hazrat Umar (RA), it easy to choose between good and bad, but wisdom is needed, when the choice is between two evils, to choose the lesser evil. "Sulah", or compromise is the lesson taught by the Holy Prophet (Pbuh). When have the Muslims last emulated him? The Muslims must avoid confrontational issues, absolutely refrain from issues of emotional nature and concentrate on real issues of education and economy. Unless they are intellectually and economically strong, they cannot be a political force to reckon with. I believe, whichever party we may vote for, the real change cannot come unless there is a change from within. Our pride and our prejudices against others, must go. Our passing judgement on others has cost us dearly in this world.

M. Hanif, hanifsalat@hotmail.com

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Confusing Reply on Inheritance

I received the February 2004 issue of Islamic Voice and read it with interest as usual. The answer given to the question under the heading "Inheritance by two wives" should have shocked all readers not just me. The very first sentence that " since all the money was earned by your father only, then it is all his money. The fact that it is held in joint accounts does not alter the fact." is wrong. Just because the step-mother in this case does not have any issue and taking into consideration her position in the family, it seems the joint account is in existence in which the step-mother would have invested the money given by her husband or any other relative also. In other words, it belongs to her and not to another wife or her children. Instead of understanding the importance, nature and purpose of this joint account, a confusing reply has been given..

The Prophet's (Pbuh) saying that " if I give you something that does not belong to you, then I am giving you a brand of fire, and it is upto you to take it or leave it" is applicable to not only to the step-mother in this case but to all people. One should not inherit anything wrongfully if it does not belong to him or her. The evidence in this case proves that the joint account is meant for the benefit of the issueless step-mother and it belongs to her. We should give importance to this aspect of the case just because it was what the deceased wanted and it is what Islam prefers.

V.M. Khaleelur Rahman, amaz@vsnl.net

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Disgraceful Indeed

As a serious reader of Islamic Voice, I have to register my reaction to Moorthy Muthuswamy`s request to discourage jihad.(Letters, Islamic Voice, March 2004). Muslims never allow, permit or encourage crimes or bloodshed. The feelings of Moorthy are disgraceful, lopsided and meaningless.

A.M.Rasool Mohideen,Chennai, aribrahim2003@yahoo.co.in

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Amanath Bank Irregularities

I am really happy to see that Islamic Voice has highlighted the scam and the irregularities in the Amanath Cooperative Bank in a big way. This is expected of Islamic media. It would suffer from credibility if it only highlights the strong points of the Muslim community and keeps under wraps their shortcomings. I am shocked to know as to how the bank that was established to serve the community had become a den of vested interests who projected themselves as leaders.

Dr. Abdul-Karim Naik,
Dongri Clinic,
Jail Road, Mumbai-4.

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Respect the Companions

Islamic Voice is packed with very useful information on religion. But I am disappointed that the customary term (radhi) is omitted after the names of the Sahabas in some articles.

" Radhi Allahu Anhu" is the respect a Muslim ought to show to the companions of the Prophet (Pbuh). I hope everyone at Islamic Voice does not regard composing " radhi" every time after a name of the Sahaba is mentioned, as a waste of time.

L.Muhammad Najih, Tuticorin

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Testaments in Arabic

The detailed answer of Dr Zakir Naik in his article-" Is the Quran God's Word'? is very admirable. But his stand that the Arabic versions of the Old and New Testaments did not exist at the Prophet's (Pbuh) time can hardly be sustained. Some of the sound ahadith support this view. Once Hazrath Umar (RA) started reading some passages from the Taurat to the Prophet (Pbuh), saying they were wonderful. But the Prophet grew red in the face in anger and stopped him and said that even if Moses (RA) were to be alive, he had to abide by the Prophet's (Pbuh) scripture. There is no special mention in the ahadith and the Quran that the people did not possess their Bibles in Arabic. The entire Jewish diaspora forgot Hebrew, but for a limited few. So it is not a burden upon the Muslims to prove that none of the Testaments existed in Arabic, so as to uphold that he did not copy from them.

M I Liaqath Ali, Trichy

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