Jamadi Thani 1424 H
Volume 16-08 No : 200
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Muslims want peace: This is especially true in the case of India which is a pre-dominantly Hindu country and its culture is varied and deeply imbibed in all the Indian citizens irrespective of religion. Muslims in India should start looking at our country’s priorities first and then the religion. The current problem is vice versa. Every Muslim should remember and commit to himself: “I AM AN INDIAN FIRST THEN A MUSLIM” and then “I AM A HINDU FIRST THEN A MUSLIM.” This has to be interpreted properly and the term HINDU does not necessarily mean a sadhu or pious religious follower. Muslims have to stop following the so-called Imams and Priests whose primary intention is to keep the Muslims divided from their Hindu brothers. A movement can be launched where all Muslims come together to form a movement of Indian Muslims or Islamic Hindus.
I am distressed to hear that Muslims in Gujarat find it increasingly hard to get accepted by Hindus. Clearly, attitudes on both sides are hardening. Terrorist attacks and the ongoing militant terrorism in India's only Muslim majority state are spoiling the relations. I am suggesting the following proposal to bring peace in South Asia, free of religious conflict. The aftermath of the 1947 Partition has been seen. While most non-Muslims from the Muslim majority area of Pakistan have moved to India, most Muslims have continued to remain in India. Indian Muslims deserve to settle in Islamic Pakistan and Islamic Bangladesh. This way, the original 24 per cent of Muslim population at the time of Partition would get the 25 per cent land in the form of Pakistan. The remaining non-Muslims from Bangladesh and Pakistan need to move to secular India. In this proposal, we have an innovative, fair and dignified solution to the escalating religious conflict in South Asia.
I refer to the brilliant article by M. Hanif Lakdawala, " Save the Muslim Youth" and the editorial "Modernise or Languish" in the June 2003 issue of Islamic Voice. The present predicament of the Muslims and the world over needs a thorough examination, evaluation and research on the basic causes of degeneration of attitude towards knowledge. You have done a commendable job of opening the debate on this situation at the critical moment in the history of the ummah. Now it is the time to invite the opinions of the social scientists from the Muslim community to search out the basic causes of this plight. The inherent cause of this degeneration must be searched out scientifically. So please keep going on with the noble pursuit. The silent Muslim intelligentsia is eagerly looking forward for a thorough introspection.
I am happy to inform you that I was able to get a very nice alliance through your presti gious paper Islamic Voice. As wanted by us, the boy is a surgeon who is young and handsome and hails from a decent family. I take this opportunity to thank you and all the dedicated staff of Islamic Voice for fulfilling our dream of a nice doctor as the bridegroom. boy. The marriage was conducted on 17th July, 2003.
In response to 'A Humble Query' by Ebrahim H. Durban in the July 2003 issue of the Islamic Voice, I would like to say that According to my reading of the holy Quran and the history of marriage and family in different cultures and civilizations, I understand that Islam made marriage easy and divorce hard. In Islam, marriage is a contract between a man and a woman. If a man proposes to a woman, the woman agrees, and the man pays the price of the contract then it is a valid marriage contract.
On the other hand, divorce is a lengthy procedure described in detail in the holy Quran. First TALAQ means wife and husband will live separately for a period of time specified in the Quran. During this period, if they wish to reconcile then they reconcile. If they are still sure about the divorce, then they have another chance of the second TALAQ. After the specified separation, the third TALAQ finalises the divorce. Apparently some scholars in Islam changed the rules of marriage and divorce.
M. Sultan Parvez
We along with the patient Miss Mujasim and her family hereby convey our heartfelt thanks, for having published the plight of Miss Mujasim (Does Your Heart Skip a Beat?-Islamic Voice-June 2003). We are happy to inform you that a sum of Rs 41,915 has been donated by the readers of Islamic Voice in response to our appeal. The surgery of Mujasim will be conducted by Dr. F. Sadruddin Shariff very soon inshallah!
We thanks the readers of Islamic Voice.
Dr. N. Dakshayani