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Jamadi Thani 1424 H
August 2003
Volume 16-08 No : 200
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Throwing His Weight Around Mumbai!
Drama Staged on Real Issues
Muslim Young Achievers
Islam Under Seige
From Slums to Top of the List

Throwing His Weight Around Mumbai!

Mumbai: He has to hire a cab every time he goes out with his parents. He out-grows his clothes every 45 days. No shop in the Mumbai stocks his size. His mother has no alternative, but stitch his clothes as ready-made clothes are not available. Guess who is he? He is just two years old. Two-year-old Kharodia Rayyan Mohammed Moosa is a show-stopper in his own right. The toddler, who weighs 33.5 kg, had passers-by vying for a photograph during a recent Lonavla trip. “He weighed 10 pounds at birth and gains nearly a kg every month,” said Mohammed Moosa, Rayyan’s father.

Rayyan gets out of breath if he walks long distances and cannot ride on the family scooter. Even though he spends a lot of time at home, he is as active as any other toddler. “He is forever jumping and running around,” Moosa said. He can also recite nursery rhymes and prayers. He did not speak a word till he was one-and-a-half. Then suddenly he started speaking in both Urdu and Gujarati. The family doctor conducted blood and urine tests, but Rayyan tested normal, except for a slight hormonal imbalance. “He suggested we wait till he is three-years old before starting treatment,” Moosa said. The family also consulted their local hakim, who said there was no health problem and he need not undergo any treatment. But Rayyan’s weight means he has to spend a lot of time at home. “He stopped going out to play after kids called him names to make fun of him,” Moosa said.

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Drama Staged on Real Issues

"ACT" a non-profit Drama group from Mumbai, which conducts various types of dramas since decades oganised a new show named "MUNSIF" which was staged recently in Jawar, near Mumbai. MUNSIF, is a story of a school boy who has completed his S.S.C with 90 per cent and dreams of being a doctor. But he is framed and gets into deep trouble in a Bomb Blast case. The story begins from here for his parents who suffer the trauma. ACT wants to Organise "MUNSIF" shows across the country free of charge. Interested Social Welfare Organisations and NGO's can contact: Mujeeb Khan on his Mobile: 9821044429 or write to: "ACT" General Secretary, No: 492, First Floor, Sir J J Road, Opp: J J Hospital, Mumbai: 400 008.

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Philadelphia Diary

Muslim Young Achievers

By Malika Mistry

"Young Achievers-Celebrating a New Generation" was held to felicitate young achievers from the Muslim community (whose parents hailed from South Asia) at Potomac Community Centre, Maryland, with a view to motivate and encourage Muslim youth to succeed. Babar Ahmad, who won awards for his films 'Genius" and 'Mother and Son'; Ameena Meer, one of the well-known figures in Advertising and Journalism in New York and a Member of the Pen Writers Org,. Irfana Anwar, Executive Director of Karamah Muslim Women's Lawyers group; and Sohail Khan who aided the White House Office of the Public Liaison in outreach efforts and currently serves in the Bush Administration as Legal Counsel were the young achievers who were felicitated. Naureen Rehman, an Attorney by profession and founder of Milenium Settlement Attorneys, who herself is a young achiever moderated the programme.

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Islam Under Seige

One of the famous writers on Islam, Prof. Akbar S. Ahmed, who presently holds the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University, Washington DC, will be presenting his new book "Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World in Washingtomn D.C soon. It is one of the books which presents Islam in positive light.

According to one of the commentators, "This is the most important book to date on life in the post 9/11 world. Islam Under Seige goes beyond assigning guilt, to understanding the world that has produced such hatred and misunderstanding. Akbar Ahmed offers hope by focusing on shared notions of honour and human dignity.. In the past, Prof. Ahmed had written Discovering Islam, Islam and Post-modernism and many other books on Islam which were well received specially in the west.

(Malika B. Mistry, a Pune-based lecturer is currently on a fellowship in Philadelphia and can be reached at malikamistry@rediffmail.com)

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From Slums to Top of the List

Pune: The Pune division topper in the March 2003 SSC exam, Wajeda Mohammad Ismail Karigar, did not attend any fancy coaching class. Nor did she have the luxury of studying in peace. A resident of the Loyiyanagar slum in Ganj Peth, Wajeda lives with her parents and two brothers in a one-room hutment, where loudspeakers blare film music day in and day out. Yet, she secured 95.20 per cent marks to emerge at the top from among 1.81 lakh students in the Pune division. Wajeda's father is a peon in the Moledina high school, while her mother Suleha is a home-maker. One brother works as a tailor and another is a turner. " Wajeda is the only educated child in our family and she has brought us glory," remarks brother Mushtaq. " We live a hand-to-mouth existence, but we will ensure that she achieves her dream of being a doctor," he says. Wajeda put in 16 hours of study everyday for the SSC exams. " Loudspeakers are blaring constantly in our slum, plus there is lot of noise and quarrels, so I could not study at home much. Most of my time was spent in my school (Anglo Urdu girls high school). Sheer hard work and blessings from her parents and teachers have helped me achieve success," she stated.

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