Islamic Voice A Monthly English Magazine

Jamadi Thani 1424 H
August 2003
Volume 16-08 No : 200
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Letters to The Editor


Let's Be Cordial to Non-Muslims
How Bridegrooms are Conned
Is Cap the Crowning Glory?
With Prayers from Muscat
Take Up Comparative Religion

Let's Be Cordial to Non-Muslims

After the Gujarat pogrom, both Hindus and Muslims there are reluctant to live together. Hindu house owners do not let out their houses to Muslims and so is the case with Muslim house owners. This is an unfortunate situation in which people of different faiths born and brought up in the same locality and neighbourhood are afraid of each other. Mr.Narendra Modi has no doubt succeeded in forming his Government by arousing religious passions, but has buried the love, affection and amity deep under the corpses of the innocent. Now is the time to rebuild the bridges through the message of Allah. Addressing the last Prophet, He said, “O Muhammad say to the unbelievers that “To you your religion and to me mine.” In fact, faith is a matter of personal conviction, and does not depend on worldly motives. Worship should depend on pure and sincere faith. God has openly declared that in the matter of religion, man is free. The holy Quran says, “There is no compulsion in religion.”{2:256}. To this I would like to add that the Prophet had always a large number of non-Muslims among his allies and followers. If we study the life of Hazrat Muhammad we find his treatment with non-Muslims very cordial. The Prophet says,” He who hurts a ‘zimmi’ {non-believer living in an Islamic state} hurts me and he who hurts me annoys God.”{Tibrani}. He further says, “on the day of Resurrection I shall denounce him who oppresses a ‘zimmi’ or violates his right or puts a responsibility on him which is beyond his strength or takes something away from him.” Islam, therefore, strictly prohibits Muslims to insult other religions.

Obaidur Rahman Nadwi
Lucknow

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How Bridegrooms are Conned

A propos to the article, "How Well Do You Know Your Prospective Bridegroom," in Islamic Voice-July 2003, I would like to ask- what about some parents who are rich, powerful and cunning and who marry off their disgraced daughters assisted by people who lie and brainwash? Here it is the boy's parents who are cheated. They also ruin the life of innocent men who suffer in silence. I request an eminent writer like M. Hanif Lakdawala to take up such cases across India and write about it too.

Irshad
Bangalore
irshaad_ss2002@yahoo.co.in

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Is Cap the Crowning Glory?

Greetings to the publishers and readers of Islamic Voice. I sincerely appreciate your effort. The only way India is going to progress is for every Indian to understand that they need to work towards and contribute to its well being . Muslims in India need to understand that there is a vast majority of Indians who respect Islam. To my friends from the Islamic faith, I would like to ask one question- is there any need to wear outward signs such as caps to assert one's identity or is one mature enough to realise that one can practise one's religion without having to wear it on one's sleeves. When each individual in this country has the right to practice his faith, then why fear?

Eswar Raman
eramanpa@yahoo.com

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With Prayers from Muscat

I visited the Department of Dental Surgery, King George Medical College, Lucknow due to some tooth problem. It was really very astonishing for me to see that there were more than 60 per cent Muslim patients. It shows that Muslims are suffering from dental problems more than other people, because Muslims use tobacco and consume lot of pan (betel). We should control these habits which harm the health.

Suhel Mohd Khan
khan_suhel@rediffmail.com

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Take Up Comparative Religion

I think many non-Muslims too read Islamic Voice and that is why please ensure that you do not take up issues that may hurt the sentiments of our non-Muslim brothers. Your paper should help them realise the value of Islam. Also show me one religious paper that flashes advertisements on the front page? But you do. Please try to focus on comparative religion so that people from other faiths open up their hearts towards Islam and understand it in an unbiased fashion.

Barkath Baig
barkathbaig_m@yahoo.co.in

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