Islamic Voice A Monthly English Magazine

August 2004 - Rajab 1425 H
Volume 17-08 No : 212
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Islamic Voice is not an Innovation!
You should read the Bhagwad Geeta
Muslims are the Oppressed
Darkness of Ignorance
Ground Realities

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Islamic Voice is not an Innovation!

I do know that the debate with reference to ‘Who says Mawlid is Haram’ and ‘Shaykh Qardawi Approves Celebrating Mawlid’ in your June 2004 edition of Islamic Voice, has been closed, but what I wish to express is going to give food for thought. The writer Ata Ashraf Vahedna fails to make a distinction between a publication and a religious celebration. He says that, in the light of the Hadith where we are supposed to beware of Innovation, we should shut down this publication. Mr.Ata, a publication is not a religious activity, reading and writing of which can be included as a religious function or celebration. But a Mawlid is. By your own standards, you would say that the collection of the Quranic verses into a book form by our sahaba, Usman bin Affan, (may Allah be pleased with him) is an Innovation. The writer has said “Sa’d Ibn Abi Waqqas......However the following generations began ....So such celebrations were held....” It is our fundamental Islamic duty, as Muslims, to teach our children about Deen-ul-Islam. If we as elders, fail in our duty to do so, then we shall be held accountable for it, in the hereafter. If we say that our children began forgetting such a glorious history, it means that the elders in those times and now are failing in their duty to impart Islamic knowledge to their children. This is no reason to start a system called ‘Mawlid’, which is going to be perceived by the coming generations as a religious activity or religious function. Once such a system is established, the new generation automatically considers it as part of our faith and follows it blindly, considering it as a necessary duty. Does Islam permit this sort of a logic? If we consider this logic to be acceptable, then Muslims in every region of the world, have a right to start their own individual festivals and customs, just because they want their children to remember the glorious history of Islam. Is this acceptable? If our intentions are the basis of innovations, then Muslims everywhere have the right to follow their own heart, form a new festival, create a celebration and do whatever they feel is right, yes, because they have good intentions, and having good intentions is sufficient to establish a new system, isn’t it?

Shahnawaz S.Khan
mnfarms02@vsnl.net

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You should read the Bhagwad Geeta

You should never ever compare your Islamic scriptures with the scriptures of our sanatan dharma. We are all souls therefore, we are between two dharmas or religions- dharma of the material world which is based on-truth compassion, austerity, purity of mind, ego and then the body. You say the Quran speaks of the sun and moon and that God separated earth from heaven. Have you ever read Bhagwad Geeta which goes into the most minute detail while explaining the atom? I think you should read it soon.

Sanjay Ghosh
sunny_anuragh@yahoo.com

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Muslims are the Oppressed

This is with reference to the letter by Akash Chaudhry in the July 2004 issue of Islamic Voice. Jews and Christians are referred in the Quran as 'Ahl e kitab' (people of the Book) since Old Testament was revealed by God to Moses and then Bible to Jesus Christ. Islam followed these religions to fortify the concept of 'monotheism' (belief in a single God). The concluding remark, 'You Muslims are making this blissful earth a hell' is a distortion of facts by the writer.

Syed Sultan Mohiddin
sultanmohiddin@hotmail.com

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Darkness of Ignorance

I am deeply hurt to read the letter of Akash Chaudhry on Muslims. He squarely blames the Muslims for all the troubles in the world. In this connection, I would request Mr. Akash to enlighten us more about Hinduism. In the present world of nuclear age when the entire world acknowledges the intelligent maturity of Indians, why don't people like Akash Chaudhry come out from the darkness of ignorance?

Abdul Razack
abdul_rozzk@yahoo.co.in

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Ground Realities

The review of the book Khaki and Ethnic Violence in India authored by Omar Khalidi as published in the Islamic Voice, June 2004, may have given vent to certain pent-up grievances justifiably or unjustifiably, relating to personnel in the police and army. It appears to me, as an ex-policeman, that these grievances are remediable. These actually do not measure up to facts on the ground including the pre-independence period. I spent about 37 years in the police force including the pre-independence period. I met scores of officers of different ranks who rarely complained of grievances of the sort as mentioned in the book review by Maqbool Ahmed Siraj. But it would not be fair to tar the whole picture. I am sure Khalidi does not mean to do so. Assam has a different story of co-existence except for a few recent attempts of corrosive influence introduced by the Parivar to which the common people here are cool. Assam has the advantage of common language and social traditions which make interactions easier unlike other states in India. The grievances narrated in the review such as fleeing back to their villages due to tough training, skipping namaz on Friday prayers, choosing to be vegetarians due to uncertainty of slaughter etc, are behaviour patterns of a few not only in the forces, but also in the social sectors as well. These are only minor foibles which go with the profession that need not get publicity. What is more important is their share of jobs in the sensitive states.

Ataur Rahman, Retd IGP (DG),
Guwahati

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