Sir, You have raised a pertinent question in the editorial entitled “Avoid being Friendless” in your July 1999 issue. All of us will have to agree that we are a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and multi-cultural state and as such all need representation and empowerment. Joint electorate can never be the solution. I suggest that all the different jaties demand separate electorate and each community elect its representatives according to its proportions. There were 126 Muslims who represented their community in the constituent assembly before independence. Out of them only 20 voted for separate state for Muslim and others were for united India. Separate electorate would allow genuine and grassroots leaders to emerge on the community level.
Prof. A. M. Khatib
44 Azad Colony, Keshavapur, Hubli 580023.
Sir, I enjoy reading Islamic Voice. The issue for month of July carried the article "Cricket and Kargil". I was sad that several Indians celebrated the victory of Australia. But let me tell you that in Dandeli, the Muslims were lighting crackers when Indian players were getting out. Whoever we might be, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, we are Indians. So I request Prof Hasan Mansur to go into the question as to why this happens. It is our duty to love the country.
Sir, Over the last 10 years during which I have been a regular subscriber of the Islamic Voice, I have noted sea changes in the monthly. While it has become more associated with the Indian Muslim society, the front page is becoming more repulsive. It is bound to be if the readers find 70 per cent of the first page space is claimed by advertisements. I do agree that the production costs have risen over the years. You can raise the price of the magazine, but kindly do not deface the front page with advertisements. I read the Islamic Voice from cover to cover, except of course, D A Sait's stories which some how I find out of place.
Sir, I am a convert from Christianity. I got converted in prison in Doha (Qatar). The study of the holy Qur'an and Arabic led me slowly to Islam. At times I see beautiful visions in my sleep and Almighty guides me. I say tahajjud prayers. This letter is not to seek any financial aid but to express my desire to live in Muslim community. I live in Goa, in my place the Muslims community is scattered and unable to live a community life. After getting deported from Qatar, I lost all my friends and trying to accommodate myself and have incurred some debts.
I am writing this letter seeking help from Muslim community in order that I could live as a good Muslim.
Savio T. Fernendes
P.O. Chorao Cariam Home No.17, Ilhas,Goa
Sir, I appreciate Islamic Voice which I regularly read on world wide web. I specially like the column "women in Islam". I will be happy if you let us know something about a man in Islam.
Sturbridge Apt, Holcomb Bridge, Norcross, GA 30092, USA.
Editor replies: The column Women in Islam deals specially with issues and problems of Muslim women. It is needed because the gender issues have become important in the current context. All other pages of this humble monthly are devoted to Muslim men and women both. They deal with all that is common to Muslim regardless of gender. Hence there cannot be some special column for Men in Islam as requested by you. Every Constitution sets apart some special clauses for sections that need special treatment due to their special situations. Once the societies become homogenous, such differentiations end.
Sir, Kashmiri students, under the aegis of an NGO, United Mission Foundation has undertaken a worldwide book collection campaign for the establishment of big library in Srinagar - to be named as Srinagar International Public Library.
In this direction the Bangalore chapter of the foundation, having collected about 1500 books in the last few months, is to transport the same to Srinagar. As the foundation has no sponsors and all the expenses are being borne by its volunteers only, any individual or social organisation interested to help the foundation in transporting the books may kindly contact :
C/o. Islamic Voice, P.O.Box No.: 2546, 64, Richmond Road, Bangalore- 25.