Cart Before the Horse
VHP's Relief Work
Help for Studies
This refers to the report entitled “Cart Before the Horse” in November 2000 issue. Muslim corporate houses or philanthropists could be asked to sponsor at least one Muslim students from poorer states such as Bihar, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and the North-East in the engineering colleges of Tamil Nadu. The Tamil Nadu Wakf Board could also be asked to sponsor engineering admission and studies of at least two Muslim students from each district.
M. Sharieff, Ranebennur
Author Muhammad Mujtaba Khan’s plea for testing the secular credentials of the new BJP president Bangaru Laxman’s new stand towards Muslims is uncalled for. The BJP rode to power by instigating communal riots and now wants to perpetuate the power by making them parasites. All this should make the Muslims wary of BJP’s designs.
C. K. Abdullah, Hubli
I am a regular reader of the Islamic Voice for the past several years. The useful monthly has however been getting costlier and thereby out of reach of common Muslims. Why not reduce the cost?
Rafiq Mulla,Lamington Road, Hubli
Editor replies: Islamic Voice appears expensive when compared with glossy journals that provide a lot of news and features on current events with good (and bad) photographs. A journal of the Islamic Voice nature cannot expect to be on par with them in content, quality of production and even appeal. We are therefore destined to remain small but distinctive. Information that is not readily available, effort to be different from others, a worldview that offers what others are interested in suppressing are something that involve cost. Avoiding sensationalism of the modern media, emotionalism of the traditional Muslim media and the orthodoxy of the Urdu media is too telling on our resources. For all this we cannot look anywhere other than the readers who are our supporters too. Remember there cannot be any short cuts to alternative information. And all such journals are expensive. What we can request you is to bear with us.
Writer Dr. S. A. Zahir is being given the designation of Islamic ‘astronomist’ by your magazine. First there is no word like astronomist. Second, there is nothing Islamic about astronomy and for that matter any branch of science. It should be termed as astrophysicist.
I fear that there are some errors in the graphics on moon sighting for Ramadan. The moon is available at Honolulu in Hawaii for about 22.5 minutes after the sunset on November 25, 2000 and Ramadan starts on November 26. He has said that Ramadan starts on November 28. It looks as if he has arbitrarily fixed up some geographical boundaries for people to start the month of fasting on various dates.
Ahmed M. Kalnad, On e-mail
We agree that ‘astrophysicist’ is the correct designation. Oversight is regretted. Graphic and other errors are being conveyed to him. Editor
I would like to congratulate you on the good site that you have developed and the information that you have loaded on it. Sir, there is a peculiar problem which is surfacing in places like Bangalore, Bombay, etc that is of Muslim girls getting involved with non-muslims and marrying them. This is very serious and all of us are pretending that we have nothing to do with it and our daughters are safe. Some say to the extent that it has nothing to do with us, it’s none of our business. Sir, the battle in Palestine, America, and all the other places is different from what we should be doing here. I kindly request you to use your site islamicvoice.com to warn against this new menace amongst us and save us from doom.
Dr. Taranum, firstname.lastname@example.org
It is good to see the website. But kindly avoid posting photographs of living things on the website, at least the womens. I am sure you understand that as a Muslim we are not allowed to do that.
Everybody among the non-Hindus seems to be upset with the activities of the BJP and the VHP. Few however know that the VHP is carrying out relief operations in Muslim-dominated North and South 24-Praganas, Howrah, Nadia, Barddhman, and Hooghly districts. They are also burying rotting corpses of Muslims. May I ask what the Muslims are doing to ease the pains of Islamic brethren in flood affected areas.
Tapshankar Ghosh, on e-mail.
Ms. Asmath Banu, a student of 3rd year B.E. in J.J. Engineering College, Trichy, Tamil Nadu requires help through scholarship funds or by philanthropists. An appeal in Islamic Voice last year brought her a scholarship of Rs. 5000. I request your readers to help the girl to complete her studies. Her address is S. Asmath Banu, D/o K. Sulthan, B/88 Periyar Road, Dheeran Nagar, Trichy-620 009.
M. Jamal Mohammed,
The feature on AIDS cure by T.A. Majeed was brilliant. Your website is one of the best sites in the world.
Md. Zaheen Ahmed, On e-mail