Volume 14-12 No:180
Regarding the Hadith on good neighbours published in Islamic Voice, may I suggest that being a good neighbour does not entail hijacking the planes of global neighbours and flying them into their skyscrapers, full of innocent people. And being a good neighbour means not rejoicing or, at the very least, not remaining strangely silent upon such an event occurring in the name of Islam.
Clee Westergard on emailTop
The views expressed in Islamic Voice on terrorism seem to be one-sided. I do not know if you justify Osama Bin Laden, but if he is waging Jihad, does Islam permit killing of innocent human beings in the name of Allah? How about the Taliban, who persecuted their own people including women and children in the name of religion. Is that what a true religion is about? Watching the events in Afghanistan, if religious fundamentalists ever take over Pakistan or India, we face the same fate as the Afghans are facing now. India may not be a true secular nation, but we do not persecute people and there is freedom of speech. Muslims can express freely and have religious freedom.
Vidyasagar Dixit, Los AngelesTop
Thank you for your efforts being made through Islamic Voice to present the truth to the people. But it is rather sad that Muslims in India are the largest minority, but their efforts towards spreading the message of Islam have not been very significant. Just check out the efforts made by other communities-they have their own radio stations, press support, loads of literature that is distributed and their own television channel. Our community cannot boast of their own radio or television channel. I was thrilled when an Urdu Television channel was launched, but it is no different from other channels as one gets to see only the latest film songs and movies.
Why cannot the elite and the business sections in the Muslim community sponsor Islamic programmes? Islamic projects are always short of finance and so we are handicapped and cannot distribute free literature, but cannot the so-called awakened minds in the community rope in sponsors for essay competitions in newspapers for non-Muslims who could express their views and knowledge on Islam and other topics?
Shaik Ishaq Majid, HyderabadTop
Muslims have a kind of nostalgia for the past, when they could contend that they were the dominant cultivators of science and arts. This psyche of ours has fatigued us all these years. Yes, we did many wonderful things that no other society could achieve. But we did this all many many 100 years ago. And since the 17th century, we are simply frozen in time. And time we have plenty. Subject and subject-matters, hardly any, except comparing ourselves with the Western societies, and talking only with the semantics of Crusades and Jehad. Is this all that this magnificient fabric of Islam has given to us or are we so devoid of any matter that we simply "talk and theorise and philosophise" on issues which suddenly come handy to us. It seems that everybody has suddenly become "a born-again Muslim",
It seems President George W Bush visited the Washington Islamic Centre and noticed a message from the holy Quran there which read: "In the long run, evil in the extreme will be the end of those who do evil." Now Mr Bush should himself realise that his America for a long time has been doing an evil by creating a hurdle in the way to a solution for the dispute between Palestine and Israel.
Mohammed Salim, KolkataTop