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December 2002
Volume 15-12 No : 192
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Lost and Found
Non-Muslim donates land for Jamiat's Children's Village
"Proposal for Waqf Development Bank"
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind appeals for Peace
Madhyamam Arrives in Bangalore
Sadbhavna Shanti Caravan
Selfless Service to Accident Victims
Andre's School Adopts Gujarat Orphan
New Islamic Centre in Goa
A Diploma in Islamic Banking? Head Towards Hyderabad!
Awards
Appointed
Elected


Lost and Found

The unique mela organised by Shelter, an NGO working with street children
brought many Muslims parents in search of their children, lost on the streets of Mumbai

By M. H. Lakdawala

Hafiza Bibi, cradling her three-year-old daughter Baharul in her arms and undeterred by the scorching sun, holds out a worn out photograph from four years ago, of a two-year-old Sunarul Sheikh. Sunarul disappeared on the city’s never-ending streets on October 13, four years ago. “We had gone visiting in Dadar. He went out at around 3 pm and has not returned since,’’ says Hafiza, who lives with her husband Ghulam Sheikh in a Sandhurst Road shack.

Asked what she does for a living, she rambles on irrelevantly, “Ever since he went missing, all we do is search for him. He will be six years old now. We have been to Thane, Dadar, Matunga, Dongri, Wadala, Chembur, Govandi, everywhere. Been to police stations, children’s homes. Have looked for him everywhere. Today, my husband has gone to Mankhurd to look for him and I have come here.’’

In Mumbai recently, on the grounds of the Don Bosco High School, Matunga, Shelter, a non-governmental organisation working with street children, organised a mela like every year. The third day, exclusively for boys living on the streets, saw quite a few Muslim parents visiting, hopeful of finding a lost or estranged son. The first day of the mela was for girls from the streets and from various institutions, communities and slums, while the second day was for boys from institutions and slums. Abdul Wahab, a father of three children, holds out a photograph of his six-year-old daughter Sahista wearing a green pinafore, asking the boys if any of them has seen her. With each shake of the head in the negative, his hopes fall. Sahista was playing near her home in Dharavi on December 20,last year. That was the last anyone saw of her. Since then, Wahab has been to all the children’s homes in the city, with no luck. Every year, this Mela re-unites about 70 to 80 children with their families. This year Shagufta, 4, was united with her mother after three months. She was lost while playing outside her shanty at Sankli Street, south Mumbai.

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Non-Muslim donates land for
Jamiat's Children's Village

Bhuj: Navin Chand Bhatia, a non-Muslim farmer in the quake-hit Anjar village of Kutch district has donated 12 acres of farmland to the Jamiatul Ulema- e-Hind for setting up a Children’s Village. Bhatia donated the land to the Jamiat after he was impressed by the selfless service of the Jamiat workers in Anjar.

The Jamiat workers had been running a relief camp from a farm house in the area since the quake hit the region on January 26, 2001. The 12-acre plot was part of the 85 acre farm of Bhatia. Bhatia made an offer to Jamiat General Secretary, Maulana Mahmood Madani to claim as much land as he could trudge in a single trek. Madani covered 12 acres of land and Bhatia issued the gift deed. The Jamiat is also constructing 80 houses for the riot-affected people in Modassa in Himmatnagar district, 111 houses in Sambili village of the Sabrakantha district and 42 houses in Mogri.

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"Proposal for Waqf Development Bank"

Jaipur: A proposal has been floated for setting up a Waqf Development Bank in the country. The proposal came from K. Rahman Khan, MP and convener for the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Waqf at a 3-day seminar held here in the last week of October under the joint auspices of Milli Council and the Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi.

Rahman Khan who was till recently chairman of the Bangalore based Amanath Cooperative Bank, informed the delegates that there were three lakh waqf properties which were having considerable savings after paying out their maintenance. But these savings were lying idle with the banks and were not being invested in the development of the community. He said 70 per cent of the encroached Waqf properties were under the illegal occupation of Muslims themselves.

Ahmadullah Khan, Dean, Faculty of Law in Osmania University, Hyderabad said the new Andhra Pradesh Waqf Bill proposes establishment of the Chief Commissionerate Advisory Board, with powers to fix or increase rents of waqf properties, protection of the rights of the mutawalli and powers to evict encroachers.

The seminar proposed the setting up of Waqf Development Bank and Waqf Development Corporation and called for eviction of illegal occupants from waqf properties.

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Jamaat-e-Islami Hind appeals for Peace

By Andalib Akhter

New Delhi: The Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, has expressed deep concern over the current situation in the country. The four-day All India Members Meet of Jamaat, that concluded here recently called upon all Indians to come out of the oblivion and fight evils that are threatening the country’s integrity and communal harmony.

It appealed to the Muslims across the country to follow the tenets of Islam. “ Provocative and irresponsible statements on Babri Masjid, Madrasas and the Gujarat carnage,” says the Jamaat resolution, reflects the communal trends in the country. It asserted that the government has totally failed in discharging its responsibilities in this regard.

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Madhyamam Arrives in Bangalore

Bangalore: Madhyamam Daily in Malayalam, founded in 1987 with five editions in Kerala and two international editions-Gulf Madhyamam published from Bahrain and Dubai, launched its eighth edition in Bangalore recently. According to A Mohammed Ali, Editor of Madhyamam Daily, the edition will herald a new epoch in value-based journalism and will create a new sensibility among the public.

Madhyamam, 11/2, Queens Road Bangalore - 560 052. Ph. : 2863762. E-mail: madhyamam@vsnl.com

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Sadbhavna Shanti Caravan

New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh Rabita Committee set up in the late 1980s and working towards the cause of ameliorating the lot of the weaker sections of the society has scheduled to take out a Caravan from January 10 to 19, 2003. This is a movement for communal harmony and the Caravan called as Sadbhavna Shanti Caravan will be travelling by train across the country. Those who desire to associate themselves with this movement, can contact :

Dr Saiyid Hamid, Talimabad, Sangam Vihar, New Delhi-110062. Ph: 6088849, 6085063, 6089072.
Email: hpsdelhi@ndf.vsnl.net.in

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Selfless Service to Accident Victims

Bangalore: Orthonova Hospital for Fracture, Orthopaedics and Physiotherapy has set up the Orthonova Accident Services, a unit of the Orthonova Cares Charitable Foundation which is a registered Trust. According to Dr. K. S. Javid, medical director and chief orthopaedic surgeon at Orthonova, the main objective of this new service is to retrieve the accident victims in terms of picking up the accident victim, providing first aid, shifting the victim to the nearest hospital for medical care and even paying up the bills for the patient. So the accident victim walks in and walks out well-treated and free of all worries. The nominees are also entitled for compensation of upto Rs one lakh in case of fatal accidents. For further details, get in touch with Dr K. S. Javid on Ph: 2865270, 2893066, 2868481. Mobile: 98440-76612.

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Andre's School Adopts Gujarat Orphan

Mumbai: The Borivili Panchatan School run by Dr. A. R. Andre here has adopted 20 more riot orphan kids from Gujarat. The children were brought here by Action Aid from Gujarat on October 27. Mumbai NGO, Secular Activist Watch arranged for their journey. The school had earlier adopted 60 children.

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New Islamic Centre in Goa

Inaguration photo of Islamic Centre in GoaVasco-da-Gama: Renowned Islamic scholar, Maulana Abdul Karim Parekh inaugurated a new mosque cum Islamic Centre, Masjid-e-Noor at Mohidin Estates, Vasco da Gama in Goa recently. The mosque has been promoted by the Mohidin Memorial Deeni Trust in memory of late Haji Shaikh Mohidin, founder of the Mohidin Group of Companies, Goa. The mosque will have a madrasa, an Islamic library and also facilities to organise Haj orientation camps for pilgrims. The unique feature of the mosque is that special space has been made where women can pray and this is the first mosque in Goa that has opened its doors for women. For further insight into the activities of the Mohidin Memorial Deeni Trust, contact Azim Mohidin, Managing Trustee, Salgaoncar Building, F.L.Gomes Road, Vasco da Gama, Goa -403802. Ph: 512415. Email: mohidins@goatelecom.com

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A Diploma in Islamic Banking?
Head Towards Hyderabad!

Taking a historic leap, M. A. Majeed, a professional expert Islamic banker has established
the first of its kind, Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance at Hyderabad

Community Initiative

M.A.MajeedHyderabad: Islamic banking, interest free or non-interest banking has come to stay not only in pre-dominantly Muslim populated countries, but is becoming increasingly popular in other parts of the world including Europe, America and the far East. India with its large Muslim population and enthusiastic non-Muslim experts could not remain behind in the field of developing a totally indigenous model of an educational, research and training institute in the field of Islamic banking and finance.

Taking a historic leap, M. A. Majeed, a professional expert Islamic banker has established the first of its kind institute in India at Hyderabad. The Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance is registered as a non-profit, equal opportunity educational, research and training institute catering to a wide range of students and those interested to know the basics of the subject and also those who want to pursue a career in the field of Islamic Banking and Finance, by equipping themselves with a professional qualification of international standards.

M. A. Majeed, Director General of the Institute has a rich and diversified experience in both conventional and Islamic Banking concepts. A certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers, he is an alumnus of the School of Business Administration, University of Michigan, USA. He worked as the General Manager of the Faisal Islamic Bank of Kibris Limited, North Cyprus and is currently the General Manager of Al-Ameen Islamic Financial and Investment Corporation (India) Limited. Majeed was a special invitee of the Central Bank of Islamic Republic of Iran to study the country’s banking system.

The Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance has obtained the consent of internationally renowned experts as members of its advisory board and from the Islamic Research and Training Institute, Islamic Development Bank, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for academic and technical collaboration. The Institute proposes to shortly launch three programmes through distance education method upto the post-graduation level. The course study material will be designed on a pattern that will include subjects from texts, reference books, research journals, Internet and such exclusive sources which may not be easily accessible to an ordinary student.

A certificate course for students of matriculation level from schools, madrasas, Darul-Ulooms, a diploma course for PUC students and a post-graduate diploma for graduates will be offered. Further details, prior to the formal launching of the course prograrmmes can be had from: M. A. Majeed, The Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance. P.O.Box No:1367, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh-500028. Fax: 040-3387552. Ph: 040-3520818

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Awards

International Peace Prize for Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

People Track

Moulana Wahiduddin KhanThe prestigious Demiurgus International Peace Prize was recently awarded to renowned Islamic scholar, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan by the Nuclear Disarmament Forum AG in Zug, near Zurich in Switzerland.

The prize, which included a citation plaque and $50,000, was instituted by former Soviet President, Mikhail Gorbachev. The prize was given to the Maulana in acknowledgement of his life-long efforts towards promoting the cause of peace, communal harmony and brotherhood, according to Dr. Alexander Bessmertnykh, Chairman of the World Council of Former Foreign Ministers. A distinguished scholar and President of the Islamic Centre, New Delhi, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan has authored more than 200 books on Islam.


Kashim MehdiKasim. S. Mehdi, managing trustee of Mohsin Brothers Foundation, was conferred with the Dr. Digumarthi Gopalaswamy Award by the Gandhi Centre, Visakhapatnam for his efforts to promote the Gandhian ideals of peace and communal harmony. Dr Gopalaswami was an eminent Gandhian who worked towards communal harmony in the Andhra region.

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Appointed

Shaheed KhanKhazi ZiaullahDr Khazi Ziaullah,former chairman, Urdu Department, Karnatak University, and Shaheed Khan, faculty member, History, Government Boys College, Kolar have been appointed as Regional Director and Assistant Regional Director respectively of the Maulana Azad National Urdu University. The University has its headquarters in Hyderabad and has three regional centers in New Delhi, Patna and Bangalore.

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Elected

Dr. Mohd Rafique Sarkhawas, Reader at Poona College, Pune is elected as president of the Muslim Association for the Advancement of Science, Aligarh. Dr M. Riaz Kirmani and Dr Shakeel Ahmad are thevice-presidents, while Dr. M. Zaki Kirmani is the new honorary secretary.

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