Islamic Voice A Monthly English Magazine
Dhu'l-Qa'dah / Zil-Hijjah 1423 H
February 2003
Volume 16-02 No : 194
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Event Diary


Shifaa Acquires Brand New Look
Nasheman Weekly-A Success Story!
Seminar on "Qur'an and Science"
Mass Wedding by Humane Touch
JIH Conference
Thought-Provoking Greetings from Bearys


Shifaa Acquires Brand New Look

Bangalore: Shifaa Hospital which began with ‘health for the common man’ approach has moved into a new premises and is turning into a 125-bed multi-speciality hospital. The new premises is 70,000 sq. ft. annexe of the Wakf Department owned Darussalam Building which is located on Queens Road. The hospital will provide special care at affordable cost to poor and would set apart its old building on Bangalore’s Broadway in the Shivajinagar area of the city for charity purposes. According to founder director, Dr. Mushtaq Ahmed Khan, the hospital has a 15-bed intensive care unit, 12-bed neo-natal ICU, five operation theatres and 2D Dopper, cardiac pacing and dialysis unit. Besides 20 doctors and 75 nurses, the Shifaa Multi-Speciality Hospital has around 90 consultant doctors and surgeons. Dr. Khan said the Hospital discourages nexus between diagnostic centres and medical consultants where the former pay commission to the latter. The hospital also provides 24-hour ambulance service. The new premises also has a prayer hall for namaz, library, gym and physiotherapy unit.

Shifaa Hospital, Darussalam, Queen’s Road, Bangalore-560002, Ph: 2207660, 2207661, 2207662, www.shifaahospital.org

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Nasheman Weekly-A Success Story!

Bangalore: As India celebrated the Republic Day on January 26, Nasheman, the first Urdu weekly and the largest circulated Urdu weekly in India reached a milestone after completing 43 glorious years of publication. Set up on January 26, 1962, by late Usman Asad in Bangalore, Nasheman created a revolution of sorts with an overwhelming circulation of three lakh copies in the mid 1970s. The Urdu weekly has been so popular that during the critical period of the Bangladesh war, it was being bought for Rs. 50 per copy. Usman Asad, a courageous journalist who always called a spade a spade presented the Urdu weekly in a unique form comprising facts and the truth. “There was no compromise on this and my father had to experience life in the prison many a times for highlighting the truth,” says Rizwan, who took over the daring task of continuing the mission of his father, Usman Asad. Awards too came along in various forms including the prestigious Urdu Academy Award for Usman Asad. Along with Amanullah Nizami, who is currently news editor at Nasheman, Usman Asad followed the policy of “no ads” and that has been one big reason why till today readers respect this weekly for its straightforward policy. “Even now, I accept advertisements only for the Bangalore pages, as otherwise with a clutter of ads, our readership will get affected. Even the revenue from this ads is diverted to the Usman Asad Medical Aid for the Poor. Nasheman is read widely in countries as far as Canada, Hong Kong and Tanzania and the first colour edition was released in 1997,” confirms Rizwan. While Indian publications borrow articles from journals abroad, reputed newspapers like daily Jung from Pakistan, reproduce articles from Nasheman. While the media rat race comprises of making the front page glossy, shrinking the size or for that matter splashing celebrity snaps to attract readership, Nasheman has been doing a commendable service, not just to the community, but the society at large in a dignified fashion.

“For us readers come first, even on the day, my father (Usman Asad) passed away, the issue of Nasheman was on the dot on the stands. We do not intend to put the paper on the Internet as it would then lose the flavour of being a weekly with a personal touch-our readers love the weekly in their hands,” explains Rizwan who has taken over as the new editor after dabbling with electronic journalism for some time.

The Nasheman Weekly, No 9, Ibrahim Saheb Street, Bangalore-560001, Ph: 5592124, 5598839, Cell: 9844019267

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Seminar on "Qur'an and Science"

By Andalib Akhter

Aligarh: Speakers at a three-day seminar on ‘Quran and Science’, here stressed the need for understanding Quran in the true sense and urged the Islamic scholars to clarify misconceptions about Islam and Quran. They said that the message of Quran should be spread in such a manner that even a common man could benefit from its teachings. The seminar was organised by the department of ‘Islamic Studies, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). Speaking on the occasion, vice-chancellor Nasim Ahmad said: “It is distressing that the message of Quran is being misinterpreted. And some disgruntled elements are creating misconceptions about Islam.”

The noted expert in Geography and Padam Shri, Prof. Mohammad Shafi said that the need of the hour is to read Quran meaningfully and apply it in our day to day life”. Md. Reyaz Kirmani of Islamic Studies pointed out that if science is transformed according to instructions in the Qur’an, it could become a sea of knowledge.

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Mass Wedding by Humane Touch

Grooms in Mass Wedding

Bangalore : It was a wedding with a difference. Devoid of the pomp and show, this wedding set an example to the rest of the community. Humane Touch, the welfare organisation involved in making the lives of the poor better, organised a “Mass Wedding” ceremony recently. Here 15 girls from under-privileged families were married at Subhaniya Masjid, after Zuhr prayers. This was followed by lunch. This is the first time that any organisation has taken the initiative to organise “Mass Wedding”. There are over 1000 unmarried girls up to the age of 30 in the Padranpura locality. Humane Touch hopes to organise another “Mass Wedding” ceremony. Help from the community is welcomed.
Get in touch with Tazaiyun Oomer on Ph.: 5298833.

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JIH Conference

Bangalore: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Bangalore (urban and rural) branch will be organising a one-day conference on March 2, 2003 on “Peace, Progress and Salvation” at Idgah Quddus Sahab, Millers Road, Bangalore. For further details.
Contact Syed Tanveer Ahmed on Ph: 3543401.

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Thought-Provoking Greetings from Bearys

The Beary’s Group this year came up with a thought-provoking and unique greeting card in a newspaper form. According to Syed Mohd Beary, the elements that pose a threat and tear the fabric of the country are Crime, Corruption and Communalism. In their endeavour of over 20 years to promote peace and harmony, the Beary’s group have left no stone unturned and this year, their annual greeting card was the fortnightly newspaper-The Daily Crimes. “ We request you to join in our endeavour to spread the message far and wide so that Indians are able to grasp the enormity of danger that lurks behind the acts of complacency,” says the appeal from the Beary’s Group. Get in touch with Syed Mohd Beary for further insight into this at The Bearys, Residency Road, Bangalore-560025. Ph:2273124. Email:syedbeary@bearysgroup.com.

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