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JANUARY 2000

MONTHLY    *    Vol 14-01 No:157    *   JANUARY 2000 / Shawwal 1420H
  email: editor@islamicvoice.com

COMMUNITY ROUNDUP


A Life Full of Laurels
Bhatkal Muslims Protest over play portraying Prophet
Trust Set up for Social Work in Mysore
Urdu University Degree Course
Maharashtra Minorities Development Corpn.
Furqania Academy goes online
People

A Life Full of Laurels

Syed Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi

Maulana Syed Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi the well known scholar, thinker, writer and historian passed away on Friday, 23 Ramadhan (31, December 1999), and was buried the same night.

Popularly known as Ali Mian, Mualana Nadwi was born in 1914 in a village near Rae Bareli of India’s Uttar Pradesh state. His father, Maulana Syed Abdul Hai, was a great Islamic scholar of his time . Maulana Ali Mian was only nine when his father died. His mother and brother raised him up. In his youth, Maulana Ali Mian was a student of Allama Sulaiman Nadwi, an Islamic luminary of his time. He studied Arabic language and literature from Sheikh Khaleel bin Mohammed bin Husain Yemeni and Taquiddin Hilali.

Among the innumerable positions he held, he was the rector of Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama , Lucknow, and President of all India Muslim Personal Law Board and Darul Musannifeen, Azamgarh. He was the founding member of the Islamic University, Madinah Al-Munawwarah and Muslim World League, Makkah Al-Mukarramah, president of the Islamic Centre of Oxford University and as well as consulting Editor of Britain’s Journal of Islamic Studies. Maulana had travelled extensively all over the world for the cause of Islam.

In 1990, Maulana Ali Mian was conferred with Saudi Arabia’s prestigious King Faisal award in recognition of his services to Islam. He set an example when he donated the entire amount to Afghan jehad and to two Islamic institutions of Makkah. Maulana Ali Mian had written more than 100 books in Urdu and Arabic, many of which have been translated in English, French, Turkish, Malayalam and some other languages.

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Bhatkal Muslims Protest over play portraying Prophet

Bangalore: The Muslims of coastal town of Bhatkal took out a massive procession in the town on December 17 protesting against a Kannada play in a missionary run school in which a student acted as the Prophet. The play was staged on December 6 by the Anand Ashram Convent School where nearly 900 Muslim students are on the rolls. The procession organised by Majlis Islah-o- Tanzeem, the representative of the town’s Muslims, presented a memorandum to the civic and police authorities. Nearly 700 students were also taken off the rolls of the school by the angry parents who are making alternative arrangements for the coaching of the students. A delegation of the Bhatkal Muslims which visited Bangalore led by Maulana Ilyas Nadwi informed that the school had though tendered an apology and is requesting the community to return the students, but Muslims have rejected their apology. He said of the 5,000 Muslim students in the small town, nearly 1000 were currently studying in missionary schools in Bhatkal. But the recent events have suggested that the missionary schools were resorting to defaming the Islam.

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Trust Set up for Social Work in Mysore

By A Staff Writer

Mysore: The Minority Educational, Social and Cultural Trust (MESCUT) has been formed here for involving retired government official to tap their experience in promoting education, economic upliftment, skill development and slums improvement. The Trust will co-ordinate activities being carried out by the Muslim Employees Welfare Association (MEWA) and contribute its experience to improve schools, clinics and training centres run by the Association. It will also start cooperative societies. The MESCUT has adopted Bogadi, a locality of saperas (Snake charmers) in the outskirts of Mysore where a school and maktab has been set up and skill development work has been taken up with cooperation from J.S.S.Vidyapeetha.

Following have joined the MESCUT: Mushtaq Ahmed, ex-chief engineer PWD, Shameem Ahmad, All India Radio, S.A.Basheer, Dy Controller, State Accounts, M.Endallah Shah, asst.Collector, Central Excise, Prof.S.A.Qureshi, Regional College of Education, Prof.Satya Narain, Dept of Sociology, Mysore University, Viqar A.Siddiqui, Dy S.P, Burhanuddin Punekar, Executive Engineer PWD, Syed Khaleelullah, Executive engineer PWD, Dr.Hafeezullah Sharief, Child specialist.

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Urdu University Degree Course

Hyderabad: The newly formed Maulana Azad National Urdu University will accept application forms for admission into B.A/B.Com courses and 6-month certificate course in food and nutrition till January 15, 2000 with Rs 20 late fee. The forms for degree courses should accompany demand draft for Rs.770 (Rs 750+late fee Rs 20) and the certificate in food and nutrition should carry DD worth Rs.330 (310+20). The DDs should favour “Maulana Azad National Urdu Unversity, Hyderabad” and should be sent to Directorate of Distance Education, Maulana Azad National University, Toli Chowki, Hyderabad - 500 008. Eligibilty for the degree courses is 12th standard. The degree courses are of 3-year duration while the certification course is of six months.

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Maharashtra Minorities Development Corpn.

Mumbai: The Maharashtra’s Democratic Front government has decided to setup Maulana Azad Minorities Financial Development Corporation with a corpus fund of Rs 50 Crore. The Corporation will provide loans to self-employed youth. It will have 7 directors. Three of them will be from the Government. An announcement to this effect was made in Maharashtra Assembly.

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Furqania Academy goes online

Bangalore : Bangalore based Furqania Academy Trust has launched its website. http://www.furqania.com.

The visitors could read the Academy’s Research articles books in English, Urdu and Arabic language. The Academy plans to host the entire reference library containing more than 30,000 volumes on the net.

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People

Awarded: Shahitya Akademy has conferred its annual award on K.Abdul Rahman for his Tamil poetry collection Aalapanai and Urdu poet Basheer Badar for his poetry Aas among 21 authors and poets announced last month.

Died: Hakeem Mohammad Zaman Hussaini, a freedom fighter and close associate of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad died in Calcutta on Dec 23, 1999. He was 82. Hakeem Hussaini was one of the founding members of All India Muslim Personal Law Board and member of working committee of Darul Uloom Deoband.

Tarique Ghafur: British police officer Tarique Ghaffur has been appointed Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner at the Scotland Yard. This is the top most position ever held by a Muslim in Britain, said The Muslim News. This is considered to be the fourth highest rank in British Police.

Milli Gazette: A Muslim fortnightly, Milli Gazette, will be brought out by Dr.Zafrul Islam, director of the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Studies, New Delhi. The tabloid is likely to hit the newsstands in January, Dr. Islam told the Islamic Voice. He said the magazine will focus on real Muslim issues which are obscured in the national media.

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