Madrasas too Deserve Zakat
Bring Out Women's Magazine
Introduce Chat Room
Moulana Azad and Secularism
Found life partner
From Kamala Das to Surayya Kamala
This is with reference to your editorial ‘welfare not, development’ in December 1999 issue, exhorting the Muslims to use zakat/khairat for the much needed upliftment and development of the community, you have underscored a very relevant issue in the context of the present situation of the Muslims.
However, in your zeal to stress your point, you have gone to the other extreme of deemphasising almost wholly the welfare-oriented use of zakat/khairat. Such a ‘development-only’ approach is as unacceptable as is the ‘welfare only’ approach that you are opposed to. As far as my understanding of Islam is concerned, zakat must be used and rightfully so for the benefit of the poor and the needy. Secondly, while development ought to be our principal goal, sustaining deen and deeniyat among the believers must also remain an equally important objective and since madrasas and darululums serve to do this, their rightful claim to zakat/khairat money cannot and should not be challenged. Thirdly, there remains the very vital question : how would you justify the use of zakat for development purposes referred to in your write up? In other words, what would be the authority you would cite in support of your proposition? I am very keen to be enlightened.
I read the article, Women in Islam, in Islamic Voice. The article removed several doubts lurking in my mind and improved my knowledge on hijab. I wish you could bring out a magazine exclusively for women. That will be a great service to women who want to know more about Islamic teachings.
I was truly thrilled to find your site on the Internet. The contents make good reading and are very educative. However, I was disappointed to note that there's no chat room where we can discuss various issues related to Islam and Muslims.
Your article "Renowned Personality" makes good reading. No doubt Moulana Azad deserves a place in your journal but one would like to underscore the differences between his views on various issues and Islamic point of view. Secularism in Islam is different from Moulana's concept. Please scan articles with an Islamic mesh. Only because your Voice is Islamic Voice. This is only my view and I am not a PhD.
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With the embracing of Islam by Malayalam poetess and writer Kamala Das, one expects that Surayya would now use her forceful pen for removing the misunderstandings against Islam on the lines of Margret Marquis who became Maryam Jameelah three decades ago.
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