Islamic Voice A Monthly English Magazine
Shawwal / Dhu'l-Qa'dah 1423 H
January 2003
Volume 16-01 No : 193
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Reader's Comments


I am a Hindu, But I respect Islam
When Will We Learn?
Leave the Temples Alone!
Back to the Basics
What are those disgusting jewellery ads doing on the front page?
Get Your Facts Right!


I am a Hindu, But I respect Islam

I happened to be searching for something and stumbled upon the Islamic Voice website that I found very interesting. The editorial and articles were extremely enlightening - especially the ones clarifying what the Qur’an says. I believe that all religions have the same message and it is important for this message to be carried to the masses. I am a Hindu who has a lot of respect for Islam as a culture because I grew up liking the music of Bismillah Khan, Mohd. Rafi etc. My hero was Tippu Sultan. So, whenever I hear of riots in our country, it pains me to think that for centuries we have lived together - it is only recently that a trend towards religious fanaticism is tearing us apart. Publications such as yours will go a long way in making things better.

Niranjan Maka,
nmaka@siebel.com

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When Will We Learn?

Muslims had a glorious past somewhere in history. Says H. G. Wells: “There was practically no field of knowledge where the Muslims didn’t set a beginning and Europe took a ride on this later.” I have been reading Islamic Voice for the past 12 years and at times I get confused as to what is so Islamic about some of its contents. You better re-name the publication as Muslim Voice. We, Muslims are living in the past. Tell me which temple or church has so many beggars outside the gates as compared to those standing outside our mosques. Go to any State in India, you have beggars with bowls and receipt books in shabby dresses and filthy uniforms asking for livelihood and donations for a mosque, madrasa or a destitute home. If we Muslims were less lazy, more active and more conscious of the fact that Allah has said that the best earning is the one which we earn through our own hard labour, we would not be in such a dismal state as we are today.

Abdul Haamid Islahi,
Sangli

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Leave the Temples Alone!

We expect a strong editorial from Islamic Voice condemning the attack on Jammu’s Raghunath Mandir. I have no words to express the shameful act by a bunch of people who call themselves Muslims. We understand the causes of the state-sponsored Gujarat carnage or the outbreak of violence in Nigeria. But the motive behind the attack on the mandir is not clear. Was this part of jihad? Who has gained out of this? Muslims today are suspected as terrorists all over the world. If a group of Muslims go against the tenets of Islam and go around murdering and terrorising innocent people, what more can we expect? Tight security around temples in India will instill a negative image of Islam and Muslims in the minds of the majority community. This is a very unhealthy trend.

Md. Ibrahim Mollah,
Sambalpur, Orissa

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Back to the Basics

Rape is a bigger crime than adultery. L.K. Advani’s proposal of hanging the rapists is in tune with the capital punishment mentioned in the Old Testament of Moses and in the holy Qur’an. It is known as ‘Rajm’ in Arabic. In this punishment, the criminals are killed by throwing stones on them by people in broad daylight. Though Advani has no belief in the Old Testament or the Qur’an, but his insight compelled him to follow the same code revealed by Allah thousands of years ago. So the fact that the Qur’an is the ultimate truth cannot be denied by anybody in this world -sooner or later, the entire world will have to accept Allah’s word.

Dr Abdul Hameed,
Zaheerabad

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What are those disgusting jewellery ads
doing on the front page?

Oh God, Islamic Voice has shrunk! Earlier it looked like a newspaper. Now it neither looks like a newspaper or a magazine because of the reduced size. The front page of Islamic Voice is utterly ugly. What are those gaudy jewellery ads doing on the front page of an Islamic publication? It is high time you get rid of these disgusting ads, though you may lose out on revenue-but if you really care for the sentiments of the readers who are only interested in Islam, then sooner you take those ads off the front page, the better.

Aziz Bari Md, Bangalore

Readers have felt the need to preserve Islamic Voice with them. So the format was changed
as they could find the small size easy to handle. We have received positive response
from many readers as they find the pinning of the paper very neat.(Editor)

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Get Your Facts Right!

One of the information given under events that took place in Ramadan (Islamic Voice, November, 2002) is not correct. The death of Prophet’s uncle Abu Talib and wife Khadija (R.A) was not in the 10th Hijra year, but the two incidents were before Hijra on the 10th year of Prophethood, when the Prophet (PBUH) was 50 years old.

C.A. Abdul Hameed,
Kasaragod

Correction has been noted-ThankYou . (Editor)

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