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MONTHLY    *    Vol 11-01 No:121    *  JANUARY 1997/ RAMADAN 1417H
email: editor@islamicvoice.com



Readers Commands

Lipstic
Correct my statement
A Decade
To our NRI benefactors
The Ultimate Criterion
Periodicity of I.V





Lipstick

Sir, This refers to the information provided in your "Our Dialogue" column on advisability of using lipsticks which do not contain pig fats. The question is whether applying lipstick is necessary at all regardless of its containing pig fat or no pig fat. Does this not amount to doing something artificial to attract attention to herself when Islam has specifically laid down rules with regard to whom a woman should appear attractive. A Muslim woman who applies lipstick while going out violates this rule. Nail polish also falls in this category. Dying hair black and wearing wigs is prohibiting in Islam. Secondly, use of lipstick falls under the category of Israf (extravagance). When the Western women are donning Hijab, it is indeed a pity that Muslim women of the sub-continent want to imitate the West. Incidentally, ablution with nail polish is void. So nail polish will have to be removed and applied five times a day if one is punctual in prayer. Is it not israf? I hope my sisters who read this letter will ponder over these points and avoid israf.

M.Z. Chida, P.O.Box.2625, Chennai-600032
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"Correct my statement"

Sir, This has reference to your news item "Profiles of New Muslim MPs dated November 1996. Your reporter has vindictively and deliberately left out a few sentences uttered by me, against which I protest most vehemently. When he said "Harkishan Singh Surjit sticks to his Sikh identity even in appearance, I said most emphatically Surjit keeps beard and wears 'Pagree' because he is used to these from his boyhood, but he never carries 'Kangi' 'Kirpan' with him nor he prays in Gurdwara. In other context, I said "whichever community is smaller in number is bound to stick to its identity. It will be more orthodox and fundamentalist in its outlook and appearance which are not applicable for Surjit and for me because we are marxist. Those underlined portions are intentionally avoided. This explains everything. Please correct your report in your next issue.

Syed Masudal Hossain M.P.
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A Decade

Sir, A decade has passed since the inception of Islamic Voice. It is commendable that the magazine did not miss a single issue. I pray for bright future of the magazine.

K.A. Razak Amayur, Kerala.
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To our NRI benefactors

Sir, Your editorial entitled "To Our NRI benefactors" and the article "Faith and one's world" by D.A. Sait were excellent. You have raised a pertinent issue. Many well educated Muslims shirk their responsibilities and prefer a sort of "vanavas", away from home, the abode of the mother. Kindly also write about the Islamic position on witchcraft and sorcery. The people should realise that when somebody takes ill, they should go to a doctor and not to a soothsayer or aamil, the so-called faith-healer.

V.M. Khaleelur Rahman, 38/2, Ist floor, Medavakkam Tank Road, Kilpauk, Chennai-600010

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The Ultimate Criterion.

Sir, Your editorial "The Ultimate Criterion" (November 1996) was thought provoking. Considering the backlog of the reforms, the present leadership is very deficient in vision and the dynamism.
Rafiuddin H. Balsari, A-30, Khatoon Apts., 2nd Rabodi, Thane West-400601

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Periodicity of I.V.

Sir, Given the usefulness of the material provided by the Islamic Voice, the interval of one month is very painful for us. Cannot you reduce the periodicity to 15 days and accordingly raise the annual subscription?

N.A. Khan, Al-Bushra Education Society, P.O.Box:24, Ratlam-457001, M.P.
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