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MONTHLY    *    Vol 13-01 No:145    *   JANUARY 1999/ RAMADAN 1419H
email: editor@islamicvoice.com

COMMUNITY ROUNDUP


League Demands White Paper on Minority Community
Al-Aqsa Mosque Faces Demolition Threat: Imam Sabri
Muslim Women's Meet Health, Prayer Rights Stressed
Delhi's new Education Minister to review the previous Government's Education Policy
Pakistan-India People's Forum for Peace and Democracy Convention
NCM Celebrates Minorities' Rights Day 'Nation's Growth can truncate if Minorities feel Insecure' : Justice Ahmadi
Personal Law Board sets up Committee to scrutinise School Syllabi
Islamic Personality of the Year
Urdu to get its Rightful Place :PM
Muslims Urged to Form "Talimi-Jamat"
Husseini New SIO President


League Demands White Paper on Minority Community

By A.B.Masoud

NEW DELHI: Indian National League urged the Chief Minister Mrs. Sheila Divit to come out with a 'white paper' on 'excesses" committed and 'injustices' meted out towards the minority community during the tenure of BJP rule in Delhi.

The Delhi unit has also demanded stern action against Sub-Divisional Magistrates who had issued illegal and vague notices to Muslim property owners of walled city alleging that their forefathers as predecessors were Pakistani Nationals. Further more, false and frivolous FIRs were lodged against these property owners. The alleged "Pakistani Nationals" were asked to appear before concerned SDMs along with relevant documents to prove their Indian Nationality.

In a memorandum presented to the newly elected Chief Minister of Delhi Mrs. Dixit, the league said that the Lt.governor, Mr. Vijay Kapoor, has not replied yet to the letter regarding illegal notices to the residents of the historic walled city.

According to the league, a FIR bearing No:277/98 was lodged at police station Sadar Bazar at the behest of Mr. G. Sudhakar, SDM, Sadar Bazar. Cautiously, the learned SDM had ordered to register criminal case under civil law.

Mr. Zameer Ahmad Jumlana, President, Delhi Unit told the Islamic Voice, that (in the said) FIR SDM had wilfully committed contempt of Delhi High Court by describing its order and decree as "collusive", the reason for preferring FIR rather than opting for proper civil proceedings against the alleged "collusive" orders of High Court are best known to him (SDM)", he added.

The memorandum also brought to the notice of Delhi Chief Minister that the BJP government had spent crores of rupees from public fund, on advertisements on the occasion of Hindu festivals to splash the messages of Chief Ministers. Even the Delhi State Education Department brought out a calendar which 'intentionally' left out the Muslim gazetted holidays except Eid-ul-Zuha. The calendar contains sketchs of a number of RSS leaders. The league alleged that the Calendar's sole aim was to propagate Hindutva ideology.

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Al-Aqsa Mosque Faces Demolition Threat: Imam Sabri

By Staff Writer

NEW DELHI: The Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Palestine had brought to the notice of the Indian government the Israeli attempts to demolish the historical Mosque in the city of Jerusalem. The issue was discussed in detail during the separate talks between the Imam, Sheikh Ikrimah Said Sabri and Prime Minister Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee and the President Mr. K.R. Narayanan in New Delhi recently.

"The Imam informed Indian leaders about Israeli government's elaborate digging around the Mosque under the pretext of relocating the Solomen Temple, said Khalid Haidibi, the press Minister in the Palestinian Embassy, informed the Islamic Voice. "Sheikh Sabri told the prime minister and the president that the digging around the Mosque was being carried out with a sinister purpose to weaken the Mosque's foundation so that it collapsed on its own", added Haidibi.

During the talks Sheikh Sabri also referred to zionist attempts in the past to demolish the Mosque, including setting it ablaze and causing bomb explosions inside it. The Imam also urged India to use its good offices with Israel to prevent the latter from systematically desecrating and demolishing the Mosque, sacred to more than one billion Muslims around the world.

"The Indian Prime Minister pledged to continue to extend economic, diplomatic and moral support to the Palestinian cause", informed Hadibi. On a week-long tour to India since December 10th, Sheikh Sabri had also met other prominent political figures, including Indian Vice-President Mr. Krishna Kant and Congress President Ms. Sonia Gandhi.

The Palestinian autonomous authority has of late launched a campaign to enlighten the international community about the zionist conspiracy to obliterate all traces of Islam in the holy city of Jerusalem.

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Muslim Women's Meet Health, Prayer Rights Stressed

By Andalib Akhter

NEW DELHI: The newly formed Muslim Women's Council (MWC) has demanded that the pronouncement of triple talaq (divorce) in one sitting should be reviewed as it was against the spirit of Islam. It passed resolutions appealing to the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) to take the initiative in order to bring about a consensus on the issue and make arrangements for Muslim women to pray in the mosques, especially on Fridays and Eids. At a seminar of Council held here on December 13, the educated women of the community discussed various problems faced by them and their solutions.

The speakers said that the problems of Muslim women and their rights of equality were discussed at every stage in the society but nothing was done practically.

The seminar was presided over by the senior Congress (I) leader, and member, Delhi state legislative assembly Mr. M. S. Tajdar Babar. A large number of educated Muslim women from different walks of life attended the seminar. Talking to the Islamic Voice, the president of MWC, Ms. Safia Iqbal, said "The seminar was organised to highlight the problems of Indian Muslim women in the changing scenario".

She said that Muslim women should come forward without any hesitation for achieving their rights enshrined under the 'Islamic Sharia'. At the end of the seminar, the women's council passed a 19-point resolution which said that the rights of Muslim women given under the Qur'an and Hadith should be safeguarded.

It also said that Zakat should be collected in an organised way, on a collective manner in every city and a certain percentage of Zakat fund should be used for the welfare of the women and children. It also suggested the establishment of Maternity Homes, managed by women and financed by the Zakat fund. "Presently all such homes violate modesty and privacy of women".

The resolution suggested setting up of counselling centres for women to inform, support and guide them about the laws and rights related to them. Muslim women should be allowed the right of economic independence to invest and expand their own property and assets and indulge in commercial venture. "Presently Muslim women are deprived of even access to their own income and assets," the conference noted.

Observing that 90 per cent of Muslim women were anaemic, malnourished and suffered miscarriages a. Another resolution demanded special health facilities.

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Delhi's new Education Minister to review the previous Government's Education Policy

By A.B.Masoud

NEW DELHI: The New Congress Government of Delhi, has decided to review the new curriculum proposed for primary schools in the national capital territory.

The former BJP government has constituted a committee to look into the present curriculum from standard I to V. The Committee headed by Krishna Gopal Rastogi has submitted a report suggesting changes in the existing curricula.

Though the detailed contents of the Rastogi Report could not be ascertained but it is believed that the report was tailor-made to suit the Hindutva objectives.

According to sources, the new education minister, Dr. Narendra Nath, has recalled the file proposing the changes in the text books. The minister said that he would go through the entire report, till then status quo would be maintained.

The proposal to make Yoga compulsory in all schools has also been put on hold. "Though there is nothing wrong in introducing Yoga, we have to approach the issue cautiously, Mr. Nath said.

Regarding the Saraswati Vandana controversy, Mr. Nath said " If students voluntarily want to recite it we do not have any problems." He pronounced that apart from discipline, the government would not impose anything on students or teachers. 'The need of the hour is to create more avenues for technical education and job opportunities, not to vitiate the atmosphere in educational institutions', Mr.Nath urged.

It may be recalled that in 1994, Madan Lal Khurana, the then chief minister, too appointed a 27 member committee to recommend ways and means to introduce 'moral education' (read Hindu religious education) in the national capital's schools.

The committee, headed by Rajyasabha Member, Vijay Kumar Malhotra, submitted 18- page report suggesting that Hindu ideology be incorporated as a compulsory subject. The Malhotra report also suggested that, while mantras, slokas, bhajans and kirtans, the Vedas and the Bhagvad Gita should echo in Delhi's schools. The morning assembly should begin with vandemataram, and slogans from Hindu holy books instead of the national anthem Jana Gana Mana. The Kurana government also wanted to alter the standard VIII history text book to state that the Qutub Minar, built by Qutub-uddin Aibak in 1206, was actually constructed by the Hindu King Sammudra Gupta who ruled over large parts of north India almost a millennium earlier.

However, protests from Muslim leaders ultimately forced Khurana to abandon his plan.

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Pakistan-India People's Forum for Peace and Democracy Convention

By Dr. Abdul Karim M. Naik

MUMBAI : Fourth two-day convention of the Pakistan-India People's Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD) was held at Peshawar, Pakistan from 21-22 November 1998. More than 400 participants from India and Pakistan met here. Retired armed and civil services officials, journalists, professionals and people from different walks of life came for the fourth time in as many years to discuss issues concerning peace, the quality of governance and human rights in India and Pakistan. Admiral (Retd) Laxman Das, vice chairman of the Indian Chapter of the PIPFPD, during his address stressed for friendly relations and free movement between the two countries. He urged the delegates from the two countries to keep trying for peace and amity in whatever little way they could and a time would come when people of the two countries would be able to travel freely across wahga and other border crossing points. I.A Rehman, Chairman of the Pakistan to conduct nuclear tests because both were poor countries and a nuclear arms race was bound to add to the miseries of the teeming millions who lived in South Asia.

On the concluding day the forum urged upon the governments of Pakistan and India to pull back their troops from civilian areas of Jammu and Kashmir. The PIPFPD unanimously adopted four resolutions after groups discussions on simmering issues of Kashmir, demilitarization and peace and ban on nuclearisation of the region.

Nearly 140 Indian delegates attended it. Admiral (Retd.) Ram Das represented the Indian delegates. It was really a historical and great event. Peshawar being a historical place where whoever has come has conquered the sub-continent and this convention proved to be the beginning of the union of two countries for friendship.

While addressing Dr. Abdul Karim Naik, quoted Upanishad that the whole world is considered to be the family and every person living in this world is a member of the world of the family and therefore, there should not be discrimination on the basis of religion in any country as far as living is concerned.

Indian delegates were given warm welcome and were introduced by the cultural programme and the delicious dishes of Pakistan. Adm. Ramdas was given memento and the award from Pakistan Chapter. Next convention will be held in Hyderabad.

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NCM Celebrates Minorities' Rights Day 'Nation's Growth can truncate if Minorities feel Insecure' : Justice Ahmadi

By A Staff writer

NEW DELHI: 'A nations' growth could be hampered if its minority population could not feel safe and secure the former chief Justice of India, Justice A.M. Ahmadi made this observation, while speaking at a function to mark the 6th Anniversary of the 'UN Declaration on the rights of minorities', here, which was organised by the National Commission for Minorities. Justice Ahmadi said, comity of nations have realized that violation of minority's rights truncate the national growth. He dwelt at length on the minorities' rights under the Indian constitution and various International covnents and charters.

He said that recent attacks on minorities by certain fundamentalist organisations are meant to bring them to submission. Referring to the Supreme Court ruling about 50 percent reservation of seats for majority community in the minority-run educational institutions, he said, the minorities paying back in the same coin, ask why they should not be given 50 per cent reservation in the majority-run institutions.

Presiding over the celebration, former President Dr. Shanker Dayal Sharma, emphasized the role of minorities in the freedom struggle and post independence National development while Justice H.R. Kharina referred to the Supreme Court rulings on the constitutional rights of minorities in India. He said that communal riots are a slur on our secular polity.

It may be recalled that on December 18, 1992, the United Nations had promulgated the declaration on the rights of minorities, urging the nations of the world to protect the existence and promote the identity of the minorities. It proclaimed the rights of the minorities to enjoy their own culture, profess and practise their own religion and share fully in the economic development of their country. It called upon the nations to plan and implement national policies and programmes in accordance with all the universal rights of the minorities.

Dr. Syeda Saiydun Hameed, member national commission for women, commented on the neglect and harassment of minority community. She revealed that literacy rate among Muslim women was mere 15 per cent as against the 35 per cent national literacy rate of women.

In his introductory speech, NCM chairman Prof. Tahir Mahmood said "At no-point of time, after all, India needed so much as today a greater awareness of and a deeper education in the Human Rights of the Minorities." He announced that the day (December 18) would be observed every year to generate among the people awareness of the letter and spirit of internationally recognized rights of minorities".

Mr. Feodar Starcevic, UN representative in India, while highlighting the rights of minorities under international law said, "protection of minorities rights is a must for maintaining world peace."

The function was attended by many prominent dignitaries, including Justice Venkat Challingah, chairman NHRC, president and former parliamentarians, diplomats, and scholars.

Text of the UN declaration on the rights of minorities and its Urdu and Hindi, translations, and other NCM publications including minority educational Institutions (Law-Guidelines-Norms) were released on the occasion. The UN Secretary General Mr. Kofi Annan, UN Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson, President K.R.Naraynan and Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee sent their messages on this occasion to the NCM.

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Personal Law Board sets up Committee to scrutinise School Syllabi

By A.Staff writer

NEW DELHI : The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has constituted a three-member committee to screen the curriculum of school and to find out changes introduced by the various state governments in the country.

Talking to Islamic Voice on telephone from Lucknow, one of the members of the committee, Maulana Rabey Nadwi said, "The committee will take particular notice of changes in the school curricula which has religious bias against the beliefs of Muslims". He said that the committee would submit its report to the working committee of the Personal Law Board for further action. Nadwi said that the Board would demand the withdrawal of objectionable contents.

Meanwhile the AIMPLB had withdrawn the "suggestion" advising the members of the community to take back their wards from the state-run schools in Uttar Pradesh. This was done following the UP government's decision to withdraw its order of making Hindu prayers, the Vandematram Saraswati Vandana compulsory in these schools.

The Uttar Pradesh government subsequently withdrew its order of making Kalpyojna compulsory. Chief Minister Kalyan singh also removed the Education Minister Mr. Ravindra Shukla, from the UP cabinet.

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Islamic Personality of the Year

DUBAI: The renowned Islamic Scholar, Moulana Abul Hasan Ali Nadvi, was chosen for the prestigious "Dubai Islamic Personality of the Year Award" for the year 1998, an official announcement said. The award is given by the committee of the Dubai International Quran awards every year to a living Islamic scholar for his services to Islam and humanity. Ali Mian, 85, is currently the head of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board. He was chosen for the award from amongst the 70 nominees, Ibrahim Bu Melha, spokesman for the committee informed.

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Urdu to get its Rightful Place :PM

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has said that Urdu would get its rightful place in the country and obstacles in spreading the language would be removed.

Vajpayee said this while inaugurating the bi-centenary functions of Urdu Poet, Mirza Gahlib, here recently. Prime Minister said Urdu was a "National Language" and there was a need for close interaction between people speaking Hindi and Urdu for enriching both languages.

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Muslims Urged to Form "Talimi-Jamat"

ALIGARH: Muslims all over the country have been urged to form a "Talimi Jamat" in every colony to enable the community to counter the problem of illiteracy.

The appeal was made at the conclusion of the two day convention organised in Aligarh Muslim University by American federation of Muslims of India'.

A resolution passed at the concluding session of the conference called upon the religious leaders, scholars and Imams to use the pulpit to propagate the message of modern education.

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Husseini New SIO President

NEW DELHI: Saadatullah Husseini has been unanimously elected as the new president of the Students Islamic Organization of India (SIO) at its All-India Zonal Advisory Council's meeting which was held in Mysore. He succeeds Malik Moatasim Khan as the 9th president of SIO for the 1999-2000 term. Hussein, 25, who hails from Nanded in Maharashtra has a degree in telecommunication engineering from the Mahatma Gandhi College of Engineering, Nanded. He joined SIO is 1990, and in 1991 was elected member of SIO's Zonal Advisory Council for Maharashtra. For the last four years he has been a Member of the Central Advisory Council of the organization, and was the Chief Organizer of the North India Conference of SIO held in Patna in 1996.

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