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And be not like those who forgot Allah (i.e., became disobedient to Allah) and He caused them to forget their ownselves (i.e., let them to forget to do righteous deeds). Those are the Fasiqun (rebellious, disobedient to Allah). Surah Al-Hashr: 59:19
Have some sections of the Muslim community forgotten that they are Muslims? Have they ignored the words of God? Cannot they reflect on the Surah mentioned above and realise their folly? Who instructed them to celebrate the Prophet’s birthday or Id-e-Milad in a garish and gaudy fashion? The Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) never said that this day and date of birth should be celebrated. Going to the streets with the band, baja, processions, cardboard models of the Kabah, autorickshaws bedecked with flowers, songs in the background, youngsters dressed in their best, perfumed from head to toe, is one of the worst forms of disobedience to God and disrespect to the Prophet! This scene is common in Bangalore and other metros in India have followed suit as can be proved by the reports and photographs that appear in the media. If certain sections in the Muslim community resort to this innovation or bidah, aren’t they aware that not only are they deviating from the straight path, but also sending wrong signals to the other communities by presenting a distorted picture of Islam? The intellectuals in the community smoothly pass the buck onto the Ulema and ask “what are the Ulema doing”? The Ulema say “what can we do, leave it to God,” The rest watch the show passively and it goes on like this year after year!
The enclosed picture was carried by Tamil daily Dinamani in its issue dated June 6. The caption says a Jordanian boy Ahmad Umar did like this on the eve of Meeladun Nabi.
I was shocked to read this newsitem. I am sure Islam has no room for such antics, acts of self-injury and superstitious beliefs. I wonder if this is a misleading item from the media? Please find out the truth and explain the matter through your magazine.
Gandhi Bazar, Gingee (T.N)
Editor replies: Though Dinamani is a very reputed Tamil daily, the photograph carries no credit for the source. This leaves room for doubt for the veracity of the act and the accompanying caption. Most Arab countries do not observe Meeladun Nabi as Islam does not urge its followers to observe the holy Prophets (Pbuh) birthday. It will be advisable for the Tamil readers to take up the issue with Dinamani editor and seek clarification and source of the mischievous photograph. We have not come across any such acts on the Meeladun Nabi anywhere in the world. We hope vigilant readers like you will be helpful in combating media mischiefs.
In one of your recent issues a question was asked about building over graveyards. In my view, the reply does not relate to the question. The issue is not whether a part of the graveyard can be converted into a building but whether, leaving the graves as they are, a building can be constructed above the graves, leaving some space between the graves and the lowest floor of the building. The building would then stand on pillars.
If proper arrangements are made for the drainage from the building, no grave would be affected and no desecration would be involved. Nor would anyone be living or performing prayer on a grave or facing towards a grave which the Holy Prophet (Pbuh) has forbidden.
SYED SHAHABUDDIN. Ex. MP ,
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Dr. MOHAMAD TAHER
I refer to your editorial on page 4 “Discard Muslimphobia”. The third line of the last para reads `Let it be understood that history cannot be changed even by God’. This is not proper to say. It sends a wrong message to the readers. The word `Cannot’ should not be associated with God.
ABDUR RASHEED QURESHI
The oversight is regretted. Editor
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It is very pleasurable experience to go through the column ‘Insights’ by Maqbool Ahmed Siraj. But unfortunately it appears only now and then. Please include the column regularly. Pages for ‘News’ should be limited to two or three. The contents of the Islamic Voice are generally very knowledgeable and have a high degree of readability.