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Jamadi Thani / Rajab 1425 H July 2004
Volume 17-07 No : 211
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Vision 2020
"We Resolve to Protect the Divine Law"

Vision 2020

Muslim Indians in Saudi Arabia launched the Indian Muslim Initiative with special focus on educational development, economic upliftment, an effective presence in the media and improvement of the condition of Muslim women.

By Maqbool Ahmed Siraj

Jeddah: Nearly 25 social workers, academics, NRIs living in Saudi Arabia and representatives of voluntary organisations in India who gathered in Jeddah for a 3-day workshop, launched the ‘Indian Muslim Initiative’ for the development of Indian Muslims.

The representatives who deliberated on the theme “Working Together for the development of Muslim Community in India” at a brainstorming session in Jeddah on June 16-18, discussed the ways and means of improving their community’s situation in India. The four key sectors identified during the workshop that needed special attention and hard work were educational development, economic upliftment, an effective presence in the media and improvement of the condition of Muslim women.

Participants of the workshop mostly belonged to NGOs working in the these spheres. As the long term goals (2020) of the Initiative, they decided to work to bring the Indian Muslims above the poverty level, increase the ratio of their literacy to 80 per cent, make an effective presence in the media and restore to Muslim women their due rights.

At the conclusion of the meet, they agreed to meet in New Delhi during the next three months inviting more persons from different parts of the country to devise a detailed strategy on how to achieve their objectives through launching a new body to be called the Indian Muslim Initiative (IMI). This will compose of people from different sects, organisations, fields and regions who agree with the objectives of the initiators and are prepared to join hands to achieve those objectives. The body is to be registered in India as an NGO. The participants of the workshop took cognisance of the huge potential of NRIs and who were serving in different countries and were keen to participate in any initiative that could lead to the betterment of their compatriots back home. It was further emphasised that the democratic and secular character of India together with a judiciary that was keen to oversee observance of the Constitution in letter and spirit offered immense opportunities for all citizens to avail the resources, facilities and schemes offered by the government for the progress of those lagging behind.

Among the participants were educationists like Maulana Fazlur Raheem Mujaddidi of Jamiatul Hidayah Jaipur, Maulana Salman Husaini of Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknow, Dr Mansoor Durrani, of the Eastern Public School, Bhopal, media Persons like Dr. Zafrul Islam Khan, editor of ‘Milli Gazette’, New Delhi and Maqbool Ahmed Siraj, senior executive editor of ‘Islamic Voice’, Bangalore, community development activists like Dr Rahmatullah of All India Council for Muslim Economic Upliftment (AICMEU), Mumbai, Mr H. Abdur Raqeeb of the Islamic Foundation Trust, Chennai, Dr. Hasan Raza of Ranchi and Dr. Taha Mateen of Bangalore. Prominent among local participants were M. H. Zulqarnain of the International Council for Islamic Information who also acted as the moderator of the programme, Dr. Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim of the University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Dr. Ausaf Ahmad and Dr. Mansoor Durrani of IDB, Dr. Ataat Khan and Engr Saeeduddin.

Technical support for designing the workshop was offered by a local NGO, the Future Research Institute (FRI), whose director, Dr A W Noorwali also helped in the presentations.

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"We Resolve to Protect the Divine Law"

Delegates at the 14th International Seminar of the Islamic Fiqh Academy
resolved to work towards protecting the Divine Law

By Seema Saleem

Hyderabad: The 14th international three day seminar organised by the Islamic Fiqh Academy at Darul Uloom Sabeel Assalam in the old city of Hyderabad from June 20th to 22nd brought together Ulemas from all over India and Muslim countries. Addressing the gathering on the inaugural day, Hazrath Maulana Rabae Hasan Nadvi, president of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board described India as Darul Islam-the land of peace. He stressed the need for friendly relationship with other communities to achieve peace in the society and asked Muslims to interact with them freely to build confidence in each other. Maulana Mohammed Rizwanul Qasmi, chairman, Jamia Darul Uloom Sabeel Assalam and vice-president, Fiqh academy in his inaugural speech spoke about the Islamic and other literary activities in Hyderabad. Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, general secretary Fiqh Academy presented the academy’s report. Over 200 experts from various Islamic fields and Muslim religious scholars from within the country and seven of them from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran and Jordan are participating in the seminar.

The three day fiqh seminar came to an end at with a message to all Muslims to adhere to the Quran and Sunnah, to gain respect, peace and success in this world and in the hereafter… Maulana Rabae Hasan Nadvi in his concluding speech appealed to the Muslims to strive for a clean society. He said that it is not enough just to acquire the knowledge of the teachings of Islam, but to observe it in your daily life, which is more important. The Maulana said, ‘we are a minority in this country and the responsibility is on our shoulders to deal with the problems pertaining to our deen and to protect the divine law prescribed for us. Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, throwing light on the issues discussed in the seminar said that a section of society is not happy and asks for reforms in the basic laws of Islam laid by Allah and his messenger 1400 years ago.

He made it clear that no changes can be made in the divine law until the Day of Judgement.

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