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Save the Muslim Youth
Momin Students Welfare Association( M.S.W.A )
Muttehada Mahaz is no Longer United
Employment Embargo for Muslims in Gujarat
Quran in Gurmukhi in Pakistan
Cricket banned in Parks
Choosing a Safe School


Save the Muslim Youth!

It is the duty of the Muslim community to save the Muslim youngsters from
the clutches of internal and external communal forces who are spreading their trap in India


By M Hanif Lakdawala

Four blasts in Mumbai in as many months, engineered by the external anti -Muslim, anti- Indian forces active within India has set the alarm bells ringing within the Muslim community. The Mumbai police has arrested more than 25 Muslim youngsters for logistically been in touch with the three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists who masterminded the bomb blast in Mumbai. The Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) team headed by Inspector Pradeep Sharma and Sub-Inspector Daya Nayak shot dead Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) southern commander Shaikh Irfan alias Sultan, his associate Abu Anwar Ali, both Pakistani nationals, and a Kashmiri national, Mohammed Iqbal Wani. According to Mumbai Police Commissioner, R. S. Sharma, the four blasts were part of a terror module prepared by Lashkar-e-Taiba to target the city. “Four groups were assigned the task of carrying out blasts at different places. Their intention was to spread terror and their targets were crowded areas,” he said. The first of the four blasts happened on December 2, killing two people outside the Ghatkopar suburban railway station. Since then, three more blasts have rocked Mumbai. They are, the crude bomb explosion at Mumbai Central Railway Station (December 6, 2002); the rickshaw blast at Vile Parle (January 27); and the explosion on a Karjat bound local at Malad (March 13).

The Indian Muslim is facing the dual onslaught from the communal forces within the country and external anti- Muslim anti-Indian forces active within India. On one hand, the saffron brigade is targeting the Muslims through sustained anti- Muslim tirade and on the other hand, anti- Muslim anti- Indian forces are hell bent on exploiting the emotions of the youth, which is the by product of the saffron Parivar onslaught. The Gujarat carnage has further hurt the emotions of the Muslim youth. The Mumbai police arrested the Muslim youth from places such as Mumbai, Padgha, Pune, Ratnagiri, Aurangabad, Chennai, Malegaon, Jalgoan, and Parbhani. “Money was not the motivating factor for those involved in the recent bomb blasts in the city”, said Mumbai Crime Branch officials investigating the blasts cases. A senior Crime Branch officer said that though money did change hands, most of the accused were brainwashed in the name of religion. The arrested and accused were allegedly screened before they were appointed to execute the plan of rocking the city with blasts at regular intervals.

Thus, today a section of unemployed and illiterate Muslim youth is becoming the soft target for the terrorist forces. Even couple of educated Muslim youth have fallen for the trap laid by the anti- Indian, anti -Muslim forces. So vested anti -Muslim forces that want to push Muslim youth on the path of terrorism may succeed if the community does not take good care of its youth. The anti -Muslim forces’ hidden agenda is to push Muslim youth on the road to terrorism and then target and eliminate them by branding them as anti- national.

It is imperative then for the Muslim parents to educate their children about these threats. What is needed to be done is to offer them the healing touch. The best healing touch is a one- to- one frank communication with the youth. To understand their emotions and cool them down by imparting the correct teachings of Islam. These terrorist organisations exploit the emotions by misinterpreting the terminologies such as Jihad and quote unauthentic Hadiths in support of their interpretation.

The second option is to offer these youth some constructive activities in the field they can relate to easily and of their interest. The social sector has lots of opportunity and deprived sections need all the help they can get. These youth must be imparted the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) who had said that the hungry person must be fed, the naked clothed and the wounded or diseased treated medically irrespective of whether they belong to the Islamic community or are from among its enemies. Instead of blaming the police, and others the best way is to fight this menace.

The terrorist organisation have started targeting south India as the Saffron brigade has taken its hidden agenda to Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka.Whereever the hate campaign goes,the Terrorist forces follows it. It is the responsibility of the Muslim community in general and Muslim parents in particular to make it very clear that terrorism should never be tolerated and it is against the basic teachings of Islam. A religion that considers human life as most sacred can never endorse terrorism. "...Whosoever slays a soul not to retaliate for a soul slain, nor for corruption done in the land, should be as if he had slain mankind altogether." (5:32).

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MOMIN' STUDENTS WELFARE ASSOCIATION ( M.S.W.A )

OBJECTIVE - Momin' Students Welfare Association ( M.S.W.A ) was founded on 7th April 2001 with the sole purpose of elevating the moral, intellectual, educational, economic & religious standards of the Muslim students. To achieve this objective, MSWA Book Bank & MSWA Library were set up to help economically weak, needy students in particular & in general all students. The Book Bank & Library consists of more than 1,000 books of Pre University, Degree, Engineering, Computer Science & Competitive Exams. Alhamdulillah, more than 120 deserving & needy students studying Pre University, Degree & Engineering courses received books of their course in the year 2001- 02 & 2002-03. Also more than 35 students are utilizing the facilities as Library Card Members. M.S.W.A also conducts career guidance & student development programs for high school & college students. APPEAL The Book Bank & Library rely on donations & books donated by Students, Lecturers, Philanthropists & generous donors. Hence we request you to donate Text books, Solved Exam Papers, Guides, Reference Books etc of CURRENT SYLLABUS. Also if you wish to SPONSOR BOOKS, you are most welcome. REMEMBER: " Knowledge is God's Gift, share it with others. " Books are not meant to be Stored or Sold after use . Your book can be a boon to a student.

CONTACT: MOMIN'STUDENTS WELFARE ASSOCIATION ( M.S.W.A ), # 108 , 4th 'B' Cross, Ilyasnagar, J.P.Nagar Post, Bangalore – 560 078. Phone : 6665283 ( 7AM to 9AM) Mobile : 98451 57817 Email :mswamail@yahoo.com

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Muttehada Mahaz is no Longer United

By A Staff Writer

Bangalore: The Karnataka Muslim Muttehada Mahaz (KMMM) which played a stellar role in organising the tactical voting by the state’s 12 per cent Muslim minority has split. Two splinters of the group are now led by two convenors, respected social worker, Masood Abdul Khader and Mohammad Nisar.

The rupture came about when an Urdu daily from Bangalore suddenly carried a report last March. It talked about noted social worker and founder of Al-Ameen Movement, Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed Khan being conferred with the position of the chief spokesman of the Muslim Muttehada Mahaz. Though no one contested the credentials of the person in question, the manner of the appointment did raise eyebrows as the larger body of people who had worked behind for many years to unite the political choices of the community in elections years after year had not been consulted. This triggered an internal convulsion and a good chunk of constituents selected Masood Abdul Khader as the new convenor. This group comprises Jamaat –e- Islami Hind, Jamiatul- Ulema- e- Hind, and representatives of sectarian organisations such as Anjuman- e Mahdavia and Jamiat -e -Ahle –Hadith..

The second rump has re-christened itself as Muslim Muttehada Mahaz and is headed by Mohammad Nisar who was till now convenor of the KMMM for the last four to five years. Several other individuals who mainly served as professional bulwark for the organisation, unhappy at the turn of events, have decided to stay neutral. They have disapproved of the way the chief spokesman was appointed as well as the manner in which some constituents split away and held separate meetings.

The KMMM was formed on the eve of the crucial 1994 Assembly elections in Karnataka when the Muslims were extremely disillusioned with the Congress rule during which Babri Masjid had been allowed to be demolished by the fascist elements. In its earlier form, the acronym stood for Khadimane Mulk-o-Millat (KMM) which slowly evolved into Karnataka Muslim Muttehada Mahaz. Though the organisation was never a cogent group in constitutional or organisational set up, it functioned well and provided political guidance for the last one decade by determining secular winnable choices for the community in 1994, ‘99 Assembly polls and Lok Sabha polls in 1996, ’98 and 99. It was supported by well meaning professionals who spoke on the strength of their political knowledge, election data, computerised statistics, caste and community composition of the electoral segments, past record of candidates and parties and a closer examination of direction of popular mood, issues and ground realities. However, the KMMM mysteriously kept silent during the crucial Kankapura by-election when former prime minister H. D. Deve Gowda fought against Congress heavyweight and state minister D. K. Shivakumar. Kanakapura is one of the largest Lok Sabha constituencies in the country and has nearly 26 lakh voters. Some parts of Bangalore urban district also come under it. It almost remained unstirred during the civic elections in November 2001.

The induction of the representatives of various all-India organisations into the KMMM too was not to everybody’s liking as it was felt that those organisations had their national compulsions and their objective was not political guidance of the community, but either dawah, spiritual reformation of the community or purely sectarian agendas. While Jamaat-e-Islami was a dawah organisation, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind was seen as a satellite wing of the Congress. However, the KMMM had somehow pulled on with all such internal tensions. The sincerity of purpose was its sole motivator. The convenors had personally kept away from any political activity and devoted themselves to political guidance of the community. However flashes of personality cult and personal egos frequently surfaced, but were kept in check. They bore no personal political ambitions. The choices had been determined purely on the basis of the interest of the nation, secularism and the community. It is to be seen if the two splinters move towards a rapprochement or sink down together.

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Employment Embargo for Muslims in Gujarat

Ahmedabad: A year after the devastating riots in Gujarat, the minority community still faces financial insecurity due to employment embargo. During the riots, thousands of pamphlets were circulated across Gujarat cities urging people of the majority community to stop employing Muslims and to severe business ties with them. Thousands of Muslim men who returned to work after the riots lost their jobs, but as the situation improved, most of them got their jobs back eventually, said S.J. Saiyyed, a Congress worker in Vatva Gaam. “But same is not the case in industrial areas of Vatva, Odhav and Naroda where Muslims still continue to face employment hassles”, said Asif Bukhari, a businessman from Vatva Gaam who is also involved in social work. Hothi Gul Mohammed Nareja, a resident of Soni Ki Chali who was the supervisor for a dozen rickshaws owned by Bhushan Prasad was told that there was no vacancy when he returned to take up his job after the riots. He had to look for other alternatives and now earns Rs 1500 working for an NGO.An advocate working with the legal cell at the Behavioural Science Centre, Rizwana Bukhari a resident of Vatva Gaam said, "Thousands of people now earn much less after the riots. I receive several representations about this almost daily. This is just another way of hitting out at the minority community which is silent and hence goes unnoticed." Even persons with a good service record have been affected. Yusuf Noor Mohammed Vohra, a resident of Vatva also had to take up alternative job when his employer removed him from his job in a factory in Narol where he had been employed for 20 years.

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Quran in Gurmukhi in Pakistan

Lahore: Pakistan has acquired its first copy of the Gurmukhi translation of the Quran. The copy is the personal possession of the Punjabi poet Iqbal Qaisar who got it through some Sikh citizens in Canada. Curiously, Gurmukhi is the original script of the Punjabi language which is spoken by nearly 7 crore people of Western Punjab, the most dominant province of Pakistan. This was presented to him when he was visiting the Punjabi Sahitya Sabha Shree in British Columbia in Canada. This is the only Gurmukhi translation of the Quran in Pakistan. Earlier to this, some Sikh gentleman had translated the panj surahs in Gurmukhi in Pakistan. A copy of that is preserved in Dayal Singh Library of Lahore. Incidentally, the Gurmukhi translation was done across the border in Malerkotla town of the Indian province of Punjab by an Indian Muslim, Mohammad Ramzan in association with Md. Abdur Rawoof and Dr. Kifayath. The translation uses the Urdu translation "Tafheemul Quran" by Maulana Maudoodi, founder of Jamaat-e-Islami in the sub-continent. Though Gurmukhi is no longer a popular language in Pakistan, several historic documents, books and archival material and inscriptions on important public buildings in Lahore and other Punjab cities are in Gurmukhi. Dayal Singh College of Lahore still retains the inscription in Gurmukhi. Iqbal Qaiser complains that since Punjabi was delinked from Gurmukhi script, it has been reduced to a 'boli' (spoken language) in Pakistan. Ironically, in Toronto and British Columbia, Punjabi is the second official language while in Pakistan it has no status. (Translated into English from BBC.urdu/com by Maqbool Ahmed Siraj).

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Cricket banned in Parks

Kanpur: Making a mockery of Prime Minister Vajpayee’s efforts to re-start cricket matches between India and Pakistan, the local administration has virtually banned cricket matches between Muslims and Hindus in Kanpur. The unofficial ban came into effect after a game led to communal clashes. Now, policemen stand guard at parks to ensure that no matches are played, and if a game is on, they check whether all team members belong to one community. Recently, members of both communities had pelted stones at each other, following a cricket match at Karorimal Park under Bajaria police station. While the administration has issued directives to eight police stations, identified as communally-sensitive, to keep a check on cricket activities in parks, officials are not happy with the decision. ‘‘By banning cricket in parks, we will create a permanent rift between the communities. We have decided to place police pickets at sensitive spots only,’’ said Kanpur, DM Arvind Kumar.

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Choosing a 'Safe' School

Vadodara: For several years, schools run by the Muslim Education Society (MES)have been centres of learning for students from both communities. But it is a different story after the communal riots. There has been a sharp decline in the number of Hindu students who shifted to ‘safer’ schools, while Muslim students from other schools shifted here. This is a phenomenon that is being faced by all four schools managed by MES. While sensitive location of these schools is one factor that has resulted in dwindling numbers, school authorities point out that the schism between the two communities has also resulted in the decline. Dr Rasheed Meer, principal of MES Boys High School at Yakutpura, agrees that there is a decrease in the number of students from the majority community since the last academic year. Of its total strength of 15,000, Hindu students are only 500. However, 19 of the 55 teachers are Hindus. ‘‘Last year we saw many of the students withdrawing from the school because the location was considered sensitive,” says Dr Meer. While the communal divide has brought down the number of students from the majority community, the number from the minority community has gone up. Kausar Saiyyad of MES High School at Nagarwada says many of the minority community students have flocked to her school because of the communal divide. Jamila Pathan, principal of MES Girls High School at Mughalwada is also disillusioned over the divide that has crept into even education. Bhadresh Barot, a resident of Yakutpura, who withdrew his son from MES Boys School last year, says though he had no problems with his kids studying in the school till last year, the communal strife forced him to withdraw his son.

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