Islamic Voice A Monthly English Magazine


 JAMADI-AWWAL / JAMADI THANI
JUNE 2004
Volume 17-06 No : 210

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Letters


I Have No Personal Desires!
Don't Take the Community for Granted!
You Will Lose Your Credibility!
What About the North East?
God-men and Diviners
Nagging You
Where are the Senior Writers?

I Have No Personal Desires!

I would like to reply to the comments made by Abu Imran and Sahar Kaiser (Islamic Voice, May 2004) on the interview-based article on me published in Islamic Voice of April 2004. While I welcome their comments, I would like to reiterate that efforts should be made most sincerely to remove suspicions and hatred between Hindus and Muslims. Both Gujarat carnage and the Godhra tragedy should be condemned by all devotees of God. But we should prevent occurrences of such inhuman behaviour. Change of heart is permitted and encouraged in Islam.

Mr.Abu Imran and Mr. Kaiser should know that I am one of those serving the poor Muslims in many ways out of my personal resources for the last 20 years. I strongly believe in making Muslims as assets and not liabilities, to the nation. I do not have personal desires. We should not forget that during the Congress regime, hundreds of communal clashes had taken place. Attempts have not been made to correct social and religious perspectives. Let us join hands to create a new social climate where all people behave like human beings and live in peace and harmony. Let Muslims be divided among all political parties. BJP cannot be discarded, if there are signs of change in the attitudes of the leaders.

Prof. Dr. Mumtaz Ali Khan, 18th, 1st ‘C’ Main Road, Ganganahally Extension, Bangalore – 560 032.

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Don’t Take the Community for Granted!

In the April 2004 issue of Islamic Voice, you published the interview of Prof Mumtaz Ali Khan titled-“There’s Change in BJP’s Outlook.” What you have done by this is that you have misled the community. It looks like BJP has paid a hefty amount to you and Mr Maqbool Ahmed Siraj to present a different image of the BJP. Have you forgotten the BJP for the Babri demolition and the riots that followed? Have you forgotten what happened to Modi’s Gujarat? If you still feel that BJP has changed its outlook, then you are all infidels. Please change your name and also the name of your paper as “BJP’s Voice”. Please remember youa re not only answerable to the entire Muslim community, but you are also answerable to Allah.

Sibgathullah, Bangalore

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You Will Lose Your Credibility!

Islamic Voice may soon lose its credibility if articles like the interview of Prof Dr Mumtaz Ali Khan are published again. (Islamic Voice, April 2004).

It is very dangerous to publish such articles . One must not forget that BJP is not a political party as other parties. BJP is the political front of RSS. The RSS is trying to grab power to implement the saffron agenda. BJP has been adopting tactics to woo the Muslims and minorities. Prof. Mumtaz Ali Khan has given some reasons on his decision to join the BJP. None of them are convincing. He may be an intellectual in the field of education, but he is certainly incapable of under standing the saffron game plan. He can remove misunderstanding between the BJP and the Muslims by plain interaction. It is not necessary to join the BJP for this purpose. Mr Khan has been misled by the BJP. This phase of name and fame is just a temporary phase and it is high time Mr Khan realises his folly.

K.Abdul Waheed, Bellary

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What About the North East?

I enjoy reading Islamic Voice and would like to convey my special thanks to the Editor. There are many Muslims residing in North-Eastern States specially in Assam and Manipur. But Islamic Voice has completely ignored the Muslim community in these states. So please focus on the socio-economic and political condition of the Muslims in the North-East. Then do write about the places of Muslim heritage across India and the Muslim world and pay more attention to the condition of Muslims across the globe through the articles.

Matab Laskar, Silchar, Assam

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God-men and Diviners

I request Dr Zakir Naik to enlighten the readers about the difference between Divine Power and Divinity. Again the so-called god-men and diviners claim to possess powers. So what is the nature of these powers? It will be nice if Dr Zakir Naik lets us know through examples.

M. Khader Ali, Nellore

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Nagging You

The message in Islamic Voice is palatable. Printing is very small and unclear. Old people like me and children should be able to read it well. So make your letters bold and thick like in advertisements. Check out the Children’s Digest from Cochin and follow this. Address on the mailing wrapper is also not clear. I get many magazines, but their packing is very neat. The English is good. Many non-Muslims wish to know about Islam-you are not doing this. You write PBUH after mentioning Prophet’s name. Who will understand this, so expand it. That’s all for now.

Dr. A. Hussain Masthan, Padukkottai, Tamil Nadu

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Where are the Senior Writers?

I request you to take articles by Rafiq Zakaria and even Syed Shahabuddin too apart from your regular writers in Islamic Voice.

Sultan Ahmed, Kolkata

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