Islamic Voice
Zul Hijja / Muharram 1422 H
March 2002
Volume 15-03 No:183

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News from Islamic World


Order of British Empire for Six Muslims
US honours Muslim Police Officials
UP Elections
Hajees miss Haj
WAMY Meet on Globalisation
Muslim Cemetery in Tokyo
Middle-East Convention of MES
Afghan Kids Survive on Leaves and Roots
CAIR registers 100,000 Muslim Voters
Palestinians suffer Mental Trauma
The Gallup Poll review on United States
Madrasa Board in Delhi





Order of British Empire for Six Muslims

London: Six Muslims received the Order of British Empire (OBE) and six others were selected for Member of British Empire (MBE) in this year's New Year list. But no Muslim figured in the knighthood list. Among those who received OBE is Chennai-born Nasser Hussain, the captain of the British cricket team. The award is in recognition of Hussain's leadership in leading England to four wins in the consecutive series. Dr. Rashid Gatred, head of Paediatrics in Manor Hospital in West Midland received the OBE for his services in the field of treatment of children and to ethnic minorities. Dr. Khizar Humayun Ansari received the OBE for services to higher education. He is director of the Centre for Ethnic Minorities Studies at Royal Holloway College, University of London. Another OBE awardee is Dr. Moussa Jogee, Deputy Chair Commissioner for Racial Equality, Scotland. He was awarded for services to Racial Equality. Wasfi Kani got the OBE for work in prisons. She set up Pimlico Opera in 1988 which tours prisons all through England. Kani says her Operas are supposed to educate and rehabilitate prisoners. Jasim Ahmed received the OBE for service to the British community interest in Asia. Among the MBE awardees are Freda Hussain for service to the community in Leicester, Abdul Karim Shakoor, Outreach worker, Cartwheel community, Arts, services to arts in Manchester, Shama Mahmood Ahmed, services to the community in Newham, Chaudhury Mohammad Anwar, services to community relations in Middlesex and Parveen Mirza for service to Community Relations in Nottingham.


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US honours Muslim Police Officials

Washington: Four Muslim members of the New York City police department were recently honoured here for their heroic work after the World Trade Center terrorist attack on September 11. The event, entitled: “A Tribute to Muslim and Arab-American Heroes,” was sponsored by the Islamic Institute and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. The event drew over 120 members and leaders of the Muslim and Arab-American communities, as well as the Bush administration officials. Officers Adil Almontaser, Ahmed Nasser, Rafet Awad, and Faisal Khan were all on duty when the attacks occurred at the World Trade Center. They spent the next several days working non-stop in the rescue efforts. Since September 11, Nasser said he has noticed a difference in the questions put to him about Islam. The NewYork police force is also making an effort to understand Muslims, he said. Nasser immigrated from Yemen 15 years ago, and joined the force. Officer Almontaser and his colleagues had decided to create the American Muslim Law Enforcement Officers Association, AMLEOA, “to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the Muslim community.” Their aim, he said, is to encourage more Muslim Americans to go into law enforcement. Nina Shokraii Rees, Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for Domestic Policy, said “These brave public servants are among our nation’s greatest heroes”. Ziad Asali, president, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, said, “the four men who are here represent the very best we can offer this country.” Khaled Saffouri of Islamic Institute, said lack of understanding about Islam and the Muslim community is because “we do not participate in the law enforcement system”

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UP Elections

Muslims who won in the recent UP Elections


Constituency		District 		Winners       		Party 
	
Gopalpur 			Azamgarh 	Vasim Ahmad	 	SP
Nizamabad 		Azamgarh 	Alambadi 	 		SP
Charda 			Bahraich 		Shabbir            		SP
Bahraich 			Bahraich 		Dr. Vaqar Ahmad 		SP
Utraula 			Balrampur 	Anwar Mahmood 		SP
Tulsipur			Balrampur		Mashood Khan	        	SP
Sikandarpur		Balia		Jiyauddin Rizvi	        	SP
Kawar			Bareilly		Sultan Beg	        	SP
Baheri			Bareilly		Manjoor Ahmad          	SP
Gauri Bazar		Deoria		Shakir Ali	        		SP
Rudauli 			Faizabad		Abbas Ali Zaidi	        	SP
Kamalganj		Farrukhabad	Jamaluddin Siddiqui     	SP
Firozabad			Firozabad		Azim Bhai	        		SP
Sambhal			Jyotiba Phule 	Iqbal Mahmood	        	SP
Aryanagar			Kanpur 		Haji Mushtaq 	        	SP
Kinthore			Meerut		Shahid Manjoor	        	SP
Kunderki			Moradabad	Mohd Rizwan	        	SP
Pilibhit  			Pilibhit		Riyaj Ahamad	        	SP
Rampur			Rampur		Mohd.Aazam Khan       	SP
Domariaganj		Siddharthnagar	Kamal Yusuf Malik       	SP
Menhdawal  		Siddharthnagar	Abdul Kalam		SP
Varanasi North		Varanasi		Abdul Kalam		SP
Amroha			Jyotiba Phule 	Mehboob Ali	    	RPD
Baghpat			Baghpat		Kawkab Hameed 		RLD
Bareilly Cantt		Bareilly		Shahlin Islam	        	IND
Mau			Mau		Mukhtar Ansari	        	IND
Kaimganj			Farrukhabad	Luis khursheed	        	INC
Moradabad rural		Moradabad	Shamimul Haq	        	INC
Suartanda			Rampur		Nawab Kazim Ali 		INC
Gauriganj			Sultanpur		Noor Mohammad		INC
Agra Cantt		Agra		Mohd.Vashir	        	BSP
Soraon			Allahabad		Mohd.Mujtaba 	       	BSP
Sagri			Azamgarh		Malik Masud	       	BSP
Mahsi			Bahraich		Ali Bahadur	       	BSP
Seohara			Bijnor		Kutubuddin	       	BSP
Salempur			Deoria		Fasiha Murad 	        	BSP
Khaga			Fatehpur		Mohd. Shafir	        	BSP
Sandila			Hardoi		Abdul Mannan	        	BSP
						

Compiled By Dr. Mohammad Nahid Siddiqui

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Hajees miss Haj

By A Staff Writer

Mumbai: Hundreds of pilgrims in Mumbai who had all the relevant travel papers were denied permission to travel to Saudi Arabia for this year's Haj. An official in the Central Haj Committee (CHC), the body under the Ministry of External Affairs that arranges for the travel of pilgrims from India, admitted that this was the first time pilgrims with proper travel papers were left behind. The CHC official in Mumbai says the pilgrims were denied passage because there were no accommodation facilities for them in Saudi Arabia. But when some of them told the authorities they would arrange for their own accommodation there, they were told there were no seats available on the aircraft. There are allegations of widespread corruption in the CHC. The CHC has a quota of 72,000 pilgrims who are given partially subsidised travel facilities to Saudi Arabia. This year, only 70,000 pilgrims applied under the quota. In Mumbai, more than 100 pilgrims whose papers had been processed by the CHC were not allowed to travel. Shahabuddin Shaikh, owner of the Shalimar restaurant in Null Bazar in Mumbai, said that even after he was told by immigration that the 'pilgrim pass' could be used to travel on a regular flight, he was denied a ticket by Saudi Arabian Airlines. The explanation given by Yusuf Abrahani, Mumbai-based member of the Central Haj Committee, is that there were fewer cancellations from Haj pilgrims this year, which is why these 100 pilgrims could not be accommodated. "Normally, during any year, there are around 5,000 cancellations. This year there were only 2,000. We had accommodation for 69,500 pilgrims. But we had 70,000 pilgrims, including those in the waiting list who were adjusted against the cancellations,"says Abrahani.

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WAMY Meet on Globalisation

Riyadh: The World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) will hold its 9th International Conference here from October 22 -25, 2002, on the theme of “Muslim Youth and Globalisation”. According to Dr. Manie Al-Johani, secretary-general of WAMY, Muslim scholars, intellectuals and Dawah activists can participate in the conference, which will be dedicated to the challenges facing the Muslim youth. Explaining the significance of the seminar, Dr. Al-Johani said globalisation has led to the dismantling of socio-cultural and national barriers, because of the impact of the IT revolution and the satellite tele-communications network. The topics to be discussed in the bilingual conference are: “Youth and Economic liberalisation”. “Cultural and Information Freedom”; “Youth and Political Consciousness”; “Cultural and Educational liberalisation” and “Dawah and Globalisation.” Participants should submit copy of their abstracts before June 1 and the research papers by August 2, 2002.

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Muslim Cemetery in Tokyo

Japan, IINA: The Islamic Center in Tokyo is giving the final touches to the setting up of an Islamic Cemetery. The cemetery has been financed by the Saudi Monarch, King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz. The center has also acquired land in Tokyo on which it intends to build a new Islamic school in the Japanese capital. Since the September 11, events in the US, the Tokyo Islamic Center has been receiving numerous enquiries about Islam, to the extent that the officials of the center have now appealed for the reprinting of the Quran translation and other Islamic books. There are around 100,000 indigenous Japanese Muslims, in addition to 300,000 Muslims from other countries who are working and living in Japan.

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Middle-East Convention of MES

Dubai: The establishment of a new medical college for Indian Muslims was discussed at the Middle-East Convention of the Muslim Educational Society (MES) here recently. The one-day conference of the MES was held at the Dubai Renaissance Hotel which was attended by delegates of the Indian Muslim communities from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Kerala. According to Dr. M K Ibrahim, Chairman of the MES’s Middle East Committee and Convenor of the meeting in Dubai, the setting up of a new medical college in Kerala within a year was on the agenda.

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Afghan Kids Survive on Leaves and Roots

Islamabad: Girls as young as 10 are being offered for marriage in exchange for bags of flour in a desperate struggle for survival in parts of Herat and Farah provinces in Western Afghanistan, according to a Red Crescent Mission report. Describing the shocking poverty in Western Afghanistan, a Red Crescent assessment mission reported scenes of great deprivation in villages which have been cut off from the outside world for years. Young girls were offered as brides for as little as 100 kgs of wheat flour. “We saw children digging in the fields for roots to eat. Leaves from the trees were also being eaten,” said the operations manager of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Islamabad. The assessment team surveyed 12 villages in the remote valley of Rood Gaz with a population of 10,305 people. Among them were 510 orphans, 261 widows and 699 elderly dependent on their impoverished neighbours and remittances from refugees in Iran.

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CAIR registers 100,000 Muslim Voters

Washington, IINA: The Washington-based Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has embarked on a programme that seeks to register at least 100,000 Muslim voters for the upcoming elections in November. The local government and Congressional elections will take place in November. CAIR has also established a database of Muslim voters and anyone seeking more information about registration and other relevant matters could visit their website at http://www.cair-net.org/asp/voting/asp. CAIR has also published a directory entitled The Directory of the Muslim Voter comprising the basic information on how to register, and how to organise the registration exercise.

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Palestinians suffer Mental Trauma

Jerusalem, IINA: A survey conducted recently on the effects of the Israeli occupation and aggression on the Palestinian children, women and families, has revealed that 596,000 children under the age of 18, have become hysterical and cry uncontrollably, while another 788,000 have been affected by the fear of being left alone in the home and another 839,000 fear darkness. Another finding of the survey is that 28 per cent of the children have been permanently disabled, while another 28 per cent partially disabled, while another 22 per cent have been disfigured. The survey shows that 56,000 Palestinians have moved away from their homes, as a result of the siege imposed by the Israelis, of whom children make up 53 per cent.

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The Gallup Poll review on United States

New Jersey: Residents of nine Muslim countries called the United States “ruthless and arrogant” in a new poll., with most describing themselves as “resentful” of the superpower. The Gallup poll found that a 2 to I margin, residents in these nations express an unfavourable opinion of the United States and a majority also indicated their displeasure with President Bush. Sixty one per cent said they did not believe Arab groups carried out the September 11 terrorist attacks. Researches conducted face-to face interviews with 9,924 residents of Pakistan, Iran, Indonesia, Turkey, Lebanon, Morocco, Kuwait, Jordan and Saudi Arabia to gauge public opinion in those countries following the September 11 attacks. The overall view was not a positive one for the United States-53 per cent of the people questioned had unfavourable opinions of the United States, while 22 per cent had favourable opinions.

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Madrasa Board in Delhi

By A Staff Writer

New Delhi: The State government in Delhi has decided to regulate the functioning of over 1,000. madrasas through a ‘Madrasa Board’. According to the proposal, the Board will not only be responsible for monitoring the functioning of the madrasas, but will also introduce modern system of education for the students. According to Delhi Wakf Board chairman Haroon Yusuf, there are over 1,000 madrasas, which are not registered under any authority and majority of them operate from local mosques.

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