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

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Reader's Comments


Practise What You Preach
Indian Muslims are the Most Responsible
Has the Community got a Conscience?
Islamic Voice A Blessing in Disguise
Call of Islam across a Distant Land
Hajees should avoid Haj Subsidy
Learning about Islam at 70
Dedication is the Key
The Right Choice for the Younger Generation
A Masterpiece on Islam


Practise What You Preach

Islamic Voice has been doing a great job in the field of community development. In the January, 2002 issue of Islamic Voice, Dr. Zakir Naik has written an article on “Bindi and Mangalsutra” where he proved that non-Muslims wear bindi and mangalsutra with an idea that it protects their husband’s lives, which is against Islam where Allah is the creator and protector. Dr. Zakir Naik has also written that the Islamic dress code does not permit a Muslim to wear any sign, symbol or mark which is specially significant of a non-Muslim. Dr. Naik has emphasised about non-Islamic women’s dress code i.e. bindi and mangalsutra. But he himself wears Western dress code i.e. coat and tie and trousers as is seen in his photograph which is against the Islamic dress code and which is a specially significant dress code of non-Muslims. Islam is a religion of practice, submission to one God Allah and following the Sunnah of Prophet Mohammad (Pbuh).

Laxmikant Jadhav,
lkjadhav@hotmail.com

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Shocking Statements from an ex-MLA

I have been a regular reader of Islamic Voice for several months and I have really found the articles informative and worth reading, Alhamdhulillah! I was shocked to read some of the contents of an interview with Basheeruddin Babukhan (Ex-MLA) under the ‘Community Initiative’ column titled “Engage the Governments, Your Due Most Come to You” that appeared in the December 2001 issue of your esteemed paper. The interview was good and your staff writer had discussed about many issues that are bugging our community right now. But in the end, there was something which shocked all of us in my house. For the question, “Marriages by Arabs with poor Muslim girls are rampant in Hyderabad. Does this not distort the practice of the Muslim Personal Law?” Babukhan has given a reply which is extremely against the basic tenets of Islam. The answer goes like this, “But let me tell you frankly, the Muslims should realise that the issue has roots in poverty and poverty stems from large families. Birth control should be popularised among Muslims.” May I ask you a humble question? Are you not aware of the verse from the Holy Quran in which our Creator says, “Do not slay your children for fear of poverty. We Provide for them also as we provide for you. Verily their slaying is great sin - (17:31)”. It is very sad that this MLA has tried to justify his point by mentioning the precedence of some Islamic countries which allow birth control and family planning. As per the Islamic Shariah, Allah has clearly mentioned that slaying of children for fear of poverty is a great sin. I request you not to publish such interviews with people who are not aware of the Islamic teachings. Doing so, will first of all tarnish the good image of Islamic Voice amongst its readers. On the other hand, ignorant people may take it for granted and may go against the Shariah. So, fear Allah and save yourself from misleading the society. I hope and pray that your service to the community will continue, and please publish articles that strengthen the faith of our Muslim Ummah towards Allah.

M. P. Ahamed Hasan,
ahamed.hasan@geind.ge.com

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Has the Community got a Conscience?

The article titled, Harrowing Tales of Desertion by M.Hanif Lakdawala and Azmatulla Shariff in your issue of January, 2002 is definitely an eye-opener for the average Muslim citizens of India. However, the problem can be tackled well if Muslims come forward and take the initiative to help these women in distress. Am I expecting too much from my community?

Yusuf J. Mansuri
y_mansuri@yahoo.com

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Islamic Voice A Blessing in Disguise

I am a regular reader of Islamic Voice. It is true that God’s blessing comes in disguise, this time it has taken the shape of Islamic Voice. This is not just a journal, but a treasure of knowledge. I feel enlightened each time I read it. There are always so many unanswered questions which are answered through this.

Rehana Haydar
Calcutta

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Call of Islam across a Distant Land

I was very impressed with the Islamic Voice site. It is very knowledgeable and interesting. This is the first time I visited this site. It is amazing that being so far away, I can still explore this site and increase my knowledge. Keep up the good work.

Rabia Shah
rabiaman@rogers.com

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Hajees should avoid Haj Subsidy

With reference to Maqbool Ahmed Siraj’s answer to the query on Haj Subsidy in the November issue of Islamic Voice, I agree that the government should take off subsidy from its agenda. If a Haji wants to proceed on Haj, there are certain conditions, that he has to spend the money he has earned from legal-halal sources, he should not trouble anybody, borrow money and so on. But in the case of subsidy, if the government feels the pinch to part with the subsidy for Hajees, then this is not right. When Hajees can afford to go on Haj with their hard-earned money, then what is the point in acting penny wise-pound foolish by trying to save a few thousands? I do not understand why our Ulema, leaders and scholars are keeping mum on this issue of subsidy. When they make petty things into a big issue, why cannot they raise their voice on important matters like this?

Mohd Fareed Khan
Raichur

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Learning about Islam at 70

I read with keen interest the December issue of Islamic Voice and I am grateful to you for having sent this publication to me. The articles on Islam are very interesting and informative. I am crossing 70 years of age, and if ever I get the opportunity to come to Bangalore I will make it a point to meet the Muslim brothers there and embrace you. I pray and hope that this brotherhood will remain for all time to come.

Rajendra
Kolar

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Dedication is the Key

The January issue of Islamic Voice published a profile of ‘Agha Sir’. It was an informative piece and I was touched to read Agha’s statement that “ whether they give me money or not Allah will take care of me.” This dedication moved me to tears. May the Almighty bless him and his social service. Agha’s fine example will inspire others to devote their time for the downtrodden in the community.

J K Habibur Rahman
Gingee

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The Right Choice for the Younger Generation

Congratulations! Your paper is very useful and informative, especially for the younger generation. As I am doing a research study on the changing status and role of women, the content of the paper is extremely helpful.

Nageena Khaleel
n_nageena@hotmail.com

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A Masterpiece on Islam

May Allah bless the Islamic Voice team who have developed an excellent website. I am a new reader of this amazing Islamic magazine as I have subscribed to it only from January 2002. While the publication costs just Rs 10, I have acquired knowledge and good lessons about the Quran. The information on Bakrid too was very useful. I also like to suggest that, please add a column that will be packed with general knowledge as this will be of immense help to our youngsters in the community who are preparing for their competitive exams. I will pray to Allah that you continue doing this great service to the community, and keep up the good work in the form of a masterpiece as Islamic Voice.

Md. Yusuf Hayath on email

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