Islamic Voice A Monthly English Magazine
Zil-Hijjah / Muharram 1423 H
March 2003
Volume 16-03 No : 195
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In the Footsteps of the Mahatma
An Elegant Home for Darul Banat Girls
Awards for AIMAN COLLEGE
People
Adjudged 'best girl'
Cops Look On as Qur'an is Burnt
Banking on Customers
Reader's Right
What do the Trishuls Signify?
Urdu Scholar Heads Sahitya Akademy
PIC Appeals for Early Resolution of Babri Dispute
Agha's Mission
Pune Workshop A Super Success
Reflections


In the Footsteps of the Mahatma

Pune : A seminar on Inter-religious Harmony was held on Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary at Agakhan Palace in Pune, with a view to promote mutual understanding between different religious groups. With participation by Vijay Bhatkar, an eminent computer scientist, V.G. Bhide, ex-vice-chancellor of Pune

University, Dr Abdul Karim Naik, a well-known psychiatrist and social worker from Mumbai, Munawwar Peerbhoy, chairman of Azam Educational Complex, Pune and Dr Malika Mistry of Poona college, the seminar emphasised on the need for Muslims to make factual presentation of issues related to Muslims and clearing the distortions against Islam.

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An Elegant Home for Darul Banat Girls

Home for Darul Banat GirlsPune: ‘Samina Iqbal Aashiyana’, the new premises of the Darul Banat was inaugurated here on February 6. The three storeyed modern premises is designed to accommodate 40 children with 10 children being assigned under the care of a foster mother each. With the commissioning of the modern premises, the long cherished dream of Pune’s noted social worker Mrs. Ashraf A. Mulla was materialised. Her Darul Banat being run from a modest structure in Syed Nagar locality of the city has now been shifted to Aashiyana which has been built on Handewadi Road in Hadapsar suburb of Pune.

Mumbai based philanthropist, Abdul Kader Abdul Latif Sopariwala inaugurated the building in a function presided over by Fatima H. Allana. Mr. Peerpasha Inamdar, Dr. Abdul Karim Naik, of Rehmani Foundation and Mr. Munawar Peerbhoy were the guests of honour on the occasion. Islamic Voice editor, Mr. A. W. Sadathullah Khan also participated in the ceremony. Dr. Malika B. Mistry welcomed the guests. Sanstha vice-president Mrs. Qamarunnissa paid rich tributes to the services of Ashraf A. Mulla.

A W Sadathullah giving speech for the OccassionThe Aashiyana will be managed by the Muslim Samaj Prabodhan Sanstha run by a group of social workers of Pune led by Mrs. Ashraf A. Mulla who began the work of educating Muslim children in Sayyed Nagar way back in 1985. Today the Samaj runs a Urdu/Marathi Nursery School, Urdu Primary School, Urdu High School, Pareesha Tailoring Class for Women, Rahmani Rexine Purse Training Class for women and Darul Banat.

Darul Banat for orphan girls was started in 1999 and today it has 40 inmates. Appreciating Ms. Mulla’s pioneering and selfless work, philanthropist Sopariwala took upon himself the funding and the construction of a modern home for the inmates. Aashiyana is the culmination of the project. It was designed by Pune architect Zubair of Space Designs Syndicate.

The new building consists of several blocks with each one of them having three rooms, a kitchen, toilet and bath to accommodate 10 girls with a foster-mother. The Sanstha plans to construct a school building on the adjacent plot at a cost of Rs. 65 lakh.

For further insight, get in touch with Muslim Samaj Prabodhan Sanstha, 75, Sayyed Nagar, Hadapsar, PUNE-28.
Phone: 020-6810518.

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Awards for AIMAN COLLEGE

Winners with the Trophy

Trichy : The Science Expo-2003 (A Mega Science Exhibition) was held at Srimad Andavan Arts and Science College last month. It was an inter-collegiate competition in which 17 colleges participated. The students of Aiman College of Arts and Science for Women, Tiruchirapalli bagged the first place and were awarded the overall shield.

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People

Elected : Nasir Fulara has been elected the president, and Saleem Agboatwalla, secretary of the All India Memon Federation at the Jamaat’s 19th convention at Mumbai on January 18-19, 2003. P. A. Inamdar, chairman of Pune’s Muslim Cooperative Bank exhorted the Memons to promote modern education. Suhail Lokhandwala, former vice chairman of the Central Haj committee appealed to the Kutchi Memons and Halai Memon communities to unitedly work for the development of the entire Memon community. The All India Memon Federation was formed in 1971 at Baroda, but located its headquarters in Mumbai.

Obituary : Dr. Iqbal Ghani Khan, Reader, Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University passed away last month. Born in Rampur district of Uttar Pradesh in 1953, Dr Khan began his career as a Research Assistant and became Reader in History in AMU in 1992. He was a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, London and a member of the Indian History Congress.

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Adjudged 'best girl'

Maijabeen Gaihlot, receiving her 'Best Girl' Award

Hubli : Maijabeen Gaihlot, a BA final student of the Sri Jayadeva Moorsaviru Mutt Vidyavardhaka Sangha College, was adjudged the ‘best Girl’ (Arts Faculty). She was presented the award by Karnatak University Vice Chancellor Dr. M. Khajapeer recently. Seen in the picture is the chief swami of the Moorsaviru Mutt which runs the college. Maijabeen emerged the final choice of the judges among the 13 final contenders shortlisted on the basis of knowledge, information, confidence presentation and communicative skills.

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Cops Look On as Qur'an is Burnt

By A Staff Writer

Mumbai : On February 22, in the evening, in the presence of four policemen of the RCF Chembur police station, a Qur’an was burnt. This prompted police commissioner R.S. Sharma to initiate a high level inquiry into the matter after Maulana Kashmiri of the Ulema Council met him.

The delegation demanded an inquiry into the matter and asked for the guilty to be punished. According to the police, there is a dargah located on the Mumbai Port Trust (MPT) land at Mehul in Chembur. The structure, which is said to be illegal by the Collector, was abruptly demolished by the Collector’s officers in the presence of four policemen attached to the Rashtriya Chemical Fertilisers (RCF) police. A senior devotee, whose name has been withheld, was manhandled and the Quran and a few other books burnt, it is alleged. Maulana Kashmiri said. “When I learnt about the incident involving the Quran, I met the police chief and asked him to carry out a probe.” The Maulana added, “The guilty should be punished. I do not know whether the structure is legal or illegal, but this is no way to treat a holy text like the Quran.”

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Banking on Customers

Mangalore : The Customers Meet of the Amanath Co-operative Bank Ltd in Mangalore was held recently where the latest developments and plans to expand its operations were highlighted. The Bank is all set to execute many innovative ideas to make banking a pleasure for its customers.

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Reader's Right

Qalandar is a monthly web-magazine devoted to discussion of issues related to Islam and inter-faith relations in South Asia. The February issue of Qalandar is now out. To read it, go to www.islaminterfaith.org

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What do the Trishuls Signify?

By Andalib Akhter

New Delhi : Senior Muslim league parliamentarian G.M. Banatwala has asked the central government to clarify its stand on the distribution of Trishul in several states particularly in Rajasthan. Raising the question in the Lok Sabha, Banatwala said there were reports of large scale distribution of trishuls in many part of the country particularly in Rajasthan where election is due next year. “More than 2,600 trishuls were distributed in the last one month alone. This, in addition to the trishuls distributed earlier”, he said. The alarming situation, he cautioned, is that the number of communal incidents has increased along with the campaign of arming people with trishuls. This is confirmed by the Gujarat experience . “It may be recalled that regions in Gujarat where trishuls were distributed witnessed the worst and the largest number of killings and this is the dangerous situation that is developing as elections are just around the corner”.

Talking to this correspondent, Banatwala said, there was a pressing need for strict vigilance and firm action against increasing attempts to arouse anti-minority passion and vitiate communal atmosphere in various parts of the country. Particularly with assembly elections drawing near, venomous outbursts and speeches are doing their provocative rounds.

“Open threat of force and serious consequences are repeatedly aired on the Ayodhya issue. Then the situation in Madhya Pradesh is tense- an Ayodhya is being sought to be created on the question of entering the Bhojshala -Kamalmaula Mosque at Dhar,” he said.

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Urdu Scholar Heads Sahitya Akademy

By Andalib Akhter

New Delhi : For the first time in the history of India’s apex literary body, the Sahitya Akademy has an Urdu scholar as its elected president. The victory is likely to give a new lease of life to the language facing step-motherly treatment from the authorities.

In a literary battle charged with political overtones, veteran Urdu scholar and literary critic, Gopichand Narang beat Bengali author and Janapith award winner Mahashaweta Devi to the top post of the Sahitya Akademy. The contest, seen by many as a tug- of- war between the right and left, led to a volley of charges and counter-charges. A group of literary critics even alleged that Narang had an ambivalent stand on communalism despite the fact that Narang always stood for the cause of secularism. Rarely has the contest for the Sahitya Akademy top post had such heat and frenzy.

“I am an independent person committed to writing for the marginalised section of the society and secularism”, Narang told this correspondent soon after his election to the post. “I am fully committed to securing and preserving the freedom of authors and there is no threat to the basic character of the Akademy”, he assured.

“It is Urdu that brought me to this post. My victory is an honour for the beautiful language”, Narang eulogises.

Having served five years as vice-president of the academy and having written 55 books with erudite titles such as Post-Modernism and Indian Poetics.

Narang ‘s claim to secular credentials rests not only as the protector of Urdu, but also in the awards he has won over the years, including the Rajiv Gandhi Award for secularism (1996), a Padmashree from the V.P. Singh government and a gold medal from the President of Pakistan.

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PIC Appeals for Early Resolution of Babri Dispute

By A Staff Writer

New Delhi : The newly formed People’s Integration Council (PIC) has called for an early resolution of the Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi dispute, according to the law of the land, and said that all parties should abide by the orders of the Supreme Court to maintain the status quo. The reaction has come in view of growing communalism in the country particularly in the backdrop of the Ayodhya movement and Sant Sammelan in the Capital.

The PIC said the law maintaining the status quo with regard to places of worship in this country should be firmly enforced and all places of worship destroyed by mobs, including the ones recently destroyed in Gujarat, should be re-constructed at the state’s expenses.

The PIC felt that the public discourse throughout India is being vitiated by open divisive statements aimed at dividing the polity. This act is obviously in contravention of the Constitution and the laws of the land. Yet it goes unpunished because it has the open support and even the open participation by members of the ruling alliance and even persons who have constitutional authority, which prevents them from acting in this matter. The council called for an immediate cessation of this divisive public discourse and also called for firm and impartial application of the law of the land against those who continue to endanger public peace and amity by such discourse.

The People Integration Council was formed after a two-day deliberation which was inaugurated by former president, K. R. Narayanan.

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Agha's Mission

Mr Agha on his way.................

Who is Doing What Social worker Munzeer Ahmed Agha who works among slum children in Bangalore leads a group of them to a Bangalore hospital on a health awareness campaign. Agha has been working for a decade in Goripalya slums of Bangalore running his Agha Coaching Academy. The Academy boosts the talent of these children through additional teaching, excursions, awareness tours to museums, zoos, gardens, acquaria and other places of learning.

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Pune Workshop A Super Success

Pune : Mumtaz Peerbhoy, President of Bazm-e-Khawateen, Pune, inaugurated a three-day workshop for women- “Discover yourself through Islam” held at Azam Campus on February 7th, 8th and 9th 2003. Over 130 women parcitipated in this workshop, designed and conducted by A.W. Sadathullah Khan, Editor of Islamic Voice. The workshop was a tremendous success as Mr. Khan who is an expert motivator succeeded in focusing on making Islam a way of life and brought in many aspects about Islam which have so far not been touched upon even by many International Dawah activists.

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Reflections

A Periodical Cannot Survive on Sentiments Alone

I read your editorial “ Ownership is Missing” in the February 2003 issue of Islamic Voice. Readers’ support is no doubt very basic to the survival of any periodical. But efforts should be made to get the feedback from readers on a continuous basis. It is also necessary to have columns and articles of general interest which will make readers eagerly wait for the next issues of the periodical. For this if necessary, the rate per issue should be revised to Rs 15 or Rs 20 per copy. There should be more variety in the articles so that the publication appeals to all age groups. Besides adequate commercial support from subscribers from trading and business by way of advertisements and complimentary releases is a must to keep the periodical financially sound.

The concept of ownership is no doubt important and it does appeal to the sentiments of the readers. But then the periodical has to compete with other publications in today’s fast paced life. The periodical cannot survive on sentiments of ownership alone. Infact, putting it collectively, one would wonder if such a thing even exists in the mind of the readers in general. It is necessary for the periodical to examine the success achieved by other publications and the elements of their success. The two factors you will invariably find is financial soundness and the contents that directly appeal to various classes of readers.

Arshad Khan
Mumbra,Thane

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