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MONTHLY    *    Vol 11-05 No:124     *   May 1997/ MUHARRAM 1419H

email: editor@islamicvoice.com

COMMUNITY ROUNDUP


Mysore Muslims: Over 80% Do not attend Namaz; Jumaa Attendance by less than 50%.
Idgah Controversy Police rams amok, 2 killed, 12 injured
Urdu Scholar's Association Launched
Raza Library Board reconstituted
Winds of change sweep Rajasthan Madrassas


Mysore Muslims: Over 80% Do not attend Namaz; Jumaa Attendance by less than 50%.

By A Staff Writer

MYSORE : A recent survey of observance of religious obligations among Muslims of Mysore reveals that only 18 per cent Muslim male adults attend five times prayers. Less than half of them attend the Jumma (Friday) prayers which is a major congregational obligation for Muslims.

The study by Prof. Mushtaque Ahmed, Secretary, local unit of Milli Council puts the Muslim population in Mysore at 2.5 lakhs. Of these 70,000 are adult males of over 16 years. The statistics collected from 100 mosques in the City of palaces reveals that Maghrib prayers attract nearly 11,000 namazis, the maximum prayers. Of the 100 mosques, Jumaa is held in 82 mosques. It regretted that nearly 50 per cent adult male Muslims did not perform the Friday prayers.

According to the study, Mysore has 65,000 registered Muslim voters and 70,000 Muslim women voters. In the 65-member Municipal Corporation of the city, 11 members are Muslims.

The maximum attendance of Muslims is recorded in the two Eid congregations (the city has only a single centrally located large Eidgah) when 35,000 people pray together while 45 Mosques attract another 20,000 Namazis. The Maghrib prayers during the month of Ramadan record attendance by 21,000.

The city has 180 Madrassas and Maktabs where religious instructions are imparted to 10,000 children. But nearly 80 per cent of the Muslim children, the report noted, remain deprived of basic religious education. The city has 300 Maulvis or Hafiz.

The report did not say if facitlities existed for collective prayers for women in Mosques in the city.

Of the 100 Mosques in the city, 59 have telephone connections.
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Idgah Controversy Police rams amok, 2 killed, 12 injured

By A.B. Masoud

NEW DELHI : The PAC, notorious for blood thirst, once again ran amok against a particular community, killing two innocents and injuring over a dozen persons at Shaheednagar in Shahidabad of Ghaziabad district, on April 6. The incident occurred when Police without the slightest provocation resorted firing on the peaceful demonstrators at a Idgah Maidan, where they were protesting against the construction of a boundary wall by the Nagar Nizam (Municipality of Sahibabad).

Accroding to eye witnesses, police first resorted the brutal laticharge at the children and woman folk who were sat on a dharna at the Idgah Maidan against the construction of boundary wall under the protection of police. Then police opened fire inside timinately at the people, killing two youth at the spot who were far away from the scene of the disturbance. After that policemen were gone berserk, they barged into their houses and ransacked and looted the valuables and household goods. The fesidents also complained that their womenfolla were beaten up by the police. Even more reprehensible that Khaki-clad Jawans entered the Mosque desecrated he holy Quran and also entered the adjacent Anwarul-Uloom Madrasa and beaten up 50 students. Moreover Murtuza, the cook of the Madrasa was thrown fro 1st floor on the ground by them. The Mosque still bears the marks of bullet and has stains of blood. The locality, which is adjacent to the national capital, is still in the grip of terror and shock.

Ironically, the police has cooked up a story of firing and stone-pelting from the mob and foisted false charges against 49 persons and sent 35 of them to jail while 14 are undergoing treatment the Ghaziabad hospital. But muttawali(custoclian) of Idgah Shaheed Nagar, Moulana Naimuddin vehemently refuted the police charges as baseless and concocted. Not a single pebble pelted at the police, he said, and questioned, how can we invite the wrath of police when one children and womenfolk, were staging dharna at the maidan and firing from our side is not event he remotest thing possibility or even we could not imagine about it.

Narrating the events of Idgah maidan controversy, which culminated in police firing, Qari Naimuddin told the Islamic Voice that the Idgah of Shaheednagar is abutted by a plot of land and Gid prayers are being offered in this maidan since 1973. But, of late nagar Nigam (Municipality of Sahibabad which came into existence in 1994) started claiming that the said plot belongs to it and has planned building a school on this site.

Earlier, in 1981, the Pradhan (Head of Village) Pappu made abortive attempt to grab the plot, since then some anit-social elements kept an eyes on the land. In 1994, a night before the Eid, miscreants used a portion of plot to set fire of Holi and that was continued upto this year but this time Muslims succeeded in foiling their attempts to set benefice of Holi. Even the District-Magistrate of Ghaziabad, Dr.Neel Ratan, in a meeting pressurised the local Muslims to allot a portion of plot for the purpose of Holi following the intense pressure from the local BJP leadership. Muslim representatives refused to budge the demand and categorically said that this is a wakf land and we are not authorized to give an inch of the land.

All of a sudden, on April 5 the Nagar Nizam started construction a boundary, wall under the police protection in between Idgah and the said plot of land. The local Muslim leadership approached the police & civil authorities in Ghaziabad and Meerut against the untimely and unwise move of the Nagar Nizam just on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha. Even the Divisional Commissioner, Meerut Division, gave specific orders to the D.M. to stop construction work till the settlement of despite but the local police instead paying any head to it, resorted to high handedness and unleashed a ruin of terror against the local Muslim population despite the fact it was not a communal issue it is well-known fact that the so called disputed plot belongs to the Wakf Board and there is an order of the Additional District Magistrate of 1985 stating that it is a Wakf land, he added. It has a khasra number 1276-1277 in Wakf records. While the matter is still pending before the Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court.

Meanwhile a five delegation of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, led by Moulana Syed Ahmeed Hashmi, Ex-M.P met the Union Home Minster Mr. Iniderjit Gupta and urged the Central Government to order CBI inquiry into the incident as it feels the role of Sahibabad police was no different from the Delhi Police’s role in Connaught place firing incident. Mr. Syed Yusuf, Secretary Mushawarat told the Islamic Voice, the delegation apprised Mr. Gupta of the excesses committed by the police and asked him to prevail upon the State Government to take drastic action against the officials and police. The delegation, which visited the affected locality, said it was not a communal violence. Mushawarat also demanded the compensation of Rs.5 lakh to the families of the deceased persons and Rs.0.5 lakh to the injured, and proper compensation to those who lost their property at the hands of police and immediate and unconditional release of all the arrested persons.
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Urdu Scholar's Association Launched

BY A. B. Masoud

NEW DELHI : An All India Urdu Research Scholars Association has formed here aiming at to arrest the declining standards in Urdu research work and to co-ordinate the research efforts in the Urdu literary field across the country.

The organisation formed in a convention of Urdu University teachers held at Delhi University under the aegis of ‘Anjuman-e-Assteza Urdu, Jamiayat’ on March 26 and 27. Dr. Khawja Ikramuddin, a research associated in the Jawahar Lal Nehru University, elected as its first President.

The organisation will also work as a watchdog body to check malpractice in the Urdu research work. There were lot of complains coming out over the year about the allotment of spurious topics for research and lenient supervision.

Prof (Dr), Abdul Haq, former head of the Urdu Department, Delhi University, who is also the President of Anjuman said, during my 3 years tenure as a head of Urdu Department, I came across that scholars are faced so much hardships at the hands of their supervisors. I hope the organisation will come forward to the help of such scholars.

Mr. Abdul Manan, a research scholar of Delhi University told the Islamic Voice, than unethical practices are rampant in the Urdu research field. Some students fearlessly lift the extracts from the books without giving due credit to the source.
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Madrasa Association flays UP Government decision

By A.B.Masoud

NEW DELHI : The Teachers Association of madrasa Arabia, Uttar Pradesh condemned the BSP-BJP combines’ Government decision to leave out 67 Arabi Madrasas from the Grant-in-Aid Scheme. Deploring the act of Mayawlliled government, the Association termed it as a first blow on the existence of Madrasas in the state.

In a meeting of Association’s co-ordination Committee and the heads of Madrasas held at the state capital Lucknow, on April 8, express concerned over the state government decision. Moulana Mohd. Hanif Qadri President of Association, who chaired the meeting said, it seems that the State Government is not sincere about Madrasa Scheme, otherwise, it would have released Rs.1000 as a token grant to the Madrasas from the contingency Fund.

It may be recalled, that the Uttar Pradesh Government has decide the inclusion of 135 Madrasas on the Grant-in-Aid list during the 1995-96 fiscal year. Even the Governor of the state Mr. Motilal Bohra, in the state level conference 8 Madrasas teachers held on November 26, 1995 at Lucknow, has announced that the State Government had earmark Rs.10 crore in the Budget for the Mdarasa scheme. However, the Revenue Department made same charges in the scheme. And it was decided that 68 Madrasas will be included int he 1995-96 financial year and the remaining will be accommodated in following year. For this fiscal year the state government even asked the application from the prospective Madrasas.

But the new governments decision to put aside the scheme on serious ground left everybody to wondering.

Earlier, delegation of the Association twice met. Mr. Nassimuddin Siddique, the BSP Agriculture Minister and Minority Welfare Minister, Mr Bunyad Ansari in this regard. Both BSP Minsters gave assurance to the delegation that the State Government will include the remaining Madrasas in the scheme. Despite the assurances from the Ministers, the state government failed to honour its promise. The decision sent shock waves among the thousands of Madrasa teachers who have been working on meagre Salaries in the hope of better future.
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Raza Library Board reconstituted

By A.B. Masoud

NEW DELHI : The governing body (Board) of the famous Raza Library at Rampur has been reconstituted by the Governor, Romesh Bhandhari, who happens to be the Chairman of the Library, on April 2. Begum Noor Bano (M.P), Mr. Irfanullah Khan, Mr. Shariful Hasan Qasmi and Mr Shah are the new members of Board. But the surprise omission of Begum Noor’son, Nawab Kzim Ali Khan has created a furore. A political figure also get nominated on the Board.

Member Parliament Noor Bano Begum in her letters written to the Prime Minister and the UP Governor objected questioned the non-inclusion of Nawab family is male descendant on the Board. She told the Islamic Voice that Rampur Raza Library Act’s clearly laid down the rules that the Board will have a male member from the erstwhile dynasty. The new Board constituted in clear violation of the Act. Following her strong protest the name of Kazim Ali Khan was included in the new body.

Literary circles objected the political nomination on the Board. They say according to the Library Act’s a member must be a scholar of Persian, Urdu or Arabic. The nomination will set a bad precedent and the Library may turn into a political field for politicians and its academic environs may disturb. In her letters, Begum Noor Bano also demanded he explosion of political figure from the Board. The Library has named after Nawab Raza Ali Khan, the last ruler of Rampur State.
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Winds of change sweep Rajasthan Madrassas

By A Staff Writer

JAIPUR : Winds of change are sweeping Madrassas in Rajasthan with the Rajasthan Madrassa Board making a determined bid to introduce modern sciences and languages into their curriculum. The Board through a series of meetings with the head of the Madrassas has persuaded the institutions to introduce modern sciences in nearly 387 such institutions. These Madrassas are currently teaching over 50,000 students. The meetings were held during July 1996 and January 1997 in villages of nine districts.

Interestingly, the Rajasthan Government extended help by way of syllabus books which were distributed by the Waqf Board. The Government sanctioned Rs. 11 lakhs.

Mr. Qaiyum Akhtar, President of the Rajasthan Madrassa Board told Islamic Voice the Madrassas in rural Rajasthan were in miserable shape. He said accroding to the Board's reckoning each of the 1000 Madrassas identified by it would require Rs. 30,000 for essential infrastructure such as furniture, sanitation, drinking water, electricity and maintenance. He said the Board is approaching philanthropists with requests to adopt one Madrassa to guide the modernisation efforts. He said the Board had also written to the Union HRD Ministry to release Madrassa modernisation funds.
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