Islamic Voice A Monthly English Magazine
Safar / Rabi-Ul Awwal 1422 H
May 2002
Volume 15-05 No:185

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The Survivors Speak
Missing the Great Qazi
Jamaat brings spiritual scholars together
Obituary

The Survivors Speak

A fact-finding Report reveals shocking cases of crimes against Muslim women in Gujarat

By A.B. Masoud

New Delhi:The mob started chasing us with burning tyres after we were forced to leave Gangotry society, it was then that they raped many girls. We saw about 8-10 rapes. We saw them strip 16 year Mehrunnisa. “I saw Farzana being raped by Guddu chara. Farzana was about 13 years old. She was a resident of Hussain Nagar”. These are a few eyewitness records of the rape and sexual assault committed against Muslim women in the riot-torn state of Gujarat. These eyewitness records, ‘How has the Gujrat massacre affected minority women the survivors speak’ have been published in a report. These records have been collected by a six-member team of women from Delhi, Bangalore, Tamil Nadu and Ahmedabad under the banner of ‘Citizen’s Initiative Ahmedabad’ (CIA), which undertook a five day fact-finding mission to Gujarat to assess the impact of the continuing violence on minority women in Gujarat. Given the specific targeting of women in this carnage, this team went to investigate into how women in particular have been affected. “We have been shaken and numbed by the scale and brutality of the violence that is still continuing in the state. Despite reading news reports, we were unprepared for what we saw and heard.There is fear in the eyes and anguish in the words of ordinary women whose basic human right to live a life of dignity has been snatched away from them” says a member of the team.

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Missing the Great Qazi

Maulana Mujahidul Islam Qazi’s sagacity and wisdom made him popular among all sections of the Muslims
who looked upon him as a guide and leader at all times

By Andalib Akhter

Maulana Mujahidul Islam QaziWith the demise of Qazi Mujahid-ul-Islam Qasmi, the president of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), the Islamic world and particularly the Indian Muslims have lost one of their most revered and pious religious leader. After the death of Ali Miyan Nadvi few years back, Maulana Qazi had become the torch bearer for all section of Indian Muslims and guiding them to the path shown by Islam. The communal violence, the issue of Babri Masjid, the concerted effort to associate Islam with terrorism and to brand Muslims as terrorists disturbed him. Whenever this writer met him, even in his illness he found him concerned about the community.

Once he said, “the real Islam is not what we see in our daily life of the Muslims from east to west. The real Islam is based on the teachings of the Quran and the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) that is preserved with us. The enemies of Islam through the network of the media have used this as a tool to malign Islam. They presumed that Islam is backward and retrograde to the latest knowledge. Contrary to this, Islam is a progressive religion and not averse to science and technology. Education is an essence of Islam.” His sagacity and wisdom have made him popular among all sections of Muslims.

The AIMPLB which is a conglomerate of all sections of the Indian Muslims looked to him as a guiding force and accepted his suggestions in letter and in spirit. Recently when the VHP fixed March 15 as the deadline for the construction of Ram Mandir, and Shankarachariya offered his service for negotiated settlement of the issue, Qazi saheb sent a delegation to meet the Hindu seer. But when he found nothing reasonable in the offer he asked his team not to go ahead with further talks. Qazi who is survived by his wife was suffering from blood cancer for the last few years. Born on October 9, 1936 in Darbhanga district of Bihar, he acquired education at Darul-uloom, Deoband. His father, Maulana Abdul Ahad Qasim was also a renowned Islamic scholar of his time. After completing his education, he started teaching at Jamia Rahmani at Mungher and at the same time, got associated with Emarat-e-Sharia Patna.

For 40 years, he was the chief Qazi of the Daraul Qaza of Emarat-e-Shariya and solved many family disputes amicably. His religious wisdom made him famous all over the country and across the world. He visited several Islamic countries and participated in seminars on Islam. His papers and books were appreciated in many Muslim countries. He also prepared the ‘Muslim personal law’ for South Africa. He wrote nearly 40 books in Urdu and Arabic. His work, ‘Qaza aur Fiqah’ is regarded as one of the authentic books in the Islamic world. The ‘Sanwan-ul-Qaza’ ( in Arabic with four volumes) ’Alwaqf Aur Islami Adalat’ (Urdu) are his other famous works.

Maulana Qazi was also associated with several socio-religious organisations. He was the secretary general of Fiqah Academy and All India Milli Council. He was associated with AIMPLB since its inception in 1972. After the death of renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Abul Hasan Ali Miyan Nadvi, he was elected as its president. His Fiqah Academy translated the 40 volumes of ‘Fiqahi Encyclopedia’ in Urdu. Maulana Qazi is buried at his native village in Darbhanga district of Bihar.

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Jamaat brings spiritual
scholars together

By A Staff Writer

BANGALORE: Terrorism has become quite a phenomenon of the modern world with religion being dragged into it. A crisis of confidence has gripped the communities in India and that is one reason that the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Bangalore organised a symposium on “Religion and Terrorism” last fortnight in the city. Mohammed Iqbal Mulla, President, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, (JIH) Karnataka and Goa, set the mood for an animated discussion with his inspiring inaugural speech. Quoting sayings from the Bhagwad Geeta, Prof N Krishna Swamy of the Ramakrishna Mission and Retd. Prof, Military College of Engineering Pune said that religion and terrorism could never be linked.

He condemned the Gujarat carnage and appraised the Islamic values of prayers, Hajj, Zakat and fasting emphasising that the Islamic tenets were the best form of purification. Shahid Memon, member JIH, Belgaum presented the values of peace which Islam upholds. Dr Shantaveera Maha Swamiji of Sri Kolada Math Mahasabha made it very clear that no political party in India could shake the roots of religion. All the more emphatic was Rev. Vincent Raj Kumar, secretary, Karnataka Central Diocese when he pointed out the oppression on Palestinians.

Sri Balagangadharanatha Maha Swamiji of Sri Adichunchanagiri Maha Samasthana Math warned that devisive forces in the country were all out to disrupt the communal harmony and it was people in power who were the root cause of the communal disharmony that India is witnessing today. Editor of SanmargaWeekly, MangaloreIbraheem Sayeed in chaste Kannada quoted many sayings of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) which define the essence of brotherhood between different religions. Dr M S Belgaumi, district organiser JIH, Bangalore, while raising a pertinent question on how people should face the volatile situation in the country today said that “as united members of all communities we should assert ourselves.

The symposium was an enlightening event as the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Bangalore took the constructive step of bringing together spiritual leaders together while the rest of the country was busy grappling about why Hindus hate Muslims and why Muslims hate Hindus.

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Obituary

Shihabuddin Nadwi

Shihabuddin Nadwi passes away

Bangalore: Noted author and Islamic scholar Mohammad Shihabuddin Nadwi passed away after a long illness here on April 18. Shihabuddin Nadwi was a rare breed of scholar in that, he improved his knowledge of natural sciences through extensive self-study and employed it for interpretation of various Quranic and Islamic concepts. This involved years of efforts in raising a library of nearly 40,000 books on natural sciences and Islam. The library is now managed by Furqania Academy Trust in Bangalore. He authored nearly 80 books in Urdu, while another dozen are in various stages of publication. Nearly 20 of the books were translated in English too while a couple of them were translated in Arabic in Egypt. According to family sources, he had almost completed his autobiography while leaving for hospital on April 17. His works pertained to Quranic hints to concepts such as space, living creatures in other planets, evolution and creation. A product of Nadwatul Ulama in Lucknow, Shihabuddin was born in Chikkabanavar village near Bangalore and set up his Academy in Bangalore in 1971. Man’s landing on moon and the dilemma it created for the Islamic religious scholar spurred him into writing his first book on Human exploration of Space. The book became a hit and it ushered him into a life-long career of research. He presented his papers at various international conferences. He is survived by his widow, four sons and five daughters.

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