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

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Dirt Quad
Senior citizens need your support!
Words of Wisdom by Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) on Food
Reflections



Future Shock

Dirt Quad

Five students have used their creative minds to craft a vehicle
that can be smoothly driven by even handicapped persons on the road.

Five students of third year automobile engineering in Hindustan Electronics Academy, in Bangalore have put together a bike as part of their dissertation project and named it ‘Dirt Quad’, the name used by Americans. The vehicle can be used in mountains, deserts and beaches for rescue operations and adventure. They say the vehicle is patterned after a similar vehicle, used by American forces in Afghanistan to carry arms and ammunition. Five boys, Koushik, Samarth, Sameer, Dharmendar and Shiva who designed the vehicle, call it their “dream bike”. The vehicle can be manoeuvred by even handicapped persons to ride on road. It is ideal for patrolling on beaches. “The bike weighs 170 kg. and travels at a speed of 80 km per hour. It has four wheels with a 100-cc TVS engine and can travel 38 km per litre of fuel and costs around Rs. 35,000', says Shiva. “It took three months to design this. We used a 2-stroke suzuki engine. We assembled the bike and hammered into a fine shape with the help of our faculty members,” says Koushik. Asked if they would patent it, Koushik said, since suzuki engine has been used, it cannot be patented by them. However, the five boys are looking for commercial propositions from the industry. They have to seek permission under the Motors Vehicle Act to use the Dirt Quad on the roads. ‘The main purpose of inventing the bike is for use as an ‘adventure bike’ and one should have a great pleasure in riding it”, says Dharmendar.

For more information on the Dirt Quad, contact: 5233574.

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In Focus

Senior citizens need your support!

Elderly people around the globe are abused, ignored, deprived of their basic human rights and many live in abject poverty without a regular income or pension, according to the “State of the World’s Older People 2002", a survey of the elderly in 32 countries around the globe released in London recently. It was also found that the elderly are denied access to healthcare, education and training, ignored by the governments and policy makers and excluded from society. “ It is as if once you are 60 and above, you stop being treated as a human being,” said Tavengwa Nhongo of HelpAge International, which prepared the report. Older people are living in chronic poverty across the world, but it is worse in developing countries and Africa in particular. Their rights are continuously denied, they are abused, insulted, assaulted, murdered and raped in a number of situations. By 2050, the United Nations estimates that the number of people over 60 years old will reach two billion, but sadly the report says that governments and international donor agencies did not include the elderly in their budgets.

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Words of Wisdom by Prophet
Muhammad (Pbuh) on Food

Milk: The Prophet (Pbuh) said that milk wipes away heat from the heart just as the finger wipes away sweat from the brow. It strengthens the back, sharpens the vision and sharpens the memory too.
Honey: Considered to be the best remedy for diarrhea when mixed in hot water. It helps in digestive problems.
Olive oil: An excellent treatment for skin and hair. It is very effective in treating inflammation of the stomach.
Mushroom: The Prophet(Pbuh) said that mushroom is a good cure for ailments of the eyes.
Grapes: The Prophet was very fond of grapes, it purifies the blood, provides vigour and strengthens the kidneys.
Dates: The Prophet loved dates himself and elucidated its nutritive value always.
Figs: It is a fruit from paradise and a cure for piles.
Barley: Good for fever in a soup form.
Melon: Melon contains 1000 blessings and 1000 mercies.

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Reflections

If You.....
If you write numbers on our hands
If you blindfold us
If you cut us piece by piece
If you shoot us behind our back
If you blow up our heads
If you destroy our house
If you tear up our land
If you kill our children
If you massacre our family
If you call us terrorists
If you name us uncivilized
If you write hundreds of resolution
If you speak in a thousand rallies
If you call for restraint
If you deplore and regret
If you tell us to surrender
If you tell us this is terror
If you tell us, it is all the land we will get
If you tell us we have the right to resist
If you tell us we are a third world
If you tell us we are barbarians
If you tell us Israelis are not Zionists
If you tell us Israel is the only Democracy
If you tell us Israel is not an occupier
We will fight
We will fight for our right
We will fight for our freedom
Our freedom to resist
Our freedom to live
Our freedom to be Palestinians
Our freedom to live on our land
Our freedom to live free
We will fight, generation after generation
And the occupier and imperialist and superpower
Will then learn, we will not surrender


Abu Hajar Nablus, Palestine

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