Safar / Rabi-Ul Awwal 1422 H
Volume 15-05 No:185
I have seen the letter published in the March, 2002. issue of Islamic Voice under the caption “Shocking statements from an Ex-MLA,” written by M.P. Ahamed Hasan who has taken strong objection to my statement with regard to my observation on family planning by Muslims. Hasan is horrified, because he believes I have said something contrary to Shariat. I would like to ask him, are there no accepted Islamic norms suggested for birth control? While people like Ahamed who are in a vast majority would like to stand up for believing and backing Shariat-which is good, but 90 per cent of us do nothing in practice, to alleviate the suffering of the poverty-stricken Muslim Ummah. It would be interesting to know what Ahamed and his family are doing to help such people.
How many of us give even Zakat, duly calculating the same as per prescribed norms, laid down by the same Shariat and provide the much required relief to the Muslim brethren. In any case, I would like to express my apology to Mr. Hasan and to all such “Islamists” for saying something which is in breach of Muslim Personal Law. Many “ Islamic” countries promote family planning as an official State policy for the same reason as I have used. Probably they know better, than the Hasans of this land, what serious problems are faced by their poor people. Poverty breeds ignorance, which in turn creates all kinds of problems, which the whole community is facing. Hasan may be interested to know that I give Rs 10 to 15 lakhs in Zakat every year.
Further I have single-handedly done much work for the Muslim community in Andhra Pradesh using the government, than any other Muslim leader either socially or politically in the past 15 years. It is high time we Muslims develop a sense of tolerance of others’ point of view. Every Tom, Dick and Harry tends to call others’ names, because some do not follow the beaten track.
Ahamed Hasan has expressed his unhappiness (Letters-March 2002) and has opposed the interview with Basheeruddin Babukhan article published in Islamic Voice. Bashiruddin has spoken about birth control in the interview apart from other matters and this is his personal opinion. Readers accept it or not is not Bashiruddin’s problem. We observe around us the miserable and pathetic conditions under which our kids live. The parents cannot provide them basic food, so education remains a dream. The primary objective of sending these children to Madrasas is to get one full meal once a day at least, and education for them is secondary. Do these poor people bear number of children in order to comply with the Shariah or is it for some other reason? I understand that abortion is against the Shariah, but what about exercising self-control to prevent conception? I appeal to the Ulema and scholars to come out with a solution so that birth control can be exercised in accordance with the Shariah. Please continue publishing such useful articles.
The entire world watched in horror as fascists from the saffron band went around burning innocent Muslims in Gujarat as a “ reaction to the Godhra incident.” India is supposed to be a country with diverse culture and that is what the world thinks. But the ugly side of Indian culture was revealed as so - called saviours of Hinduism in the garb of the Bajrang Dal activists barged into Muslim homes, raping and murdering women. This is not Indian Sanskriti. Even in Hinduism, women are supposed to be respected and treated well. But the fascists pay no heed to what is written in their divine scriptures. How can Indians be proud of their culture when Gujarat is burning?
I happened to go through copies of Islamic Voice and should say that I am impressed by the useful information in it about the community. Islamic Voice appears as an important cog in the wheel that provides guidance and strives towards providing direction to the Muslim community. I pray to Allah for the long life of the publication and also for its wider circulation.
Dr. H. Zubair Ashraf
I visited the Islamic Voice website and say with perfect conviction that it is a beautiful site and the information on Islam is truly helpful. Keep up the good work!
The resolution passed by the RSS in its session in Bangalore is quite incomplete. It reads: “the Muslims must understand that their real safety lies in the goodwill of the majority”. It should read: “ the safety of the majority lies in the goodwill of the minority!” To develop goodwill between both the communities, the RSS leaders should have a dialogue with Muslim leaders too just like they have been doing with the Christian leaders. Threats and warnings like the RSS resolutions are of no consequence to anybody.
Dr Abdul Hameed
I was very impressed by your coverage of the Gujarat riots in the April 2002 issue of Islamic Voice. Please continue with the follow-up on this as it is the only way to give a voice to the victims.
At least, it makes the Hindutva gang transparent in their brutality and ideology. The Hinduism they support is nothing, but the hidden agenda they have to put down the minorities in India.
The April 2001 issue of Islamic Voice was brilliant in its coverage of the Gujarat carnage. On the community front, Sathak M.Hamid Abdul Khader, (The Dream Merchant) is really doing a commendable job and people like him are the real strength of the Muslim community. M. Hanif Lakdawala`s articles are an eye opener not only for Muslims, but for all those people who believe in humanity. The Gujarat carnage is a wake-up call for us. It is high time that Indian Muslims take things seriously and unite now. Instead of looking towards others for help, we should form our own political platform and also join hands with Dalits and other minorities, educate our children and work for the economic upliftment of our community. Muslims of Gujarat are not alone. Over 20 crore Muslims of India are with them. Inshallah we will come out of this dark phase with glowing faces. But let us remember, the key to our success is unity and action.
Qayoom ul hassan
I read the April issue of Islamic Voice at IRF in Mumbai. All the articles are superb. It is a true example of secularism that where Gujarat and other parts of the country are burning in communal fire, it is really a moment of pride that a mosque known as "guru ki maseet" was returned to Muslims by the Sikhs. The State of Punjab is not only rich in crops, but the people here too are large-hearted.
M. Reyaz Ahmad Zobairi