Safar\Rabi-Ul-Awwal 1424 H
Volume 16-05 No : 197
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I think people who criticise the government subsidy for Haj do not see the facts in the proper context. While taking money for purpose of Haj is wrong, we should recognise that the air fare to Gulf countries is unfair. The Gulf Air fares are a milch cow of both the Indian air companies as well as the Gulf air companies. Haj flights could be treated like Charter Flights. Just find out how low the prices of Charter flights are. Tourists coming from Europe to Goa often take charter flights which are hired by their travel agents. The costs turn out to be about 40-50% cheaper than regular flights. The Indian government and the Gulf governments are exploiting more than a million poor Muslims. I hope Islamic Voice will do some research on this topic and bring this to the attention of the community.
I read your article on "Madrasa Reforms-An Interesting Experiment," (Islamic Voice, March 2003). It is really good if Madrasas work jointly. It will be good if we have a common pattern of course. I would like to congratulate the Kerala-based Samastha Kerala Sunni Vidyavasa Board for taking an initiative in this way.
This has reference to your editorial- "Ownership is missing". While this is true, there are other simple reasons too. It is sad to observe that days are not far when other media will start reporting the closure of Muslim-English media, as you do of Urdu magazines and newspapers. The reason is obvious, "quality is missing". Why would anybody like to own something that lacks quality? Muslims started to move away from Urdu education(hence media) for want of quality and economic gains initially, and are now out of choice. Unfortunately, the same thing has hit our English media as well. How would we explain the phenomenon of the previous generation not being able to speak English, and the next generation unable to recognise their own names in the original script and still claiming to know Arabic? These are just two extremes, and the results will be so unless we give it a serious thought.
I would like to thank the Islamic Voice team for the brilliant website of the publication. At least now people will learn what is Islam. I advise you all to have strong Taqwa and Iman that will help you in your work.
Apropos 'barbaric reply' (Islamic Voice, April 2003), I would like to say that the answer given by Dr. Zakir Naik was fully relevant and not absurd. If one treats it as irrelevant, I may have to compare it with that of Salman Rushdie (Satanic Verses) where he considers the verses of Sura "Noor" and the corresponding "Hadees", regarding the blame on Hazrath Ayesha (RA) as irrelevant. Mr. V.M.Khaleelurrahman unfortunately decides the act of a Muslim husband compelling his wife to bed (that too with her husband) as an act of rape, hence barbaric. According to Khaleelurrahman, in Islam, sex is mainly for the purpose of procreation. It is not correct. Whenever non-Muslims question about "Talaaq", bigamy etc. in Islam, we convince them that the main purpose of marriage in Islam is to create a clean and moral society and to eradicate prostitution and rape. I advise people like Khaleelurrahman to study Islam fully before writing such ignorant letter or views.
S. Abdul Latheef
The news published in Indian Express on 6th of April on the front page is really shocking that Christian missionaries are operating in Kashmir and converting Muslims to Christianity. It seems the Muslims are allured with money and already over 10,000 Muslims have converted so far . It is really a matter of concern and Islamic Voice should investigate into this.
Rafik Latif Shaikh
I enjoyed reading your website which carried good information on Islamic history. I really appreciate the definition of Bidat that you gave and we also know that everyone who is doing this is making their home a hell-fire.
With reference to the article, "Price of being the face of the riots" (April 2003), this is good work done by your staff writer, because the person who has been highlighted, has been exploited tremendously by the print media. Qutubuddin lost his job as his photo appeared all over during the Gujarat riots. The media, including the Muslim owned media has exploited him for their own interest and now nobody even cares to find out about his welfare. Qutubuddin should now make his photo a copyright and those who wish to publish it should seek his permission.
Syed Ahmed Katariya