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RABI-UL-AWWAL / RABI - U - THANI
MAY 2004
Volume 17-05 No : 209
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Talk on Peace
Computer Centre in Kerala Madrasa
Zaheer Shaikh is a Free Man
Personality Development Camp
Books for the Soul
Back to School
Minorities in Manifestos

Talk on Peace

 

Dubai: Lajnathul Irfanith Thauheed (LIT) organised a talk on “Peace, in the light of Holy Quran and Sunnah”, last month. This was attended by more than 250 delegates from various Associations like the Indian Association, IMAN, SIMAN, Tamil Associations and Keralite Associations. The highlight of the evening was the address by Dr. Abdul Rehman Al Jarrar, from Dubai Awqaf & Islamic Affairs. In his address he stressed that the word Islam itself means "Salam" (peace) and the Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) on all occasions has stressed peace and the Holy book itself is a "Code of Peace". M. J. Mohamed Iqbal, President of LIT said that there are a few incidents of terrorism happening around the world and if these people happen to have Muslim names, it does not necessarily mean that these acts are done in the name of Islam. (Report by M.J.Mohamed Iqbal, Dubai)

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Computer Centre in Kerala Madrasa

Trichur: A computer training centre for Madrasa students was inaugurated by Dr M.Abbas Haji (Aluva) at the Mathilakom Jowhar-al-Huda madrassa under the Mahallu Committee last fortnight with four computers. Some of the teachers are computer trained in the secondary Madrasa. They intend to extend the normal madrasa hours by half an hour so as to accommodate the computer study. This is the first of its kind in Kerala. (Report by P. A. Muhammed).

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Zaheer Shaikh is a Free Man

By A Staff Writer

Mumbai :After more than a year in jail, Zaheer Shaikh, an accused in the December 2, 2002, Ghatkopar bomb blast case, is a free man. A special court discharged him from the case, which came under the stringent Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota). Soft-spoken and religious, Sheikh is a qualified electronics and telecommunications engineer from J N Engineering College, Aurangabad. He was working as a sales officer with a German firm there when he was picked up on December 23, 2002. Sheikh was one of four people picked up from Parbhani, along with Dr Mateen Basit, Mujameel Jamil-both still in custody and charged under POTA-and Khwaja Yunus, who allegedly escaped from custody. "I'd heard that Yunus was beaten up and was vomiting blood," he says. He says he's determined to fight for other blast undertrials. "I've undergone enough pain to understand their trauma." The joy of returning home was marred by some sad news, when Khwaja Ayub, Yunus's father, died of a heart attack in Parbhani recently. "He'd been so happy at my release. I was to meet him," Sheikh says sadly. The Central POTA review committee ruled that there was no prima facie evidence linking Sheikh to the December 2002 blast. This left the state government with no option but to set him free. The court observed that the state was bound to accept and act on the POTA review committee's recommendation under Section 60 (7) of POTA.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

Personality Development Camp

Nagpur: “Children are a trust in our care. The heart of a child is a jewel we are able to shape in any way we want. If the child is made accustomed to khayr (that which is good), his parents and teachers will share in his reward. If the child is made accustomed to that which is wrong, the parents/teachers/ guardians will share the punishment” said Salimullah Khan, chief organiser of the Personality Development camp which is an annual event jointly organised by the Islamic Centre Markaz colony and Nagpur unit of Students Islamic Organization (SIO) of India. Students of 10th standard participated in the camp with all zeal as this time the camp was organised in the midst of nature in a beautiful farmhouse 20 km away from Nagpur known as "Begum Baug” The camp comprised various sessions which included sessions on Quran, Hadith, Fiqh, Islamic History, Personality development lectures, cultural programmes and video shows. (Report by Md. Ziyaullah Khan).

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Books for the Soul

Bangalore: 'Bookware', the new Islamic book shop stocks the latest collection of Islamic books in English, and Indian languages, CDs, audio cassettes and novelties too. Items over Rs. 500 are door delivered and couriered outside the city.

Bookware, Behind J.C.Nagar Police Station, Nandi Durg Road, J.C.Nagar, Bangalore-560006. Ph: 23543401 Cell: 98441 58731 Email:service@bookw areonline.com, Website:www.boo kwareonline.com

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Back to School

 

Summer is here, all schools are closed. But in a corner of Bangalore on a scorching Sunday afternoon, Tazaiyun Oomer, the dynamic social worker, known as the brain behind ‘Humane Touch’, created a history of sorts. While the election campaign turning noisy and disturbing, an invitation from Al-Azhar Foundation came as a refreshing relief when a new school building was inaugurated last month. The school started by the Masjid-e-Subhaniya Committee in 1996 was adopted by Humane Touch in 1999. In 1999, the student strength was 60. It went upto 90, 200, 250, 303 over the successive years with a class being added every year. Now it is upto the sixth standard.

While the school is an Urdu medium school, it has English as medium of instruction for the core subjects. Apart from Urdu as the first language, Kannada as the second language and English as the third language, the children are given lessons in Quran and Hadith too. According to Tazaiyun, at the time of admission, a small sum of Rs. 500 is taken and then it is just Rs. 60 per month and the extra perk is that two set of uniforms are provided for the child.

The Al Azhar Foundation was set up in 2002 as an amalgamation of three members of the Subhaniya Masjid Committee and three members of Humane Touch. The new school building was inaugurated by Maulana Riaz-ur Rahman, Imam and Khateeb of Jamia Masjid here, nd Abdul Azeem, ex-ACP. With large, airy classrooms, a playground and good toilets, it is worth a visit to this school during this summer vacation.Tazaiyun spoke about education and stressed that it is not just for a carreer, but education teaches one to live a life of dignity. The school is in need of books and furniture. Philantropists who wish to contribute can get in touch with Tazaiyun. It requires grit and determination to build the future of the children and Tazaiyun and team have proved it. So drop in at: Subhaniya Masjid Building, 1st cross, fourth Main Padrayanapura (Behind Muslim Burial Ground), Mysore Road, Bangalore-560026. Tazaiyun can be reached at 9845027337.

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Minorities in Manifestos

While some parties have promised the moon to the Muslims, others are harping about
empowerment of the minorities. But it is to be seen if these promises are kept up.

 

 

By Andalib Akhter

Along with the elections come the great promises from political parties. They promise moon to the people just to get their precious votes. This time too, different political parties have come up with grand promises to the countrymen. The country’s minorities too have found a special mention in the manifesto of all the major political parties. Promises are made to ameliorate their socio-economic and educational backwardness. It is to be seen how the political parties fulfill their promises when they come to the power. In its manifesto for elections 2004, the major opposition party, Indian National Congress (INC) has pledged for providing reservation to Muslims in employment and education at the national level. “The Congress is committed to adopting this policy (policy of reservation) for the socially and educationally backward sections among Muslims and other religious minorities on a national scale”, the manifesto said. It noted that the Congress has provided ‘reservation’ for Muslims in Karnataka and Kerala in government services and education and now if voted to power it will adopt the same policy at the national level. The party also promises to adopt all possible measures to promote communal peace and harmony especially in the sensitive areas. The INC manifesto has also said that the party is committed to amending the Constitution to establish a ‘Commission for Minority Educational Institutions’, which will provide direct affiliation to minority professional institutions and central universities. “Special steps will be taken to spread modern and technical education among women in minority communities particularly,” the manifesto said. In its Agenda for Development, Good Governance and Peace’ (manifesto), the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA), has promised for a Minorities Development Agenda. “A Minorities Development Agenda will be unveiled within the first six month to focus on a 3- E- programme: “Education, Economic upliftment and Empowerment,” the NDA manifesto notes. It said that the agenda will especially address the needs of those belonging to poor and backward families ensuring that they get an equitable share in government - supported schemes in education and housing. The manifesto also talks about a concerted effort to be made to increase minorities’ representation in the administration and public bodies. The NDA promises the reorientation of ‘Minorities Commission’ to address developmental and welfare issues. On the issue of Urdu, the NDA manifesto said that its Government gave unprecedented encouragement to promotion of Urdu language and to modernisation of Madrasa education. “This will continue” it stressed. With a desire to woo back Muslims to its party fold, Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party too has made great promises to them. In fact, 15 of the 19 promises made under the head of ‘social change’ focus largely on Muslims. The SP has promised reservation for Muslims in government jobs, medical and technical institutions, promotion of Urdu and its linkage with employment generated programmes and reconstitution of the Shanti Suraksha Bal, a combat force to deal with communal riots. Mulayam Singh said his government would not interfere in the Muslim Personal Law and would ensure safety of all religious places. He also promised revision of all text books in which interpolations were made with the intent of distorting historical facts about Muslims. The SP also promised to solve the vexed Ayodhya issue either through dialogue or through court intervention.

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