Deendars are Ahmadis
English-Knowning Imams are Required
Law Alone Won't Do
IT was heartening to read newsitem titled ‘US Court Endorsing Sharia’ It is time women’s rights activists and the NGOs should come forward to demand the Islamic Sharia in the country instead of attempts to highlight injustice of triple talaq, equality of sexes, etc. The women activists should try to save women from the victimisation at the hands of fashion designers, modellists and advertisers who sacrifice the women at the altar of commercialization. Women’s lives are being ruined in the name of single-parent families, lesbianism, beauty contest et al. It is time women identify their well-wishers.
C. K. Abdullah,
THIS has reference to 'Focus on Deendar Anjuman' by Maqbool Ahmed Siraj (August issue of I.V.). Deendar Anjuman is a branch of Qadiani movement. Deendar Anjuman has faith in Mirza Ghulam Ahmed Qadiani as "reformer" and "renewer" and the last prophet. Siddique Deendar Channabasveshwara wrote in his book: "I am a firm Ahmadi" (Kahdim Khatamun Nabieen, p.6, by Channabasveshwara). Deendar Anjuman considers all Muslims other than themselves as Kafirs.
Moinuddin Ahmed Burney,
I am a regular reader of Islamic Voice since its second year of publication. Now it has lost the charm it had at its beginning. Qur'anic scripts has been completely removed and Islamic articles have been reduced from three-fourths to one-fourth of its content. Most of the news pertains to worldly affairs. Earlier I could learn a lot about Islam from its columns.
I intend to discontinue the magazine unless it reverts to its original form.
Dr. M. Habeeb,
Editor replies: Your warning makes us sad. From the very beginning Islamic Voice has made it abundantly clear that it tries to focus on Islam and Muslims both. If indeed representing theoretical Islam had been its motto, it would have been better to produce books, not a journal which is basically meant to reflect society and promote debate. During its current phase, Islamic Voice is trying to expand its ambit in order to take in more coverage of Muslims. It is our firm belief that an Islamic journal should reflect all that goes in the name of Islam. This includes Islam as lived by its followers, Islam as understood by its preachers, Islam as criticised by its rivals, Islam as reviled by its opponents et al. All this is meant to bring to its readers a variety of views to promote genuine debate, to etch, to relief the rationale behind Islam and the flaws in its current interpretation. This requires a reader to be mature and intelligent to participate in the debate. Our choice of the language of English and location within the democratic India makes us eminently suitable to conduct this debate. Unless our readers discern this characteristic of the monthly, we may not be able to retain all our readers. Now the choice is yours.
I was shocked to go through the report entitled "Maharashtra Govt. Lets off Criminal Cops" By M. H. Lakdawala. (I.V., October-2000).
The report not only exposed Democratic Front government of Maharashtra but also signals about double character and betrayal. The basic question is of decency in public life. We have to decide once for all to chalk out concrete programmes for getting justice. I wonder if the government has no intention to punish the guilty. Then why they wasted so much time and money on Srikrishna Commission.
N. Jamal Ansari, AMU,
THE Islamic Voice website is very helpful in staying in touch with the native land and its people for NRI Muslims. I suggest that you have a section where Muslim educators, Persian-Urdu teachers, imams can post their resume. These professionals if endowed with good English knowledge, have great scope in the US. In this city of Omaha in Nebraska (where I live) we secured the services of an Egyptian Imam who returned to his native country after one year of service. Most imams from the sub-continent are not fluent in English and cannot give Friday sermons. Muslims all over North America and Europe face similar problems and the infrastructure needed to train imams in-house is not available. Educators in India and elsewhere can take advantage of this situation.
Fazil Hussain Firdausi
Student, Uniy of Nebraska, Omaha, USA
IT refers to your editorial "Law alone won't do" (October, 2000) in which you have observed that Muslim women are unfairly divorced; polygamy is another way to collect more and more dowry and wives.
On the basis of few sporadic cases of instant divorces and unreasonable polygamy the whole Muslim ummah should not be projected in shabby shape. Every society has got lawbreakers. When we talk about the status of Muslim women, it should not be selective but should be seen in totality.
Therefore, I conclude, Muslim laws definitely put the Muslim women a notch higher than others.
M. Naushad Ansari,
The Islamic Voice editorial of October 2000 issue, "law alone won't do", is the silent voice of many thinking Muslims who are anxious about the community. Community feels about injustice done by several court judgements which seem to have misinterpreted the shariah.
The Muslim Personal Law Board must prepare the Law books in a scientific manner comprehensive, practical and more appealing, and in convincing manner for the new generation. This includes the need, importance and social impact on the society. These books must be helpful to legal luminaries, intellectuals, scholars, law makers and law students.
The Muslim Personal Law Board must utilize the Mosques once in a month throughout the country. These Juma sermons include Shariah's importance and awareness in the masses. Written khutbas must be sent to every districts of the country. We hope Muslim Personal Law Board will consider sincerely our suggestions.