Shaban / Ramadan 1423 H
Volume 15-11 No : 191
Camps \ Workshops
This is with reference to Dr Zakir Naik’s article on “Is a woman allowed to be Head of State?” (Islamic Voice, August, 2002). He started the third paragraph of his article by saying “ Let’s analyse the pros and cons of a woman being head of state”. Just one question-where are the pros? Why is the woman to be blamed if the men are distracted? In this day and age, any occupation requires professionalism. Therefore it should not matter if a man and a woman are having meetings to discuss work. There is usually a lot of media exposure of the head of State. There is normally some physical contact between the head of State and other dignitaries, including hand-shakes. Can somebody be turned on by a mere hand shake? Dr Zakir Naik’s thoughts seem highly illogical and with a particular patriarchal bent of mind. All of it is directed just to keep women at home behind the veil and not let her explore herself as a person who is capable of much more than just cooking and looking after children. I think it is high time scholars of Islam open themselves to active debate and critique. I request Dr Naik to see women as human beings and not as objects who can be ordered around.
Sadaf and Faraz Siddique
The case of Shabana Shaikh ditched by Ghazi (Islamic Voice, Mumbai Serial Grooms September, 2002) is a matter of great shame for Muslims in India and elsewhere. The community has to open its eyes, think and put an end to such heinous practices for good. This is not the only case. A report of similar nature was carried last year by a popular weekly under the title 'Arabian Nights', elucidating stories of jilted souls from coastal Kerala. If such touts and pimps are to be blamed, hundreds of those Arab and other accomplices too are equally to be blamed. In the year 2000, I read one such article written by journalist Maqbool Ahmed Siraj which boggled my mind as to how our sisters were being pushed into flesh trade by none other than members of our own community.
Manzar Imam Qasmi
The attack on the devotees of Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar is yet another blow to the secular fabric of India. At the height of anger and thoughts of vengeance, the authorities have succeeded in maintaining the law and order situation unlike during the post-Godhra carnage.Thanks to Allah for this.
I read with interest the excellent article " Helping your Wife," in Islamic Voice, September, 2002. While reading it, I felt as though I was amidst the Prophet (Pbuh), the Sahabas and the noble men of the Islamic days. But after reading it, I felt the article is a wishful thinking than a semblance of reality. Men who preach Islamic principles in plenty, but practice them in the least are available in hundreds even in a small town like Hubli. As example, I wish to cite this case- A Muslim man by birth and convictions and who has even performed the Hajj compels his wife working in a public sector company to shell out all her salary to support the family needs right from the servant's wages to laundry. He uses his earnings to invest in buying immovable property all in his name. He beats her even if she asks for legitimate expenses. He slaps his children when they point out the difference between his preachings and practices. Only Almighty Allah can save Muslim women from the clutches of their self-proclaimed Muslim husbands.
M. R. Gajendragad
Islamic Voice is fast becoming the all-time favourite of the Muslim community with thought-provoking articles which inspire the Muslims and will wake them up from their slumber. The article " Forget the Past, Let's Talk Education" By M. Hanif Lakdawala in the October 2002, issue of Islamic Voice was excellent. Let our leaders, including the Ulema think over the problems of the Muslims and give preference to core issues like education and economic upliftment. There is no point in harping on emotional issues and wasting our time and energy. The examples of the changing trends in the Muslim society given by Hanif reflect the condition prevailing in most of the places including Ambur (Tamil Nadu). This trend should continue and prevail everywhere for the betterment of the community and the country, as otherwise we will be nowhere. I thank Hanif and Islamic Voice for writing and publishing such articles. I also found the piece on "Finding Bad Omen in any Sign is Forbidden in Islam" (Hadith) very useful. Many people in our community need to extract themselves out of the clutches of mantravadis, sadhus and other godmen and focus their worship towards Allah. I wish the team at Islamic Voice all the best in their efforts.
V.M. Khaleelur Rahman
I read each and every bit of Islamic Voice. Understanding very well the time and effort required to undertake this exercise, I greatly appreciate your care and concern in trying your best to spread the word of Allah, among all those you know.
In the October issue in the "Our Dialogue" column, which can also be accessed on www.islamicvoice.com, all the answers were very balanced and were from an Islamic viewpoint except one which I feel (May Allah forgive me, if I am wrong) appears to be slightly deviating from the truth and/or incomplete in its pre-conditionalities. I am referring to the answer for the question on the difference between "Suicide and Sacrificing One's life" by Adil Salahi.
The answer is complete in all respects except for the fact that it fails to clarify and highlight that suicide bombing strikes can ONLY be carried out against Israeli military personnel and military targets and NEVER against the innocent Israeli civilians!
Its shocking that a major condition such as to ensure that the suicide bomber has to target the military and not the civilians, could mean the difference of the suicide bomber entering heaven or hell after death! So, websites disseminating Islamic ideologies have a great responsibility on their shoulders. Its very sad that Islamic Voice overlooked mentioning this crucial factor which could be due to oversight. All the same, somebody kindly correct me, if I am wrong in my understanding of this delicate difference between Suicide and Shahadat.
Syed Obaid Hasan