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OCTOBER 2000

MONTHLY    *    Vol 14-10 No:166    *   OCTOBER 2000 / RAJJAB 1421H
  email: editor@islamicvoice.com

COMMUNITY INITIATIVE


Grooming for the Community Service
Setting the Priorities Right
Drugs for Sinusitis, Arthritis Developed

Grooming for the Community Service

Besides coaching and financial assistance community students should be provided exposure to the ethos, issues and problems of the community

Haroon Mozpawala of Khair-e-Ummat Trust giving religious councelling

Haroon Mozpawala of Khair-e-Ummat Trust giving religious 
councelling to students seeking scholarshi

M. H. Lakdawala

THE single most important reason for the virtual absence of effective leadership amongst the Muslims is the elite nature of its educated and socially important section of the community. These elites, who could have played an important role in leading the Muslims in various fields, instead kept themselves aloof from the mainstream of the community.

They keep themselves on the fringe and act as mere observers, but never take interest in the various issues confronting the community. The result is the wide gulf between the elite and the masses. Two important reasons for this are: First the community in general does not consider this elites as their own part. Secondly there is no conscious effort to inculcate the Islamic ethos, values, culture and teaching in the young generation.

Throughout the country Muslims are giving importance to education especially in western and southern India. But having a cursory look at the final products of these process is not encouraging. For instance the case of a girl who was selected for the prestigious Indian Administrative Services (IAS), a student with excellent academic record was sponsored by a Mumbai based education trust throughout her career.

Last year when she was selected for IAS, the said trust jubilantly proclaimed their success in newspaper and in their annual report. Just few months back, report came in that she has married a non-Muslim and is totally alienated from the community. Similar is the case with the lone Muslim IAS girl officer in Tamil Nadu.

Khair-E-Ummat Trust Mumbai and Student Islamic Trust New Delhi now regularly involve their scholarship holders in counselling on community matters

Last month Rizwan Khan (name changed) who had secured 91 per cent marks in higher secondary Class (HSC) approached Khair-E - Ummat (KEU) trust for scholarship to pay MBBS fee. Haroon Mozawala, Gen. Secretary KEU told Islamic Voice that while processing the application of Rizwan when he inquired about his basic knowledge of Islam, he was not even aware about how to offer Namaaz, or was unable to recite even Surah Fatiha or Durood Sharif. "Ironically", said Mr. Mozawala, "Rizwan had excellent general knowledge but no knowledge whatsoever about Islam." Rizwan was asked to study the basic literature and appear for a simple oral test if he wanted the scholarship.

"Within twelve days Rizwan came fully prepared and was able to answer all the queries about basic Islamic teachings and had memorized basic Qura'nic Ayats," said Mr Mozawala. "Rizwan having realized his mistake promised to offer Namaz regularly and study in detail about the Islamic literature."

Throughout the country, a slew of organization and trusts are offering educational scholarship to needy and deserving Muslim students. Although most of them have provision for academic counselling, majority of them have no setup for providing them religious counselling.

According to Mr. Mozawala who is involved with many education trusts, amongst the students who approach him for scholarship atleast 50% of them are totally illiterate about the basic teachings of Islam. Mr. Mozawala has ensured that each and every student who approaches them for scholarship is given counselling in the basic teaching. "I make it a point that before scholarship is sanctioned, these students have read the basic Islamic literature," he said. "To those who cannot afford to buy books we provide them free literature. Why most of the Muslims students who have been sponsored by Muslim Organization and trust fail to sympathise with the community cause? Why they do not like to identify with, the community once they attain success?

At Khair-E-Ummat Trust, they have a very simple solution for this problem. Instead of cross-examining the candidate they asked them to bring photocopies of ration card, electricity bill and rent receipt. Mr. Mozawala says that through these document we get fair idea about the economic condition of the candidate. "At the most within two visit we sanction scholarship to deserving students. This has a very positive impact on them and their parents. Hence whatever advice we offer them they sincerely follow it," said Mr. Mozawala.

In the race for educating our young generation, our society is gradually overlooking the need to impart our youths with Islam beliefs and values. Do we need professionals, doctors, engineers and computer wizards whose names sound like Muslims or Muslims who represent Islam in true sense and act as a magnet for others?. The choice is yours. 

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Jamiyyatul Falah, Mangalore

Setting the Priorities Right

Falah's Students Hostel in MangaloreIT is a strange irony that the city of Mangalore has a medical college, dental college, two nursing colleges and a degree college run by Muslims, but hardly any good schools to feed these professional education colleges. A group of wealthy businessmen who have set up these elite institutions have paid no attention to start good school. The city has just a single high school run by the community. No one seems to look at the real needs of the community. Do they have any scheme to educationally uplift the Muslims?

A group of Muslim youth who were concerned at the spreading tentacles of illiteracy have now embarked on the task of giving the education a bias for the poor. They formed an organisation Jamiyyatul Falah in 1989 which is now active in Dakshin Kannada and Udipi district of Karnataka. During the 11 years, the Falah group has succeeded in opening four schools at Atkarepadapu, Mallar, Bantwal and Halayangadi. The schools have nearly 1300 students and 36 teachers and teach through Kannada medium except the one at Mallar where Urdu is the medium.

Mangalore has a Muslim medical and a dental college but no schools to feed them. Consequently, these elite colleges draw Muslim students from Kerala, ignoring the local

According to Syed Ahmed, general secretary of the Jamiyyatul Falah, the organisation mainly concentrates on education of poor, downtrodden masses. It has also set up a student's hostel at Kankanady in Mangalore city which has currently 60 inmates. These students studying in various professional colleges are lodged in this only Muslim hostel in the town. Falah is adding 11 more rooms to the existing 27 rooms.

Green View High School, AdkarepadpuSays Ibrahim Bava, another functionary of the Falah, the D.K district has a sizeable number of Muslims working as beedi workers. Unless their kids are educated, the poverty and drudgery will continue to ruin the families.

Falah achieved a milestone by launching an ambulance service in January this year in Udipi. A Mahindra made ambulance was gifted by Basheer Shaikh of Uchila village. It also purchased a piece of land for putting up an ITI and a health care centre in Udipi. The Udipi unit of Falah is running two tailoring schools at Udayavar and Kaup.

Jamiyyatul Falah can be contacted at: Near Kankanady Mosque, Kankanady, Mangalore- 575002, Tel: 0824-439003, e-mail: alfalah@blr.vsnl.net.in  

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Niamath Research Foundation

Drugs for Sinusitis, Arthritis Developed

A Chennai based Unani research institution develops cures for nagging ailments

Syed Khaleefatullah (SK's) Herbal Medical Hospital at Chennai.<br>
(Inset) Dr. Hakeem Syed Khaleefatullah
Syed Khaleefatullah (SK's) Herbal Medical Hospital at Chennai.
(Inset) Dr. Hakeem Syed Khaleefatullah

By A Staff Writer

Chennai: Thanks to the sustained efforts by the Niamath Research Foundation here, effective drugs have been developed for sinusitis and rheumatoid arthritis. Drug for filariasis is also in the pipeline.

Dr. Syed M. M. AmeenThe Unani drugs for the sinusitis and rheumatoid arthritis known as Sinusal and Arthal capsules respectively are being manufactured and marketed by the Niamath Laboratories. According to Dr. Syed M. M. Ameen of the Niamath Research Foundation, the two drugs have proved successful in 90 per cent of the cases. The rate of recurrence in sinusitis patients was reported in only 15 per cent patients. It may be recalled that allopathy does not offer cure for the two nagging ailments.

The research on sinusitis was conducted in collaboration with the Institute of Otorhinolaryngology of the General Hospital in Chennai (formerly Madras) while the research on rheumatoid arthritis was carried out at the Department of Rheumatology of the same hospital. The research on filariasis was conducted under the auspices of the Indian council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi. The tests have been completed. However the results are pending as the Ministry of Health has to issue the clearance.

Niamath Research Foundation was established in 1985 and took up the three research projects in 1989. The pioneering efforts were made by Dr. Hakeem Syed Khaleefatullah who was instrumental in popularising the Unani system of medicine in Tamil Nadu. The Niamath Research Foundation is named after Hakeem Syed Niamathulah, mayor of Madras during 1942-43, and father of Dr. Khaleefatullah.

The father-son duo have eversince put in exemplary efforts through innovative measures in carrying the Unani medicine to masses in Tamil Nadu which is the home to Siddha system of native medicine, less known outside the state. They set up the S.K's Herbal Medical Hospital and Research Centre in Chennai in 1993 where treatment is offered through a variety of application such as aromatic healing, steambath, magnetotherapy etc together with general therapy.

The Naimath Science Academy also brings out a quarterly Niamath's Herbal Unani Med.

In English and Mooligai Doctor (Herbal Doctor) in Tamil. Nearly 1500 persons have completed the 3-month correspondence courses in Unani medicine from the Academy in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Address : S.K's Herbal Medical Hospital and Research Centre, 135, Jani Jehan Khan Road, Royapettah, Chennai-600014, Ph.: 044-8583231, 8589281, website: www.herbalniamaths.com, e-mail khaleefs@giasmd01.vsnl.net.in

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