Islamic Voice A Monthly English Magazine
Rajab / Shaban 1423 H
October 2002
Volume 15-10 No:190

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Letters to the Editor


Money-minting Muslim Colleges
Reverts to Islam need your help
Do a Good Deed
Muslims and the Internet
Misery of being a 'Khan'
The President's Healing Touch
Muslim Women are Happy in Hijab
Understanding Hindu Anger


Money-minting Muslim Colleges

I am a student of science who completed 12th standard with 85 per cent from Hyderabad. I applied for admission into MBBS in a popular minority college in Bangalore. After the formalities of paying a hefty sum for the admission form, followed by an entrance test and an interview, I was assured that I would be given a seat. We even informed the authorities that we could sell our house to pay the fees and the donation. All seemed rosy till a few days later when I called up to inquire about the seats, I was told that the seats were over. Further investigations revealed that the seats were given to rich NRIs who had obviously paid huge sums of donation. This is not fair. Where do the middle-class Muslims go for education if these institutions run after money rather than fulfilling the purpose of providing education to the lower strata of Muslims?

Fouzia Zaheer
Hyderabad
al_fouzia@rediffmail.com

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Reverts to Islam need your help

I have recently reverted to Islam having married a Muslim man seven months ago. Ever since then I have been a regular reader of Islamic Voice which I believe is the only English language website on the Internet that takes up Indian Muslim issues. But I find that your site lacks information for new reverts like me. While there are numerous sites on the Internet for new converts, none of them are geared for Indian women. It would be useful if Islamic Voice opened a section for new converts in India which could include contributory articles by new converts, their experiences, problems and solutions.

Ayesha Ansari
ayesha_arif_ansari@yahoo.com

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Do a Good Deed

It is heartening to note that Bangalore would have a Haj House soon. I request the shareholders of the Amanath Cooperative Bank to donate their dividend for the year 2001-02 to the Haj House fund. Since Mr. Mumtaz Ahmed Khan is represented both on the Haj House committee and is currently the Chairman of the Amanath Coop. Bank, a resolution could be moved in the General Body Meeting of the Bank and the proceeds could be donated to the Haj House.

M. Abdul Qhaiyum
Bangalore

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Muslims and the Internet

I am a subscriber of Islamic Voice. I am in charge of an Internet centre in Ambur, which is thickly populated by Muslims. I endorse the views expressed in the excellent article "Look Who's Online" by M. Hanif Lakdawala (Islamic Voice, September, 2002). Muslims today are using the Internet to get networked and it is good to know that the Internet has helped in bringing people closer.

N Ayaz Ahmed
Ambur
ayazahmed@vsnl.net

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Misery of being a 'Khan'

It has become a very painful experience for me to seek a suitable alliance for my well-qualified daughter since my name carries the word 'Khan'. Majority of our Muslims belonging to the Shaikh, Syeds etc, do not marry the girls from the Khan family. I fail to understand the logic behind this attitude. I am a South Indian Muslim and not a 'Pathan' from Afghanistan. I do not know how a human being becomes different in the same religion. This seems to be an un-Islamic practice. I am surprised that this problem is not highlighted in our publications or even by our Ulema. Is there any way to rectify this evil in our society?

N.K.Khan
Chennai

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The President's Healing Touch

The world's worst industrial disaster that took place at the Union Carbide Plant in Bhopal on the night of 2nd December, 1984, had killed more than 3000 innocent persons instantly. The poisonous methyl isocyanate gas leak resulted in the death of another 10,000 more poor and innocent people subsequently. The visit of President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to this "ghost city of 1984" and his meeting with the victims has given them new life and hope. Hope that the coming 3rd December, 2002, would bring smile and hope to the victims, who have been suffering since long! Mohammed Abdul Jabbar, Riyadh jknson007@yahoo.com

Mohammed Abdul Jabbar
Riyadh
jknson007@yahoo.com

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Muslim Women are Happy in Hijab

Alex Alexander from USA seems too worried over "why Muslim women have be in veil" (Letters- Islamic Voice -Sept issue). Only Allah knows why people like Alex arrive at the conclusion that women in Islam are deprived of their rights. Islam is the only religion which gives equal rights to men and women. Muslim women are comfortable in their hijabs as they do not have to expose their physique to attract attention. Women in other communities are oppressed. Alexander should turn his attention towards social evils like infidelity and rape which is common because women do not take proper care to be modest in their dress sense. Allah has made a woman emotionally strong, but physically weak and the man is comparatively stronger physically and weak emotionally. So it is preferable that the Muslim women use the hijab to protect themselves and the man should lower his gaze when he looks at women.

Syed Asmathulla
Bangalore

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Understanding Hindu Anger

As someone who has read and published extensively on religious extremism in South Asia, I want to caution your readers that Muslims in India will be facing critical times ahead. The Hindu retaliation to the burning of the train in Godhra was brutal, no doubt, but what is notable is a lack of sense of shame or sorrow on the part of Gujarati Hindus in the aftermath. Muslims must ask the following question: why did the Hindu Gujarati community, considered among India's most capable, and from a nation that is secular and democratic, retaliate against its own Muslim citizens in a violent fashion? It is an accumulation of grievance and anger that has been building up since 1947, and perhaps, even before, among Hindus. From a Hindu point of view, it is disappointing that Muslims across India have not been able to project a moderate image of themselves and have been less successful in discrediting extremists among themselves who wage jihad on Hindus and this is particularly true in Kashmir. Indian Muslims must understand this- Hindus have nowhere else to live other than secular India, unlike Muslims who can lively freely in the entire South Asia, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India. Hindus are well-justified in doing whatever it takes to ensure the future of the only nation they can live in South Asia, since its Partition in the name of Islam in 1947.

Moorthy Muthuswamy
United States of America

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