By Andalib Akhtar
NEW DELHI: An organised campaign to defame madrassas in border districts of Rajasthan is being carried through media by a number of agencies and vested interests. It is being propagated that these madrasas were indulging in anti-national activities and providing shelter to the foreign infiltrators including Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) agents. Bur surprisingly, even as the Hindi newspapers are spreading this calumny, no cases of these nature have been filed in any police station in Rajasthan. This lends credence to the fact that the campaign is being carried on for the purpose of defaming the madrassas and to create dissensions among different communities.
The vicious disinformation campaign is suspected to be the handiwork of the local communal politicians, media and intelligence agencies.
A 15-member delegation of the All India Milli Council led by its assistant general secretary, Maulana Asrarul Haq Qasimi visited the border districts of Barmer, Jaisalmer and Bikaner to look into the allegation against madrassas in the village of the Thar desert. The delegation included the local correspondent of The Hindu, The Rajasthan Patrika, Navjyoti and the UNI. The delegation visited 33 madrassas and inspected the records of their registration, source of income, funds, expenditure, management and the nature of education imparted by them.
Speaking to the Islamic Voice on his return from Rajasthan, Maulana Qasimi told this correspondent that all the propaganda launched against madrassas was false and baseless and was premeditated attempt to curtail the fundamental rights of Muslims residing there. He said that in Milli Council Plans Action spite of maintenance of a round the clock vigil through a four-tier intelligence machinery comprising the Intelligence Bureau (IB), Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the local police, not a single case against any madrassas indulging in questionable activities had been registered.
He said the Milli Council would submit a report to the governor, the Chief Minister, the director general of police, National Human Right Commission (NHRC) and the National Minorities Commission within a week seeking their intervention in the matter.
Blaming that the local newspapers had been spreading scurrilous and fabricated information non-existent issue without looking into the allegations. He said that unless the state government brought the criminals to the book, the Milli Council would file criminal complaint against them in the court under section 153-A (promoting enmity on grounds of religion) of the Indian Penal Court.
By A Staff Writer
NEW DELHI : Scholars at an international seminar on “Islam and India: The Impact of Civilisation” here expressed that Islam had been the most misunderstood and misinterpreted religion and emphasised the need for propagating the real teachings of the religion. The seminar was organised by the Indian Council for cultural Relations (ICCR), an outfit of the Ministry of External Affairs and was attended by a galaxy of scholars from India and abroad.
In his inaugural speech the Governor of West Bengal A.R. Kidwai said since its coming in India, Islam had affected all walks of Indian life “whether it be science, art, culture or architecture, the contribution of Islam is being felt everywhere” Kidwai said.
In his keynote address Ali Mohammad Khusro, the Deputy Chairman of Finance Commission said that Islam was being misused by many individuals and governments for their vested interests. About India and Pakistan, he said the basis of two-nation theory on religion had failed. However, he contended that the basis of “Homeland is still existing in many countries” including India and Pakistan. Mr. Khusro said the Indian Muslim may think of going to Canada or some other country for better economic prospects, but not to Pakistan at any cost.
Speaking on the occasion Prof. A.Q.Rafiqi of University of Kashmir said that the distortion of Islam had been going on with alarming frequency during the last one decade. Two subtle rhetorical aberrations further cloud the true perception of Islam, Rafiqi contended. He pointed out that “the first is owing to the use of the term “fundamentalist” to describe those engaged in violence”. He said, “the term is transmutation from Christian thought where its meaning is well settled and precise. He said “In Islam all believers are fundamentalist as far as basic principle is concerned”.
He also accused the western media for using term “Muslim” to describe violent acts. He said that genocide of “Bosnian Muslims” by the Christians was never labelled by media as an act of “Orthodox Christians”. On the Hindu-Muslim divide, Prof. Mushirul Hasan said Shia-Sunni conflict rather than Hindu-Muslim violence had been more common occurrence in places like Lucknow. He said “the commitment of some Muslim groups to specific Islamic ideas and symbols, does not indicate a unified structure of consciousness nor does it show the community acting in unison”.
By Andalib Akhter
ALIGARH : “Muslims have become more backward than Dalit after the independence of India”, said G.M. Banatwala, the leader of Muslim league and a member of parliament, while addressing a seminar here recently.
He stressed that without the participation in governance, the problem of Muslim, could not be solved. The seminar “Future of politics in north India” was organised by the ‘Sir Syed Study Circle’ of AMU. Mr. Banatwala said that Muslim politics today needed fair government which could understand the real problems of the community. The political disintegration of Muslims had led to the exploitation of Muslims in the last 50 years”, he contended. The Muslim League leader said that mere the name of Muslim politics led Muslims to be treated as communalist, fundamentalist, anti-national and pro-Pakistan. He however said that Muslims have given right reply at right time. “The need of the hour is that Muslim intellectual should join politics, so that things could help the community in solving the problem”, Bantawala suggested.
He reminded that even after the mention of the 10 per cent reservation for minorities in the basic draft of the constitution, Muslims had to fight for reservation time and again. Citing example of Kerala where a 12 per cent reservation was given to minorities, he exhorted Muslims to pressurise the governments of north Indian states to give such reservation to the community.
Others who spoke on the occasion included Dr. Masood Alam, Dr. Arif ul Islam, Dr. Md. Shahid.
By Andalib Akhter
NEW DELHI : The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) had assured the minorities that the party would not repeat past mistakes and said it would keep its promises made to the minorities.
Addressing a huge minorities’ convention organised by the DPCC, here on Sept 13th, 1998 its president, Ms. Shila Dixit promised to the minorities that the mistakes of the past would not be repeated and that the party would dedicate itself to its ideals and policies.
The convention was organised to woo minorities, particularly Muslims in the wake of coming assembly elections in the state of Delhi.
The convention moved a resolution listing the problems faced by the ‘Muslim Community’ in the capital, including the step- motherly treatment metted out to Urdu, lack of interest shown in promoting education among Muslims, sorry state of Delhi Waqf Board and several others.
With regard to specific problems faced by the Muslims, the convention referred to the de-recognition of engineering degrees from Jamia Milia Islamia, not starting a single new school in walled city and posts of Urdu translators being kept vacant in the MCD.
The convention also referred to the large number of Muslims of Jhuggi clusters being deprived of the right to vote on the allegation that they were Bangladeshis. Other national level issues like the setting up of a Central Haj Commission in Delhi, Muslim representation in Civic and Legislative institutions in proportion to their population, more schools for the education of Muslim girls and establishment of a minority commission in each state, were also discussed.
Mr. Hassan Ahmed listed the problems being faced by Muslims in the capital and blamed the BJP Government for its failure to tackle any of the problems faced by the Muslim community.
Addressing the convention senior congress leader Mr. Arjun Singh, expressed concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in the capital and said that the BJP had failed to provide safety and security to people.
Others who spoke on the occasion were, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Salman Khurshid, Mohsina Kidwai, Jagdish Tytler and others.
Though the convention was a successful affair, however, after the end of the convention many Muslims were heard commenting that congress party made such promises before coming elections, but forgot them, the day it came to power.
NEW DELHI : The All India Muslim Personal Law Board recently held its meeting in Lucknow to review the present Muslim situations in India.
The executive committee of the board headed by its president Maulana Abul Hasan Ali Nadvi discussed among other things, the situation arising out of the government’s intention to impose Uniform Civil Code and the construction of Ram Temple at the site of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.
The executive committee expressed fear that the BJP-led coalition government at the centre and in the state of UP, where the Babri Masjid existed, might start construction of the Temple at the same site any time in November or December, this year.
The committee also apprehended that the new government at centre might impose uniform civil code on Muslims, against which they have been fighting tooth and nail.
The Board had also decided to send a delegation of its members to the Union Minister for Awkaf, Menaka Gandhi, to impress upon her the need to accept the Board’s recommendation on Wakf Act 1995.
According to the resolution passed by the committee, the Personal Law Board would submit a memorandum to all the secular parties to press the government to takeup the case of the Babri Masjid on day-to-day basis.
The memorandum it was also suggested to those parties, to set up an all-party committee, which could help in preventing the construction of a temple at the Mosque site.
Maulana Ali Nadvi urged the Muslims to follow shariat and to remain ever alert on the issue of Babri Masjid and uniform civil code.
Those who attended the meeting included Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, Maulana Syed Nizamuddin, Ibrahim Suleman Sait, Maulana Shafi Monis, Zafar Yab Jilani and many others.
By A Staff Writer
NEW DELHI : The newly born Maulana Azad Urdu University (MAUU) at Hyberabad will soon start professional and correspondence courses.
According to a report in the local newspapers, the vice chancellor of the MAUU has said that, with the help of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad, the Urdu University has already prepared books for correspondence courses. And the University will start these courses in academic year of 1998-99.
The Vice chancellor Dr. Shameem Jairajpuri said though the University will undoubtedly be an Urdu institution, it will not be limited to Urdu alone.
The MAUU will start courses on Environment, Information technology, Journalism, Computers, Tourism, Management and other subjects with the help of other languages", the VC informed.
Mr. Jairajpuri said that for the modernisation of the University a committee has been set up and hoped that it will soon submit its report and on the basis of the report the courses will be started from next session. It may be mentioned that the University has already been given 120 acre of land in Hyderabad and its compound wall will be raised soon.
By A Staff Writer
NEW DELHI : The Academic Council of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) had decided to open its centres in foreign countries as well as in India.
In the first phase six educational centres will be opened in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Mumbai, Bangalore, Calcutta and Jammu and Kashmir. These centres would provide all educational facilities till degree level according to the AMU standard. And the AMU would award degrees to the students studying at these centres.
In a resolution passed at the meeting of Academic Council, it was also resolved that the centre of strategic studies, and remote sensing in the University would be abandoned and it would be attached to the department of Political Science and Geology respectively.
The Department of Petro-chemical had also been included in the department of engineering.
Apart from those one more resolution empowered the vice chancellor to appoint the external members of academic council after the expiry of the terms of the present members. The council also decided to increase the remuneration of teachers for valuing the answer scripts and preparing question papers.
It also finalised the next calendar year of the University and it was resolved that the winter vacation would start from December 22. 1998, and the summer vacation would be between May 3 and July 17.
Moreover the council had accepted the proposal for starting of a Qur'an Research Centre in the name of noted historian K.A. Nizami.
NEW DELHI : Dr. S.E. Hasnain of the National Institute of Immunology is among six scientists who have been selected for the Ranbaxy Research Award for 1997.
Dr. Hasnain gets the award in basic medical science for his contribution in the field of Gene expression and genetic analysis, a release from Ranbaxy said on Sept 10.
The award, comprising a citation, a trophy and Rs. one lakh in cash, will be presented at a function here on October.
CALCUTTA : “The status and rights of women in society is neither a new issue nor is it fully settled one. The position of Islam on this issue properly and unbiasedly provide the basic sources of authentication for any position or view”. This was the inaugural talk of Dr. Neelam Ghajala in the seminar on “status, rights and role of women in society : An Islamic overview” on 17th September 98 at Bangla Akademi Hall, Calcutta, held by The Assembly of Muslim Women, a socio-economic and educational welfare organisation. ‘A number of women educationists and social workers and 300 sisters and women attended the seminar.
A competion on Islamic art and calligraphy was held. Shoobuhi Aziz handed over the prizes to the winners.
By Razeena Ayesha
MANGALORE : An exhibition, ‘Focus on Women Issues’ was held by the “Institute for Studies on Women”, on the 19th and 20th of September at Ladies’ Club, Mangalore, Karnataka.
Among the exhibited items, charts, paintings and collages were the dominating ones. The books pertaining to women issues were also displayed. The exhibition covered a wide range of topics like Dowry, Sex exploitation, Female Infanticide, Gender Discrimination and so on.
The inaugural function was presided by Mrs. Hilda Alva, Mayor, Mangalore. Dr. Akhtar Hussain, Academician, inaugurated the painting competition which was conducted along with the exhibition. Another guest of honour, Dr. Louella Lobo Prabhu, Government representative for women’s studies also addressed the gathering.
The programme concluded on the 20th evening. Mr. Abdul Salam Puttige, Director, Media Centre was the chief guest for the concluding ceremony. The prizes were distributed by Mrs. Anandi Sadashiva Rao, President, Mahila Sabha, Mangalore.
BANGALORE : Maulana Abdul Hafeez Junaidi, Imam-O-Khateeb, Jumma Masjid, released the audio cassette on ‘Arkaan-e-Haj, here recently.
The audio cassette was launched by Seair Haj services for the benefit of Hajj Pilgrims. The cassette could be availed of free by the pilgrims from the office of Seair Haj Services, No-3, 1st floor, ‘J’ Block, Unity Building, J.C.Road, Bangalore-560002. Tel: 2221149/2241505.
ALIGARH : The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) will set up Alumni chapters in 22 countries, including Pakistan.
The countries are Australia, Canada, the UK, USA, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Kenya, Palestine, Iran, Afghanistan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Mauritius.
A directory of old boys settled in foreign countries will also be prepared, AMU, public relation officer informed Islamic Voice.
AMU to have wall Boundry
ALIGARH : Deviating from its traditional style, the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), will soon have walled boundary. And it will cost Rs. 10 crore to the University exchequer.
“This is being done to protect campus from criminal activities, and for the safety of the students” informed AMU public relation officer to Islamic Voice.
For sometimes the outsiders have been making the campus the den of crime, which has effected the educational atmosphere of the University.]
Essay Contest 99
An essay competition in English, open to non-Muslim students of Indian Universities, is being conducted as part of inter-religious dialogue that aims to promote mutual understanding respect and tolerance which will strengthen the secular fabric of our country ad also its integrity.
Topic: Islam as I know (Medium-English). For details write to Forum for Faith and Fraternity, Post Box.No: 4239, COCHIN-17, KERALA.
Fatima School of Nursing Inaugurated
BIJAPUR: Al-Ameen Fatima School of Nursing was inaugurated at the Al-Ameen Hospital here on September 19.
The Nursing school is attached to the Al-Ameen Medical College. Every year 40 students will be admitted.. Those students who have completed PUC can seek admission.
Foundation Stone Laid for Millia Educational Complex
BANGALORE : The Governor of Karnataka, Janab Khurshid Alam Khan laid the foundation stone for the Millia Education Complex at Gangand Halli here on September 14 1998.
Majlis -e- Millia Islamia, has planned to build the complex at the estimated cost of one crore.
Two Medical Colleges Sanctioned
GULBARGA : The Government of Karnataka has sanctioned two medical colleges to Muslim community, one at South Kanara and the other in Gulbarga out of the 20 medical colleges sanctioned recently.
Small Qur’anic Verses in Calligraphic form on Glass
Chennai: An exhibition of calligraphy on glass by Saadiyah Jameel was put together for the first time at the Saranya Art Gallery here on August 21-22. Along with this, she also exhibited some of her water colours and oil paintings.
Appointed: Mr. K. Nilamuddin, Lecturer of Government Law College, Trichy, was elected for the Syndicate of the Tamilnadu Dr.Ambedkar Law University and Justice S.M. Ali Mohammed also nominated to the Academic Senate of this university.
Chennai: Poor Candidates from all degree courses can apply for scholarship to the Hony. Assistant Secretary, Muslim Educational Association of South India, St. Peters Road, Chennai -600014.
Final year professional courses students can apply for loan scholarship to the Secretary, United Economic Forum, Ali Towers, 22 Greams Road, Chennai-600006.
Outstanding students can apply for scholarships to the Secretary, TAMGRADS Trust, 43 Ponnappa Mudali Street, Purasawalkam, Chennai-600084. and OMEIAT Institute Trust, 18 Poonamallee High Road, Chennai-600018.
Para Medical Courses
Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Memorial Institute of Para-Medical Sciences, No-1, Appavu Street, Chennai-600002 conducts Diploma courses in Medical Lab Tech, Pharmacy and Computer Science. Those who have passed the Higher Secondary examination are eligible for the admission.
New Engineering College
Ramnad, (T.N.): Syed Ammal Engineering College, new Muslim minority college has been started this academic year. This is run by the Syed Ammal Trust. Dr. Abdullah, a leading Physician of the city is the President of this trust.
Madurai: Islamic Welfare Society Baitulmal conducted mass marriages for 26 Muslim couples on August 15 at J.M.S. Arabic College Campus here. Each couple was given Rs. 5000 and essential goods to set up homes.
Mr. A. Mohammed Ashraf Ali, Moulana Solahudeen Bari of Sri Lanka etc. participated. Mass marriages have become annual event here.
PG Diploma Course in Wood Industries Technology
Bangalore: The Indian Plywood Industries Research and Training Institute (IPIRTI) an autonomous body of Government of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests, is conducting a one-year post-graduate diploma course in Mechanical Wood Industries Technology for the Academic year 1998-99. Those with a degree in science and engineering are eligible.
On successful completion, campus interview are also organised. For more details contsact: The Officer-in-charge (Training) IPIRTI Post.Box.No:2273, Tumkur Road, BANGALORE :560022.
New Block Opened
Chennai: Tamilnadu Governor M.S.Fathima Beevi declared open Rs. 3.5 crore building in Thassim Beevi Abdul Khader College for women at Keezhakarai (TN) founded by Seethakathi Trust, Chennai, on August 22, 1998. She lauded the college management for doing a noteworthy service to the educational advancement of the women in and around Keezhakarai.
Chennai: The Institute of Objective Studies Madras chapter conducted a discussion on “Role of Muslims of Tamilnadu in the Indian Freedom Movement” on August 27 at New College, Chennai. Dr. S. Mohammed Yousuff, Reader of C. Abdul Hakeem College, Melvisharam, presented a paper on this subject.
Crescent IAS Coaching Centre Director Dr. K.M. Pathusha spoke on this occasion.
Dr. S.E. Hasnain of the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi is among the scientists who have been selected for the Ranbaxy Research Award for 1997. He was selected for contribution in the field of Gene expression and genetic analysis, a release from Ranbaxy said on Sept 10. The award, comprising a citation, a trophy and Rs. one lakh in cash, will be presented in October.