Islamic Voice
Jamadi Ul Akhir 1422
September 2001
Volume 15-09 No:177

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READERS COMMENTS


Not True
Muslim Prostitutes
Humour
Topper
Tour Operator Blackmails Pilgrims

Not True

This is apropos your article on Muslim Economy. It is not true that India does not have a single Muslim industrial house. The chairman of WIPRO Azim Hashim Premjee is a Muslim. This man was said to be the world’s third richest man and India’s richest according to the Billionaires Club Magazine published in India by Business Standard newspaper for the year 2000. Another example is Mr. Y. K. Hamid, who is the chairman of Cipla Pharmaceuticals. He was the seventh richest man in India by the same magazine.

Even If you don’t look at the top notch, there are lots of leather business families in Kanpur and Madras such as Mirza Tanners and KH Leathers etc.

Shuja Mirza, shujamirza@hotmail.com

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Muslim Prostitutes

The review on the book Mullahs on the Mainframe was a thought-provoking article worthy of emulation. Such write-ups will definitely help the Muslims search their hearts, work hard and come up in life shunning their pessimistic thinking and approach. It is time the group, which always believes in luck and preaches so in the name of religion should be shown its place. A Muslim is expected to be progressive, hard-working and forward looking. He cannot be lazy waiting for what he wants to come from above without any effort.

The article "Kids of Muslim prostitutes: Should they be ignored?" should have pleased Allah and all right thinking people. The kind of yeoman service being done by Mrs. Usha Wagh is what God wants and pleased with. The affluent section of the Muslim community should discharge such responsibilities for getting the pleasure of Almighty. Kudos to M A Siraj for the factual reporting and making the community realise its obligations.

V.M. Khaleelur Rahman,Ambur, TN.

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Humour

I was sad to see that Islamic Voice had to publish a piece like 'You are a true Gulf Expat When...' (August 2001 issue). First of all the points listed there did not evoke any laughter as it is supposed to do and secondly dragging animals into human affairs is all the more un-Islamic. Take for instance, telling that you are an expat if you have a donkey as your boss. Donkeys are creatures of the Almighty and they are far more dedicated, docile and humble than the arrogant man.

So the comparison is downright derogatory to this humble animal which serves man. The tips for successful wife sound very great as it is suggested that the woman ought to adorn themselves with jewellery, greet her husband with a big broad smile when he arrives from work etc. which anyway any wife will do. But how on earth should one forget that piety too plays an important role in the making of a successful wife.

Nigar Ataulla, Bangalore

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Topper

The news about Nosheen Iqbal of Jai Hind College topping this year's B.Sc exam in Mumbai University is heartening for everyone. This is another example of the fact that there are more bright students in non-Muslim institutions. The Chennai based Muslim Graduates Association's annual prize distributing function is also a testimony to this. The Association honours Muslim students who secure highest marks in X and +2 examinations. Almost all the students who score such distinctions are from institutions managed by non-Muslims in Tamil Nadu.

Masooma, Ambur(TN)

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Tour Operator Blackmails Pilgrims

I would like to place on record the miserable plight of pilgrims who undertake Haj journey through International Tours (148/150 Khambekar St., Mumbai-8) run by father-son duo Ibrahim and Razzak Merchant. This tour operator charges Rs. 62,000 and virtually starves the pilgrims and makes them walk long distances. I had the misfortune of undertaking my pilgrimage through them and thank Allah for special mercy in bringing me alive to Mumbai after undergoing harrowing mistreatment. The tour operator used to pack all his pilgrims, both men and women, like sardines into small, grumpy rooms. In Makkah we were provided accommodation on a terrace of home under tin roof. For the first 10 days of stay in Makkah, he had no arrangement for cooking and meals were served three hours after they were due. He provided us no food at Arafath and we had to suffice with whatever charitable Arabs offered us. He had no arrangement for vehicles during the crucial five days of Hajj.

We had to stay in Arafath upto 11 p.m. when the ground had been virtually vacated by pilgrims in gnawing loneliness. My complaints made him even more vengeful and he reserved special mistreatment for me. Because of frequent starvation and excessive walking, I fell ill (I am heart patient). He asked me to consult a doctor on my own. I had to spend Saudi Riyal 115 and was advised early departure due to inflammation of liver. The duo refused to cooperate even at this hour and I had to get the ticket okayed on my own and take the flight with the help of two very kind officials of the Indian Haj consulate. Meanwhile the men of the International Tours extracted Rs. 5000 from my daughters at Mumbai telling them that they should pay this money if they wanted their mother to return early and safe. I appeal the people to beware of these kinds of cheats who blackmail pilgrims and who are totally unreliable and inefficient.

Mrs. Sabirabi Mehaboob, Regal Chambers, Naoroji Hill Rd, Mumbai

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