I am a regular reader of Islamic Voice. In your August issue, you have published an item about Shia Islamic centre in Lisbon. In reality, it is an Ismaili centre, not an Islamic centre. Only the folowers of Aga Khan are permitted inside these kind of centres. Even the non-Agakhani Ismailis like Bohras and Asna Ashariyyas are not allowed to enter the Ismaili prayer halls during their prayers and during other jamaat ceremonies. The reasons being that the Aga Khanis do not face qibla while praying. They even do not even follow ruku and wudhu. Ismailis have multi-coloured photographs of their spiritual father and mother, Mawlana Hazar Imam, Shah Karim al Husseini in their prayer halls. The total strength of the community is not more than two million. We both were the devoted born followers of the Aga Khans and practised the faith for over 50 years. We withdrew ourselves on learning that only Allah can forgive sins and that Aga Khan was not the direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. For more information, one can visit our website for history of AgaKhanis:http://www3.bc.sympatico.ca/trust.
The Integrated Family Welfare Unit is running a home for the destitute children. There are some more seats available. Children who have no parents or are without father and are aged between 5 and 7 are eligible subject to economic criterion. Interested persons may contact or send particulars to: Prof. Mumtaz Ali Khan, Director, Integrated Family Welfare Unit, 18, l-C, Main Road, Just Behind HMT Bhavan, Ganganhally Extension, Bangalore-560032.
Mumtaz Ali Khan
I wish to bring to your attention the plight of Indian Muslims in respect of Haj performance. The serious and acute problem to be faced in this regard is the grave deficiency of Haj visa for Indian Muslims. The current quota of Haj visa granted by Saudi Government is 91,000 which was based and issued on the basis of 1984 population census.
According to Saudi Government Haj regulations the Haj quota of a particular country is 0.01 per cent of that country’s Muslim population. Now the Muslim population of India as per 1996 census report is nearly 11 crores (110 millions) and 0.01 per cent of this comes to be 110,000. This shows the net deficiency of 19,000 visas. Due to the increased awareness of religious duties among Indian Muslims the number of Haj performers is substantially increasing day by day.
Considering the above mentioned facts we felt it imperative on the part of every one concerned to bring the matter to the notice of appropriate authorities so that an immediate step toward the increase of quota, could be possible. We feel that whoever has any capacity for contributing to this cause should act accordingly.
Naseer Ahmed Khan, Mumbai.
Received your Islamic Voice this month, Happy to note the contents. I also visited your Net Site and it is very good to see that an Islamic paper catering to all categories of people is on the Net. Many people must be visiting it daily.
Dr.Sharief E-mail :firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you very much for sending me the website address to the Islamic Voice. I first saw “The Islamic Voice” when I was visiting India many years ago. I must tell you that your magazine was instrumental in my conversion to Islam.
Thank you very much for maintaining a high quality of good articles. Fee Amaan Allah
Thank you for good, stimulating and simple stuff you provide. However, do avoid images of animate objects as it is condemned in the Hadith.
By e-mail. Abduhu
The Islamic Voice has become a part of our life. In the sea of filth surrounding us we find the paper as a source of illumination, the one which remains unpolluted with the influences of the so-called modernism. However, in past few issues, photographs of women with uncovered hair were carried by the magazine. Be it Jemima Khan, Begum Noor Bano or Dr. Taj Shoukath (June issue), the Islamic rules are the same for all, without exception.
Ashfaq Ahmed Bhat Srinagar
Mr. M. A. Siraj’s vitriol against the venerable ulema and madrassas proves his ignorance of both. They foster Islamic spirit which alone bears the fruit of social work. If not for the Islamic sprit imparted by ulema and madrassas, no one would have ventured for social work. Secondly, the answer to the question on the splitting of the moon (June issue of the I.V.) is ridiculous. A miracle is a miracle after all. It is supernatural, yet a reality. No amount of reasoning can bring it out of the dark.
T V A Abdul Malik, Kamrajar Rd.
The article ‘concept of God in Major Religions - II’ in Islamic Voice, March 1998 was interesting.
It is not correct to say that Sikhism is an offshoot of Hinduism. Guru Nanak was ofcourse born in a Hindu-Khatri family. But Sikhism is Sikhism, caste or religion is not based on birth. Guru Nanak himself declared that Na Ham Hindu, na Musalman (I am neither a Hindu nor Muslim). Nor was Guru Nanak influenced by Islam, Muslims or by Sant Kabeer. Among those who were influenced by him were Muslims as well as Hindus. There is only a remote chance of Guru Nanak having met Sant Kabeer. Muslims called him peer while the Hindus called him Guru.
As for five Ks followed by Sikhs, particularly, Kesh (hair) and Kangha (comb), I have proof that the holy Prophets, Hindus rishis, avatars, all had uncut hair and all maintained and respected head hair and moustaches.
Gurdial Singh, Model Gram Ludhiana