Islamic Voice A Monthly English Magazine

November 2005
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Bouquets and Brickbats

Noble Intentions, Indeed
Satish Emmanuel

I enjoyed reading the article, “Fuzzy and Fizzy Intentions” by A.W.Sadathullah Khan (Islamic Voice, October 2005). I appreciate the writer’s right evaluation of the condition of the present day Muslims. The primary problem is that a Muslim looks at the world as “us” versus “them”, and I hardly find any compromise or any unbiased writings or thoughts presented on this matter in the Muslim world. Muslims accept only those things that come out from a Muslim’s mouth and thought. The others, however, intelligent and however sensible would take a second place, and this is a hard fact, which I came to learn slowly after befriending so many of my Muslim friends and tried to understand their thought-pattern. And this nature really breaks down any bridges that a non-Muslim wants to build with a Muslim. Even so, it hinders the Muslim’s steps towards a non-Muslim to convey their message or Dawah for that matter.  I was surprised with the mention of the word “The Universal Divine Law” in place of “Allah” in the article which I never found in any of the Muslim writings. I was so happy that Mr Sadathullah did not find any problem using that.

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A Season of Fatwas
Syed Sultan Mohiddin
Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh,

We have seen three fatwas released in quick succession by renowned Islamic seminaries, in cases relating to Imrana, women’s participation in politics and Sania Mirza’s dress code. The print and electronic media had enough fodder to chew. But instead of issuing fatwas at the drop of a hat on every trivial issue, our Islamic scholars would do well if they contemplate bigger social evils faced by the Muslim society. For many years, we are witnessing how the community is lampooned as the Arab visitors get into contract Nikahs with poor girls of Hyderabad. Why don’t the Ulemas issue fatwas stating such marriages as Haraam?

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Tampering With the Calendar
Dr. S. A. Zahir M.S.,

This is with reference to Mr. Ali Manikfan’s article in Islamic Voice, October 2005, on moon sighting. There are two or three types of lunar mathematical calendars. I have been writing about such calendars in Islamic Voice since the last 15 years. Our Prophet (Pbuh) has decreed to follow the Ruyath Hilal calendar. The moon revolves around the earth once in 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes, three seconds on an average, the minimum being seven hours and maximum 18 hours. Since the difference is about 11 hours, calculating on the basis of taking the average of 12 hours may give wrong results, e.g., the first day of Ramadan this year started in the whole of India and the sub-continent on October 6, while in Saudi Arabia and Kerala, it started on October 4 itself. As per the Quran, chapter 9, verse 37, Allah’s wrath instead of blessings be on those who tamper with the calendar. The mathematical calendar may be okay for the ordinary months, but for the 1st of Ramadan and the two Eids we must depend on the Ruyath Hilal calender. Secondly, the first day of the first month of the first year was on Friday, the 16th July 622 AD, not on Thursday. Finally in his calculations to determine first of Shaban this year, the figure 505179.82 days when rounded of will not be 505179, but will be 505180.The first day of Shaban fell on Tuesday the September 6h in the subcontinent and all over the world. Muslims do not follow either ahilla or manazil, they are interested only in the 1st of each month. For writing such articles, supposed to be his research work, one must provide a few references, as I have mentioned.

(Islamic Astronomer, Member, IICP, Malaysia)

Thoughts on Jinnah
Mushtaq ul Haq Ahmad Sikandar

This is with reference to the article published in the July 2005 issue of Islamic Voice, “Revisiting Partition” by Maqbool Ahmad Siraj. Truly speaking, it is a thought provoking article and it changed my whole thinking about Jinnah and renewed my opinions about him. Maqbool Siraj has provided an accurate picture of Jinnah and his ideology. I once again appreciate his knowledge and opinion as he has done full justice to this topic. I hope that in future too you will publish such thought provoking articles for the benefit of Muslims.

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Overdose of Religion
Md. Sayedar
Satribari, Guwahati

Islamic Voice has forgotten to publish articles other than religious issues. We should not entirely be confined to religious matters which are works mainly for maulanas and fakirs. For a prosperous worldy life, we must take up other subjects also. As a medical man by profession, I wish to read more about medicine. So please include articles on health and medicine.

Books for a Cause
Majid Maqbool

I am a media student doing post- graduation in journalism in Srinagar..I am a regular reader of Islamic Voice and love to read about Islam. Given the dearth of public libraries containing quality Islamic literature here in our Valley,I would appreciate if readers of Islamic Voice can donate Islamic literature and other quality books including old and used books, so that I can set up a private reading room for young people to come and read. Those wishing to contribute to this good cause can send their books{old,new,used,even literary books}on this address.

Majid Maqbool, Student, Second Semester, Media Education Research Centre{MERC}, University of Srinagar-190015, e-mail:[email protected]

Wakf Woes
Nazir Ahmed

Our respected minister Merajuddin Patel has said that 90 per cent of illegal occupation and encroachment on Wakf properties was by Muslims. (Islamic Voice, September 2005).

When there is a Wakf minister, a Wakf Board chairman and Wakf Committees in every district, one wonders how encroachment and illegal occupation of Wakf properties can occur without their knowledge. What were they doing when Wakf properties were being encroached right under their nose. The Muslim Orphanage, in its clarification states that it could not clear the huge Wakf dues due to huge outstanding rental dues. How on earth can such huge dues be accumulated? The Siddaganga Mutt, Tirupathi and Dharmastala temples use their income to construct schools and colleges for the children of their community. If all the illegal encroachments of Wakf properties are demolished and developed, this income can be used to build good educational institutions for Muslim children. But who will do this is the billion-dollar question.

Confusing References
Ghouse Mohiddin

With reference to the article- Similarities between Islam and Hinduism-Part 9 (Islamic Voice, August 2005) by Dr Zakir Naik, I wish to say that there are certain references on prohibition of alcohol given with connection to Rig Veda. But it is confusing to note Dr Zakir Naik’s references. It is clearly mentioned in the Rig Veda that drinks like Soma Sura, Kahola were universally used and some other drinks which are intoxicating were also used at that time during festivals and Ashwamedhayagnas. On prohibition of gambling, even though Manu referred to it as open theft, there are certain references that gambling prevailed in the higher class society. Yudhistra lost his kingdom in Mahabharatha. King Nala also lost everything in the game of Dice.