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Workshop for police personnel at AMU
Coaching and Guidance Center, Aligarh Muslim University organized a unique workshop on “building leadership through self development” in June for the police personnel, mainly Station House Officers and Circle Officers, posted at Aligarh district with the mission to develop leaders at thana (police station) level to bring positive reforms in the police system.

“Police must develop friendly role with the civilians to bridge the communication gap with public. We must win the confidence of the local pubic by performing to the best of our ability and serve the society loyally”, said Asim Arun, Senior Superintendent of Police while attending the workshop.

Dr. Rakesh Suri, resource person from Delhi and Saad Hameed, Counsellor of CGC conducted a Life Mapping Exercise, based on 'Maslow Need Hierarchy' to make a positive vision of life and ways to achieve it. The police officers found it very effective. Healthy interaction took place between the resource persons and the participants.

Saad Hameed, Counsellor, CGC, AMU told that the motive of the workshop was to help police personnel to develop their leadership skills by self actualization. 'We have also initiated the Police-AMU Interaction which was long overdue', he pointed out.

India's first government-controlled Islamic investment Company
The Kerala government, in partnership with a few private entrepreneurs, will set up India's first government-controlled Islamic investment company. With a net corpus of Rs 500 crore, the Shariah-based investment firm will roll out Islamic leasing in the first phase and housing finance subsequently. The Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC), along with a few NRIs (predominantly from the Gulf) and local entrepreneurs, will jointly float the fund. The state government will permanently hold 11% stake in the investment firm. “The fund will start with a corpus of Rs 100 crore, in a year's time, the equity base would be expanded to Rs 500 crore. The government has already set aside Rs 11 crore, as a draw-down for the first year,” said a senior KSIDC official. Although in its conception stage, the fund is witnessing good investor interest.

Among other investors, P Mohamed Ali, managing director of Oman-based Galfar Engineering and Contracting Company; MA Yusuf Ali, owner of Dubai-based EMKE Group; promoters of Kerala-based Muthoot Group and Krishnan Menon, chairman of the Qatar-based Behzad Group, will invest in the company. As per the memorandum of the investment firm, any shareholder who invests more than a crore will be entitled for directorship in the company. To start with, the firm will have nine working directors, two of whom would be from KSIDC. “We'll start off with Islamic leasing; in a year's time, the company will start disbursing housing loans. It will also consider other Shariah-based investment options.
Interest-free banking ICIF delegation meets Dy. Governor or RBI
New Delhi:
A delegation of Indian Centre for Islamic Finance (ICIF), led by General Secretary, H. Abdur Raqeeb met Dr. K. C. Chakrabarty, Deputy Governor Reserve Bank of India at his office at RBI in Mumbai in the first week of September and impressed upon the need to initiate Islamic banking in the country. Mr. Raqueeb referred to the interest-free banking in India.

In the light of the recommendations of Dr. Raghuram Rajan committee on Financial Sector Reforms (CFSR). The Committee had said that it would be possible through appropriate measures to create framework for such products without any adverse systemic impact.

The delegation also had two others trustees Dr. Rahmatullah and Mr. K. M. Abdul Salam, former Manager of RBI.

They also discussed the contents of the report presented by Mr. Anand Sinha of the working group constituted by RBI to examine the Islamic financial instruments after comparing the conventional and Islamic banking in a commendable way but concluded that it is not feasible in the current regulatory framework.

The delegation impressed upon the Deputy Governor that the RBI should have taken the views of financial services industry as well as the Islamic financial experts and recommended for regulatory amendment for providing a level playing field for those who want to engage in Islamic banking activities as done in the United Kingdom and Singapore. They submitted the documents of Islamic Finance regulations in Non-OIC jurisdiction which provide the details about the way regulatory amendments were carried out in the UK, Singapore, Japan, France and Hong Kong.

FSA (Financial services Authority) of UK and MAS (Monetary Authority of Singapore) have brought out detailed documents for Islamic financial institutions which can provide a roadmap for Indian regulators to follow, they pleaded. The delegation also submitted a very important document of HM Treasury titled The development of Islamic finance in the U.K: The Government Perspective - December 2008 and IMF Working Paper – Introducing Islamic banks into Conventional Banking Systems by Juan Sole.

Emergence of Islamic financial institution in Kerala also came into discussion. The Deputy Governor said that RBI is not against Interest-free banking but needed guidance pertaining to a regulatory amendment in order to include the same for the Parliament to act upon.

The delegation emphasised that Interest-free Banking is imperative for the inclusive growth of the minorities and marginalised section of the society and it will open the gate for the flow of investment from liquidity rich Gulf region as they considered India to be a safe region to invest after 9/11.

The delegation is likely to see Finance Minister Mr. Pranab Kumar Mukherjee shortly to further the discussion. More details could be had from [email protected]
Dargah to build Girls' Hostel
The Hazrath Hameedsha and Hazrath Muhib Shah Dargah Management Committee would build a girls hostel at its premises adjacent to the Abbaskhan College for Women in the city. The hostel would have capacity for residence of 100 girl-inmates and would have 9,000 square feet space. In the first phase three floors would come up and the foundation will be laid to ultimately build it into a 7-storey edifice.

President of the Management Committee Mr. G. Md. Anwar told Islamic Voice that builder Ziaullah Sheriff has undertaken to build the hostel at his own cost and dedicate it to the memory of his mother. Currently, the Committee maintains a hostel for 35 girls at Jeremiah Road at Frazer Town in a rented building.

Bangalore faces a crunch of space for students from outside the city who find the rents of the private dwellings prohibitive. So far Central Muslim Association had been the only hostel providing space to the community students. However, the old building of the CMA is facing demolition as the area is being acquired for laying Bangalore Metro by the BMRCL. Already a portion of the CMA building has been demolished and the remainder is likely to be demolished by the year end. The Association is likely to be receive substantial compensation. It plans to build boys' hostels in four different locations with the amount.
Only 0.69% Muslim women graduates in Karnataka
Bangalore :
The population of Muslims in Karnataka according to 2001 Census was 64,63,127. Of them, 37,99,433 or 59 per cent were literate. The percentage of graduates among Muslim men is 2.23 per cent or in absolute numbers there were 1,44,575 graduates while among women the proportion was 0.69 per cent or there were 45,180 women graduates. These figures were revealed by Minister Prof. Mumtaz Ali Khan, Minister for Minority Affairs and Wakfs in response to a starred question in the Assembly by Mr. H. C. Mahadevappa on July 24, 2009.
Avail Railway Concession for Madrassa students
Union Minister of State for Tourism Mr. Sultan Ahmed has appealed to the Madrassas to register themselves at their respective Railways Headquarters in order to avail of the facility of concessional railway journey for the Madrassa students. Speaking at a felicitation at the Al-Ameen College here on September 3, he said it was for the first time that the Union Railway Budget had introduced the 40 per cent concession for the Madrassa students. The West Bengal MP is also chairman of the Mohammedan Sporting football club in Kolkata.

Vaniyambadi Baitulmal sets up Women SHGs
The Islami Baitulmal here extended interest-free loans to the tune of Rs. 92 lakh during the 2008-09 to 1557 persons. The Baitulmal in its 37 reports reveals that during the last 37 years of its existence, over 70,000 persons availed of loans free of interest to the tune of Rs. 4.81 crore.

The report states that this year two Self-help Groups (SHGs) of 44 women were also constituted to encourage economic activity leading to self-reliance among them. An amount of Rs. 1.17 lakh was loaned out to them. The Baitulmal is also giving scholarship to 26 students studying various professional courses. While most borrowings are meant to salvage the people from moneylenders who charge hefty amount of interest, the Islami baitulmal has begun lending money to small traders. During the year loans to the tune of Rs. 6.74 lakh were advanced to 87 persons. The report says that it deputed two students to familiarize themselves with Islamic banking and finance at a course run by the Mana Muna Academy in Chennai. More information can be had from: Secretary, Islami Baitulmal, 915-Haji Street, Fort, Vaniyambadi-635751, Tamil Nadu, Phone: 0417-225481.

Modi: Not worthy of an Award
By Shabnam Hashmi
The Financial Times group in London has decided to confer the 'FDI Asian Personality of the Year 2009' on Narendra Modi. It is well known and documented by over 30 human rights fact finding reports that he was complicit in and personally responsible for the communal carnage that occurred in Gujarat in 2002, seen as India's worst instance of violence against minorities. Even today over 5000 families of Internally Displaced Muslims, the victims of 2002 communal carnage live in rehabilitation colonies built by NGOs as they have not been allowed to return to the villages which bear the sign of the Hindu Rashtra. The FT Group, is part of Pearson PLC, a London headquartered media conglomerate. The current CEO is Marjorie Scardino. She serves on the board of MacArthur Foundation, which ironically gives out peace grants. The award in question has been instituted by the FDI Magazine [glossy, 15,000 circulation], which is part of the FT Group. It is a fortnightly and focuses on the business of globalisation. The panel which chose Modi include the editor at FDI Mag -- Courtney Fingar, [E-mail: [email protected]] I am sending a letter of protest to the British High Commissioner. Please write to the British High Commissioner.
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Muslim Library, Bangalore New Life around the Centenary
By A Staff Writer
Muslim Library in located in the downtown of Bangalore Cantonment will be completing a century in three years from now. Established in 1912, the historic institution is under the throes of change in recent days. A set of dynamic members, now at the helms, has begun to blow some fresh breeze into its corridors that were getting mustier due to apathy and neglect over the years.

Located in the congested Veerapillai Street in Shivajinagar, Muslim Library is a rich repository of Urdu and Islamic literature and a storehouse of rare Urdu literary magazines. It used to be more visible and accessible during its halcyon days, precisely 70s and 80s, when it acquired its own building. But as economic boom took a feverish pitch around dawn of 90s, the area became increasingly inaccessible. Encroachment by shoe shops around the place of already constricted public space, rendered it almost invisible. Apathy and neglect and irrelevance of Urdu pushed it almost into oblivion. It barely managed to remain alive during the last two decade. However, things began to change around 2006 when a new committee took over the management and has cleared a lot of old cobwebs.

General Secretary T. J. Afzal Baig has brought about a whole lot of changes and the library has begun attracting book-lovers and avid readers of journals and magazines. No hour of the day is dull in Shivajinagar. Going by the din and bustle of the area, Veerapillai Street is not an ideal locale for a library. But then the founders must have selected the place for its accessibility to the aficionados of book and literature then. One must salute their spirit and dynamism which led to the founding of the Muslim Library in as early as 1912, initially in a building in Cavalry Road, now rechristened as Kamaraj Road. They included businessmen like Abdur Rauf, Muhammad Abdulaziz, Muhammad Saleh Ansari advocate, and historian Mahmood Khan Mahmood. Curiously, it was a beehive of activity in pre-Indepen-dence days. Visitors' register at the Muslim Library records visits and comments of poet Sir Mohammad Iqbal (who paid a visit in 1929), writer Syed Sulaiman Nadvi (1925); Baba e Urdu Maulvi Abdul Huq (1937); editor of Urdu literary journal Shair, Seemab Akbarabadi; poet Josh Maleehabadi and poet Jigar Muradabadi, (all in 1942).

According to Baig, the Library has nearly 30,000 books. Of these, nearly two-thirds are in Urdu and deal basically with Quranic commentaries, Islamic history, travelogues, theology, Urdu fiction, short stories, satire, health, poetry and criticism. Books of Urdu plays, lexicons, novels, history of freedom struggle also occupy a pride of place. It also preserves some rare manuscripts of Arabic and Persian. The oldest manuscript is Jamiat Tazeerat by Hafiz Muhammad Maghribi, a Deccani Urdu manuscript calligraphed by Muhammad Ashraf Budhan in 1235 Hijri year or 195 years ago. Baig claims that a few original letters of Tipu Sultan too form part of the collection. President of the managing committee Dr. Syed Khamar Qadir Hussain has published a new catalogue of the books in the Library's possession.

Enthused by the new turn, the Karnataka Urdu Academy adjudged the Library the winner of the Suvarna Karnataka Award in 2008.

The Muslim Library is being increasingly recognized as a unique centre for research in Urdu literature as it receives a lot many Urdu journal such as Makhzan from London, Shair from Mumbai, Aajkal and Urdu Dunia from Delhi, Naya Daur from Lucknow and Sabras from Hyderabad. With limited circulation, these journals are hard to be found on bookstalls. Old issues are bound and volumes are safekept for future use of researchers or writers.

More information can be had from: Mr. Afzal Baig, secretary, Muslim Library, 8-Veerapillai Street, Shivajinagar, Bangalore – 560001, Phone: 93435-60778,
Email: muslim_library

Builder of dreams: mason's sons clear civil services prelims
By F. Ahmed
Ganderbal (Jammu and Kashmir):
Through the nightmare of militancy when his brother was shot down by security forces, a barely-literate mason here laid the foundation of dreams when he ensured good education for his three children. Now his two sons are a step closer to joining the state civil services.

Abdul Khaliq, 52, barely had a formal education. After working as an unskilled labourer for many years, he finally became a mason. "I make enough money to sustain my wife, two sons and a daughter," Khaliq, a resident of Manigam village in Ganderbal district, told IANS. "By Allah's grace I have been able to somehow educate my children. Both my sons are graduates and my daughter is studying in Class 12," he said while using his trowel to lay the next brick for the school building he is working on. Khaliq's happy surprise came early last month when both his sons passed the preliminary exams for the state civil services. They are now preparing for the main exams. "I could not believe it. Both have got good percentages and those who know something about these exams tell me they have a fairly good chance to make it to the civil services. "I have since been praying for their success. It all lies in Allah's hands, but I shall leave no stone unturned in getting them books and other things they need to prepare for the tough competition even if I have to sell my land," he said. (IANS)