Safar / Rabi-Ul Awwal 1422 H
Volume 15-05 No:185
Contrary to popular perception that Muslims in India pay more attention to issues such as fundamentalism, there are many Muslim organisations, relentlessly involved in social and charitable services in different parts of the country. This could open the eyes of those pessimists who assume that Muslims in India are at a dead-end and have no future of their own. The Uttar Pradesh Falah-e-Aam Society is one such organisation which could serve as a role model to be emulated by Muslims in other States. This organisation is selflessly involved in eradicating illiteracy, ailments and social evils from the society and was established especially to help the poor and the downtrodden. Its services go beyond the limitations of caste, creed or religion. In fact, it is intended to change the lot of 'have nots'. The 'Falah-e-Aam Charitable Hospital', at Ashiyana colony in Meerut run by the society is one such model example of the noble efforts. One has to see to believe how the management, doctors, staff and philanthropists here work hard to help the downtrodden sections of the society. The charitable hospital has not only been providing regular healthcare, but also has the facilities for treatment of deadly diseases like Tuberculosis, Cancer and Leprosy. Over 100 patients are availing of the benefit here everyday through its out-patient department, paying a very nominal fee with medicines being provided to many poor patients free of cost.
" For a long time, there was need of a hospital in Meerut where the poor and the middle-class people could be treated well and at minimum cost. To fulfill this goal, the society started the hospital in 1998" says Rashiduddin, the secretary of the society and the manager of the hospital. The response was so overwhelming that within two years, the clinic turned into a full-fledged hospital with two buildings and modern medical facilities. And now the third block of the hospital is almost ready and will be operational soon. "It is the people's response and help flowing in from philanthropists that has made our dream come true," says Moinuddin Ansari, a member of the society. The hospital is well equipped with all the state-of-the art facilities from an Operation theatre to a special tuberculosis unit. The expenses are borne by the fund of Zakat given by the affluent Muslims of the town. Presently 218 TB patients are under treatment and as of date, 713 patients have been cured completely from tuberculosis. The government of India has established the 'Direct Observation Treatment' (DOT) in this hospital which comes under the scheme of World Health Organisation (WHO), to curb TB. "A Dental unit, specialised eye surgery, intensive care unit (ICU), dialysis unit, CT scan centre, laparoscopic centre and endoscopy machines are part of our immediate future plan" informs Dr. Khalid, one of the team members at the hospital.
Falah-e-Aam Charitable Hospital
Can one learn lessons on life in school? Surely if one is part of the Al Ameen Residential Schools (ARS). Because this is one place where kids don't learn just the ABC of science, social studies or mathematics, but they develop skills that will help them to become better human beings. Located 30 kms from Bangalore close to Hoskote, on over 35 acres of land stands the majestic Al Ameen Residential School for boys. The gates of the school depict a royal touch like the good old Mughal era days. ARS is managed by the Al Ameen Movement which has over more than four decades of experience in serving students in the field of primary, secondary and higher education. The commitment of the Board of Trustees of ARS has to be seen to be believed. Comprising Dr Mumtaz Ahmed Khan, founder of the Al Ameen Movement, Zahedulla Mecci, President, Mohd Zakaria, Vice President, Mohd Saifulla Hon. Secretary, Mohd Ateeq Ahmed, Hon. Treasurer and J Shafiaulla as Joint Secretary, ARS promises to impart value-based quality education with emphasis on discipline and good character.
At ARS, the syllabus prescribed by the government of Karnataka is followed and the medium of instruction for classes 1 to 4 is Urdu medium and from class 5 to 10, it is in English medium and the first language is Urdu and Kannada. But the students will be oriented to Arabic too. The most heartening aspect of ARS is the excellent ventilation provided in the classrooms and the hostels. The kids can get a view of the blue sky and the greenery around as they work on their Maths problems.
The posh computer room here helps the students learn the basics. The library and the laboratory have the best of the equipment. There are 300 students from various States like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Manipur, Karnataka and West Bengal too. While 70 are day scholars, the rest of the students stay in the hostel. A visit to the hostel here at ARS reminds one of home as all the facilities which one could have at home are here-with 24 hours water, comfortable cots and a spacious area to move about.
Mohd Saifulla, the soft-spoken Hon. Secretary of ARS says that the clucking hens and flora and fauna that one gets to see in the campus was a means of providing an environment to the students that would help them understand nature better. Saifulla, a student of Al Ameen College way back in 1972 had the passion to work for the community. After his initiative to set up the Al Ameen Youth Wing, the decision to do something constructive for the Muslims became his dream and today taking time off from his r job in a prestigious organisation, Saifulla devotes not just his time, but his heart and soul for the welfare of ARS. One can read the selfless spirit and the dedication on his face as he narrates how ARS was set up on the acres of wilderness and dry land. The medical centre at ARS conducts frequent medical check-ups where Dr. Noor Khan and Dr. Tarana Khan of the Indian Clinic Hoskote take care of the students' healthcare needs, all with the spirit of service.
Bangaloreans will not miss the bright yellow buses of the ARS that keeping zooming in and out of the city ferrying the students. The Masjid-e-Mumtaz in the school campus is an abode of peace. The people behind ARS worked with their heart and that was the reason today at ARS, there is the special place for the orphans and destitute boys called Rahat Bagh right inside the campus.
The glow on the face of the inmates of Rahat Bagh reflects the fact that for them ,this is home and Saifullah confirms that soon a new building will be taking shape to house 300 destitute kids. It is worth the effort to take that 50 minute drive, passing through swaying ragi fields, and winding through the quiet Malur Road to reach the royal gates of ARS, as once they step into the campus, it is sheer bliss, away from the din and dust of the city.
Al Ameen Residential School
Malur Road, Hoskote-562114, Bangalore Rural District.
Phone: 31351, 32997.
CHENNAI: The Islamic Foundation Trust (IFT) in Chennai released a new concise edition of the Tamil translation of the Quran. Chairman of IFT,H. A .Abdur Raqeeb released the first copy and handed it over to Tenkachchi G. Swaminathan, assistant Station Director, All India Radio, Chennai. Reputed scholar Kaviko Abdur Rahman, emphasised on the need to approach the Quran in a proper manner so as to draw benefits from the treasures that lie hidden in its pages. Dr. G. F. Xavier Raj, Head, Department of Foreign Languages, Loyola College said that the concise, convenient-to-carry Quran in Tamil will go a long way in helping people to understand the divine message.
The concise edition of the Quran is priced at Rs 100 and can be bought from IFT, 138, Perambur High Road, Chennai 600012. Email: [email protected]
BANGALORE: A delegation of social workers associated with various Muslim institutions in Chennai visited Bangalore last month for interactive meetings with NGOs and women's organisations here. Nafeesa Asad, social worker associated with Muslim Women's Assn School, spoke on the trends in education in the state. Nishat, director of the Anjuman-E-Himayath-E-Islam in highlighted the achievements of the AHI Academy for Women which is equipped to conduct training programmes for women in various fields ranging from religion to household arts. N. Najeema Beevi, Resident Superintendent, Anjuman Girls Home, Chennai presented her experiences in coaching students.Top
Srirangapatna (Karnataka): The Darul Umoor Tippu Sultan Research Centre began functioning here recently with 20 madrassa graduates from across the country joining a one-year course in modern humanities and natural sciences. The Centre, a brainchild of philanthropist and builder. Ziaullah Sheriff, aims at imparting modern subjects to the madrassa graduates. It was originally conceived by the 18th century ruler of Mysore, Tippu Sultan. The centre is located opposite the Gumbaz, the mausoleum of Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan in Srirangapatna, 14 kms, north of the city of Mysore. Mooted three years ago, the project aims at selecting bright and intelligent madrassa graduates and providing them an encapsulated course in social and natural sciences and exposing them to English and other languages of day to day use. According to Darul Umoor director, Dr. Abdur Rahman Kamaruddin, the course would enable the graduates to face the world with confidence and places the relevant knowledge of the society at their disposal. He said, 20 students were selected after scrutiny of 100 applicants.
The course has been prepared by a joint team of ulema and professionals which include Prof. Sheik Ali, former vice chancellor of Mangalore and Goa Universities, M. A. Ataulla, retd general manager, human resources development (ITI) and visiting professor to bangalore university, Maulana Shabbir Nadwi of Jamiatul Hasnain, Bangalore, Prof. Qudratullah Baqvi, former Arabic professor of Calicut University, Prof. Kareemuddin, Mohammad Ishaq and Maulana Sagheer Ahmed Nadwi. The campus has been designed in such a way that classrooms are in a gurukul style with only roof and parapet sized walls around. The syllabus also comprises counselling techniques, simulation exercises and many practical requirements which will be useful for the graduates in their professions.Top