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COMMUNITY NEWS: 1-15 August 2002

Community: Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 

Gujarat still simmers: Rapid Action Force in Delol, 175 kms east of Ahmedabad on 18 July

ADMISSION TO URDU UNIVERSITY
Hyderabad: It is not necessary for getting admissions to BA, B Sc, B Com or any other certificate course of Maulana Azad National Urdu University that there should be a study centre in that town or in any nearby area. Admission can be sought from anywhere in India via mail after getting admission form from the university head quarters at Gachi Bawli, Hyderabad - 32. These clarifications were made by university authorities after announcements that for setting up a study centre in any area it is necessary that admission seekers should be in a particular minimum number. The university individually sends all materials to students through mail, the authorities said. If there is no study centre, attendance in counseling classes is not made compulsory for students. Such students are informed at their mailing address to sit for examinations in nearby centres. 

W BENGAL BANS BLASPHEMOUS BOOK
Kolkata: West Bengal Minorities Commission has expressed satisfaction after the ban on the history book carrying pictures of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). In 2000-01 annual report of the Commission, its chairman, Justice (retd) Khwaja Muhammad Yusuf has said that three pictures of the Prophet (PBUH) and his wife Khadija (RA) absorbed in prayers in the cave of Hira with a temple in the background, have been shown in the book Paras Nathir Itihaseer Kathmala.
A photocopy of the book, published for second standard students and a written complaint to the former West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu was received by Tipu Sultan Welfare Society. The Commission had demanded a ban on the book, seizure of all its copies and appropriate action against the author and publisher of the book.
The government has said in a notification that the book may spread misunderstanding and hatred between different religions or sects by publishing pictures which is a crime for which punishment can be prescribed under Article 153A of the Indian Penal Code.

PROMOTION OF ARABIC
New Delhi: Arabic is neither the language of any religion nor is it limited to any specific area. It has a worldwide cultural recognition for which the services of Indian scholars are universally acknowledged. Syrian ambassador Dr Mohsin Al-Khair said while inaugurating the 9th refresher course in Arabic at the Academy Staff College in Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
JMI Vice Chancellor Syed Shahid Mehdi said that Arabic was a well known language of the United Nations and that Jamia has taken full part in promoting Arabic language and literature. Prof Shafiq Ahmad Khan Nadwi, head of the Department of Arabic and Prof Muhammad Akhtar Siddiqui, director of the Academy Staff College while welcoming Arabic teachers from all over the country for taking part in the UGC-sponsored three-week refresher course shed light on the importance of the course. Dr Farhana Siddiqui presented details of the programmes of the course.

BOOK ON SIR SYED AHMAD KHAN
New Delhi: Prof Dr Muhammad Farooque, head of the Department of Orthopaedics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, released the book Life History of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. The book has been written by Syed Jafar Muhammad, former research fellow, Indian National Science Academy. 

PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE REVIEWS WAQF PROPERTIES
Ajmer: A 12-member parliamentary committee, led by Rajya Sabha member Sangh Priya Gautam paid a three day visit to Ajmer to review Dargah Committee and Waqf Board properties. They paid a visit to the mausoleum of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. Gautam said that the committee would know the situation of both Dargah Committee and Waqf Board properties after the survey. He further said that the purpose of the committee was to provide more facilities to outside visitors of the Dargah.

UP WAQF BOARD
Khatoli: The annual income of Uttar Pradesh Waqf Board is Rs 4 million while its annual expenditure is Rs 11 million. "If I am given a chance to be the administrator of the Waqf Board, its income will reach 20 million rupees within two years", said Samajwadi Party MP and chairman of Sunni Waqf Board, Amir Alam Khan. He said that the condition of UP Waqf Board was miserable because some dishonest people had got an upper in the board. The situation was so pathetic that the salaries of employees were not being paid. Salary payments of staff amounting to Rs 7 million were still pending. He blamed the BSP-BJP government for being narrow-minded and said that it was because of government that the salaries of the Board employees had not been paid. He also emphasised the need for education of Muslims. 

DEMAND TO DISSOLVE BABRI COMMITTEE
New Delhi: Muslim India Council has requested Maulana Rabey Nadwi, the newly elected president of All India Muslim Personal Law Board for early dissolution of the Board’s Babri Masjid Action Committee.
Haji Anis Durrani, chairman of the council, expressed the hope that the activities of the Board would be confined to explanation and clarification of religious issues and defence of Shariah under the new leadership. He said that the Babri Masjid had become only a political issue and that was why the board should take careful steps in this regard, because some political elements were trying to accuse Muslims for every evil befalling India.
According to press a release, a resolution was passed at a meeting of the executive council in which Maulana Rabey Nadwi’s election was welcomed and it was hoped that it would improve the performance of the Board.

JIHAD IS DIFFERENT FROM TERRORISM
Ajmer: Diwan of Dargah Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Syed Zainul Abdin Ali, while declaring that spreading terrorism in the name of jihad is unIslamic, has appealed to the religious leaders of the world to play a pivotal role in curbing terrorism.
Returning from World Peace Conference in Bangkok on June 12 and 13, Ali, who represented India said that about 1,500 leaders of different religions from 62 countries participated in the conference. They expressed concern over the growing terrorism and decline of moral values. He said that the conference felt that steps should be taken by religious leaders for peace and for security of humanity. He further said that ignorance and poverty was the basis of terrorism and that some selfish elements, taking advantage of their weaknesses, were turning the youth towards terrorism. While criticising wrong definition of jihad and misnomers like Islamic bomb saying that they were against Islamic spirit, he said that suicide was prohibited in Islam. He asked as to which Islamic teaching allowed the use of self-killing bombs. He said that Islam allowed jihad against forced conversion of religion, changing of old shrines and ban on religious activities. Misinterpreting jihad, terrorism was being spread in Kashmir and other parts of the world, he added.

MEDIA’S ROLE ON GUJARAT APPRECIATED
Chennai: Prof Parbhat Patnaik, Dean of the School of Social Science, Jawaharlal Nehru University has said that though public demanded had failed to compel Narendra Modi to resign, it appreciated Indian media’s role in unmasking the truth regarding Gujarat communal violence.
Addressing a convention at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai he said that it was important that media had expressed concern over the survival of democracy.

SYMPOSIUM TO HONOUR HAMIDA BANO
New Delhi: Urdu dailies and monthlies are published in America especially in California. Urdu is taught in the Department of South Asian Languages in California. The course comprises two semesters. Urdu language is taught in the first semester while Urdu literature is taught in the second semester.
These views were expressed by Hamida Bano, Urdu lecturer at the University of California. She was addressing a meeting organised by Bazme Ham Qalam at Jauhari Farm of Okhla. Introducing the guest Dr Ibne Kanwal said that Hamida Bano had rendered great service to Urdu. She had played pivotal role in the propagation of Urdu in California. He said that it is because of her efforts that today American and Japanese students are learning Urdu besides Indians and Pakistanis. A poetic symposium was also held on the occasion in which several renowned poets recited their poems.

NADWATUL ULAMA BAGS IST PRIZE
Muhammad Arshad, son of Maulana Tayyib Mazahiri, a student of Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknow secured first position in the 4th prize distribution contest organised by Tarjamajul Qur’an wa Al-Sina Trust, Mau, Uttar pradesh. Muhammad Nisar Alam stood second while Muhammad Ikramuddin ranked 3rd. The trio were given cash prizes of Rs 5000, 4000, and 3000 respectively along with some books. Chief guest Owais Tarafdar, manager of Scholar Public School said that these contests would bring awakening among youngsters to advance. Maulana Noorul Ain Salafi said that every student had the potential to occupy the first position. He added that it was the country’s responsibility to give talented individuals to the nation which needed them.

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