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A NEW MUSLIM UNIVERSITY ON THE RUN
Hyderabad: Attempts are being made for Shadan Group of Educational Institutions to promote it to a university. Shadan group has 12 Engineering colleges, MCA, BCA, B Ed, M Sc and other various professional colleges. Dr Wazarat Rasool Khan, president of the Group has announced to set up a trust to help poor and needy students financially to get admission to professional courses. It should be noted that 32 engineering colleges are run by Muslims in Andhra Pradesh in which 4200 seats are filled up by AIMST convenor while other 4200 seats are reserved for NRIs. More than 300 seats to be filled with Muslim candidates by Muslim authorities’ quotas remained empty last year.
"MUSLIMS NEED NO PATRIOTIC
New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Syed Shahnawaz Hussain after unfurling the national flag at a school in Daryaganj, Delhi on the occasion of 55th Independence Day of India said that thousands of the pioneers of freedom laid down their lives for the sake of the country. They did not do so for their religion. Those who differentiate between martyrs in the name of religion, are not patriots, he said adding that Muslims of India are truely lovers of the country and they do not need any certificate to prove it. Those who do not love their country, cannot be truely religious, he said. While speaking about discrimination against Muslims, he appealed to them to avoid violence and not to be afraid of unfavourable circumstances. He emphasised the need to work for the development and welfare of Muslims and for opening new educational institutions for Muslim children. He hoped Muslim leaders to come forward for these purposes.
WOMEN URGED TO AVOID EXTRAVAGANCY
Karatpur: Shahnaz Abid, president of Quraishul Banat, Karatpur, UP, while addressing a women’s gathering said that true Islam is to lead the whole life as per its guidance. The rights which have been granted to women by Islam cannot be found in any other religion, she said. She requested women to avoid extravagance and told them to maintain mutual love and unity.
CURFEW IMPOSED IN RAJKOT
Rajkot: Curfew was imposed recently in Rajkot following communal violence in Dhawraji town of Saurashtra district of Gujarat.
According to information people of two communities clashed with one another over a trivial matter. About 8 persons were injured.
It should be noted that there was no tension in the district when some other parts of the state were reeling under worst communal frenzy.
FREEDOM FIGHTERS REMEMBERED
Several Muslim government and non-government educational institutions, organisations and madrasas throughout the country celebrated the 55th Independence Day of India with great enthusiasm. They paid rich tributes to freedom fighters who laid down their lives to free the country from the British rulers.
A seminar on unity was organised on this occasion by Anjuman Islam, Kota district of Rajasthan. Speaking at the seminar, president of All India Seerat Committee, Maulana Fazle Haque said that there is need to light the candle of love. Though people of every community and society sacrificed for the freedom of India, its basic purpose is being forgotten today, he said. Paying rich tributes to freedom fighters Maulana Fazle Haque Khairabadi, he said that hundreds of ulama were sacrificed at the altar of freedom.
Speaking at another function at Jamia Gulzar-e-Hussainia, Ajrara, Meerut, Maulana Muhammad Abdullah Mughisi, the newly elected president of All India Milli Council quoted Shaheed Ashfaqullah Khan who told people to put some soil on his shroud so that he should rest in peace. The Maulana said that women too had a big share in the freedom struggle.
Cabinet Minister Kaukab Hameed Khan while speaking on an I-Day function in Jamiatul Muminat, Baghpat district of UP, said that to preserve secular democratic system of India was no less important that the freedom fight.
Deputy Mufti of Agra and principal of madrasa Aliya, Agra, Abdul Hameed Nomani, while delivering a speech on the I-Day occasion said that the country was freed by the united struggle of Hindus and Muslims. If the same unity is restored, we can get rid of our problems, he added.
Idara Sirat-e-Haque, Dehradun, Uttaranchal distributed prizes at the I-Day function among children who participated in it. Children presented a drama at Jamia Public School, Sangam Park, Ghaziabad. Students of Rain School of Moradabad, UP presented a very good cultural programme. I-Day functions were also celebrated at several places in Aligarh.
ISLAMIC QUIZ COMPETITION
Jaipur: Rajasthan based Millat Trust is going to hold an inter school Islamic Quiz Competition 2002 on September 15. President of the Trust Hafiz Manzoor Ali Khan said that the purpose of the competition is to create awareness among Muslim children regarding religious education. Students form middle classes to MA can take part in the competition, he said. Three fist position holders would be given computer, television and bicycle. Prizes will also be given to three students from every group, he added.
BOOK ON MUJAHIDUL ISLAM QASMI
New Delhi: Mujahidul Islam Qasmi Number, a special issue of monthly Ma’arif-e-Qasim Jadeed was released on August 19 by Maulana Muhammad Salim Qasmi, vice president of All India Muslim Personal Law Board and rector of Darul Uloom (Waqf) Deoband at Ghalib Academy, New Delhi. The book release function was organised by Jami’at Imam Qasim Islamic Educational Welfare Trust and it was presided over by Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi, president of All India Talimi wa Milli Foundation. While releasing the book, Maulana Salim Qasmi said that Qazi Mujahidul Islam was a great faqih (Islamic jurist) of his time. Maulana Asrarul Haque said that he was a leading personality and the establishment of Islamic Fiqh Academy was his great achievement.
SC ISSUES ORDER ON IMAMS’ SALARIES
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has recently issued orders to governments of Assam, Goa, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Central Territory of Chandigarh to set up tribunals under Article 83 of Waqf Act 1995 for redress of grievances regarding payment of salaries of imams. The bench comprising Justice GB Patnaik and Justice KG Balakrishnan has asked the states to submit their reports within eight weeks.
AWARD OF CERTIFICATES
New Delhi: A certificate felicitation function was held on August 17 at Anglo Arabic Senior Secondary School in Ajmeri Gate. Certificates were distributed to nearly 50 girl students who completed the courses on stitching, embroidery, knitting, fashion designing, cutting and grooming etc. conducted by Allama Rafiq Polytechnic For Women run under the management of Allama Rafiq Charitable Trust.
The function was chaired by Ghulam Geelani Siddiqi, chairman of the trust.
MUSLIMS SHARE MUST IN GOVERNMENT
Lucknow: A meeting of the UP based Muslim Majlis was held in Lucknow on August 20 presided over by its chairman Manzarul Islam. Muhammad Qamar Kazmi of Markazi Muslim Majlis also participated in the meeting. Both the Majlises merged together. Khalid Sabri was elected president of UP Majlis while Muhammad Nadeem Siddiqui was elected general secretary.
The Majlis unanimously declared that problems of Muslims can be solved only if they share power in the central and state governments. Hence it appealed to Muslims to strengthen the Majlis by making more and more members.
DEVELOPMENT OF A COMMUNITY DEPENDS ON EDUCATION
Amroha: A man without education is weak and he has no position in society, said Rashid Alvi, a Member of Parliament from Amroha constituency. He was addressing a meeting at Nayab Abbasi Girls Degree College. He said that ever since Independence Muslims have been leading a life of misery and backwardness and that it is due to lack of education. Education shows the way to progress and every nation’s survival and development depends on it, he said. Eminent Urdu journalist M Afzal regretted that Muslims had been accusing others for their plight adding that education was the only way out. Poet Nawaz Deobandi recited few lines relevant to the present situations.q
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