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COMMUNITY NEWS: 1-15 September 2002

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Ladakh: Muslim children learning in open air

New Delhi: Addressing the first meeting of the newly formed Haj Committee at New Secretariat Auditorium, Delhi, Chief Minister of Delhi Shiela Dikshit said that there is need to build a large Haj house in Delhi in order to provide every possible facility to Haj pilgrims. She lauded the steps to include more members in Delhi Haj Committee.
Development and Revenue minister Haroon Yusuf said that Delhi government would provide every facility to Haj pilgrims, so that they and North Indian Haj pilgrims may remember their stay in Delhi. Haroon Yusuf and chairman of Delhi Haj Committee Abdus Sami Salmani reiterated that Hajis would be provided all facilities from next year.
Assistant secretary of Delhi Haj Committee Hafiz Matloob Karim and chairman of Delhi State Urs Committee Hafiz Chaudhry Salahuddin also spoke on the occasion. Delhi government’s generosity towards Haj Committee was highly appreciated.

Hyderabad: Speaking at a seminar on "Islam and humanity" held in the 131-year old Jamia Nizamia of Hyderabad on August 4, Maulana Mufti Khalil Ahmad said that present day attempts against Islam and Muslims were not new, but they were being made for a long time. Attempt is being made to convince the world that Islam is a violent religion and Muslims are terrorists. He said it was a conspiracy of Jews and Christians.
Muhammad Abdul Majeed, head of the Department Arabic at Osmania University said that some people have made mischievous demands for tampering in the Qur’an and Hadiths after the 11/9 attacks which reflect their low mentality.
Dr Muhammad Sifullah of the Jamia Nizamia said with reference to the Qur’an that Muslims are sent in this world to spread peace and to provide shelter to others. He also said that if Islam would have spread by use of sword, Muslims would not have been in minority in India after ruling over it for hundreds of year. It was a Muslim son’s duty to obey his non-Muslim parent, he added.
Maulana Syed Ziauddin, a teacher of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) said that Islam had emphasised on proper upbringing of children and it was due to lack of proper upbringing that millions of girls were giving birth to illicit children in USA and other western countries. The seminar was attended by various Islamic scholars.

Allahabad: Urdu Development Organisation, a UP based literary Organisation has appealed to Urdu speaking people to admit their children in schools which teach Urdu along with other subjects. It has been stated that despite rules Urdu is not taught in English medium schools which compels students to opt for Sanskrit. Bahrul Uloom, convenor of the organisation said that children should be admitted to English medium schools which teach Urdu and which are recognised by the ICSE and CBSE boards. These schools should teach Urdu as per rules and if Urdu is not taught there, people should make demand for it, he said.

Agra: Electricity of the Taj Mahal, which fetches foreign exchange worth crores of rupees to the country, has been cut off. The dispute as to who will pay Taj Mahal’s electricity bill took such a serious turn that the electric connection of the monument was cut off.
Strong lighting arrangements were made by the side of river Yamuan for safety of the Taj Mahal so as to keep a close watch on the activities, if any, going on in the fields and isolated places behind the Taj whose electricity bills were previously being paid by Agra Development Authority (ADA). But when it washed its hands, electricity was disconnected. Now it is darkness behind the Taj because of which its safety is in danger.

Khanpur: "Allah sent Prophet Muhammad as blessing for the entire humankind. We are heirs of his teachings. We should be a source of bliss for humanity. "These views were expressed by Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi, president of All India Talimi wa Milli Foundation during his 2 week-long visit to the riot ravaged state of Gujarat. Addressing a meeting at the Jama Masjid of Khanpur, Qasmi said that lakhs of Adiwasis and other backward and downtrodden people live in Gujarat. We should bring them close to Islam and give them equal treatment, he said. He further said Gujarat incidents were not of communal nature, but state-sponsored and organised plan to weaken Muslims economically and to root them out. The way Muslims were treated in the land from where Gandhiji had given the message of peace, has unveiled the face of the so-called Ram bhakts. Muslims should learn a lesson from this and they should be united, he said.

Jaipur: Ten persons including a police man were injured during a communal violence in Kero village in Jodhpur district of Rajasthan. Mischievous elements looted a shop and damaged several houses. They also broke into a madrasa and caused extensive damage. They also set 10 shops, some houses and a madrsa on fire.
According to reports tension arose when a boy was abducted. Police arrested a person of minority community under Arms Act. People of two communities came to blows with one another when the police intervened in the abduction case. They started pelting stones at the police. 30 persons were arrested. The situation was tense but under control.

New Delhi: Preparations for the 6th International Qir’at (recitation of the Qur’an) Competition to be held in Dubai are in full swing. So far 104 Muslim Countries and institutions have sent their names for participation in the competition.
Head of the International Qir’at Award Committee and Attorney General of Dubai, Abu Maliha told news persons that the competition would be held sometime in Ramadhan and that it would maintain the global standard of Qir’at.
This series of Qira’t competition was started 5 years ago at the behest of Sheikh Muhammad bin Rashid Al-Makthoom, the king of Dubai and defence minister of UAE.
Secretary of Award Committee, General Mahmood bin Tooq said that only Qaris above the age of 21 years would be eligible to participate in the competition. A panel of judges has also been formed which includes prominent Muslim scholars from all over the world. Lectures would also be delivered on religious, social and other subjects during the competition.

Bahta Lahoo Jalte Jism (Oozing blood and burning bodies), a collection of poems by Shakil Anjum Dehlawi was released recently by Aziz Burney, joint editor of Rashtriya Sahara Urdu at Ghalib Academy, New Delhi. Freedom fighter Anwar Delhwi presided over the book release ceremony. Burney delivered a speech on the increasing Hindu communalism.
Noted poet Majid Deobandi recited a poem which was relevant to the existing situation. The book release function was attended by several Urdu poets, litteratures and journalists.

New Delhi: The long cherished dreams of the residents of Okhla have come true with the decision of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to open 11 new Urdu schools in this area of south Delhi. Urdu as a subject, along with English, will be taught in all the 11 schools.
Ram Babu Sharma, Chairman of the MCD Standing Committee and leader of the House said that the number of students willing to study Urdu was increasing every year in central zone. "So we have decided to open primary schools for them so that they can grasp the subject better in their mother tongue." "Lands for all these schools have already been made available," he said. With this the total number of Urdu municipal primary schools has gone up to 163.

Ambedkarnagar: This is the time for students of Shri Lal Arya Kanya and HT Inter College of Tanda district of Uttar Pradesh to fill up forms for scholarships. The forms are accepted as complete after verification by any elected public representative. But the authorities of these two colleges demand the students of minority community to submit income and caste certificates also along with the forms. The guardians of students are greatly perturbed over the discriminatory treatment and have requested the district magistrate to intervene and solve the problems concerning their wards.
There have been reports of discrimination and exploitation of students of minority communities from other districts of Uttar Pradesh also. Faisal Salmani state general secretary of Samajwadi Lohia Wahni has threatened to start a campaign if minority students are not given fair and just treatment in schools and colleges.


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