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COMMUNITY NEWS: 1-15 November 2002

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MARKAZUL MAARIF ANNUAL FUNCTION
New Delhi: At the completion of eight years, Markazul Maarif Education and Research Centre (MMERC) Delhi held its annual certificate felicitation function at its branch office in Jogabai, Delhi on October 20. Intellectuals, ulama, scholars and old boys of the institute participated in the function. Maulana Muhammad Afzal Qasmi, an English teacher at Darul Uloom Deoband delivered the introductory speech. Students delivered speeches in English on several current issues. Dr Syed Farooq of Himalaya Drugs Company expressed happiness over the progress of the institute within a very short span of time. Maulana Kalimuddin Siddiqui said that a long-standing dream of ulama had been materialised with the inception of the institute. Presiding over the meeting, Maulana Badruddin Ajmal Ali Qasmi, president of Markazul Maarif India and advisory board member of Darul Uloom Deoband said that it was sad that Muslims were today known at the forefront of every terrorist act while they used to be ideals and models of peace and harmony. It was need of the hour that ulama learnt English to present true Islam to people, he said. He also said that other languages too should be learnt by ulama. Languages were flawless and they were just mediums of interaction and communication, he added. 

KASHMIRI STUDENTS DETAINED
Bharuch: Three Kashmiri students were detained from a madrasah of Bharuch in Gujarat and taken to an undisclosed place by Gujarat police on October 19. 

ACTION DEMANDED AGAINST TOGADIA
New Delhi: Reacting to general secretary of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Parveen Togadia’s recent lumpen-rousing and illegal outpourings, Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid Delhi, Mufti Mukarram has appealed Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to take strong notice of Togadia’s remarks and have him arrested under POTA. Togadia had recently given rabble rousing statements during a dharam raksha sammelan. When the Babri Masjid case was sub-judice, weren’t such remarks in contempt of court, he asked. 

AIMPLB MEETING IN MUNGER
New Delhi: All India Muslim Personal Law Board in its recent executive body meeting in Lucknow has decided that the next meeting of the board would be held in Munger, Bihar from where this movement was started under the leadership of late Maulana Minnatullah Rahmani. The meeting is important as 102 founding members and 99 temporary members would be elected on this occasion.
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind conf
New Delhi: An All-India members meet of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind is being organised at its headquarters in New Delhi. The four-day meeting begins from October 25 and shall conclude on October 28. Earlier, meeting of a similar nature was organised at Hyderabad in 1997.
According to Ejaz Ahmed Aslam, Secretary Press & Publication, the organisation holds such meetings from time to time to take stock of the situation prevailing in the country and elsewhere. During the present meet, various issues like fascism, neo-colonialism, communalism, ideological attacks on Islam, poverty and backwardness would be discussed in detail, he said. Over 5,000 Jamaat members, including a large number of women would be participating in the meet. At the time of MG going to the press, the Jamaat meet was progressing.

MADRASAH STUDENTS UNION
Kolkata: West Bengal Madrasa Students Union took out a procession and sat on a hunger strike on October 10 demanding implementation of Kidwai Committee report. General secretary of the union, Muhammad Qamruzzaman said that the madrasah reforms report of former West Bengal governor and Madrasah Reforms Committee chairman Dr AR Kidwai had been presented to state government on September 30 but the leftist party government did not inform the public about it. It was done so because the report spoke in favour of madrasahs, he said. The union demanded that the report be made public and that senior madrasah degrees should be recognised as equivalent to higher secondary certificates. It also demanded that the 2-century old Madrasah Aliya Kolkata should be given the status of a deemed university and that the century old library of the madrasah should be repaired and opened for students. 

JAMIATUS SAQLAIN OPENS NEW BRANCH
New Delhi: The 28th Foundation Day functions of Safinatul Hidaya Trust were held at its new building Hauza-e-Ilmia Jamiatus Saqlain Arabic College, Zakir Nagar, New Delhi from October 2o to 22. Ulama and intellectuals in good number were present on the occasion. Presenting the annual report, the trust president Maulana Syed Zishan Hidayati said, "We are devoting this building for the welfare and development of the nation and the community." The participants lauded the services of the Trust. Those present on the occasion included Okhla councillor Asif Muhammad Khan, Dr Syed Farooq of Himalaya Drugs Company and noted scholar Allama Syed Aqueel Al-Gharawi.

NATIONAL SEMINAR ON IBN FARID
New Dlhi: Organised by Idara Adab-e-Islami Hind, a national seminar was held on prominent litterateur, critic and fiction writer Dr Ibn Farid at Ghalib Academy Delhi on October 15. Prof. Joginder Pal presided the meeting. He said that Ibn Farid had deeply viewed the facts of life. Two books of Ibn Farid Adab Dad Talab and Khoon Asham were released by Maulana Muhammad Sirajul Hasan. A mushaira (poetic symposium) was also held on this occasion which was chaired by Prof. Muzaffar Hanafi. 

MUSLIM STUDENTS SCHOLARSHIP
Baghpat: President of Muslim United Forum, Dr Atiq Ahmad Siddiqui recently sent a memorandum to state minister for minorities welfare and development and Haj, Haji Yaqub Qureshi complaining that a large number of Muslim students of government schools have not been given scholarships. Siddiqui has demanded investigation of the case and early payment of the students scholarships. 

SEMINAR ON MIR DARD
New Delhi: Ghalib Institute Delhi organised a seminar on late poet Khwaja Mir Dard on October 12. Speaking on the occasion former governor of Haryana, Syed Muzaffar Hussain Burney said that 18th century had produced three great poets: Mir, Sauda and Dard. But Dard was rather more prominent among them because the genre of his poetry was different from his contemporary poets. A sufi poet apart, Dard was a great scholar of music, he said. Chairing the seminar Khwaja Hasan Nizami II expressed sorrow over the dilapidated condition of the poet’s tomb whose poetry was greatly attached with our culture. He appealed the government and Urdu lovers to pay attention to it. He also said that Dard was associated with Naqshbandi chain of sufis who had played a great role in the propagation of Islam. Several scholars presented articles on the poet’s life and services.

ISLAM A MODERATE RELIGION
Dubai: Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia while exhorting Arab nationalists to keep away from extremism has said that Islam is a religion of moderation. He requested the people to act upon the teachings of Islam and shun any extreme steps.

HAJ FLIGHTS FROM PATNA
Patna: In a press release on October 16, Civil Aviation Minister Syed Shahnawaz Hussain announced that direct Haj flights would be started from Patna. He also met chief minister Rabri Devi and appealed her to build a Haj House in Patna.

TENSION OVER GRAVEYARD
Baghpat: Dispute arose between Muslims and Balmikis over a graveyard land in Gaoli Katha in Baghpat (UP). According to information the government had given some rupees to village panchayat for construction of a boundary around the graveyard. When the panchayat members came to construct the boundary, the Balmikis stopped the work claiming their right over a part of the graveyard land which has caused tension between the two communities. Meanwhile some responsible Muslims have presented memorandums to district magistrate and CDO of Baghpat demanding that the boundaries of graveyards should be made under Jawahar Rozgar Yojna. This demand has been made after cases of encroachments of several graveyard lands in the district took place.

DIGVIJAY TO FOLLOW AMU PATTERN
Aligarh: Speaking on the occasion of Sir Syed Day functions in Aligarh Muslim University on October 17, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh said that an institute would be founded in Bhopal on the pattern of AMU. He announced to give one crore rupees and allocate a free land for the institute. He said that Sir Syed had taken a revolutionary step by adopting modern education for Muslims. Calling politicization of religion a big harm for the society he asked the people to encounter such forces whose number was no more than one per cent among Hindus and Muslims. Singh emphasised the need to enable madrasahs to meet modern challenges and said he wanted to see Muslim society to progress.

HINDI NEWS MAGAZINE LAUNCHED
Gujarat incident is the worst in the last 50 years in India. This incident has given a lesson to journalists or those who are seeking journalism as career to write to true picture of any story. This was the opinion of Seema Mustafa of English daily The Asian Age. She was as a chief guest addressing the audience at the launch of Hindi news monthly, Headline Plus edited by Sheeba in Triveni Kalasangam Theatre, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi on October 8.
Siddharth Vardarajan of The Times of India, who was present as guest of honour said. "Gujarat incident is the first example in the field of journalism when majority of media, particularly electronic media should be the actual face of incident. This was not a riot, but a complete carnage of Muslims and was well planned. We all should proud of those journalists who put their lives in danger and covered the state sponsored pogrom.

Safinatul Hidaya Trust 
Safinatul Hidaya Trust, a south Delhi based educational, welfare and community organisation recently celebrated its 18th foundation day. The Trust inaugurated a new building for Jamiatus Saqlain. In the three-day seminar noted ulema, political and social leaders, and intellectuals participated in large numbers.
During the inaugural, ceremony the students of Jamiatus Sqlain presented cultural programmes. Maulana Zeeshan Hidayati reviewed the activities of the past year. He announced that the new building is another branch of the Trust. The seminar discussed the problems being faced by the ummah in dawah work. The ulema noted that their responsibilities have increased They were of the view that imams and ulema will themselves have to come forward to get ummah rid of illiteracy, communalism and terrorism.
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