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COMMUNITY NEWS: 1-15 November 2002

Community: Page 1 | Page 2 

Woman attending Friday prayers in the 
Grand Mosque of Srinagar

KHUMAR BARABANKWI REMEMBERED
Rampur: On the occasion of birth anniversary of noted Urdu poet late Khumar Barabankwi, a meeting was organised at Masood Manzil, Rah-e-Wafa, Tanda under the presidentship of senior member of Anjuman Taraqqui-e-Urdu (UP), Balbir Saran Rastogi. The services of the late poet to Urdu were lauded.
Speaking on the occasion Shauq Amrohi, treasurer of Anjuman Taraqqui-e-Urdu said that political leaders had been deceiving Urdu lovers at election times by false promises. Once they win elections, they never show their face, he said adding that now Urdu lovers would not be deceived.
Mahmooduz Zafar Rahmani, general secretary of the Anjuman lamented that even after 55 years of Independence, Urdu was given step-motherly treatment. He said that many Urdu dailies and weeklies have been closed due to pressure on them. Urdu and Hindi are two sister languages and they should be brought together, he added. Rahmani also demanded to celebrate Khumar’s birth anniversary as Urdu Day and urged to issue a postal stamp in his memory. No further injustice to Urdu would be tolerated, Balbir Rastogi said. He threatened to protest if justice was not done to Urdu.

ICICI ORGANISES GHAZAL EVENING
New Delhi: The ICICI Bank organised a ghazal evening by well known ghazal singer Talat Aziz for its corporate clients on October 6. Taught by Ustad Samad Khan and Ustad Faiyaz Khan, Talat has promoted ghazals in India and abroad. He has more than two dozen cassettes to his credit and has also composed music for several television serials.

TASAWWUF-E-MILLI RELEASED
New Delhi: Edited by Muhammad Yahya Zaki, monthly Tasawwuf-e-Milli was released by Khwaja Hasan Nizami II on September 21 at Ghalib Academy New Delhi. The function was presided over by Justice Abdus Sattar Qureshi of Gujarat High Court. Justice Qureshi, Khwaja Nizami, Imran Azim and Mufti Mukarram delivered speeches on tasawwuf (sufiism), its need in the present time and for world peace.

MEDICAL CAMPS FOR MADRASAH STUDENTS
Baghpat: Dr Atiq Ahmad Siddiqui, president, Muslim United Forum has demanded the district magistrate and the chief medical officer to arrange medical camps for local and outside students studying at several madrasahs. Since most of these students belong to poor families, they do not have medical facilities. That is why the Department of Health should check their health and provide medical facilities to them, he said. Dr Siddiqui also urged madrasah authorities to take care of the students’ health and pay special attention to cleanliness.

ANTI-MUSLIM DRIVES ALIEN TO HINDUISM
Saharanpur: Addressing party workers in a large gathering, Indian Ekta Party leader and former health minister Rasheed Masood criticised Hindu extremist groups and communal organisations. Even after blood-bath and arson in Gujarat, Sangh Pariwar, VHP and Bajrang Dal are not satisfied and they have been sowing seeds of communal hatred, he said adding that their mischievous campaigns against Islam and Muslims were alien to the teachings of Hinduism. Taking strong notice of VHP leader Parveen Togadia’s recent outrageous remarks he said that such remarks were more harmful for the country’s integrity than Islam or Muslims. He warned the Hindu community to be cautious of such extremist groups and advised them to act upon the teachings of Hindu religion. Member of legislative assembly, Sanjay Garg said that the future of the country was associated with its secular ethos and that unity of secular forces was necessary to maintain it. He accused Mayawati and Chaudhary Ajit Singh for being puppets in the hands of BJP for the sake of power. Several political leaders spoke on the occasion.

MINORITIES DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
New Delhi: Union minister for social justice and empowerment, Dr Satya Narayan Jatia has emphasised the need to extend the field of work of National Minorities Development Corporation, so that more people are benefited from it. Speaking at a workshop on 8th Foundation Day of the corporation on September 30, Jatya said that the corporation had given financial assistance to more than 1 lakh and 65 thousand people in 8 years. It has decided to provide financial help to 2.5 lakh people in the 10th financial plan, he said. He further said that seeing the number and requirements of minorities, particularly Muslims, this number is very small. Therefore, vigorous efforts need to be made in this direction so that more and more people could be benefited. 

ANGLO-ARABIC SCHOOL CONTEST
New Delhi: The 12th Seeratun Nabi Contest was held at Delhi’s Anglo Arabic School on September 28. Several schools from all over Delhi participated in the contest. 85 students of Anglo Arabic School delivered speeches in English and Urdu. Primary school kids spoke on various aspects of Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) life.
Chief guest and editor or Dawat, Parwaz Rahmani said that these programmes bring out young talents. We should not divide education between modern and religious education; rather, there should be a combination of both, he said. Prizes were also distributed among successful contestants of various schools. 

BOOK ON ALLAMA IQBAL
Srinagar: Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, vice-president of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, released a book on Allama Iqbal on September 1. The book has been written by noted Urdu scholar Prof. Akbar Hyderi. The book release function was followed by a seminar on Mir Shams-ud-din Iraqi which was organised by Idara Nashr-e-Uloom-e-Ahl-e-Bait.

MEMSAHIB FOR LADIES
London: Thirty-five year old human rights barrister, Rehana Azim has recently launched a glossy magazine, Memsahib for professional Asian women. The magazine is a mix of politics, glamour, fashion and social issues. It reflects the increasing number of career options for Asian women.

DR SHAKEB’S EXTENSION LECTURE
New Delhi: Noted scholar Dr Ziauddin Shakeb gave an extension lecture on Dyare Maghrib Main Muhajarat Ki Tehzeeb. The lecture was organised by Ghalib Academy. Welcoming the guest Khwaja Hasan Nizami II said that Dr Shakeb’s services to Urdu in the West are highly appreciated. Siddiqur Rahman Kidwai said that Urdu education in London was due to Dr Shekeb’s efforts. Delivering his lecture the Dr Shakeb said that the new generation was more inclined to its culture and civilization than the older generation and that this difference was quite visible.

DARUL ULOOM PRAYS FOR WORLD PEACE
Deoband: People from several states attended a huge gathering on the auspicious occasion of concluding session of famous hadith book Bukhari Sharif in Darul Uloom Deoband. Shaikul Hadith Maulana Naseer Ahmad Khan while addressing a large gathering of more than 15 thousand people, including students and teachers of Darul Uloom said that Islam does not permit terrorism but it emphasises the need to respect other religions. He said that criticising Islam’s marital rules, Muslims’ way of life and blasphemous remarks against Qur’anic verses are unfair and contrary to facts. Islam teaches peace, love and tolerance towards other people, he said.
After his speech, Maulana Naseer Ahmad led a collective prayer in which he prayed for world-peace and also for the integrity, unity, peace and prosperity in the country. 

SHIAS DEMAND SEPARATE WAQF BOARD
Kolkata: On October 9, a 14-member delegation of Shias sat on 48-hours long hunger strike on the demand of Save Shia Waqf Estate in front of Waqf Board office. After scams of crores of rupees, the demand for a separate Shia Waqf Board is gaining momentum. For this purpose a Shia Waqf Bachao Committee has been formed which has already submitted several memoranda to chief minister Budhadeb Bhattacharya, state minister for minorities affairs Muhammad Saleem, chairman of Waqf Board, Mayor Kolkata Corporation and so on. Shia Waqf Bachao Committee demands a separate Shia Waqf Board like Delhi, UP and Bihar, said one of the hunger strikers. It also demands legal action against Hamimul Huda and others who are found involved in Waqf scandals.
The delegation again presented memorandums to the CM, the governor and the state minister for minorities affairs. on October 11 another group sat for further 48-hours hunger strike at the third day of the strike. Further two relay groups were ready to continue the strike if their demands were not accepted.

CASTING ASPERSIONS ON QUR’AN
Hyderabad: Founded by Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, secretary general Islamic Fiqh Academy Delhi and member Muslim Personal Law Board, Al-Mahadul Aali Al-Islami, a pioneering Islamic institute held a certificate distribution function at Milan Function Hall, Saeedabad, Hyderabad. 
Speaking on the occasion, Maulana Syed Zakaria Sambhali, a hadith teacher at Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknow said that conspiracies against Muslims are on the rise, doubts are being created regarding Qur’an and hadith and every effort is being made to lead Indian society to nudity and immorality. Crores of rupees are being spent on media to spread certain evils by the West. The problem is so serious that safety of one’s faith and belief is in danger, not to talk of morals and religious ethos.
Maulana Aquil Husami, rector Darul Uloom Hyderabad said that ulama were, and are a boon for the society. He praised the institute for conducting research on various burning topics. Lauding the services of the institute, editor of daily Munsif, Khan Latif Muhammad Khan suggested Muslims not to keep away from politics. If they want to survive like a living nation, they have to be aware of the world around, he added. Prof. Mohsin Usmani laid emphasis on dawah and called it the only solution to Muslims’ problems. Maulana Qutubuddin Chishti spoke on the effectiveness of the Qur’an. Maulana Rabey Nadwi’s detailed message was also read out in his absence in which Nadwi mentioned about the researches conducted by earlier scholars and drew Muslims attention to them. Maulana Rizwan Qasmi said that Hyderbad was the Baghdad of India and that its academic heights were once again on upward swing and that Al-Mahad was one of its chains. Majlis-e-Ittihadul Muslimeen leader, Asaduddin Owaisi said that education was life for the soul and that a body without it was dead. He said that madrasahs were spreading peace and harmony.
Students delivered speeches in Urdu, Arabic, English and Telugu. Two Islamic books were also released on this occasion.

MIR ANEES REMEMBERED IN LONDON
Born in Faizabad district of Uttar Pradesh, the well known poet of elegy, known as Firdausi-e-Hind, late Mir Anees was recently remembered in London, which is also known among Urdu lovers as the third world of Urdu language and culture. The function was held at the grand building of Islamic Centre of England under the auspices of International Islamic Link, London. Prominent ulama, intellectuals, litterateurs and poets spoke on the life and services of Anees. Poetic tributes were also paid to him.
Introducing the writers and poets, Dr Syed Ahsan Zafar Zaidi, convener of the seminar said that the next programme would be conducted on a large scale. 
Founding president of International Islamic Link, Syed Zulqadar Rizvi said in his key-note address that poetry and literature were the most subtle aspects of human life. He said that Mir was a torch-bearer of Islamic culture and civilization. Referring to several books written on this king of Urdu epicedium he said that still much remains to be done on his life and works. Prof. David Mathews, a senior teacher at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), who holds a distinguished position for his command on Urdu and Nepali, read out an article on ‘The position of Anees in Urdu literature.’ Prof. Mathews has also translated Anees’ dirges into English language.
Held in two sittings, it was the first birth anniversary function of Mir ever celebrated in London. Dr Safi chaired the seminar. It ended with a brief but comprehensive speech of noted Islamic scholar Allama Syed Aqueel Al-Gharwi. 

ULAMA CALL FOR POSITIVE REPLY
Hyderabad: On the occasion of annual function of Annadiul Adabi, Darul Uloom Hyderabad, ulama asked people to meet the challenges of anti-Islamic forces in a positive and intelligent manner.
Speaking on the occasion Mufti Sadiq Muhiuddin of Jamia Nizamia said that there has always been clash between right and wrong but truth has ever triumphed. He said that Islam always forbade terrorism and that education distinguished right from wrong. Hence it was our duty to learn. Maulana Habibur Rahman, Shaikhul Hadith of the Darul Uloom, while throwing light on education said that it was learning which enabled man to land on the moon. Along with God-consciousness, education opens bright career options for man, he added. Imtiaz Ali Taj, assistant station director of Doordarshan said that every community had a right to acquire education in a democratic country. He also expressed happiness over the madrasah’s progress in promoting Arabic and other languages.
Students delivered speeches in Arabic, Urdu and English on several topics. They also took part in Bait Bazi (verse recitation contest) and group discussion. Prizes were also distributed among students. Rahimuddin Ansari, secretary Darul Uloom Hyderabad presided over the meeting.

PAIGHAM-E-CHAMAN COMPLETES 5 YEARS
New Delhi: Urdu weekly Paigham-e-Chaman organised an All India Mushaira (poetic symposium) on completing 5 years of its publication at Ghalib Academy Delhi on October 11. Former Uttar Pradesh senior IPS officer and litterateur Nazar Kanpuri chaired the meeting. Many poets and litterateurs participated in the meeting.

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