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COMMUNITY NEWS: 1-15 December 2002

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Hyderabad: Activists of Majlis Bachao Tehreek while objecting to some pieces about the last funeral rituals of its founder Mohammad Amanullah Khan, published in the daily Munsif, indulged in a heated talk and later had a fight with the dailyís employees. A case was registered in this regard. A meeting to protest against it was called by Andhra Pradesh Working Journalists Association. Journalists while reacting to the attack said that it was an attack on the freedom of press. Today it is Munsif, tomorrow it may be any other newspaper, they said. Later a delegation demanded strict action from chief minister and state home minister. Describing the attack as an act of michievous people, the CM assured of proper action. Andhra Pradesh home minister, T Devendra said that he had read the newspaper and found no such thing for which the office could be attacked. Meanwhile there have been contrary reports from members of Majlis Bachao Tehreek. MBT spokesman in a statement said that the popularity of the party has become an eye-sore for many. He called the attack report biased and a conspiracy and said that service of a journalist was taken to distort the fact. He threatened that MBT would take the case before Press Council of India and Andhra Pradesh Working Journalists Association. Majlis-e-Ittihadul Muslimeen published a distorted report while it did not bother to pay tribute to the floor leader in the assembly, he said.

Agra: Muslims are angry for publishing pictures of sacred places of Muslims on the packets of aloe sticks. Bharti Muslim Ittihad Committee Agra has demanded to seize all packets. According to information, M/S Vaishno Devi Dhoop (regist) has launched new packets of aloe sticks--Nazrana, in the market.The packets carry picture of the dome of the mosque of the Prophet whereas there is the picture of Kaba at the other side. The two sides also have picture of a child reciting the Quran. Convenor of Bharti Muslim Ittihad Committee, Nizam Khan said that Islam does not allow to keep pictures of living creatures and that the company has hurt Muslims sentiments by doing so. Members of committee said that they were sold in great number during Diwali and that the wrappers were lying here and there. It is sacrilegious, they said, and demanded seizure of all the packets along with arrest of the proprietor of the company. Steps should be taken to ensure that such things do not take place in future, they said. 

New Delhi: Godís Grace School Delhi organised a debate on November 14 on Government alone is capable to educate all children of the country. Thirty-two students from 16 states took part in the debate. Mangla Gojri of Central School Pitampura Delhi won first prize while second prize was won by Happy Public School, Alwar, Rajasthan. Hamdard Public School won the third prize. First prize for best performance was won by a Ghziabad school while Crescent Public School Bahraich won second prize. The third prize for best performance was won by Godís Grace. Maulana Azad Education Foundation and Vishwakarma Ramkiya Trust gave prizes to successful students.

New Delhi: An 11-judge bench headed by Justice BN Kirpal recently decided that private schools and institutions would be free to decide on fees. The decision is followed by an earlier Supreme Court judgement that said that private schools and colleges were not free to frame their own fee structure. The latest decision has been taken after objections from privately owned institutions. The bench said the bureaucratic or governmental interference in the administration of such institutions will undermine their independence. The government however has the right to frame rules to prevent charitable institutions from charging capitation fee from students.

New Delhi: Rich tributes were paid to freedom fighter and the first Education Minister of India, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on the occasion of his 114th birth anniversary. Paying tributes to Maulana Congress president Sonia Gandhi said that the history of India would remain incomplete without the mention of Maulana Azad. He was a great intellectual and thinker besides being a pioneer of freedom struggle, she said adding that despite being a religious person he had a scientific thought and modern approach. Speaking about the current sorry state of the country she said that much damage has been caused and now it is time to unite broken hearts. Prior to it, Syed Sibte Razi, chairman of Qaumi Ekta Conference and former state home minister said that the views and thoughts of Maulana Azad have great importance in todayís circumstances. Syed Shahid Mehdi, vice chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia said that there is need to collect Azadís academic works and transform them for the use of Hindi-knowing people. The minister of state in the PMO, Vijay Goel said that people are forgetting Maulana because the number of Urdu knowing people has decreased. Deputy Chairperson of Rajya Sabha, Najma Heptullah paid floral tributes to Maulana Azad. Meetings were also held at other parts of the country to remember the freedom fighter.

Extra-Mural Lecture on Imam Ghazali
Prof. M Salim Khan former Director, Centre of West Asian Studies (AMU) delivered his lecture on Imam Ghazaliís religious and political anxieties on 31st Oct. 2002, in a programme of the Deptt. of Islamic Studies (AMU) presided over by Prof. Muhammad Rafique, former Dean, Faculty of Arts (AMU) In his introductory remark, Dr. Zafarul Islam, convenor of the programme, emphasised the point that Imam Ghazali was one of the noted thinkers and writers of medieval period who left very deep impact on religio-social and academic life of Muslims of different periods. Significantly enough, Sir Sayyed Ahmad Khan was also impressed by his writings. He had gone through his several works though he disagreed with him on some issues. Welcoming the learned speaker, Prof. Abdul Ali, chairman of the department, introduced his academic works and highlighted his devotion to research work even after his retirement. Commenting on Imam Ghazaliís contribution to the development of religious thought he pointed out that the distinguished thinker made serious attempt to bring reconciliation between religion and reason and refuted vehemently the assumptions on which the philosophers of his time based their arguments and which were contradictory to Islamic faith and doctrines. He stressed the point that the impact of his writings was so deep that even many western scholars could not resist it. Speaking on the background of Imam Ghazaliís thoughts, Prof. M Salim Khan gave details of his personal and academic life. He pointed out that Imam Ghazali had to face many problems in different stages of his life and these had bearings on his writings and thinking. He stressed that since he was suffering from anxieties of varied nature, his views on many issues became contradictory. In view of this situation, his works required to be deeply studied afresh. The lecture was followed by a lively discussion. Several participants of the programme expressed disagreement with the opinion of the learned speaker. Those who joined the discussion included Prof. Ehtisham Nadvi, Prof. Mahmudul Haq, Prof. Owais Ansari, Prof. Abdul Ali, Farrukh Jalali and Dr. Adam Malik. In his presidential remarks, Prof. Muhammad Rafique observed that Imam Ghazaliís contribution to knowledge, religion and tasawwuf cannot be neglected even today. His works for the revival of Islamic learning and its integration with rational science have great relevance to modern times.

Hyderabad: Muslims are angry with the decision of the Department of Minorities Welfare for permitting Telugu Desam Party to hold meeting at 4-century old historic Makkah Masjid of Hyderabd. Condemning the decision, Congress vice-president Muhammad Ali Shabbir said that Majlis-e-Ittihadul Muslimeen is a Muslim organisation which conducts Quran Day every year in Ramadan in the mosque whereas Telugu Desam Party is not only a political party but also an ally of the communal BJP. It should be noted that Majlis-e-Ittihadul Muslimeen has been holding Quranic meetings in Makkah Masjid for 40 years. Majlis Bachao Tehreek was also allowed to hold one such meeting in every Ramadan after its founder Amanullah Khan floated the new party. But this is for the first time that TDP has been given permission to hold meeting in the mosque. MIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi, Mumtaz Ahmad Khan, Syed Sajjad and Ikram Owaisi have called it a mischievous decision.

Hyderabad: Reviving the century-old tradition, the Andhra Pradesh government permitted its Muslim employees to leave offices one hour before the normal time so as to have Iftar at their destinations. The age-old tradition continued by congress and the Telgu Desam Party even after independence. Hindu brethren never objected to it. Moreover, they advised their Muslim colleagues that they should better break the fast (iftar) at their homes. Government employees are happy with this gesture. In a similar report the Government of Assam also allowed its Muslim employees to attend office by 9 am instead of 10 and leave it one hour before the office closes.

SHRC orders relief to victim
Srinagar: The J&K State Human Rights Commission has directed the state government to pay a sum of one lakh rupees to the next of the kin of Ghulam Hasan Kumhar, who was torched to death in north Kashmir on February 8, 2001. 
In a statement issued here, SHRC said, that a direction has also gone to the state to prosecute the soldiers responsible for the murder of the civilian. Kumhar, it may be recalled, was set afire by Major Yadav and sepoy Dharampal Singh assisted by Akber and Chadda, two local sources of 28-RR. Kumhar later passed away in the hospital. Police have already registered a case FIR 12 of 2001 under section 307, 342. The family of the deceased had petitioned the SHRC against the death. 

Bahraich: Muslims have to retort, if blasphemy against the Quran is not stopped, said noted poet Bekal Utsahi. Mischievous elements are poisoning the atmosphere for power and they are targetting Islam for this purpose, he said. He said that the Quran is the Book of Allah and no change is possible in it. He accused the government at centre for supporting anti-social elements. In answer to a question he said that madrasahs were giving lessons of love and those speaking against them were doing so by looking at certain schools where children were openly given anti-Muslim lessons and where they were being trained in arms wielding. Being founder of about a dozen madrasahs I challenge that there is not a single terrorist in them, he said.

Guwahati: Minority leaders in Assam have threatened the ruling Congress of dire consequences if the governor did not stop making controversial statements about the entry of Bangladeshis in the state and revocation of the IMDT Act. The minority department of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee in a meeting on November 5 passed a resolution and expressed concern over the derogatory and unwarranted statements and said that the governorís remarks might spark communal violence. They also expressed concern over the APCC government statement to leave minorities in lurch after elections and not implement the poll promises made to them.


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