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COMMUNITY NEWS: 1-15 December 2002

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Manglaur: Uttaranchal State incharge and national secretary of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Radha Krishn Manodi while addressing a meeting of Bajrang Dal activists on November 12 at VHP’s Haridwar office said that they would not let any madrasah to open in Uttaranchal. He asked them to come to streets in protest against Congress government’s plan to open 200 madrasahs in the state. Madrasahs are the greatest danger, he said. There is need to keep a close watch specially on Muslim colonies in Uttaranchal, he added.

New Delhi: In view of the month of Ramadan, many social and public organisations of Old Delhi demanded that the Delhi government and lieutenant governor ensure proper arrangement for water, electricity and cleanliness in the Walled City and other Muslim localities of the capital. They also urged for controlling traffic in the evening and security arrangements at places of worship and proper initiative to avert any mishap in the month of Ramadan.

Saharanpur: Muslims were angry as two students of JBS Girls Hindu College were beaten up by college teachers for offering salat on November 12. Rushi Zeenat, a student of 7th standard and her friend Tabassum of 8th standard were offering salat at one side of the college. A senior teacher of class XII, Gajendra Kaur came and beat them. She along with another teacher, Majri used improper words which hurt religious sentiments. When the parents of the children and some other people approached the college principal and demanded apology from the guilty teachers, she called the police. Moreover, the sub-inspector also misbehaved with them and the situation became tense. However, police station incharge, AK Singh reached the spot and brought the situation under control after talks with angry Muslims.

Tulsipur: Eighteen acres of land has been bought to open a new college in this educationally backward region. To be run under Sir Syed Welfare Society, the college will have technical and professional courses besides other departments of higher studies. This was informed by former president of Aligarh Muslim University Students Union and president of Sir Syed Welfare Society, Dr Anwarul Haque. He said that the region is educationally backward and that illiteracy and unemployment are big problems there. On the lines of Sir Syed, the society has decided to enter the field of education, he said adding that people are constantly cooperating for the cause. Participating as chief guest on the occasion of Sir Syed Day, Faizabad member of legislative council, Devendra Paratap Singh announced to give Rs 1 lakh from his MLC fund for the prospective college.

New Delhi: Delhi state minister, Haroon Yusuf recently inaugurated Babarpur district congress committee minority cell’s office and nominated Asrar Chauhan as its president. Abdus Sami Salmani, president of Delhi congress committee minority cell presided over the meeting. Other congress leaders were also present on the occasion.

New Delhi: In response to a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a resident of Delhi, Raisuddin, the Delhi High Court has issued notices to the Centre and lieutenant governor of Delhi seeking replies on charges that the Shahi Jama Masjid is being used by criminals and that the present Shahi Imam, Syed Ahmad Bukhari and his father treat the historic mosque as their private property. Notices in this regard have been issued to the Union urban development minister, Archaeological Survey of India, Delhi Development Authority, Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Delhi police commissioner, Shahi Imam and Delhi Waqf Board.

Agra: An impressive role of non-Muslim shopkeepers and local residents continues for several years. They block the road on both its ends to let their Muslim brethren offer Isha and Taraweeh prayers in the month of Ramadan. The year-long rare example of Hindu-Muslim amity continues at the congested Imli Masjid located in Gud ki Mandi. According to the mosque secretary, Hakeem Syed Aulad Ahmad, along with Muslims, local shopkeepers and the residents of the mohalla, Madan Mohan Gate Police Station too has been playing a vital role in keeping up this long-term Hindu-Muslim fraternity.

Allahabad: Marking the 114th birth anniversary of the Poet of East, Allama Iqbal, Urdu Development Organisation celebrated it as Urdu Day. It was announced on this occasion that Urdu knowing shopkeepers whose signboards are not in Urdu would be boycotted. Participants decided to buy and read Urdu newspapers and magazines, correspond in Urdu, impart Urdu education to their children and converse in Urdu. Dr Ziauddin Zia, former principal of Unani College lamented that the author of Sare Jahan Se Achha was forgotten while people were compelled to praise Sindh. It is a matter of great shame for us, he said. Others also spoke on the occasion.

New Delhi: Abba…God’s Greatest Gift to US, a pictorial biography of the noted sarod maestro, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan was released in New Delhi on November 12 by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. The 128-page illustrated biography comprising rare photographs of the sarod master has been authored by his celebrated disciple-sons Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash. The duo also staged a live sarod-playing function and demonstrated their incredible talents as thanksgiving to their father. The stage show was jointly organised by Roli Books (the publisher) and The Taj Mahal Hotel.

New Delhi: In a meeting of the members of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and religious Sikh leaders on October 21, it was felt that the country was facing dangers and it was the responsibility of every sensible and farsighted citizen to save the country from any such danger. A 12-member delegation headed by Gyani Ranjit Singh of Sisganj Gurudwara responded to the call of Jammat Amir, Maulana Sirajul Hasan. Describing various problems confronting the country like fascist tendency and moral degradation, Maulana Siraj said that it was the duty of every responsible countryman to take notice of these problems. President of Delhi Gurudwara Management Committee, Paramjeet Singh Sarna expressed happiness over the meeting and said that Muslims and Sikhs enjoyed common concept of one God. While reciprocating the sentiments of the Maulana he said that it is not only minorities who are in minority; rather every right-minded member of the majority community is also in minority. We have gone through same crises as our Muslim brethren, he said adding that both the communities should be ready to help each other whenever needed.

Bahraich: A living example of communal harmony among prisoners can be seen in Bahraich District Jail where 195 Hindu and Muslim prisoners pledged to observe fast welcoming Ramadan. The jail management authorities made arrangements for breaking fast (iftar). According to district jail superintendent Dhani and jailer AR Upadhyay out of a total of 749 prisoners, 148 Muslims and 47 Hindu prisoners decided to observe fast. One hundred and sixty prisoners kept fast on the first day of Ramadan. Thirty-five more prisoners observed fasting the next day. The authorities are making arrangements for their iftar and sehri (pre-dawn food) for those observing fast. All Hindus and Muslims observing fast are also performing 5 times salat together.

New Delhi: Maulana Syed Ahmad Hashmi Memorial Trust celebrated the first birth anniversary of former MP and noted Islamic scholar, Maulana Syed Ahmad Hashmi at Jamiat Building, Qasimjan Street, Delhi. Participants paid rich tributes to him. The participants included former Ballimaran councillor Syed Hamid Hussain, editor of Al-Yaum, Muhammad Atiq Siddiqui. Chief editor of Qaumi Qafla, Hafiz Syed Zahid Hashmi said that a comprehensive book on the life and services of Maulana Hashmi would be published in March next year. It should be noted that Maulana Hashmi died of cardiac arrest on November 4 last year.

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to build a Haj House in Lucknow. State Haj Committee has bought 60,000 square feet land in 1.44 rupees near Aishbagh Railway Station. This was informed by state minister for minorities welfare Yaqub Qureshi. He said that a blue-print of the building has been prepared and the expenditure has also been estimated. He also said that it would be a 9-storeyed building. About 7500 Haj pilgrims would be flying in 37 flights this year. All necessary arrangements for the stay of the relatives of Haj pilgrims would be made, he added.

Aligarh: In a recent North Zone Inter-Varsity Table Tennis Tournament held at JB Pant University in Pant Nagar, Aligarh Muslim University qualified for All India Inter-Varsity Tournament after defeating Ruhelkhand Universtiy Bareilly. According to University Games Committee secretary Prof. Abrar Mustafa Khan, AMU defeated Thapar Institute Patiala and Pant Nagar University each with 3-0. It defeated Kanpur University with 3-0 in the quarter final and later registered its victory over Ruhelkhand University in the semi final again with 3-0. Bizarre! AMU captain, Mahmood Akhtar’s performance along with Muhammad Imran Khan, Navaid Ahmad, Khurram Khan and Navedan was highly appreciated. It is about after 5 years that AMU has qualified for all India Tournament.

New Delhi: In an Urdu debate organised by Maulana Azad Education Foundation on the occasion of 114th birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad at Hamdard Public School, Muhammad Shahzad Anees, an 8th standard student of Mazharul Islam Secondary School Delhi won 1st prize while Muhammad Shadab, a 6th standard student of the same school won the 3rd prize. Mushtaq Baig, vice-president of the school congratulated both students and the teachers for this success.

New Delhi: On the occasion of Children’s Day, a function was held at Khadijatul Kubra Girls Public School, run under Abul Kalam Azad Islamic Awakening Centre Delhi on November 14. Vice principal of the school, Mrs Shabana Khan and senior teachers threw light on the services of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and also told them about his relation with children. Students of secondary and senior secondary school took part in the elocution contest on Jawaharlal Nehru and Maulana Azad. Drawing and other writing and speaking contests in Urdu, Hindi and English were also held for primary and nursery kids. Prizes were also distributed among successful students.

New Delhi: Admitting the petition filed by the National Panthers Party, challenging the constitutional validity of J&K Resettlement Act 1982 in favour of those who migrated to Pakistan in 1947, the Supreme Court recently extended the stay against it. The PNP had said that if the Act was enacted, it would result in chaos and pose a threat to country’s defence and security. In view of the influx of terrorists, the Centre upheld the petitioner’s stand saying that the Act was ultra vires the Constitution. Former J&K chief minister Dr Farooq Abdullah had announced that the state would implement the Act. 

New Delhi: Bazme Humqalam Delhi released Safarnama-e-Iraq (travelogue of Iraq) of Zeenat Masood Zeenat on November 3 at Community Centre, Sarita Vihar. Zeenat’s other books include Libya Ka Safarnama, Bihar Lok Geet and England Ka Safarnama.

Promotion of Urdu
New Delhi: United Muslim of India, a Delhi-based organisation for the uplift of Muslims, organised Urdu Day Function at Ghalib Academy, Hazrat Nizamuddin, under the presidentship of Qazi Abdur Rahman Hashmi. The function was organised on the occasion of Allama Iqbal’s birth anniversary. Speaking on the occasion, Masoom Moradabadi, editor of Khabardar Jadeed, said that people have been heard saying that Urdu is dying, but I categorically state that Urdu revivalism has begun. He regretted that people purchase every thing for their use, but instead of buying Urdu newspapers they borrow it from others for reading. They should themselves purchase it, he said. Introducing the organisation, Arif Iqbal said that United Muslim of India was established in 1984. Ever since its establishment the organisation has been working for the promotion of Urdu, besides rendering services to the Muslim Ummah including its religious and social affairs. Prof. Muhammad Hasan said that instead of complaining for the decline of Urdu, we should take practical steps for its promotion because it is our mother tongue. Khwaja Hasan Nizami said that we need not worry about Urdu and be disappointed because today Urdu is world’s third biggest language. In fact, enemies of Urdu are worried because of its popularity, he said. 


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