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COMMUNITY NEWS: 16-30 June 2002

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MP Sadbhavna Foundation formed
Bhopal: Digvijay Singh, Madhya Pradesh chief minister, has ordered a government inquiry into the allegations that Saraswati shishu mandirs, RSS-run institutions, prescribe courses which preach communal hatred to its students. In this context, he said that if the said allegations stand proved then the government would not only derecognise such institutions but would also stop the government grant being provided to them. In the same vein, Mr Singh also said that madrasas too would not be exempted from such action if they indulge in actions akin to Saraswati shishu mandirs.
The chief minister expressed his views while addressing a conference which was attended by legal luminaries, freedom fighters, senior journalists and intellectuals. On the occasion, Mr Singh announced the formation of Madhya Pradesh Sadbhavana Foundation to counter sectarianism and religious fundamentalism. The conference was presided over by Justice AM Ahmadi, former Chief Justice of India. 

‘Minorities’ development programmes MUST
New Delhi: Satyanarain Jatiya, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, has said that the programmes of National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC) should be fast implemented for the social and economic development of minorities in the nation. For the proper implementation of Corporation’s objectives it is also necessary that the rules be simplified, and there should be reforms in terms of security and other instruments for the disbursement of loans. The Central Minister was addressing the Managing Directors at the Annual Convention of State Channelising Agencies of NMDFC here on 30 May at India Habitat Centre. In the 10th Five Year Plan nearly two-and-half lakh people are to be benefited, the Minister said. 
Qari Mohammed Mian Mazhari, chairman, NMDFC, demanded that Rs 1,000 crore be allotted to the corporation. He also revealed that during the current fiscal year the corporation demanded 55 crore, but could get only Rs 18 crore. 

New chairman for Hurriyat in July
Srinagar: All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) chairman Professor Abdul Gani Bhat has completed his two-year tenure, and the election of a new chairman has become imminent. Accordingly, the 23-party conglomerate is bracing itself to elect its new chief in coming July. However, APHC Constitution categorically points out that every executive member can be elected chairman only once and cannot stand for re-election for the second successive term.
Mirwaiz Omer Farooq, Hurriyat founder, had already been the party’s chairman for two successive terms, after which the Constitution had to be amended to bar re-election in quick succession. Jamaat-e-Islami leader Syed Ali Geelani had served as chairman. Abdul Gani Lone of Peoples’ Conference was a strong contender for Hurriyat chairmanship this time, but unidentified assailants gunned him down at a public meeting in Srinagar. Md Yasin Malik (JKLF), Shaikh Abdul Aziz (Peoples’ League) and Shia cleric Moulvi Abbas Ansari (Ittihadul Muslimeen) have now emerged as probable contenders. It must be noted that APHC executive council comprises seven members who are authorised to elect the chairman among themselves. 

Ladakhi translation of Holy Quran
Ladakh (J&K): Like other languages of the world, Holy Quran is also being translated in the Ladakhi language which is spoken in a part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Maulana Umar Gotu Nadwi, Imam of Jama Masjid Leh (Ladakh) and Llam Konchu Pandey, an expert in Ladakhi language, are putting in their joint effort towards this. According to reports, the first volume of translation of selected Ayats is already in the final stage and its publication is due shortly. The translation is expected to be popular in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and some areas of Nepal besides Lahaul. It may, however, be noted that ladakhi language is similar to Tibetan language as well.

10 Muslims clear UPSC
New Delhi: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has declared its final result for the year 2001. Out of a total of 417, only 10 Muslims have gained success. The UPSC conducts examination for Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service and Central Service Group A and B. Earlier, the UPSC had conducted the written examination in October-November 2001 and later on conducted Interview in April-May 2002. 10 Muslims who achieved success are: Mohammad Athar Hussain Chowdhry (Roll No 001053), Mansoor Hasan Khan (Roll No 021945), Ateeq Ahmad (Roll No 024434), Farah Iqbal (Roll No 037584), Javed AK (Roll No 077807), Shamlah Ahmad (Roll No 088474), Akhlaque Ahmad (Roll No 110339), Mohammad Shaheen (Roll No 156678), Asif Jalal (Roll No 169843) and Tanveer Hasan (Roll No 190560).

Eid milad celebrated in AMU
Aligarh: Addressing a meeting on ‘Eid-e-Miladun-Nabi’ (Prophet’s birth anniversary) celebrations, Nasim Ahmad, Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University called upon the Muslims to follow Prophet Mohammad’s tradition with total love. The day should be celebrated as ‘self-introspection and self-assessment day’, he said. Several scholars and professors also expressed their enlightening views and unanimously condemned and censured superficial and pseudo-demonstrations. Professor Farhatullah Khan (Depart of English) in a thought-provoking speech said that the Western thinkers too were impressed by the character of Prophet Mohammed. He further said that Michael Heart placed the Prophet of Islam at the top amongst hundred great luminaries of the world. Similarly, the philosophy of Vedanta is closer to the practical views of Islam according to Vivekanand, he said. The scholars and professors also focused on building ideal characters and they exhorted the Muslims to shun hatred and sectarian differences. 

Agnivesh on Prophet Mohammed
New Delhi: Swami Agnivesh, an eminent Arya-Samaj leader eulogized Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) in glowing words. He said Prophet Mohammed is the prophet of the world and appealed him most. He was addressing a congregation on the occasion of ‘Eid Miladun Nabi’ (the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). He remarked that the most rational thing regarding Islam is that hitherto it regards the Prophet a mortal human being, whereas the followers of other religions have extolled their prophets as ‘the son of God’ and ‘reincarnations of the Almighty’. He deems himself as one of the admirers of Prophet Mohammad.
In his address, Ram Vilas Paswan, former union minister, condemned those who are cynical about Muslims’ nationalism. He pointed out that if Muslims are in minority in India, Hindus are also in minority in other countries. 
Hasan Ara Trust has led the programme on the eve of the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammed in the premises of Aiwan-e-Ghalib on May 25. Mufti Mohammed Mukarram Ahmad, Shahi Imam, Fatehpuri Masjid, Sibte Razi, former Union Minister Arif Mohammad Khan and Aziz Burney of Rashtriya Sahara (Urdu) were other scholars, litterateurs, clerics and politicians who participated in the programme. Almost all of them stressed on peace and maintaining communal harmony as a tribute to Prophet Mohammed.

All India Azan competition
Bhopal: All India Azan Competition, an unique event of its kind, was held in Arif Nagar Stadium under the aegis of Zenith Education and Welfare Society. Earlier, the programme was to be held at Bhopal Tagore Bhavan but the venue had to be changed in view of the large number of participants. A total of 310 participants charged the atmosphere with their melodious spiritual call of ‘Azan’. The programme was aimed at reviving Hazrat Belal’s spirit (one of the most beloved companion of Prophet Mohammed PBUH). 
Participants, who performed well were awarded with cash prizes, certificates and mementos. Abdullah, a Darul-Uloom Deoband student from Ahmed Nagar, bagged the first prize and Md Mashkoor Khan, a Darul Uloom Tajul Masajid Bhopal student got the second and Abdussalam, a Jamia Islamia Arabia Bhopal student bagged the third prize. They got Rs 10,000, Rs 6000 and 4000 respectively. Among junior competitors Zeeshan (Bhopal) topped the list and Syed Sultan Ali (Bhopal) stood second while Osama Irshad (Bhopal) bagged the third prize. They were awarded cash prizes of Rs 5000, Rs 3000 and Rs 2000 respectively. The participants from different corners of the country admired the programme and described it to be a rare event of its kind so far held in Bhopal at Madhya Pradesh. The programme attracted people from all fiqhi schools without discriminations. 
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