MG: Excellent newspaper
Milli Gazette is an excellent newspaper published from New Delhi. It
focusses on the affairs and concerns of the Muslim community around the
world and especially South Asia. It not only has indepth articles on current
affairs and problems that the worldwide Ummah is facing, but also discusses
historical issues and deals with queries about religion. I would urge all
Muslims, especially from the Indian subcontinent, to strengthen this voice
by increasing its circulation.
Zafar Iqbal (Washington)
I have just gone through your paper today. Its excellent. Keep up the good
Mohamed Aslam, Abu Dhabi UAE
Please accept my best wishes for this noble effort of yours for our
Living abroad is not so luxurious or satisfying as people think. I have gone
through lots of tough times. When I think of returning back home the only
thing which keeps me pulling is the condition/plight of ourselves where
inspite of being secular and democratic we are worst than slaves. That’s why
I chose to be a slave with better perks.
Let me congratulate first for the efforts and endeavors in arising to the
need of the hour in launching a Muslim English Newspapers. May Almighty
Allah bless your efforts. My suggestions are: Please try to censure
sectarianism in Muslims in India and abroad and this is the number one enemy
of Islam and the enemies of Islam are working overtime to encourage
sectarianism in Islam. Secondly: please launch a campaign to enlighten the
Islamic madrasas, their founders and the Muslims in to add in their
curriculum the technical and professional courses so that a Religious
scholar (Alim, Hafiz or Fadhil) must be a technician or a professional who
can seek his livelihood honorable by practising his trade or profession he
was taught at the school and serve the Islam. (This is a very critical
issue: As hundreds of thousands students graduate from such schools with
obsolete syllabus and could not find any honorable job and end up being
Imams and Mouzzins of Mosques with meagre salaries and this kill the spirit
with which their parents imparted them the religious schooling and the
spirit with which the Muslims donate their valuable money for such schools),
Thirdly: Give more importance to education and exhort Muslims day in and day
out about the importance of education as it is the key to standing up
honorably as a community. Fourthly: Try to establish a Mass Media school
where Muslims students are trained in thousands every year for all branches
of Mass Media and Journalism (this is a key sector - remember how Jews being
a small minority control the powerful governments by controlling the
Educational Institutions, Media and Banking). May God bless your endeavors.
Mohamed Hussain, Dubai
I have been a reader of Milli Gazette for a long time. Lately, I'm feeling
that this news paper is becoming an instrument to spread poison in our
beloved country through negative articles written by so called Muslim
writer/leader Syed Shahabuddin. This act of yours is forcing me to change my
views on each and every subject and become a true follower of Advani and
Joshi. I do not want to be a hardliner but you are forcing me to become one.
Is this your real intention by publishing negative articles? I'm not opposed
to freedom of expression. Also, I believe that truth must be told to people
no matter what. Let the people decide. I know Mr. Shahabuddin very well as a
journalist and Member of Parliament. Decency died the day Janata Dal gave
him a ticket to run an election on anti-India agenda. On each and every
issue he is against mainstream. No follower of Vishwanath Pratap Singh in my
view is patriot. You are doing disservice to our great country and Muslim
community by poisoning it. Please stop it.
Krishan Gopal, Mt Laurel, NJ-08054
By making a considered response to Kuldip Nayar's article you have taken
the lead in doing something that every thinking Muslim needs to do at every
level, in every available forum, which is to engage the other side in a
dialogue. We need to have such debates as much among ourselves as with the
enemies of a multicultural India.
You are, of course, on target on many of the issues Nayar has raised. But I
wondered whether you have addressed his view that Muslim intelligentsia has
failed to speak out against "Muslim fundamentalists." We probably have a
good idea who the secularists think are the fundamentalists (which obviously
is a wrong application of a term originally used in the U.S. to describe
Bible-literalist Christians). But there are, in my humble opinion, Muslim
rabble-rousing politicians disguised as moulvis and shahi imams who never
utter a positive word about India or Indian political system; who have no
sympathy for India as a nation; who play on the religious sentiments of
Muslims; who have nothing to say about the social problems of Muslims; and
who oppose any and all reforms in Muslim personal laws. Those who see
nothing but evil in the way Islam has been practiced in the Indian
environment definitely are fundamentalists. If they confine their activities
to the theological forums, there would be no problem. But their vision
insists on keeping deen and duniya on the same plane, which is a completely
a historical view (in the Othmanlis, in the Mughal and Safavi worlds they
were separate spheres; as well as in the Abbasi and Andalus periods).
You are right when you point out the atrocities and indignities committed
against Muslims on a daily basis. However, when you say that "Muslims have
not lost faith in secularism as a state policy" I wonder if you are not
overlooking the fact that no theologically consistent formulation of
secularism has been debated or developed in the Indian context. Not by the
much respected Ali Mian, not by Abdul Majid Dariyabadi, not by Syed Ahmed
Khan, or Shibli, certainly not by Maudoodi. Only weakly by Abul Kalam Azad
and Zakir Hussain as far as I know. To my limited knowledge, Mohsinul Mulk
and Chiragh Dehlavi are the only ones who have come close to such a
It's true that "our society is in a flux" and "Muslims have a role and a
stake in this battle" between the secularists and the Hindutva forces.
Muslims are a part of this battle, but my question is whether we ourselves
have developed a clear vision of a secularist and multicultural India. May I
suggest that you ensure that Kuldip Nayar gets a copy your very thoughtful
response to his article?
Usama Khalidi (US)
Maulana Jalaluddin Umari
It was interesting to see the interview of Maulana Jalaluddin Umari
appeared in the
MG of June 1 - 15. The intelligent interviewer has asked him some very
interesting and relevant questions.
In reply to the first question "What Jamaat is doing now?" Maulana says
first and foremost thing is that in India we cannot imagine any change till
the majority of the people are acquainted with Islam and understand what
Islam is. He further says that people associated with the jamaat should take
it as their responsibility to make the mass understand Islam properly.
I would like to bring to the notice of Maulana that most of the people
associated with Jamaat-e-Islami are so proud of their piety and so
presumptuous that they don't even bother to say salam to others. So in this
situation how is it possible for others to expect anything from them.
According to what I experienced, people associated with the Jamaat do not
have any interaction with the masses and that is, as I understand, because
of their unreasonable thinking of being super human being.
Replying to another question Maulana claims that the Jamaat is trying to
solve the educational, economic and other problems that the Muslim community
is facing now. May I ask Maulana: can he give an example as to how Jamaat is
trying to solve these problems?
Further Maulana proudly says in reply to another question that the role of
the Jamaat in the aftermath of Gujarat earthquake has been highly praised by
the Gujarat government and has also been offered to be accepted as an NGO.
Is it not a matter of shame and pity that Maulana is feeling proud after
being praised by an impious and unholy, corrupt and un-Islamic government?
So far I was feeling sorry seeing only the roles of Tablighi Jamaat being
hailed by the Indian governments. But now I think I should be prepared for
Jamaat Islami's as well. It is really a matter of deep concern
Most interestingly, in reply to another question Maulana says that Jamaat
wants democracy to continue in the country because in democracy every person
has a right to follow the ideas he believes. It seems that Maulana is not
aware of what kind of persons have used their rights to follow their ideas
in the 53 years' of the Indian democracy. If a smuggler, a murderer, a
corrupt bureaucrat or politician expresses his desire for the democracy to
continue in this country then it sounds reasonable. But I am astounded and
embarrassed to see the same desire expressed by the Maulana.
I am sorry to say that I am not satisfied and convinced with Maulana's
conversation. Being in such a pious position one should not speak the
language of an impious MLA, MP and minister.
Shamsul Arifin, AF Enclave, New Delhi -25
Is he the same Shahabuddin Saheb of Babri Masjid Action (later
Co-ordination) Committee convener?.. If he is the same Shahabuddin Saheb,
then really its a sad news that he is back in AMU affairs and hopefully, the
AMU EC will break-up in AMU-Co-ordination Committee and AMU-EC very soon.
Its not an offence to him but a hard fact. He was a MP when Babri Mosque was
demolished and he did not have the courage to resign from the parliament in
protest. I was very young when I first saw him in Shamshad Market when he
launched the Insaf Party there in 1989. They kept the community in dark on
the Babri mosque issue. If they have not fought each other for the dinner
with the then PM then we have not lost the Babri Mosque. Recently he wrote a
big article on the Bamiyan (destruction of Budh-dha statue) issue but I did
not find anything from him when Qur’an was burned in DELHI by RSS and
Bajrang Dal activist and Muslims of Kanpur protested against this act and
once again PAC showed its true face in
It is apparent that what Taleban is preaching and enforcing is an extreme
form of misinterpretation of Sharia Law. It is pity that the Muslims are
tolerating such religious bigotry perpetrated by power-hungry maniacs. Never
during the time of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) such intolerance was meted
against other religions, women and children.
It is an example of absolute infringement of basic human rights like freedom
of speech, education, working, dressing, movement, living, religion etc. The
worst being all done in the name of Islam.
Countries like Qatar and Saudi Arabia which are staunch Islamic are surging
ahead in field of science, technology, economy and trade emerging as the key
states of the world.
Talebans can only boast of achievements like razing the unique archeological
heritage of Bamiyan, closing down foreign-aided hospitals, obstructing WFP
(World Food Programme) on pretext laughable and adding to the woes of their
already aggrieved citizens.
Imtiyaz Khan, Doha, Qatar
Suicide and martyrdom
Jazaakumullah for publishing Allaamah Yusuf al-Qaradwi’s fatwa regarding
Muslim Mujaahideen’s self-sacrificing operations. Verily the anti-Islam
media is using terms like this in such a way that even some ‘ulema’ too are
deceived the devil’s modern day technique of pushing un-Islamic meanings in
the minds of Muslims.
Khanpur Deh 392 150
I feel sad to say this that the tone of publication is outright communal. By
blaming Hindus for all true and perceived ills of the Indian Muslims, you
are doing disservice to them. It is the same tone that has kept Pakistan and
most muslim countries from developing. Do not ignore daily sectarian
killings in Karachi. You do not find such events in India, let alone in any
Indian city. Indian Muslims have not migrated to Pakistan mainly because
they know they would be worse off. The migrated Muslims are facing
discrimination after 52 years. Whatever happened to Muslim brotherhood?
Pakistan is also bankrupt and unstable. You do seem to twist facts each day.
I would be least surprised to see you disappear from the Internet very soon.
People do not behave like cry babies.
Editor: It seems you are doing only selective reading of our
I read your editorial with interest. What Kuldip Nayar says is
what I have been feeling for quite sometime.
The silence of Muslim intellectuals on many issues is very disturbing. Let
us take the Shah Bano case. Despite attempts by Rajiv Gandhi to do something
good for the Muslim women (I felt he was sincere and there was no ulterior
motive). The entire Muslim clergy and 'so-called' leader protested
vehemently against the act and forced the government to withdraw the
progressive piece of legislation. I did not see much criticism from Muslim
intellectuals about the obscurantist views. Or is it your contention that
what happened in the Shah Bano case was right. If any single incident has
hurt the image of Muslims, it is the Shah Bano incident. It has set you back
by hundreds of years.
In your editorial there is one very intriging and evocative sentence 'Is
their denial of support for the separatist movement not enough'. How does
one know that you have denied support unless you come out openly and say
that you do not support. By being silent on the issue you are only giving
out the signal that you support them. If some thing is going wrong in front
of you and if you keep quiet what does it mean?? In sanskrit there is a
saying Maunam samatha lakshanam (silence is a sign of support/acceptance).
Please be bold and criticize what is wrong. Lots of things are wrong in both
societies (Hindu and Muslim). There are thousands and thousands of critics
in Hinduism who are openly critical of the injustices in society (untouchability,
caste, oppression etc).
But the distinct impression I have been feeling (correct me if i am wrong),
is the distinct lack of critics among the muslim intelligentsia. Unless they
speak up the society cannot be cleansed. Are they scared of the Mullahs.
It is because of the courage of Hindu intelligentsia (from Raja ram Mohanroy,
Vivekananda, Gandhiji, Nehru etc etc ) that Hindu society has reformed to
the extent that it has ( the the reform is nowhere near what it should be).
Editor: Denial of support does not mean that we are silent. Muslim
community normally expresses itself in Urdu and this is not read by
non-Muslims in the country.
In MG we have editorially spoken out against the secessionist movement in
J&K and taken the stand in various ways and on various platforms. But alas
these things are ignored by the 'national media'.. Just as an example: About
three years ago I wrote a very lengthy article in the Kuwaiti weekly, Al-Mujtama,
about why, as an Indian Muslim, I reject the secessionist movement in J&K
and this has cost me dearly. Not only I am no longer writing for this
important magazine (I was a regular contributor), my long-established
reputation in the Arab World as a journalist and author is in ruins hurting
me in many ways. I appeared in a 2-hour long verbal duel against a Pakistani
propagandist in the most prominent programme of the most prominent TV
station in the Arab World (Qatar's Aljazeerah TV) shortly after Kargil. This
added to my problems in that area but I do not care. Yet all this does not
stop me personally from exposing the human rights violations and denial of
justice in the Valley.