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COMMUNITY NEWS: 16-31 August 2002

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New Delhi: Prof Syed Ali Zahid Hussain Zaidi, vice chancellor of Ruhel Khand University released a book on Shafique Jaunpuri titled Shafique Jaunpuri: A Study by noted poet and critic Tabish Mehdi at a ceremony at Ghalib Academy on July 28. It was organised by Bazme Ahbab of Jamia Nagar, New Delhi. Prof Zaidi said that despite his overall poetic and literary personality, Shafique Jaunpuri was not given the position which he deserved.
Prof Altaf Azmi, vice chairman of Delhi Urdu Academy called Mehdi's work a literary rediscovery. Mehdi said that by writing the book he had tried to perform his duty. Presiding over the meeting Prof Tahir Mahmood said that whoever wrote on a towering literary figure, was himself a great artist. Samiullah and Zamir Azmi recited some ghazals of Jaunpuri. Later a poetic symposium was also held which was chaired by Dr Syed Muhammad Farooq of Himalaya Drugs Limited.

New Delhi: Muhammad Furqan Qasmi, president of United Muslim of India has said that mostly corrupt people have a hold on the Department of Awqaf who have been misappropriating awqaf funds and properties. Presiding over the general body meeting of the executive council of United Muslim of India at New Silampur in east Delhi on July 22, Qasmi said that it was unfortunate that Muslims had been getting no benefit from the properties of their forefathers which had been left for their welfare and development. They only way to save awqaf was to free them from corrupt people, he said.
Dr SA Khan, general secretary of the organisation presented proposals for making the awqaf more active and for making proper use of their income. The executive council unanimously accepted the proposals.

Aligarh: Addressing students at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College of Aligarh Muslim University at a reception given to MBBS first year students, organised by the Department of Medicine, Naseem Ahmad, Vice Chancellor of AMU said recently that for being a successful doctor it was necessary to have a sense of sacrifice, good manners and high values of humanity because a patient needed the doctor's sympathy more than medicine. He said that hard work and attendance in classes was necessary for students in today's competitive world. Hostel life of the Muslim University was unique in the world, he said. He exhorted students to preserve the AMU tradition.
Prof Kamlesh Tiwari, dean of the faculty of medicine said that getting admission to AMU's Medical College was a matter of pride for a student. The medical college, set up 40 years ago by Prof Hadi Hasan with 50 students, was now counted as one of the most prestigious medical colleges of the country, she added.

New Delhi: Urdu monthly Hijab, being published for the past 35 years from north India's famous educational centre, Rampur (Uttar Pradesh) has been closed down. The monthly was specially popular among children and women. Late reformist and short-story writer Mail Khairabadi launched the magazine. Later when he fell sick and was bedridden for some 10 years, Umme Suhaib took over its editorial to continue the magazine under the patronage of noted short-story writer Dr Ibne Farid. Several special issues covering important subjects were published during that period. 
In reply to a question, assistant manager of the monthly Iftikhar Tahir said that no issue of Hijab had come out after October 2001 and that it had been closed down following the death of Umme Suhaib.

Deoband: Member of UP legislative assembly Sanjay Garg said here recently that as long as the old values and traditions of national unity were alive, there would be no danger to the country’s integrity. He was speaking at Holy India Public School. Some selfish elements had been trying to create a rift among various sections to divide the country. Garg appealed to countrymen to bridge the gap created by power seekers. He said that the dream of freedom fighters of an independent India could not be fulfilled even after 53 years. There was neither equality nor values of justice. "We are all one, our Creator is one, but some people are exciting us to fight against each other in the name of mosque and temple. It is the crying need of the hour to combat communalism", he added.
The reception was given by Rashtriya Ekta Ambedkar Society in hounour of Sanjay Garg, Shamim Farooqui, principal of Islamia Inter College and Aslam Ansari, for their educational, social, political and journalistic services. They were also presented with awards.

Saharanpur: Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association for the first time has announced prizes to be distributed among successful students of Saharanpur district, Uttar Pradesh. Arif Usmani Alig, general secretary of the association said here recently that prizes would be distributed among boys and girls who had secured first division in high school and intermediate examinations.

Ajmer: The 790th annual urs (death anniversary) of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti would begin from September 9 or 10 as per the visibility of the moon, dargah sources said. Accordingly, the urs would conclude on September 14 or 15 with Qul ceremony.

Deoband: Maulana Anzar Shah Kashmiri of Darul Uloom (Waqf) Deoband has stated in a press release that the situation in the country is going from bad to worse. The horrible and heart rending cruelties of Gujarat are before the world in which Muslims were killed in a pre-planned way. It unmasked BJP’s agenda of Hindu Rashtra and Ram Raj, he said.
He said that Congress was an old party and it had its own history. He also said that Muslims had played a major role in the development of Congress from the very beginning. He said that there was still a good Muslim leadership in it which could lead the party to great heights. However, he regretted that a seasoned politician like AR Antulay was being flayed by some selfish people which led him to resign from the chairmanship of Congress Minorities Department. He appealed to Congress president Sonia Gandhi to give him a post in the party befitting his calibre.

Hyderabad: During his recent visit to Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Prof Afzal Muhammad, educationist and former vice-chancellor of Dr BR Ambedkar Open University said here recently that he felt proud of the grand building of the university. A huge building, appointments, admission of thousand of students, a unique position and a net work of study centres throughout the country within five years was no less than a miracle.
After making a round of the building, meeting staff members and conducting a close survey of various departments of the university, he wrote down his impressions in the university record book. He observed that it was made possible because of talents, determination, farsightedness, mental elevation and a leading personality of Prof Shamim Jairajpuri who did almost an impossible job.
Calling it fulfillment of the dreams of Urdu lovers he remarked that the university could vie with any developed university of the country within five years if its pace of progress remained the same. He urged people to keep in mind the national character of a university as Urdu was not the local or religious language of a particular people.
He suggested building of a standard infrastructure and a good campus atmosphere in the beginning itself as these were not done again and again.

Jaipur: In connection with the dismissal of the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Alwar and his subsequent arrest, a 200-member delegation of Meo community, of Rajasthan's Alwar district met Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on July 23. They alleged that there was a political conspiracy behind the imam's removal and that the role of superintendent of police (SP) was doubtful in this regard. The delegation after meeting the CM, told newspersons that Nasru Khan, the present Waqf president and a former minister of Waqf in the BJP government, had conspired to dismiss the imam by use of force and that local police of Alwar had put the imam and his supporters behind bars. "If he wanted to remove the imam, he should have called a meeting of the Meo panchayat," said the delegation while demanding transfer of the SP, BR Rawal. 


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