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COMMUNITY NEWS: 16-31 October
ISLAMIC ARTS FEST
Calicut: A two day Islamic arts fest was held here under the aegis of Samasta
Kerala Jam'iyyatul Mu'allimeen, a forum of Madrasa teachers. Madrasa students
from all over the state participated in the fest. The event was inaugurated by
the Chief Minister of Kerala, Mr. AK Antony. While speaking on the occasion the
Chief Minister lauded the efforts of the Jam'iyyatul Mu'allimeen in inculcating
ethical values among the youth in the community, and how this has aided in
building up a society of mutual tolerance in the state. Kerala was a role model
of how a heterogenous society can exist in harmony, free from communal tensions,
Mr. Antony was of the view that side by side with the spiritual instruction, the
organisation could set up IT institutions. He promised Government assistance for
Syed Muhammad Ali Shihab Thangal presided over the meeting. The Industries and
IT minister MR. PK Kunj Ali Kutty, K Ali Kutty Musliar, K Manu Musliar, C
Zainuddin Musliar CKM Sadiq Musliar among others were present
In a district wise literary competition for Madrasa children, Malappuram
district stood first.
Rank holders in the examinations conducted for classes V, VII and X were
presented prizes on the occasion. Teachers who had completed 25 years of service
were also honoured on the occasion.
Pension to poets dropped
Haldwani: Quite a few renowned poets of UP and Uttaranchal are not getting
their monthly pensions for the last one year which was granted by UP Urdu
Academy. The State government was giving pension from 1994 to 57 poets of
undivided UP through UP Urdu Academy. Nazish Muradabadi, a well known
octogenarian poet was getting Rs 400 a month from UP government. His pension has
been stopped since August 2000. Moonis Barelvi, another famous poet of
Uttaranchal was given Rs 350 by Urdu Academy which has also been discontinued
since August 2000.
Illegal possession of Waqf properties
Jodhpur: Ghulam Mahmood Banatwala, convenor of the Joint Parliamentary
Committee (Waqf) said that state government along with general public is
involved in holding illegal possession of waqf properties. According to
information available to Waqf Board, the state government has unlawfully
occupied 66 waqf properties. GM Banatwala said that different committees of the
Board were surveying all waqf properties and examining their illegal occupancy.
Compensations for many other lands which have been acquired, have not been paid.
He said that the state government should set an example by vacating all illegal
occupancies, so that other people should also withdraw their occupation of waqf
Banatwala said that waqf properties are allotted in the name of Allah, whose
income is spent on the poor, the weak and the needy. These occupants are
usurping their rights. He further said that there is need for removal of
possessions from waqf properties.
Corruption in Waqf properties
A convention was recently held by Waqf Board at Meer Vihar Colony, New
Delhi. Ulama, leaders and concerned people from various states took part in the
It was felt that the waqf properties cannot be saved unless the state
governments implement Public Premises Act. No Waqf Board has the authority to
evacuate illegal encroachers on waqf lands as panchayat or municipality has
except Karnataka. 10 states have not been exempted even from Rent Control Act.
In many states no waqf tribunal has been set up which causes delay in generation
of income and in settling disputes.
A participant said that the administrative structure of UP and Delhi Waqf Boards
was not proper. No concrete steps have been taken for the acquisition of land
and revenues. The management is either not aware of misappropriation of billions
of rupees or they are deliberately ignoring it. Hakim Tasnim Arif Kailwi said
that politicians and corrupt people are trying to encroach upon Punjab Waqf
Board properties. He said that the Department has taken disciplinary action
against 17 employees and has also issued a ‘show cause’ notice to an imam
who has got Board’s electricity meter of the mosque registered in his own
name. An employee who sent three MOs each of Rs 20,000 to his home within one
month has also been caught. An employee has been sacked for creating
The convention also passed a resolution which demanded the Joint Parliamentary
Committee to protect the Board from being a political battle ground. Similar
appeals have been made to Muslim Personal Board, Jami’at Ulama and
AMU students set record
Aligarh: Muhammad Idris, Fasih Ahmad, Ankur Singh, Muhammad Talha and SM
Akbar of Aligarh Muslim University’s Hiking and Mountaineering Club set new
records after reaching 19,400 feet Naharnej peak of Himalaya. The students
established records in the 254th elementary course of mountaineering held by
Eastern Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Manali, Himachal Pradesh. The five
students reached the top which is so far known as the highest peak of the four
Indian mountaineering centers.
The students thanked coach Muhammad Shihab Khan for their success.
Seminar on Ghalib
New Delhi: Ghalib rose to every sphere of life. A person of his calibre is
rarely born. While his poetry has illuminated Urdu literature, at the same time
his prose has also deeply affected Urdu prose. He was an innovator in letter
writing. It seems as if the writer and the addressee have been in juxtaposition.
These views were expressed by Siraj Hussain, VC of Jamia Hamdard, on the
occasion of inauguration of Research Scholars Ghalib Seminar, organized by
Diwan-e-Ghalib on ‘Ghalib and his contemporary prose.’
He further said that his era was of self-deceit and selfishness. His pension was
stopped. He faced a lot of difficulties. These circumstances made Ghalib write
masterpieces of prose which are till date considered to be the solid bases of
our prose. But it is a great tragedy that the new generation is not only unaware
of Ghalib, but is also unfamiliar with Urdu script. The present research
scholars have kindled a light of hope, he added.
Six thesis were read and scholars from Mumbai University, Delhi University,
Allahabad University, JNU, Patna University, J&K University, AMU, Jamia
Millia and Osmani University participated in the seminar.
SC refuses intervention in
Muslim Personal Law
New Delhi: Supreme court has discharged the petition concerning change in
Muslim Personal Law regarding the present method of divorce and the demand for
making polygamy unlawful. The court has told the applicant to approach
Parliament for necessary steps.
The bench comprising justice KT Thomas and justice SN Waryawa, had earlier
issued notice to center and to the applicant’s husband, but later the bench
rejected the application. The applicant Zulaikha Bi’s advocate Lili Thomas
said that most of Hindus followed ‘Hindu Law’, which forbade polygamy.
Likewise there should be some arrangement for safety of Muslim women, or else,
equality, personal freedom and human rights would be violated which have been
granted under section 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution. The court has rejected
It should be noted that Zulaikha was married to Fazal in 1987. She was 20 then.
In 1991, when Fazal married another woman, Zulaikha refused to stay with him and
filed a petition for maintenance allowance which is sub-judice since 1999. The
applicant had also requested the court to nullify the law of divorce and khula
(separation at the request of wife). She has also demanded ban on polygamy under
section 32 of the constitution.
Kareem to go to SC
Mysore: Having barely managed to win the first time round, Abdul Kareem, the
father of sub inspector Shakeel Ahmad, who was killed by Veerappan, is not going
to sit back and see the TADA detainees arrested for helping the brigand. He has
threatened to file an appeal before the Supreme Court against the recent verdict
of the TADA court to set free 98 associates of Veerappan. Only 14 of them were
Kareem had earlier too moved the Supreme Court after the designated court
decided to release all the TADA detainees in the wake of Karnataka filmstar
Rajkumar’s abduction last year. The recent SC judgement was sympathetic
towards them. Nothing less than capital punishment would have served justice, he
‘Veerappan has killed hundreds and his associates do not deserve a favourable
judgement,’ he says. All those who have been released would again join the
brigand and play havoc with people’s lives Kareem feels. He also says that it
is actually the duty of the Karnataka government to go for an appeal before the
supreme court. ‘I will fulfill my duty by filing an appeal if the government
fails to do so,’ he adds.
Ahmedabad: A priest and three other persons were allegedly attacked in
Bharthari village of district Kheda.
Sources said that during a film show a group of 50 people armed with lathis,
iron bars and swords attacked Pal L Christian, a priest of Methodist Church and
also damaged a projector. Four persons have been arrested for creating violence.
Samson Christian, joint secretary of All India Christian Council, in his
memorandum to the president, has requested that the Gujarat government should be
asked to issue orders for safety of Christians and that the issue should be
forwarded to CBI.
Ibn-e-Safi Novels to be screened
New Delhi: In order to satisfy the interest of Urdu knowing people, two
mega-serials are being made. One of them is based on the letters of Ghalib,
while the other is based on the detective novels of Ibn-e-Safi. Aslam Farshori,
assistant producer of E TV (Urdu) told the UNI.
Dr Khaliq Anjum, who is penning the serial said that it was a great news for the
fans of Ibn-e-Safi. The selected novels are those in which the character of
Faridi has been depicted. Actors have been selected for most of the characters,
but search is still going on to find a suitable actor for the unique personality
of Faridi. Aslam Farshori further said that several important names of Hindi
film screen are under consideration for the role ‘Father Hard Stone.’ He
said that Saira Bano is also making an important serial. E TV (Urdu) in fact is
the renaissance of Urdu culture. We are trying to promote the real Urdu culture
and civilization through this channel, not the negative aspects of Urdu culture
which have generally been presented. He also said that the reactions which have
so far reached them via letters, phone calls, personal meetings and the articles
published in newspapers indicate that Urdu people for the first time have the
feeling that a lot can be done by the medium of Urdu. He also said that Urdu was
not a language of a particular group or sect. ‘It is the language of masses
and it took no time to attract them.’
He further said that cable operators also have widely accepted Urdu channel and
it is relayed from many centers.
Bajrang Dal activists arrested
Jaipur: The body of Muhammad Iqbal has been discovered from a river after
communal riots in Chittorgarh town of Rajasthan. According to the daily Hindu,
11 members of Bajrang Dal have been arrested and charged with Muhammad Iqbal’s
murder. Bajrang Dal observed a day’s strike in protest against the arrests of
A procession was taken out in the town in protest against the murder of Muhammad
Iqbal. The police dispersed the mob resorting to lathi charge. A pan shop was
damaged in the stampede. The shopkeepers closed their shops immediately.
Persian, language of love
In order to keep Persian teachers and scholars of different universities of
India in touch with the latest changes and developments in modern Persian
language and literature as well as its colloquial and spoken form, the Culture
House of Iran, New Delhi, organized its 17th annual All India Persian Refreshers
Course in which teachers and scholars from different universities of India
participated. Prominent Iranian scholars also attended the programme.
Issa Rezazadeh, the Cultural Counsellor in his speech said that the Persian
language is the mutual and common heritage of the Indian and Iranian people. He
read out the message of the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance of IR Iran.
Mir Mahmood Moosavi, ambassador of IR Iran also addressed the audience. MH
Mozafari, Director and Cultural Attache, mentioned about the necessities of
human rights in the present situation and ways and means to stop the atrocities
Prof Harbans Mukhia, Rector JNU, spoke about the sweetness of Persian language
and the significance of the concept of dialogue among civilizations initiated by
the President of IR Iran.
Prof M Barani and Dr Maryam Khalili from Iran also spoke on this occasion. This
Refresher Course is dedicated to the memory of late Dr Razia Akbar. q