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COMMUNITY NEWS: 16-31 October 2002

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SECURITY TIGHTENED AT GYANVAPI
Varanasi: Security was tightened at the vulnerable Gyanvapi Masjid and other places of worship following the terrorists’ attack on Akshardham temple in Gujarat. The district magistrate and some senior police officers took stock of the security arangement and visited the mosque. On Bharat Bandh call of VHP and other allied organisations, several squads of para-military forces, police posse and additional pickets of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and Central Reserved Police Force (CRPF) were deployed in the entire city.

HAZRAT ALI DAY OBSERVED
Aligarh: Organised by Ali Society, Ali (RA) Day Function was held recently at Kennedy Hall, Aligarh Muslim University. Chief guest and vice chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, Syed Shahid Mehdi said that there was need to celebrate Ali Day as a universal day. He also appealed that Ali Day should be celebrated as education day, so that his message is passed on to other people. He emphasised the need of unity. Maulana Safi Haider said that there is a comprehensive historical background behind Hazrat Ali. Former president of AMU Old Boys Association Delhi, Safdar Muhammad Khan said there was lesson for breaking social barriers among us in the teachings of Ali (RA). Maulana Firoz Haider while speaking about the teachings of Hazrat Ali said that we should first teach human values.
In his presidential address, AMU vice chancellor Naseem Ahmad said that there was greater need of Hazrat Ali’s teachings in today’s world than before. Prizes were also distributed among the participants of seerat contest.

PHOOLWALON KI SAIR
New Delhi: Started almost three hundred years ago, the Phoolwalon Ki Sair festival began on October 3 with the sonorous echoes of flute. Lieutenant governor of Delhi, Vijay Kapoor inaugurated the festival which is organised every year by Anjuman Sair-e-Gul Faroshan. The century-long festival is symbolised by communal amity. A traditional floral fan was presented to Vijay Kapoor and his wife Manju Kapoor. A fan was also presented to Delhi Chief Minster Sheila Dikshit in another programme. Over 12 states participated in the festival and jointly offered two pankhas (fans) at the Dargah of sufi saint Khwaja Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki (RA) and the Yogmaya temple at Mehrauli.
Speaking on the occasion the LG said that the festival began during the reign of Akbar Shah II (1806-37). He further said that it was stopped in 1942 by Britishers. But it was again started in 1961 by Jawaharlal Nehru which since then is being regularly celebrated, he said. 

MUSLIM STUDENTS WELFARE ASSOCIATION
Nagpur: Muslim Poor Students Welfare Association recently organised a programme for distribution of school books and note books to poor Muslim students at Kidwai High School, Jafar Nagar, Nagpur. Dr SA Rahim presided over the function and distributed books and note books to about 150 poor Muslim students amidst a respectable gathering. 
FA Siddiqui, secretary of the Association informed that the Association has been helping poor students since last two years. Doners and well wishers can contribute for the cause by sending cheque/draft at 87-88, A, Gandhi Layout, Jafar Nagar, Nagpur - 440 013. Manzar Khan in Nagpur.

VHP DEFIES COURT
Lucknow: Vishwa Hindu Parishad has announced to construct Ram temple soon. Addressing a conference at Lucknow on September 30, VHP leaders and pandits rejected the court proposal to dig up the controversial site at Ayodhya and said that the construction of Ram temple was an article of faith in which court had no authority to interfere. They also criticised the government for not starting temple construction.

MUSLIM POPULATION AN EYE-SORE Allahabad: Reiterating its demand for trifurcation of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, RSS has said in a recent meeting at Allahabad that Muslim population in Jammu is increasing day by day while there has been decline in the graph of Hidu population in the state. RSS national leader for public relations, Andresh Kumar threatened Muslims with dire consequences. He also criticised J&K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah for presenting autonomy bill. He said that there were only 7 lakh Muslims in Jammu at the time of independence whereas now their number is 45 lakhs.

MUSLIMS CHERISH INDIA
Hyderabad: In response to recurrent verbal onslaughts of Rashtriya Swayemsevak Sangh against Muslims, joint secretary of Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee, SK Afzaluddin said that the central government had three times put ban on RSS. But he regretted that they were being praised for what they did in Gujarat. Moreover, Muslims have been warned of Gujarat like consequences if they did not gain majority community’s favour, he said. He also said that now Muslims are being asked to call India their motherland or else break their relation with the majority community. He said that Muslims loved India more than their lives. There are large number of Muslims who have served the country in every field, he added.

PM ASKED TO RESTRAIN SINGHAL
New Delhi: While strongly condemning the provocative statements of VHP leader Ashok Singhal, member of Rajya Sabha, KM Khan has demanded Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to restrain people who spread communal violence in order to save the secular fabric of the country. In a letter addressed to Vajpayee which was released on September 20, Khan said while referring to Singhal’s rabble-rousing statements during a recent press conference in Lucknow, that a large section of intellectuals, mediamen and secular-minded people had condemned Singhal’s diatribes. He regretted that if such irresponsible, poisonous and aggressive speeches were not stopped, they would cause irreparable loss to the country’s secular warp and woof. 
According to reports published in several dailies, Singhal has remarked that Gujarat incident had taught a lesson to Muslims. Khan also wrote in his letter that Islam or any other religion did not teach terrorism. He also refuted the claim that madrasahs were encouraging terrorists.

GRAVEYARD ENCROACHED 
Saharanpur: Hundreds of people of Deoband led by general secretary of Ekta Party, Imran Masood protested against illegal occupation of a graveyard and staged a dharna at the house of Saharanpur district magistrate on September 19. They threatened to launch a big campaign if the graveyard land was not freed from land mafiosos. According to information an old graveyard in mohalla Peerzadgan has been illegally occupied by Saghir, Hamid and Shaukat of the same mohalla. Some officers besides a Bahujan Samaj Party MLA are reported to have a hand in the matter. When people opposed the illegal occupation, they were threatened with dire consequences. The land grabbers also tried to demolish the graveyard. Meanwhile, people informed senior leader Qazi Rasheed Masood about the incident who asked Imran Masood to take stock of the situation. The DM had twice given orders to deputy DM of Deoband to remove encroachments but no action has been taken so far, said a resident. However, the DM after the demonstration has again assured to take proper action against the illegal land grabbers.

INSAF CONFERENCE AGAINST INJUSTICE
New Delhi: All India United Muslim Morcha organised Insaf Conference at Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium on October 3 against injustice and oppression. Those who spoke at the conference included Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi, Maulana Mahmood Madani, general secretary of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind and Maulana Syed Nizamuddin, general secretary of Muslim Personal Law Board.
The conference was presided over by Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid Delhi, Mufti Muhammad Mukarram.

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