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COMMUNITY NEWS: 16-30 NOvember 2002

Community: Page 1 | Page 2

69TH CONFERENCE OF JAMIATUL QURESH
New Delhi: At its 69th conference, the All India Jamiatul Quresh headed by its newly elected president, Sirajuddin Qureshi was wound up on October 30 with the hope that the new Jamiat would emerge as an active and strong organisation. Civil Aviation Minister, Syed Shahnawaz Hussain and minister for food supplies, Government of Delhi, Haroon Yusuf participated in the conference. They were also presented souvenirs. Members from several states including Delhi, UP, MP, AP, Gujarat and Bengal participated in the conference.

PROGRESS DEPENDS ON EDUCATION
Nizamabad (Azamgarh): "Progress of any nation or country depends mainly on education", member legislative council and state president of Nationalist Congress, Siraj Mehdi said. He was speaking at the annual function of Zafarul Millat Memorial Junior High School. He expressed happiness over the establishment of the institute. He announced to give Rs 1,00,000 from MLC fund for the school and also assured more assistance from Maulana Azad Foundation, Delhi.

ISLAM TEACHES MERCY TO ANIMALS 
Moradabad: City Jamiat Ulamaís social reforms committee on October 6 organised a seerat conference at jama masjid. Speaking on the occasion, chief guest and hadith teacher at Darul Uloom Deoband, Maulana Qamruddin said that Quran is a book of guidance and that Muslims should lead life according to teachings of the Quran. Disobedience to Quranic commands evokes Allahís anger and it brings troubles, he said. Maulana Abdul Momin Sambhali while describing the mercy of Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) said that Islam urges its followers to have mercy on animals and birds also and that it never likes injustice. There is need to act upon the teachings of Islam so that there is love among people, he said.

URDU REMOVED FROM PCS EXAM
Aligarh: In a recent meeting at Rudrapura, Muslim Youth League activists have strongly objected to the Uttaranchal government for excluding Urdu from Public Service Commission (PCS) examinations. League secretary said that Urdu was excluded from PCS examination while other subjects of the UP syllabus remained unchanged. Urdu is an important part of our judicial system and that it is necessary for a judicial officer to know Urdu as most of the records of judiciary are in Urdu, he said. However, on the other hand the government of Uttaranchal wants Urdu to be the second official language of the state, he said. 

EVENING SCHOOL FOR FREE EDUCATION
Laharpur (Sitapur): In a meeting of Unemployed Urdu Teachers Association it was decided that an evening school would be set up soon to promote Urdu education among the people free of charge. The meeting held on September 30 at Sunni Inter College unanimously decided that all unemployed Urdu teachers - men and women would impart free education to people not knowing Urdu so as to apprise them of its importance. According to Muhammad Ahmad Qasmi, general secretary of the association, membership of the association is aso being increased so that the task may be started soon.

MADRASAH ACCUSATION CONDEMNED
Rampur: Addressing a meeting of teachers and imams of the mosques, state president of Muslim League, Syed Shakil Mian said that ever since the BJP government is formed, Muslims are being labeled as ISI agents and madrasahs are called terrorist bases so as to terrorise Muslims and keep their Hindu vote bank safe. How can madrasahs and mosques be called centres of terrorism where duties towards neighbours and the country are taught?, he asked. 

BAHADURSHAH ZAFAR REMEMBERED
Hyderabad: The Mughals Family Society, comprising heirs and descendants of the last Mughal king Bahadur Shah Zafar, celebrated the 227th birth anniversary of the emperor on October 14. The traditional function was held at the residence of Begum Sahba Umme Hani at Usmangarh, Hyderabad. The Begum paid rich tributes to the Shah who ignited the passion for freedom in his subjects and spoke on the sacrifices of her ancestors for human rights and their struggle against British colonialism. Masihuddin and Ziauddin Toosi made an appeal to the state and central governments to pay attention to the present condition of members of the Mughal family and lay down a programme for their welfare.

URDU, PUNJABI BILLS CLEARED
New Delhi: The long-standing bill for declaring Urdu and Punjabi the second official languages of Delhi has been cleared by the Ministry of Home Affairs. Close to implementation, the bill awaits only the lieutenant governorís approval. However, now both Congress and BJP are trying to take credit for political gains. BJP wants to make certain changes in this bill. However, both the parties have agreed that the bill would be soon notified. On the other hand Punjabi Akademi deputy secretary, Jawahar Dhawan says that politicians used this issue for their advantage but no one ever really took up the issue. It was the Akademi which went to every person in power, he said. After notification, letters written in Punjabi and Urdu would be replied in the same languages and if a minimum of 10 students in a class want to learn any of these two languages, facilities to this effect will be provided to them.

MODERN or RELIGIOUS EDUCATION?
Rampur: Following the demand changes in the Quran, a talimi (educational) conference was held at Rampur on October 20. Speaking on the occasion Maulana Khalid Nadwi said that modern education never means sacrifice of religious education of children. Though modern education was necessary for progress and social needs, only religious education could infuse culture and good behaviour in children, he said. Madrasahs are being blamed due to myopic vision which is not good for the country, he said. Those who are today breathing in the air of freedom should remember that it was due to the sacrifices of ulama that the country achieved independence, he added. Maulana Hashim Moradabadi expressed sorrow over the demands for making changes in the Quran and said that it was interference in Muslims religious affairs.

DELHI WAQF ACTION COMMITTEE
New Delhi: Chaired by Haji Abdul Shakoor, a meeting was held on November 2 to review the performance of Delhi Waqf Board. The meeting expressed dissatisfaction over the poor performance of the Waqf Board. In order to remove corruption and other irregularities within the Board and to reform it, Delhi Waqf Action Committee was formed unanimously. 

AMU HOLDS PAINTING SHOW
Aligarh: Department of Fine Arts, Aligarh Muslim University in collaboration with National Lalit Kala Centre Lucknow organised a painting exhibition on October 30. Eminent painter Barnam Singh of Benaras Hindu University presented pieces of his paintings. Chief guest and MLA, Vivek Bansal said that AMU had a unique position in fine arts and that Barnamís painting models would provide guidance to the students to learn this art. He said that such programmes should be held regularly in order to introduce new techniques to students. Regional secretary of Lucknow Lalit Kala Centre, Ram Bilani said that the purpose of the programme was to guide and introduce the young artists to modern techniques of master artistes.

EDUCATION ESSENTIAL FOR SURVIVAL
Ambedkarnagar: Addressing a meeting on October 20 at Shia Girls Degree College, noted scholar and vice president of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Maulana Kalbe Sadiq said that education was essential for survival in the world. Quoting a hadith of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) he said that the root of every evil was illiteracy whereas education guided man to goodness. Girls education was more important than boys, he said. While talking about unity and love he said that illiteracy weakens the relationship of love. He told the girl students that they had two-fold responsibility and that they play vital role in the development of society. Teachers of several colleges and leading personalities attended the meeting.

RAJASTHAN UMI UNIT DISSOVLED 
New Delhi: Maulana Burhan Ahmad Qasmi, national president of United Muslim of India has dissolved its Rajasthan unit. This has been done to re-organise the organisation and increase volunteers, he said. He also said that Maulana Waliur Rahman Qasmi would be working as acting president of UMIís Rajasthan unit till its re-formation and that new members would be made during this period.

ANSARIS ANGRY WITH MAYAWATI
Najibaabad: Ansari community called a meeting on October 14 and expressed anger with UP chief minister Maywati for not giving ministership to the only Bahujan Smaj party Ansari MLA, Qutubdin Ansari. Presiding over the meeting M Arif Kafeel said that Ansaris were overjoyed as their only BSP member was elected MLA and that Mayawati had hurt their feelings for not making him minister, adding that she would reap the result in next election.

All religions meeting 
New Delhi: On the occasion of Navartri, an all religions national integrtion meeting was held on October 13 at Rajrajeshwari Shakti temple in Bahadurgarh, Haryana. Religious leaders of Muslims, Sikhs and Buddhists participaed in the meeting called by Sanatan Sanskriti Santhan to promote national unity. 

HISTORY OF KASHMIRI LITERATURE
NEW Delhi: National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) Delhi in cooperation with Kashmir University oragnised a 3-day workshop on re-compilation of the history of Kashmiri literature on November 2 at Gandhi Bhawan, university of Kashmir. Maulana Anzar Shah Kashmiri, a senior hadith teacher at Darul Uloom Waqf Deoband chaired the meeting. Dr Hamidullah Bhat, director of NCPUL was also present on the occasion. Prof Muhammad Zaman Azurda welcomed the scholars, litterateurs, historians and the audience.

WORKSHOP ON COMPUTER AND URDU
New Delhi: A 5-day workshop from October 31 to November 4 on computer and web-based Urdu teaching was held at Jamia Millia Islamia. Inaugurating the workshop, Jamia vice chancellor Syed Shahid Mehdi said that the growing interest on cultural level regarding Urdu could be further promoted by web-based Urdu teaching. He said that Jamia Information Technology is going to be a centre for distance education and that the course would be self-dependent.
Prof. Qazi Ubaidur Rahman Hashmi, head of the Department of Urdu, while welcoming the guests said that this programme will greatly increase the circle of Urdu knowing people and that it will be a forward step towards promotion of Urdu. Speaking about overcoming certain difficulties of the course, Prof. Zahid Hussain Khan, registrar of Jamia said that there is a sound facility for correct pronunciation of words in this course which would be helpful for beginners to learn Urdu. Prof. Ashok Chakra Dhar, head of the Department of Hindi said that the web-based Urdu teaching was a revolution. Prof. Ziaul Hasan Nadwi, dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Languages said that the progress of information and technology was a great feat of Jamia.

SPORTS AND CULTURAL WEEK AT HAMDARD
New Delhi: Jamia Hamdard university held annual day celebration on October 8. Prizes were distributed among students who had stood first, second and third at Sports and Cultural Week celebrated a week ago. Delhi health minister Dr AK Walia and Tughlakabad MLA, Chaudhary Shishpal distributed the prizes. Vice chancellor of Jamia Hamdard, Siraj Hussain was also present on the occasion.

ROLE ON MADRASAHS IN MUSLIM UNITY
Mau: Vice president of Tarweej-e-Urdu Tehreek and general secretary of Uttar Pradesh Bunker Union, Jawed Akhtar Bharti said that communal forces were prospering in the country due to governmentís patronage. They know that though Muslims are in a large number in the country, they are victims of infighting, he said. Speaking to media persons he said that voices for unity were being raised in some areas and ulama were also emphasising on unity, but these efforts are not enough. "No power can harm Muslims if they are united, forgetting their differences", he said. Madrasahs can play important role in uniting Muslims, he added. He suggested that ulama of every school of thought should be invited in annual meetings of madrasahs to freely exchange their views.

FAROOQ ARGALIíS BOOK RELEASED
New Delhi: Organised by Sada-e-Ansari (weekly), Lauh-e-Aabe-e-Rawan, a collection of poems by poet and journalist, Farooq Argali was released on October 21 at Ghalib Academy, New Delhi by Aziz Burney, joint editor of Rashtriya Sahara daily. Qari Muhammad Mian Mazhari, editor Secular Qiyadat, Dr Shama Afroz Zaidi, editor Biswin Sadi, Maula Bakhsh Aseer and senior poet Kafeel Arzoo spoke on works and personality of Argali.

RESEARCH NEEDED IN UNANI MEDICINE
New Delhi: A 5-day workshop was held on clinical research methodology in Unani medicine which ended on October 31. Speaking on the occasion Prof. AR Kidwai emphasised the need of taking advantage of modern knowledge for inter disciplinary research in Unani system of medicine. He said that the time has now come for undertaking clinical research in Unani medicines on modern lines. Prof. KC Singhal said that there was very slight chance of side effects in Unani medicine. What is needed is to develop and manufacture Unani medicines on modern lines. Iranís cultural counsellor, Dr Issa Rezazadeh, Hakeem Syed Khalifatullah, Dr Mehdi Hasan and Prof. Anees Ansari also spoke on the occasion. Jahane Tib, an Urdu journal of the Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine was also released on this occasion.

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