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Muslim women waiting in line to vote at Jaafarabad, Delhi

AN IFTAR PARTY WITH A DIFFERENCE
Mumbai: Iqra Education Foundation, a religious educational trust arranged an iftar party in the month of Ramadan. Iftar parties are no surprise these days but this one was a party with a difference. This had nothing to do with politics as is the case with most of such parties. The small gathering at Islam Gymkhana, Marine Drive was attended by Muslims and non-Mulims. Among the few participants was HE Abdul Munim, the Counsel General of the Republic of Indonesia, Mahmoodur Rahman, chairman of Bombay Mercantile Bank, Amin Khandwani, chairman Maharashtra Minorities Commission, Mrs Shalini of Times Peace Committee and some Urdu and English journalists. SMA Kazmi, advocate of Allahbad High Court was the special invitee. 

While delivering a brief lecture Kazmi said that if Islam is not represented correctly Muslims are to be blamed for it. He said one should be a credible person to convey the true message of Islam to others. In order to remove misconceptions about Islam and Muslims, Muslims should interact with other communities, he added. Ms Uzma Naheed, executive director of Iqra Foundation emphasised the need to impart Islamic education to children and said we should make our children ideals for others. The foundation also gifted books on Quran and the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to non-Muslim participants.

HOSPITAL SANS DOCTOR SINCE 12 YEARS
Baghpat: A Unani hospital in a Muslim majority village of Asara has no doctor since the last 12 years and the hospital building due to negligence has virtually turned in a ruin. Muslim Jat Association has drawn the attention of district magistrate towards the dilapidated condition of the hospital and demanded early appointment of doctors and other staff members.

According to reports the Muslim populated village with a population of 20000 falls under the category of Ambedkar villages and its hospital has virtually turned into a lumber-house. There is neither any elementary medical centre in the village nor any maternity centre in it. The Association has demanded early appointment of doctors in the Unani hospital, setting up an elementary medical centre and providing of other facilities for the villagers.

SPECTRO PHOTO METRE INAUGURATED AT AMU
Aligarh: Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor, Nasim Ahmad inaugurated an instrument: Automatic Observation Spectro Photo Metre worth Rs 27 lakh along with a newly constructed Bloc at the geology department. The VC expressed happiness over the achievements of the department and said it is one of the select departments of the country and it is because of this that the UGC has given it the Crust DSA Grant. He also expressed satisfaction over the department’s teaching and research work and assured to provide every possible help in future. 
Crust DSA programme coordinator and head of the department, Prof. Mahshar Raza said spectro photo metre is an ultra modern instrument which will help in chemical analysis of all kinds of rocks, minerals and waters. Deputy coordinator, Prof. KK Shourie demanded a boundary wall of the department for its safety.

IMAARAT EDUCATION TRUST COMPLETES 15 YEARS
Phulwarisharif: At the completion of 15 years of its establishment, Imaarate Shariah Education and Welfare Trust released detailed information about its educational and training institutions. According to reports responsible members of the Trust felt the need to popularise modern professional courses in the country. Accordingly, the trust set up many such institutions in Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand which have been functioning efficiently. These include three types of institutions; namely Imaarat Institute of Computer and Electronics, Maulana Minnatullah Rahmani Memorial Technical Institute and a department of pathology. A one-year computer diploma course of HRD ministry, Government of India is conducted under the Institute of Computer and Electronics while Maulana Minnatullah Rahmani Memorial Technical Institute is a common industrial training institute which has been approved by the NCVT, Government of India. The Trust also runs many libraries and it has a three-storeyed building of its hospital where free treatment of many major diseases is provided.

APPOINTMENT OF URDU MUALLIM PASS OUTS
Aligarh: In his letter to chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, Ashish Maseeh, chairman of Uttar Pradesh Minorities Commission has approved of the appointment of successful Muallim Urdu candidates of Jamia Urdu Aligarh under the Department of Basic Education. The validation applies to candidates who have passed the course till 1997. Maseeh bases his validation on judgements of Allahabad and Uttaranchal High Courts. Twenty-five candidates including Shabistan Khan and Iqbal Ali, president of Muallim Urdu Unemployed Teachers Association had filed an appeal to State Minority Commission on August 16, 2003. After hearing arguments of the appellants and the director of Basic Education, the Commission wrote its recommendations to the government. The Commission demanded the government to allocate an extra amount for the budget of 2004-05 for recruitment and also increase the amount for the current years’ budget so that the recruitment process could be started.

LALOO PROMISES TO SET UP MINORITY HOSTELS
Darbhanga: Former Bihar chief minister and president of Rashtriya Janata Dal Laloo Prasad Yadav announced to set up minority hostels with a budget of Rs 1 crore each in every district headquarters of Bihar and also build boundary walls around all graveyards in the state. Yadav was addressing a meeting after laying the foundation-stone of a 100-bed minority hostel here at Millat College recently. Besides these, a police inspector from minority community will be appointed in every police station whose implementation has already been started, he said. Urdu has been recongnised in the Bihar Public Service Commission whereas Bhojpuri, Meghi and Maithili have not yet been recognised, Yadav said and added that 40,000 teachers would be recruited in Bihar of which 10,000 vacancies are of Urdu teachers. Yadav appealed to educationists to create academic atmosphere and help the government promote education in the state.

‘MUSLIMS BECOME PUPPETS OF SELFISH LEADERS’
Deva (Barabanki): The most dangerous thing for a nation is to become senseless and unable to differentiate between good and evil. This was expressed by Hafiz Adul Hai, nazim of Fatehpur circle of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind at its monthly meeting here at Madrasa Darul Uloom Ibrahimpur. Quoting a hadith of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that ‘A believer is not stung twice from the same hole’, but, he said, Muslims are being bitten again and again. They have a week memory and soon forget past incidents, he said and added it is because of this that they have become playthings in the hands of self-centred leaders. Hafiz Abdul Hai said that it was deep rooted in the minds of the companions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that injustice is undesirable and a religious and moral crime which in no way should be permissible for anyone. A Muslim should do justice to everyone be it others or his own near and dear ones, the poor or the rich, friend or foe. There is no place for blind discrimination in Islam, he said.

A CULTUE DEVOID OF MODESTY PROMOTES NUDITY
New Delhi: Dr Syed Abdul Bari, former teacher of Awadh University, Faizabad delivered an extension lecture on Clash of Civilisation between East and West here at the Department of Islamic Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia recently. Shedding light on the subject Dr Bari said culture is fed on faith and values and these have their impact on it. If there is no concept of modesty in a culture and it is considered as mere human nature, nudity rather nudism is not considered to be an evil. The existing cultures keep up their fountains of thoughts, he said. Dr Bari said that Islamic culture fell victim of stagnation in the 17th century which weakened Muslims’ creative talent and they were deprived of the persuasion, curiosity, patience, perseverance and talents which are needed to proceed in any constructive direction. The result was that the West went far away but the sad aspect of this was that it completely neglected the humanistic aspect, he said. He also mentioned the efforts of some so-called Muslim reformists of the 20th century who tried to bring changes in the very basic elements of Islamic principles which support the ideas of Huntington in his work “The Clash of Civilasations,” which suggests the West to impose its civilisation over whole world in the most violent manner by dint of its power.

WORKSHOP ON URDU SHORT-STORY WRITERS
Allahabad: Urdu Teaching and Research Centre, Lucknow in collaboration with literary and social organisation ‘Qalamkar’ held a week-long workshop on contemporary Urdu short-story writing here at Urdu Ghar recently. Inaugurating the workshop, Prof. Aquil Rizvi said, writers today are reflecting various changes of life in a better way and they have been exposing the disgusting face of today’s dirty politics. The new generation will keep this tradition alive, he said and added that criticism only cannot keep them alive as writings themselves speak of their good and bad aspects.

Delivering his presidential address critic and noted Urdu litterateur, Prof. Shamsur Rahman Farooqui said that the inner beauty or the spirit of short story of new writers has been diminishing which is not good for the future of Urdu, he said. What purpose dose it serve if there is no novelty in a story, Farooqui questioned.

In his key-note address “contemporary Urdu short stories”, Dr Ali Ahmad Fatmi said the new generation has many short-story writers but there are very few critics. Therefore, we should pay attention to it, he said. Prof. Ghazanfar Ali, principal of Urdu Teaching and Research Centre spoke about the centre’s efforts in promotion of Urdu language and literature and for upholding the cause of national unity through it. The workshop was attended by litterateurs from different parts of the country.
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