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Muslim demonstration at Chennai on 18 May 
against American atrocities in Iraq

Saharanpur: Offended by a humiliating defeat in the parliamentary elections, Lok Sabha candidate and district president of Muslim League, Muhammad Hasan Jeelani along with 20 other party activists left the League and joined the Congress Party here on 17 May. The announcement was made here at a press conference. Those who left the party include besides Jeelani, the district vice-president and three district secretaries.

District media incharge of Congress, J A Khan received them in the party and said due to increase of Congress’ popularity and strengthening of its political power, people in large number are leaving other parties to join Congress. It was people’s desire that Sonia Gandhi took the country’s power in her hand, Khan said adding that it is due to this that people have overthrown the BJP and Sangh Parivar from power, making the way clear for a secular government. Answering questions of media persons, Hasan Jeelani said that the League lacked the talent to be people’s power. 

Aligarh: Revolution can be brought even in the life of blind students, said Nasim Ahmad, Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University. He was inaugurating a modern lab here at Ahmadi Blind School on 14 May. Equipped with modern facilities, the lab is the first of its kind in North India.

Reading machine of Germany, Braille machine of Sweden, Optical Braille Regulation Software of Czechoslovakia, Talking, Typing Teacher Software of Canada, Job Access and Speech Software of America which was prepared by a blind person for blind students are all available in this lab now. So far only Braille machines were used for teaching blind children but in today’s age of information technology, new methods have come up. These have simplified the teachers’ task, and students now can hear voices and do the typing on computer themselves. 

Ram Agarwal, chief executive of Karishma Enterprises, Mumbai, who himself is blind, demonstrated the use of modern machines before the VC. The VC said the project has been started as an experiment and if it succeeded, the facilities would be provided at Maulana Azad Library, so that blind students of the university could avail of the facility. The school principal Masood Ashraf said that the school was being neglected for a long time but the present VC has open heartedly provided modern facilities for the school. Engineering Department of AMU has been trying to convert these softwares into Urdu.

New Delhi: In an important decision, the Supreme Court has clarified that the 13th century Makkah Masjid of Bijapur would be given under authoritative jurisdiction of the Centre under the Historical and Ancient Monuments Act. The court has said that the Karnataka Waqf Board has no authority over the mosque. The historical mosque was built by noted Arab saint Mahabari Kandayat.

The decision was given by a two-member bench, comprising Justice Rajendra Babu and Justice G P Mathur while rejecting an appeal by the Waqf Board. In its appeal the Board had stated that the Arab saint Kandayat had built the mosque in 13th century which was later looked after by his officials. On April 21, 1976, a Gazette had mentioned that the Board will have authority over the mosque. But the Central Government has clarified that the mosque was taken under the central authority in 19th century considering it as a historical monument. The apex court has said that presence of the saint’s officials or their association with the mosque does not exclude it from the Centre’s authority. 

Lucknow: Many historical buildings and monuments have become wornout and deformed during the last 100 years because of governments negligence. On the other hand many buildings are being demolished in the name of development. Lucknow, a grand city of historical buildings, is no exception. There is need for safety of these buildings and monuments. In view of this, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has adopted Mehdi Ali Khan’s tomb for its repair maintenance and beautification. A team of INTACH visited the tomb recently. The team included Lucknow convenor of the INTACH, VK Bansal, Nawab Mir Jafar Abdullah, director of Archaeology, Rekesh Tiwari, photographer, Ravi Kapoor, Wajahat Ali and others.

Bansal said some people are permanently living in the tomb’s building. He said he would draw government’s attention to the structure and fix a board giving a brief history and description of the building.

Atif Hanif, who was also with the team, said that Nawab Saadat Ali Khan of Lucknow had included Hakim Mehdi Ali Khan in his ministry and had given him the title of Muntazimud Daula Bahadur. Mehdi Khan held the same post later during the reign of Shah Nasiruddin Hyder and Mohammad Ali Shah. Mehdi Khan constructed several inns, wells and bridges in Fatehgarh, Farrukhabad and Shahjahanpur. The Old Darul Shifa in Lucknow was also constructed by him. He died in 1837.
The present tomb was constructed by his nephew Nawab Ahmad Ali Khan. Situated at Jagat Narain Road, near Medical College, opposite Talim Bagh Niswan School, this grand monument, a master-piece of architecture is in a dilapidated condition, the responsibility of whose care and repair has been taken by the INTACH. 


Maunath Bhanjan: It is an auspicious day as after getting their certificates of honours, these daughters of the ummah have been included in the category of women who are chosen by God to serve His religion. These views were expressed by Maulana Mukhtar Ahmad Nadwi at a boarding religious institute Kulliya Fatimatuz Zuhra Al-Islamia Lil-Banat here at Mansura. The occasion was the convocation of the institute of which Nadwi is the founder. When these girls return to their homes, they will have not only the certificates but their minds will be filled with the teachings of Islam; the guidance from the Quran and Hadith as guiding lights for seeing the truth, Nadwi said. He advised the students not to give up salah, make their children pious and decorate their lives with the teachings of the Quran and Hadith. 

Outside the premises of the Kulliyah you will have a new life as scholars, Nadwi said. Prizes that you have got in the form of books or certificates are not the real prize. The real prize is the education you have received, Maulana Nadwi told the students reiterating that they should offer five times prayers, lead a pious life and exhibit the importance of religious education.

Mumbai: In a row over Quranic words ‘Noorun-Ala-Noor’ depicted to describe the physical charm of the actress in a song of the film ‘Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities’, Muslim organisations termed it ‘blasphemous’, and day after painter and filmmaker M F Husain decided to withdraw the film. He asked his sole distributor Yash Chopra to withdraw the film from public shows from all over the country with immediate effect. Various Muslim organizations like All India Muslim Council, Raza Academy, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind and Jamaat-e-Islami had registered their protest.

Maulana Abdul Quddus Kashmiri, secretary of the All India Ulama Council in a letter to Mumbai police commissioner AN Roy had objected a mala fide abuse of ‘Noorun-ala-Noor’ in the song sung by Meenaxi. He had asked commissioner Roy to ban the song as it had hurt the sentiments of Muslims across the country. Maulana Quddus said the phrase was used for Prophet Mohammed (SAW) in the holy scriptures to acclaim and distinguish his personality. And the phrase meaning ‘Light upon light’, thus applied in wrong way.

The president of the Council, Ibrahim Tai said the phrase was connoted to praise beneficent and merciful God. Tai remarked the words could not be used to describe the beauty of a woman. And Quranic words used in the song was a deliberate attempt to provoke Muslims. He had threatened to protest if the administration had failed to uphold the ban. However, Husain did not elaborate his decision that the withdrawal was an act against protest. He said he wanted to explore the cinematic language and had no lust for money. He further said he would screen this film abroad and also show in India to interested audiences. But for public screening it would not be available.

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