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Sikh, Christian, Muslim and Hindu clergymen stand on 23 Feb. 04 before the foundation-laying ceremony of an all-faith complex being built in Srinagar by the Indian army

Sikh, Christian, Muslim and Hindu clergymen stand on 23 Feb. 04 before the foundation-laying ceremony of an all-faith complex being built in Srinagar by the Indian army 


New Delhi: A delegation of the Bihar chapter of Indian Union Muslim League headed by state general secretary Naim Akhtar met the party’s national president Ghulam Mahmood Banatwala and apprised him of the political situation of the state.
Banatawala ensured to get necessary documents from Bihar Election Commission and send his report to Kerala Muslim League.

The Bihar Muslim League was re-formed on this occasion and Dr Ziauddin Danish was appointed acting president of the State League whereas Naim Akhtar retained the post of general secretary. Anant Prashad and Muhammad Kalimuddiin Khan hold the post of vice-president.

Ludhiana: Rich tributes were paid to Zamir Mujahid Jaunpuri, former general secretary of Majlis-e-Ahrar on his second death anniversary. Recalling a good incident of his life, the Ahrar president Maulana Habibur Rahman Sani said that during his stay in Gorakhpur ten years ago, Zamir Mujahid’s journey provisions ended. But he did not seek anybody’s help. He went to a nearby mandi (fruits wholesale market) and worked there to earn his livelihood. He was a sincere, self-respecting and bold person, Maulana Habib said.

Jammu: The 29-member cabinet led by Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed was expanded on February 10 with a dozen new ministers. Four ministers from Congress and Peoples Democratic Party were included in the renewed coalition government. Two ministers from Peoples Democratic Front were also taken into the expanded cabinet.

New Delhi: The police of northeastern New Usmanpur district of Delhi rescued a five-year-old son of a businessman from Dev Priya Railway Station of Uttar Pradesh. The police also arrested one of the accused while four of his accomplices managed to escape. According to police, the boy was kidnapped by two employees both of whom are still at large.

DCP Parvir Ranjan said Shahzad Khan runs a jeans factory near Khaddewali Masjid in Gautam Vihar of Usmanpur who lives there with his family. On January 31, someone kidnapped his five-year-old son Shahnawaz Khan. The police found Irshad and Rais, two of the 14 employees absent. Further investigation revealed that the duo was absconding from the same day the child was abducted. Irshad and Rais’ bother Akhtar, was also found absent from the same day. 
The police later formed a special group and rescued the boy with the help of Uttar Pradesh police. After arresting Harde alias Raju (24) the police are now looking for the other four accused.

Hyderabad: The Andhra Padesh cell of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind held a meeting during its 10-day long “Love & Peace Campaign” at Parkasham Hall, Gandhi Bhavan, Hyderabad on February 15. Ulama and leaders of different religions attended the meeting and expressed their views.

In his inaugural speech Maulana Syed Abdul Basit, ameer of the Jamaat’s AP and Orissa cell said the programme was conducted to send the message of love and peace to people. 

Noted Islamic scholar Maulana Muhammad Hamiduddin Aquil Husami said while referring to a verse of the Quran that all human beings were created from a single pair. Hence all people were brothers to each other. Quoting from Veda senior journalist Venkateshwar Rao asked people to value “Manav Bhava”. He appreciated the JIH initiative for bringing different religious leaders on one platform.
Prof. Sanjeet Singh said that peace and love were part of man’s inner self and that the tongue was responsible for either creating mischief or restoring love and therefore one should take care of his tongue (see below).
Prof. Ejaz Ahmed Aslam, secretary, JIH recalled the spine-chilling and barbaric incidents that shook the State of Gujarat and said we need to fight for human rights, sympathise with the victims of hatred and work towards establishing justice. (Abubakar bin Haqqani/Hyderabad)

AMU alumni Directory
Azamgarh: Founded 19 years ago, the Nizam Educational and Welfare Society (NEWS) is a charitable organisation working for social and educational uplift of the weaker sections of society. Aimed at making the backward and weaker sections especially Muslims aware of their responsibilities, the NEWS also intends to enable the poor and needy students earn their livelihood. The NEWS has planned to establish a Minorities Development Centre and an orphanage in Delhi or Greater Noida. It has also planned to establish a Minorities Information Centre and a Bio-Data Bank for the purpose of career planning and job coordination. The NEWS recently brought out an International Directory of Aligarh Muslim University alumni for circulation in India and abroad.

New Delhi: The Minorities Future India Society organised a seminar on “The Muslim Politics: Dilemma & Direction” here at Gandhi Peace Foundation on February 11. Participants included representatives of different religious minority communities.

Speaking on this occasion, Tarlochan Singh, chairman of the National Commission for Minorities said Sikhs never saw any danger in any political party to their religion. And this is what all minorities should understand, he said. He said that though Sikh population was just two crore, their representation in politics was no less than Muslims. He said that Sikhs were holding top posts in every political party.

Presiding over the meeting, Mufti Muhammad Mukarram, imam of Delhi’s Fatehpuri Masjid said Muslims needed to excel in every field and also develop their educational institutions. Echoing same sentiments, Christian scholar Father MS Lukas said Muslims needed to establish more academic institutions as education would make them effective. Speakers included senior advocate of Supreme Court, Wasi Ahmad Nomani, president of India Islamic Cultural Centre, Sirajuddin Qureshi, Dr Abdul Haq Ansari and Dr Syed Farooq.

Dhampur: Moolchand Chauhan, minister for panchayat raj department has asked Muslim parents to pay special attention on education and training of their children. He also emphasised the need for introducing modern scientific subjects and computers in madrasas. Chauhan was speaking at a special function in Madrasa Babul Uloom, Nahtor. It is the era of education and the nation that remains uneducated cannot fulfill the needs of modern times, he said. He asked Muslim parents to leave no stone unturned in giving higher education to their children. He also inaugurated the room constructed from his ministerial quota and announced to grant further 50,000 rupees for development of the madrasa.

Akbarpur: Government has no development scheme for Muslims, young Congress leader Saud Ansari said. He was addressing a public meeting after having presented a 16-point programme to solve weavers problems to UP chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and senior Congress leaders. Ansari said he had also asked the National Human Rights Commission, Minorities Commission and the State Human Rights Commission to solve the problems of weavers.

Former chief minister Ram Naresh Yadav said that the issue of weavers would be raised in the Assembly. Ansari said that the anti-weaver policies of non-Congress governments had ruined the weavers in the entire state. He blamed the new state government for the increase of rate of threads and cotton, compelling the weavers to give up their profession. He said that 1300 Benarasi sari weavers had locked their houses and migrated to other places — in search of livelihood. While the government supplies electricity for 6 to 8 hours, it charges for 24 hours’. All the policies and schemes of weavers’ welfare were put into cold storage, he grudged.

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