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I enjoy reading your magazine always and it is very good, covers very clearly the status of Islam in India. Imam Awn's interview was excellent as it gives the clear picture that in Islam there is NO violence and NO terrorism.
Thivan Mohideen, Ajman, UAE
thivan24@hotmail.com
II
I was lucky to run across your site, everything you are writing makes a lot of sense, and wish to inform you that you are not alone in your feelings about this Jewish pig ( I do not know how else to describe him) but as long as the great old USA is backing them the only option the Palestinians have is exactly what they are doing I am Canadian from European descent and am 100% on your side against the scum of the earth like Sharon. 
Bill Te Vruchte 
btv@trytel.net


RSS and Jamiatul Ulama
A recent meeting between Jamiatul Ulama-e Hind second-in command, Maulana Mahmood Madani and RSS’s top triumvirate K C Sudarshan, Vishnu Hari Dalmia and Ram Madhav in New Delhi’s 5-star Intercontinental Hotel, has been raising the hackles of Muslim community leaders across the board. The reasons are not far to seek. 

Though Jamiatul Ulama’s association with Congress Party has been well known and steadfast for years even beyond the independence, Jamiat’s interaction with the Muslim community at the broadest level is certainly something to be desired. It has always kept itself aloof from the ‘lesser children’ and tried to bask in the sun of political patronage from Indian National Congress. In return for all Jamiat’s services, Congress had been in the past awarding a Rajya Sabha seat to the Jamiat’s leader Maulana Asad Madani. But that too is in the ‘distant past’. Lately, Jamiat is more engaged in managing relief work after every communal riot and in this public service it has acquired some expertise; though detractors hold this has been all part of the old Congress strategy of using communal riots to hold on to the Muslim votebank, through first demoralizing them with staged communal rioting and then posing as ‘saviours’. The ‘saviour’ part is played in conjunction with the Jamiat. The beauty of the whole drama is that RSS cadre had been invariably part of the whole set-up, helping Congress since the early decades of the last century, by throwing the first stone. 

Given this background, Muslim organisations are most skeptical of Jamiat’s credentials as the votary of Muslim interests in political give-and- take. Even the late Maulana Syed Ali Miyan, the last President of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, reportedly had been unable to persuade Maulana Asad Madani to join other Muslim leaders on a common platform. 

Interviews with Maulana Madani and RSS leaders published in an Urdu weekly, have spread the impression that the recent meeting had something to do with the BJP’s ongoing desperation to find a ‘bought’ solution to the Babri Masjid/ Ram janambhoomi imbroglio. Another question mark relates to the future plans by Jamiat to organise a Muslim led political party with open sponsorship of Congress. 

It is not clear which of the two issues has been of more interest to the RSS leaders. If one may go back to BJP’s last assembly campaign pattern, it is possible that Babri Masjid/ Ram Janambhoomi issue will not be its main plank to garner votes. Not only that this strategy will be most disruptive of communal peace in the country during a general Lok Sabha election but also will not be appreciated, by among others, the US and the new friends in Islamabad. Besides, Vajpayee personally has been known to sideline the VHP hardliners to buy peace with a wider electorate that could assure them the required 300 seats to finally go for the Hindutva kill.

It is therefore quite probable that RSS is sending feelers to Muslims to see how they could be courted to side with the BJP in the coming elections. As BJP’s target is to strip the Congress of all pretences of a national party, all Congress friends and allies are now fair game to the Sangh Parivar. BJP’s overtures to Sharad Pawar of the NCP are a move in the same direction. Besides, BJP itself is trying to compete with the Congress in promoting a rival Muslim-led political party around some of the more disgruntled groupings traditionally ignored by mainstream Muslim leadership. However, Muslim community is fully convinced of the spurious and opportunist nature of all such interaction by the two main political parties with Muslim voters. There will be nothing positive and constructive in BJP or Congress organising weak and henpecked political entities that could address the Muslim demands of power sharing with both these Brahmanical monopolies. A genuine, independent and community-centric political Muslim-led entity is still some distance away, but with the awareness that 150 million Muslim votes institutionally neutralized, could not justify the representative nature of Indian democracy for long, the niche is still open to more serious and longer term entrants. 
Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai 
ghulam_muhammed2@yahoo.co.in


II
At present there are news items that Jamaitul Ulama-e Hind’s leader Mahmood Madni is holding secret parleys with RSS leaders in a bid to resolve the Ayodhya imbroglio. One fails to understand in which capacity these organizations are coming forward to poke their nose in a matter in which they are not parties and, moreover, the judicial proceedings are pending before the court. Besides, when persons like Mehmood Madni and his father Asad Madni, whose antecedents and credentials are most contaminated in the sight of Muslim community, pretend to be negotiating as its representatives, it sounds quite ludicrous.

Whatever might have been the contributions of Jamaitul Ulama-e Hind in the freedom struggle as an antidote to Muslim League, after independence this outfit was reduced to a puppet of Congress Party. Maulana Asad Madni's only wish and the exclusive centre of his endeavours has remained confined to a berth in Rajya Sabha. When Chowdhry Charan Singh was the Prime Minister, Asad Madni launched a campaign titled ”Mulko-Millat Bachao Tehreek” (Save the country and community) at the behest of Indra Gandhi. When after the ouster of Charan Singh, Mrs Gandhi came to power, Asad Madni got Rajya Sabha seat and thereafter he forgot the Millat. Now that for sometime he is out of Rajya Sabha, he is resorting to all kinds of somersaults to retrieve his lost berth. His son Mahmood Madni, who is now in the process of replacing his father, joined Samajwadi Party but as he did not succeed there in extracting a parliamentary seat he left it. 

During the last few years Maulana Asad Madni has made two massive attempts to exert pressure on Congress by demonstrating his popularity amongst Muslims. First he organized a big show on Lucknow's Christian College grounds in protest against the Religious Places Bill, passed by UP Legislature. He gathered about one lakh people from the clergy and madrasahs and placed senior Congress leader Arjun Singh on a stately chair on the dais, with the top clergy sitting under Singh's feet. The other comparatively lower gathering he arranged recently at Lucknow's Jyotiba Phule Park which was graced by the erstwhile Chhattisgarh chief minister, Ajit Jogi, and senior Congress leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad. Mrs Sonia Gandhi was to come but could not because of a bereavement in her family. 

Unfortunately, when despite all his manipulations Asad Madni or his son could not get a Rajya Sabha seat, he has now been lured by the saffron brigade and deputed the task of selling out the Muslim community on Ayodhya. Though out-of-the-court solution to this vexed issue is remotest possibility, and Asad Madni or his son are not entitled to hold negotiations in this matter, he is ready to run the extra mile for a Rajya Sabha berth. 
Dr M K Sherwani, President, All India Muslim Forum, 
Lucknow sherwanimk@yahoo.com

III
The Jamiatul Ulama's dialogue with the Sangh Parivar leaves many doubts in the minds of secular minded people like me. The Jamiat is more than 84-year-old Muslim organisation and I am sure before the commencement of dialogue it has taken into consideration all the implications in-depth. However, there are certain apprehensions which need to be addressed by the Jamiat urgently.

Firstly, the prime agenda of Sangh Parivar is demonisation of Islam and extermination of Muslims. The mass murder of Muslims which took place in Gujarat is still fresh. This is also known to us that it was a state-sponsored well-planned genocide. The members of Bharatiya Janata Party have always endorsed Modi government. This leaves no doubt in our mind that every member of Sangh Parivar is equally anti-Muslim. The literatures of Sangh Parivar spread hatred and enmity against Muslims. The whole ideology of Sangh Parivar is based on Muslim-hate. Hence, as long as the members of Sangh Parivar remain loyal to their ideology and literature, foreseeing any generosity or justice or fairplay appears to be naive and foolish. 

Secondly, no dialogue would ever prove to be meaningful so long as the Sangh outfits continue to hurt, vilify, demoralise and terrorise Muslims, the aggrieved lot in the country. The Jamiat leaders have got no rights whatsoever on behalf of the Indian Muslims to negotiate on the Babri issue.

Thirdly, the general election is expected any moment in the coming months. The right thinking Hindus, who were otherwise supporters of the BJP, are slowly moving away from the BJP because of its anti-poor, anti-employees’ policies. At this time the BJP will try its best to attract a fraction of Muslim votebank and, besides, under the banner of 'Shining India' it would project itself to be a secular party. Thus, by initiating a dialogue it would cosmetically present itself to be very considerate with Muslim issues. 

And finally, after getting engaged in a dialogue the Jamiat would not be able to vigorously canvass against the BJP in the forthcoming elections. 

Therefore it becomes essential for the Jamiat to clarify these points. Even if the dialogue is necessary, the Jamiat should come out with the result much before the election date is announced so that the Parivar is not able to misuse it. An unproportionate coverage to the dialogue by the media clearly indicates this. 
M Naushad Ansari, Bangalore
rubynaushad@eth.net

Minority, majority
There is a majority in minority and a minority in majority. The minority of majority and the minority of minority is the one hell bent on spreading its virus in the majority of minority and majority of majority.

The minority of majority attacks the majority of minority and the minority of minority attacks the majority of majority, the terror and fear created by such attacks helps the minority of majority and minority of minority increase their circle. The majority of minority and the majority of majority have to remain alert and not fall into this trap of the minority of majority and the minority of minority. The majority of minority and the majority of majority should see to it that the minority of majority and the minority of minority is not only shrunk but is totally eliminated and the majority of minority and the majority of majority becomes an absolute majority and the minority of majority and the minority of minority becomes absolutely non-existent.
Abdul Monim, Mumbai
samvashi@vsnl.net

Imam Awn
I find MG indispensable to our Indian nation and particularly the Islamic community. It is full of important information that every one ought to know. The interview with Imam Khaleel Awn Mowlana is timely. His authoritative views on jihad should correct the ways of those Muslims who have gone astray and are commiting atrocities worldover in the name of Islam, Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) and God Almighty.
M I Liyakath Ali BE, Trichy
salamalim03@yahoo.com

II

The interview with Imam Khaleel Awn Mowlana Al-Hashimy is quite superb. Please publish continuously about him. You are doing a very good job.
A Mohyudeen Jahfar Sathik, Trichy
sathik83@rediffmail.com

III
I had an opportunity to read the MG (16-31 Dec 04) in which all the articles are useful to the readers of all kinds. Especially an interview with Imam Khaleel Awn Mowlana Al-Hashimy is so essential for the current affairs. The definition of jihad given by the Imam is the reply to the charges against Islam and its followers. Once Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) while returning from war said that “we have returned from small jihad and we have now to engage in the bigger jihad.”

No entity but God is the first and final motive of Tawheed as it was expressed by the Imam in a proper way to understand. I am pleased to thank you sir, once again for having published the wonderful interview conducted by Mohammed Iqbal for The Milli Gazette. 
Moulvi N Abdus Salam Alim 
Editor, Qibla, Trichy qibla_2002@yahoo.co.in
IV
I read previous issue of MG and found it very thought provoking and it is a genuine magazine to be read by all.The interview with Imam Khaleel Awn Al-Hashimy was superb and his explanation about jihad was very infromative. As Imam said, we all should inculcate universal brotherhood and follow the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to make this world a better place to live in.
Shafeeka S Basheer, Saudi Arabia
safeeka_sbasheer@hotmail.com

Saddam
"Just after the release of the news of the alleged capture of Saddam Hussein by US troops, I spoke by telephone, with a very good friend of mine in Tehran, who served in the Iran-Iraq war. I asked him what he thought of the "capture". He replied, laughing himself, saying, "Iranians are laughing about it. In the orchard around Saddam's hideout, the dates are on the trees!. Everyone in Iran knows that dates are harvested in the hottest part of August. The dates on the trees and the colour of the trees tell us the photos of Saddam's hideout were taken in summer. This is late autumn". My Iranian friend's assertions appear to be confirmed by no less than the United States Marine Corps, itself. Spc Melissa Walther, reporting for the Marine Expeditionary Force in Iraq reported: "As the hot afternoon sun blazed down from an intense, blue sky Aug. 5, military members of the Humanitarian Aid Coordination Centre took part in an ancient tradition of the Middle East: the Date Harvest." On August 11, 2003, The Coalition Joint Task Force Seven describes their participation in the date harvest in Iraq last summer:............." 
Ian Iyamu 
ianiyamu@msn.com


Mir Mushtaq Ahmad
My name is Mir Waqar Ahmad. I live in the United Kingdom. Two years ago my grandfather, Mir Mukhtar Ahmad died. He lived in Karachi. I have recently found out that he had a brother, Mir Mushtaq Ahmad, who also died in July 2001. Apparently he was quite well known in India as a freedom figher. Could you please help me find some information about him as I am very keen to find out about my ancestory. If you have any information on my grandfather I would also appreciate that. 
Waqar Ahmad, London 
waqar.ahmad1@ntlworld.com

Islamic calendar
Apropos of Arshad Khalid's plea for a uniform Islamic calendar, I may be permitted to point out that given the shape of the earth, its rotation around its axis, the rotation of the moon around it and the revolution of the earth around the sun, it is astronomically impossible for the Ummah, spread around the globe "to celebrate our festivals together and start out months on the same day". So his is a futile quest. It is always possible to have a common celebration at a given place and its neighbourhood by sighting the moon or by determining the incidence of the first moon in advance through astronomical calculations and observations. That should suffice. It is simply not possible to have a common first day of the moon all over the globe or for all of the 1.3 billion of them to collect in one place as the Muslims of Medina could in Holy Prophet's time.

Mr Khalid has raised another question about the progress of Muslim India. If he wishes to learn about how the Muslim India in India is battling against adverse circumstances and yet advancing, though not as fast as we would like it to, he should visit India, travel around the country and see how seeds of progress are being sown everywhere, how they are taking roots and how they are bursting into visibility, how they are growing into institutions and social and economic change. But India is a huge country, advancement and progress can be comprehensively guided nationally or regionally but they have to be effected locally in every village and mahalla by the local communities. In a word, the formulation of policies can be done centrally but the process of development has to be decentralized. Over the years Muslim India has learnt about networking and communication. Indeed the community in any part of India is learning from its experience, both of success and failure, in another part. And it is dealing with real issues like social reform, employment, savings and political representation — not the obsessive hunt for elusive global uniformity in Islamic calendar.

As a friend from the USA recently told me, "What does it matter if in different parts of the USA or even of a metropolis, Muslims celebrate the Id-ul Fitr on different days. After all, Allah has ordained 3 days for the Namaz-e-Id. Perhaps this non-issue is being given undue importance by those Muslims who perform Id prayers only, during the year!" 
Syed Shahabuddin,New Delhi 
muslim@del3.vsnl.net.in

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