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kashmiri women praying in Srinagar Juma Masjid 

Kashmiri women praying in Srinagar Juma Masjid 
on 3 March 2004

New Delhi: In order to create social and political awareness among Muslims, Mufti Muhammad Mukarram, imam of Delhi’s Fatehpuri Masjid has called for establishment of a Muslim Political Board.

Delivering his Friday speech, Mufti Mukarram accused political parties for exploiting Muslim votes and suggested to take preventive measures in order to give real representation to one fourth of the Parliament. He said it is essential that the proposed board should comprise farsighted ulama, intellectuals and prudent sincere members who maintain discipline to set practical example for others. Terming the central Government’s promises for development of Urdu as “hollow”, Mufti Mukarram complained about non-availability of Urdu syllabus books and said that the books which were required for Urdu medium students in the beginning of 2003 were not prepared even in 2004.

Hyderabad: Maulana Azad National Urdu University has purchased some new as well as rare classical books for its library which include 85 books from Pakistani publishers. These books on different subjects such as science, computer, history, ethics, lexicons religion, etc were purchased during the World Book Fair in Delhi. The university library has more than 10,000 books on a variety of subjects including encyclopedia, life sciences and world books.

Lucknow: Dars-e-Quran, a compilation of Quranic lectures of late Maulana Muhammad Manzoor Nomani was released at a simple but impressive function here at Shibli Hall of Darul Ulloom Nadwatul Ulama on 28 February. Published by Idara Al-Furqan, the book has been compiled by Maulana Nomani’s elder son Maulana Atiqur Rahman Sambhali. Shedding light on some basic characteristics of the book, Maulana Sambhali said that book would be helpful for people in general and for ulama and students in particular in comprehending the meaning of the Quran.
Chief quest and rector of Darul Uloom Deoband, Maulana Marghoobur Rahman Qasmi spoke about religious services and academic stature of Maulana Nomani. He asked students to make Maulana Nomani an ideal in their academic pursuit.

Pune: Sponsored by the Deccan Muslim Education & Research Institute, Pune, a two-day seminar on ‘Deccani Urdu: Language, Literature and Culture’ was organised here from 30 to 31 January 2004.

In the history of Urdu literature Deccani Urdu holds fundamental position without which the history of Urdu literature would remain incomplete. It has its own linguistic culture and in Southern India it has been highly influenced by Marathi language. It evolved and developed during imperialistic regimes. Participants, which included scholars from Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad expressed these views. Other than India, formidable work on Deccani Urdu was done in England, France and Germany. Among Indian scholars Maulvi Abdul Haq, Dr Mohiyuddin Qadri Zor, Prof. Abdul Qadir Suroori, Prof. Masud Hussain Khan and others have rendered great services to Deccani Urdu literature. Noted litterateur and poet Malik Tase presented a comprehensive article. Two books Talaffuznuma Urdu Lughat and Junoobi Hind Main Urdu Zaban-o-Ajab Ki Tadris Ke Masail by Dr Ismat Jawed and Prof. Abdus Sattar Dalvi respectively were released on this occasion.

Deoband: Several cases of theft have been noticed in the famed Darul Uloom at Deoband, during the last few months. The case reached its height when on the night of 5 March some unidentified thieves broke the room and shelf of shaikhul hadith Maulana Abdul Haque and stole about one lakh rupees. Maulana Abdul Haque was on tour and came to know about it after he returned. The noted hadith teacher refused to go to police saying that it would be of no use. In another such case on 27 February, some burglars broke open the lock of the quarter of Maulana Abdul Khaliq of Madras, deputy rector of Darul Uloom and took away Rs 15,000 from his shelf. Amanullah, a student of Hyderabad lost his 25,000 rupees in another such case. Students say that thieves have created great problem for them and that even locks of students’ rooms are broken and their belongings stolen. Some thieves one night tried even to break open the lock of Darul Hadith, the largest classroom where students are taught hadith.

There is great unrest among students and authorities over the steep rise in cases of theft. It is said that some organised agencies with mobile and other modern facilities accompanied by skilled thieves are at work.

New Delhi: President of Delhi Pradesh Insaf Party and State Muslim Front, Maulana Nisar Ahmad has announced that his party would contest elections in Delhi against Bharatiya Janata Party and would join other secular groups. The name of Dr Basir Ahmad, chairman of United Muslim Front and national president of Insaf Party has been recommended for Delhi’s Chandani Chowk constituency. An associate professor of Islamiyat at Jamia Hamdard, Dr Basir Ahmad was the former president of Aligarh Muslim University Students Union.

Meerut: National Lok Dal is considering to give 50 percent tickets in Western Uttar Pradesh to minorities. This was stated by state president of the party’s minority cell, Haji Fazlur Rahman Chhabu. He said that his party would fight elections from 12 constituencies of Western UP and from 3 constituencies of eastern UP. Chhabu welcomed the government’s decision of free education up to 12 standard, setting up of a large power house in Ghaziabad and Dadri and for providing loans to rickshaw-pullers on 4 percent interest. He demanded the government to give 16 percent government jobs to minorities along with demanding large industries in Meerut.

Saharanpur: Maulana Ataur Rahman Wajdi, nazim of Tahreek Tahaffuz-e- Shaair-e-Islam and former district amir of Jamaate-Islami has said that fascist elements who destroyed the Babri Masjid were always planning new conspiracies and mischiefs and that their leaders cold not be trusted. Negotiating with such people can never be correct because they do not follow any law and principle, he said and added that nobody has the right to compromise on Babri Masjid or any Waqf properties. He said Muslim Personal Law Board was a trustworthy body to speak on behalf of Muslims. Even the Board has no right to give up the claim on Babri Masjid, he said.

Agra: A prisoner with a minor crime was thrashed to death by jail employees. An angry mob demanded stern action against the guilty and a proper government compensation for the victim’s family.

According to reports Mohammad Salim of Doretha Azampara under Shahganj police station was arrested by police on 4 November, 2003 for having a knife. After registering a case under Article 4/25 of IPC (Arms Act) the police had presented Salim before the court and the court had sent him to jail. On 7 January, district jail superintendent informed Salim’s father Babu Khan that his son had died of some disease while being taken to hospital. The father did not believe the news and said that Salim’s brother had visited him just a few days ago. Salim’s brother told a newspaper that the jail servants were asking Rs 2500 from Salim. He had given Rs 800 and had promised to give the remaining amount within a few days, Salim’s brother said. But it did not satisfy the jail servants who thrashed Salim to death.
After noting injury marks on Salim’s body, his father asked the DM for a post mortem from a medical board’s team. The DM handed the body over to SN Medical College to conduct a post mortem.

Moreover, the police charged lathis on people protesting against the jail authorities and demanding compensation for the victim’s widow who has to look after her small children. 

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