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Book Review

Muslim Directory


Muslim DirectoryBook : Al-Hadi (Muslim’s Social 
Directory) 2004 
Compiler: Kanwar Niyaz Muhammad 
Year: 2004; p. 736; Price: Rs 300
Publishers: Universal Publication, M.P. Road, Rampura, Lalgarh, Bikaner, Rajasthan

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The compiler of the book says, ‘The Directory has nothing to do with ignorance. One comes to know from the Directory that the Muslim community is neither illiterate and ignorant nor it is devoid of political sense. Its thinking has not become static and blunt. The community is always willing to guide itself at every step and march forward in unison.’

All sections of the Muslim society in India have been covered in this directory. It contains names and addresses of IAS, IPS and IFS officers in central and state governments, politicians, ministers, members of parliament, MLAs, bank officers, chartered accountants, income tax officers, judges, lawyers, advocates, engineers, doctors, hakeems, school and university teachers, social and religious leaders and journalists.

The Directory provides relevant information about the Muslim society and the roles and activities of Muslims in different fields at different places in the country. The compiler deserves congratulations for rendering a useful service to the community. The letters written to the author, which have also been included in the directory, praising his efforts for compiling this work, prove its usefulness and importance. A study of the directory shows that the compiler has taken great pains in collecting data.

However, there are some flaws in the directory as information given appears to be limited to some states only. Besides, some important information about Muslims and the Muslim society have not been mentioned. For example, information about many Muslim organisations, associations, their office-bearers, publishers of Urdu books, important Urdu poets, authors, intellectuals, thinkers, scholars, calligraphers, universities, educational and cultural institutions, professors and lecturers, government officials and private institutions have found no place in the directory. The list of journalists is also not exhaustive.

It also appears that the directory has not been updated as there is some old information which should have been changed. No proper attention has been paid to proofreading also. In the ‘contents’ page at many places page numbers have been misplaced which create difficulty in finding the required information. 

But in spite of all these shortcomings, the compiler deserves our congratulations for compiling a Muslim directory of this kind for the first time. 
The directory will be published and updated every year, as stated by the compiler. One hopes that future editions will be updated, improved and will be better in all respects. 

Muhammad Arif Iqbal
Editor, Urdu Book Review, Delhi

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