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MG means Islamic World in our hands. This magazine acts as a excellent platform to express the views and opinions on diverse issues.Through MG you have always strived to show us the hotspot of every nuke and corner. In short, it is an asset to the Muslim community. Wishing good, prosper in the years to come..
Shafeeka S. Basheer, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
safeeka_sbasheer@hotmail.com

II
You're doing so much on so many fronts. I liked your piece in the latest MG on Hakeem Saheb.
Karamatullah Ghori, Toronto
k_k_ghori@hotmail.com

III
Your article on December 6 [MG, 16-31] is informative and interesting.
Asif Anwar Alig, New Delhi
mdasifanwar@rediffmail.com

Bouquet on MG completing 5 years

A visitor to MG website with the IP address 81.100.25.71 Dec 20 2004 / 17:57:16 to 18:03:04 sent us the following message:

Jai Hind!! this paper has been runing for too long now, time has come for the Hindus to take steps and ensure that HINDUSTAN doesnt become to contaminated by the muslim filth!! your mosques your hoses will be burned to the ground nothing but ash will be in its place, BHAGVAN RAM has waited long enough, now there will be no word only actions resulting in muslims blood being spilt, ARISE HINDUS THE TIME HAS COME TO crush these muslim dogs without mercy! JAI BAJRANG BALI KAR DO HUM SAB KI BHALI!! i pray that your offices be blown up, i pray that earthquake kills all of you, i pray that goddess Durga murders all you muslims at the milli offices! hindus cannot and will not rest until each one of the muslim intruders is killed and throw over the border into pakistan, you are all unwanted in India, majority of asian muslims can trace their roots to Hinduism so either converty back to the good faith or leave HINDUSTAN!! THIS IS AN ORDER. 

Dharamveer Mishra
Email IDs: killer_mc@msn.com / 
chetanagraval@hotmail.com

MG not guiding its readers
You are publishing very good paper, but it seems as if it is a digest of news and views that are already published about Muslims affairs in various papers. The MG of I-15 November issue is before me. On the front page there are two headings, one says "Cycle punctured in Maha Poll" and other "Mosque encroached under UPA nose". I am sorry to say that the headings are not in good taste, yours is a serious paper so you should not put things in such a way.

The MG has 32 pages but none of it is helping its reader to solve their problems that they are facing in day-to-day life. Your paper is not contributing any thing for the growth of the Indian society. You are singing the song that is liked by your readers. You are not guiding the readers, they are guiding you. It is very painful that your paper is unable to guide the readers in any manner.
There are many ways to encourage and guide the readers and to tell them how to get their rights, and what are their duties. 

You may say that yours is an English paper and English readers are so mature that there is no need to publish such things, but if you do a survey you will find that there are a lot of English speaking persons who are ignorant about their rights and duties. 

Delhi, UP and Bihar have made Urdu a second official language and in some districts in Andhra Pradesh Urdu is the second official language. The benefit of second language can be availed by Urdu speakers by using Urdu for official work. People should be encouraged and informed about the benefits of using Urdu for official purposes. Are you planning to publish any paper in Urdu also? 
Bashir Ahmad
Editor, Asri Agahi (Urdu fortnightly), Delhi 

Congress and Muslims
Since you are editor of a leading Muslim news magazine, I would like to have your opinions on: 1. the performance of this current government vis-a-vis the BJP govt. The current government is listening to minorities and trying to undo much that was perpetrated by the BJP. Textbooks are being de-toxified, POTA has been repealed, a comprehensive law is being framed to tackle the communal riots, a central board is being formed for the affiliation of minority colleges, high committee under HRD ministry has been formed to look into the issues of minority education, efforts are being made to deescalate tension in Kashmir, the atmosphere of fear has been removed and the official propaganda against madrasahs and mosques has stopped and so on. It is not a perfect world and we must realise that a coalition government facing a determined opposition does not enjoy full freedom to bring about changes; 2. How Muslims of India are rating this govt.? Rating is favourable amid a realisation that we do not live in an ideal world and the Manmohan Singh is under immense pressure from various powers within the coalition as well as from the opposition where the BJP and its allies still enjoy massive firepower; 3. Do the Muslims of India feel at ease, satisfied, or disturbed with this govt.? Muslims feel satisfied and at ease with this government; 4. Any/ many issues that this govt has handled so far which are in the positive direction as far as the Muslims of India are concerned? Already mentioned under question number 1; 5. What about POTA, and other contentious issues? POTA has been successfully repealed despite fierce opposition by the BJP and a law to combat communal riots is on its way to meet a major Muslim demand.

I am sure that these and many other issues are being publically discussed in India. A Muslim angle from within the Indian Muslim population would be more reflective of what Muslims see. A Muslim angle from outside is not necessarily a true reflection of these feelings.
Razi Raziuddin , USA

razi24@hotmail.com (via muslimindians@yahoogroups.com)


Editor: Here are my answers: 
Q1. The performance of this current government vis-a-vis the BJP govt. A.: The current government is listening to the minorities and trying to undo much that was perpetrated by the BJP. Textbooks are being de-toxified, BJP-appointed communal leaders of government departments and organisations have been shown the door, POTA has been repealed, a comprehensive law is being framed to tackle the communal riots, a central board is being established for the affiliation of minority [i. e., Muslim] colleges, high committee under HRD ministry has been formed to look into the issues and problems of minority education, efforts are being made to de-escalate tension in Kashmir, the atmosphere of fear has been removed and the official propaganda against madrasahs and mosques has totally stopped and so on. It is not a perfect world and we must realise that a coalition government facing a determined opposition does not enjoy full freedom to bring about changes.

Q2. How Muslims of India are rating this govt? A.: Muslim rating of this government is favourable amid a realisation that we do not live in an ideal world and that Manmohan Singh is under immense pressure from various powers within the coalition as well as from the opposition where the BJP and its allies still enjoy massive firepower.

Q3. Do the Muslims of India feel at ease, satisfied, or disturbed with this govt? A.: Muslims feel satisfied and at ease with this government.

Q4. Any/ many issues that this govt. has handled sofar which are in the positive direction as far as the Muslims of India are concerned? A.: Already mentioned under question number 1.

Q5. What about POTA, and other contentious issues? 

A.: POTA has been successfully repealed despite fierce opposition by the BJP and for the first time in India's history a law to combat communal riots is on its way to meet a major Muslim demand.


Wish for MG’s successful five years 
I am an old reader of the Milli Gazette and I find it very informative. Please accept my cordial congratulations on the completion of five years of MG’s publication. I hope it will continue publishing for the next the five years also. 
I want to request the readers of the newspaper to give it their full cooperation for the next five years. 
Md. Farooque Azam, Bhagalpur, Bihar 

MG articles interesting
The MG’s December 16-31 issue is in my hands. All the articles are praiseworthy but "Muslim Community beset with disunity" is particularly good. 
Indeed, there is a necessity of such magazines and newspapers in the community so that Muslims could express its concerns and condemn prejudices and propaganda against Islam and Muslims. May God make you the best social reformer.
Noorullah K. Falahi, New Delhi 

Azim Premji
Mr. Azim Premji’s speech (MG, 1-15 September 2004) is an eye-opener for all Indian Muslims that success cannot retard a man of faith. However, it is disappointing to note that the faith he describes is nothing to do with Islam, it is the faith of his own ideas. He has mentioned Gandhiji, he has not mentioned anything that he must have learned from Prophet Mohammed’s (SAW) teachings. Being a Muslim, I am quite sure Mr. Premji must be applying Islam to its fullest in his personal life, that is why, Allah has blessed him with such success. However, the secular system that entities like your magazines promotes, probably does not give courage to the Muslims living in India to utter a word for Islam.
Ahmed Bilal ahmbilal@stc.com.sa

Bad taste?
In an article of the latest issue, Dr Ghayasuddin, the Briton.. , writes: "They were told that heaven has seven gates and those women who look after their husbands properly would be entitled to enter heaven through whichever gate they chose. Muslim women are so used to listening to such garbage that they simply laugh, ignore it and move on." The words "such garbage" are very disturbing. Dr Ghayas may choose to call it so, but why do you give recognition to such people by publishing their articles. 
Abdulazeez Abdulraheem, KFUPM, Dahran
aazeez@kfupm.edu.sa

Wanted Muslim women posters
Hope you are fine and in high spirits. Sir, If you know some organisation, which produce posters and brochures related to Muslim women's issues (Muslim women's rights), please let me know. We are interested in having a collection of that stuff. 
Suraiya Tabassum
suraiya@ifesindia.org

Muslim names
I would like to tell you new names and they are: Halima, Hawra, Hessa, Hamda, Hannan,
Hanadi 
Jawaher Amna 
bawahsla@emirates.net.ae
Editor: In fact the list of boys and girls names on the MG website is not exhaustive. It was prepared for my daughter to chose a name for her child and later I placed it on the net for the benefit of others. Insha Allah, I will revise it and include your suggestions.

II
I am Suhair from Baghdad. I am 27 years old and I want to thank you so much, becasue for 27 years I did not know the meaning of my name, but now I can be happy and tell everybody that my name has a meaning...
Suhair...
suhair_ym77@hotmail.com

Suffering Iraq
I am writing you about the sufferings of the Iraqis from the military occupation. The following reports show clearly the crises of the Iraqis:

1-The study published by the Lancet medical journal. This report shows that the invasion of Iraq has caused (98,000) extra dead in the fist 18 months of invasion .

2- The report (Beyond Torture) published by the Center of Social and Economic Rights/ London, which shows the types of human rights violations committed by the US troops and administration in Iraq. A careful reading of the above reports shows the degree of injustice and suffering that have been experienced by the Iraqis. Such long sufferings have initiated, rejection, resistance, and eventually violence against the invading forces. The responsibilities lay upon the USA administration which has caused that suffering and UN which left that administration to do so. You may help the Iraqis by publishing parts of these reports. Thank you for your kind attention
Mohamed Younis, Mosul /IRAQ
mosul_son@yahoo.com

Polygamy
A report on polygamy (MG- 16-31 Dec. 04) by Mr. Lakdawala makes interesting reading. I remember vividly Mr. Lakdawala's views in the recent edition of the MG that he himself was against a nikahnama. This of course was totally against the traditions of healthy journalism where a reporter is supposed to be unbiased and should not give his/her own opinion on the subject he is covering. Hopefully, he would know the reasons as to why we should have a Nikahnama, from his own reporting of Ms. Nilofer, an advocate, who said that in many cases (of polygamy she receives) the husband totally neglects the first wife and devotes maximum attention and resources to the second wife as she is normally younger and good looking," He also reports from Advocate Nilofer Akhter: .(she) gets a number of cases where men have totally abandoned their first wives. The Muslim society does not have any arbitration structure as prescribed by the Qur'an to tackle such issues. Hence Muslim women have no alternative but to approach courts for justice. Surprisingly, Mr. Lakdawala's own comments on the subject are missing this time. 
Salma Kaleem 
salma1324@yahoo.com

Haj subsidy
I agree there is a lot of rubbish in the following article [http://in.rediff.com/news/2004/dec/15haj.htm]. But there is a central issue as well. Why should rich Muslims get public money, or tax payer's money, majority of whom are non-Muslims or Hindus, to go for Haj. In Pakistan the court Judgement said that going for Haj from someone else's money is not proper. Is that true? A lot of people would like to know the views of your top leaders and thinkers. And could you publicly air these views on your website, becaue a lot of your critics would be keen to know them.
Ashok Joshi ashokjosh@yahoo.com
Editor: Muslims never demanded Haj subsidy. It was offered by the government of India in 1973 when it abolished a cheaper mode of travel to Jeddah by ships. If the government wanted to abolish it, there will be no great Muslim agitation but at the same time the governments will have to abolish all similar subsidies to other religious activities, a bulk of which goes to Hindu and Sikh activities and festivals. Here are a few links to what we covered earlier on this subject.:
Msoom Muradabadi:
http://www.milligazette.com/Archives/01092002/0109200276.htm
Syed Shahabuddin: http://www.milligazette.com/Archives/01092002/0109200276.htm
Khuddamul Hujjaj: http://www.milligazette.com/Archives/01102002/0110200298.htm
Editorial in March 2001: http://www.milligazette.com/Archives/15032001/EDIT.htm


There is another angle to this subsidy tangle: this subsidy actually goes to finance the deficit of Air India and to officials' pockets. There is a Muslim demand that an open and fair international tender should be floated each year to get the right fares. Our own market research about four years ago showed that you can get very attractive group fares which will eliminate the need for the so-called subsidy. But the government of India is not ready for such a proposition which has been put forward many times through various channels.

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