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Pratapgarh: The threat by Raja Uday Pratap Singh to pull down and remove loud speakers from Kunda mosques has created tension, resentment and fear among Muslims of the area. Momin Conference secretary Shaikh Ismail Siddiqui and Bahujan Samaj Party leader, Shiv Prakash Senani have strongly criticised the Raja and accused him of spoiling communal harmony. Ismail Siddiqui said that Raja Uday Pratap Singh’s threat has encouraged communal elements who are openly indulging in anti-Muslim activities. This has created a sense of fear among Muslims, some of whom are thinking of shifting to other places. They have asked chief minister Mulayam Singh to rein in such communal elements in order to maintain peace and harmony. 

Gorakhpur: Ideal Muslim Welfare Society organised a function in Gorakhpur’s Ideal Public School where Urdu translation of Kitabus Salaat’h by Mohammad Iqbal Gilani and translated in by Kabir Kausar was released by Maulana Abdus Salam. While releasing the translated version of the book Maulana Abdus Salam said that Muslims constitute one-fourth of the world population but the number of those who offer namaz is very small and among them the number of those who offer namaz with concentration and exactly in accordance with Sunnat is infinitesimal. Therefore the book he has just released has been written exactly in accordance with the correct method as revealed to the Prophet (SAW) and to familiarise common people with proper way of offering namaz, he said and added that namaz prevents people from bad habbits and shamelessness. 

Allahabad: A division bench of Allahabad High Court consisting of Justice A.N. Ray and Justice A. Bhushan dismissed a public interested petition requesting for ban on offering namaz in madrasas and said in their verdict that the petitioner has no legal right to seek such an order from the court. The petitioner, Rajinder Singh Yadav had requested the court in his petition that people of a particular community of Maheshra village should not be permitted to offer namaz in madrasa. Dismissing the petition, the court said that there is no law under which offering of namaz in a madrasa can be banned.

New Delhi: Waqf Board has taken another step for the convenience of Imams and its employees after increasing their salaries. Waqf Board Chairman Chaudhari Mateen Ahmad says that Imams have to make several rounds of the Board’s office for their salaries which is not in fitness with their respectable position. They will therefore get their salaries from Dena bank which has got 14 machines (ATM) in Delhi. Accounts of Imams, Muezzins, Waqf Board employees teachers of madrasas run by the Waqf Board will be got opened with Dena Bank and their salaries will be deposited in their bank accounts on the last day of every moth. Dena Bank will issue ATM cards to all these people who can draw their salaries from any one of those ATMs according to their convenience.

New Delhi: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) general secretary Tariq Anwar, who was served with a non-bailable warrant (NBW) by a court in Katihar (Bihar) has been granted interim protection from arrest till I March by Justice Manju Goel of Delhi High Court. At the same time he has been directed to appear before the Katihar court during the intervening period. It may be noted that he was accused of spoiling public property under Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1999. It was alleged that at the time of 1999 Lok Sabha elections Anwar’s party workers had pasted many posters and flags on government buildings, thereby violating section 3 of the Act. Tariq Anwar in his petition stated that he had no knowledge of pasting posters in violation of the provisions of the Act. Anwar’s counsel had argued that NBW issued by Katihar court was the handiwork of his political rivals so as to prevent him from campaigning for his party candidates in the elections. 

Vadodra: Two journalists of local TV channels were attacked and stoned by local youths when they had gone to meet Zahira Sheikh, main witness in Best Bakery murder case when they came to know that she has come back there from Mumbai. Because of stoning they were compelled to flee from there. All local TV channels took a strong notice of this attack and decided to make a complaint to Police Commissioner against this attack. Zahira and other members of her family had come back from Mumbai to Vadodra in November last year but they are changing their house every month ever since for fear of attack. The state’s secret police has posted commandos for their security.

New Delhi: A-4 day international seminar on Unani medicine and system was organised by Central Council for Research in Unani Medicines in Delhi on the occasion of its silver jubilee celebrations. More than 500 delegates from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sweden, Turkey, Italy, South Africa, UAE, England and some other countries participated in this seminar. The biggest delegation was from Bangladesh which comprised of 42 delegates. The seminar was inaugurated by Union minister for health and family planing who described Unani system as ‘Kam Kharch Bala Nasheen’. He said that his ministry is thinking of upgrading Delhi’s Hakeem Ajmal Khan Tibbia College to university level and to set up an All India Institute of Unani Medicine in Delhi on the pattern of AIIMS. Top officials of health ministry and other medical institutions attended the seminar. It was stated by delegates that as a result of extensive research, twenty odd medicines for some of the chronic diseases have been prepared with wonderful results and without any side effects. More than 300 research papers were read in this seminar.

SURAT: A million-strong Dawoodi Bohra Muslims attended Moharram sermons during the last ten days of “Ashara Mubaraka” in Surat. The sermons were given by Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, head of the Dawoodi Bohras (photo below). In the past, Moharram sermons of Syedna have been held in cities like Dubai, Houston, Mumbai, Colombo, Nairobi and Dar-e-Salaam. This year on the request of the Government of the State of Gujarat and community members residing in Surat, Syedna conducted the Moharram discourses in the city after a span of five years. The tragic martyrdom of Imam Husain, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) on Friday, 10th Moharram/10th October 680 AD is recounted and his sacrifice for the cause of Islam and humanity is remembered during these ten solemn days. A landmark feature of this year's Moharram preparation was construction of four townships for accommodating approximately 30,000 community members. Approximately 125,000 Dawoodi Bohras from all over India, South Asia, Far East, the Arabian Gulf, East Africa, Europe, America and Australia gathered in Surat.

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