I have been receiving your esteemed fortnightly. After reading it for some time I have come to the conclusion that there is no need for any other newspaper other than MG. “Muslims and World Peace” by Dr. Syed Zafar Mahmood is very interesting and knowledgefull article.
Allahabad - 211 003
It is heartening to see the write-up titled ‘How the Prophet fought domestic violence’ by Abdul Malik Mujahid (MG 1-15 December 2015). We never come across such articles which deal with domestic violence in the Muslim press. It seems that it is none of the concerns of Muslim. MG needs to be congratulated for highlighting this serious issue of domestic violence. Unfortunately, mainstream Muslim discourse, even among the learned, justifies wife beating as something allowed by Islam or integral part of the latter. As a researcher of women issues in the our sub-continent I have collection of so called popular Islamic literature which brazenly quotes Hadis to justify wife beating. Out of hundreds of such examples I will quote from one such book. Mufti Abdul Ghani in his book [Mian Biwi ke Huqquq, Jasim Book Depot, Delhi, p. 41] even has a chapter titled ‘Right to batter women’, where he writes that “husband has the authority to beat his wife. He may even use miswak (a kind of small stick which is used for teeth cleaning) to beat her. However, he should avoid hitting on face or causing deep scar.” Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi’s Bahishtee Zewar, very popular among the Muslims of north India brazenly denigrates Muslim women.
(Prof.) S. Islam
Congress and Muslims
The congress cannot get victory in politics until and unless it gets Muslim’s support Earlier The Muslims support was an obligation to congress but now the days have changed Now people are conscious and Muslims also doing tactical voting The congress has done much harm to Muslims Babri Mosque was demolished in congress Raj It was Rajiv Gandhi who had had permitted to open the door of Babri Mosque The world knew what was the fate of two leaders Bhoomi and Agni did not accept their dead bodies Rajivs dead body was broken in pieces !the world is also looking plight of Mr Advani , Thousands of Muslim youths were sent behind the bar and they are languishing in jails They are wasting the prime period of life They are burden on the exchequer , Rahul and Sonia were dragged to the court of Law It was a disgrace to the congress party Sonia Gandhi president of the party to got snub from her son in law, WADRA proved a liability to the Gandhi family and congress party Now it is high time thay if Congress wants support of Muslims Rahul should give prime importance to the detainees Of Muslim youths The innocents shouls released instantly The curse of the victims causing floods accidents roads and rails air crashes etc.
Abdul Hameed Maqdoomi, Hyderabad
Indian Society endangered by moral anarchy
The recent Madras High Court judgment supporting live-in-relationship and legalizing pre- marital sex is really shocking. India has the distinction of having highly valuable moral standard with regards to sexual relations. Marriage has always been regarded as a social and moral bonding without which sex is prohibited. Islam has made a significant contribution towards this. In a marriage, sex is preceded by a commitment to develop a family life in accordance with Indian traditions while live-in-relationship, sex precedes the commitment and the commitment has no legal or social sanctity. Unfortunately blind imitation of western society, pursuit of materialism, influence of hedonism and commercialisation of life has affected our society to a great extent. A steady increase in heinous crime like rapes and molestation of women are indications of the highly dangerous situation. It is a matter of concern that some judges are under the influence of decadent of western thoughts and are undoing the time tested Indian moral principles. The need of the hour is that our society should be thoroughly overhauled and there should be strong doses of morality and religion and we shold have a judiciary which fully respects Indian moral standards.
M. Hashim Kidwai, ex-MP, Delhi - 110091
Ram Mandir at what cost?
Lucknow: Ram mandir is again in the news. Who can prevent you from building the same? You can build a grand Ram Mandir at Ayodhya, Delhi or any other place in India. But, how is it justified to build a mandir by demolishing an ancient Masjid, claiming it was an old mandir or birth- place of Rama? Beware that if a grand mandir is built here in North-India, a Ravan mandir would be built in the South, because in the south Rawan is worshipped as a god. The famous advocate, Ram Jethmalani, said Ram had no existence in India, he only existed in people’s minds. If by Ram it is meant the son of Dashrath, then he can’t be a god, because he was brought into existence by God like all other human beings. God Himself explains His existence in Surah (112) Al-Ikhlas in these words, “He is God, the One. God, the Self-sufficient One. He does not give birth, nor was He born, and there is nothing like Him.” May we ask RSS chief, Mohan Bhagwat, is Ram Mandir the panacea for all our ills, or do we mention it to divert our people’s attention from the burning problems faced by us? The burning question is: after building the Ram Mandir, in what name shall the contractors of Hindutva receive contributions from foreign countries? Or, in whose name shall they ask votes to continue to rule?
Dr. S. R. Khan, Aliganj,
The facts and figures presented by Dr. Javed Jamil alongside his observations that he made in his recent address on “Westernism” (as compiled by Jamilur Rahman, MG, 1-15 Dec, 2015, page 3) were very informative and also worth pondering over. He deserves all praise and appreciation for this. Concurring fully with the learned speaker’s views, I feel that not only Muslims but every informed individual, who believes in the essential human values including the principle of peaceful co-existence, and practices them honestly, should realise the necessity of starting a peaceful and sustained social movement against westernism, and be a part of it. Such a movement- by way of effectively creating a mass awareness vis-à-vis the despotic and cunning ways westernism adopts for sustaining its luxurious lifestyle that comprises of extreme material indulgence requiring huge resources from indigenous or external sources, and by way of countering and overpowering these wicked propensities with courage and determination, would probably ensure the establishment of a just and peaceful world order, while eliminating terrorism of all shades and colours in the process.
Bhopal, M. P.
The ISIS will be annihilated by “Anonymous”
The Islamic State (ISIS), responsible for attacks that caused at least 130 dead and 350 injured in Paris and more than 27 dead in Mali, owes much of its power to the propaganda creativity in social networks. Against the “cyberpower” of the Islamic State, the Hacking Collective Anonymous has posted a video in which it declares Total War on ISIS. In the video, a man hidden behind the popular mask of Guy Fawkes, the particular distinction of “Anonymous”, announced a “massive action”, “the biggestever” taken against the Islamic state. “Anonymous”says in the video that France and Mali “are stronger” than the terrorists, and they will be “even stronger” after the attacks. “Anonymous activists from all over the world will hunt you down,” says the spokesperson for the group of “hackers”. “You must know that we will find you and we will never let up,” he added. It is not the first time that “Anonymous” is chasing terrorists. A few months ago, after the attacks against the French satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo”, the group announced that it would take action against Al Qaeda. “Operation Paris” (#OpParis) announced by “Anonymous” against the Islamic State intends to use all its power against terrorists, but it will not be easy. Not surprisingly, the Islamic State, whose tentacles on the Net are many and varied, move easily over the Internet. It has been discovered the first forum of Islamic State propaganda in the so-called “Dark Web”, where they published a video with the celebration of the attacks in Paris and Mali. The Dark Web works as a hub for locating other forums, Twitter accounts, websites and chat rooms for spreading ISIS propaganda. In the last year the Cyber Caliphate, online faction of the Islamic State, has attacked Twitter and Facebook accounts, intelligence, political leaders and the media. It even interrupted emissions of TV5Monde television for several hours .
Clemente Ferrerro, Madrid, Spain
The excellent martyr of our nation Tipu Sultan’s birth anniversary function is unfortunately tolerated into the narrow lanes of our dirty politicians whose sacrifice for the sake of our Indias welfare is dragging into the depth of the dark pages of the present history. The first inventor of rocket as well as the freedom fighter with bravest heart is pushed to forget the praiseworthy services among the young generation will never be awareness of the old generation not only in this country but also in the various parts of the globe. The anti hindu image which was the shameful shadow of the martyr which is created by the cruel and cunning minded ‘historians’ should be wiped without any further dusts by the genine aurators and authors of the historical teachers. Actually we should thank the state government of Karnataka for their esteemed efforts to make the Tipus birth anniversary function with successful manner. The anti social elements efforts should be demolished in the budding stage itself.
Haji A. M. K. M. Anwardeen, Tamil Nadu
Brahminical Rejection of Indian Constitution
Indian constitution has been rejected by Brahimin stalwarts right from its inception under the undeclared counts out of which are i. the constitution is secular but RSS has no faith in secularism, ii. Equality, fraternity and freedom in various fields for every citizen, ii. The constitution was drafted under the chairmanship f Dr. Babasheb Ambedkar coming from backward class which never recognised by Brahminical class of India is allergic to Brahimins and hatred by the upper section of the Indian Society not treating them even human being. This is the reason why RSS is against the Indian constitution.
Faheemuddin, Nagpur - 13
Ram Mandir at what cost?
Ram mandir is again in the news. Who can prevent you from building the same? You can build a grand Ram Mandir at Ayodhya, Delhi or any other place in India. But, how is it justified to build a mandir by demolishing an ancient masjid, claiming it was an old mandir or birth-place of Rama? Beware that if a grand mandir is built here in North-India, a Ravan mandir would be built in the South, because in the south Rawan is worshipped as a god. The famous advocate, Ram Jethmalani, said Ram had no existence in India, he only existed in people’s minds. If by Ram it is meant the son of Dashrath, then he can’t be a god, because he was brought into existence by God like all other human beings. God Himself explains His existence in surah (112) Al-Ikhlas in these words, “He is God, the One. God, the Self-sufficient One. He does not give birth, nor was He born, and there is nothing like Him.” May we ask RSS chief, Mohan Bhagwat, is Ram Mandir the panacea for all our ills, or do we mention it to divert our people’s attention from the burning problems faced by us? The burning question is: after building the Ram Mandir, in what name shall the contractors of Hindutva receive contributions from foreign countries? Or, in whose name shall they ask votes to continue to rule?
Dr. S. R. Khan, Aliganj, Lucknow.
I read your reply you given to s. m. pasha on page opinion/letters of date 16-30 November. you said Muhsin khan-hilali translation is worst.. so can u please give some refrence regarding them.
MG: This is my personal opinion after reading this translation many times in the past. Therefore, I stopped using it at all long ago. (Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan)
Defence of Life
The company Ikea has launched an advertising campaign on an international level, which promotes life. The campaign shows an oriental marriage, eagerly expecting their first child, the first life. It shows the joy of parenthood. After the first, the second child was born and so on. The ad shows the intensity of tenderness of the fathers to their children. The Formula 1 racer Fernando Alonso, continues as Santander Bank prescriber Also, Cristiano Ronaldo announces the Portuguese financial institution Banco Espírito Santo, and Leo Mesi the Adidas sneakers. Bertin Osborne, in the twilight of his artistic life, agrees to lend her image to any type of advertising: for example, an ad for the installation of a special shower. Moreover, the company PUBLIMEDIA, which manages the advertising announced in the buses of the Municipal Transport Company of Madrid, vetoed a campaign of the American Association ‘Catholics for Choice’. This group, which advocates abortion and condom use, planned to launch an outdoor advertising campaign under the slogan “We believe in God, we believe that sex is sacred, we believe in taking care of each other and believe in the use of condoms”. PUBLIMEDIA decided to veto the campaign because it might be “offensive”. The company assessed that the content may “offend the sensibilities of a significant part of the population”. Former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina (who now plays for SSC Napoli), was engulfed in the storm following an advertising by the multinational insurance for Groupama, in which he represented a farce about an African tribe. The British NGO Operation Black Vote rejected the spot. The insurance company excluded this ad from various TV channels, according to The Guardian. Ryanair’s chief says he will not desist from using images of young hostesses for promotional activities such as the calendar of the company, although the latest announcement was censured by the ASA. The same ad will reappear next year. The tennis player Rafa Nadal was one of the two interpreters of the special issue of Sports Illustrated on swimsuits. He shared the photo shoot, somewhat erotic, with Israeli model Bar Refaeli. Finally, the ad starring David Beckham for H & M was shown to promote this multinational clothing company in the Super Bowl. The value of the ad lies in its protagonist, parading in underwear, to announce a new line. A shameful display. It is necessary to provide better publicity, which together with the image of solidity, safety and reliability, will spread more and better creative imagination but not manipulate the consumer with voluptuous advertising campaigns.
Clemente Ferrer, Madrid, Spain
Open Letter to the UN Secretary General
Sir, It is known to all that mocking at the Preachers-Prophets and Messengers-of religion is the worst crime in the world but, even then, some anti-social elements often pass derogatory remarks against them. Kamlesh Tiwari, the working president of Hindu Mahasabha, has recently passed a derogatory remark-the remark neither can be written with pen nor can be expressed by the tongue-against our Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him) that has provoked nation-wide protests. On account of nation-wide protests he has been arrested under-an Indian Act-National Security Act (NSA) and is behind bars. In September 2005 twelve caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) were drawn and published in a Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, in the name of freedom of press and freedom of expression, to insult and disgrace him (peace be on him) and to hurt Muslim sentiments. Danish cartoons provoked world-wide protests and ended in lives and properties loss. After the world-wide reaction over the cartoons the representatives of United Nations and the European Union expressed alarm over the global Muslim fury against the cartoons and urged restraint and dialogue and said: “We are deeply alarmed at the percussions of the publication in Denmark several months ago of insulting caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad and their subsequent republication by some other European newspapers and violent acts that have occured in reaction to them.” Because of the repeated publications of the caricatures and passing of derogatory remarks against the Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him), we Indian Muslims urge you to make an International Law to curb such heinous crimes in future.
Dr Noorul Hasan, Maunath Bhanjan (U. P.)
VP right over auto-expulsion of disruptive MPs
It refers to Vice President Hamid Ansari rightly suggesting at Business Advisory Committee of Rajya Sabha for auto-expulsion of disruptive members in the Parliament, following critical remarks by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for chairperson of the Rajya Sabha also responsible for not taking adequate steps to check disruptions. It may be recalled that the then Vice President M Hidayutullah once became so emotional so as to immediately leave the House with tears in eyes perhaps to sign his resignation letter when he was termed like a Headmaster by a Rajya Sabha member during proceedings of the House on his trying to control unruly members. However sensing such a situation, some responsible members rushed to his chamber for not taking any such step. However permanent remedy is to abolish Parliamentary immunity so that unruly behaviour and criminal activities of Parliamentarians may be challenged in courts. JMM Parliamentarians were acquitted by Supreme Court because their bribed act of voting in favour of the then government was considered immunised being done during Parliamentary proceedings. Parliamentarian Rajesh Manjhi escaped with a minor punishment of expulsion for a month’s sittings of Lok Sabha for a serious unpardonable crime of taking his girl-friend in name of his wife in a Parliamentary delegation. Parliamentarians detected for having filed fake air-tickets for availing reimbursement for Leave Travel Concession (LTC), escaped by putting blame on their personal staff for the big fraud even though documents for getting LTC amount reimbursed were signed by those Parliamentarians. No action taken against a Parliamentarian tearing copy of Women Reservation Bill despite big majority in support of the bill, proves that political parties exhibiting public support for the bill do not want in practically passage of the bill.
Subhash Chandra Agrawal, Delhi 110006
We are governed by an ineffective Parliament
Unfortunately India has a Parliament based on ‘Rajneeti’, a tailor-stitched system ‘for the politicians, by the politicians and of the politicians’ rather than based on ‘Lokneeti’, an ideal system which would be ‘for the people, by the people and of the people’ as visualised by our great constitution-makers when the most dreaded hard-core criminal in the infamous 16/12 rape-murder Nirbhaya-case would be freed on 20.12.2015 because our great Parliament could not timely amend the legislation to timely bring down juvenile-age from present 18 years to 16 years. Even central government failed in its duty to bring an ordinance on the issue because of ineffectiveness of Indian Parliament in this regard. India must not be led by self-termed human-rights activists who cry for abolition of death-penalty which is a must to act as a deterrent against crimes requiring death- penalty. Rather further strict measures should be taken like to decide mercy-petitions in a time-bound period followed by time-bound execution with no provision to approach courts after rejection of mercy-petitions. Now the juvenile-culprit of 16/12 episode will roam free with added courage to commit more such crimes because of our outdated Juvenile Act. Gravity of crime rather than only age of the criminal should be the deciding factor for punishment. With maturity coming much earlier now-a-days than before, juvenile-age must be reduced with retrospective effect so that the fifth accused of 16/12 gang-rape may also get justice through death he deserves the most.
Subhash Chandra Agrawal, Chandni Chowk,
"ISIS terrorist org does not exist in India"
Unquote:Wish to bring to your kind notice that these fascist forces have an inclination towards creating disturbance/s in the name of ISIS to prove their point of view and also to create an emergency like situation to achieve their sinister designs. Pray, ALLAH (swt) save us all Muslimin from the sinister designs of these divisive forces:
Sam - firstname.lastname@example.org
(Comment on MG website)