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MG I felt very happy to see your paper on the stands. I was introduced to it by one of my friends. After buying this paper, I conveyed this message to my friends. I gave this paper to some friends as well as to some teachers. I requested the imam of my masjid to convey this message to the masses especially youth so that they can buy it and feel the difference.  In short, it is a wonderful paper with amazing contents. So keep it up. Feroz Paray, Kalampora, Pulwama, J&K II Mubarak for the first colored issue! May Almighty accept the hard work/patience shown by all of you and take MG to even greater heights. Amin. Please convey our best wishes to everyone involved in MG. Nayyar Iqbal Khan, Dubai, UAE (via email) III I must say that I greatly admire you. Not only is your paper well-edited, the fact that you all keep abreast of all news development is also admirable. Kulsum Talha, Lucknow IV Is MG running late? I have not received the present copy of MG. Is it running late?. Please inform me as I am eagerly waiting for it. Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander, Srinagar, J&K Editor: MG is running like a clock, alhamdulillah, since its inception about ten years ago. The problem lies with the postal department which is out of our control. If you do not receive any issue even after two weeks, pl let us know and we will send you a replacement copy. Also please lodge a complaint in writing with your local as well as head postal offices.   Charity Alliance In MG of 16-31 Aug '09 I read about Charity Alliance School and vocational training centre. Kindly accept my hearlist congratulation for this amazing achievement. May Allah (SWT) shower his choccest blessings upon you. You have set an example for eradication of illiteracy and poverty which can he adopted by there who love Ummah.                 Irfanullah, Superintending Engr. (Retd.), Faizabad   Fate of innocent Muslims languishing in jails I recall with great pain, the pathetic story of a prisoner (“Letter from a Tihar jail prisoner”, Milli Gazette, 1-15 May 2009). The writer Ghazi Iqbal Jan has described as to how he was picked up from a hotel in Delhi on fake charges in 2006 and how he is rotting in the jail since then. He also tells about the wretched conditions faced by a large number of Muslims who are said to be in jails for as long as 14 years, many of them on flimsy and fictitious charges. He says that there are countless prisoners locked up in 6X6 cells in inhuman conditions who did not see sky for many years. He appealed to the media and the Muslim community to help the undertrials imprisoned on flimsy grounds to free from the ordeal. I had been under the impression that Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay are the worst incarceration cells in the world. But Ghazis heartrending report has made me to believe that the jails in our country are as worse as them. Incidentally, there is a ray of hope now. Recently Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh spoke in a conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices and expressed concern for the 2.5 lakh undertrial prisoners who are languishing in Indian jails. He openly admitted that many of them have been in jails for periods longer than they would have served had they been sentenced. It is a paradox, that in a country which can take pride in democratic rights such as freedom of speech and freedom of expression the 'real freedom' for a large contingent of human beings is at stake and has become hostage to red-tapism in our courts. After the Prime Ministers rebuke on the sluggishness in the judicial process, the Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan has asked the judicial magistrates to expeditiously identify all cases where undertrials can be released on personal bonds. After the 9/11 incident and the Gujarat carnage, nobody knows as to how many innocent Muslims have been arrested in the country on the charges related to terrorism. In Hyderabad alone there are dozens of Muslim youth who have simply disappeared. The parents are not aware of their whereabouts nor do they know whether they are alive or dead or arrested by the police on any criminal charges and put in jails. Perhaps, Right to Information Act can be availed of, to know the details of the undertrials in all the Indian jails. I sincerely appeal to Dr.Zafarul Islam Khan, editor-in-chief of Milli Gazatte who is also President of All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, to form a consortium of social activists and eminent lawyers, to take up the noble task of rescuing the undertrials who in the words of Dr.Manmohan Singh himself: languishing in jails for periods longer than they would have served had they been sentenced. Syed Sultan Mohiddin, Kadapa   Ban on headscarfs and Muslim leaders I find it extremely distressing to note the silence of the Muslim leadership, particularly of the Muslim Personal Law Board on the ban on headscarfs in colleges in Mangalore and surrounding areas. A girl was recenelty harassed and humiliated by organisations affiliated by the Sangh Parivar (and senior lecturers) for wearing hijab. She was then asked not to attend college. Similar cases have been noticed from colleges in the region, but none publicised. When the controversy raged, a leading newspaper (rather deliberately) highlighted the views of Maulana Wahiduddin Khan in which he shockingly approved of the ban, asked Muslims not to wear hijab, and even passed comments agaist the hijab. As a result, the whole agitation seems to have fizzled out, as non-Muslims supporting the cause seems to have second thoughts. Any reference to the incident also includes Maulana Khan's comments now. We don't expect our mainstream media to interview genuine leaders anyway, and we all know about Maulana Khan's crendentials, but what about the Muslim Law Board's silence? Couldn't they at least have the courage to stand up and speak for what is right? Even a public statement would have sufficed. Is that too much to ask from them? Anwar Mallik   Jamianagar or Juhapura: The same stories of Ghettoisation This refers to the article “Stop Muslim Ghettoisation” by Ather Farouqui (MG, 16-31 July, 2009). As rightly stated by him, the scenario of official apathy and indifference to the Muslim predominated areas in the other parts of the country is common feature, as in case of Jamianagar in Delhi due to communal disturbances, resulting in Ghettoisation during last two decades. For instance, a Juhapura, consisting of erstwhile six to seven Gram Panchayats (now merged with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC)) and having total population of over 3 lakhs is facing similar problems of official apathy like inadequate civic amenities, lack of Government dispensary facilities, migration from rural areas/towns of Gujarat or shifting from the walled city resulting in enormous rising prices of properties. It is irony of the fact that there are inadequate banking facilities in the largely populated area, where only three public sector banks are functioning and providing banking service. Out of three, two banks were opened in the year 2008 after long, persistent and sustained representations to the concerned authorities. Even at present, the ratio of average population per public sector branch in this large populated area is about 100000 as against 13000 and 15000 in the Gujarat State level and All-India level respectively. In fact, there should been opened at least 20 public sector banks as per the criteria of state/national average population per bank. In Ahmedabad city, every nook and corner, the branches of banks have been opened except in this ill-fated and neglected area.  The words like "negative area" or "communally sensitive area" have immensely harmed economically and socially to the residents of Juhapura in mega city of Ahmedabad . Let us hope against hope that the dream of Ather Farouqui for composite culture with its liberal and tolerant outlook may come back and fruits of economic development are enjoyed by all the people irrespective of caste, creed or religion. U.F.MALEK, Ahmedabad   Benefits of fasrting Rozais observed by muslims every year in the month of Ramadan. All Muslims of the world observe fast throughout the month. They fast from dawn to dusk. This self restrain help them to hold their nerves and boost their will power or atma sakti. They feel that they are in the gaze of Allah and they cannot deceive Him. One months restrain makes them perfect to obey the Almighty. They attend five times prayers in the mosques stand in row which enable to feel that there is equality prevailing in their society. In the last prayer they listen verses of Quran and try to understand its message. The Imam who leads the worshippers gets by heart the total chapters of Holy Quran. This business continues for about one hour. The words of Quran strengthen the core belief of the listener. At the time of break fast the rozadars feel enjoyment of the fruits, pakodis, Bhajias cold water etc. The collective iftar and dinner gives the Muslims a sense of brotherhood and collectivity. Muslims exercise control on sleep and sex, intercourse is prohibited during the period of fasting, quarrelling, abusing and fighting is strictly banned. In the last all the Rozadars pay to the poor 2kgs of wheat. Zakat and alms to the downtrodden. The purpose of fast is to experience hunger and thirst as experienced by the weaker section of the society, inorder to help the downtrodden. There is complete code of roza how perfectly the almighty has framed can be referred. The non Muslims also feel the sense of devotion by observing fast along with Muslims. They can also boost their atma sakti by observing fast. And after one complete month they can feel the improvement in their health and their digestive system enhanced. These benefits the Hindus can gain without embracing Islam. Islamic teachings are for all humanity.Whoever practice them he will be benefited. Wisdom lies in accepting the valuable teachings. In the bias of Islam we are blindly accepting western culture. This is more harmful than useful Dr Abdul Hameed Maqdoomi, Gulbarga   Shaheeda-e Hijaab Sherbini How faith-building to know that the Islamic Iran has issued a postage stamp in memory of the Martyred lady who died defending her veil. At the same time how shocking to hear (on Radio Zahedan) that the Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak (?) has ordered that every mail with Sherbini stamp should be sent back to Iran!! How right was Imam Khomeini (Reh) who had said that the Rooh (personality) of our leaders (?) were snatched away by the (Western) institutions in which they had studied!!! Innaa Lillaah… Sultan A Patel, Khanpur Deh-392150   Babri and Congress In the Babri Masjid case, Congress was not just. Narsimha Rao was wearing khaki nicker under his dhoti. He created a special cell in the PMO and made Kishore Kunal (ex-IPS) its head. Now this man is Administrator of Dharmik Nayas Parishad Bihar. In every press meeting or congregation, he speaks about Ram’s birth place denying that any mosque ever existed there. S. Haque, Patna Justice in India A learned guy had once said in an open forum: you are a thief whether you steal one rupee or one crore rupees. But if you steal one rupee and get caught rest assured you will be punished but if you have stolen one crore not only will people not catch you, even if they do, you can use that money to go scot free. An editor has recently written about Kasab, "Perhaps Kasab realises.... as he sits on a comfortable chair in an airconditioned room...' Has he ever visited a courtroom in our country where thousands of litigants waste the best part of their productive life, standing for long hours under an open sky, come rail or hail, waiting for that call from inside a dungeon of a place converted to a courtroom announcing his/her case number? Arundhati Roy had rightly said that in our legal system the process is part of the punishment and it is not only the accused who gets punished thus but also the complainant. Even the Rs 100 crores High Court complex has totally failed to cater to the needs of the ligitants themselves. The court halls are of course spacious, have tiled flooring and elegant furniture for the judges and advocates. But for the litigant all that there is a backrest-less bench at the far end of the hall where the only thing one can do is to sit and sleep because there is no way of knowing what is happening between the judge and the advocates! The judges cry hoarse about shortage of judges but there are plenty of things that they need to do themselves to provide value for money for the tax payer litigant. The number of holidays, the short working hours, the number of cases taken up on any single day, the scheduling of those cases etc, etc. The list is indeed long... And last but not the least, the judges who keep repeating ad nauseum 'be you ever so high, the law is above you' need to do a lot to live up to the other dictum of justice delivery that 'justice should not ony be done but also seen to be done'. P M Ravindran, Aathira, Kalpathy-678003
  Ishrat Jahan’s murder This refers to the enquiry report by the metropolitan magistrate S.P. Tamang, holding the encounter of Ishrat Jahan and three others on the outskirts of Ahmedabad in June 2004 as fake.  For an average Muslim, the verdict comes as a soothing music.  It should be said that, of the four pillars of democracy - it is the Judiciary, which on all times has empathized with religious minorities.  While the legislature has often used religion as a key to come to power, the executive, including the law and order machinery was indisposed to treat the minorities as equal citizens.  About the press and especially the electronic media, the less said, the better.  Its sole motto has become...catching more and more eye balls.   Syed Sultan Mohiddin, Kadapa (A.P.) II The ruling of Ahmedabad Metropolitan Court about Ishrat Jahan and others declaring their killings to be fake encounter brings to mind several past encounters and creates a suspicion that those may have been carried out at the behest of politicians and for the purpose of pleasing their masters. Earlier we have learnt about the wealth accumulated by Daya Nayak, an encounter specialist also. The controversy on Batla House encounter is still fresh in our mind. While talking of encounters, one wonders what happened to Hari Krishna, the eyewitness doctor, in the Ansal Plaza encounter in Delhi? It is high time that the central government appoints a high-level inquiry to get all the deliberate and systematic fake encounters probed. The security of the people and the nation is too important to be the preserve of an individual or a political group. Ruby Naushad, Koramangla, Bangalore - 560 047 III The Magisterial enquiry, which is mandatory in every encounter case (ironically which was never done in the Batla House encounter) has finally termed Ishrat Jahan's killing as a fake encounter on 7 September in a metropolitan court. It is not a matter of surprise for us as to know that how Ishrat Jahan was killed was nothing but in cold blood. Perhaps one will also agree that such things are happening in Gujarat under Modi. The famous case of Shohrabuddin also falls into this category. Unfortunately, in India, things had been happening in this fashion, some handful of police officers perpetrate such crime in broad daylight just to appease some filthy minded and communal politicians like Modi etc. Its ironic though, that despite all hue and cry made on people like Modi, hardly anything is done against him. Even the recent mayhem in the BJP disclosed, how much deep is the hand of Modi dipped in the blood of innocent people butchered in the 2002 Gujrat riots. If we remember the recent interview of Mr. Arun Shorie, it would reveal, how disturbed was Mr. Vajpayee, and he really wanted to do something, but thanks to the pressure within or whatever, nothing came out of this. Its high time, that the Indian judiciary should act against the culprits as no one is above the law despite how powerful he or she stands anywhere. Md Ziyaullah Khan, New Delhi
IV The Ishrat Jahan story released in June 2004 itself has raised many doubts about its veracity in the minds of one and all. Now it has taken a little more than five years for the truth to be unveiled. When the victim were not captured alive, how come they knew that the victims belonged to any particular organisation or about the mission they embarked upon. It is heart-rending to know that a group of some selfish people could commit such a heinous crime for the petty gains and clearly it had the backing of the ruler who does not feel ashamed even at the ruthless killing of around 2000 people and who has been proud of killing another innocent victim of fake encounter Sohrabuddin. A poor innocent girl has been picked and not only ruthlessly killed but some strangers' names have been attributed as her companions only to tarnish her image.The 2002 riots have also been mentioned just to make the story appear true. When the truth has been unravelled, can it at least now be expected that justice will be delivered at the earliest and not in many many years.      K.Malikul Azeez,Chennai-12