Islamic Voice
Safar 1422H
May 2001
Volume 15-05 No:173

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READER'S COMMENTS


Relations with Muslim World
AP's 'Roshini' Programme
Free Muslims of India
Co-ordination between Muslims
Appreciable
Appeal

Relations with Muslim World

Recently the government seems to have taken a remarkable shift in its foreign policy. In pursuance of it Mr. Jaswant Signh visited Muslims countries of Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Iran. Mr. Vajpayee’s recent visit to Iran and several economic and political agreements with Tehran will certainly bring many valuable results.

In fact the Muslim population in the world numbering about a billion and about 60 Muslim countries are the things to be reckoned with. India would certainly do well to have amicable and cordial relations with them. Most of the Muslim Countries surrounding India are having very good petroleum resources which, unfortunately India lacks at present. Our friendship with these nations would be helpful in enhancing our trade relations with them.

While improving our relations with the Muslim world we must be pragmatic and quite farsighted. After the Second World War having acquired independence from the European colonial powers the great change has occurred in the thinking and the social practices of these countries. They have now thrown out the western culture and ideologies from their native lands. They are now returning back to their original Islamic faith and culture, which unfortunately the western countries and India also consider as a sign of obscurantism which is now being dubbed as fundamentalism. Indian government should see the ideological shift coming about in Muslim Countries in true perspective. They being ignorant of Islamic ideology and faith are unable to properly assess the thinking of present Muslim generation. These aspects require deep examination of the Islamic ideology. For this purpose Indian government should do good homework before finalising its policy vis-avis Muslim countries.

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AP's 'Roshini' Programme

This is with reference to your editorial and newsitem in April issue of Islamic Voice. The ground realities in Andhra Pradesh do not match with the loud claims being made by the Telugu Desam Party government. News report speaks about how true is the love of the Chandrababu Naidu government for minority communities? Angered over the delay in the release of funds meant for the development of minorities, Muslim organizations held a dharna in Guntur on March 24 under the banner of Andhra Pradesh Muslim United Front (MUF). The 'Roshni' has not brought light into the lives of thousands of poor Muslim families even three years after it was launched amidst much fanfare by the CM. Only 30 per cent of the eligible beneficiaries have thus far received their due. Only 20 per cent of the eligible applicants of pre and post-Matric scholarships for minority students were paid scholarships till a week before the close of current financial year. In Guntur district alone of the Rs 28 lakh allocated for the purpose, only Rs 6 lakh had been disbursed. According to the MUF, the government had allocated Rs 37 crore in last year's (2000-2001) budget for minorities welfare and development. Only one-third of the amount was released. With the closure of the financial year, the amount gets lapsed. In the case of minorities Finance Corporation only Rs 2.5 crore was released against the budgetary allocation of Rs 17.5 crore. I hope your reporters would file realistic reports about the situation.

Naseer Ahamed, naseerahamed@yahoo.com

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Free Muslims of India

I must begin with saying that I have grown up with Muslims since a kid and respect their strictness in following their religion. But then there are so many double standards and a backward way of thinking among Muslims which is not found in any other religion. Muslims have them deep down their hearts, but are scared of telling them due to the fanatics. And Muslims in India do not realize the fact that people from their own community are not treated as first class citizens in Pakistan which is rather a joke considering how easily they live in India while they are called Mohajir or Indians. While the Muslims in India are not only loyal to the county but cry about being given proper rights. While other Muslim countries Hindus cannot even open a temple or take a picture of their gods.

Gaurav Singh, Gaurav100@hotmail.com

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Co-ordination between Muslims

Your work really co-ordinates different Muslim organizations all over the world. Go on. May Allah bless you. Please try to give more importance to ordinary letter i.e., non e-mail letters.

K. M. Haris, hariskm@eth.net

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Appreciable

The first time I visited this site and it's really appreciable. This is great job you people are doing. Really people are benefiting through your work. May Allah guide and help you all the way.

Abid Israel, abidisrail@yahoo.com

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Appeal

Al-Mifzal Educational and Welfare Trust has taken up the task of buying a place for burial ground, and also to build a mosque and a madrasa in the newly developed extensions of the city of Bangalore. The trust has already negotiated for a piece of land in a central place, and an advance amount have also been paid for the same. The trust hopes to take possession of the said land shortly. In this regard the trust appeals for donations. Donors may kindly send in their contributions in favour of
Al-Mifzal Educational and Welfare Trust

402-D, 5th Cross, 5th Main, 2nd block.
HRBR Layout, Kammanahalli
Bangalore: 560 043.

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