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Hindu Girl Tries to Memorise Qur'an
By Faizan Ahmad
Khagaul (Patna)

Nine-Year-Old Wants to become A Hafiz

When she goes to Madrassa Madinatul Uloom close to her home, she is blessed by her parents who want her to read and recite the holy Qur’an.

Dilip Choudhary and Urmila Devi have a unique desire that their nine years old daughter Hemlata memories the Qur’an and becomes a hafiz (one who memories all the 30 Paras (Chapters) of the holy book, word by word and can correctly recite the same without looking at it).

Hemlata’s seven year old brother Ashish Vidyarthi accompanies her to the Madrassa in Jama Masjid, Badi Khagaul, and reads Urdu as a prelude to switching over to Arabic.

“This is something very strange…. Really unique,” said onlookers at the Masjid on Saturday evening at a function when Hemlata came on the dais to recite the first Surah of Qur’an.

Choudhary a railway employee, said, “I wished that my children should read Urdu and Arabic. When she was reading Urdu, I thought she should also read the Qur’an.” Mother Urmila Devi said she felt very happy by her daughter is reciting the Qur’an.

“I love reading the Qur’an and want to memorise it,” says Hemlata, a student of class IV in Progressive Public High School at Khagaul. Her brother Ashish, is a student of class 1 there.

Has any Non-Muslim ever memorized the Qur’an? Local Islamic scholars don’t think so. Hafiz Mohammad Alam Qasmi, local imam, said there was no restriction on anybody reading the Qur’an, but Non-Muslims usually don’t wish to memorise it. He quoted Surah Al-Qamar where in Allah says, “And we have indeed made the Qur’an easy to understand and remember.”

Donation for a Cause
By Staff writer

25,000 Emperor Shah Jahan Coins Donated to Mumbai University

A 1.1 kg gold coin minted by Emperor Shah Jahan, is now the property of the University of Mumbai. It’s as large as a quarter plates. Made of solid gold this is solo masterpiece.

This coin and 25,000 other heritage coins, currency notes, seals and medals from countries all over the world constitute Mumbai stock broker Dinesh Mody’s priceless private collection was recently donated to the University for Use in its new master’s degree in numismatics and archaeology.

The Shah Jahan coin dates back to the era between 1628 and 1658, when he ran the empire after Jahangir. In the 1980s, it was auctioned in London, when Mody bought it for a small fortune. But between the 17th and 20th centuries, the coin travelled widely, and thereby hangs a fascinating tale.

The story goes that the massive coin was issued to placate the Khalifa, the head of the Muslim sect. Islamic kings were forbidden from issuing coins with Kalima (aayat from the Koran) or images of humans or other living beings. However, Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan frequently issued coins engraved with birds, animals and their own visages. When the Khalifa, who migrated from Baghdad to Morocco, learnt of this practice, he sent out a stern warning to Shah Jahan that if he continued in this vainglorious manner, he would be excommunicated.

Dilip Rajgor, a scholar and the author of several books on numismatics, says that the missive had its desired effect on the emperor. ‘‘He did not eat for a day and then one of his advisors came up with a solution, which was to mint a large coin from pure gold and call it Shahenshah,’’ said Rajgor. The coin was sent to the Khalifa with a message that read‘‘the Shahenshah (Emperor) is asking for forgiveness’’. On it was inscribed in Persian, ‘‘There is only one God, and he is Allah, and Mohammed is his Prophet.’’

Whether it was tombs or coins, Shah Jahan evidently liked to do things with a splash. The Khalifa’s daughter, who married an Afghan prince, took this coin with her. The couple’s daughter married the prince of Bahawalpur and the coin was sent with her as dowry.


Rajab is the seventh month of the Islamic calendar. When the moon of Rajab was sighted Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) used to read the following Dua:

“Oh Allah! grant us blessings in the month of Rajab and Shábaan, and take us forth to the month of Ramadhaan.”

This Dua should be recited regularly in the month of Rajab and Shabaan.

Whilst the arrival of Ramadaan is certain, no person is guaranteed reaching Ramadaan. Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) would express his eagerness to be blessed with the month of Ramadaan from Rajab. We should therefore become more inclined towards virtuous deeds and Ibadat in these months.

Rajab and Shabaan are the stepping stones to Ramadaan. Concerted effort and consistent preparations should commence with immediate effect. All acts of futility should be strictly abandoned. It has been said that Rajab is the month to sow seeds (good actions), Shabaan is the month in which we should water those seeds (with tears of remorse) and Ramadaan is the month in which we reap the harvest.

May Allah Ta’ala let us all reach Ramadaan and grant us the ability to spend it in a manner that is most pleasing to Him. Aameen.