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New Eidgah in Mysore
The city of Mysore got a new Eidgah on Eid-ul- Fitr. The 26-acre Eidgah in Rajivnagar Third Stage, fulfils a longstanding need of the Mysore Muslims who had just one central Eidgah at Tilaknagar on a vast patch of land gifted by munificent Mysore Maharajas. The Al-Huda Welfare Trust mobilised funds from the common folk to purchase the revenue land overlooking a canal, a little away from the newly laid Ring Road around the City and is located nearly nine kms, east of Tilaknagar Eidgah. Over 25,000 Muslims joined the congregational prayers for Eid-ul Fitr on November 15. The prayers were led by Mufti Salman who appealed for raising the fences on the boundaries and setting up facilities for wuzu, parking, planting of trees etc. A portion of the land is being designated for a burial ground. Minister Tanveer Sait who is the MLA from the Narasimharaja constitutency in the city, was also present. His father, legendary Aziz Sait initiated the move for the new Eidgah.

Of the nearly one million people in Mysore, Muslims constitute nearly 20 per cent. Of late, influx of rural Muslim population has led to disorderly growth of Muslim mohallas towards the east of the city. Shanties abound and private housing layouts lack basic civic facilities such as water supply, schools, playgrounds and parks. Lack of social spaces has often been felt severely. However, late Aziz Sait’s effort saw the completion of Beediworkers’ township at Kalyangiri with 1000 housing units.
Seminar on Muslim Entreprenuership
The Centre for Promotion of Educational and Cultural Advancement of Muslims of India (CEPECAMI) will organise a seminar on ‘Muslim Artisans, Craftspersons and Traders: Issues in Entreprenuership’ on February 21 and 22, 2005 at Aligarh Muslim University. CEPECAMI is a statutory body under the constitution of the AMU and initiates measures to promote educational and cultural interests of Indian Muslims. Those interested in presenting papers can contact Dr. Abdul Waheed, Director, CEPECAMI, B-2 Nazir Ahmed Road, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh-202002. Phone: 0571-2700920 ext. 1347 or Res. 0571-2700873.
Chennai Convention Centre Opened
The BSA Crescent Engineering College commissioned its Convention Centre at its Seethakathi Estate Campus at Vandalur in the outskirts of the City on November 25.

The Convention Centre has a 1500 seating capacity and was constructed at a cost of Rs. 7 crore. Mr. B. S. Abdur Rahman, president of the All India Islamic Foundation , the parent body of the College opened the center while Mr. Justice F. M. Ibrahim Kalifullah, judge of the Madras High Court presided over the function.
Falah Launches Mobile Clinic
The Jamiyathul Falah here has started a mobile clinic in the district. The clinic was inaugurated in October and has so far visited two villages. Two doctors from the Kasturba Medical College at Manipal, accompany the ambulance-turned-clinic and conduct diagnosis and disburse free medicine. Nearly 125 patients consulted the clinic in the initial two rounds. According to Jamiyatul Falah President of Udupi district, Mohammad Kalimullah, the mobile clinic would be undertaking visits to two villages every week after Ramadan. Jamiyatul Falah runs several schools and welfare centers in the coastal districts of Karnataka.
Eid Milan Party at Najmussahar

After Eid, it was Eid Milan Lunch party at Najmussahar Girls High School.

Known for its humanitarian approach towards its students, where Islamic values are taught along with other subjects, the Eid Milan was a refreshing change for the girls of 8th, 9th and 10th classes who attend this school from Tannery Road and the other surrounding areas. The school under the new Management has introduced good programmes focusing on the health of the students. Apart from medical facilities, school fees, books and uniforms are provided to the deserving young girls by the Management, and the Counselling programme for the students has been very helpful. Soon a new school building will be constructed to provide a more spacious environment to the students. Mrs Hasnath Mansoor, social activist, with 35 years of teaching experience spoke to the students on the importance of education at the Eid Milan gathering at the school. The lunch was sponsored by Rabia Yusuf of Zakariya Caterers and other arrangements by Nadeem Arif of Saleh Ahmed. For further details, contact : Najmussahar Girls High School. Ph:080-23537246.
US CopObserves Fast
San Jose (California)
Robb Davis, the City Police chief in this city of a million people has been observing fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan for the last 10 years. According to the local daily, San Jose Mercury News, Davis said he keeps fast in order to identify with the Muslim minority people living under his jurisdiction and to respect their sentiments. He said, as the police chief, it is his duty to know all the people he is supposed to serve, not merely the majority. The Urdu news bulletin of the US embassy in New Delhi which carried this news, quoting the Mercury News said, Robb Davis took his iftar every day with a local resident Muslim family. It said San Jose has a large Muslim population of Indian origin.
Anti- Communal Riots Law
By Andalib Akhter
New Delhi
With a view of checking recurrence of communal violence in the country, the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre has decided to bring a specific law to curb the menace. In fact, the ministry of home affairs has already prepared a draft for ‘anti- communal riots law’. The draft has been sent to the law ministry for legal suggestions and amendments. According to the sources in the home ministry, if the draft is transformed into a law, communal violence could be a thing of past in the country. Some important points in the draft are:

1- The central government would take the responsibility of the law and order situation of the riot effected area. As the riots break out, the state police will have no role to play. A special battalion of the centre will be deployed immediately in the affected area.

2- Police and the CBI will not probe into the riots, rather an independent agency would be formulated to enquire into all aspects of the violence.

3- The Centre would provide proper compensation to the riot victims and impose penalty on rioters in a bunch or at individual level so that people could not get away after committing crime.

4- There should be an amendment in the law to give life imprisonment to the rioters.

5- Special measures should be taken in sensitive areas to prevent any kind of violence in advance.

6- In the draft there is also a provision to punish SP, DM and top officials and police inspectors of the area where the riots take place.
National Seminar by IEM (India)
Abdullah Salman
Islamic Education Movement (India), an initiative by Shifaa Hospital is organising a two-day National Seminar on “ Present Day Education in Spiritual-Environment-Need of the hour” on December 11th and 12th, 2004. While the conference will be held at Shifaa Auditorium, Shifaa Hospital Complex, Dar-us-Salam, Queen’s Road, Bangalore, 52, participants will be exposed to a range of topics by eminent speakers. The different sessions spread over the two days will cover Islamic history, contribution of Muslims to Science, Muslim-managed schools, HR Development and many other interesting topics. An Exhibition on the theme of the conference is also on the cards. Get in touch for more details with Abdullah Salman on Ph: 080-56908211, or Syed Amjad on Ph:22207661, 22207662, Mobile:9341251559,
Personal Law Board Meeting Postponed
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board has cancelled its session to be held in Manjeri in Kerala’s Malappuram district from December 24. Board general secretary, Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas said the local reception committee expressed its inability to hold the meeting in Kerala. The meeting stands postponed and the Board would announce an alternative venue in due course.

The differences that have surfaced within the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) over a scandal involving a party minister in the United Democratic Front (UDF) Government has apparently led to the postponement of the meeting. Though Dr. Ilyas avoided linking the scandal to the postponement decision, it seems the confusion reigning within the divided IUML made the Board to opt for it.

The Board was to debate two crucial issues in the meeting. First the issue of three talaaqs in a row which a section of ulema consider arbitrary and thereby fit for annulment. Secondly, the issue of birth control which created a controversy in the wake of two contrary views being voiced by two sections of the ulema.
Initiative by Cheraman Mosque
On a Friday, during the holy month of Ramadan, the two Imams of Cheraman Juma-Masjid, Jamal Moulavi Alkousari and Anas Al Hasani initiated 11 children belonging to the majority community into the world of Malayalam alphabets after writing ‘Alif’, inside the Mosque.The Imams said even though there is no such practice in Islam, they wanted to respect the sentiments and request of their Hindu brothers as in the previous year.

Jamaat's Campaign on Human Rights
Mr Atharullah Shariff
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) offers the nation a message of revival of life!. The suppression of human rights is a grave crime and to generate awareness and stir the conscience of the people, the Jamaat has taken up a ten-day campaign from December 3-12, 2004 ,of upholding human rights in Indian Context, with the slogan-” Uphold Human Dignity.” According to Atharullah Shariff, Deputy Chief- JIH (Karnataka and Goa), materialism, ignorance and general apathy has led to violation of human rights and those affected are mainly the downtrodden and the minorities. The campaign will focus on the rights of Dalits, minorities (Muslims), women, children and violation of rights by government agencies. The Karnataka and Goa zone of the Jamaat will strive to deliver the message to 15 crore people, arrange public meetings, door- to- door campaign, sermons in mosques, press conferences, getting together over 10,000 women activists, and many other activities. The Students Islamic Organisation and the Girls Islamic Organisation of the Jamaat will be part of this campaign. For further details, get in touch with Mr Atharullah Shariff, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Karnataka & Goa Zone, Shanti Sadan, No 52, 2nd Main, 1st block, R.T. Nagar, Bangalore-560032, Ph: 23432273,
Inter-Religious Meet on HIV/ AIDS
New Delhi
Religious leaders from across South Asia converged at the Jamia Millia Islamia for a three-day conference recently to thrash out ways to use their influence in countering the HIV-AIDS threat in the region. Besides UNICEF and UNAIDS, 24 representatives of the major religions in South Asia participated in the three -day, “South Asia Inter-religious Council on HIV/AIDS’’.

The conference aims at promoting networking among religious leaders working towards combating HIV/AIDS.