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Community Round-Up

Millath Relief Trust Formed
Bangalore



Several organisations have come together to form the Millath Relief Trust with the objective of ‘making a quick response to natural calamities or emergency situations’. Jamaat –e- Islami Hind and Jamiatul Ulema- e- Hind, besides functionaries of other organisations and several ulema and social workers have been taken on board.


Addressing a press confer-ence on May 9, President Noor Ahmed Mecci said the presence of a body for handling emergencies, would expedite relief and rehabilitation work. He said the experience of work in tsunami, Gujarat earthquake, Cauvery related riots shows that much time is lost in organising people and relief material. He said a ready corpus of funds and a body of reputed social workers would reduce time taken in decision making. The pressmen were told that the Trust has developed key definitions such as incident, emergency and disaster and have adopted four phases of crisis management.Dr. Taha Matheen is the general secretary of the Trust.


Address: Millath Relief Trust, Darus Suroor, 43-Dickenson Road, Bangalore-560043. Ph: Treasurer, Danyal Kazi, 98451-86272, Secretary, Mohammed Ali Shariff, 98803-65936.

Document Released by Forum
Cochin



Forum for Faith and Fraternity, a Muslim cultural organisation comprises profe-ssionals, academicians and businessmen. The Forum attempts to broaden secular vision, enhance moral and social consciousness and encourage a meaningful dialogue with other communities and religions to develop mutual under-standing and respect. In response to the public invitation by the High Level Committee under the chairmanship of Justice Rajindar Sachar, a working group including representatives from the Forum under the leadership of Prof M. Bahavuddin (former Pro. Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University), was formed to prepare a data based indepth study on all matters specified in the terms of reference of the High Level Committee. It was presented to the Committee in November 2005. Now this study, edited by Dr K.K. Usman, Forum Secretary is being published in the form of a book and is scheduled to be released by Justice K.A. Abdul Ghafoor of High Court of Kerala. For more details contact: Forum for Faith and Fraternity, Kaloor, Cochin-17. Ph: 0484-5529815. Email: fffkochi@yahoo.com

BJP Document terms Muslims as “Ruffians”
By Andalib Akhter
New Delhi


“Muslims of the country are goondas, ruffians, thugs and hoodlums”… this is according to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as quoted in its sixth volume of the ‘Party document’, which gives details of the birth of the Bhartiya Jan Sangh between 1952 and 1980. This has been stated by party ideologue, Deen Dayal Upadhaya describing Muslims as “ goondas, ruffians thugs and hoodlums”. The book authored by saffron historian, Makhan Lal and senior BJP leader, J P Mathur also claims that “atrocities committed by Muslims against Hindus were responsible for the rise of the RSS. It also spoke of the “advent of Gandhi and Muslims appeasement”.


The foreword of the book is written by the then BJP president, L K Advani. It states: “As a major political party, the BJP is accountable to the people, to students and scholars, and to history for providing an official account of the evolution of the party. The footprints of the evolution of the party may be seen in these documents…”


The controversial volume starts with an attack on the “elite and educated class of the Muslim”, who according to the authors “do not think that they have anything to do with the Vedas, Upanishads, the Ramayana, the Mahabharta and so on. It states, ‘there is absolutely no doubt that the first war of independence (1857) was initiated and led largely by the Hindus, but credit must be given to Syed Ahmad khan for creating and institutionalising the myth that Muslims were its sole victims.

British MP advises Indian Muslims
New Delhi


The British minority Member of Parliament, Lord Adam Patel has said that education is a must for socio economic and political upliftment of any community. During his recent visit to New Delhi, he asked Indian Muslims to get education at all cost. He said that in the UK, Muslims have equal opportunities and they are progressing, while joining in the national mainstream. He informed that there were 11 Muslim MPs in the British Parliament, while over 50 Muslim officers are working in foreign and interior ministries of Britain.

Fresh Survey of Waqf Properties
New Delhi


Minister for Minority Affairs, A. R. Antulay has confirmed that a fresh survey of Wakf properties is being conducted by 26 state governments. In a reply in Lok Sabha, he said that according to the latest available data, 3,09,307 Waqf properties were registered with various Waqf Boards. Wakf properties as well as income from them is used for charitable purposes such as schools, hospitals, pension to widows and scholarship to poor students.

Career Expo-2006
Mumbai


MESCO, is a registered public Trust working for the marginalised sections of society for the last 38 years, in the areas of education, medical assistance and poverty relief, without distinction of caste, creed and race. MESCO organised a 3-day Career Expo-2006 from 26 to 28 May, 2006 at Anjuman Islam Girls High School and Junior College, in Mumbai. The programme showcased different careers, through lectures by eminent educa-tionists and counsellors who addressed the students on different aspects of courses of studies and other relevant topics. For more details, contact Aziz Humji, PRO, email:mescotrust@ vsnl.com

NGO launches Website
Pune


The Muslim Samaj Prabodhan Sanstha has launched its website which can be accessed at www.mspstrust.com. The Sanstha began its work in 1986 from a locality of underprivileged people, Sayyad-nagar and gradually set up nine institutions in and around Pune including a state-of-the-art children’s home christened as Samina Iqbal Aashiyana Orphanage with 52 girl inmates. Mrs. A. A. Mulla, a school teacher is the moving spirit behind the institution. More details can be had from MSPS Trust, 74-Sayyadnagar, Hadapsar, Pune-411028, Ph. 020-28970044, 25123701, Mobile: 98230-49429, e-mail: mspspune@yahoo.com