Why Not Simply Change the Constitution?
Drastic Stand on Family Planning
Job for a Blind Person
Kiswah and Origins of Islam
You Led me Toward Qur'an
The Uttar Pradesh government’s recent legislation making it mandatory for people to seek permission before constructing a place of worship, is the first of its kind after 50 years of India’s independence and an alarm bell for our freedom. This violates the fundamental right of Indians to practice and preach their religion as guaranteed in the constitution. Building a place of worship is included in this fundamental right and breach of any fundamental right is strongly objectionable. Instead of catching the ear from behind and passing such legislation, why not directly change the constitution and end people’s right to practise a particular faith. Why adopt such underhand tactics? Obviously, this legislation is not going to affect the majority community but is aimed at restricting the religious rights of Muslims and other minorities. At the beginning of the new millennium, are we as a nation going backwards in the past?
This is with reference to the letter from Mike Ghouse in Islamic Voice March 2000 issue.
Ghouse seems to be a fan of Sangh Parivar whose sympathies with Hindus are as superficial as the letter writer's affiliation to the religion which his name suggests.
To love our countrymen we need not disown Aurangzeb. The Mughal emperor was a greater patriot than any of the current rulers of the country. As was suggested by the editorial of Islamic Voice (February 2000), Aurangzeb fought for 50 years to bring Deccan under Delhi's domain. He annexed Afghanistan and his commander-in-chief was Maharaja Jaswant Singh of Jaipur. Against this, we had another Jaswant Singh who went to Kandhar (Afghanistan) to surrender India's honour. Votaries of Hindutva and the so-called patriots need to look within.
It was painful to read Dr. Mumtaz Ali Khan's article on population control in March issue. The family planning cannot provide answer to the human miseries. I believe such a drastic stand should be taken only after a proper study of Islam.
K. Abdul Waheed,
I am visually impaired but have by the grace of Almighty completed my Masters in History and B.Ed. and am currently doing my M.Phil. Can the readers of Islamic Voice help me find a teaching job?
Tahir Hussain, 29/3,
East 6th Street,
Rafeeq Pasha in his article says that the tradition of Kiswah (the envelope of Ka'abah) was started by the Prophet Ismail some 4000 years ago "before the origin of Islam". As per my knowledge Islam was not a new religion started by Prophet Muhammad. It existed even before Hazrat Ismail (Pbuh). The only difference was that the Shariah (Law) was different.
Irfan Ahmed Mulla,
I began reading the Holy Qur'an after coming across Understanding Qur'an in Islamic Voice. I should be grateful to you for guiding me towards Qur'an.
Islamic Voice would be much more interesting if you could introduce a sports column.
We fear sport is not our cup of tea and going by the nature of coverage in the Islamic Voice, we may not be able to offer the readers anything new.