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AUGUST 2000

MONTHLY    *    Vol 14-08 No:164    *   AUGUST 2000 / JAMADI-UL-AWAL 1421H
  email: editor@islamicvoice.com

COMMUNITY ROUNDUP


Courses for Alims and Graduates
Darul Umoor should Blend Al-Azhar and Oxford University
Amanath Bank to Set Apart Rs. 10 Cr.
Grameena Bank of Bangladesh
Industrial House starts Urdu Tutorials
Jamia Nizamia to have Internet
Ahmadi School for the Blinds
Rajasthan Education Meet
Scholarships
SSLC Topper
Maudoodi Memorial
Jamia Urdu Website
Essay Contest
19 Muslims in Calcutta Corpn.
Naseef Heads Oxford Centre
People...

Tipu Sultan Centre to begin

Courses for Alims and Graduates

By A Staff Writer

Bangalore: The Sheriff Foundation here will be shortly beginning a programme of imparting Deeniyath (theology) to modern graduates and modern sciences to those who have finished Alim course from madrassas.

The project, first of its kind, will be conducted by Tipu Sultan Advanced Study and Research Centre which is coming up at Srirangapatna, 15 kms north of Mysore. The whole project has been named Darul Umoor, a university conceived by ruler of Mysore Tipu Sultan but could not materialise because of martyrdom of Tipu and sacking of his kingdom. According to chairman of the centre Mr. Ziaullah Sheriff, the centre would combine spiritual and worldly knowledge and will be a joint mini replica of Al-Azhar and Oxford Universities.

According to Centre’s Secretary General Kamaruddin Abdur Rahman, the centre will begin with a one-year post-graduate diploma in Islamic Studies and Heritage. Other courses to be included will be Information Technology, Business Management, Education Technology and Mass Communication etc. The course for those who have completed Alim course will be for a period of 12 months while the graduates willing to join the Deeniyath course will be doing an 18-month course.

The Centre will be a residential institution with annual intake of 20 students in each of the two courses with free board and lodging facilities and a monthly internship of Rs. 1000.

Tipu Centre Invites Students

Bangalore : The Tipu Sultan Advanced Study and Research Centre (TSASRC) at Srirangapatnam (Karnataka) has invited applications for the Diploma in Islamic Studies and Heritage course (details on page 3 of this issue of Islamic Voice). The aspirants are requested to send their CV, photographs, proof of their knowledge of English, Arabic and Urdu language with an essay in 300 words on as to “Why they would like to join the course and their plan after its completion” in a language in which they are proficient. The application should reach: Darul Umoor, Tipu Sultan Advanced Study and Research Centre, No.1, Presidency, St. Marks Road, Bangalore - 560 001, Ph: 5098378, 5098309, e-mail: darulumoor@yahoo.com

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Interview: Ziaullah Sheriff

Darul Umoor should Blend Al-Azhar and Oxford University

Ziaullah SheriffPersonalities are the wellsprings of inspiration. And all those who have heard or studied about Tipu Sultan find in him a lovable person, a gallant warrior, a statesman, a benevolent ruler and a pious servant of God. His personality remains a source of inspiration.

Bangalore based builder Ziaulla Sheriff, chairman of the Sheriff Foundation, has now taken upon himself to fulfil the martyred warrior’s vision of raising a university where the younger generation could be imparted skills from the emerging areas. Sheriff’s philanthropy has already put in place a number of socially beneficial institutions in the towns and cities of Southern Karnataka.

Sheriff talked to Maqbool Ahmed Siraj about his Darul Umoor Project:

An artist impression of Dar-Ul-Uloom

Q: How did the idea of Darul Umoor take birth?

A: I bore deep love with the martyred hero of Mysore since my childhood. His piety, justice, his farsighted economic policies, and his commitment towards the welfare of his people had made him my ideal. I always wanted to know what was his vision, what direction he followed. I had vowed to do something to fulfil his vision if Allah ever bestowed on me his special blessings.

It was this vision that was behind the establishment of the “Bach chon ka Ghar” in Hassan. It has now 200 child inmates, a mosque, residential school, musafir khana, scholarship fund, clinic, loans schemes for entrepreneurs and assistance for marriages of poor.

Q: But Darul Umoor sets a new trend in blending the two streams of education.

A: Late Maulana Ali Miyan encouraged me to set up Darul Umoor where Al-Azhar and Oxford Universities could meet. He laid the foundation stone at Srirangapatna and prayed for its success. I want this centre to gather talents and create facilities for young minds to nourish at the fountains of the traditional and the modern sciences.

Q: You have been in community service for well over two decades. How do you look at it?

A: I do not expect anything from the community. You will be frustrated if you expect anything from them. You should rather be a contributor to the society. Purify your niyyah (intention) and be a contributor. Allah will shower his bounties on you.

Q: Philanthropy has followed a set path so far of madrassas, masjid and yateemkhana. Are you seeking a deviation by Darul Umoor?

A: Our history has produced great people who made tremendous sacrifices. They fed others while themselves remaining hungry. What the life has taught me is that what Allah has destined to give you will not be snatched by anyone. We should develop need-based institutions.

Q: Several Islamic Investment companies have failed in recent years. You, as a successful businessman, have any suggestion for the youth who are looking for leadership in the field of business?

A: These Islamic investment companies were run by people who were not finance experts. They should have sought consultation from business experts of integrity.

Our youth beg for jobs. Instead, they should set up ventures and think big. They should have capacity to take risk, develop trust with people and keep their word. Integrity, punctuality, transparency etc. are hallmarks of success in business.

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Micro credit Scheme

Amanath Bank to Set Apart Rs. 10 Cr.

Seen in the picture from L to R, Moulana Shabbir Ahmed Nadvi, Mr. Asadullah Khan, K. Rahman Khan and Dr. Kamaruddin Abdur Rahman

Workshop on Micro Credit Scheme : Seen in the picture from L to R, 
Moulana Shabbir Ahmed Nadvi, Mr. Asadullah Khan, K. Rahman Khan 
and Dr. Kamaruddin Abdur Rahman.

Bangalore: The Amanath Cooperative Bank has set apart Rs. 10 crore for issuing loans to the self employed persons requiring small capital under micro-credit scheme on the pattern of the Bangladesh’s Grameena Bank.

This was announced by Bank President K. Rahman Khan at a specially convened meeting of the Muslim NGOs of Karnataka at Amanath House on July 2. The micro-credit scheme envisages setting up small units, preferably in mosques or other common facility or community centres in the city to finance small businesses. Each unit would extend loans to entrepreneurs ranging from 10 to 100. The proposal which drew approval from all the participating NGOs, would be set in motion by organizing an orientation workshop.

Mr. Khan said micro credit was a recognized measure for removal of poverty and was both an ideology and methodology. He said it is based on the belief that every human being is endowed with skills and creativity that can be harnessed to benefit himself and society at large. It believed that poverty is a human creation and human creativity can eliminate poverty.

The micro credit schemes work on the basis of seeking no collaterals, no external guarantors, directly delivering the finances to the clients’ doorstep, provision for repaying of loans simultaneous with saving facilities, and small loans for income generation activities. The micro credit operates by organizing the borrowers in small groups, repayment of loans on weekly basis and on interest charging basis.

Mr. Khan said the Amanath Bank proposes to organize the groups into cooperatives such as Mahila Multipurpose Coop. Society,, Auto drivers and Owners Coop. Society, Housing Coop. Society, Infotech Coop. Society, and Public Transport Coop. Society. Mr. Asadullah Khan, General Manager of the Bank welcomed the gathering. Maulana Shabbeer Ahmed Nadvi of the Jamiathul Hasnath prayed for the success of the micro credit scheme.

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Grameena Bank of Bangladesh

Prof. Mohd. YunusGrameena Bank of Bangladesh was started by Prof. Mohd. Yunus after being horrified at the resourcefulness of the villagers struck by a cyclone in Chittagong in 1976. He envisaged a bank which could do away with guarantees, provide small loans which conventional banks do not provide and bind small group of people, especially women, together and make them group guarantors.

Twentyfour years later, the Grameena Bank has 1128 branches, provides services to 38,951 villages, and has 23 lakh borrowers. 94 per cent of the borrowers are women. The rate of default is less than five per cent.

Grameena Bank has empowered the women in rural Bangladesh. It has reduced the dependency on husbands and nutritional standards of the children have improved. The birth rates have come down, divorces are fewer and marriages are more stable.

A total of 223 Grameena replication programmes are currently in operation in 58 countries of the world. More than 4000 people have undergone Grameena exposure programme. Independent studies by the World Bank indicate that within five years about half of Grameen’s two million borrowers manage to pull themselves up over the poverty line.

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Industrial House starts Urdu Tutorials

Firdosia Hanfi

Mumbai : For the first time in the history of Urdu education, a big corporate house has announced opening of coaching classes for the benefit of Urdu medium students. The classes are being opened not only in Mumbai and around but also in several parts of the country.

The ambitious project has been undertaken by Sahara India, one of the leading corporate houses in the country. The company has presence in finance, media, airlines and other sectors.

‘Sahara Classes’ as they are known, began functioning in Mumbai and Thane from July 24. Students studying in high school have been covered under the project. Fee will be moderate.

Apart from imparting education in the regular courses the classes would also provide free computer education to all incumbents apart from English speaking courses. Nawab Malik, the Maharastra minister of state for Housing, Slum Improvement and Reconstruction inaugurated the Kalve branch of the classes at a function on July 23.

Apart from the regular courses the Sahara classes has also announced cash rewards ranging from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 100,000 to meritorious Muslim students and assistance in future.

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Jamia Nizamia to have Internet

Hyderabad: The 128-year old Jamia Nizamia theological school here will put its Ifta archives on the Internet in order that fatwas (centre issuing religious edits) issued by the seminary could be referred anywhere in the world. Mr. Syed Ahmad Ali, who was reelected the secretary of the Jamia recently, told the pressmen that the people overseas could approach the Jamia for fatwas on e-mail. He said Jamia courses will be imparted through distance education too.

The Jamia set up the Girls College five years ago where 250 girls are doing the Moulvi Course.

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Ahmadi School for the Blinds

Aligarh: The Ahmadi School for the Blinds at the AMU invites applications for admission to the school that specialises in imparting craft such as armature winding, music, stenography, embroidery, etc., together with the normal school subjects. Blind boys and girls of 7-11 years can apply. The school provides free education, hostel and board facilities. Write to : Principal, Ahmadi Nabeena School, Near Shamshad Market, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh - 202001.

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Rajasthan Education Meet

Udaipur : The Mewar Muslim Taleemi Conference has urged the Government of Rajasthan to simplify recognition procedure for the schools increase of grants to the Muslim managed schools, allotment of free land, early appointment of Urdu Teachers against 200 ports and release of grants for 200 madrassas as announced in the budget for the year 1999.

The conference was jointly organised by the Gharib Nawaz Education and Economic Welfare Society Rajasthan and the Chishtia Public School. 500 representatives from 350 institutions in six districts participated, according to a press release by J.M.Khan, president of the Gharib Nawaz Society.

Nawabzada A. A. Khan (Darra Miyan) M.P. announced an allotment of Rs. 26 lakh from his MPLADS funds for 15 school towards construction of school.

The conferences was inaugurated by Mufti and Rajasthan Ashfaq Hussain Nayeemi, Mr. C.M. Ibrahim MP also attended.

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Scholarships

Chennai: The Sulaiman Alim Charitable Trust has invited applications from poor Muslim students who have been selected for engineering and medical colleges or any other professional courses in Tamil Nadu this year.

Students selected for payment seats are not eligible. More details can be had from Sulaiman Alim Charitable Trust, Suite 4, 4th Floor, Jhaver Plaza, 1-A, Nungambakkam High Road, Chennai-600034

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SSLC Topper

Calcutta: Qazi Rajabul Islam of Chakdweep High School in Tamluk has topped the secondary school examinations of West Bengal this year. He secured 765 out of 800 marks. In a resolution, the West Bengal Assembly congratulated Islam for the achievement. Islam is son of a an officer in Fisheries Department and hails from Chakberia village in 24 Pragana district. The resolution asked the state Government to provide scholarship for PUC.

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Maudoodi Memorial

Aurangabad: The Maulana Maudoodi Foundation here has decided to convert the house where Jamaat-e-Islami founder Maulana Abul Ala Maudoodi was born in 1903 into a memorial. The house will now serve as an academic and research centre. Mr. Intizar Naeem is the chairman of the Foundation.

Islamic ideologue Maulana Maudoodi shifted to Hyderabad to start his writing career. He then shifted to Pathankot, Delhi and finally chose Lahore as the centre for his mission. He died in 1979 and was buried at Lahore.

The Foundation chairman can be contacted at 2525 Baradari, Ballimaran, Delhi - 110006, Ph.: 3918291 and email: maudoodi_foundation@hotmail.com

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Jamia Urdu Website

Aligarh: Jamia Urdu, Aligarh, a deemed to-be-university, has launched its website. This will provide necessary information about the Jamia’s Urdu correspondence courses, results, publications etc. The website was launched on July 4, while laying down the foundation stone for the nursery section of the Jamia Public School.

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Essay Contest

Bangalore: The Muslim Society for Peace and Progress invites students to participate in an essay contest on the theme “Muhammad (Pbuh)- the Prophet of Peace”. Essays in Urdu or English could be sent by August 15 to the society at 112- Vidyaranya Nagar, Magadi Road, Bangalore- 560 023.

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19 Muslims in Calcutta Corpn.

Calcutta : 19 Muslim corporators were elected for the Calcutta Municipal Corporation last month for the 141 member civic body. 10 of them come from the Left Front, seven from the Congress and two from the Trinamool Congress. Seven of the 19 Muslim corporators are women.

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Naseef Heads Oxford Centre

London: Dr. Omar Abdullah Naseef has been elected the new chairman of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. He succeeds Maulana Abul Hassan Ali Nadwi who died on December 31, 1999. Dr. Naseef is also the secretary general of the Majlis-e-Shoora of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Abdul Azeez Omar, education minister of Sultanate of Brunei, has been elected the vice chairman.

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People...

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Awarded: Sadakathullah Appa Literary Award was given to Mr.S.M.A. Kather from Madurai. The award was presented to the Tamil teacher for his service at a function in Chennai presided over by Justice M.M.Ismail. It carries a sum of Rs. 25,000 and a citation.

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