I am utterly surprised to go through the editorial “Lunatic Fringe” in your January ’99 issue. Though a long time reader of the Islamic Voice, I believe this editorial is based on your ill-understanding of the Milli Parliament which is working for promotion of Islam. Even the language you have used is quite in contrast to the reputation you have built up over the years among English-reading Muslims. Such an editorial would have been appropriate for a periodical of Sangh parivar or the Zionist lobby. Your staunch defence of secular polity and more faithful than the master attitude puts everyone in doubt whether you have understood the concept of Iqamat e Deen. If you have the courage of conviction you claim you can take the challenge of publishing this letter in the next issue of your monthly.
Dr. Khaja Naseeruddin , Hubli
Editor replies: We appreciate your views and are totally committed to journalistic integrity, although we have edited your letter. But you would agree that the essence of the letter has been carried.
The editorial Lunatic Fringe was penned after documentation, careful examination of the organisation and the input filed by our Delhi correspondent. As you would have seen through our columns, we have regularly tried to de-emotionalise the Muslims and counselled pragmatism. The editorial in question is in the same vein. It has come after five years of the setting up of the “Milli Parliament”. We have been witness to the role of the organisation in misleading Muslim youth and taking them away from the path to development. One case in point is “Milli Parliament’s” so-called campaign to recruit Muslim youth for jehad in Bosnia. The “parliament” is unable to furnish a list and parade the youth before the public. Such exercises in rhetoric merely make the Muslims an inflammable stuff which brings in bloodier reprisals from the hostile quarters and demonise them in media and public. There are bigger jehads nearer home to be waged, against illiteracy, disease, poverty, moral depravity, indebtedness which cause more harm to Muslims. Is it not a shame if indebted Muslim parents in slums and villages pawn the honour of their daughters in the hands of mahajans and moneylenders? Should it not deserve our attention if our talented students drop out of schools due to paucity of funds or child labour while our elite perform repeated umrahs and hajjs? Let not the Indian Muslim take upon those tasks on themselves which even the Muslims in their own countries shy away from. Let us be thankful to Allah for having given us the opportunity to frankly exchange these views in a democratic and secular country, something simply not available in several of Muslim countries. But let us be respectful of this country’s institutions too. And let us make more of these democratic opportunities to live better, more productive and more Islamic lives.
Thirdly, you need not be worked up at the frank appraisal of an organisation dear to you. Let us judge the organisations cool-headedly. Often the appearances are deceptive and have hidden agendas. We, at the Islamic Voice, are not blind enough not to see them.
I am a young Muslim, I have an objective in mind to write a book on participation of Muslims the in freedom struggle of India.
It is my appeal through your paper to all those having details of Muslims of their respective area who have participated in freedom struggle, to send details regarding their achievement along with date and place of birth and if dead the death date also.
The sole aim of this book would be to bring out the Muslims? Role and participation in Indian Freedom struggle and dishearten those who are trying to wash out the names of the Muslims and rewrite history in their own favour.
S.M. Saad, 133/A Nagram House, Nazirabad, Lucknow, Ph:202243.
I am N. Vijaya Kumari doing my Master's degree in Islamic Studies at Henry Martyn Institute, Hyderabad. I am writing my thesis on Participation of Women in the Mosque. I will be grateful to you if you could publish my letter in Islamic Voice, that people who have any material in Urdu or English on this particular issue may kindly send this material to me.
N. Vijayakumari, Henry Martyn Institute, Box 153, Chirag Ali Lane , Hyderabad 500 001.
I read your internet version of Islamic Voice regularly. It's an excellent journal. It provides very useful and important news and articles for the Muslims throughout the world.
I intend to write a paper on the day of judgement/dooms day (Qyamat) . The main intention is to find out what Qur'an says about the end of the world and how it can be explained based on the current science (e.g. Big bang theory). I also intend to focus a little bit on what other main stream (Christianity, Judaism etc.) and eastern religions (Hinduism, Buddhism etc.) have to say on this issue. I would appreciate if your readers could send me study papers or articles on this subject.
Mrs. Tabassum aged about 28 years, suffering from Gyneac disease has undergone major surgical operation costing thousands of rupees. Her husband, a daily earner, has sold all the household properties for the sake of her life. Now his family is passing through a great financial crisis.
To save the family from untold misery and starvation readers of Islamic Voice, are requested to donate wholeheartedly by sending MO/DD in favour of the patient's husband.
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Readers are requested to extend a helping hand to save a young life, by generous donation to;
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