Jamadi Awwal 1424 H
Volume 16-07 No : 199
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By Ahmed M Hashim
When Islam was only a custom.
They said "say La IIaha Illala Allah,..
And pray, you'll go to Heaven." Ah, how simple, no struggle in this,
Just a word, and simple act.
Thereafter I'm absorbed in this world again,
With my 'assured' place in Paradise intact. But this was not to be my fate
For ALLAH chose to guide my heart.
I learnt of a man who struggled so hard
When his mission was from the start. The story of someone who had morals,
Spoke gently, kindness he knew.
Never fearing to say what's right,
His conviction in ISLAM was true. The touch of his hand was as soft as silk
To comfort a crying child.
To mend his clothes, or do the chores,
Never complaining, he always smiled. His smell was always of musk,
And cleanliness he kept at his best.
Stark contrast with the heroes of today,
Who stink of beer and sweat. He held the hands of his companions.
Unashamed to play with many children.
So modest, so humble, a perfect example,
That strangers could not recognise him. His eyes slept little for nights were precious,
His prayers he treasured much greater.
To pray Tahajjud in the depths of night,
Seeking forgiveness, and nearness
to his Creator. He broke his tooth for me at Uhud,
And bled for me at Ta'if.
He cried for me, tears of concern,
Just so I could have this belief. His enemies admired his teachings,
Uniting every religion, every clan.
Till ISLAM came to every corner of the world,
O, but indeed he was only a man. To own a house, or build his wealth
Was not his main priority.
To establish ISLAM was more essential,
To bring us under a Higher Authority. Don't you want him to plea for your case,
When before ALLAH-The Judge-you stand?
Don't you wish to be around his fountain,
A burning desire to drink from his hand? So I love him more than all creation,
My Leader, my Humble Prophet.
Muhammad (Pbuh) was a mercy to all mankind,
And to me, he is the leader.
Government agencies, under the guise of protecting us have been kicking our civil rights out of the window for quite a while without as much as a murmur from us. How many times have we not read of criminals being caught and jailed because their movements were monitored through their mobile phone calls? Such is the level of mafia infiltration in society and so dangerous are terrorist attacks everywhere that we are tolerant of these Big Brothers watching their errant siblings. But as any expert will tell you, it is very easy to plant evidence: you can now clone a parallel SIM number or even the ID number of cell phones. Having done that, any number of fake calls can be made from another cloned number similar to an underworld don’s. You then become an “underworld accomplice”!
The Times of India)
In a bold move, Muslim youth from Mumbai city and its suburbs have floated an organisation to openly oppose moves by vested interests to mislead the community’s young people in the name of Islam. The Muslim Youth of India (MY India) feels the word jehad is being misinterpreted by certain forces to recruit many young Muslim men for nefarious purposes. At a public meeting recently, addressed by journalist Syed Iftikar Ahmad, Editor of Shodhan Weekly, focus was on the fact that how the Muslim community was being branded as anti-national solely because of the acts of a few black sheep. According to Sayeed Khan, convener of MY India, the Muslim youngsters are being exploited in the name of religion and this had to be curtailed.
“America is incredibly open to people from all cultures. While there is some apprehension about Muslims after September 11, it is not particularly strong. Americans need to be more aware of the realities of Islam. Most Muslims around the world are simply trying to get on with their lives. A small minority, influenced by certain Arab countries have hijacked Islam and want to present it as an intolerant religion. Moderate Muslims should admit that there exists this problem and help purge Muslim societies of extremists. Instead they sit around denouncing the West. That isn’t doing Islam any favours.”
“For the last eight-nine years, I have been drawn to Mevlana Jalaludin Rumi’s poetry and music. I find his message very compelling and want to bring it out in an artistic way. Based on the life and works of the 13th century Persian poet, the film will deal with his message, his poetry and the rich culture of the period in which he lived. Since Rumi was an international figure, the movie will be made in English, but also dubbed in Hindi”.
Muzaffar Ali on his forthcoming film
Bhopal: An ongoing documentation suggests that Bhopal could well be a city with the maximum number of mosques in the country. Already Bhopal prides in having the biggest and smallest mosques in the country. Both the biggest Tajul Masjid and the smallest, Masjid Dhai Seedhi are situated facing each other. Bhopal is considered to be second to Dhaka in having the maximum number of mosques in the Indian sub-continent. “ As many as 372 mosques within the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) limit have already been photographed. All the pictures would be published in a book with history of each of them,” says Urdu writer Arif Aziz, who has nearly finished the documentation of the mosques. Surprisingly enough, the city with a population of 1. 5 million rivals the great Islamic centers like Cairo, Baghdad, Istanbul and Damascus in the number of mosques. Aziz, who has painstakingly done research for almost a year, says that the book is nearly complete and ready for publication. “ The minorities welfare minister, Arif Aqueel was specially interested in the documentation of Bhopal mosques and he asked me to take up the job of tracing the history of each of them,” says Aziz. He feels that such a great number of mosques in Bhopal could be due to the fact that most of the landlords during the Nawabi rule got their own mosques built. “ That’s why you find mosques in almost every lane and by-lane in the city,” he says.
All India Muslim Teohar Committee president, Dr Ausaf Shahmiri Khurram says that women built a majority of the mosques in Bhopal, a fact with no parallel. Masjid Madda Roobi Sahiba, Masjid Nanhi Bi, Kulsoom Bia and a score of other mosques are credited to women. According to him, Bhopal has 483 mosques within the city and more than 670 in the district.
( Courtesy: Hindustan Times
June 24, 2003)