Islamic Voice A Monthly English Magazine
Rabi-Ul Awwal/Rabi-Ul Akhir 1423 H
June 2002
Volume 15-06 No:186

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Muslims have become Complacent
Optimists among Muslims maintain dead silence
Save Secularism, Save Socialism
Career Guidance Book
What a Shame
Celebrity Talk
Congress and Crocodile Tears
Peace Mission on a Bike
Disrespect to the Prophet (pbuh)

Muslims have become Complacent

The recent carnage in Gujarat is not the first of its kind. In 1969, the state suffered similar riots. In Ahmedabad alone, 700 people were killed, the majority of them were Muslims who belonged to the working class. The same kind of bias was visible in the 1969 riots, but the government of that time was not party to the riots. But the recent riots in Gujarat were state-sponsored. It is high time Muslim leaders realise that they should rise above their selfish goals and work for their community. But the? question is, do the Muslims have a leader of their own? The answer is a big NO! Muslims have to rise above their situation of sitting around sobbing in self-pity at their plight, they ought to take the initiative to improve their educational and economic status. The problem is that Muslims have turned complacent as they expect people from other communities to speak for them, support them and rescue them. But unless Muslims themselves get pro-active, learn to rise above their dismal living standards through hard work, things will not work in their favour.

Syed Muneer
Bangalore

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Optimists among Muslims
maintain dead silence

I read Bashiruddin Babukhan’s letter in the May issue of Islamic Voice (Our Community is packed with pessimists). I am 26 years old and employed as a Clinical Physiotherapist with the Department of Health, Government of Karnataka. I am very glad that Babukhan has done so much for the community in Andhra Pradesh. I share his views, but I also believe that our community has a lot of optimists, but it is our tragedy that they are not speaking out. People like Babukhan should lead the Muslim community rather than pessimists and fanatics who cannot contribute anything to the Ummah except despair to the youth and poverty at large.

Ameen Ahmed, Tumkur
ameen@vsnl.net

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Save Secularism, Save Socialism

While fighting for the freedom of India from the Britishers, we had the feeling that they were taking away our wealth, their treatment was discriminatory and they were interfering in our religious matters. The great ambition was that in Free-India, we will be masters of our own land and will live happily. But even after 55 years, wisdom has not dawned on us. It is we Indians who are destroying the wealth of our country and killing each other despite being the educated lot. The destruction of the Babri Mosque, the current carnage in Gujarat and other communal riots that have plagued the nation are a blot on secularism. It will be worthwhile if a fresh start can be made by building a hospital in aid of Cancer patients on the disputed land in Ayodhya as once and for all, this skirmish over a piece of land ends.

Syed Basheer Ahmed
Bangalore

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Career Guidance Book

I am a freelance writer and in the process of compiling a book on the various branches offered by VTU university (Karnataka) -in the Bachelor of Engineering (B.E ) course. This would include all the branches of engineering. The information would be in-depth, about the kind of aptitudes required to take up a particular branch of study, about what is taught and also the career opportunities after completing Engineering. The book should be ready by the 15th of June, 2002. I would like to know from prospective engineering students (or parents of engineering students), what more they would like to read in such a book and also if you would like to buy the book, kindly contact me.

Sabith Khan
Bangalore
sabithisthebest@rediffmail.com

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What a Shame

Mayawati has done it again. Another incidence of opportunism which proves that lust for power is so blind that morality hardly matters. As such, coming together of BJP and BSP was neither unexpected nor has surprised anyone, given the nature of Indian politics. When ideologues like Fernandes, Paswan, Sharad yadav and even Karunanidhi can kneel before the devil of power, Mayawati should not be a surprise. The cruel joke is that these parties do not feel ashamed of going back to their vote-banks, exploit them against each other and garner a sizeable number of seats to become a force to reckon with.

K. Malikul Azeez
Chennai

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Celebrity Talk

I am regular reader of Islamic Voice for the last one year or so. Recently I read an article published in the May 2002 issue titled, The Quran Liberates Man From Man, by Imran Khan. I think it is an excellent piece and the narration was superb. In my opinion, such articles by celebrities should be published more often as ordinary people could gain some inspiration from this.

Mohammed Almas
almas7861@rediffmail.com

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Congress and Crocodile Tears

The Congress is playing the lead role shedding tears over the Gujarat riots. On one hand, Congress demands immediate curbing of the riots in Gujarat, but is not ready to extend a helping hand to the state government. The reason behind this is only the political enmity with chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi. I think the people of Gujarat should clearly read the Congress mind on which the words written are: Let Gujarat Suffer.

Jayprakash Desai
Ahmedabad

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Peace Mission on a Bike

I, Shafique Mohd Habibullah, aged 55 and my son Shadab Habibullah, aged 22 who is a two-wheeler mechanic are in the process of going on a world tour on a motor cycle for a noble cause. Our motto is to share the message of peace among the people of India and the world, to adopt universal brotherhood on issues like non-proliferation of nuclear armaments. I am grateful to the West Bengal Minorities Development and Finance Corporation, Calcutta who have sponsored me with Rs. 50,000 with which I have purchased one Hero Honda Motor Cycle, but the fund is not sufficient to undertake a Peace Mission for 131 countries. I request members of our community to extend their generous help to us. So far no father-son team has ever undertaken a Peace Mission on a bike and more so among Muslims.

Shafique Mohd Habibullah
C/O Justice K. M. Yusuf
4 B, North Range,
Calcutta-17.
Ph: 284-1519/280-6656

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Disrespect to the Prophet (pbuh)

I understand that publications have to depend on advertisements for revenue. But these days, Urdu Publications specially in Karnataka are making use of occasions to make revenue like Meelad - e - Nabi. The colourful supplements have names of Allah and blessing on Prophet (pbuh) while inside the ads are not very decent. We have saree ads with scantily dressed women and many other such ads. Is this the respect our community bestows on the Prophet? It is high time publications gave a serious thought to this.

Asma Abdullah
Dharwar

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