This refers to news item (I.V. May 99) “Brazil Muslim Community Back into Shape”, I would like to quote the information on Brazil from the famous book ‘Introduction to Islam’ by Dr. Mohd. Hamidullah which will give additional information on Brazil to I.V. readers.512 states: According to Arab chronicles, it is the adventurous sea-favouring population of this region (West Africa) which discovered first route to America, particularly to Brazil. The earliest Europeans under Christopher Columbus and successors found negro inhabitants there. Inspite of the destruction of historical documents, there is every reason to believe that the Muslims of Black Africa, and Berbers participated in the Colonisation of America as the name of Brazil suggests, since Birzalah is a well known Berber tribe and the collective name of the members of this tribe is precisely Brazil. The island of Palma in the Atlantic was formerly called Bene Hoare after the name of the Berber tribe Beni Huwara this strengthens the supposition.
M. Mohideen Thambi, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.
In Islamic Voice, a reader had asked about the Kalki Avatar. It might be of interest to you that the book has been translated into English by Muhammad Alamgir from Bengali. Apart from Dr.Upadhayay, it has other articles too.
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Mohammed Ayub Ali Khan
In your Editorial, Trading in Stocks, you have stated ‘interest is the worst form of Haram business in Islam’. You are very categorical in your statement, but are you really sure that this is what the Qur’an says? May I remind you what the Qur’an actually says: Wa ahallahul bay’a wa harramar riba (and Allah has made Business lawful and Riba unlawful) [Q:2.275]. Please do not blindly equate Riba with interest and carefully study the verses, 30.39, 4.161 and 3.130, to find out what the Qur’an itself means by that term, Riba.
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