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MARCH 2000

MONTHLY    *    Vol 14-03 No:159    *   MARCH 2000 / ZIL-HIJJA 1420H
  email: editor@islamicvoice.com

COMMUNITY ROUNDUP


Home Ministry Fiat Use Terrorists, not Militants
Fiqh Seminar on Divorce, Internet
Amanath Bank Gets Scheduled Status
'Partition Weakened Indian Muslims, created Siege Psychosis'
New Chief to be Elected in April
Haj Camp organised by Private Tour operators

Home Ministry Fiat Use Terrorists, not Militants

By A. B. Masoud

NEW DELHI : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government at the Centre has ordered to swap word "militants" operating in Jammu and Kashmir with "terrorists". In a special and very significant communication, Union Home Minister Mr. L. K. Advani has asked his officials, to replace words like "insurgents", "militants" and "extremists" with "terrorists" from all the government documents relating to Jammu and Kashmir.

Knowledgeable sources told The Islamic Voice here that Advani has asked the officials in the Research and Reference Wing of his Ministry and other departments doing the paperwork that armed men in Jammu and Kashmir should be described only by one name: "terrorist". However, the Ministry will continue to refer the armed youth in troubled North-Eastern states and the LTTE men as "militants". The free press of India used to refer LTTE terrorists as "militants" while dubbing the ones in Punjab as `Sikh terrorists' during 80's.

Top officials in consultation with Home Minister Advani said the words like "militancy" and "extremism" to some extent sounded justifying the existence of the Kashmiri movement and lend meaning to their cause. The words also do not have the derogatory ring that "terrorism" has.

India believes that fight against terrorism is emerging a major area of convergence between New Delhi and the United States. Therefore, by linking the "reign of violence" in Kashmir with what it says "global Islamic terrorism" can provide a sympathetic hearing to India's cause in the West. The government is also keen to relate the Kashmir incidents to the larger activities of the infamous Pakistan intelligence ISI. Home Ministry has already been using the phrase "cross-border terrorism". According to the new order, the term "counter-insurgency" (CI) will be now replaced by "counter-terrorism" or CT. Officials argue that "militancy" and "extremism" do not underscore their belief that Kashmiri movement receives active and complete support from a neighbouring nation.

It is also because of difficulty in using "Militancy, or for that matter extremism. It cannot be used with the adjective cross-border preceding it. Hence the preference for terrorism. Terrorism can be exported. Militancy has a local flavour. Effort is on to prove that without Pakistan's involvement Kashmir is a dead issue," a top official said.

The officials believe that some sympathy in the West could be generated by playing their fears on terrorism. The change in nomenclature is also in line with Vajpayee government's perception that the US could be persuaded to keep away from the Kashmir issue by referring it as "terrorism", not withstanding US divergent perception on the matter. Since the Kargil war, the External Affairs Ministry had been already using the word "terrorism" while briefing foreign envoys here and in the world capitals about the Kashmir security scenario. "The Home Ministry has only adopted and not invited the trend," said an official.

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Fiqh Seminar on Divorce, Internet

NEW DELHI : 'Talaq' (Divorce) pronounced in the state of intoxication (Nasha) is invalid. The use of modern means of communication such as TV and Internet is permissible provided the objectives, the nature of resources utilized and their status was not objectionable from the point of Shariah. These were the highlights of the 12th national seminar of the Islamic Fiqh Academy held at Basti in Uttar Pradesh.

The seminar which drew 100 experts ruled that the rulings of all the imams and other noted jurists were the part of Islamic heritage of Jurisprudence. It noted that the differences of opinion between various schools of sharia were of minor significance and not substantive.

The seminar ruled that if the intoxication was involuntary, the divorce would not apply.

The Academy has taken up issues such as organ transplant-action, insurance, interest-free banking, share market, awqaf, currencies etc. during the last 11 seminars.

The Academy advised the common Muslims to follow a trustworthy and recognised Islamic Scholar if they were not trained in Islamic Fiqh (Jurisprudence). Maulana Syed Nizamuddin, Ammer-e-Shariat, Imarat-e-Sharia Bihar and Orissa, Maulana Mohammad Rabey Nadwi, Rector Nadwa-tul-Ulema Lucknow and expert on Islamic jurisprudence Qazi Mujahidul Islam Qasmi were the leading lights of the seminar. Other prominent ulema who participated included Maulana Obaidullah Asadi, Maulana Burhanuddin Sambhali, Maulana Salman Hassani Nadvi, Maulana Khalilur Rahman Sajjad Naumani, Maulana Rizwan Alqasmi, Maulana Nazeer Ahmad kashmiri, Maulana Abdul latif Palanpuri and Maulana Riyaz Ahmad Salfi.

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Amanath Bank Gets Scheduled Status

By A Staff Writer

amanath cooperative bank

BANGLAORE : The Amanath Cooperative Bank plans to set up branches at Mysore, Mangalore and Hassan with the granting of scheduled status by the Reserve Bank of India in January 2000. The Bank can now operate throughout the country. Its deposits currently stand at Rs. 281 Crore. It has nine branches in Bangalore city and a branch in Belgaum which came into existence a few years ago due to merger with a local bank.

 k. rahman khanEstablished in 1977 by Chartered accountant K. Rahman Khan, a member of Parliament now, and Mumtaz Ahmed Khan, founder of the Al-Ameen movement, the Bank has over the years made steady progress helping countless Muslim entrepreneurs, businessmen, women and transport operators. The Bank earned a name in the capital of Karnataka with its fully computerized operations, ATM (Any Time Money) terminals at business centres and NRI account facilities. It employs over 400 persons with 55% of them being women. Its annual salary disbursements run upto Rs.35 lakhs. It has over 3 lakh account holders.

President Rahman Khan told Islamic Voice the Bank was now considering expansion of micro-credit schemes in order to benefit the lowest of the low in the society. He said the Bank was studying the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh and some schemes in Brazil for possible local application. He said though Amanath Coop Bank was an interest-based bank it was open to viable interest-free formulae if the RBI could mould and adopt such schemes.

The Amanath Coop Bank also unveiled its gleaming headquarters in Bangalore six months ago. The four-floor building has state-of-art facilities for the customers. It held a public meeting of its share-holders in January. Synchronising with the celebration, a numismatic (coins and currency) exhibition was held in the new premises.

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'Partition Weakened Indian Muslims, created Siege Psychosis'

NEW DELHI (IINA): Mahmoud bin Muhammad, a former ambassador of India in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has said that it has become fashionable to blame the present day socio-economic ills of the Indian Muslims on their neglect of modern education, and giving preference to the Madrasa (religious school), resulting in their inability to compete on equal terms with their non-Muslim compatriots. In a wide-ranging interview, the former ambassador said that the Partition of India has caused incalculable harm to the Muslims left behind in India. He said they became acutely conscious of having to battle it out to prove their credentials in the new dispensation in which they had become what he called "indigestible meat." He said in the early years after Partition, disturbing comments were often passed by their compatriots, even by some senior political leaders, such as "you got your share of the country", and this hurt more than a bullet wound. He said this attitude of the Hindus "virtually created a siege mentality among Muslims, which, till today, is hard to overcome. Muhammad said the Muslim community in India is rudderless, and is like a ship "tossing and turning at the whims of the wind." He said the Muslims are seeking a good leader, and want a leader who can tell them that "Islam is not a pillow to rest upon, but a belt to be griddled round the waist, so that they are better able to strive for excellence in a highly competitive society."

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Personal Law Board

New Chief to be Elected in April

By A. B. Masoud

NEW DELHI : The All India Muslim Personal Law Board will meet on April 23 at Nadwatul-Ulema in Lucknow to elect its new president after the demise of its President Maulana Abdul Hassan Ali Nadvi in last December.

This was decided at an executive meeting of the Board on February 8 in Lucknow. The Board paid rich tributes to late Maulana Ali Mian.

Maulana Syed Nizamuddin, general secretary said the 14th session of Board was being convened to fill the leadership vacuum created by the demise of Maulana Ali Mian. He said only members would be invited for the meeting.

Sources said that present treasurer and close confidant of late Ali Mian, Maulana Abdul Karim Parekh was being tipped for the post. However, others told The Islamic Voice that only a section was keen to see Parikh as president. Among other leaders, Shia cleric Dr.Kalbe Sadiq from Lucknow and Maulana Nizamuddin Islahi were also likely to be the choice several members. They said that as per the Constitution of the Board, only members were entitled to elect the head.

In an another resolution, the Board condemned the UP government's move to curb religious activities in the name of so called ISI activities. Expressing anger at the UP Regulations of Public Religious Buildings and Places Bill 2000, the Board authorised Maulana Syed Nizamuddin to constitute a committee of legal experts to examine the Bill. Speaking to Islamic Voice, Maulana Mohammad Shafi Moonis, a member said the issues like proposed Nikahnama, codification of Muslim Personal Law and reform movement and Babri Masjid related issues were discussed. The UP Religious Bill, however, dominated the proceedings.

The Board constituted a panel including Maulana Rabey Nadvi, Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, Maulana Sajjad Nomani, Maulana Saleem Nadvi and Advocate Zafaryab Jeelani to take all steps to press for the withdrawal of Bill.

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Haj Camp organised by Private Tour operators

BANGALORE: The Karnataka Private Tour Operators organised one day Haj camp for their Haj Pilgrims here on February 19th. Religious Scholars spoke to the correct performances of Haj. Pilgrims appreciated the tour operators for holding such a camp.

Al-Sayed Tours International, Haj Corporation of India, Syedina Tours and Travels, Al-Madina Tours and Travels, Moqudas Tours and Travels, Al-Tayaba Tours and Travels and Labbaik Tours and Travels had organised the Haj Training Camp.

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