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Shaban/Ramadan 1422
November 2001
Volume 15-11 No:179

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Lunar Calendar
Painful
Try Laden in World Court
Yusuf Islam
The Real Terrorist
Informative Website
Research Project
Appeal for Help

Lunar Calendar

The article entitled “Scientific and Mathematical Lunar Celendar” by Dr. Syed Abdul Zahir in the October issue is very useful. Ifeel the modified lunar calendar deserves to be adopted by all muslims all over the world. This is so because it would help in uniform reporting and recording of events all over the world as against the present practice of non-uniformity in that 20th Rajab in the Middle East would be 19th Rajab in Far Eastern countries both following the lunar calendar.

Prof. M. R. Gajendragad Former V.C, Kuvempu University,Shimoga

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Painful

The newsitem "Sectarian wringling in Mumbai" is painful. More so because there is tremendous pressure on Muslims to close their ranks and realize the miserable results of disunity. There are Hindus who think slaughter of animals is sin and there are Hindus who recommend it to please deities. Despite this difference they are united. Each sect has a different god. Orthodox Hindu organizations consider Sikhs as part of Hinudism. But how disgraceful for us that our ulema of one sect are calling the other sect 'kafir'. Who will think that Islam is a religion of peace, love and brotherhood if we keep fighting like this.

Md. Ibrahim Mollah, Sambalpur

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Try Laden in World Court

I think that one possible solution to the present U.S./ Afghan stalemate is for the Taliban to turn Bin Laden over to the Hague. If they did that, it would be difficult for us to justify an attack on them, he would be tried by an international court, and they could give him up without "losing face". I realize the problem of terrorism is much broader than one man, but this would be a good way to start on a non violent path.

John delquadro, www.geocities.com/quad44.geo

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Yusuf Islam

Yusuf Islam has rightly said that Islam is a home of tolerance, not fanaticism. Some youths who were born Muslims, are propagating terrorism, communalism and fanaticism because they are inspired by some priests. A Muslim should not be identified by his beard, flowing dress or turban. These are not the symbols of Islam. A real Muslim would follow Quran, which preaches tolerance and good conduct.

P. Nizarkhan, Kalikanu, Kerala

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The Real Terrorist

It is true what Maqbool Ahmed Siraj says in his article “Invoking Laden for War” (Sept. 2001 issue): “The war which none but US arms industry wants. Questions of proven guilt and suspected guilt are therefore merely academic in nature.”

It is a cruel joke that US is fighting against terrorism. The war should be against the US and Israel who created terrorists in many part of the world. The Muslim ummah should understand the US gameplan in larger perspective.

Dr. M. K. Mohammad Ismail, Tirunelveli-627001

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Informative Website

Thank you for this informative website. I have neighbors who are Muslims from Ahmedabad, India and am reading Qu’ran (English language translation) and reading different sections of this website. It is helpful learning about the history of Islam and different countries, particularly India, where it is practiced.

I am enjoying Qu’ran and Science; women; understanding Qu’ran; and news in particular. I shall continue to consult the site.

Janet Kay Miller, JnMil3@aol.com

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Research Project

I am presently engaged in a post-doctoral research project at the University of London, working on 'Islamic Perspectives on Inter-Religious Relations in Contemporary India'. In case you are aware of any Muslim indivdials or groups working in the field of inter-faith relations, I would be most grateful if you could get in touch with me with more details.

Yoginder Sikand,
# 4304 Oakwood Apts.
8th Main, 1st Cross,
Koramangala-III, Bangalore-560034.
email: ysikand@yahoo.com

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Appeal for Help

My son Maqsood suffers from chronic renal failure and is on maintenance hemodialysis. The monthly expenses for this treatment will be around Rs. 10,000. I request philanthropists, individuals and social organizations to help. Cheques/DDs may be sent in the name of Maqsood (hospital no. 9803), C/0-Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain Hospital, millers Road, Vasanthanagar, Bangalore-5600052.

Fareeda Khanim Bangalore-26

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