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October 2003
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Muslims Go Star-Trekking!
Urdu Play on Maulana Azad
Justice Ahmadi elected Chancellor of AMU
Imams Endorse Pulse Polio Programme
New Kannada Daily
Apollo KH Hospital Opened in Melvisharam
Women Darul Ifta in Hyderabad
Talking Peace
Adoption of Urdu Schools
Safe With Saifee
19 Couples Married in Mass Wedding
People

Muslims Go Star-Trekking!

Sadly, Muslims in metros have started believing in horoscopes, palmistry and vaastu shastra, reveals a random survey by Islamic Voice

By M. Hanif Lakdawala

Safi Kalsekar quietly hovered around the breakfast table, waiting for his father to get through with the newspaper. As soon as his dad put down the paper, Safi picked it up and made a beeline for the horoscope page. His horoscope for the day predicted “attainment of unexpected wealth”. Pleased with the prediction, he thought about it all day long and longed for it to actually materialise. That evening, he tuned in to his favourite TV channel, hoping to be the lucky winner of a cash prize in an ongoing Jackpot scheme. His heart missed a beat when the number was announced. He discovered that he had indeed won the Rs 10,000 cash prize. Excited he broke the news to his family.

Then he remembered the horoscope he had read that morning and decided that there won’t be a better chance to prove Sattar, his elder brother, wrong. Sattar had always dismissed astrological predictions as nonsense and always made fun of Safi’s belief in the horoscopes. Safi triumphantly showed the newspaper prediction to his elder brother. “Now do you believe that there is something substantial in astrological predictions?” asked Safi.

His brother merely laughed and pointed at the date on top of the newspaper, which left Safi gaping. It was a week old. Apparently there had been a newspaper holiday and Safi ‘s father had been looking up an old advertisement in it that morning.

Today, almost everyone knows their Zodiac Sun Sign placement. Many Muslims read their daily horoscope, as a source of momentary entertainment and amusement, while others like, Safi, may firmly believe in astrological predictions.

Muslims believe that it’s the creator who is responsible for their future and not any planet or star. But a random survey in Mumbai by Islamic Voice revealed that a sizable section of newspaper readers also go through the Horoscope though majority of them said they don’t believe the prediction part.

Prof Shahid Khan does not believe in Horoscope. “For me, personally, all these mediums have failed to accurately read my past, present, and future. They have not even done justice to an analysis of my personality,” he said.

The survey threw some hardcore believer in horoscope such as Mumtaz Shah, a jewellery designer. “I believe the time of your birth plays some role in your future life,” says Mumtaz. Others like Zarina Mirza also followed the guidelines of horoscope and Vaastu Shastra in designing her new home to place her wardrobes, gas, study table and mirrors.

Tehseen Shaikh is another strong believer in Horoscope. She wasn’t a believer before, but a family member convinced her to make a horoscope, and she says the predictions in it have started coming true. “This has strengthened my belief,” says Tehseen.

Another respondent, Usama Siddique a garment manufacturer, said” Yes, I do believe in astrology and forecasting my future depending on various factors like time, planetary position, birth date, etc.” But he only believes in the good things given in horoscope.

Usama says, “This is a kind of advisory system which I consult before plunging into anything, whether it’s marriage, business or any other matter.” Not all respondents choose to have their life ruled by planets and predictions. Faiza Khan, the designer of S.B.Boutique, is a non-believer in any form of astrology. “Aamal(Deeds) is more important than one’s birth time to have a happy and contented life,” she says. “I feel it is your perseverance and hard work that helps you attain happiness.”

“God is the supreme power, more powerful than any planetary locations,” says Zubiar Hassan a management student. No one in his family believes in any form of astrology. “It’s more important to lead a good and humanitarian life than anything else,” he says.

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Urdu Play on Maulana Azad

An Urdu play, Maulana Azad, beautifully captures the patriot's personality.

Few freedom fighters can match Maulana Abul Kalam Azad's grip on varied subjects-history, politics, religion, philosophy, music, even his style of sipping tea. While tomes are available on Azad's tastes, an Urdu play, Maulana Azad, beautifully captures the patriot's personality. The play is based on his famous book, India Wins Freedom. In Mumbai, Maulana Azad is being staged at Nehru Centre. Directed by Delhi-based, M. Sayeed Alam, the play has Tom Alter acting solo. "When I read Sayeed saab's script, I was amazed at Maulana Azad's depth of study. My knowledge of Urdu made my task easier," says Alter, between rehearsals at his home in Central Mumbai. "A staunch nationalist, the maulana never agreed to the diabolical two-nation theory." The play has a scene where Azad is confronted by some members of the Muslim League, arguing why the Muslims needed a separate homeland. "Who are you to divide god's land into paak (pure) and napaak (impure)?" he asks. The League had its way, but it was Azad who stopped thousands of Muslims in Delhi from migrating to Pakistan. From the pulpit of the Jama Masjid in Delhi, Azad called upon Muslims not to migrate as the "minarets of the mosques and shrines in India would never forgive Muslims if they deserted them." "The play mentions this historic speech too," explains Alter.

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Justice Ahmadi elected Chancellor of AMU

Aligarh: Justice A. M. Ahmadi, former Chief Justice of India, has been elected the Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University. Al Ameen Education Society founder, Mumtaz Ahmed Khan has been retained pro-chancellor while Nawab Ibne Said Khan has been elected Hony Treasurer. For the six-member executive committee, six members were elected. They include former MP Waseem Khan, former Foreign Secretary of India, Salman Hyder, former Minister of State for External Affairs Salim Iqbal Sherwani, cardiologist, Prof. Mansur Hassan, S. A. H. Abidi, who is currently serving as member of the Agricultural Services Recruitment Board and Muslim League MP E. Ahmed. Among the general court members elected this year are educationist Prof. Amrik Singh, Syed Shahabuddin, lyricist Javed Akhtar, Scientist Zahoor Qasim, Shia cleric Syed Kable Abid, Shahid Mehdi, Shahid Hussain Khan, Maulana Mufti Fuzail, Justice Khaja Yusuf, Musa Raza, Justice Saghir Ahmed, Quran exegete Maulana A. Karim Parikh, Najmul Hassan Rizvi, Dr. Manzoor Alam, Prof. B. Sheik Ali, Dr. Ishaq Jamkhanawala, Munawar Peerbhoy, Nusrath Sherwani, Rabe Hasni Nadwi, Ziauddin Islahi, Mubarak Pasha, Maulana Fazlur Raheem, Mujaddidi, Wali Rahmani, Justice A. G. Qurieshi, Syed S. Shafi, Rahmatullah Khan Shafi, Kuwar Ammar Khan, Prof. K. A. Jaleel and Ameer Alam Khan.

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Imams Endorse Pulse Polio Programme

Patna: Alarmed by the high incidence of polio, Bihar has sought the help of Muslim clerics to check the spread of the debilitating disease. Bihar, which has the second highest number of polio cases after Uttar Pradesh, has turned to imams following findings that Muslim participation in a mass immunisation drive for children was very poor because of misconceptions about the oral vaccine. The Patna administration has requested the Imarate Sharia, a large Muslim religious centre in Phulwarisharif near Patna, to seek the help of the imams of various mosques for the success of the Pulse Polio immunisation drive. District officials said the head of the Imarate Sharia has agreed to join hands to spread awareness about the Pulse Polio programme. "If possible, the imams will air the message from the mosque and appeal to Muslims to participate in the Pulse Polio programme," an official said. According to feedback the government has received, many Muslims, especially the unlettered, believe the polio vaccine makes male children impotent. This led to poor Muslim turn-out for the vaccine's administration to children up to five years of age in many districts, including Patna.

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New Kannada Daily

Mangalore: The first Muslim managed Kannada Daily Vaarta Bharthi hit the news stands here on August 29. Edited by Abdus Salam Puthige, the daily has been brought out by The Community Media Trust from the Industrial Area in Baikampady in Mangalore. The 8-page broadsheet offers two pages in colour and is priced at Rs. 2. For more details contact: 0824-2408545,email: mediatoday@mail.com

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Apollo KH Hospital Opened in Melvisharam

By A Staff Writer

Melvisharam (Tamil Nadu): The 60-bed Apollo KH Hospital was opened here on September 14 by Dr. Prathap C. Reddy, chairman of the Apollo Hospital Group. The Hospital set up by Khizer Hussain Foundation will be managed by the Apollo Group of Hospitals with headquarters in Chennai.

Setup with an estimated Rs. 12 crore, it is designed to provide medical care at affordable cost to the poor people. The inauguration was attended by Vellore collector, A. C. Mohandoss, advocate Habibullah Badsha who is also a director in the Hospitals and several other dignitaries.

KH Foundation President, M. Mohammad Hashim told Islamic Voice, the Hospital would soon be upgraded to 150 beds. He said the Hospital has currently maternity, pediatrics, general surgery and general physician sections and has a team of 11 expert doctors headed by Dr. Ashok Kumar.

The Hospital Complex sprawls upon a 10 - acre plot and has 40,000 sq. ft. of builtup area. It has come up on Bye-pass Road in Melvisharam, a tiny industrial town on the Highway to Chennai, about 85 kms from Chennai.

The Hospital provides 24-hour emergency services and plans to start paramedical courses in due course. More details can be had from Apollo KH Hospitals, Melvisharam-632509, Vellore district, Phone: 04172-269131.

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Women Darul Ifta in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: The first Darul Ifta with women muftis on panel has come into being here. Three women muftis,Muftia Fatimah Aziz, Muftia Syyeda Fatimah and Muftia Rizwana are on the panel. They have been trained in a 2-year Mufti course from Jamiatul Banat in the city.

Jamia rector Maulana Mastan Ali told the media that women aspirants of the course should first acquire the degrees of aalimah, kamilah and fazilah. He said so far there did not exist an institution where women could ponder over certain issues close to their gender and the women’s ifta panel would be instrumental in expressing opinion on such matters.

In the first fatwa issued by the panel, it said it was not legitimate for women to shave their eyebrows, crop hair over the forehead, wear colour contact lenses, and bleach hair.In a question asked by Juveriah Fatima, the panel expressed the opinion that it was not legitimate for women to wear male dresses.

Jamia is training five more women for the mufti panel.Prof. Anwar Muazzam, former head of the Dept. of Islamic Studies at Osmania University held it as a positive step.

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Talking Peace

Trivandrum: The traditions of Kerala are based on the principles of communal harmony. The intolerance among certain sections of the society is due to the pressure tactics of mischievous and divisive forces.The cultural traditions all over Kerala project religious amity," said Dr M.G.Shashi Bhooshan, well-known critic and Director of Vylopilly Samskrithi Bhavan of the government of Kerala. He was delivering the first of a series of lectures organised by Vakkom Moulavi Foundation Trust in Trivandrum.Dr. N.A.Karim, former Pro-vice-chancellor and president of the Trust presided over the programme.Dr. K.M. Nair, Director and Kayamkulam Yoonus welcomed the gathering.

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Adoption of Urdu Schools

Chennai: S.K's Educational Academy founded by Prof. Hakim Syed Khallefathullah, located at Royapettah, Chennai has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Corporation Deputy Commi-ssioner of Schools, Dharmendra Pratap Yadav, to develop and improve the educational atmosphere of 10 Corporation Urdu Schools. The focus will be on saving the street children and placing them in schools. S.K's Educational Academy, 36, Jehan Khan Road, (Opp. Road to Zambazaar Police Station), Royapettah, Chennai-600014. ph: 28483231, Email:drameen@vsnl.net

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Safe With Saifee

Event Diary

Mumbai: Saifee Ambulance Society played the role of the strong and silent helper during the tragic twin blasts in Mumbai last month. A team of Saifee Ambulance Corps comprising doctors and nurses rushed to the spot and attended to the victims. Apart from the on-field services by Saifee Ambulance Society which is funded and run by the Dawoodi Bohra Muslims in Mumbai, the Society also arranged for blood donations.

Saifee Ambulance Society, Saifee Ambulance Corps, St. John Ambulance Brigade, No 3, Maharashtra District, Syed Abu Mohammed Road, Khara Tank Road, Mumbai-400003.


19 Couples Married in Mass Wedding

Bangalore: Nineteen Muslim couples were united in the wedlock in a mass marriage held under the aegis of the NGO, Humane Touch in Bangalore’s Goripalya slum on August 31.

The sermon of the Nikah was read by Maulana Riyazur Rahman Rashadi at the Subhania Masjid where the bridegrooms were seated in a row even as the brides sat in an adjacent hall.

This was the third occasion when the Humane Touch organised the mass marriage within the span of a year. Earlier nearly 35 couples were married in similar fashion on two occasions with the NGO organizing the bare essentials of a bedstead, almirahs, pairs of festive clothes etc towards wedding gift to the new couples. The grooms are mostly self-employed persons.

Humane Touch secretary Sister Tazaiyun Oomer said the organisation had taken up the education, vocational training of slum women in Goripalya. It runs a school for nearly 500 children in the slums and has attended to needs of the reformative surgery for crippled youth in the area.

Phone No : 5298833 e- mail : taju@humanetouch.org

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People

Karnatak University, Dharwad has awarded a Ph.D degree in Economics entitled, " The Economic Ideas of the Prophet of Islam: A study of their relevance and significance," to Rafeeq Ahmad Abulla Pathan. Pathan is working as selection grade lecturer in Economics, at Anjuman Degree college in Bijapur, Karnataka, since 1980.

Dr R.A.Pathan,09, Kazi Layout, Karnal Khan Bazaar, Bijapur-586104. Ph:255301.


The President of India has nominated Prof. Dr Hakim Syed Khaleefathullah of Chennai as one of the eminent individual members in the recently constituted Central Council of Health and Family Welfare, the Apex Advisory Body on Health Care. Dr Hakim is the founder of the Niamath Science Academy-an NGO for the development of Unani medicine.

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