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Shaban 1424 H
October 2003
Volume 16-10 No : 202
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Virtues of Salaam
In Pursuit Of Excellence
Heard of Extra Terrestrial Mining?
This Nawab Pulls a Trolley for Living

Virtues of Salaam

We are all aware that helping the oppressed, honouring vows, and visiting the sick are some of the rights of one's fellow Muslims - "spreading the salaam," has also been enjoined upon us.


By Haafiza Rayhana Omar Muhammad

As Muslims we need to daily introspect - our lifestyles, our habits and our character - building (or breaking) etiquettes that form the essence of every human being. "Hath the story of Ebrahim's honoured guests reached thee (O Muhammed)? When they came in unto him and said: Peace, he answered, Peace." (Surah 51, Verse 24,25). Recently I attended a family function and noticed a very peculiar thing, of course things have been like this ever since I was a young girl, but this time round, it seemed as though, in all disparity, that things would never change - that no matter how often one is reminded of this right, this gift, this etiquette, another element has more importance than that of the majesty of the sayings of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. Whose character and lifestyle could be better than his, who was the very embodiment of all that was enjoined in the Qur'an, for Allah Almighty says, "Certainly, there is for you in the messenger of Allah an excellent example." (Surah 33, Verse 21). Family functions, nikaahs, eid or aqeeqah ceremonies are all perfect opportunities for the Ummah to unite and spread peace. How much more simpler than by the greeting of "Assalaam Alaykum" or "Peace be upon you." Very seldom will one find women greeting the full salaam or shaking hands whilst greeting each other, a greeting which Allah Ta'ala, in Surah 24, Verse 61 says, "it is a greeting from Allah blessed and sweet."

Why is it only at "Islamic" functions that we are comfortable with a Muslim's lingo? Is it embarrassing for omen to shake each other's hands? Does it not conform to the dictates of society? Are we all not in dire need of Allah's maghfirah, dear reader? Then Allah's Rasool, Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, has provided us with a perfect solution, when he said, "When two Muslims meet and shake hands, they are forgiven their sins before they part (with each other)." As is the nature of human beings, we interact and socialise with others on a daily basis, this then is our perfect opportunity to gain Allah's forgiveness.

How much more pleasant, friendly and enjoyable would life be, if we used the greeting of cognizant of the fact that you can and are living the Sunnah! The greeting of salaam is unique and not like the greeting of any other culture or religion. It is a greeting in which one wishes peace and goodwill for the next Muslim.

The Prophet (Pbuh) said you shall not enter paradise until you believe and you shall not believe until you love one another. Shall I not inform you of something, if you were to act upon it, you will indeed achieve mutual love for one another? Spread the greeting-Assalamualaikum amongst yourself. (Muslims).

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In Pursuit Of Excellence

Abdur Rahim Abdul Karim Shaikh is the President of F.D Education Society, which is today the largest Muslim educational organization in Gujarat. He holds this post right from the day of the official inception and registration of the society way back in January 1968. With a vision to uplift the educational status of the Muslims, Karim Shaikh initiated the first group tuition classes for high school students and this led to the setting up of the government-reognised regular school in 1971 at Jamalpur, Ahmedabad.As a result of the dedicated efforst of Karim Shaikh, the F.D. Education Society now runs 29 different educational institutions from Kindergarten to college with over 14,000 students on the rolls. The Multifarious Education Centre, the latest project inited by him at Bahiyal, Tehsil Dehgam in Gandhinagar district will have residential schools and colleges. The educational institutions under the F.D. Education Society present an excellent example of communal harmony with a large chunk of non-Muslim staff and faculty. While Karim Shaikh couls be engrossed in his business of a Gas Agency, but yet he has committed himself to the noble endeavour of helping his community to acquire education for 35 long years.

For details, contact: R. K. Saiyed, Chairman, F. D. Education Society, Jamalpur, Sindhiwad, Ahmedabad-380001. Ph;5391021. Email: fd_edu_soc@rediffmail.com

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Heard of Extra Terrestrial Mining?

By Manzar Khan

Syed Vizarat Ali is a reputed mining engineer based in Nagpur who has made significant contribution in the field of mineral development. An alumnus of Indian School of Mines, he worked as Deputy Advisor, Planning Commission, mining Advisor, Mineral Development Board (Ministry of Steel) and Controller of Mines, Indian Bureau of Mines (Ministry of Mines), Government of India during his versatile career. He was deputed to the Eastern and Southern African Mineral Resources Development Centre, Tanzania by the Government of India as an ITEC expert where he developed laboratories, trained Tanzanian counter-parts and worked on mineral develop-ment problems. He has authored over 150 publications. A life Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India) and Member of Mining, Geological and Metallurgical Institute of India, Ali was givent he distinguished Alumnus Award by his alma mater and the Rungta Gold Medal by MGMI.

Today extra-terrestrial mining is no longer a scientific fiction as man can go to Space to acquire minerals for use on earth. In Space, minerals are required to construct Space-Stations. Vizarat Ali has taken up this topic as the theme of his book and this is the first time such a unique topic has been studied in such detail. With facts and figues, supported by annexures, ISRO has already placed an order for the first print. While the first print on this subject was distributed fre of cost, the present reprint has been priced at Rs 180 per copy.

For further details and the book please get in touch directly with Syed Vizarat Ali, 102, Vindhyachal Apartments, Sahyog Nagar, Police Lines Takli, Nagpur-440013, Ph:0712-581380

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This Nawab Pulls a Trolley for Living

Varanasi: His friends and neighbours in the city's Shivala area call him Munne Nawab, and not without reason. Mirza Nadir Bakht (his real name) has royal connections with the Mughal dynasty. But Nadir Bakht is unlike other royal descendants who enjoy the patronage of either the government or political parties. He pulls a trolley and toils from morning till night to make both ends meet. " Yes, I am a successor of the great Mughals, but that does not make any difference to me. I am just like any other trolleyman, except for the respect fellow trolleymen give me," says the man in a torn shirt and half pant-his normal work clothes. He leaves his one room 'palace' after a send-off from his 'queen' in the morning and walks down to the road to get customers for his trolley. The nawab, unlike his peers, is not rustic. His solemn face, soft voice and courteous nature make him distinguishable. As the history of Mughals in the region goes, an ancestor of Nadir Bakht came to Varanasi in 1782. It was Jahandar Shah Bakht alias Jawan Bakht, the eldest son of Mughal Emperor Shah Alam II. " Till my grandfather's time, we got the royal pension. Now our houses and property have been grabbed by relatives," said a dejected Nadir Bakht. Any visitor to his house is treated in the best way possible-either at home or the nearby tea stall. And one cannot make payments before 'his highness'. As the Nawab told the Hindustan Times team at the tea stall: "Aap hamare mehmaan hain, paise hum hi denge" (You are my guest, so I will pay).

(Reported by Gaurav Saigal in The Hindustan Times)

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