Islamic Voice A Monthly English Magazine
Jamadiul-Akhir / Rajab 1423 H
September 2002
Volume 15-09 No:189

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Kannada Edition Please!
Islamic Voice in Gujarati
With regards from Germany
You dare not criticise Hinduism!
Muslim Societies have remained Backward!
Muslims are not Lambs
Islam still in the dark ages?


Kannada Edition Please!

Islamic Voice is very inspiring as its style of spreading the message of Islam is very unique. In South Kanara district, in Mangalore, Muslims are well-versed in Kannada and the community newspapers here are in Kannada. So because of this Islamic Voice is not reaching the Muslims. Request you to publish the Kannada edition of Islamic Voice.

M. Eliyas Muhammad
Bantwal Taluk

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Islamic Voice in Gujarati

I live in Dhoraji city in Gujarat. I read Islamic Voice which conveys the message of Islam excellently, but sadly, here many people are not able to read this publication as they have no knowledge of English. So my request is that your publication should be published in Gujarati so that the message of Islam reaches Muslims and non-Muslims too.

Sajid Amin Navy
Dhoraji.

We are open to the idea of language editions provided we receive support from professionals in the region.Editor

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With regards from Germany

Since two months, I am regularly getting copies of Islamic Voice from India. Mr. Umeruddin of Bangalore has been sending it to me. Through Islamic Voice, I get updated information on the situation of Muslims in India and I would love to contribute reports from here. Your website is brilliant and is one of the best publications for Muslims living abroad. I pray for the success of the team out there.

Abdul Razzaque,
Berlin (Germany)
abdulrazzak18@hotmail.com

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You dare not criticise Hinduism!

In Islamic Voice, you publish so much about Islam, but why on earth do you criticise Hindu practices like the use of bindi? (Zakir Naik, Islamic Voice, May 2002) You know your website is global, what impression will others have about Hinduism if you go around being anti-Hindu. Be Islamic, not anti-Hindu. Also highlight the terror that Pakistan is creating in Kashmir so that other Muslims know what their brothers are upto.

Soman
soman@yahoo.com

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Muslim Societies have remained Backward!

Dr. Zakir Naik is trying to skirt the real issue in the article,”Why does Islam degrade women by keeping them behind the veil? (Islamic Voice, Aug 2002). In fact, the real problem is that the status of women in the Islamic society today has either remained same or become worse than it was in the 7th century, while in all other societies, the women’s status has considerably improved in the last 100 years. To speak of the status of women in the western society with the kind of insulting and distasteful language used by Zakir is most unfortunate.It appears that for Zakir, women are nothing, but sex-objects that distract men, so they better be veiled! What an attitude! Zakir quotes FBI data to talk about large number of rape cases in USA. He conveniently forgets that in the USA, any advance by a man towards a woman without her willingness is almost considered rape, even if the woman were one’s wife. And in the USA, women do always report cases, they are never afraid in doing that, and they are not stigmatised in their society because of criminal incidents against them. On the other hand, in most Islamic, Middle-Eastern and Asian societies, most cases of rape of women go unreported, and most women are afraid to come out and talk about them! Unfortunately, in the Muslim societies, the educated elements wish to bring in reforms, but are extremely afraid of the Mullahs and the dogmatic status-quoists. This is a matter of great pity, for it forces the Muslim societies to remain backward and in the tight grip of the self-serving Mullahs.

Atar Sen
Los Gatos
California
USA
atar@helixity.com

Editor Replies: Islamic Voice promotes positive understanding of Islam. Several sections of Islamic opinion get reflected through its pages. Dr. Zakir Naik too has been airing his opinion on issues of interest and concern. Opinion on cultural social and economic issues cannot be final. Whatever one says on these issues has its own context with regard to time and society one lives in. Islamic Voice has, in the past, expressed opinions that are not acceptable to majority of Muslims. It is essential that a cross section of opinion should be reflected. We have earlier said that ‘bindi’, ‘sindoor’, ‘saree’ etc. could be manifestation of Indian culture and need not be rejected. That article also said all women in Bangladesh sport bindi and wear saree. That does not make Bangladeshis any less Muslims. Yet we also maintain that this opinion too does not have a seal of finality. In the changing world, issues should be discussed continually. Its absence breeds stagnation. And none other than Muslims are its worst example.

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Muslims are not Lambs

The BJP at the Centre is bent upon destroying the peace in this country. Now they are busy maligning the Madrasas in India. Great sacrifices were rendered by the Ulema of these Madrasas. Some communal chauvinists are blaming Muslims for the Partition of the country, since Muhammad Ali Jinnah had demanded the bifurcation in 1938. In fact Lala Lajpatrai had in the year 1923 raised the voice for the division on religious grounds. Veer Savarkar had repeated it in 1938 in Ahmedabad. Now the RSS has demanded trifurcation of the State of Jammu and Kashmir. Why are we Muslims treated as lambs by the wolves? May God let sanity prevail and save our motherland.

M. I. Ansari, Bhiwandi
ansari.m.i@indiatimes.com

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Islam still in the dark ages?

By sheer chance, I came across the Islamic Voice website. It was indeed refreshing and very pleasant to read your Editorial on your President Kalam. At the same time, I must say that it was quite disappointing to read the defence of veils for Muslim women as advocated by Dr.Zakir Naik. What a contrast? That is the tragedy of every religion that gets stuck in the historical past and does not evolve and grow with the advancement of knowledge and science. It seems that Islam is still struggling to come into the 21st Century. Dr. Naik’s claim that veiling prevents “rape” is a laughable defense for continuing with the practice of veiling women. On another website on India, I read that over 100 children were buried for a few minutes and dug out (thank God, unharmed) to appease the Goddess of Chicken Pox. That from a religion (Hinduism) that has provided profound wisdom in understanding the universe through its tenets of Vedanta.

Dr. Alex Alexander
USA
calexo@cablespeed.co

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