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Scanning for Sex Detection of the Foetus held illegitimate
By A Staff Writer

Fiqh Academy Ruling

The 15th All India Fiqh seminar held here under the aegis of Fiqh Academy has held that use of ultrasound scanning for detection of sex of the child was violative of the spirit of the Shariah and could not be legitimised. The Academy which met here between March 10-12, said it was a sin to abort foetus of the girl child and it would be considered murder if the ultrasound technique is used for prevention of the birth of a girl child. However, the Academy resolved that there could be no objection if the technique is employed to detect physical abnormality in the child and saw no harm if the parent opted for abortion of such foetus. Presenting the resolutions to the Press, Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahman, general secretary of the Academy, said the ulema and academicians who deliberated for three days ruled that DNA test was permissible to ascertain the parenthood of the new-borns and even in conditions when kids gets separated from parents due to calamities or accidents. They also held it valid if such tests were ordered by courts for detection of crimes.

The Academy found medical insurance schemes in vogue in India unacceptable as they involved interest bearing investments. It however suggested that investment for medical insurance could be organised on patterns of Malaysia where money is invested into legitimate businesses and profit proceeds are disbursed among the people opting for schemes.

Islamic Fiqh Academy,
P.O. Box No. 9746, 161-F,
Joga Bai, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi - 25.
E-mail: [email protected] Ph.: 26981779

Muslims Dominate Assam Elections
By A Staff Writer

31 per cent Muslim voters of Assam hold the trump card of the forthcoming Assembly electi-ons in Assam. This is evident from the fact that most of the political parties are either busy in wooing the Muslims or trying to polarise voters against them. The domination of Muslim politics in the forthcoming Assembly elections could also be realised by the fact that out of 126, there are at least 21 Assembly constituencies, which have more than 50 per cent Muslim voters. Besides that, there are at least 60 Assembly segments, which have the presence of 25 per cent or more than that Muslim voters in the state. If the BJP- led combine is trying to create fear of being swamped away by immigrant Muslims among the Hindu voters, the Congress has fielded 30 Muslim candidates to capitalise the possible polarisation of Muslim voters. The principal Opposition party, the AGP, is largely relying on Assamese voters, including indigenous Muslims. They have identified “regionalism and secularism” as the main poll plank with seat adjustment with Left political parties. The polarisation of Muslim voters looks imminent as Asom Satra Maha Sabha president, Bhadra Krishna Goswami has already given a call that the Hindus should unite to form a vote bank

Petition against Fatwas
By Andalib Akhter
New Delhi

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has termed the petition against the ‘Fatwas’ of Darul Qazas in the Supreme Court as misleading and malicious and asked the apex court to ensure proper representation of Ulema in the court, in this matter. In a memorandum to the Prime Minister, the Board said that the petition against the ‘Fatwas’ by the Muftis has been filed to hurt the sentiments of the Muslim community and to disturb the UPA government at the centre. It said that such petition was not filed during the tenure of the NDA government. The memorandum also stated that the ruling of the Darul Qazas was not imposed on anybody and many local disputes were being resolved through these Darul Qazas. In this way they also helped the over-burdened courts.

NCM to Monitor Rath Yatra
New Delhi

The newly appointed chairman of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM), Hamid Ansari has asked for more powers to the Commission. He said that there was an urgent need for investigating machinery in the Commission just like it exists in the National Commission for Human Rights. Currently, the NCM has to depend on the external agencies to investigate matters related to the minority communities, while NHRC has all powers to send its team to the affected people and areas. The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) would closely monitor the proposed Rath Yatra by BJP leader, L.K Advani. The Yatra is likely to begin in the first week of April. Several social organisations and political parties, including the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, have expressed apprehensions over the fall-out of the Yatra, on the social fabric of the country. Hamid Ansari, said that the Commission could not pre-judge an event. “We, like the whole country, would be watching the Rath Yatra and would take appropriate action as the situation demands,” he said.

Convocation Ceremony
New Delhi

The first ever convocation of Hazrath Nizamuddin Institute for Studies in Tasawwuf was held recently at Ghalib Academy in New Delhi and 19 students (research scholars) of this Institute were awarded post-graduate diplomas in Tasawwuf Studies. The Institute was set up by the Nizamia Charitable Trust, Delhi and Jamia Malabar Al Islamia, Kerala. This is a unique and first course of its kind in the country where apart from the principles of Tasawwuf, teachings and practices of famous Sufi Orders is also imparted. The degrees were given away to the students by a famous Sufi master from Kerala of Qadri Chishty Order, Baba Yusuf Sultan Shah Qadri. Imran Qidwai, chairperson AICC (I) Minority Cell and Y.S. Qureshi, secretary, ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs were the chief guests at the convocation ceremony.

For more details, contact, Dr S.M.A Nizami,
Nizamia Charitable Trust,
Hazrath Nizamuddin, New Delhi-110013.
Ph: 20906719. Email: nct-1983