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West Bengal State conducted its North 24 Parganas , Murshidabad and Nadia District Workers Conference on the 17th and 18th February,2013 . Prof Kader Mohiuddeen , Ex MP Tamil Nadu and National General Secretary IUML, and Janab Dastagir Aga Sahib , National Vice President IUML, were Chief Guests. The other Chief Speakers of the District Conferences were Janab Shahanshah Jehangir , National Secretary and President IUML West Bengal State, Janab KP Md Sharif IUML West Bengal State Treasurer, Sabir Ghaffar, Muslim Youth League West Bengal State President . Prof Kader Mohiuddeen sahib in his speech congratulated the IUML West Bengal State under the leadership of Shahanshah Jehangir for uniting all factions of Muslim League in the state under the Platform of Indian Union Muslim League after 24 long years. Prof Kader Mohiuddeen Sahib also spoke of the 3 principles of IUML , that is , to stand up for the Unity and Integrity of the Country, to strive for communal harmony and brotherhood as well as to uphold the Secularism of the country, and to preserve and protect the cultural and religious identity of all Minorities . He further spoke of the importance of the Unity of the

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Muslim Community in West Bengal under the Green Crescent ag of the Indian Union Muslim League and it would be the most important step towards the empowerment of muslims in the state. He also reminded the people that it was West Bengal from where the message of the Muslim League travelled all through out India and it was time that the Muslim Leaguers of West Bengal once again prepare themselves to Lead the Muslims of the country by bringing back the Muslim League to a very strong position in West Bengal . Kader Mohiuddeen Sahib further spoke of the poor condition of Muslims in West Bengal and the need for Reservation in jobs and Education for the community in the State. Mr Dastagir Aga sahib said in his speech that the future of Indian Muslims will be bright once the Muslims of West Bengal Unite themselves under the IUML Platform and send atleast 5 Indian Union Muslim League MPs to the Parliament of the country. He said that he comes from Karnataka State where Muslims are only 13% of the population and it was necessary for states like west bengal and assam where muslims are more than 30 % of the population to send Muslim League MPs to Parliament who can raise their voice for the whole Indian Muslim Community. Janab Shahanshah Jehangir said

that since 8 years back when he was asked to become President of the Indian Union Muslim League West Bengal state by Late G M Banatwala Sahib . At that time the Party was leaderless and facing a big threat . He said he was new to IUML Politics at that time and since that day he started his efforts to unite all factions of muslim league and as many muslim organizations under the green crescent ag of indian union muslim league. He said he was satised now that his efforts were blessed by Allah and he was successful in his effort in uniting all factions of muslim league under IUML after 24 long years and this was the right time for the party to aim at getting back its previous glorious and strong position in west bengal politics. Mr.Jehangir further asked the State Government to immediately implement the recommendations of the Sacchar Commission Report for the development of West Bengal Muslims as well as give Reservation in jobs and education to the Muslims in the state or else the Party Unit in west Bengal would take to the streets. Janab KP Md.Shareef Sahib spoke of the kerala model as the example of success of IUML politics and said that even muslims in west bengal have a bright future and that the days of darkness are over and it is time for the muslims in the state to start

organizing in the grassroot level to strengthen the only accepted and all representative historic political platform of indian muslim which is the indian union muslim league. Sabir Ghaffar condemned the practice of other mainstream parties to use muslims as GOONS for their narrow political gains and even said that the number of lives lost by muslims in the state in the name of political killings was much more than even the number of lives lost in the genocide in gujarat. Sabir Ghaffar further reminded the chief minister of west bengal about her promises to provide jobs to 10 lakh muslim youths in the state as well as her promise to free waqf land , mosques and muslim graveyards from illegal occupation and demanded that the government immediately act on its promises . Janab Abdus Shokur Sahib president of murshidabad district unit spoke of the decision of the District unit to raise the demand for Murshidabad Development Parishad in the lines of the gorkha territorial administration and lepcha development board. He said that murshidabad , which is the district with the largest muslim population in india and also the poorest district in india, was long neglected and the formation of the murshidabad development parishad would result in the development of the district .

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Muslims Tryst With Destiny: Elections 2014


By Yunus Chitalwala, The Milli Gazette states and the Lok Sabha elections of 2014 approach, there is some unease in the Muslim community about the prospects of the Congress retaining power post-2014. After the present price hike in diesel and reduction in the number of subsidised gas cylinders, Congress seems to have placed itself in the line of re of popular resentment. Though the BJP is salivating at the prospects of getting better of the situation, its confused political ideology and lack of vision regarding the countrys future development makes it a party of agitators who create bedlam instead of deliberation in Parliament and rush to the streets to protest. In fact, nobody would bet on either of the parties. However, the importance of Lok Sabha elections is not lost on the minorities. Not only the political stability of the country is at stake, but the socio-economic challenges thrown up by a split verdict will certainly agitate the thinking of the Muslim community which happens to be at the centre of the electoral calculus. The minorities in India are protected by an egalitarian and secular constitution. In the last 65 years, however, the safeguards enshrined in it have largely been outed. Muslims have suffered huge losses in the communal riots that have rocked their lives at regular intervals and their selfserving leaders have turned the community into pawns in the game of votebank politics. But of late, things have changed slowly but steadily. First, the largescale and politically-driven communal riots are a thing of the past. Two, the Muslim community has started to get out of its isolationist shell and has cast its boat into the national mainstream. This is amply demonstrated by their efforts to acquire higher education. The trend is especially manifest in Gujarat, Maharashtra, and southern states. Institutes of higher learning run by Muslims have come up in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka. Surprisingly, it is the large number of Muslim girls who not only get optimum marks but are at the forefront of the knowledge grab. At present in Gujarat, 700

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Muslim students are studying in various branches of medicine. They soon will become surgeons, physicians and dentists. Still others are writing their success stories in other branches of knowledge. In Tamil Nadu, a recent report showed how Muslim boys and girls in large numbers are preparing for civil service examinations. They have already made their presence felt in engineering and management courses. This is not the case only in the south, but in UP, Delhi, Bihar, and West Bengal, one nds the same story replicated. In the sphere of business and industry, Muslims have made steady progress, though big industry is still out of their reach. The Muslim middle class has emerged, though miniscule. The only big league Muslim industrialist whose name is often mentioned is Azim Premji. However, Premji happens to be an Ismaili Khoja from Gujarat, and he is far from a typical Muslim merchant. In fact, he belongs to that elite club of big industrialists who have earned for their products international brand names. Therefore, he cannot be expected to carry his religion on his sleeve. He can be at best a role model for Muslim youth. The enterprising narrative of Muslims need not end with Azim Premji. There are any number of them in mid-level businesses and industry who have gradually become conscious of their social responsibilities and are contributing to the eld of education and entrepreneurship. This is particularly true of merchants like Bohras and Memons of Bombay who have set up various educational institutions and healthcare centres including hospitals. Muslims working in the Gulf countries send remittances which form a signicant part of Indias foreign exchange earnings. Memons of Kutch had left for greener pastures to other cities at

the beginning of the 20th century. They have their businesses in Bombay, Banglore, Hyderabad and Kochi. Kutch was literally drained of the Memon community except a couple of thousand hagglers who found it difcult to make two ends meet. Now with the establishment of Mundra port and coming of industries, Memons here have sensed opportunity and have become goods carriers and stevedores. Coming to Gujarat, the 2012 elections are knocking on the door and the Muslim community is in a quandary. Both the BJP and the Congress are making larger than life promises which are at best sops to garner votes. Modi has taken out the Vivekananda Yuva Yatra focussed on the youth. His electoral iconography seems inexhaustible as Swamy Vivekanands portraits and big cutouts are everywhere on the yatra route. In 2002 it was Miyan Musharraf, in 2007 Shorabuddin and Kausarbi stared down the hoardings, and now one Narendra [Vivekananda] is ostensibly doing all he could to make his namesake [Namo] emerge as a winner. It is ironic that when a cleric offered a skull cap to Modi, he refused to don it. But Vivekanandas mentor, Ramkrishna Paramhansa who treated all religions as equal, used to don Muslim cap and even offered prayers in a mosque despite opposition from some of his followers. As far as Muslims are concerned, they have risen from a slumber and have done what they could to empower themselves economically. Now, a Muslim intellectual class is becoming increasingly vocal and is not prepared to take horrors like Gujarat 2002 quietly. Hence, whether Modi wins or loses, it hardly matters to them. Faiz Ahmed Faiz had written: Koi unki soi hui dum hilade. Modi has precisely done that and one should not ask for more.

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Muslim Youth League organized National convention of Youth Leaders


Muslim youth league all India committee organized two day national convention (from 23 March) here in Kolkata. The convention was inaugurated by E: Ahammed, Minister of state for external affairs and the president

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tribes have come forward through government policies and programs but it is Muslim who are still backwards even after 66 years of Independence. He said that Muslims has been considered as mere political

the party workers to unite under Muslim league to ght for the right which constitution guarantees for Muslim minorities. PK Kunhalikutty, Minister for industries, Government of Kerala and Indian Union Muslim League treasurer, delivered the

will have strategic alliances with other parties in the country to ght for the development of Muslims as we have it in Kerala. In the second day ET Muhammed Basheer MP and Secretary of Indian Union Muslim addressed the convention.

of Indian Union Muslim League. In the inaugural speech minister has asked to the UPA government to take necessary action for the betterment of Muslims mainly in the areas of education, social integration and afrmative actions. Scheduled caste and schedule

vote banks by the major political parties in most of the state and they have been exploited brutally. He added that the development and empowerment of Muslims is only possible if Muslim league emerges as a strong political party in the country. He asked to

keynote address. He said that this convention is the beginning step for thousand miles that has to be traversed in to transmute the ways for strengthening Muslim league in other states. He added that Muslim league

He said that Sachar committee has found the grass root problems of Muslims and it has helped to have a discussion in and out parliament. He added that UPA should take concrete steps to solve all the problems faced by Muslims.

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Imam Shortage Disturbs America Muslims


is a severe shortage of full-time imams to meet the religious needs of American Muslims Texas: A severe shortage of imams is increasingly disturbing the Muslim community in the United States, who are already affected by absence of religious leaders who can easily connect to the younger generations of USborn Muslims. Ive had the opportunity to travel to maybe 150 mosques across the country. And the vast majority of them, actually, did not have a full-time imam, Nouman Ali Khan, who heads Bayyinah, an Arabic-language institute in Dallas that educates future imams, told US National Public Radio (NPR). The ones that did are very happy to have them and the ones that didnt are constantly asking me when I go for a seminar, Hey, so you know anybody? As the number of Muslims in the United States grows, the number of mosques has also jumped 74 percent over the past decade. However, there is a severe shortage of full-time imams to meet the religious nee growing worshippers. Another problem is that there is a shortage of young American imams who can easily connect to the younger generations of USborn Muslims. A recent survey by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) showed that only 44 percent of American imams are salaried and full-time. The rest are volunteer religious leaders. Four out of ve imams in the United States were born and educated outside the country, mostly in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and

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memorized the entire Quran and dedicated his life to religious study. His time as a hip-hop skateboarder gives him a unique voice for young American Muslims in his mosque. I tell them my life story, he says. India. Raised in a different culture from their parents, third-generation American Muslims feel alienated from mosques and from religious culture altogether. Therefore, mosques in the US not only need trained imams, but also need religious gures who possess good English skills and a thorough understanding of American culture. You may have a scholarly religious gure that can speak to the older congregation, but hes not able to connect as well with the youth, Ali Khan said. And in a lot of the interviews, its even sort of a primary concern how well can you connect with the young in our community. American Imams The Mid-Cities Mosque in Colleyville, Texas, was one of lucky Muslim worship facilities that managed to hire a full-time American imam. I was a sponsored skater at the age of 10 ... and after breaking my arm, my grandmother told me I [had] to put it off, Yahya Jaekoma, a cherubic, 23-year-old of Thai and Afghan descent, who was born in San Diego, said. So she sent me to a madrassa, which is an institute to study the Quran, at the age of 14. At the age of 18, Jaekoma had I tell them where I came from. I tell them what Ive done. US-born Muslim worshippers at the mosque say that American imams are better to understand their thoughts. By having someone that was

born here, its easier to relate to them, and its easier for them to understand our view on what were dealing with and, like, the difculties we have with our faith in, like, such a modern environment, said Sijil Patel, a 16year-old Pakistani-American who is thoroughly modern with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, crazy-colored sneakers, and a headscarf. Some of those things include dating, drugs and alcohol. Weve been strictly taught in Islam that vulgar language is not allowed, Patel says. I try my best to, like, not engage in that type of thing, and Ive told my friends, too.

MIMBER
The trunk of the palm tree was as pleased as punch;
Though it had no shadows to cool or owers in a bunch. It was happy because our Prophet leaned on it everyday, During sermons. His eloquent words thrilled & made it gay! Day by day, the number listening to his words increased. They ocked around him and the mens vision of the Prophet decreased. Soon they built a Mimber of three steps on which our Prophet climed; People saw his face clear and moons beauty was declaimed! On Jumma, the Seer spoke from the Mimber, for the rst time; The little palm tree wept and it had no ears for the Prophets rhyme. Its heart was heavy. Will he not understand how much I loved him tears rolled down. After the prayer, the Sahabas were surprised to see the Prophet going down, To the palm tree and holding it tight with his hands around it! Will he hurt? Nay. He is RAHMATHLIL ALAMEEN all kindness surrounded!

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Reservation for Muslims in not unconstitutional: Mahmood Madani


New Delhi: Speaking to the press reporter here at his offce Maulana Mahmood Madani, General Secretary, Jamiat Ulamai- Hind said that to ensure equal share in development, for every citizen irrespective of his cast and creed is important not only for maintaining peace and justice, it is also critical for the progress and stability of the country. The Sachar Committee and Ranganath Misra Commission have proved grave injustice against Muslims. They have not only highlighted their root causes but also recommended remedial measures. Based Congress Party had to pass resolution for reservation for Muslims on the eve of its 125th anniversary cerebrations in 2010. Before 2009 general election, almost all secular parties incorporated promises of reservation for Muslims in their manifestos. During UP assembly election, SP had promised to provide 18 % reservation to Muslims. Nevertheless, neither the central government whose second stint in power is nearing completion nor the UP government has taken any steps to fulll their promise. They have gone back on their commitments and proved that all their promises were only lip-service, charged Madani. Maulana Mahmood Madani (center) and others He asserted that at this juncture, we would like to make it clear that our demand for reservation is not extra-constitutional rather we are only reiterating for our rights guaranteed under the constitution thus our demand for reservation to Muslims is not based on religion rather we are demanding for abrogation of discrimination against Muslims on the basis of religion. We rmly believe that any demand on the ground of religion in secular system of government is absurd and impractical. At the same time we have to ensure that discrimination on the basis of religion is not allowed against any community. Discrimination in article 341 which contravenes provisions of Article 14 (Equality before law) article 15(Prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth) article 16 (Equality of why the government failed to accommodate and satisfy the long pending demands of the minorities for reinforcement of right to protection of life and property, right to freedom of religion and equality through the required legislation, when it will come out with high degree of professional & moral accountability for the ATS and intelligence agencies as they just cannot play with the lives of ordinary people. With that in view, in order to focus national attention and to put democratic pressure upon UPA govt. to fulll its commitment to minorities the National Executive of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind has decided to hold Insaaf March on March 5, 2013 at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi. In this regard, we appeal to all justice loving persons and institutions to support our demands for the sake of inclusive development of the country. We also appeal to the BJP to stand for justice and, instead of opposing any effort for uplift of minorities, should realize the fact that the country cannot achieve inclusive development if 20 crores of its citizens are forced to live a miserable life. Therefore creating hurdles in the way of their development is tantamount to creating hurdles in countrys development.

opportunity in matters of public employment) is not acceptable to us. As far our demands, nowhere do they contradict the spirit of the constitution but have rmly rooted in the article 15 clause 5 which allows making any special provision, by law, for the advancement of any socially and educationally backward classes of citizens. Therefore overlooking the most persecuted community is betrayal of constitution of the country. He said at present, amongst the various problems facing the community, the issues of proportionate reservation according to its ratio of total population, introduction of communal violence bill and illegal detention of innocent persons call for immediate attention. These issues are not only interconnected to each other but have far reaching implications on the life of every Indian especially the Muslim community. In the wake of every bomb blast, the ATS and intelligence agencies especially target minorities. The same attitude was repeated after Hyderabad bomb blasts. If your look at series of blasts in the country, it appears that framed, damned, acquitted has become the fate of Muslim youths. They have to suffer even 19 years in jail, many of whose families & lives they have destroyed, apart from tainting an entire community with a deep sense of guilt & fear. The recurring communal violence is no less harsh than terrorism, like terrorism, Muslims have to bear the same amount of brunt in the communal riots. Most of these riots were police actions targeted against a particular community. The various national and international human rights organizations have established

shameful involvement of the administration and police in fanning the violence. It is a harsh reality that the members of community which suffer the most in riots, fall prey to the police hunting after riots. Only in Maharashtra Muslims account for 10.6% (2001 survey) of the general population, yet they comprise 36 % of the prison population. It is a joke that if the number of Muslim prison inmates in Maharashtra keeps increasing at the current pace, every jail will soon have an Eidgah. These are impediments that have blocked progress of the nation. We feel it is high time to initiate interaction at the grass root level to nd out how far the government has been able to remove the hurdles in the way of reservation to the most marginalized sections despite assurances and

Muslims join hands to demand release of innocent Muslims


Lucknow: A function to raise the demand for releasing innocent Muslims from jail will be held at Rifah-e-Aam club grounds in Lucknow on Sunday. The function is organised by Rajya Sabha MP Mohammad Adeeb and Imam Aishbagh Eidgah, Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahli. The religious clerics who have been invited for the function include President, All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Maulana Rabey Hasan Nadwi, Principal, Nadwatul Uloom, Maulana Saeedur Rehman Azmi Nadwi, President, Jamiat-ul-Shababul Islam, Maulana Salman Nadwi, Principal Darul Muballigheen, Maulana Aleem Farooqui and several others. The political leaders who have been invited for the event include Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Lok Jan Shakti Party leader Ram Vilas Paswan, Communist leaders A B Bardhan, Sitaram Yechuri, Atul Kumar Anjan, former Andhra Pradesh minister Hanumant Rao, BSP MP Shafeequr Rehman Barq, Mohd Sha of National Conference and Lal Jaan Basha of Telegu Desam Party. Several organisations have also extended their support to the function. Traders organisations in Maulviganj, Akbari Gate, Thakurganj will down their shutters for attending the function. The dhobi community will also abstain from work to attend the function while there will be no slaughtering of animals as Qureshis will also attend the function.

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Islam and Modernity


by Honble Minister of State for External Affairs, Shri E. Ahamed at International Conference Islam and Modernity the perspective of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi My dear esteemed colleagues in the Union Council of Ministers Janab K. Rahman Khan Saheb; Janab Tariq Anwar Saheb; H.E. Prof. Burak Akcapar, Ambassador of Turkey, Prof. S.M. Rashid, Ofciating Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia Prof. Faris Kaya, Secretary General, Istanbul Foundation for Science & Culture, Turkey Prof. Ibrahim, Vice Chancellor, Hasan Kalyoncu University of Turkey, Mr. Ahsan Qasim Saleihi; Prof. Akhtarul Wasey, Director, Zakir Hussain Institute of Islamic Studies; Excellencies and Friends, It is my honour to address this International Conference on Islam and Modernity the perspective of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, which has wide ranging appeal among the scholars, politicians, thinkers, strategists all over the World today. It has been an intensive and interesting discourse for some time now whether modernity and Islam could co-exit, whether Islam which has been portrayed as a static religious ideology could adjust itself in response to the technological social and ideological challenges of the present day World and whether Islam can show us a way forward. It was this quest for answers which led to Bediuzzaman Said Nursi to pen down his ideas in Risale-i-Nur. It is said that Nursi once heard British Secretary for the Colonies, Gladstone as saying and I quote So long as the Muslims have the Quran, we shall be unable to dominate them. We must either take it from them, or make them lose their love of it. It was in response to this that Nursi said and I quote I shall prove and demonstrate to the world that the Quran is an undying, inextinguishable Sun! and thus he decided to write his masterpiece, Risale-i- Nur. He was an exceptional religious scholar who held up a light both to the period, in which he lived, and to today, and to the future. The period he lived coincided with a time of deep crisis, not only for the Ottoman Empire and for Turkey, but for the whole Islamic world. The 19th century was a period of darkness for the Muslim countries and peoples, a time of

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division, decline, and breaking up. In such political landscape he re-ignited the ideals of Islam. What is modernity? Are we modern? I think the concept of modernity itself is a relative and ever changing concept. Throughout the history every new idea and every new way of life has been termed as modern compared to the preceding one. The Romans were modern, then the Ottomans became modern, Mughals were modern, the renaissance became synonymous with modernity. And then we have the scientic and technological advancements of the 20th and 21st century leading to information revolution, the connectivity and the social networking. Are we modern enough or are we to see more modernity as we go along. The point I am trying to make here is that the concept of modernity itself is a wrong premise to start with. What is modern today may seem outdated tomorrow. What I believe is that in spite of all the technological and scientic advancements that the human race will continue to make, there are certain human values which are constant, which are transcendental in nature, which forms the core of the human value system. We must judge Islam vis--vis these core values not vis--vis the ephemeral concept of modernity. As Islam is in consonance with these core human values Islam will remain relevant and contemporary as long as the human race exist on this Planet Earth. Some of these values are equality, quest for knowledge, respect for life, peace, and compassion. Historically Islamic societies encompassed a variety of doctrines, cultures, philosophies and people. Islam itself stood for absolute equality for mankind in the eyes of Almighty Allah. Bediuzzaman Said Nursi also said, I

quote Our enemies are ignorance, poverty and conict. We shall wage holy war against these three enemies with the weapons of Industry Learning and Unity. We all know the story of hazrat Bilal who was a slave but Prophet Muhammad PBUH bestowed the honour of calling azan on him. It is in Islam that the poor and rich both stand together, shoulder to shoulder, in prayer and anyone can lead in prayers and there is no place for a clergy. Islam emphasises to give equal rights to women. For example Islam makes women an equal partner in the marriage contract. First time in human history women got property rights and economic independence in the Islamic societies only. Islam gave women the right to re-marriage much before reformers in India did so in 19th Century. Khadija al Kubra, wife of Prophet Muhammad PBUH was a leading entrepreneur of her times and to this day she inspires Muslim women all over the World to become economically independent. As far as the quest for knowledge is concerned, Islam states that gaining as much knowledge as we can and disseminating the same is not only a good deed but also an essential duty for each Muslim. It is said that Ilm is half Iman. It is this quest of knowledge which gave birth to legends like Ibn Rashid, Ibn Sina, Sharaf al Din al Tusi, Al Khwarizmi, Omar Khayyam and Nursi himself in the Islamic societies. In contemporary India also spreading education among the Muslim communities is considered to be the most crucial aspect of their social uplifting. States like Kerala which have done well in the eld of education for minorities are among the most socially advanced States in India today.

Another aspect of Islamic culture which was much ahead of the times was the concept of Zakat and Sadaqah. These are the methods for distribution of wealth conceptualised by Islam much before the concepts of socialism and welfare states were founded. In India we are now talking about Corporate Social Responsibility, we are trying to bring legislation which will require all business houses to spend about 2 % of their prots for social cause. It was Islam which for the rst time made it mandatory for all wealthy people, that is people with a certain xed amount of money or more, to donate 2.5% of their earnings to charity, a term that is not restricted to donations towards apparently poor people, but also to the needy people within ones own family and community. Apart from Zakat, Islam also encourages Sadaqah, which are further donations that are not compulsory. These days it has become fashionable to say to say that Islam is in danger and is outdated. I would disagree. In the words of Mursi Islam is like inextinguishable Sun. It will always shine and give its light and life to all. However this light and life is not for those who would like to be in shade, but also who chose darkness over light. It is astonishing that Islam is also being clubbed with terrorism and has created the misconception called Islamophobia. However I would like to state here that Islam has nothing to do with it. Islam is a peaceful doctrine and there is no place for violence in it. It is very clear from the following verse of Holy Quran if any one killed a innocent person, it would be as if he killed the whole of mankind; and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole of mankind (Chapter Five, Verse 32). I conclude by reiterating the core values of Islam, which are peace, equality, quest for knowledge, respect for life, and compassion. I appreciate the Zakir Hussain Institute and Jamia Millia Islamia for organising this seminar on a contemporary relevant topic. I am sure this will go deep in to the social ills plaguing the Muslim societies in India and will provide solutions which will show us a way ahead.

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Let Respect, Kindness, And Trust Rule The Affairs Of The Family!
(RadiyAllahu Anha) said: The Messenger of Allah (Sallellahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: When Allah may He be glori ed wills some good towards the people of a household, He introduces kindness among them. (Reported by Imaam Ahmad in al-Musnad, 6/71; Saheeh al-Jaami, 303). Each individual has a unique identity and individuality that deserves to be respected. Giving time to listen to each other and helping solve problems in the light of Islam will make a household more conducive for productive problem solving. On the contrary, a home lled with frequent argumentation, disputes, and quarrels will only foster bad feelings and is

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something that stands counter to the teachings of the Quran and the Sunnah. Lets remember that the prophet (Sallellahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) associated an argumentative and disputing attitude with misguidance. He said, A nation never went astray after being guided except by means of disputation (Tirmidhi #3253 and ibn Majah #48 on the authority of Abu Umamah) In this context, we should also exercise the use of our tongues with great care. The Prophet (Sallellahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: Blessed is the one who controls his tongue Family members should also uphold each others trust and ensure that family matters stay

private unless there is a specic need to share it with others. This especially pertains to spousal issues and matters. The prophet (Sallellahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: One of the most evil of people in the sight of Allah on the Day of Resurrection will be a man who went in unto his wife and she went in unto him, then he (she) disclosed her (or his) secret. (Reported by Muslim, 4/157). There are other ahadith that clearly and strictly warn the spouses (likening them to devils) when they let others in their very private matters. May Allah Keep Our Families Under His Guidance And Protection. Aameen!

BELGAUM DISTRICT WELFARE LEAGUE A Wing of Indian Union Muslim League


On this auspicious day of Eid E- Miladunnabi (Birth Day) of Prophet Mohammed (SWS) who showed the light to whole of Humanity from the dark ages. He has preached and guided us to lead a Peaceful, Prosperous and Healthy life. Following his

preachings, today Belgaum Dist Welfare League is distributing Fruits & Biscuits to patients of Belgaum Dist Civil Hospital. At this function National Vice President Dastagir.I.Aga, Mhod Aslam.M.Pachapuri, K.Gorikhan, Mangalsingh Pruohit, Irfan Inamdar, Amjad Inamdar, Abbubakar SirKazi, Kishor Jain and Ibrahim Shamsheer were also present.
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