The epitaph of 'Muslim India'

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 23 August 2011 | Posted in , , ,

By Syed Zubair Ahmad

The epitaph of a Muslim research and documentation journal reads: “The well known monthly journal of Research, Documentation and Reference ‘Muslim India’ has been ceased publication but is available in-bound Annual Volumes beginning from January 1983 and ending with December 2009, with a gap for 1984 & for 2003 to 2006.(up to June). Muslim India as a source of accurate and authentic information on various aspects of Muslim India during the last quarter of 20th century, is a unique and invaluable publication for university teachers and research scholars.” (Milli Gazette 1-15 August 2011).

This priceless research reference and documentation journal was on life support system from a long time, finally after suffering many severe attacks it died two years back. After going through the above news ,I went to the office the late journal for condolence, to my surprise one staff of the journal informed me that he was calling to the offices of Muslim organizations/ institutes to take them free but they are not turning up to take them even for free.

For me this is not the epitaph of ‘Muslim India’ rather this is the epitaph on ‘Indian Muslims’ or on larger scenario this may be called the epitaph of the ‘Muslim World’ which was in scripted many centuries ago. The death of this journal is only reminds us for our insensitivity and negligence.

As far as my knowledge is concerned ’Muslim India’ was the only journal of research, documentation and reference on Muslim issues in India. A segment of Indian Muslims are off course well off, but they don’t have time or money to buy and read magazines or journals on Muslim issues. They don’t have even time to think as a Muslim. Their time and money is spent on useless habit and hobbies. Hindu industrialists are taking over Urdu news papers and insightful magazines and newspapers like Milli Gazette, Radiance Viewsweekly, Islamic Voice, Young Muslim Digest, Afkar e Milli, and Dawat etc are either not doing well or suffering financially.

I have visited few Gulf nations. Forget about hotels like the word ‘vision’ they don’t have even common wisdom or common sense. Yes they have sky scrapers like Faisaliah Towers, Kingdom Towers, Burj Dubai, Burj Khalifa, and seven stars super luxury Hotels Atlantis Hotel, Al-Faisaliah hotel etc but they don’t have research institutes, libraries, or even research journals. Yes, their streets are jammed with luxurious cars; their shopping malls are flooded with American cosmetics, British clothes, Italian shoes, Swiss watches, French perfumes, etc. and their book shops could be seen full with glorious magazines on beauty and health care, swimming, car driving and interior designs etc.

Now compare this with Zionists and western imperialist forces. There are hundreds of news papers, magazines, news agencies, film and television production companies which are dedicated for the cause of Zionism and neo-imperialism. There are hundreds of magazines and research journals which are published from America itself focusing on Muslim world, Arab World and Middle East, namely Arab world studies, Middle East Studies, Arab world Journal Middle East Journal etc. Most of their universities have the department of Arab world studies, Middle East studies Muslim world studies.

There are hundreds of secret societies, think tanks, research institutes, organizations, special foundations, interests groups, legal associations, training institutes, laboratories, financial and commercial institutes, universities, banks, and media houses which were founded and are funded by Zionists and their allies. A list of such would require a voluminous book. These organizations basically plan executes and control U.S policies through which they try to control and dominate the world – politically, financially, socially, militarily and culturally.

Syed Shahabuddin
Ideas rule, ideologies prevail, thoughts motivate, and vision plays the role of the agent for change. First the mind set changes then change the situations. Revolution of mind is the sign of physical revolution. Vision and wisdom make a nation meaningful on the stage of the world.

But as far as the Muslim world is concerned , the future historians will write that there was a nation which was created on the basis of a divine ideology , was running after each and every Jack and Jill. A nation that was gifted with the best natural resources of the world to spread that divine ideology became so mean and meaningless on the stage of the world.

There are not only American and Jews experts and think tanks on Gulf States, Gulf nations and Gulf rulers sitting in Washington London, Paris and Tel Aviv but there are hundreds of dedicated research organizations which are working separately on all prominent and influential personalities of Muslim world round the clock. They keep a close eye on each and every move of them. They know well their area of interests, their likes and dislikes, their choice of foods clothes etc and even their bed room activities. No wonder most of the authentic research works on influential Muslim personalities, Muslim organizations, Islamic movements and even Muslim sects like Wahabi, Deobandi, and Barelvi etc have been done by experts and institutions based in Washington, London, Paris and Tel Aviv.

How the Indian Muslims were marginalized politically and economically no one try to know the reason. How the Muslims are culturally assimilated by Hindu culture no one needs to think over it. What are the nefarious designs of Hindutva brigade no one tries to know that? From Babri Masjid to Batla House, form anti Muslim riots to bomb blasts there are series of conspiracies but even the elite Muslims are sleeping to their glory.
The Islamic world has suffered big tremors and many shocking incidents over the years but no one tried to know the reasons behind them as well as their impact. In the heart of Arab world cancerous tumor of Israel sprang up and no one bothered to investigate how it could be possible. Two Gulf wars were fought but no one bothered to look into the reasons. Jews and Neo-Cons entered Arabian Peninsula but no one was ready to investigate or even think about any global anti-Islamic conspiracy involved. Zionist-sponsored and American-implemented conspiracies are so shrewd, deep, far reaching, and all encompassing multi-functional and multi-dimensional that could ‘shake the mountains’ as mentioned in Holy Quran. But the followers of the same Holy Quran don’t have time to think over those conspiracies!.

The closure of one of the most important research and documentationjournal shows that the Muslim world is a world without vision.

[Syed Zubair Ahmad is a Writer & Journalist. He can be reached at smzubairahmad@gmail.com]

Zakat – A means for eradicating poverty

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By Ziaulla Namani

Zakat is the third pillar of Islam. The Qur'an mentions Zakat many times along with prayer sSalat to emphasize the importance of it. Literally Zakat means Blessing, purification, increase and goodness. It is so called as it blesses the wealth from which it is taken and protects it from misfortunes.

Zakah is indispensable for the Muslim community as it achieves reform, both financially and spiritually. It eliminates misery and greed from hearts and consolidates the Islamic economy, leading to its stability and prosperity. Besides, the Qur'an pictures Zakah as:

The means of attaining Allah's mercy, "But My Mercy extended to all things. That (Mercy) I shall ordain for those who do right, and practice regular charity". (Surah Al-A`raf 7:165)

Also the Sunnah equally stresses the importance of Zakah.

Ibn `Umar (may Allah be pleased with him and his father) reported Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) as saying, "I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, perform Prayer, and pay Zakah." (Al-Bukhari, Muslim)

Ther are two conditions for Zakat to be obligatory on the wealth.

1. Being in possession of Nisab i.e. possessing property in excess of a minimum exemption limit.

2. On completion of one Lunar year on the wealth. According to the Hanafi fiqh, if a person possesses wealth equal to or in surplus of Nisab in the beginning and at the end of the lunar year, (even though in between the year, the wealth was less than the Nisab), Zakat is obligatory, but if at the end of the lunar year, if the wealth is less than the Nisab (though one had wealth equal to or in surplus during the year), zakat is not obligatory. According to the Shafie fiqh, the passage of one lunar year is a must on the wealth (Nisab). The zakat is calculated on the day on which a year is completed on that wealth (Nisab).


Zakat is paid on the surplus of wealth which is left over after the passage of a year (Lunar Year).

It is thus a payment on the accumulated wealth, leaving our animal and agricultural yield. Zakat is paid at almost a uniform rate of 2 1/2%. The minimum standard of surplus of wealth over which Zakat is charged is known as Nisab. It differs with different kinds of property. In case of silver, it is 52 1/2 Tolas (634 grams), in case of gold, it is 7 1/2 Tolas (88 grams). The Nisab for cash is the same as that of gold and silver.

On whom Zakat is obligatory

Zakat is obligatory on every adult free, Muslim man and woman provided the above two conditions are fulfilled. According to Imam Malik, Shafie and Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal, Zakat is obligatory on the wealth of the minor and insane person, and it has to be paid by the guardian.

According to Imam Abu Hanifa, it is not obligatory. Since Zakat is an act of worship, the intention is a must and hence it is not obligatory on the wealth of a minor and the insane person.

Zakat on woman’s Mehr

According to Imam Abu Hanifa and Imam Malik, the wife need not pay Zakat on the Mehr amount still due by her husband. However, Zakat will have to be paid on the amount she has claimed provided, it is equivalent to or more than the Nisab and on which one year has been completed. According to Imam Shafie, the wife has to pay the Zakat every year (though she herself is not claiming the Mehr, even though it can be claimed). According to Hanbali, the wife has to pay the Zakat for the entire number of years at the time when she gets it.

Zakat on the Business Goods or Stock-in-Trade

All types of goods for sale, whatever may be its form, whether hand- made or machine products or fruits or books or jewellery or clothes or cattle or property brought with the intention of buying and selling etc., are liable for zakat, provided it is in one’s possession for one complete lunar year and the rate of zakat applicable is 2 1/2% on its total value. The prescribed limit on goods is after conversion, in terms of its value, the total amount thus evaluated must be equivalent to the price of 634 grams of silver. If less, then zakat is not obligatory.

Zakat on Company or Partnership, Silver, Gold, Currency and Shares

If any wealth or property is held jointly by two or more persons, then according to Imam Abu Hanifa and Imam Malik, Zakat is not obligatory on any person until each individual’s share is equal to the value of the Nisab.

Zakat on Silver, Gold, Currency and Shares

The minimum prescribed limit on which Zakat becomes obligatory on silver is 52 1/2 Tolas (634 grams), and of gold 7 1/2 Tolas (88 grams) and is known as Nisab. Zakat on silver or gold items is one fortieth of its weight, i.e. 2 1/2%. Zakat on silver or gold is not calculated on its value, but on its weight. However if one possesses some gold and some silver and neither of them is in the prescribed limit, then if their total cost is equal to the price of 634 grams. of silver, Zakat becomes due on it.

Zakat on Jewellery of a Woman

Zakat is due on all the gold and silver ornaments, jewellery, and gold or silver lace woven into cloth, gold thread embroidered dresses for ladies, etc. Hazrath Umm Salmah says that she used to put on (gold) bracelets. When she asked the Prophet (Pbuh) whether it was Kanz (hoarded wealth), he replied. “When a piece of property reaches upto the prescribed limit and Zakat is duly paid on it, it is not Kanz”.(Abu Dawood)

Imam Abu Hanifa, his disciples and some scholars hold the above opinion. According to Imam Malik, Shafie, Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal and other scholars, there is no Zakat on the woman’s ornaments. According to some other scholar,s the Zakat on ornaments is due only once in a lifetime. The difference of opinion among scholars is only on the ornaments in use by the woman, but there is a consensus among all the scholars that Zakat is liable on the excess of the ornaments held in possession as wealth.

Zakat of the Bank Deposit and on Provident Fund

Both these fall under the status of debt. According to the Hanafi school of thought: Both of them are liable for Zakat for all the years and it has to be paid when out of it, an amount equivalent to the value of 10 1/2 Tolas of silver or more is claimed. According to the Hanbali school of thought, also the Zakat is liable on both for all the years. It has to be paid when an amount equivalent to the Nisab or more is claimed.

According to the Maliki school of thought, the Zakat on bank deposit is liable for all the years.

And it has to paid when the amount is received. On the provident fund, since the person does not have any power to claim it, so Zakat is liable at the time when it is received and it has to be paid for one year only. According to the Shafie school of thought, the Zakat on the bank deposit has to be paid every year. The Zakat on provident fund has to be made for all the years and it has to be paid when he is entitled to receive it, though he may claim it or not in time.

To whom Zakat cannot be given

1. Zakat cannot be given to a person who owns atleast 7 1/2 tolas of gold or 52 1/2 tolas of silver or equivalent wealth in cash, kind or in trade goods. If Zakat money is given to such a person, then the obligation will not be discharged. For such a person to receive and accept Zakat is forbidden and to use it is haram. If a person owns household goods over and above that which are necessary for his normal use, such as carpets, utensils or other goods which are owned and kept in possession, but are hardly in frequent use, then such goods do not come under essentials, but in accumulated wealth and Zakat cannot be given to the person possessing them.

2. To some relatives: Zakat cannot be given to one’s mother, father, paternal and maternal grandparents, great grand-parents, etc. Likewise, Zakat cannot be given to one’s offspring-sons, daughters, grand-children, great grand-children, etc. Zakat cannot be given by husband to wife, nor by wife to husband. Except for these, Zakat can be given to other relatives such as brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, etc.

3. To children: The position of a minor child is linked with his or her father. If the father is wealthy, then the child will also be considered as rich and Zakat cannot be given to him. If the father is poor enough to receive Zakat. but the mother is rich, then Zakat could be given to the child because the child’s financial position is linked with that of the father, not the mother.

4. To Syeds: Syeds are the descendants of Prophet Muhammad through his daughter Fatima. Zakat as well as Sadaqah and Fitra cannot be given to them.

5. Zakat cannot be given to a person in payment of services rendered by him or in payment of wages to a teacher, caretaker, etc. It can, however, be given to such a person as a gift, if desired.

6. Zakat cannot be given to domestic or other servants as wages. Zakat money can be given to them as a gift over and above the wages paid to them.

[Ziaulla Namani is a freelance writer and writes on issue of interest to Muslim world. He can be reached at zianamani@gmail.com or on his Mobile # 9967841582]

OPINION: Contribution of Muslims to India’s Independence

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By Habibulla Khan

We as a nation would be proudly celebrating the 64th Independence of our country during this month. On this historic occasion, Indians at every forum try to recall the sacrifices made by the freedom fighters from all walks of Life. But unfortunately, because of our narrow approach and a prejudiced view, not all people are equally highlighted in the history and even in today’s media. Our unfair historians have given an impression that Muslim community has not contributed much to the freedom struggle. Hence let us turn back to the pages of history to find out the truth, about sacrifices of our Muslim revolutionaries.

How many Indians today know “Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan” (Frontier Gandhi) a great nationalist who spent 45 years of his life in jail for the freedom of India. Let us also recall the sacrifice of Barkatullah of Bhopal, one of the founders of Ghadar party, who created a network of anti-British organizations and who died penniless in Germany in 1927.

Syed Rahmath Shah of Ghader party, who worked as an underground revolutionary in France was hanged for his part in the unsuccessful Ghadar uprising in 1915.

Ali Ahmed Siddiqui of Faizabad (Uttar Pradesh) who planned the “Indian Mutiny” in Malaya and Burma was hanged in 1917.

Umar Subhani an industrialist and a millionaire of Bombay who presented blank cheque to Gandhiji for congress expenses and who ultimately gave his life for the cause of independence.

Mohammed Basheer, Khuda Baksh, A Zakaria, Allah Nawaz, Abdul Aziz, and tens of thousands of such revolutionaries have been ignored, The History book “Qaiseral Tawarikh” mentions the number of Muslims executed in Delhi alone during 1857-58 was 27000, excluding those killed in general massacre.

Some of our historians have made allegations that Muslims in general have a tendency of “separatism” and do not love India as their mother land. The answer to this is our own “TIGER of Mysore” Tippu Sultan who died in the battle field defending his own country.

At a time when most of the Indian rulers were incapable of understanding the consequences of the rise of British, Tippu Sultan had developed a world consciousness. He had sent envoys to turkey in 1784-85 to France in1787-88, to Zaman shah of Afghanistan in 1876 and in 1799 which was intercepted by British.

Tippu Sultan was a champion of Hindu- Muslim unity. The archaeological Department of the Government of Mysore still preserves his thirty letters written to Shankarcharya of Shringeri Mutt, a great saint of his time, reverentially begging to him to return to his state and pray for his success in fighting against the foreigners.

Dr. R.C. Majundar says “of all the Indian ruling princess of this period, Hyder Ali and his son Tippu Sultan were the most uncompromising opponents of the growth of British Political power”

Gandhiji in one of his articles calls Tippu as a greatest martyr of Indian freedom.

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad in one of his foreword writes. “The revolt against British scarcely had any tinge of communalism, in their struggle for freedom both Hindus and Muslims stood shoulder to shoulder with the single object of liberating themselves from the British oppression.”

During the first independence revolt of 1857, in Kanpur region, it was Nana Sahib and Azimullah who raised the banner of revolt.

In Delhi, during the same period, Moulana Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi who was an influential Moulvi, had addressed a congregation of Muslims in Jamia Masjid and gave a Fatwa (religious decree) to fight the British. When the revolt against British in Delhi was defeated, one of the British officers wrote “Hundreds of Ulema were blown by cannons while thousands were hanged and others deported to Andaman Island. Among the first batch of persons to arrive at the Andaman were well-known Moulvis like Mufti Mazhar Kareem of Delhi and Munshi Inayat Ahamed of Lucknow.

These are just a few instances I have quoted which is just a “tip of the iceberg” from the pages of History. Now I would like to put forth a few questions to our learned critics, biased historians, and intellectuals the following.

a) Are these facts not enough to acknowledge that Muslims have equally contributed to the freedom struggle?
b) Just by closing the eyes, do they think, they can change the facts of history?
c) Are we really following the principles of secularism by ignoring a particular section whereas highlighting the other sections?
d) Is this not the path of “Divide & Rule” policy which was followed by British tyrants who in turn destroyed the original Indian culture of “mutual respect”?
e) Is this tendency of hatred not dangerous to the future of this country?
f) Are these so-called “Intellectuals” not interested to see this country progress and prosper as a single nation?
g) Have they forgotten our own mantra of “Unity in Diversity”?

Finally, let us all sit together with an unbiased mind and agree that all sections have equally contributed to the freedom of this country. Let good sense prevail and we appeal to all our like minded, right thinking citizens to come forward and prove these critics wrong. Let us finally pray that God give the right guidance and wisdom to all Indians and let this country progress and prosper to become one of the greatest nations of the world.

[Habibulla Khan is an Engineer and owner of Beacon Builders, Bangalore. He can be contacted via Email: info@beaconbuilders.in]

Will need RBI permission for Islamic banking: JK Bank chief

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Srinagar: The Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Bank, Mushtaq Ahmad Wednesday said that there was scope for Islamic banking in the state but it needs to be understood in its right perspective first.

“Reserve Bank of India has authority to give permission for the Islamic banking. But we have not approached them yet,” Mushtaq said.

However, he said implementing Islamic banking in Jammu and Kashmir was completely different from Middle East. “We have to take permission from the RBI first,” he added.
The Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had recently called for abolition of ‘interest-based’ banking, and pitched for introduction of Islamic banking in the state.

He had asked the state-owned J&K Bank to take steps in this regard.

Addressing a Friday gathering at Jamia Masjid on Friday, Mirwaiz had said there was no place for ‘interest-based banking’ in Jammu and Kashmir, a Muslim majority state, and the J&K Bank should play its role in introducing Islamic banking here.

Senior Congress leader and Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Taj Mohi-ud-Din supported idea of Islamic banking in the state. “If guidelines of RBI permit it, state government has no objection,” he said.

Opposition Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti said people should have a choice in deciding it. “Islamic banking should be available and it should be left to people to decide what they want. Islamic banking is gaining popularity in West also. We aren’t supporting it because J&K is a Muslim majority state, but it is a positive development,” she told KNS.

Senior PDP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Beig said that a group of citizens should approach the RBI with a plea to start Islamic banking in the state. “Then only it can be permitted,” he said.

Reacting to Mirwaiz’s statement that J&K Bank should take steps in this regard, he said, “Miwaiz isn’t correct. J&K Bank can’t do it on its own. They have to take permission from the RBI and it can only happen when citizens of the state will approach them (RBI),” he added.

(Courtesy: KashmirDispatch.com)

Association of Indian Muslims of America announces support to Anna Hazare’s Campaign against Corruption

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Washington DC: The Association of Indian Muslims of America (AIM), an NGO of Indian Muslims who live in North America, has announced its support for the current camapign against corruption and influence peddling in the government in India. The Association spokesperson Kaleem Kawaja said that it is very regrettable that in the last 20 years while much economic improvement has taken place in India, corruption in high places in the central government in New Delhi and in the states, has mushroomed manifold.

Corruption and bribery are now not only instituionalized but the central government and its cognizant organs are refusing to take any action against it. No less than ministers in the central government are openly giving away contracts to multinational corporations who give them huge kickback bribes at throw away low prices. And the Prime Minister declines to take action against them and declines to accept responsibility for it.

Kaleem Kawaja
This massive corruption has greatly increased the gap between the rich and poor Indians; fully 40 percent of Indians are now living below poverty line, many in grinding poverty in awful slums in most cities.

In this background Anna Hazare's campaign to institute a strict and no holds barred Lok Pal bill through the parliament, that covers all elements of the government at high levels and eradicates corruption and bribery, is the need of the hour for the Indian nation. We the Association of Indian Muslims of America (AIM) who represent a large number of Indian-American Muslims enthusiastically support the Anna Hazare campaign. We also urge Muslim groups in India to support this campaign fully.

SHRC confirms unmarked mass graves in Kashmir

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By Bashir Assad

Srinagar: The Jammu-Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) in its fresh report says dozens of unmarked mass graves hold more than 2000 unidentified bodies. The report is likely to create tumult afresh in the trouble torn valley.

Pertinently a human rights group in December 2009 had claimed to have found 2700 unmarked and mass graves containing bodies of 2943 people across 55 villages of north Kashmir districts of Kupwara, Baramullah and Bandipora.

The International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice, a rights watchdog, had released a preliminary report in 2009 “Buried Evidence: Unknown, Unmarked, and Mass Graves” in which the revelations were made. Since then rights groups and political parties alike have been demanding independent inquiry to fix the responsibility on security forces for this” heinous crime”. Convenor of the Tribunal, Dr Angana P Chatterji had said the graveyards investigated have bodies of those murdered in encounters and fake encounters from 1990 to 2009. “The graves include bodies of extra-judicial, summary and arbitrary executions, as well as massacres by the Indian military and paramilitary forces,” she had said and adding that of these graves 2373 (87.9 percent) were unnamed. “154 contained two bodies each and 23 contained more than two bodies.

Within these 23 graves, the number of bodies ranged from 3 to 17.” She had claimed. The report shocked everyone in Kashmir and voices against the reported extra-judicial killings gained momentum and demand for independent inquiry from rights bodies of international repute like Amnesty International started echoing consistently.

The issue of mass unidentified graves was first disclosed by a local organization comprising of parents of disappeared persons during the conflict period from 1989. Association of Parents of Disappeared People (APDP) in 2007 released its report on nameless graves. Titled “Facts Under Ground”, the report gave details of 940 to 1000 nameless graves. The report was compiled after a two-year survey conducted by volunteers of the APDP in three tehsils, including Uri and Baramullah in north Kashmir.

State Human Rights Commission in its fresh report has said that innocent people have been caught up in the conflict and some 8,000 have disappeared since 1989. It merits a mention here that the commission was set up in 1997 after widespread allegations of rights abuses by the army, paramilitary and police. However, since its inception, the commission very frequently expressed its displeasure on state government for not implementing its recommendations in hundreds of rights abuses cases which were proved by the commission and has sought action against the erring security personnel besides compensating the victim families.

The fresh report released by the commission is likely to deepen the crises in Kashmir as the separatist leaders have already made their intentions clear.

[Bashir Assad is a senior Journalist based in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir. He is now Bureau Chief (J&K) of IndianMuslimObserver.com. He can be contacted at bashirassad@rediffmail.com]

APCR fact finding brings out report over Holy Quran desecration in Moradabad

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Fact finding report says police-public clash in Moradabad District on July 6, 2011, erupted due to alleged desecration of Holy Quran by police personnel.

IMO News Service

The 6th of July 2011 was a black day for the residents of Asalat Nagar Wagah, Dingarpur, Nankar and Asadpur villages of Moradabad district situated 15-18 km south-west direction from the district headquarters.

The news of alleged desecration of Holy Quran by police personnel during raid of the house at Asalat Nagar Wagah spread like wild fire hurting the sentiments of the Muslims in the Muslim-minority concentrated area. As a result a chain of protests and violence started by the people and clashes took place with the police resulting in the loss of public and private properties. The disharmony shattered the communal harmony of the area, weakened the police-public relation and resulted in huge economic losses.Large number of policemen were also injured in the violence including D.I.G of the area. Serious injuries to the juveniles caused by police bullet, arrest of 38 persons including juveniles too, destruction of properties and police atrocities on women, senior citizens and children seriously disturbed the peace of the area and developed psychological trauma in the villagers.Local Media continuously reported the police version of the entire episode.

Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) noted that a fact finding of the entire episode is needed to find out the circumstances which caused huge losses to the minority community as well as the nation. Overall findings of the team based on the interviews from the victims, relatives of the victims, administration and police personnel are listed below.

Overall Findings

1. Desecration of Quran has some truth.Noorjahan statement was witnessed by neighbors' also. It was not only a rumor.

2. When this news spread villagers blocked the national highwaydemanding suspension of culprit police officials.

3. The fact is that first the mob jammed the main road and then attacked the police station as the administration failed to respond and console the hurt of religious sentiments of the people and could not satisfy their demands.The DIG got information about the incident. He was arriving at Mainather Police station but the mob stopped him on the way at Dingarpur village, Then DM of Moradabad who was also travelling with him, watching situation out of control he returned to DistrictHeadquarters but DIG was caught in the scuffle. DIG opened fire against stone pelting of the villagers whichreportedly injured four youths including juveniles. Mob became more violent and attacked on police officials resulting serious injuries to D.I.G and others.

4. Police in reaction behaved like hired goons. They have destroyed and looted shops, beaten women, juveniles and did not spare the senior citizens also. These all acts of violence by the police are beyond the law of the land. The Police have registered fake F.I.Rs against villagers and have arrested mostly innocent peoples.

5. The violence has done severe damages to the local society and economy.

6. Villagers have been living in fear and the children have been the worst affected.

7. The police atrocities not been brought into limelight. Local media reported as mouthorgan of police officials.

8. No FIR has been lodged yet against the police. No action taken against those culprit police officials who initiated the entire episode resulting in loss of property, Business, Police-community relations, communal harmony and the peace in the district.

9. The DM is new and perhaps has done not enough study to understand the incident and it's after effects on the local people. Nevertheless in our discussion we expected him to give us a brief account on the role of the administration in the given situation.The team did not find him as an efficient administrator in this case.

10. The entire community in the nearby villages like Asalat Nagar Wagha, Dingarpur, Asadpur, Nankar etc. is living in constant fear of the police and this fear has seriously affected their daily life, living and maintenance of family life. Children have been without food, without education and without security for more than four weeks.Daily wage laborers and the farmers are the most affected.

Suggestions and Recommendations

1. U.P. government should take proper action against the culprit police officials as their illegal and irresponsible action initiated the entire episode, resulting in loss of property, business, damaged police-community relations, communal harmony and the peace in the district. The Police and the local administration must be asked to submit their report in a time bound frame.

2. Withdrawal of all F.I.Rs and immediate release of innocent villagers should be initiated.

3. State Government should provide proper compensation to the affected villagers.

4. This case must be investigated by the National Human Rights Commission, National Commission of Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and National Commission for Women (NCW) and should take proper actions of Human Rights Violations.

5. Proper training must be provided to the police to deal with situations that can erupt due to hurt of religious sentiments & Police- community level meeting should be scheduled with the help of community leader to strengthen police-public relations as soon as possible.

Members of the Fact Finding Team

1. Syed Akhlak Ahmad
Secretary Delhi Chapter-Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR)

2. Afroz Alam Sahil
RTI activist and Founding Editor, Beyond Headlines (www.beyondheadlines.in)

3. Dilnawaz Pasha
Sub-Editor, Bhaskar.com (Dainik Bhaskar Group)

4. Mr. Javed
Advocate, Moradabad District Court

5. Kamala Kanta Dash
Research Scholar, Monash University, Australia and Founder President of Initiative for Nationalism, Secularism and Affirmative Action Network (INSAAN), Delhi

For further details contact: Syed Akhlak Ahmad, Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR), 108-III Floor, Pocket-1, Behind Living Style Mall, Jasola Vihar, New Delhi-25. Phone # 011-64639388. Mobile # 9899384358.

How the Media targets Popular Front of India

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By K.M. Shareef

Popular Front of India has become the favourite target of a section of the media. It is not uncommon to see news items and articles against the organisation appearing in most of the news papers and channels. Such media attack is not limited to any particular state and recently we have seen a single report being published in various language news papers in different states. It is quite interesting that such reports have now started to appear in states which either has very minimal or no presence of Popular Front. The reports published are always ridiculous and often compel a sensible mind to think twice on credibility of the media. The media ethics often go for a toss while publishing such reports and there will be no sort of verification done by the media persons on the authenticity of the reports. When we go through the reports that have appeared since past few months we can identify numerous instances of this media insensitivity and blatant prejudice.

While reading few reports that have appeared recently we can conclude that such media attack is not just a coincidence but a part of a larger conspiracy to target Popular Front of India. Though the whole of the media cannot be blamed for this bias, there are indeed few sections in the media inclined towards the Sangh Parivar ideology of hate. These sections of media persons have a deep bias ingrained in them against the Muslim community and Muslim organizations which work for the uplift of the Indian Muslims. We have seen in the past how the media had brought the whole Muslim community to trial on various issues related to terrorism. For example, during the arrest of Dr. Haneef of Bangalore in Australia, the Australian media played a crucial role in proving him innocent whereas the Indian media left no stones unturned in accusing him of being a terrorist. The whole of Muslim professional community was brought under the lens and we could see opinion poll in news papers and channels on such pet issues like whether educated Muslims are more likely to join terrorist organizations. Even during the fake encounter killing of the students at Batla House in New Delhi, the media justified the encounter and tried to tarnish the Muslim students especially the ones coming from Azamgarh. Such instances are enough to conclude that targeting Muslims and Muslim organizations is not an occasional pastime of a small section of the media.

The most unfortunate and highly condemnable bomb blasts occurred in Mumbai on 13 July 2011 has provided the communally prejudiced reporters and editors yet another opportunity to jump into conclusions without waiting for any breakthrough in investigation. A few days after the incident MidDay newspaper published a Pune story on police concerns about Popular Front network along with a few banned organisations. A Maratha news paper namely Lokmat went a step further by linking the political party SDPI to the blasts. When being questioned about the source by the local activists at the news paper office, they had to accept the denial by the Maharashtra ATS and to correct the news on the next day. But it did not stop there. The news items about the alleged Popular Front hand in Mumbai blasts started appearing in English and language dailies the following days from different cities of the country such as Meerut, Jaipur, Bangalore and Kochi with predictable regularity.

One of the allegations the media levels against Popular Front of India is that it is connected to the banned organization SIMI. The report mentioned that this information is provided by a “secret security agency” unknown to the people. There were many imaginary stories published in that report linking Popular Front to SIMI and also to Indian Mujahideen, all figments of fertile imagination with no relation to the reality. Popular Front is not connected with any other organization legal or illegal. Such reports have always failed to make it clear about the source. It has been a regular habit of such sections of media to publish senseless reports and then assign it to a so called “intelligence agency”. The hypocrisy of these news papers was proved as most of them never published the rejoinders sent by the Popular Front. We had questioned the authenticity of these reports and till date we have never received any reply from any of these newspapers. While such derogatory reports were published by the media, it was more disappointing that none of these newspapers ever tried to contact Popular Front leaders to know its point of view on the issues. It is a well established fact that Popular Front of India has always been in the forefront in condemning all forms of terrorism and anti-national activities.

After the recent blasts at Mumbai the Dainik Jagaran, Meerut edition published a report saying that Popular Front of India has been banned by the central government and its leaders have gone underground. Surprisingly even the respectable south Indian newspaper The Hindu dared to publish a report, that too from Cochin, branding Popular Front as a proscribed organisation. These reports would be enough for any sensible citizen to understand the intention of the media to put such allegations on Popular Front of India. How such a report can be justified when Popular Front of India is a registered organization with its head office in the national capital and various other offices in different states and districts across the country. If a news paper doesn’t understand what it means by a proscribed organization then how can its reporting be trusted? To call Popular Front of India which is one of the biggest neo-social movements in India a banned organization is not just a mistake or error but a planned conspiracy to defame the organization and an attempt to impede its influence and growth. It needs to be noted that Popular Front of India has a larger presence in south India but since last few years it is making huge leaps in many states of north India. As Popular front of India is pretty new to the masses of northern states such reports are intentionally published by the ‘Media-Sangh Parivar-Intelligence nexus’ to curb the growth of Popular Front and create suspicion among the masses towards the organization.

Popular Front of India celebrates the Independence Day on 15th August by organizing various programmes like Freedom Parade, public meetings and rallies. Last year the newspapers in Karnataka published a report saying that Popular Front of India members were trying to create problem in the city of Mysore by hoisting Pakistani flag. This statement was initially issued by local RSS leaders but the media stuck to this as the ultimate truth and never tried to know what really happened on 15th August at Mysore. In the press conference held in Mysore the Popular Front district leaders had presented the real facts but it could never make to the pages of any newspapers in Karnataka. Adding insult to injury the overzealous and discriminatory actions of the district administration in Mysore to deny Popular Front members the basic right of celebrating our independence day and hoisting our national flag were never highlighted in the media. When media prefers to ignore the violation and denial of basic fundamental rights of the people and organizations and goes one step ahead by calling the victims as anti-nationals then doesn’t it show the bias against Muslims prevailing in the media? So in the eyes of media is it a crime if certain sections of the citizens to celebrate the Independence Day? Similarly in Lucknow, a district leader of Popular Front was kept under house arrest illegally and not allowed to organize the national flag hoisting programme on 15th August 2010 by the police. But instead of reporting this injustice, the media preferred to publish the police version without verification and accused Popular Front of creating tensions on Independence Day.

Recently even the news channels have joined the race of unethical journalism. CNN-IBN which is believed to be one of the most reliable news channels in India aired a news “Qaeda, PFI link arrested; will PFI be banned?“ on 30th May 2011 claiming that Popular Front of India’s Al-Qaeda links have been proved. The story claimed that a person allegedly a member of Popular Front of India was arrested in France as he was planning to start Popular Front of France and recruit members for Al-Qaeda. This was a very serious allegation as Popular Front of India has its membership only in India and there are not activities in France. When we contacted the CNN-IBN news reporter for the source of this news we initially got the same old answer that some “secret agencies” had revealed it. Later when the Front mounted pressure on the news channel they replied that the Home Ministry was the source .That was a blatant lie .In fact the ‘patriotic’ channel was rehashing a Pakistani news report. And there was no reference anywhere that the man arrested was a member of Popular Front. The channel was just cooking up a story. This news was aired throughout the day but it never appeared again in any news paper or channel as this turned out to be a hoax. Later the news channel preferred to be silent rather than tendering an apology. The other factor why this news went hiding could be that few news papers in Pakistan claimed that the man arrested in France was an agent of India’s Intelligence agency RAW and it was ISI which helped French agencies to get him and 6 others arrested.

The instances mentioned above are enough to prove that certain sections in media have been continuously propagating false news and reports against Popular Front of India. There have been instances when few newspapers have published such reports out of misunderstanding. And when Popular Front’s local leaders met them they showed a positive response by publishing their apology or our rejoinder which we whole-heartedly appreciate as a gesture of ethical journalism. But there are dailies, magazines and TV channels which have showed no respect to any of our statements or rejoinders and preferred to continue publishing lies. Popular Front of India has initiated legal action against such news papers.

Popular Front of India committed to its cause of empowering the Muslims and other marginalized sections of society will take these attempts by sections of media as a challenge. We firmly believe that the support base of Popular Front among the masses is too strong to be traumatized by such fake and baseless allegations. The increasing support and acceptance for Popular Front of India in south, north, east and west is a proof that the masses understand the conspiracy against Popular Front and they stand by Popular Front in the path of empowerment.

[K.M. Shareef is General Secretary of Popular Front of India. He can be contacted at muzzu_sharif@yahoo.co.in]

Kashmir likely to boil again after Eid

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By Bashir Assad

Srinagar: The startling revelations made by State Human Rights Commission followed by circulation of a vedio posted on You Tube showing armymen killing an unarmed person from point blank range in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on July 8, 2011, is likely to spark off a new phase of violence as is evident from the intentions of the separatist leadership of Kashmir. During last one month one after another serious allegations of human rights violations are being levelled against security forces and the government, this time has admitted some worst kind of human rights violations being perpetuated by the armed forces which including that of custodial death of a youth in sopore, fake encounter in Poonch and other such incidents.

A video posted on You Tube showing armymen killing an unarmed person from point blank range in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on July 8, 2011, by Indian army after helping him from under the rubble of a house damaged collaterally during an encounter.
The caption of the video clip posted on YouTube reads, "Indian Army soldiers accompanied by a senior officer are shooting from point blank at an unarmed man in Pulwama district on July 8, 2011."

Though the army Monday came out with a statement claiming that the man killed was a hard core LeT militant, the video, however, shows an unarmed man waving his hand and being heard shouting in pain underneath the rubble of the destroyed house.

The video shows the troopers, accompanied by an officer, standing on the debris. As they hear the cries of the person buried underneath the rubble, they start removing the debris.
A trooper kneels on the ground and removes some of the debris using his hands and another trooper opens fire at point blank range on him.

The separatist political leadership was yet to react to the assertions made by the state human rights commission about the presence of unmarked mass graves in Kashmir, the video placed on You Tube was circulated enormously through out the day which of course has the potential to add to the volatile situation.

On the other hand, the separatists, well before the revelations of SHRC and today’s You Tube circulation, have hinted at mass mobilization after Eid if their demand for release of all detainees before August 30 was not met.

[Bashir Assad is a senior Journalist based in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir. He is now Bureau Chief (J&K) of IndianMuslimObserver.com. He can be contacted at bashirassad@rediffmail.com]

Human Welfare Trust distributes Iftar kit to 11,000 poor families

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 18 August 2011 | Posted in ,

IMO News Service

New Delhi: The Human Welfare Trust recently distributed Iftar kit under Vision 2016 to more than 11,000 poor Muslim families in 14 states like Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana and Delhi till 17th August 2011. Each kit consisted of ingredients enough for an average family for the whole month of Ramazan.

Salimullah Khan, National Co-ordiantor of vision 2016 said that the foundation distributed 9,000 Iftar Kit to poor Muslim families in last Ramadan also. Ingredients in Iftar kit are for one month which cost is about rupees fifteen hundred (Rs. 1500). He told that the aim of foundation is to provide maximum support and benefit to poor Muslim families so that they can fast and break Iftar like common people rather than taking fast and breaking Iftar without proper meals and Iftar.

Iftar Kit contents: Rice/Wheat Four 20 kg, Sugar 3 kg, Cooking Oil 2 Kg, Besan (Gram Flour) 2 kg, Dal (Pulses) 2 kg, Salt 1 kg, Milk Powder 1 kg, Tea Leaves ½ kg, and Dates 2 kg.

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