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I pity the nation that needs to jail those who ask for justice: Arundhati Roy

October 28, 2010 Leave a comment


Writer Arundhati Roy, who is in the thick of a sedition controversy over her speeches on Kashmir, issued this statement from Srinagar:

“I write this from Srinagar, Kashmir. This morning’s papers say that I may be arrested on charges of sedition for what I have said at recent public meetings on Kashmir. I said what millions of people here say every day. I said what I, as well as other commentators have written and said for years. Anybody who cares to read the transcripts of my speeches will see that they were fundamentally a call for justice. I spoke about justice for the people of Kashmir who live under one of the most brutal military occupations in the world; for Kashmiri Pandits who live out the tragedy of having been driven out of their homeland; for Dalit soldiers killed in Kashmir whose graves I visited on garbage heaps in their villages in Cuddalore; for the Indian poor who pay the price of this occupation in material ways and who are now learning to live in the terror of what is becoming a police state.

Yesterday I traveled to Shopian, the apple-town in South Kashmir which had remained closed for 47 days last year in protest against the brutal rape and murder of Asiya and Nilofer, the young women whose bodies were found in a shallow stream near their homes and whose murderers have still not been brought to justice. I met Shakeel, who is Nilofer’s husband and Asiya’s brother. We sat in a circle of people crazed with grief and anger who had lost hope that they would ever get ‘insaf’—justice—from India, and now believed that Azadi—freedom— was their only hope. I met young stone pelters who had been shot through their eyes. I traveled with a young man who told me how three of his friends, teenagers in Anantnag district, had been taken into custody and had their finger-nails pulled out as punishment for throwing stones.

In the papers some have accused me of giving ‘hate-speeches’, of wanting India to break up. On the contrary, what I say comes from love and pride. It comes from not wanting people to be killed, raped, imprisoned or have their finger-nails pulled out in order to force them to say they are Indians. It comes from wanting to live in a society that is striving to be a just one. Pity the nation that has to silence its writers for speaking their minds. Pity the nation that needs to jail those who ask for justice, while communal killers, mass murderers, corporate scamsters, looters, rapists, and those who prey on the poorest of the poor, roam free.”

Arundhati Roy
October 26 2010

Read more: I pity the nation that needs to jail those who ask for justice: Arundhati Roy – The Times of India

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2 Hour Journey of History & Future of Islam – Tariq Suwaidan (Excellent!)

October 27, 2010 Leave a comment

“A beautiful speech by Dr. Tariq Swaidan that will get you hooked in 5 minutes. Dr. Tareq Al Suwaidan investigates the past dynasties and empires, their collapse and triumps, their attrition and their return. This is an inspiring lecture which ends in the future of Islam were we are heading, what to expect and how we got here.”

Make sure you watch all 16 parts:

Status of Indian Muslims

October 26, 2010 Leave a comment

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sachar_Committee

The entire Sachar Report is available for download at various websites.
Some findings are as follows: A..Sachar committee has put a lot of analysis about the Indian Muslim with “statistical reports” based on information from government agencies, banks, Indian Minority Commission, different state governments and its agencies. The major points covered in the reports are:

In the field of literacy the Committee has found that the rate among Muslims is very much below than the national average. The gap between Muslims and the general average is greater in urban areas and women. 25 per cent of children of Muslim parents in the 6-14 year age group have either never attended school or have dropped out.
Muslim parents are not averse to mainstream education or to send their children to affordable Government schools. The access to government schools for children of Muslim parents is limited.
Bidi workers, tailors and mechanics need to be provided with social safety nets and social security. The participation of Muslims in the professional and managerial cadre is low.
The average amount of bank loan disbursed to the Muslims is 2/3 of the amount disbursed to other minorities. In some cases it is half. The Reserve Bank of India’s efforts to extend banking and credit facilities under the Prime Minister’s 15-point programme of 1983 has mainly benefited other minorities marginalizing Muslims.
There is a clear and significant inverse association between the proportion of the Muslim population and the availability of educational infrastructure in small villages. Muslim concentration villages are not well served with pucca approach roads and local bus stops.
Substantially larger proportion of the Muslim households in urban areas are in the less than Rs.500 expenditure bracket.
The presence of Muslims has been found to be only 3% in the IAS, 1.8% in the IFS and 4% in the IPS.
Muslim community has a representation of only 4.5% in Indian Railways while 98.7% of them are positioned at lower levels. Representation of Muslims is very low in the Universities and in Banks. Their share in police constables is only 6%, in health 4.4%, in transport 6.5%.
For the Maulana Azad Education Foundation to be effective the corpus fund needs to be increased to 1000 crores. Total allocation in the four years 2002 to 2006 for Madarsa Modernization Scheme is 106 crores. The information regarding the Scheme has not adequately percolated down. Even if the share of Muslims in elected bodies is low they and other under represented segments can be involved in the decision making process through innovative mechanisms.
Most of the variables indicate that Muslim-OBCs are significantly deprived in comparison to Hindu-OBCs. The work participation rate (WPR) shows the presence of a sharp difference between Hindu-OBCs (67%) and the Muslims. The share of Muslim-OBCs in government/ PSU jobs is much lower than Hindu-OBCs.
There are about 5 lakh registered Wakfs with 600,000 acres (2,400 km²) land and Rs 6,000 crore book value.[7]

If you are interested in supporting the Ummah by helping improve the status of Indian Muslims:

Indian Muslim Relief & Charities
www.imrc.ws

Islamic Relief
http://www.islamic-relief.com/wherewework/9-IN-india.aspx

Why and How to Learn Arabic?

October 19, 2010 1 comment

Some excellent resources to learn Arabic:

Online:
1. Understand Quran Academy http://www.understandquran.com
2. Bayyinah http://www.bayyinah.com
3. Arab Academy http://www.arabacademy.com
4. Learn Quran Toronto http://www.lqtoronto.com/downloads.html
5. Madinah International University – Masters in Arabic (Online)
6. Islamic International University Bachelors of Arts in Islamic Studies

Arabic Immersion Programs ON SITE:

1. YEMEN – CALES http://www.calesyemen.com/all_sections.aspx?pageid=4
2. EGYPT – Qortoba Institute http://www.qortoba.net/
3. EGYPT – Al Fajr Institute http://www.fajr.com/
4. Makkah – Umm Al Qurra University
5. Madinah – Islamic University of Madinah
6. Riyadh – Imam Saud University

Categories: Akhira Oriented, Arabic Tags: ,

10 Ways to Win the Love of Allah

October 18, 2010 Leave a comment

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/4669658

An excellent reminder by ISlamic Online University Aqueeda`s 102 Tutorial Assistant. Ten ways to achieve Allah`s love by Ibu Qaiyyum.

Wasting Time By Noman Ali Khan

October 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Islam and Ego

October 11, 2010 Leave a comment

A great reminder by Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan.

“Pride is dissatisfaction with the truth, and belittling the people.” [Hadith in Muslim]

“Indeed, He does not love the proud.” [The Quran – an-Nahl (16):23]

“So enter the gates of Hell to dwell therein. Indeed evil is the abode of the proud. [ The Qur’an – An-Nahl (16):29]

“Pride is dissatisfaction with the truth, and belittling the people.” [Hadith in Muslim]

Nouman Khan began his formal Arabic training during his childhood schooling in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He continued his Arabic grammar study in Pakistan, where he received a scholarship for ranking among the top 10 scores in the national Arabic studies board examination. Under the guidance of Dr. Abdus-Samie, founder and formal principal of Quran College in Faisalabad, Pakistan, he developed a keen methodical understanding of Arabic grammar. He further benefited from Dr. Abdus-Samie by internalizing his unique teaching methods and later translating his work into English for the benefit of his own students. Nouman currently serves as professor of Arabic at Nassau Community College and has taught Modern Standard and Classical Arabic at various venues for nearly 6 years with over 700 students. His handbook published by the Bayyinah Arabic Studies Institute for ARA-201 is also being used as a class aide at the Jaamiah-Al-Uloom Al-Islamiyyah, Institute of Islamic Education in Ajax, Canada.

http://www.bayyinah.com

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