Siesta At Hazrat Nizamuddin

City Secret – Afternoon Siesta, Hazrat NizamuddinThere are better islands in Delhi than your bedroom for a peaceful afternoon nap. Like the sufi shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya.

Reach around 2 pm. The prayer of Zuhr is over and Maghrib is about four hours away. No unnecessary crowd at this time. No awestruck visitors. No Lonely Planet tourists. No qawwals. No music. No noise. Only the devout. Here is your chance to be yourself. Continue reading Siesta At Hazrat Nizamuddin

Upbringing Of Children In Today’s Competitive World

Cute ChildToday’s world is a world of competition and there is cut throat competition in every sphere of life. The theory of “SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST” applies to each and every walk of the society. A question that arises in our mind is how to bring up our children in order to face competitive world and emerge successful. Let us first analyze the mindset of parents. Normally parents start educating their children by the age of two or three, as it is a common thinking that by this age only a child is going to be in a position of understanding the things. But here lies the problem because we are underestimating the capabilities and skills of a child. There are certain skills which start developing in a child right from his birth but since those skills are not properly nourished, they start decaying and by the time a child attains the age of two, those skills are already on the verge of being vanished.

There are many skills which are very important to be taken care of right from the beginning. Let us discuss a few of them here:

  • Listening and concentration skills.
  • Manipulative skills.
  • Skills of color, texture & time
  • Social skills

Now, these skills play a very crucial role in a development of a child. Like most of you must have noticed that a child start operating a TV from a remote control without getting any guidance from any member of the family. This is an example of concentration skill because a child is very imitative by nature and he use to imitate almost each and every action of his closed ones, so just by watching others he also learns how to operate a TV through a remote control. Likewise you must have noticed that children who are brought up in an environment where luxuries of life are available right from the beginning, they use to adopt the environment and start behaving in that manner only, these are only few examples to put, but there are many. Now if in a home an educational environment persists then the child tend to have a positive attitude for education right from the beginning, because first two years of child are very important, the skills which you can develop in a child by that age are going to be his asset for his lifetime. It is very important to provide the essential educational materials to the kids in that age. Few educational programs are being developed by various companies to meet those requirement of early education of children. Strong foundation is very essential for anything to face all the obstacles, likewise early education is a strong foundation for a child to face all the hardships in life and prepare him to face this competitive world. Like we need food in order to be healthy and maintain our energy levels, likewise the food to the brain of a child in his early years, are books, which works as a proper nourishment to the brain.

Another problem which many parents face is the problem of answering each and every question of children, by nature children are very curious and they use to ask lots of questions in a day, sometimes parents use to answer them accurately, sometime they just pass on the information whatever they have without checking the accuracy and sometimes they totally ignore these questions. Now the end loser in all these circumstances is only the child because if he is not getting proper answer to his questions, his curiosity start decreasing and that leads to the total alienation of child towards studies. The best time to answer the questions asked by children is when they ask them and most important is to answer them accurately. If we will provide them the wrong information it will ruin their prospects of getting the best education. Now we are not super human beings that we know all the answers to the question put by the children so we have to have the books which contains all the information about everything like encyclopedias or other books which contains the questions which a child normally asks and their answers.

These are few steps if we take then believe me we will be able to lay a strong foundation for the best education for our children and it will help them in overcoming each and every problem in their life. These steps will build up their confidence and develop a feeling of staying ahead in each and every sphere of life.

Photo: Cute Child

The Case Of A Missing Fatwa

Indian Express carried a news today that Darul Uloom Deoband denies issuing any fatwa regarding Muslims killed during Gujarat genocide of 2002.

No fatwa issued regarding Guj victims: Darul Uloom
Posted online: Thursday , February 28, 2008 at 06:00:45
Updated: Thursday , February 28, 2008 at 06:20:45

Muzaffarnagar, February 28: Leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband denied that it has issued any fatwa (edict) saying Muslims who were killed in the Gujarat riots should be treated as martyrs under Shariat law.

The incharge of the fatwa department Mufti Habibur Rehman said that reports in a section of the press saying Gujarat victims should be treated as martyrs were ‘incorrect’.

The seminary has not issued any fatwa regarding the victims of the Gujarat riots, he said.

But Darul Ifta (fatwa department) of Darul Uloom has on their website a fatwa issued just 10 days ago.

Those who were killed in Gujarat, what is their status, can we call them Shahid according to Islam?
Answer: 2767 12 Feb, 2008

(Fatwa: 71/71=L)

Those who were killed during riots in Gujrat are real shaheed; they may be called as shaheed.

وکذا یکون شھیداً لو قتلہ باغ او حربی الخ (الدر المختار مع الشامی: 3/160، ط زکریا دیوبند)

and Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) Knows Best

Darul Ifta, Darul Uloom Deoband

I am not sure who messed up here, Darul Uloom or the IE but someone should have cross checked it on their website and the responsibility of that falls on the newspaper.

The strange thing about this strange news is why Darul Uloom will deny this fatwa which definitely exists. Even if it didn’t exist do they not believe that a Muslim who dies because of his faith will be considered shaheed?

Raza Rumi – A Pakistani About Town

Raza Rumi – A Pakistani About Town(Mr. Raza Rumi is an occassional contributor to this blog)

The ignorant Delhi wallas often view visiting Pakistanis as ISI agents or trouble-makers. Mr. Raza Rumi, a native of Lahore, is neither. He has no beard, no moustache. He never frowns, he smiles (actually, he smiles a lot). He has a sleek laptop, no Kalashnikov. Yet he set the city on fire.

Continue reading Raza Rumi – A Pakistani About Town

Deoband: “Terrorism is Un-Islamic”

Deoband SeminaryDeoband took a creditable step of hosting a conference on anti-terrorism and resolutely condemning terrorism to be un-Islamic. It is a good step which should have happened a few years back. Yet der aye aur taqriban durust aye. The conference was attended by more than 10,000 religious leaders from across the country. But the declaration could have gone a bit further by being more specific about the terror acts in India. Also this declaration should not be seen as an end in itself but should become the starting point of a more mature dialog. Continue reading Deoband: “Terrorism is Un-Islamic”

Abusing Shivaji For Sectarian Goals

Ram Puniyani

ShivajiEarly February one teacher of prestigious Engineering College in Mumbai, VJTI, was beaten up by the staff of same college. The staff members belonged to the labor wing of Shiv Sena. The pretext was that the teacher had recited a poem, Mee Kadhi Risk Ghet Naahin, in which Shivaji figures as a reference point. Continue reading Abusing Shivaji For Sectarian Goals

Guilty Until Further Notice

Bangalore PoliceIt seems that police and press never get tired of these high profile terror arrests. All of them are given prominent position in coverage, of course, just carrying police version of the story, since there is no one else to give another version. But why don’t these esteemed journalists bother to ask simple questions to their sources in intelligence and police departments?

Here are my simple questions and comments. See if you can find some more holes in this story. Continue reading Guilty Until Further Notice

Interview – Zafarul Islam Khan – AIMMM President

Zafarul IslamZafarul Islam Khan, editor of the New Delhi-based fortnightly ‘Milli Gazette’, was recently elected President of the All-India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, a conglomeration of various Indian Muslim organizations. In this interview with Yoginder Sikand he talks about his plans for the Majlis.

YS: Briefly, what are the aims of the Majlis?
ZIK: The Majlis was established in the early 1960s as an advocacy group on behalf of several Indian Muslim organisations with basically two aims. Continue reading Interview – Zafarul Islam Khan – AIMMM President

50th Death Anniversary Of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

Abul Kalam AzadMaulana Abul Kalam Azad the renowned Indian leader died on February 22, 1958. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad ranks among the top builders of modern India and among the top freedom fighters, who dedicated his entire life to liberate India from the British colonial rule, and to promote unity among the Hindus and Muslims of India. Continue reading 50th Death Anniversary Of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

Cow’s Urine As Medicine!

Ram Puniyani

Delhi CowsRecently the BJP ruled Uttarakhand Government (Feb 2008) has announced that it will procure cow’s urine, on the pattern similar to the procurement of milk by dairies, refine it and sell it to Ayurvedic pharmacies. Other BJP ruled Governments are also working on similar lines. Continue reading Cow’s Urine As Medicine!