Rays of hope amidst the darkness
Two news-reports from Friday, one heartening and one depressing. Read on:
From “Muslims see Pak army role in attacks” (The Telegraph):
Nearly 19 of 20 Indian Muslims believe what the Prime Minister said this week — that some official agencies in Pakistan were involved in the Mumbai attacks.
A survey has shown that 94 per cent Muslims believe that the Pakistan military and the ISI are hand in glove with the Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed who, they say, plotted the carnage.
The same percentage trashed suggestions that the November attacks were “revenge for the Gujarat carnage and the Babri Masjid demolition”. Some respondents asked who the terrorists were to take revenge on behalf of Indian Muslims, says the Mumbai-based Trend Research and Analysis Centre (Trac), which did the survey.
…Well over half of those questioned were concerned about youths being brainwashed for jihad through a distorted version of Islam. They said the community must not hesitate to discuss the issue openly, and should do everything possible to save these youths from the clutches of fanatics and extremists.
…Most respondents, however, professed strong faith in Indian secularism, with less than three in 10 saying the Mumbai attacks would affect Hindu-Muslim ties. Nearly nine out of 10 said the Indian legal system provided minorities with enough safeguards.
Here is a chart summarising the responses (click for an enlarged version):
Now for the “sad” news. From Church, Muslims oppose law panel proposals (The Pioneer)
….the Government is likely to put the report of the (Kerala Law Reforms) Commission, to be presented on January 24, in the freezer in the context of the coming Lok Sabha elections which would force the LDF not to antagonise the religious communities.
The report of the commission, headed by retired Justice VR Krishna Iyer, has made many proposals that could go against the interests of certain communities but at the same time some sections in these communities have been demanding these proposals for quite a long time.
The commission has proposed among reforms almost total abolition of polygamy (among Muslims) and begetting more than two children per couple and permission for euthanasia (suggestions that cause worry to the Catholic Church).
The report also says that the wealth and assets of the Christian churches should be brought under three-tier trusts.
Several sections of Muslims and the Catholic Church have already made it clear that they would not allow the reforms to be implemented.
…Kanthapuram AP Aboobacker Musliar, leader of the Sunni Muslim sect in Kerala which was a supporter of the LDF, said the recommendation to abolish polygamy was against Qur’an and Islam and was intended to ridicule Muslims. He said his outfit would oppose any move to implement the recommendation.
Kerala Nadvat’ul Mujahiddeen (KNM), the organisation of Mujahid Muslims known for their progressive outlook, also spoke against the recommendation on polygamy. KNM leader Hussein Madavoor said total abolition of polygamy could not be accepted. He said what was needed was not a ban but efforts to create awareness.
The KCBC has already made its objections formal through a statement which said that most of the recommendations in the report could not be accepted. Fr Stephen Alathara, spokesman for the KCBC, said in the statement that the Catholic Church would never accept the recommendations for refusing concessions to parents with more than two kids, to permit euthanasia and to do away with the provision making suicide a crime.
The Deoband declaration – A good first step