Wednesday, July 22, 2009
It is official now. The kerala government is seriously contemplating to establish Islamic Bank in the state. As a first step it is seriously planning to introduce Interest free banking norms through financial institutions. According to Mr Isaac Thomas, state's finance minister,''We find it extremely important to accelerate the economic growth in the state in view of the financial meltdown".
It should be noted that kerala's banks get remittances of about 37000 crores of rupees every year from its two million strong overseas workers, majority of them practising Muslims who do not like to claim interest on their deposits.
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Read more: Isaac moots new mechanism to help jobless Gulf returnees
But, still it is long way to go. There are miles to go before Islamic banking becomes a living reality. It has to be beneficial to the common man as well as NRIs.
Hats off to those who are striving for this noble cause. Particularly, to Janab H. Abdur Raqeeb Sahib and his team.
Read Abdur Raqeeb Sahib's interview in Arab News
Saturday, July 11, 2009
It is all about a girl named Nazima Almas Sayed. She is from Nagpur. She has stood all alone and first among the more than 11 lakh students who wrote the HSC exam. Besides she got second place in Vidharbha in the state Medical Entrance Exams, first in the state entrance for private colleges ASSOCET and second in the state Sevagram exams.
Coming from a family connected with the medical profession Nazima chalked out her aim of life very early in her life and started working to achieve it. She wants to be a cardialogist. “Heart is the most important part of the body. There I will use all my potential,” she beams with confidence.
She had the habit of preparing charts and pasting them on walls where they were easy to be noted always. So wherever she was at home, study matters were always in front of her eyes.
It is her advice to the Muslim students is what makes her unique. “Dare to dream. Have passion to fulfill that dream. Be persistent in hard work. Don’t be aimless in life.”
The journalist who has interviewed has done a good job. Well done, Najiya.
The Excerpts of the interview is given below.
“It feels great!” says Nazima Almas Sayed. And she has every reason to feel so – she bagged the first rank in the Maharashtra Higher Secondary Examination. Her achievements have not stopped there. She got second place in Vidharbha in the state Medical Entrance Exams, first in the state entrance for private colleges ASSOCET and second in the state Sevagram exams.
Nazima, a student of the Shivaji Science College of Nagpur, topped the HSE exams with 98.5% marks. Over 11.84 lakh students had attended the exam conducted in February-March.
Talking to TwoCircles.net, Nazima expressed her desire to pursue the medical profession, specializing in cardiology. “Heart is the most important part of the body. There I will use all my potential,” she said.
This only daughter of a doctor family had decided to take up the medical profession long back. Initially she wanted to become a gynaecologist like her mother. But later she changed her decision, she says, after meeting many people.
Nazima’s father is a doctor of general medicine. Her elder brother is a second year student of MBBS. Her younger brother studies in eighth standard.
“Teachers and friends had a great role in my success,” says Nazima. “Teachers taught me how to learn and answer questions. Multiple choice questions that I had in my entrance coaching classes were really helpful in having a deep understanding of things.”
So, how was her study method?
Nazima used to get up at four in the morning and study for an hour. Early morning study really helped, she says. Then she had tuitions before school time. In school, she used to attend classes with full concentration. “I depended mainly on my teachers’ lectures and text books. Notes given came only after that.” She had the habit of preparing charts and pasting them on walls where they were easy to be noted always. So wherever she was at home, study matters were always in front of her eyes.
Nazima also had a good company of friends. “We had a healthy competition among friends. We used to appreciate each other in success and correct in case of any mistakes,” Nazima said. And she expressed her happiness in the success of her friends who have achieved very good marks in HSE as well as entrance exams.
Now, what does she want to do for the society and community?
She says she wants to work against the social evils of abortion and female foeticide. She had attended programmes conducted by some NGOs against abortion, and that triggered in her the urgent need to fight against this social menace. She hopes her medical profession will offer her a great opportunity to serve the society.
Nazima, who has never been outside the country, loves to go abroad. She likes to go abroad and study the new and most modern technology in the medical field. And then she plans to come back home to implement here what she had learned. When asked about settling abroad, she said she did not like it. “I was born and brought up here. I love going out but don’t want to live there forever.”
“Being a Muslim doesn’t make you inferior in the society,” says Nazima. “Dare to dream. Have passion to fulfill that dream. Be persistent in hard work. Don’t be aimless in life.”
Nazima believes that each human being has been born and brought to the world for a purpose. One should realize that purpose and live up to it.
And her message to the Muslim students?
‘Be alive to the purpose of your life.’
Friday, July 03, 2009
I could not understand the wisdom behind this move. Now they are talking about scrapping Article 377.
Yeh mulk kidhar Jaa rahaa hai?
It is an idiotic irony that from Amarthya Sen to Arundhati Roy, from Vikram Seth to Sunil Seth some big big, big names with understandably biggest brains and minds have openly come out in support of homo sex! God damn them!
What happened to the so called custodians of Indian culture? Why are they silent?