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Prophet Muhammad most remarkable man in the history of mankind, tweets Rani Mukerji
IndiaTomorrow.net, Mumbai, Jan 2: While some artists, actors and writers have made it their hobby to mock or caricature Prophet Muhammad, a twitter handle with the name and photo of India’s eminent Bollywood star Rani Mukerji has praised the Prophet describing him as the most remarkable man in the history of mankind. The twitter handle, however, is unverified.   “As much I have studied the life and character of the great Prophet Muhammad, he's the most remarkable man in the history of mankind! #Islam,” said the tweet on the birthday of the Prophet last week (24 Dec). As much I have studied the life and character of the great Prophet Muhammad, he's the most remarkable man in the history of mankind! #Islam— RANI MUKERJI (@_rani_mukerji) December 24, 2015   The twitter handle also wished Eid Miladun Nabi to Muslims around the world.   “If they can wish us Diwali or Holi, then why can't we wish them .. Here's wishing #EidMiladunNabi t...




I quit Gujarat judiciary because govt. wanted me to act against minority: Former judge
By IndiaTomorrow.net,  Ahmedabad, 04 Aug 2015: Amidst alleged threats to judge Ms Jyotsna Yagnik who had convicted Maya Kodnani, Babu Bajrangi and others for their involvement in the Gujarat 2002 riots, a former judge has now come forward and claimed that he and other judges were tried to be pressurized by the state government (then ruled by Narendra Modi as chief minister) to act against the minority community following the riots.   Himanshu Trivedi, now settled and practicing in New Zealand, was a district cadre judge in Ahmedabad City Civil and Sessions Court in 2002 when the riots took place in different parts of the state following the Godhra train carnage.   In a Facebook post three days ago, Trivedi, a former colleague of Justice Yagnik, wrote that the Gujarat government wanted the judges and judiciary to act against the minority community and he resigned because he was sworn to the Constitution of India.   While appreciating the work of rights activi...




Now a Dadri occurs in Jharkhand - Muslim youth tortured in police custody over beef photo, died at hospital
IndiaTomorrow.net, Ranchi, Oct 12: This Muslim youth had not slaughtered cow, nor did he consume or store beef. His ‘crime' was that he allegedly shared image of a slaughtered cow with a comment on Whatsapp. He was picked and brutally tortured by the police in Jamtara district of Jharkhand, alleges family of 22-year-old Minhaj Ansari.   The controversial Whatsapp image made rounds on 2nd Oct in Dighari village. Ansari was picked on 3rd October and lodged at the Narayanpura police station where he was allegedly tortured. When his condition deteriorated he was sent to Dhanbad Medical College & Hospital and from there he was shifted to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi on 7th Oct. Ansari, who would run a mobile repair shop in Kolkata, died at RIMS on 9th Oct.   As per the FIR lodged at the Narayanpur police station by Ansari's mother on 6th Oct, he was brutally beaten by the officer in-charge of the police station and a resident of the ne...




Patriotism that propagates hate is not patriotism: Dia Mirza
Mumbai, Oct 9: At a time when celebrities across the board are readily commenting on the bilateral tensions between India and Pakistan, actress Dia Mirza says patriotism in its true spirit does not propagate hate."Patriotism that propagates hate is not patriotism. United we rise. Divided we fall. Politicians polarise to rule, not serve society," Dia tweeted on Sunday.Her post comes amidst the ongoing clamour over the cross-border tension between the neighbouring countries, which spilled into the entertainment world and sparked a debate on whether Pakistani artistes should be banned from working in the Mumbai film industry.Some Indian outfits have imposed a ban on Pakistanis from Indian showbiz world and a few Pakistani theatres have pulled down Indian movies from their screens.Celebrities across the board and borders have been commenting on the spillover, with some talking in support of the steps, some opposing it and some just keeping mum.Superstar Salman Khan and veteran ac...




Muslim youths burn flag of terror group ISIS in Delhi
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, August 14: Around two hundred Muslim youths took out a bike rally here on Saturday protesting against the terrorist group ISIS.   Wearing skullcaps and holding Indian flag Tiranga in their hands, the youths took out the rally from Muslim-dominated Jafarabad locality. They gathered at India Gate near the Parliament House and burnt the flag of the terror group.   Muslim youths in Delhi burning the flag of ISIS on 13 Aug 2016. (Photo from facebook of Dr. Faheem Baig)  While strongly condemning the terror group, leader of the rally Dr. Faheem Baig urged the youths not to be misguided by it.




I just ate beef. Come and murder me: Shobhaa De
By IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, 01 Oct 2015: The brutal killing of an elderly Muslim in Dadri area near the National Capital for allegedly eating and storing beef, has sent angry waves across the country. Members of civil society have strongly condemned the killing of Mohammad Akhlaq whose son Danish was also seriously wounded in the Monday night attack by a Hindu mob.  Eminent writer and columnist Shobhaa De has just posted her angry tweet: "I just ate beef. Come and murder me." I just ate beef. Come and murder me.— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) October 1, 2015  De is known for her fearless writings and comments.  A mob of over 100 people had dragged Akhlaq and Danish from their home allegedly after an announcement from a nearby temple that the family had eaten and stored beef. While 50-year Akhlaq succumbed to injuries his 23-year son Danish is struggling for life at a hospital in Greater Noida near Delhi.  It is interesting to note here tha...




Born as Hindu, but will die as Muslim, say Dalits after conversion in Delhi
By IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, 08 August 2015: More than 50 members of the Hindu Dalit community converted to Islam near Parliament House here on Saturday afternoon. They recited Kalimah and offered Namaz on the roadside at Jantar Mantar. They had made their intension public a week ago. They had been holding sit-in at Jantar Mantar for over two years seeking justice for the atrocities allegedly unleashed on them by members of Hindu Jat community in Bhagana village of Hisar district in Haryana.   "We have been facing untouchability, atrocity, boycott and gang-rape - at the root of all these problems is the Hinduwadi system. While living in this system, no friend from outside helps us saying it is our internal issue. We have thought that if we have to save our future, if not present, then we will have to go out of this system," said Satish Kajla wearing a white Muslim skullcap. He is one of the victims who converted to Islam today.   If you get justice tomorrow...




Muslims protest in Delhi against Israeli President's visit
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, Nov 19: Hundreds of common Muslims and clerics, under the leadership of their top religious leaders, held a big protest demonstration near the Parliament House here on Friday against the ongoing India visit of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. While expressing deep concern on the growing India-Israel relations, they demanded establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestine state. Rivlin is in India on a weeklong tour (14-21 Nov).   Addressing the public gathering, national president of Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind, Qari Syed Mohammad Usman Mansoorpuri said, "It has been against our culture and tradition to welcome an oppressor. We express our disappoint over the absence of India from the voting conducted by UNESCO on the Al-Aqsa mosque issue and the Prime Minister comparing the surgical strikes of the Indian army on Pakistani side with the illegal Israeli strikes against Palestinians."   "The Indian Government ...




Will walk out of AIPMT but won't give up my Hijab: Fatima
By Mumtaz Alam, IndiaTomorrow.net,   New Delhi, 11 July 2015: She is barely 18 but seems highly conscious about her choice of attire. Coming from a practising and well-educated Muslim family, Fatima, who secured above 90% marks in both Class X and Class XII, wants to become a doctor, and for this she is going to appear at All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) on 25th July. But she feels so strongly about her dress that she feels offended by the dress code issued by the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) for the coming AIPMT.   The dress code issued on 9th July asks students not to carry scarf and other items like electronic devices. Scarf is almost an integral part of Islamic Hijab in India and many other countries. But the dress code of CBSE doesn’t stop at scarf. It further asks students to “wear light clothes with half sleeves Shirt/T-Shirt/Kurta.” In another way, it prohibits both scarf and full sleeve kurta – these two generally make up t...




US lawmakers urge PM Modi to control RSS, check violence against religious minorities
IndiaTomorrow.net, Washington, Feb 28: As many as 34 members of US Congress - eight from the Senate and 26 from the House of Representatives - have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the rise in violent attacks on religious minorities especially Christians, Muslims and Sikhs in the country. They urged him to fulfil his post-victory promise of 2014 about religious freedom and communal harmony. The US lawmakers also urged Modi "to take steps to control the activities of groups, such as the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)."   "We write as Members of the United States Congress to reiterate our strong support for the partnership that exists today between India and the United States. Our strong support of this partnership encourages us to relay our grave concerns about the increasing intolerance and violence members of India's religious minority communities experience," they said.   "We urge your government to take immediate steps to e...




Rajdeep Sardesai gets 'death threats' for saying 'Hindu terror' is a reality
By IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, 02 Aug 2015: India's eminent TV journalist Rajdeep Sardesai has got threatening tweets over his Friday night tweet wherein he had said ‘Hindu terror' is a 'reality' which ‘can't be denied'. In the same tweet, he had also said, ‘Islamic terror' is a ‘global reality' which 'can't be denied'.   Around 10 PM on Friday (31st July), Rajdeep Sardesai tweeted on his twitter handle @sardesairajdeep: "My view: ‘Islamic terror' is a global reality, can't be denied; ‘Hindu terror' highly localised, can't be denied."   A few minutes after the tweet, Rajdeep got a threatening tweet from this twitter handle ‏@Jitu345: "@sardesairajdeep aapko ek din ek Hindu terrorist hi supurd-e-khak karega" (You will be buried by a Hindu terrorist one day).   And soon Rajdeep was rained with abusive and threating tweets. Here are some of them: -- @sardesairajdeep don't understand the significance of shoes her...




I am a great admirer of Prophet Muhammad: Ram Jethmalani
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 19: Veteran legalist and former Union Law Minister Ram Jethmalani has thrown his weight behind the demand for minority status to Aligarh Muslim University. While supporting the demand, he appreciated the idea of education in Islam and confessed that he is a great admirer of Prophet of Islam for the same reason.  AMU was created by Muslims: Ram Jethmalani "I make no secret of the fact that I am a Hindu. I was born a Hindu. But I am a great admirer of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, the founder of this great chain of institution - first school, then Anglo-Mohammadan College and which is now called Aligarh Muslim University," said Ram Jethmalani while speaking at an event on minority status of AMU on 16th Feb here in New Delhi.   "Aligarh Muslim University was created by Muslims according to the testimony of the Governor General for the purpose of education in Muslims," he added.     He also said that he has stud...




African Tablighi Jamaat team attacked in MP; Muslim leaders condemn it, appeal for peace
By IndiaTomorrow.net, Bhopal / New Delhi, 04 March 2015: At least three members of a Tablighi Jamaat team from South Africa were wounded by an armed attacker in Mandideep area in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh. The police took them to the local hospital where they are being treated. Meanwhile, Muslim organizations have condemned the attack and also appealed to people to maintain peace and communal harmony.   “We condemn the attack on the Tablighi Jamaat team from Africa in Mandideep in which three people were injured. The police had admitted them to National Hospital. I talked to Superintendent of Police of Raisen and he said a case has been registered under Article 307 against the attacker,” said Arif Masood, Congress leader and Member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board.   He appealed for peace. The incident took place on 01 March.   “I appeal to people of Bhopal that they should not be misguided by any and maintain peace and communal h...




Civil Services: Successful Muslim candidates and their IAS posting
By Mumtaz Alam, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, 21 August 2014: When results of Civil Services Examination are announced often in May every year, on an average 30 of variably 1000 successful candidates are from the Muslim community. Generally, India’s largest but most backward religious minority rejoice that it produced 30 or so ‘IAS’ officers that year. But few know about the services actually allotted to those ‘IAS’ officers on the basis of their ranks, caste and vacancies. To investigate the issue, IndiaTomorrow.net dived into the deep sea of government data and came up with some startling facts about allocation of services to Muslim civil servants in last five years.   From 2009 to 2013, around 140 Muslim candidates have cleared Civil Services Examination conducted every year by Union Public Service Commission, but 75% of them could not get posting of Indian Administrative Service (IAS).   IndiaTomorrow.net study reveals that in last fiv...




Deputy Registrar of Supreme Court resigns protesting against Memon's hanging
By IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, 01 Aug 2015: Prof. Anup Surendranath has resigned as Deputy Registrar (Research) in the Supreme Court of India while terming the execution of Mumbai blast terror convict Yakub Memon as "final nail". In a facebook post just after midnight Friday (31 July), he said: "I have been contemplating this for a while now for a variety of reasons, but what was played out this week at the Supreme Court was the proverbial final nail - I have resigned from my post at the Supreme Court to focus on death penalty work at the University."   Prof. Anup is a faculty at the National Law University, Delhi. He said he would write about the last week SC events related to Memon's case.   "It is in many ways liberating to regain the freedom to write whatever I want and I hope to make full use of that in the next few days to discuss the events that transpired at the Supreme Court this week," he wrote.   Couple of hours after t...




Rajasthan village looted, ransacked as revenge for 'slaughtered cows'
IndiaTomorrow.net, Revadavas, Alwar, Sep 20: When you enter this village your first impression would be this: It was either destroyed by tsunami or earthquake. But you are completely wrong. The Revadavas village was almost literally run over by an army of cow vigilantes allegedly in the presence of the police on 15 Sep. Almost every house in the village, dominated by Mewati Muslims, was looted, ransacked and some of them were partially demolished with heavy construction tools including JCB machine.   Why all this? Some cows were allegedly slaughtered in Gidawra jungle near Raghunathgarh colony by some Mewati Muslims of Revadavas village under Nauganwa police station in Alwar district of Rajasthan in the night of 14 Sep, the second day of Eid Al Adha.   What FIR says? As per the FIR lodged by the police at the Nauganwa police station, the police got information at 10:15 PM on 14 Sep about alleged slaughter of cows in the Gidawra jungle near Raghunathgarh Colony ...




Why Police not registering FIR for fabricated video, asks Prashant Bhushan
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 22: Eminent human rights lawyer Prashant Bhushan, while alleging a conspiracy behind the whole JNU row, has demanded the Delhi police to immediately register FIR against those who fabricated the video related to a controversial event at the university campus earlier this month.   "I have got information that the whole conspiracy was hatched at the office of a news channel. Some other channels and some people from BJP were also involved in it. They decided to do something big on the death anniversary event for Afzal Guru at JNU. According to the plan, a camera team was sent there and some people were sent for raising such slogans. That video too was edited and morphed where other sound was overlaid and then telecast," said Bhushan while talking to IndiaTomorrow.net here on Monday.   He said fabrication of video is a serious crime.   "This is a very serious crime. The police should have registered FIR and investigated...




India TV editor resigns saying Modi interview was ‘fixed’
  By India Tomorrow News, New Delhi, 14 April 2014: The two-hour long interview of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi at India TV news channel on Saturday was ‘fixed’, said senior journalist and editorial director at the news channel Qamar Waheed Naqvi.   Naqvi resigned Sunday evening – 24 hours after the interview conducted by Rajat Sharma, Editor-in-chief of India TV at his most famous Aap Ki Adalat program, was telecast (Saturday night from 10 pm to 12 pm). The interview was retelecast on Sunday night also.   While Naqvi did not respond to calls and a text message, sources close to him confirmed the resignation that was sent through email to the management of the channel.   Qamar Waheed Naqvi (photo from his facebook page)   Naqvi has reportedly said the interview was ‘fixed’. Some of the viewers of the program said Rajat did not ask any hard question to Modi.   Prof. Pushpesh K. Pant, P...




Unlike killers of Rajiv, Beant, Memon lacked political backing: Muslims
By IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, 30 July 2015: Political patronage saves criminals in everyday life, and it is said to have saved even some assassins who killed chief minister and even prime minister. Since the 1993 Mumbai blast accused Yakub Memon was awarded death sentence in 2013 and his mercy petitions rejected later, many Muslims have publicly said that Memon met the fate because (one reason) he lacked political backing. Memon was hanged around 7 am today (Thursday) in Nagpur jail for his involvement in the blasts which had killed over 250 people.   Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi last week while addressing a public meeting said killers of Punjab chief minister Beant Singh had political backing and so they were not hanged. He also said that the death sentence of assassins of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was commuted to life sentence only because they had political support in Tamil Nadu. Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Owaisi said Memon was being pushed to gallows as he ...




When a Muslim woman brilliantly defends Muslim Personal Law
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Oct 27: "In Hindu society, a woman observes fast for her husband. But in the name of gender justice, I would not ask why only she is fasting for him, why not he for her. I respect her right to religious freedom. It is an article of faith for them. Our religious issues are also articles of our faith. We respect all and we expect the same from all," said Dr Asma Zehra here on Thursday while addressing a press conference.   "We do not want to communalize things. Our country is made of various religious entities. Followers of each religion love their religion more than their life and they practice accordingly. We respect all and we expect from all that justice should be done with us and there should not be any bias," said Asma, Member, Executive Committee of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB).   Muslim Personal Law has been the topic of harsh but less-than-academic TV debates since the AIMPLB announced to boycott La...