A Noble Gesture on Independence Day

Following up with the Independence Day celebration, AL BASHEER International School - Madrasa, as a move of goodwill gesture gifted a Photocopier (Xerox Machine) of Canon brand to Bannerughatta Police Station, Bengaluru, on 24th of August, 2016, that would help to fulfill their photocopying needs.

The Founder of AL-BASHEER International School Mr. W.S. Basheer, the CEO Mr. Umar Shariff, the Systems Quality Manager Br. Sajjad Shafi and the General Manager Mr. Adam Abdullah visited and met the Sub-Inspector Mr. Murali of Bannerughatta Police Station on this occasion. The Police officer Mr. Murali and his policemen expressed their gratitude and held the school management at high esteem for involving in such philanthropic social welfare activities.

Mr. Umar Shariff told the media that AL-BASHEER believes and looks forward to celebrate occasions such as Independence Day and Republic Day in future by working to create co-operative feelings amongst members of all communities through way of such productive actions that are meaningful and beneficial to their professional tasks, instead of indulging in activities such as holding street rallies, shouting slogans, dances etc.

We find many from our Muslim community in distraught today, with regards to Islamically celebrating the Independence Day and the Republic Day. AL-BASHEER intends to set a good example for our brothers to acknowledge and realize ourselves as foremost and immense contributors in the struggle for Indian Independence, by an approach that augurs well both in adherence to Sunnah, while refraining from overcrossing its limits as a Muslim, along with remembrance of Indian Freedom struggle as an Indian citizen. He said, "we are Muslims. And we are Indian Muslims. So we shall celebrate the Independence Day without music and dancing, while helping our fellow Indians through social welfare projects and programs Inshaa'Allah".

AL-BASHEER Schools are managed by the Discover Islam Education Trust - DIET.

We were not converted forcefully, claim group of Muslim women

Alhamdulillaah AIDCA is in mainstream news. #PeaceIndia2016


The Muslim Ummah is not in slumber anymore. Alhamdulillah the people are responding at the right time to speak for justice.

DIET, AIDCA & MPJR team went to the Commissioner of Police's office

On Thursday, 28th July, 2016, DIET, AIDCA & MPJR team went to the Commissioner of Police's office in Bangalore and met ACP Puttaswamy, Police officials Ravi, Krishnamoorthy, Gulaabi and Maqsood.

We presented books on Islam and also the newsletter published by the AL BASHEER International School. We were warmly received and treated well with snacks and tea. As we were introducing our activities and projects, the police officials were pleased to know of our mode of operations. They also extended their interest to hold some classes soon to counsel the people who come to visit the stations. They were happy to know that we are engaged in social reformations along with educating our children.

In the course of discussion I apprised them of the sinister role of the media that has caused enough damage in presenting Dr. Zakir Naik in a bad light. I said that a lot of confusion is caused mainly due to the media, and also updated them about Arnab Goswami's and the TimesNow's irresponsible manner of presenting false news.

We have made up our minds to meet these police members on a regular basis to constantly inform them of the grievances that the Minorities in India have. I must say that I found these members exceptionally good people who were genuinely showing concerns over bringing peace in our society.



Assalamualaikum. Alhamdulillah AIDCA delegation went along with Abu Asim Azmi Sahab and met CM of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Fadnavis to present a memorandum on the issue of harassment of Dawah organizations and Da'ees. The delegation was attended by representatives of Jamaat e Islami Hind, All India Milli Council, Human Welfare Foundation & Mumbai Aman Committee. The CM assured us of no excesses being committed against anyone during the investigation and that no one will be falsely implicated as has happened in the past. The meeting went off well and we pray to Allah for the safety and security of Muslims at large and Da'ees in particular. Ameen.

Nasheman English

With Nasheman English we continue our long soulful journey, albeit on a different platform, and in a different language. Under the current editorship of our founder’s son, Rizwan Asad (Publisher/Editor of The Nasheman Urdu Weekly), the daily online English edition will explore news and analysis from an independent, alternative perspective. We will look beyond the nauseating politics, cultural propaganda and monopolizing news bulletins, and will try to bring out fresh outlook about people and issues through a combination of original reporting and aggregated content gleaned by the site’s editor and staff.

Muslim Mirror

Internet is growing faster than any medium of news and information in India. But like in conventional news outlets, Muslims, India’s second majority community, are marginally captured in this new media too. The issues of the Muslim community and other marginalized sections of the society in a big country like India where world’s second largest population of Muslims live demand  not one or two but many online platforms. has been created to meet the demand. will highlight problems, issues and viewpoints of the Muslim community as well as other marginalized sections of the society. It will work as a mirror where true face of Muslims sans cosmetics can be seen clearly. It will give voice to the voiceless irrespective of their caste, color, language and religion. As Indian Muslims are part of the global Muslim community, will give prominent space to the global Muslim community also.

Two Circles

I am a Muslim and profoundly conscious of the fact that I have inherited Islam's glorious tradition of the last fourteen hundred years. I am not prepared to lose even a small part of that legacy. The history and teachings of Islam, its arts and letters, its culture and civilization are part of my wealth and it is my duty to cherish and guard them. But, with all these feelings, I have another equally deep realization, born out of my life's experience which is strengthened and not hindered by the Islamic spirit. I am equally proud of the fact that I am an Indian, an essential part of the indivisible unity of the Indian nationhood, a vital factor in its total makeup, without which this noble edifice will remain incomplete.


Humanity is facing its greatest existential threat ever with climate change and resource depletion. This is not a crisis waiting to happen in the future, but it is already here and manifests itself in the many resource wars going on in several parts of the world, rising food and fuel prices, growing hunger, natural calamities of horrifying proportions, water scarcity, debt crisis, unemployment, social tensions among communites, growing humanrights violations and unprecedented ecological degradation. Unless we take urgent action to change the way we live, trashing our only home, this beautiful planet earth, this crisis has the potential to wipe out the entire humanity and a majority of the other species from the face of this earth.

Terror threats by Hindus pretending to be Muslims:

1-RSS-affiliated miscreants were caught red-handed hoisting Pakistani flag to foment communal tension.

2-Last month in a poster that surfaced in Kolkata one “Jamaat ul Mujahideen Bangladesh” terrorist threatened to bomb West Bengal. Days later, police traced the man behind the terror threat. It was Amiya Sarkar- a Hindu. (02 Dec 2014, The Statesman)

3-Earlier this month in Muzaffarnagar police arrested Hindu VHP worker Deshraj Singh for placing loaves of cow meat in front of at least three Hindu temples. ( 22 December 2014, NDTV )

4-Recently 16 ministers in Rajasthan got threat mails in which an “Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorist” said that his group would launch series of terror attacks in the state. Police lodged an FIR against unknown IM terrorist group. Then, last week Rajasthan ATS tracked down a Hindu, Sushil Chaudhary, who reportedly had sent those threat mails posing as a Muslim IM terrorist. (28 December 2014, Times Of India)

5-This week another Hindu boy was held by Bangalore police for posting threatening tweets to bomb the city. He adopted a fake Muslim identity of Abul Khan to create his twitter page. ( 29 December, 2014, Hindustan Times ) Interestingly, none of these 5 Hindus have been booked for serious offences. While releasing them, after perhaps only some rounds of rebukes, the police and media made every effort to convince us that the men were stressed, depressed or mentally unsound. Level of discrimination is increasing.

Markandey Katju


A Ganesh Nadar/ visits the village in Tamil Nadu that shot into national prominence in 1981 when half the Dalits there converted to Islam. He spoke to the Hindus and Muslims and came back with two very different stories.

In 1981, Meenakshipuram, a small village near Tenkasi in Tamil Nadu's Tirunelveli district, leapt into the national limelight when half the Dalits there converted from Hinduism to Islam.

Now 33 years later, those who converted to Islam say they are happy, but don't want anyone to know and those who remained Hindus say they are not and want everyone to know.

In Meenakshipuram you will find neighbours, belonging to different religions, but from the same family.

1) The Muslim story: 'We are happy to be equals' A middle-aged man, "It is more than 30 years since we converted. How the hell does it matter today? Why can't you leave us alone? By reporting this, what goals are you helping us achieve?"

A young man nearby says, "I am very happy that my parents converted. I studied up to the 10th standard and I am working in a shop. We cannot talk to you, our village elders have told us not to talk to the press, so please go and speak to them."

The village elders agree to speak to as long as we did not ask for their names or take photographs.

The eldest, who seems around 70, says, "We converted to Islam because there is no social discrimination and we are all equals. We wanted to be treated as equals and now we are happy that we chose to convert. We are being treated as equals."

This is what he told

Why the diktat that no one should talk to the press?

Journalists from an English newspaper and a Tamil magazine came here and we spoke to them. Another Tamil magazine published a story about our village without even coming here.

After the interviews, many of our friends called, asking us why we were drawing attention to ourselves.

When we go outside the village, we don't want to be attacked. I agree that we have never been attacked for being Muslims. I don't even know if you will write what I tell you or what you perceive.

Why are you so opposed to journalists?

I am not against the media. Don't you read the newspapers? Conversion is a big issue today. They are converting people back to Hinduism. So we don't want to talk about conversion even if ours happened over three decades ago.

How does reconversion help?

It is a volatile issue. We don't want to talk about it. How many families live here? There are 215 families with 860 members. We are farmers. There are a few who own land. We work in each other's fields even if we own land.

What about education?

There is a primary panchayat school in the village, then till 12th we have to go to Panpoli village which is 3 kilometres away or Chengottai which is 5 km away. There is a matriculation school, English medium, near our village, those who can afford their high fees go there.

And higher education?

There is an arts college for girls at Kuttalam, 10 km away and another 28 km away and a private engineering college about 15 km away. The nearest government engineering college is in Tirunelveli.

How many of your children have gone for higher education?

We have 10 engineers, another 10 in engineering college and one girl in medical college.

I know we lost out on reservation, but that doesn't bother us. We don't want reservation. We are happy to be treated as equals.

What about marriage?

We marry within our religion. Most of the marriages have taken place in and around Tenkasi. We like our kids to be nearby.

2) The Hindu story: 'Nothing has changed for us'

Like the Muslims, the Hindus also have their village leader and we are directed to speak to him.

He meets us in the village tea shop surrounded by people. Everyone interacts with us, but the leader does most of the speaking.

M Karuppiah, 67, is a farmer. He says most of the Dalits are farm labourers with a few having small land holdings. When we ask him about the conversions in 1981, he says, "We have our village temple here. We have our God. We did not want to change our God and therefore we did not convert. We have no regrets about not converting. We are happy as Hindus. But the problem we faced then, we still face today."

Here is what he tells

Are any of you involved in business?

We have 500 families here and no one is doing business. You know why? Except our people, no one will come to our shop to buy anything.

Even if we open a shop in the nearby town of Tenkasi the minute they find out we are from Meenakshipuram, they will not come to our shop.

Maybe if we go to Chennai and do business then people might interact with us, but who has the money for that.

If you sell everything cheap, people will come to your shop.

You want us to run a business at a loss just to make people come to us. The business won't run very long.

Another villager interjects, "People hate us, we don't know why."

How many have regular jobs?

We have two doctors, six in the police, two working in the railways, two teachers and one of our villagers works in the Koodangulam Nuclear Power Project.

What about marriage?

We marry among our own people settled all over Tamil Nadu.

You said the problems you faced then, you still face today.

At that time, an upper-caste Hindu was murdered. Our entire village was targeted with violence. The police should have been impartial, but they supported the upper-castes. So many villagers left because of that.

In sheer desperation, half our villagers converted. After that, leaders came down from Delhi. Our village was in every newspaper in the country. We told them our problems and the government became impartial after that. We were safe from police action.

Today the government is impartial, but the caste clashes haven't stopped.

You must have seen policemen sitting in the middle of the village. A month back some young boys from our village got involved in a brawl with upper-caste boys from another village. It could have stopped with that as both groups were drunk.

But it did not. Since then, their people have attacked our boys twice and our people have attacked their boys twice.

When the police called for a peace meeting, from our side we and our Muslim brothers went together. The upper-caste people brought their own people.

So you see we are peace with the Muslims here, but we are not at peace with people from our own religion.

That is why I said nothing has changed in over 30 years.

By, Ganesh Nadar/

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