Jamia Markaz to celebrate its 37th anniversary

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Updated 17 December 2014
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Jamia Markaz to celebrate its 37th anniversary

Jamia Markaz, South Asia’s largest Islamic center celebrates its 37th anniversary from Dec. 18-21. M. A. Abdul Qadir Musliyar, President, Muslim Educational Board of India, will inaugurate the four-day long celebrations at Markaz campus, Kozhikode. The conference will be attended by Muslim scholars from Europe, Africa and America, apart from Asian countries. Sheikh Mathar Al-Ka’abi, director, Islamic Affairs UAE, will inaugurate the concluding session on Dec.21 evening. It’s expected that one million believers from India and abroad will attend the concluding session.
The conference will feature discussions and workshops on various issues pertaining to Muslim communities in South Asia. This includes Qur’an and Dawa conferences, a debate on minority education and a seminar on Muslim charity. Sheikh Zayed international peace conference and the international Muslim scholars summit are the central attraction of this year’s anniversary celebration. The peace conference will discuss the role of religious institutions in maintaining a peaceful society. Kerala Chief Minister Ommen Chandy will inaugurate the conference. Religious and diplomatic figures from various Arab-Islam countries will present papers. The International Muslim Scholars Summit will be attended by influential Islamic scholars from across the globe. The summit will discuss the role of Ulemas in the contemporary Muslim society and will form new strategies to combat radical trends among Muslim communities.
Ministers, Parliament and Legislative assembly members from different states of India will address the audience in various sessions. 

Markaz, is a unique educational experiment initiated in 1978 under the leadership of Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmed, General Secretary, All India Sunni Jam-e-yathul Ulema and one of the most influential Muslim scholars in the Islamic world. It introduced a syllabus, which combines both religious and secular education Muslim students. This experiment was the first one of its kind in India. Various educational institutions under Jamia Markaz provide education for minority students from primary to post graduate level. Muslim society in Kerala is currently the most literate among world Muslim communities and Markaz’s educational initiatives played a great role in achieving this by setting up educational institutions in the most remote and backward areas of the region. 

Presently, more than 7,00,000 students pursue their education in 97 institutes functioning under Jamia Markaz in various Indian states including 18,000 students in the main campus. Kashmiri Home in the main campus is an institute set up to rehabilitate students from Jammu Kashmir including border areas. This institute was set up at the request of Jammu Kashmir state government in 2004. Presently 150 Kashmiri students are studying at this institute.


Vote count begins for Afghan election

Afghan election observers at a polling center after ballots in the country’s legislative election were counted in Kabul on Monday. (AFP)
Updated 22 October 2018
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Vote count begins for Afghan election

  • Some candidates said powerful figures were behind election rigging
  • The Electoral Complaints Commission said there was mismanagement during the election, and as of Sunday it had received some 5,000 complaints from voters and candidates

KABUL: Vote counting began on Monday for Afghanistan’s parliamentary election, which was marred by violence and irregularities, with political parties alleging “organized fraud.”

The parties said mismanagement and hundreds of Taliban attacks, which led to an extension of voting for another day at hundreds of polling stations, could raise questions over the election result, which is expected to be released in two months.

Some candidates said powerful figures were behind election rigging, and biometric devices, which were put in place to counter fraud, were smashed to facilitate the rigging. 

Abdul Bade Sayad, head of the country’s Independent Election Commission (IEC), was cited by local media as confirming incidents of biometric equipment being smashed, and the presence of strongmen inside some polling stations. 

But the IEC should not be held responsible for this, he said, adding: “When the government itself feels helpless before powerful figures, then senior officials of the commission should not be blamed.”

The Electoral Complaints Commission said there was mismanagement during the election, and as of Sunday it had received some 5,000 complaints from voters and candidates.

Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission (IHRC) said people could not vote on Saturday in some 1,000 polling stations. 

Ahead of the election, which was delayed for more than three years, the government said it could not open more than 2,000 stations due to security threats.

Alleged irregularities included polling stations opening late, biometric devices malfunctioning, and the absence of IEC staff and voter registration lists.

Of the 9 million people who had registered to vote, nearly 4 million cast their ballot, the IEC said.

The IHRC said the IEC should not shun its responsibility regarding “shortcomings and grave violations in voting centers.”

The Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan said: “In some of the polling stations, ballots were not counted; instead the ballot boxes were transferred to a different location for counting… without informing the observers about the new location.”