Urdu teachers hardly get time to promote their mother tongue -- Hamid Iqbal Siddiqui on Mother Language Day Culture 

Urdu teachers hardly get time to promote their mother tongue — Hamid Iqbal Siddiqui on Mother Language Day

Eminent poet, writer, Journalist and well known personality of Urdu literature Hamid Iqbal Siddiqui expressed himself wholeheartedly about the promotion and survival of Urdu on the occasion of “International Mother Language Day” (21st February) in a freewheeling chat with Imran Inamdar for TheShahab.com. Hamid Iqbal feels that Urdu teachers today hardly get time to promote Urdu because of their busy schedules and somewhat the system is also responsible which doesn’t generate much opportunity to showcase their natural talent. According to Hamid, TV serials and movies are slowly taking us away…

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Lohri Special: Dulla Bhatti – a Muslim landlord who revolted against the mighty Akbar

Dulla Bhatti – a Muslim landlord who fought for the honour of Brahmin girls, saving them from the mighty Mughal emperor Akbar who wanted them in his harem. Songs of his bravery of are sung by Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims alike on Lohri, a festival which celebrates the end of winter season. A popular folk song sung on Lohri “Sunder mundriye ho” depicts the story of Sundri and Mundri, two Brahmin girls who were rescued by Dulla Bhatti. Later he became their godfather and married them off with much fanfare…

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Indonesian professor wins King Faisal International Prize 2018 for service to Islam Culture 

Indonesian professor wins King Faisal International Prize 2018 for service to Islam

Riyadh: Professor Irwandi Jaswir of Indonesia was named winner of the King Faisal International Prize, one of Saudi Arabia’s most prestigious prizes during a ceremony at a luxury hotel in the country’s capital on Wednesday, for “service to Islam”. Prof. Jaswir, deputy dean of the International Institute for Halal Research and Training (INHART) was recognized for his contribution to the establishment of ‘Halal science’ pertaining to food; his research in that area and the development of new methods for quick detection of non-Halal substances in food. A notable example being…

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Noted Urdu poet Anwar Jalalpuri, who translated Gita into Urdu, dies of stroke Culture 

Noted Urdu poet Anwar Jalalpuri, who translated Gita into Urdu, dies of stroke

Lucknow: Noted Urdu poet Anwar Jalalpuri passed away today. He was about 70 years old. He was taken to a hospital after suffering brain stroke late Thursday night while at his home in Lal Kuan area of the city. Jalapuri was referred to King George’s Medical University (KGMU) by a private hospital in the vicinity of his house where he breathed his last around 9 o’clock this morning at the Truma Center. He was not keeping well after the death of his daughter in London on November 17, 2017. His…

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21st National Urdu Book Fair inaugurated in Solapur - a treasure-house of Urdu books Culture 

21st National Urdu Book Fair inaugurated in Solapur – a treasure-house of Urdu books

I remember Choudhari Charan Singh once said that, Urdu is language of Turks and Mughals although their language was either Persian, Turkic or even Arabic. Can we deny the fact that the major slogans during the freedom struggle to kick out the British were penned in Urdu? Can we also deny the fact that the immortal narration of our country emanates from Allama Iqbal’s “Sare Jahan Se Achha Hindustan Hamara”? To name a few, two distinguished icons of Urdu literature, devote Hindus, Firaq Gorakhpuri and Krishna Bihari Noor. Can we…

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Three Muslims writers among 24 winners of Sahitya Akademi Award 2017 Culture 

Three Muslims writers among 24 winners of Sahitya Akademi Award 2017

New Delhi: The Sahitya Akademi – India’s National Academy of Letters has announced its annual awards recognising the literary works of 24 writers including three Muslims in 24 Indian languages on Thursday. Baig Ehsas for his Urdu short story ‘Dakhma’, Afsar Ahmed for his Bengali novel ‘Sei Nikhonj Manusta’ and noted Tamil poet Late Inqulab for his Tamil poetry ‘Kandhaal Naatkal’ are among those honored with Sahitya Akademi award 2017. The award, given for books published between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2015, includes a casket containing an engraved…

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Jashn-e-Rekhta: a celebration of Urdu by country’s younger generation Culture 

Jashn-e-Rekhta: a celebration of Urdu by country’s younger generation

Urdu, which is said to be declining steadily in India after the partition, however now found new love from the country’s younger generation. The fourth edition of “Jashn-e-Rekhta” saw an eclectic mix of literary discussions and joyous sessions. The festival kicked off at Delhi’s Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on cold evening of 8th December and ended on a musical note with a qawwali performance by Nizami Bandhu of Rockstar fame on Sunday. The three-day witnessed timeless glory and spirit of Urdu through multiple panel discussions, music and dance performances,…

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Milad-un-Nabi celebrated with religious fervor across India Culture 

Milad-un-Nabi celebrated with religious fervor across India

Every year, on the 12th of the Islamic month Rabi’ al-Awwal Muslims around the world celebrate the Prophet’s birthday. The celebration is known as the Milad-un-Nabi or Mawlid al-Nabawi. Eid-e-Milad is celebrated in most Muslim countries with processions on streets and decorations on homes and mosques. While the day is widely celebrated in India and Pakistan, it is not celebrated in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Special conferences, events and Mahafil-e-Naat are arranged to pay homage to the last messenger of Allah whose whole life and teachings are beacon of light…

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70th annual Aalami Tablighi Jamat Ijtema unfolded from Nov 25 in Bhopal Culture 

70th annual Aalami Tablighi Jamat Ijtema unfolded from Nov 25 in Bhopal

Bhopal: The three-day 70th annual Aalami Tablighi Jamat Ijtema (International Islamic congregation) unfolded in Bhopal on Saturday Nov 25. The congregation is said to be the third largest for Muslims after the Haj gathering in Makkah and Bishwa Tablighi Ijtima in Bangladesh. The annual congregation draws several lakh Muslims from all over the globe. A marquee over 60 acres of land and parking space of 200 acres has come up at the ijtima site which is about 12 kilometres on the northern outskirts of Bhopal in Eintkhedi village. Tablighi Jamaat…

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World’s largest dining table at Nizam’s Taj Falaknuma Palace decked for Modi-Ivanka dinner Culture 

World’s largest dining table at Nizam’s Taj Falaknuma Palace decked for Modi-Ivanka dinner

Hyderabad: Taj Falaknuma, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hosts Ivanka Trump for a dinner on Tuesday.  The venue for the dinner will be the Nizam of Hyderabad famous ‘101 Dining Hall’ at the Palace hotel. The spectacular dining hall is the world’s largest and can seat 101 guests as its name suggests, according to Taj Hotels, which runs the property. The grand hall has sophisticated wood interiors, ornate crystal chandeliers, and acoustics that let visitors hear whispers from one corner of the room to another, Taj says. Ms Trump,…

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