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    Abdul Kamal: Asian Age: What's Muslim about Kalam? - By Dr Rafiq Zakaria

    What's Muslim about Kalam?
    By Dr Rafiq Zakaria
    The Asian Age
    June 19, 2002
    http://www.asianage.com/main.asp?lay...42&newsid=5949

    Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who will be our next President,
    is by all accounts a great scientist; his contribution
    to India's defence is of the highest order; he is
    rightly called the Missile Man; every Indian feels
    proud of him; he is in every respect a Bharat Ratna.
    But because he was born a Muslim and bears a Muslim
    name, he should not be put in the same category as the
    two former Muslim Presidents, Dr Zakir Husain and Mr Fakruddin Ali
    Ahmed. Both of them were as great a patriot and Indian to the core as
    Dr Kalam. But they were also Muslims in the real sense of the word;
    they believed in the tenets of the Quran and faithfully
    followed the traditions of the Prophet. They worked
    for the uplift of the Muslims as much as for the
    progress of India. They were ardent followers of
    Gandhiji and had sacrificed for the cause of India's
    freedom. They opposed Jinnah's Two-Nation theory and
    were close associates of Maulana Azad. They had full
    faith in India's composite culture and never hesitated
    to be a part of her ancient heritage.

    Withal, they were also deeply involved in the hopes
    and aspirations of Indian Muslims; they engaged
    themselves actively in the emancipation of their
    community. Dr Zakir Husain built up the Jamia Millia
    Islamia and was for some time the vice-chancellor of
    the Aligarh Muslim University. Similarly Mr Fakruddin
    Ali Ahmad always took up the cause of the Muslims,
    both in Assam and in the rest of the country.

    I am afraid, Dr Kalam has kept himself completely away
    from Muslims; he refused to mix with them and even
    when invited to participate in their nationalistic activities, he
    politely declined. As chairman of the All-India Khilafat Committee I
    requested him to be the chief guest at the mammoth Prophet's birthday
    celebrations in Mumbai, which is attended by more than
    ten lakh Muslims every year, but he refused. This was,
    in fact, started by Gandhiji in the wake of the
    Khilafat and the Non-Cooperation Movement in 1921 to
    promote Hindu-Muslim unity. It has been attended by
    most of our national leaders both during the Freedom
    Struggle and after Independence, even Prime Ministers
    and other highest dignitaries have graced the occasion
    by their participation. Likewise, Dr Ishaq
    Jamkhanwala, president of Anjuman-i-Islam, which was
    founded by the third Congress president, Mr Justice
    Badruddin Tyabjee, tells me that his invitation to Dr
    Kalam to visit the Anjuman to deliver the famous
    Seerut lecture to pay homage to the Prophet was turned
    down by him. He has hardly shown any interest in the
    affairs of the Muslim nor has he had any affiliation
    with the practices and conventions of Islam. He was
    one of the founder trustees with me of Maulana Azad
    Educational Foundation, floated by Government of India
    for promoting and aiding education among the Muslims;
    but Dr Kalam showed no interest in its work.

    Dr Kalam feels much more at home with the Hindus. His
    Hindu friends, with whom he has spent a good deal of
    his life, have testified to the fact that he is far
    more attracted to Hinduism than Islam; I find nothing
    wrong with it. But for God's sake, don't describe him
    as a Muslim President and take credit for having
    obliged the Muslims for giving them this great honour.
    K. Rama Rao, former director of Defence Research and Development
    Laboratories (DRDL) writes: "I have known him for more than three
    decades, but find him the same, from the simple and unassuming fellow
    who shared a room with me in 1954 to the one who became my boss
    in the '80s. He would stay up late at night, eat
    vegetarian food and never show any signs of being a
    Muslim. I have not seen him offering prayers during
    namaz nor fast during Ramzan." Likewise R. Aravamudan,
    former director ISRO's Satellite Centre, Bangalore:
    "We lived in Indira Bhavan Lodge in
    Thiruvananthapuram. People there called him Kalam Iyer
    because he moved around with Brahmins and had similar
    eating habit. The only non-vegetarian food he ate
    occasionally was egg masala along with Kerala
    parottas. He would not talk much about his parents or
    siblings."

    Dr Kalam never reads the Quran but every morning he
    goes through the Gita and is enchanted by it. He is
    sincerely devoted to Krishna. He recites the Hindu
    mantras on every occasion. Namaz does not appeal him
    nor has he ever fasted in the month of Ramzan. He is a
    strict vegetarian and a life-long brahmachari. His
    roots are really in Hinduism and he enjoys all the
    sacred Hindu scriptures. Hence the credit for his
    elevation, in communal terms, should go to the Hindus;
    to give it to the Muslims would be wrong. In fact Dr
    Kalam himself would be happy if he is not described as
    a Muslim President and his name is not linked with Dr
    Zakir Husain and Mr Fakruddin Ali Ahmad.

    This does not mean that he is not a good man or
    inferior to the two Muslim Presidents; I am only
    objecting to the appellation. He is in fact most
    worthy to be President. He is great in the true sense,
    and his simplicity, humility and honesty will add
    lustre to the highest office of our country. I wish
    him all the best; may God, of whatever denomination Dr
    Kalam believes in, be with him.

    (Click the Link below to See a Nice Photo of Abdul Kalam) http://mail2web.com/cgi-bin/dn.asp?

    #2
    I think this belongs to the WA forum...

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