Tuesday, June 7, 2011

First Muslim body donor in Assam

The body and organ donation movement in Assam, initiated by the Ellora Vigyan Mancha (EVM), got a boost when the family members of the former Communist Party of India (Marxist) legislator, Nizamuddin Khan, donated his body to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) here on Sunday night, reported in english daily, THE HINDU.

The EVM, a voluntary organisation, handed over Mr. Khan's body to the GMCH authorities. The group said this was the first instance of body donation by a person belonging to the Muslim community in Assam.

“When we went to inquire about his health condition, Mr. Khan expressed his desire in the presence of his wife, family members and others that his body should be donated to the GMCH authorities for medical research.

He also requested us to prepare the will and other necessary documents so that he could sign them. Unfortunately, he passed away at 7.40 p.m. on Saturday before we could do that. Following his demise, his wife and other family members requested us to fulfil his last desire and arrange for handing over his body to the GMCH authorities,” Isfaqur Rahman, EVM's convener, told TheHindu.

GMCH Superintendent Ramen Talukdar accepted the body and lauded the role of the Mancha in spearheading the body donation movement.

Veteran State CPI(M) leader Hemen Das was among those present.

Mr. Khan, who died of cancer, was elected twice from the Sarukhetri constituency in lower Assam's Barpeta district as CPI(M) legislator. He was also a member of the State Secretariat of the Left party besides being president of the State unit of the All-India Kisan Sabha.

The formal handing over of Mr. Khan's body to the GMCH coincided with the eighth death anniversary of Ellora Roy Choudhury, who became the first woman from the north-east to have donated her body for medical research. Mr. Rahman is the husband of Ellora.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New Ministry of Assam

Chief Minister of Assam Mr. Tarun Gogoi today distributed the portfolios to the members of his Council of Ministers and kept with himself key departments like Home, Political, Finance, Guwahati Development, Information Technology and other departments not allotted to any other Minister.

Senior Minister Prithibi Majhi has been given portfolios like Revenue and Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation, Tea Tribes Welfare, Labour and Employment, while former Assembly Speaker Tanka Bahadur Rai, who has been included in the Ministry this time, has been given portfolios like Planning and Development, Judicial, Legislative, Pension and Public Grievances, etc. Gautam Roy will look after Public Health Engineering Department while Ajanta Neog has retained her PWD portfolio and has been given the additional charge of Urban Development and Housing.

Dr Ardhendu Dey will look after Irrigation and Soil Conservation Departments, while Akon Bora retained the portfolios of Social Welfare and Jail. Chandan Brahma retained his Transport portfolio and has been given additional departments like Tourism and WPT and BC in the BTAC areas. Khorsing Ingty has been given departments like Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, Mines and Minerals and Hill Areas Development.

Himanta Biswa Sarma has retained his Health portfolio. He has also been given other key portfolios of Education and Implementation of Assam Accord. Dr Nazrul Islam has retained his Food and Civil Supplies and Welfare of Minorities portfolios, while new entrant Nilamani Sen Deka has been given the portfolios of Agriculture, Horticulture and Food Processing and Parliamentary Affairs. Rockybul Hussain has retained his Forest portfolio and has been given the additional charge of Panchayat and Rural Development, while Pradyut Bordoloi has retained his Power and Industries portfolios. Another new entrant in the Ministry, Pranati Phukan has been allocated Handloom and Textiles, Sericulture and Cultural Affairs portfolios.

Among the Ministers of State with independent charge, Ajit Singh has been allocated Excise, Sports and Youth Welfare, Basanta Das Fisheries, Information and Public Relations and Printing and Stationery, Rajib Lochan Pegu Water Resources, WPT and BC (outside of BTAD areas) and Siddique Ahmed has been given Cooperation and Border Areas Development.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Muslim Members of Assam Legislative Assembly Election 2011

Muslim Members of Assam Legislative Assembly Election 2011
District and Party Wise Analysis

1. Siddeque Ahmed, INC, Karimganj South
2. Jamaluddin Ahmed, INC, Badarpur

1. Abdul Muhib Majumdar, INC, Hailakandi
2. Shahidul Alam Choudhury, AGP, Algapur

1. Anamul Haque Laskar, INC, Sonai
2. Ataur Rahman Majarbhuiya, AIUDF, Katigorah

1. Zabed Islam, IND, Manakachar
2. Abdur Rahman Ajmal, AIUDF, Shalmara South
3. Jahan Uddin, AIUDF, Dhubri
4. Abdu Taher Bepari, INC, Golakganj
5. Hafiz Bashir Ahmed, AIUDF, Bilashipara West
6 Gul Akhtar Begum, AIUDF, Bilashipara East

1. Monowar Hussain, AIUDF, Goalpara East
2. Sheikh Shah Alam, AIUDF, Goalpara West
3 Moinuddin Ahmed, AIUDF, Jaleswar

1. Abul Kalam Azad, AIUDF, Babhanipur
2. Abdur Rahim Khan, AIUDF, Barpeta
3. Rafiqul Islam, AIUDF, Jania
4. Sherman Ali Ahmed, AIUDF, Baghbar
5. Ali Hussan, AIUDF, Saruketri
6. Shukur Ali Ahmed, INC, Chenga

1. Rekibuddin Ahmed, INC, Choygaon

1. Illiyas Ali, INC, Dalgaon

1. Dr Nazrul Islam, INC, Lahrighat

1. Aminul Islam, AIUDF, Dhing
2. Muzibur Rahman, AIUDF, Ruphihat
3. Rekibul Hussain, INC, Shamaguri
4. Sirajuddin Ajmal, AIUDF, Jamunaghat

Thursday, October 30, 2008


Killing innocent in anyform is barabric. Today,s serial blasts shaken my heart, GOD save my native state. As a Muslim we have full sympathy with the victims, we pray for the speedy recovery of those who injured. However, it is rubbish to brand any community in particular, investigation should have completed only then we would know the truth. But unfortunately whenever there is a blast some people triggered their prejudices aganist one particular community. Even after the Agartala blast Muslim militants group were accused, some Muslims were picked up including one cleric but finally it is found that the ATTF tribal group is the party who carried the blast. similarly after Imphal blast Manipuri militants claimed the resposiblity. In Assam many bomb blast were carried by seperatisits militants, how can we forget those?
Everybody should remember many of those who died in today,s blasts are poor Muslims like their compatriots. We hope real culprits will be detected and punished which ever religion they belong.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Ghiyashuddin Awliya: Sufi of Assam: Hajo Pilgrimage

Ghiyasuddin Awliya (c. 1330 A.D.)
Ghiyasuddin Awliya was a famous Sufi saint of Brahmaputra Valley. Still Assamese irrespective of their religion visited shrine at Hajo. The source of information on Ghiyasuddin’s life is very limited. Traditions and Deodar Burunji are the only sources through which know something on his life and activities. Most of the writers on Hajo, Poa Makka and Ghiyasuddin Awliya, used traditions and the belief of local people to narrate Ghiyashuddin. Mohini Kumer Saikia, Rofiul Hussain Barua and Maheswar Neog write about the importance of Ghiyasuddin Awliya and Hajo in the history of Assam. According to the most acceptable tradition, Ghiyashuddin came to Brahmputra valley with Ghiyasuddin Bahadur Shah, the son of Sultan Shamsuddin Firoz Shah (1301-22) of Luknawti, in the second quarter of 14th century[i].He first came to Garigaon near Guwahati and stayed for sometimes, before permanently shifted to the north bank of Brahamputra at Hajo. His decision to move their might be because of administrative and social importance of the place. M.K.Saikia on the basis of another tradition opined that Ghiyasuddin was from Arab, and after wondering a few places in India, finally came to Brahaqmaputra Valley with three disciples or companions Hazrat Shah Burug and Hazrat Gudur and Hazrat Jainal, and settled on the mountain at Hazo in Kamrupa District[ii]. The Assam District Gazette of B.C.Allen also mention that a shrine of Hazrat Ghiyasuddin Awliya is located at Hajo, and the near by Masjid was probably built by Sultan Ghiyasuddin Bahabur Shah during his stay in Kamrup[iii]. Mohini Kumer Saikia discussed another tradition which is believed and accepts by a large section of people, who seems it is more trustworthy. It claims that Ghiyasuddin Awliya came to stay in Hajo around 1257-58, when Ikhtiyar Uddin Malik Yuzbek invaded Kamrupa and established his ruled there, he eracted Maszid in Kamrup and the place of the Masjid could Hajo since the Dargah of Hazart Ghiyasuddin might known by Yuzbek in his sojourn at Kamrup[iv]. Yahya Taimizi finally opined that Sultan Ghiyasuddin was the name of a saint, whose grave is located in Hajo. He could not provide details on latter’s life[v]. However on the basis of local tradition, Ghiyasuddin is appeared a great Sufi, who devoted his whole life to the cause of Islam. He is the person who made the original structure of the Masjid, where he is buried. Still his dargah and Hajo are held in great esteem and considered a sacred place by Muslim’s so much that it became a centre of pilgrimage. People of Brahamaputra Valley called the place Powa Macca, (i.e. one fourth of Makkah). They believe that the soil from Makkah was put in the Masjid complex that is why those who visit the place get one-fourth sawab of a Haj.
We know that since 1205 A.D. Muslims gradually settled in lower Assam. It is obvious that some Sufis also came to Brahmputra valley along with Muslim different Muslim generals, administrator and commoners. They had preached the message of Islam among the masses through humanitarian and other services. So it is assume that Ghiyashuddin Awliya was one of them, and along with many others, who’s preaching, helped to emerge a large Muslim society in lower Assam. It can be concluded that the old Muslim society of Hajo is the result of Ghiyashuddin Walleye’s influence. Hindus and Muslims visiting the shrine of Ghiyashuddin Awliya offer Shinni ad lit candles from generation to generation as a token of respect to the late Sufi[vi].
Still there are two Muslim villages at some five miles from Hajo called Kalita Kuchi and Bamun Bari. According to a local writer, these villages were once inhabited by two major Hindu castes Kalita and Brahman, who became converted to Islam at the influence of one Adam Guru, a Sufi. Muslims of these villages believe that their ancestors were Hindus and they had embraced Islam[vii].
[i] Yahya Taimizi, op. cit., p.91
[ii] Mohini Saikia, op. cit., p. 190
[iii] B.C.Allen, Assam Disrrict Gazetteers, Kamrupa, Shilong, 1905, p.103
[iv] Mohini Saikia, op. cit., p. 192
[v] Yahya Taimizi, op. cit., p.92
[vi] Rafiul Hussain Barua, Muslim Oitijya Aru Asham, Jorhat, 1989, p.19
[vii] Seyad Mukibur Rahman, Ashamar Musalman aru Hajo, Manikunt, Souvenir, Asham Shahitya Sabha, Hajo, 1999, pp.46-7

Monday, October 6, 2008


Unfortunate, Shocking: Stop mindless killing of people.
Samayik Prasanga published this impartial news
A Section of national media publishing bias news, they brand all Muslims as Bangladeshis.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Assam's Muslim History: How ignorent are we?.

How ignorant are we about our own history, even prominent person like Janab Muhib Majumdar did make horrible mistake by tracing the origin of Muslims in South Assam with Agha Reza Khan (1799). God knows wether it was an ignorance from the part of Janab Majumdar or misinterpretation of concern Journalist who reported the news of Jamiat Ulama Guwahati Conference.
to be continued...........