1946: The Need for Greater Effort
B.A. (London) LL.B, Barrister-at-Law (Gray's Inn), Buchanan Prize WInner. Mr Hosein came first in the British Empire in his Bar Finals (1946)
TAJMOOL HOSEIN QC
Tajmool Hosein qualified as a barrister in 1946 and developed considerable knowledge in the area of constitutional law. As a member of the Trinidad and Tobago delegation, he attended the Malborough House conference and contributed to the formulation of the 1962 Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago.
In 1961, he joined the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and stood as a candidate for Chaguanas in the elections of the same year. He won the seat and served as Member of Parliament for Chaguanas from 1961 to 1966. Mr. Hosein was awarded Silk in 1964 and the Trinity Cross (Trinidad & Tobago's highest honour) in 1982.
The Need for Greater Effort
There is, unfortunately, a feeling existing among the younger people that religion on the whole is of no particular utility in everyday life, and that Islam, however well it worked in centuries gone by, is no longer a religion that suits modern conditions. This feeling, I think, owes its origin to the fact that many of us do not try to understand the true principles of our faith and attempt to criticize something that we do not quite understand. For Islamic teachings can be related to practical life at all times with great benefit to those who care to follow them. They are applicable to all circumstances and are of such a nature that they could contribute in no small way toward the solution of world problems at the present time.
It is true that the influence of religion as a whole has declined within recent times, but there is no reason why an effort should not be made to stimulate the interest of the young people, on whom, after all, the burden will in years to come, in the religion of Islam. This lack of interest on their part is not altogether due to apathy. It is accordingly suggested that the various Islamic organisations in the island should arrange a series of lectures to be delivered periodically by people learned in Islamic teachings. The scope of the lectures should be sufficiently comprehensive to cover the main principles of Islam, and should be so framed as to enable the young people to take an active part in the ordinary religious performances.
Another aspect of our conduct that, perhaps, needs some emphasis is that unless there is co-operation among the various groups of Muslims, it is impossible to make any progress. It is sincerely hoped that the Muslims will some day unite and make contribution to the cause of Islam more real than at present.
This is an Eid-ul-Fitr Brochure, and I cannot better conclude than by wishing all the Muslims a very happy Eid. I hope that such similar brochures will always be with us so that in the years ahead we shall be in a position to express our views through it all.
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- Tajmool Hosein, QC Tajmool Hosein, QC