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    Ridwaan's lost for words upon hearing of his achievement

    Georgetown June 30 2008: 

    As reported in Guyana Chronicle:- Eleven-year-old Ridwaan Safi said that he is elated to carry on what has become a family ‘thing’. Like his fellow classmate Arianna, Ridwaan was placed among the country’s top 10 National Grade Six candidates.

    Ridwaan, who says that he is aspiring to become a doctor like his father, copped the fifth position with a total of 551 marks. This young man, who seemed lost for words after he was told of his performance, said that he was surprised.

    Ridwaan said that he felt as though he was at a disadvantage since he was involved in an accident a few months prior to his preparation for the exams and hadn’t much time for studies. Now with the exams out of the way, Ridwaan said that he is now gearing his mind for two months of relaxation as he was promised a vacation by his parents.

    Back in 2006 Ridwaan’s elder brother, Fawwaz, placed third in the country for the final sitting of the Secondary Schools Entrance Examination. Ridwaan added that he also feels very honoured to have his school earn a place in the country’s top 10.

    Shahrazaad surprised with her top 10 result

    Georgetown June 30 2008:

    As reported in Guyana Chronicle:  For Shahrazaad Khan it was surprising as she too, like the other students was not expecting to be placed among the country’s top 10. Shahrazaed secured the fourth place position with a total of 552 marks. Like her fellow classmate, Shahrazaad said that she would rather stay at her current school instead of going to the school at which she would be placed.

    She said that she was confident of doing well at the exams but not that well. Now that the exams results are out Shahrazaad said that she feels much more relaxed and will be looking forward to some form of relaxation now that the anxiety is all over with.

    As reported in Starbroek News:

    Shahrazaad Khan, 11, of LBI, East Coast Demerara grabbed the fourth spot in the country.

    The soft spoken girl said she was shocked after learning how well she did and was on her way home when she got the news. She said her mother who was with her turned around and drove back to the school so she could celebrate with her teachers and classmates.

    She recalled that the examinations' preparation was hard and pointed out that she took a decision not to stay up too late. Shahrazaad loves reading and is a huge fan of author, JK Rowling. She has read every book in the Harry Potter series and plans on reading anything new from the author.

    She is undecided on a particular career but plans on working extremely hard as she continues with her studies. Shahrazaad said her parents; Sabina and Shazadh Khan offered endless support and that her teachers were the best. She is looking forward to attending QC later this year.

    Sayyid Rajab excited about his exam results

    Georgetown June 30 2008:

    As reported in the Guyana Chronicle:  “I am happy, excited and most, of all shocked,” were the first words of 12 year-old Sayyid Rajab after he was told that he was placed second among the country’s top 10 candidates.

    This young man, who attends the Isa Islamic School, walked away with a total of 556 of a possible of 578. This aspiring scientist said he was always confident that he would excel at the examination because of his preparation but did not expect to place among the country’s top 10.

    “In all my exams I would place first or second. I never went below that so I knew that I would have done well,” young Sayyid said. However despite being placed at one of the country’s top secondary schools, Sayyid said he would rather stay at his current school.

    “I want to stay here because I wouldn’t want to leave my friends and because of the Islamic teachings,” he added. He said he owes his success to his parents and his class teacher.

    As reported in the Starbroek News:

    The reality of placing second in the country was yet to sink in for Sayyid Rajab, who was speechless for a brief period, but got talking after colleagues and teachers at his school started praising his performance. "I am shocked and happy to say the least. This is a great moment and after working so hard for it, I am really excited. I was told that I could top the country but I am happy with what I got," the 12-year-old Better Hope, East Coast Demerara resident said.

    Sayyid said he had many late nights that often ended at midnight but according to him, it was not all work. He also spent time playing table tennis, watched an occasional television programme and surfed the internet.

    He joined the Isa Islamic School from the nursery school level and is grateful to all his teachers for the hours and the extra effort they put into his schooling. Sayyid named his parents; Shakira Jameel and Gregory Rajab as his biggest supporters but he praised Allah for guiding him through it. Though he is unsure as to which career path he will take, the young man said that it will definitely be something in the field of science because that is the subject he enjoys the most.

    As he spoke with Stabroek News, Sayyid's colleagues kept showing up and congratulating him, and one child remarked that if this is what it means to come second in the country then he will aim for the same.

    Ode to Quaid-e-Azam Jinnah

    The following quotes are taken from a paper titled, “Islam Making Alarming Gains over Christianity.”  In 1911, the British Government and its evangelical arms were alarmed that Muslims out numbered Christians in the British Empire.  There were 95, 000, 000 Muslims in the British Empire “more than 5,000,000 in excess of Christians” in the British Empire in 1911. (New York Times Magazine, October 29, 1911)

    Guyana and the Islamic World, 1948-2008

    This paper focuses on the relationship between Guyana and the Islamic World from 1948 to 2008, and it brings to light the two track relationship, government to government and people to people with the Islamic World. Guyana has a significant Muslim minority, who forged strong bonds with the umma before the country gained independence in 1966.

    Guyana, unlike other Caribbean countries has had strong ties with the Islamic World because of religious and political ties with the Islamic World which dates back to the 1700s when Islam reached the shores of Guyana through the African slave trade, and again with the coming of the Hindustani Muslims from India between 1838 to 1917.

    Modern Guyana’s political history started with the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP), a left wing party, founded by Dr. Cheddi Jagan in the 1950 who forged strong ties with nationalists in Ghana, Iran, Indonesia, Syria, and Egypt. The party’s lofty goals, anti-colonialism, socialism and nationalism were analogous with Nasserism. Former Guyanese President, Dr. Cheddi Jagan travelled to Syria and Egypt in the 1960s and identified with the Iranian’s nationalist movement under the leadership of Dr. Mossadegh. A CIA covert operation let to the illegal removal of Dr. Jagan from power in the 1960s and the Peoples National Congress (PNC), the other political party came to power in Guyana and continued the same Jagganite foreign policies. Libya, Iraq, and Egypt opened embassies in Guyana and in the 1990s the Government of Guyana established diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Kuwait.

    And in 1998 Guyana became a member of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) which brought it permanently close to the Islamic world. In 1996, Dr. Jagan made an official visit to the Middle East which included visits to Syria, Lebanon, Qatar, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates.

    Guyanese family explores Indian roots

    My great-grandfather who was known as Sohan came from India which means that I am third generation East Indian born in Guyana. I became interested in finding out more about my ancestry at an early age whilst living in the UK. In 1980, I started corresponding with my grandfather's youngest brother Mohamed Kassim Sohan [Kash,S7] who was living in Guyana. I have many letters from him giving his account of our family history. Also my youngest uncle Mohamed Sultan Alinoor [Babjin,S29], just before his death in 1992, passed on a set of documents to me containing the efforts of his research into our family history. This I have found very useful in my own research.

    Other members of my family have also done research in this respect, particularly Mohamed Swideek[S55] and Mohamed Juman [Noely,R144]. Their information I have also found very beneficial.

    I have been meaning to share this information for quite a while and have finally found the time to do so. This information is by no means conclusive and final as you will discover. Needless to say, much work is required particularly in tracing our history back to Gujarat, India; i.e., exact birth place and names of our forefathers. It is hoped that by sharing this information, others would be encouraged to continue this search.

    Guyana Junction involves the analysis of the construction of East Indian ethnic and religious distinction in Guyana. It is a book in which the author endeavours to examine the manner in which Indian ethnic/religious culture as well as Indian tainted personal meaning and practice are produced and reproduced in a society shaped by the force of interethnic struggles and globalisation. The dissertation is an account of the attempt to investigate the productive interplay between the creative individual/collective and his or her delimiting surroundings in a way that is inspired by Bourdieu's Theory of Practice but seeks to develop a more sophisticated model to account for the processes of transformation and the complexity that characterise the East Indian's contemporary world. Insights from psychological anthropology and connectionism are employed to elaborate an alternative approach to cultural change in increasingly globalised environs. Although an example of current-day ethnography, it is an investigation of a process rather than a people. This intricate process is dissected by focussing on local Indian ways, motivations, and explanations, some of its externalisations, plus the historical and contemporary context in which 'marks of East Indianness' have arisen and continue evolve. The book consists of two parts. The first part concerns the examination of the context and the contextual processes that define and redefine the conditions under which East Indians engage in processes of cultural production and reproduction. The second part focuses on relationships. It explores connections between the East Indians and others or their surroundings through which that (re)creative process becomes clear. Part II respectively deals with relationships between: East Indians and the globalised world; East Indians and friends and relatives; East Indians and their life partners; and East Indians and the divine world.

    My dream mosque Queenstown

    Across Bourda garlanded in her green dome

    A century and more

    Your soul stretched far beyond your shore

    Imams and scholars graced your pulpits clenched

    Cricket in fury your young devotees racked

    Ustads with canes eager minds whacked

    Your teachings remained pristinely packed

    Love you instilled on those worn green mats

    The Ramadan daily feast made us generous doormats

    Under the front mango tree our Faith refreshed

    Your sweet Azan scintillates my slumber unabashed

    Qurbani a sacrifice rush

    Quarrels over the share popped by a hush

    Like the rapids of Orinoco

    You call and your sons be there faster than bows with arrows

    Your roof sheltered the entire globe

    Kings and paupers all adore at your porch

    When the world would've departed, a song on their lips sung

    She was a tower of Faith regardless who presided.

    (as published in the Guyana Chronicle on June 26th 2006)

    Address:        Queenstown Jama Masjid
                        295 Church Street,
                        Georgetown, , GUYANA
    Phone:         592-227-1657
    Directions:    One block north of the Botanical Gardens located on Vlissengen Road                     and four blocks west on Church Street.

    Sod turned for new Queenstown masjid

    The Queenstown Jama Masjid Building Committee yesterday turned the sod for the building of its new masjid on its premises on Church Street.

    The programme commenced with the invocation of Allah’s blessings and this was shortly followed by a presentation on the project.

    Chairman of the Building Committee, Mr. Sattaur Gafoor, said the committee was selected to build a place of worship and as such the initiative was undertaken to construct a new building, as the present one, more than 100 years old, cannot accommodate the congregation.

    The foundation of the Masjid has also become weakened.

    The new two-storeyed building which is expected to be completed within a year at a cost of US $2M, will be equipped with air conditioning units and a stand-by generator among other items. The top flat will be occupied by women, while the bottom flat will accommodate the male worshippers.

    Not only will the masjid provide a place of worship, but the complex will also provide space for sports, recreation and relaxation.

    Meanwhile, the chairperson, Mr. Naeem Nasir, in his address, told the gathering that the new structure will be built to offer people a place to get closer to God.

    The Queenstown Jama Masjid was the first Muslim place of worship to be built in Guyana back in 1895. It remains the principal masjid in the capital city, and in Guyana.

    as reported by Guyana Chronicle on November 10th 2007

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