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DHAKA: A severe storm has killed 16 people and destroyed 1,000 homes in northern Bangladesh, police and government officials said Monday.

The storm tore through scores of villages overnight on Sunday, uprooting trees and electricity poles and derailing a train in an incident that injured dozens of passengers, they said.

Nine people were killed in the worst-hit district of Netrokona, six died in neighbouring Sunamganj, and one person died after being struck by lightning in nearby Naogaon, police in all three districts said.

Among the nine killed in Netrokona was a pregnant woman and her three children, district police official Rashel Miah said.

“They died after a side wall fell on them,” Miah told AFP, adding that up to 20 people were injured in the district.

About 1,000 homes mostly made of mud and tin were flattened, said government administrator Abul Kalam Azad.

The storm also derailed a train at Tangail district while it was travelling across a bridge over a river.

“The storm was so severe that it threw the train, carrying up to 500 passengers, off its tracks and against a wall,” said railway official Pankaj Kumar Shaha.

Storms known locally as Kalboishakhi often hit Bangladesh during the early summer months in the lead-up to the monsoon that generally begins in the first week of June.

BEVERLY HILLS: The doctors and therapists who worked with a little girl from Afghanistan knew the prosthetic arm they gave her would change her life.

What they didn't anticipate was that within weeks of strapping on her new limb, seven-year-old Shah Bibi Tarakhail would be using it to pick up a brush and begin carving out a new life — of abstract painting.

"What color would you like?" asked artist Davyd Whaley as he sat next to her at a table at the Galerie Michael on Rodeo Drive in the heart of Beverly Hills on Wednesday afternoon.

"That one!" the normally reticent girl responded with a determined voice as she pointed to a tube of blue acrylic. Then, before her mentor could fetch it, she grabbed it with her new prosthetic hand, unscrewed the top with her other hand and began squeezing the tube's contents onto a palette.

As her friends from the nonprofit Children of War Foundation and the Shriners Hospital for Children Los Angeles looked on with delight, Shah Bibi proceeded to put a series of broad brush strokes across a piece of art board Whaley had provided. Soon there were shades of blue, green and bright orange laid out across little stickers of fish, bunnies, a flower and sky that Whaley had showed her how to place on the board beforehand.

At one point she giggled with embarrassment as she accidentally squeezed a tube of orange paint onto the painting rather than the pallete. But Whaley quickly assured her that accidental art sometimes makes the best abstract art.

"You're going to do a Jackson Pollock," he quipped.

The finished result, the artist said afterward, "was pretty mind-blowing."

Shah Bibi, he said, not only handles a brush well but has an impressive grasp of matching colors.

"She kind of has a facility for it if she wants to pursue it," added the artist whose own work is the subject of a large exhibition on display at Galerie Michael.

Less than a year ago, Shah Bibi was back at home in Afghanistan when she went outside one morning to play with her brother. There had been a violent battle pitting Taliban fighters against US military forces the night before, but that was nothing residents weren't used to. Their village had been a cauldron of violence since the Afghan war began.

"There was what looked like a rock that she picked up and threw on the ground and it exploded," said Ilaha Omar, a Children of War Foundation member who brought her to the United States, where Shriners Hospital treated her for free.

The explosion had destroyed her right eye, taken off most of her right arm, put a few scars on her face and killed her brother.

She was a little frightened the first time he saw her, said David Kraft, a prosthetist who helped fit her with her new arm. But she quickly warmed to the people around her and impressed them with how quickly she learned how to use it.

She'll return to her family next week, but Children of War plans to bring her back next year to fit her with a prosthetic eye and attend to her scars.

Fluent in the Afghan languages of Pashto and Dari, she's also picked up a good deal of English since arriving in the US late last year. Also an affinity for American culture. Decked out in a pretty dress and a pair of Minnie Mouse shoes, she sometimes sang along to the song "Let it Go" from the Disney film "Frozen" as she painted.

Afterward she was a bit quiet but still all smiles as she wandered the gallery with an iPhone, snapping pictures of the paintings, the sculptures and the people. And also a few selfies to take back home.

But before heading home to her host family and then Afghanistan there was still some unfinished business.

As the afternoon grew longer and the gallery crowd thinned, Whaley asked if she might like to do another painting.

"Yes!" came the exuberant reply. And the pair got back to work.

The title of our family is "Siddiqui" which indicates our family history through Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (RA) a friend and confidant of Prophet Mohammad (SWA)

and the first Khalifa of Islam. The name "Siddiqui" derives from the word Siddiq, which means "truthful". Today there are many families which are the descendants of

Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddiq(RA). Most of them are known by the name "Siddiqui" and " Atiqi or Al Atiqi".

In East Ethiopia, Siddiqui's are usually called "Qallu". In Somalia they are known as "Sheekhaal". In Bangladesh they are known by the name of "Qureshi".

There are also "Al-Atiqi" or " Atiqi" families in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Syria, Yemen, Iraq and other places in the Arabia, all are the descendants of Hazrat Abu Bakr (RA).

Their Ancestors are Hazrat Abdul Rehman bin Hazrat Abu Bakr (RA) and Hazrat Muhammad bin Abu Bakr (RA).

The "Al-Bakri "family in Egypt are the descendants of Hazrat Muhammad bin Abu Bakr (RA), While the "sheekhaal" or "Fiqi Umar" Family is found in Somalia, Ethiopia and

Kenya and the "Atiqi" or "Aal Atiq" families found in the Arabia are the descendants of  Hazrat Abdul Rehman bin Abu Bakr (RA).

"Haryanvi Siddiqui" ancestors Hazrat Qazi Qawam ud Din bin Hasam ud Din (RA) is descendants of Hazrat Abdul Rehman bin Hazrat Abu Bakr (RA). His family tree is


01-Hazrat Abu Bakar Siddiq (RA)    

02-Hazrat Abdul Rehman (RA)

03-Abdullah Tabai (RA)


05-Ibrahim (RA)

06-Abu Bakar (RA) (sani)

07-Mehmood (RA)

08-Ahmad(RA )       

09-Hasam ud Din (RA)

10-Shams ud Din Madni (RA)   

11-Imam ud Din (RA)

12-Kamal ud Din Yemani (RA)

13-Moin ud Din (RA)

14-Alau ud Din(RA)

15-Fakharud Din Alias Mohi ud Din (RA)

16-Nizam ud Din(RA)

17-Qazi Hasam ud Din (RA)

18-Hazrat Qazi Qawam ud Din (RA)


Hazrat Qazi Qawam ud Din (RA) came India for visit with his nephews Shaikh Muhammad Musa (RA), Shaikh Muhammad Ismail (RA) and Shaikh Muhammad Ishaq (RA) in early period of Sultan Muhammad Tughluq between ( 1220-1225). He was the Qazi of Juchneer in Sistan (Iran) at that times.

In Delhi he received khilafat from Hazrat Nizam ud Din Awliya (RA) .The King offered  Hazrat Qazi Qawam ud Din (RA) and Shaikh Muhammad Musa(RA) Offices of The Qazi (judge) and sent them to Rohtak (Haryana District) and Garh muktesar ( Meerut District).

Shaikh Muhammad Musa (RA) is also known as "Bandagi Shaikh Musa" and his descendants are still living in India and Pakistan.

Hazrat Qazi Qawam ud Din(RA) came in Rohtak with his nephews Shaikh Muhammad Ismail (RA) and Shaikh Muhammad Ishaq,(RA) but both nephews were martyred in Madina village during the travel of Da'wa o Tabligh.

Madina village is situated between Rohtak and Meham, They were the first from our family who sacrified them salve for Islam in Haryana India.

Hazat Qazi Qwam ud Din (RA) married with "Bibi Ain ul Badar" the daughter of Qazi Shaikh Sultan Muhammad Surkh zul Qarni Qureshi (RA) in Rohtak.

There he constructed a fort with the help of Shaikh Qazi Sultan Muhammad Surkh zul Qarni Qureshi (RA).. He and his wife Ain ul Badr are buried in the fort in Rohtak.

His both son Maulana Iftikhar ud Din and Maul ana Kabir ud Din were born in Rohtak.


In 1287 Sultan Muiz ud Din Kiqabbad appointed Maulana Kabir ud Din as Khatib, Amer e Adel and Mutawalli of Meham and Maulana Aammad ud Din S/O Maulana Iftkhar ud Din as Qazi, Mufti and Muhtasib of Meham.

At present Haryana state has four division; Ambala, Rohtak, Gurgaon and Hissar. 

Meham is sub division of Rohtak. During the Muslim rule our family occupied places of knowledge, honor, spirituality and leadership. The family held the post of the local Qazi (judge), Mufti, Muhtasib, Amer e Adel and Khatib. In addition they had held high offices in both civil and military ranks at national level. They also contributed greatly in the fields of literature, education and spread out Islam in the surrounding districts of Delhi:

Rohtak, Gurgoan, Hissar, Karnal and Mewat. They also played an important part in the conversion and guidance of Hindu, Jats and Rajputs and some other tribes to Islam.




"Hadi e Haryana" Hazrat Shah Muhammad Ramzan Shaheed Mehami (RA) was the prominent reformer of Haryana who typified this Da'wa. He was dissatisfied with the Sufi religious system under his father Hazrat Shah Abdul Azeem (RA) whose Rajput devotees present him with a tithe from every thing taken in their raids.

Hazrat Shah Muhammad Ramzan (RA) therefore left his family to study with Hazrat Shah Abdul Qadir (RA) and Hazrat Shah Abdul Aziz (RA) Delhivi the sons of Hazrat Shah Waliullah (RA). There he studied fourteen year ( 1783-1796).

Hazrat Shah Muhammad Ramzan made the Rajput Muslim conscious of their separate identity from Hindus.

Hazrat Shah Muhammad Ramzan was a crusading tablighi of Haryana.

He found that the converted Rajputs and Jats were in no way different from their Hindu counterparts in culture, customs and celebrations of religious festivals.

They were not only pir-parastand, qabr-parast they were also idol worshipers.

They celebrated Holi, Diwali and other Hindu festivals with zeal and dressed in the Hindu fashion.

Hazrat Shah Muhammad Ramzan (RA) used to sojourn in areas inhabited by such converted Rajputs, dissuade them from practicing Hindu rites and persuade them to marry their cousins (real uncles daughters which converts persistently refused to do). They equally detested eating cows flesh. To induced them to eat beef, he introduced new festivals like Mari yam ka Roza and Rot-bot. On this day, observed on 17 Raj jab, a pao of roasted beef placed on a fried bread, was distributed among relatives and near and dear ones. Hazrat Shah Muhammad Ramzan(RA) also encouraged such people to build mosques in large numbers, and to establish the wearing of Muslim dress and the observance of Islamic obligation. Waa'z (sermons) were employed as method of Da'wa. He also opposed "taqlid". Hindus also revered Hazrat Shah Muhammad Ramzan (RA) and in several Hindu villages there were "Shah Ramzan ke Chabutre" (raised platforms for Shah Ramzan).

He wrote in local language and dialects, sometime in the form of poems that could be recited and held debates with the scholars of other religious.

His famous books "AQAID E AZEEM","BULBUL BAGH E NABI" And"AKHIR GUTT" are available on" Haryanvi Siddiqui" page.

For further detail about Hazrat Shah Muhammad Ramzan (RA) in Urdu kindly read book "Hadi e Haryana" by Prof; Manzoor ul Haq Siddiqui After Muslim rule when the British took full control in Hindustan, they changed the administrative language and the system of governance, consequently the function of the Qazi and Mufti was terminated, all of their land grants were confiscated and the office holders (Qazi and Mufti) were made redundant.

As for their role in the Battle of Independence in 1857, this family was branded the leaders of the rebels and subsequently fourteen prominent members of the family were martyred. Their homes were dug up to two feet deep in order to find weapons and consequently numerous relics and artefacts that had been in the family’s possession for centuries were stolen by the soldiers.

Despite all these destructions the government was not able to stop the religious efforts of this family as it continued to teach and spread Islam.

During the years of the British Raj this family’s recognition was in the field of knowledge and nobility.The historical achievement of the family was that they prevented peoples from being converted to Christianity despite the fact that Christians were openly supported by the British government. According to the 1880 Census of the Rohtak District, there were just eighteen Christians from the indigenous population and half of the fourteen per cent of the Muslim population comprised of people whose ancestors had recently converted to Islam.

Due to the efforts of this family thousands of Jats, Rajputs and Mawati also embraced to Islam. During the British Raj the writers from this family made valuable contributions in the field of Urdu literature; composing and translating works on Sufism, Jurisprudence, Medicine, Critique, History, Biographies, Biography of the Prophet (SAW), Law, Philosophy, Ethics, Politics, Astronomy, Municipal administration, Logic, Literature, Morphology, Dictionaries and Comparative Religions.




Among them a jewel of our family was Pirzada Muhammad Hussain Arif Mehami. He passed Punjab Entrance Examination in 1875 with fifth position in Punjab and first position among nine passed Muslim student. He was the first member of our family who attend the college. He attended Govt College Lahore and complete his graduation with Mathematics and Philosophy from Calcutta University in 1879. Because Punjab University established in 1882. He also passed "High professionsci in Art Test" examination (professional career test) in 1879 and stood first. He awarded Malerkotla McLeod Medal and Macleod Arabic fellowship in 1880 and appointed as Asstant Professor "Head of Urdu Department" at Oriental College Lahore in 1881.

He was the first MA persien of Punjab University in 1883 with first class. He passed Cambridge International Examinations in 1885 and appointed District Judge in 1890. Govt sent him Kashmir on deputation in 1906 there he established High Court and he was the only single Judge of this High Court for four year.

When he was Divisional and Session Judge in 1910 he was awarded "Khan Bahadur" title. During Delhi Darbar in 1911 he was awarded "Chair" and introduced as ; "Pirzada Maulvi Mohammad Hussain Khan Sahib (1897) Khan Bahadur (1910).

M.A.of the Punjab University (1883), Divisional and Sessions Judge Hissar. He belong to very old and respectable Qureshi family of Maham, District Rohtak.

Several members of the family held high posts under Pathan Kings and Mughal Emperors of Delhi. The family played a conspicuous role in the conversion and reformation of the Muhammadan Rajputs in the Districts of Hissar, Rohtak,

Karnal and Gurgaon. Pirzada Mohammad Hussain Khan has done much for enriching the vernacular literature by translating works on Astronomy, Hydrostatics, Jurisprudence, Constitutional law, Political Economy and Philosophy into Urdu and is the author of many books in additions" His book collection known as "Collection of Pirzada Muhammad Hussain Arif" consists of 165 manuscripts and 809 books in Arabic, Persian and Urdu available at Punjab University Library Lahore.

Some books "Khazeena e Muaarif", "Masnavi Aqad Gowher Motiyoon Ka Haar", "Safar Naama Ibne Batoota" and "Qasida Barda Banat Saad" are available on "Haryanvi Siddiqui"page.

In India our ancestors lived in Rohtak and Meham (Haryana State) more than 700 years (1220-19247). During the partition of 1947 one tenth of the Muslim population of Rohtak was martyred and the rest was forced to flee to Pakistan due to massacres of Muslims by the Hindu and Sikh fanatics.

Presently most of the descendants of "Harryanvi Siddiqui" are settled in Pakistan but scattered.....................contd.

MUMBAI: In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, hundreds of eateries known as Irani cafes sprouted up in Mumbai due to a wave of Persian immigration. One of the most famous of the remaining few is now set to close.

B. Merwan & Co, captured in a series of AFP photos, has served up sweet milky tea and bread buns to busy workers in the bustling seaside city for a hundred years but is set to close its doors for the last time in March.

In their heyday, the street-corner, high-ceilinged Irani cafes served businessmen, labourers and prostitutes alike with their omelettes, cardamom-spiced mawa cakes and the “brun maska” bread-and-butter rolls.

Today fewer than 30 of them remain in India's financial capital as they struggle with competition from modern chains, high real estate prices and the reluctance of younger family members to continue in the café tradition.

Loyal patrons of B. Merwan, which sits opposite Mumbai's busy Grant Road station, are saddened at the thought of no longer queuing for its celebrated cakes, which are often sold straight from the oven.

“I have been coming here for 20 years,” said Karsi Mehta, a local businessman, as he tucked into a vegetable puff and a cup of tea.

“Sadly it seems we will have to adjust to whatever hotel is nearby once Merwan closes.”

A US appeals court on Wednesday ordered Google Inc. to remove from its YouTube video-sharing website an anti-Islamic film that had sparked protests across the Muslim world.

By a 2-1 vote, a panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected Google's assertion that the removal of the film “Innocence of Muslims,” amounted to a prior restraint of speech that violated the US Constitution.

The plaintiff, Cindy Lee Garcia, had objected to the film after learning that it incorporated a clip she had made for a different movie, which had been partially dubbed.

Representatives for Google could not immediately be reached for comment.

Cris Armenta, a lawyer for Garcia, said she is delighted with the decision.

“Ordering YouTube and Google to take down the film was the right thing to do,” Armenta said in an email.

“The propaganda film differs so radically from anything that Ms Garcia could have imagined when the director told her that she was being cast in the innocent adventure film.”

The controversial film sparked a torrent of anti-American unrest among Muslims in Egypt, Libya, Pakistan and other countries in 2012.

That outbreak coincided with an attack on US diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including the US ambassador to Libya. US and other foreign embassies were also stormed in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

The made-in-America trailer for the movie, which has never reached cinemas, provoked uproar throughout the Muslim world, and several US diplomatic missions were targeted. In Pakistan, clashes between police and protesters left 19 people dead.

YouTube as well as Facebook were initially blocked although the government soon exempted Facebook, saying it removed the offensive material.

For many Muslims, any depiction of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is considered blasphemous.

Google had refused to remove the film from YouTube, despite pressure from the White House and others, though it blocked the trailer in Egypt, Libya and certain other countries.

Garcia had claimed that her performance within the film was independently copyrightable and that she retained an interest in that copyright. A lower court had refused her request that Google remove the film from YouTube.

But in Wednesday's decision, 9th Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski said Garcia was likely to prevail on her copyright claim and having already faced “serious threats against her life,” faced irreparable harm absent an injunction.

He called it a rare and troubling case, given how Garcia had been duped.

“It's disappointing, though perhaps not surprising, that Garcia needed to sue in order to protect herself and her rights,” he wrote.

SRINAGAR: Officials at a jail in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir say a Pakistani prisoner has committed suicide.

Jail superintendent Harish Kotwal says Showkat Ali used a scarf to hang himself from the iron bars of a toilet window at the jail in Jammu city.

His body was found early Saturday.

Ali was arrested in 2011 after he crossed into Indian territory. Top prison official K. Rajendra says an inquiry has been ordered into Ali's death.

The Himalayan region of Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, with both countries claiming it in its entirety.

The two countries share a porous border, and scores of Indian and Pakistani prisoners are languishing in each other's jails after being caught without the proper papers.

TOKYO: Japan's road, rail and air travel services faced further disruptions Saturday, reports and officials said, after a fresh snow storm killed three people and injured 850 others following last week's deadly blizzard.

Snow began falling Friday morning in the capital Tokyo and piled up to 26 centimetres (10 inches) by early Saturday, a week after the heaviest snowfall in decades left at least 11 people dead and more than 1,200 injured across the nation.

A driver was killed Friday in a crash involving his car and a truck on an icy road in Shiga, central Japan, while a farmer died after a tractor overturned on a snow-covered road in southwestern Oita, local media said.

In a separate snow-related accident, a driver was killed and three others injured on an expressway in central Shizuoka, the news reports said.

Public broadcaster NHK said some 850 people, including one in a coma, have been injured in snow-related accidents across the nation since snow hit western Japan late Thursday.

Drivers were struggling to move their cars in the capital's residential district of Setagaya, while snow started melting and flooding some roads in downtown Tokyo.

Television footage showed hundreds of passengers resting on benches and floors under blankets at Haneda airport in Tokyo as public transport services were suspended due to heavy show.

At least 628 flights, mostly on domestic routes, were cancelled on Saturday at Haneda and other airports in eastern Japan, NHK said, a day after more than 260 flights were grounded due to heavy snow.

Two commuter trains collided at Motosumiyoshi station in Tokyo early Saturday leaving 19 passengers injured, officials said.

The accident occurred as train services were disrupted due to the storm but it was not immediately clear if the collision was directly related to the bad weather.

Transport authorities are investigating the case.

The storm also caused delays and suspensions on the “shinkansen” bullet train services and the closure of a number of highways across the country.

Some 187,000 households lost power mainly in eastern Japan due to snow and strong winds, NHK said.

The meteorological agency continued warning of heavy snow in eastern Japan as well as strong winds and high waves along coastal areas, which may cause snow slides.

Last week, as much as 27 centimetres of snow was recorded in Tokyo, the capital's worst snowfall for 45 years.

While much of that snow had melted, the remains of larger piles as well as some slightly diminished snowmen were still in evidence across the city.

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