The veteran Urdu newspaper of Jamaat, after 56 years of service in Journalism, has now acquired a new avatar. It has been digitised and readers across the globe can read it online. Launchig its website http://www.dawatonline.com Amir Jamaat e Islami Hind, Maulana Syed Jalauddin Umari“ said "Media is supposed to be engaged in mind building of the society on positive values. But today it hardly cares and seldom raises its voice against the violation of ethical and moral standards. In addition, the mainstream media also shows its bias against Muslims”, He called the gathering to ponder over the ways of getting our due share in the media. He also stressed upon the necessity of having our own media apart from our close interaction with the mainstream one.
Earlier, Sheikh Manzoor Ahmad, the head of UNI, released the special issue of Dawat entitled “Sixty Years of Jamaat e Islamic Hind: In the Eyes of its Elders”. He said the Jamaat was the most serious organization of India, but few people knew about it. Muslim in the country have continuously been marginalized throughout the last three decades, he lamented highlighting the inevitability of documentation.
In the beginning of the simple ceremony a brief history of the newspaper was presented by its Editor in chief, Mr Parvaz Rahmani.
"Sehroza Dawat (Urdu Biweekly Newspaper) is the only Urdu newspaper in India which is striving to propagate Islam in true sense. It was started in 1953. Later in 1960 it became a daily newspaper. During the period of 1980-1985 a weekly supplement was also added. Again in 1982 Dawat became biweekly. Since its very inception, Dawat has been a popular choice of Muslims in India. Its current readership is more than one lac twenty five thousand and it is read across the length and breadth of the country. It has been progressing year after year, with it’s the free and frank analysis of events, lucid criticism and candid comments and informative and instructive features and articles on Islamic ideology.
The Sehroza Dawat has now come to be regarded as the representative organ of Indian Muslims."
The Secretary of Dawat Trust, Mr Rafiq Ahmad presented the vote of thanks at the conclusion of the programme. It was attended by a large gathering of people including a sizeable number of media persons.
Dawatonline design & maintain by Mohamed irfan, from Jeddah.The website has digitised the print edition of the newspaper and also has different e-columns to read for the benifit of the user.