Zindgi-E-Nau An Introduction
The Urdu monthly “Zindagi” started its journey from Rampur (U.P.) India in 1948. Since then, it has been published regularly. In 1984 it was shifted to Delhi and it was renamed as “Zindagi-e- Nau.”
The first editor was Syed Hamid Ali while M. Abdul Hai was the first printer and publisher. Both of them were members of the central Advisory committee of Jamaat-e- Islamic Hind. Among regular contributors were Abul Lais Nandvi, Jaleel Ahsan Nadvi, Sadruddin Islahi, Imamuddin Ram Nagari,, Urooj Qadri, Abul Bayan Hammad, Abdul Hai, Anwar Ali Khan Soze and Abdul Qadir.
In February 1954, the editor Syed Hamid Ali was arrested and had to remain in prison for a year. In his absence, Syed Abdul Qadri and Afzal Hussain edited the magazine. Later from March 1955 to June 1956, Syed Ahmad Urooj Qadri edited it and then Syed Hamid Ali resumed the editorship. He continued to edit the magazine till July 1961. Then syed Ahmad Urooj Quadri was appointed as editor and he continued to edit the magazine, till his demise in May 1986.
After him, Syed Jalaluddin Omari edited the magazine till January 1991. For a part of this period, he was assisted by Sultan Ahmad Islahi and Saud Alam Qasmi.
From February 1991 to July 2009, Fazlur Rhaman Faridi edited the magazine. For a part of this period, he was assisted by Raziul Islam Nadvi. Since August 2009, Mohd. Rafat is the editor, assisted by Tabish Mehdi.
The monthly has three fold objectives: to elaborate the goal of Iqamat-e- deen and indicate its dimensions, to guide the Muslim community with reference to the changing circumstances and tazkiyah and moral development. The content of the monthly is tuned to these objectives.
The articles are not research oriented. Rather they have as target audience the educated, but non specialist layman. The articles are expected to be lucid and supported by rational argument. They should encourage their readers towards action .Brief articles are preferred. If necessary longer articles may appear in instalments. The content is expected to cater to the taste of a wide range of readers.
The editorial appears under the heading of “ISHARAAT”. It deals with issues related to the task of Iqamat-e- Deen. An attempt is made to include writings on moral development and tazkiyah. Readers’ opinions appear in a regular column. Other regular columns are book review and answers to questions. Articles on Muslim world and Islamic activities appear frequently.
It is not necessary that the editors may agree with the opinions expressed in the magazine. All that is expected is that the articles should be well argued and be supported by authentic Islamic sources, the magazine may publish different views on a particular issue; to clarify the questions involved. The readers are expected to exercise their independent judgment and reach their own conclusions.