Seminar on "Dialogue with Indian Faiths"
Venue: Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Islamic Fiqh Academy (India) held an important seminar in collaboration with the Deptt of Islamic Studies of Jamia Millia Islamia. The inaugural session of the seminar was attended and addressed by Prof Talat, Prof Akhtarul Wasey, Drl Iqtidar, head of the Deptt, Dr Mohsin Usmani and Dr. Badrul Hasan Qasmi. In his main address Prof Akhtarul Wasey explained the need of dialogue among various Indian faiths. Referring to the historic events he recalled Ibne Batuta and Al Bairuni and his Kitabul Hind and pointed to the significant points from it and divelt upon Hindu Muslim relations and promotion of human values. Speaking on this topic the vice chancellor expressed his happiness on holding this seminar and assured of his cooperation.
Expressing his views Prof Mohsin Usmani said if only 200 Ulema are there who know Sanskrit well and have studied directly the religious scriptures of Hindus like Gita, Ramayan, Ved, Upnished, Manu Smiriti and have gone through the ancient and modern literature from the scholars and thinkers of all the Indian faith in their original languages, then we could say that now dialogue with different Indian faith can be held on various basis. At present the ground situation is that we don’t have scholars who are well versed in Sanskrit, pali and other languages and are not capable to study the scriptures in the original language and have no access to the real sources and origins. This state of affairs should be changed, and Madarsa should take up this issue seriously.
Dr. Badrul Hasan Qasmi also stressed the need of dialogue among various Indian faiths. The inaugural session was presided over by the Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia.
The first session of the seminar was presided over by Prof. Zahoor Muhammad Khan ex. Head of the Deptt of Political Science. The second session was presided by Prof. Ishtiaq Danish. The concluding session was presided over by Prof Akhtarul Wasey. Eleven papers were presented at first ,second and last session as per detail below. The papers were in Urdu and in English.
At the concluding session it was an open discussion among the teachers and students that besides dialogue among various Indian faith to dispel misgivings and to demolish the hurdles among them, to make relations cordial and to have exchange of views and experiments we should strive to bring harmony and integrity among various Muslim sects also. It is the need of the hour to have dialogue among various Muslim sects to remove the distance and differences.
Academy thanked the teachers of Jamia Millia Islamia and the students of the Deptt of Islamic Studies:
List of the papers topic presented in the seminar:
- Inter faith dialogue among the followers of India religions some contemporary issues – by Prof Mohammad Ishaque.
- The concept of peaceful coexistence between Islam and other Indian faiths – Prof. Razi Ahmad Kamal.
- The importance of Inter faith dialogue in Islam and its relevance to Indian society – Dr. Farida Khanam
- Preaching and dialogue, comparative study – Dr. Syed Shahid Ali.
- Interfaith dialogue in India, possible and practical aspects – Mr. Junaid Haris.
- Hindu Muslim Interfaith dialogue: significance and relevance in historic perspective – Dr. Muhammad Mushtaq Tajeria.
- Ethical and Islamic values of interfaith challenge-Dr. Ghitrif Shahbaz Nadvi.
- The Basis of Muslim non Muslim relationship in the migration to Habsha – Dr. Muhammad Rashid.
- Some ghampses of Hindu and Muslims relationship during Muslim rule in India – Dr. Muhammad Khalid Khan
- Muslims behavior towards non Muslim in India –an analysis – Dr. Zubair Zafar Khan
- Relevance and significance of inter faith dialogue in Quranic context – Dr. Abeda Kausar.