“Sharia and Fundamental Principles of Dialogue with Different Religions”
April 22-24, 2013
In collaboration with ISESCO and Department of Arabic, University of Delhi
Organized by Islamic Fiqh Academy at campus of Delhi University
Islamic Fiqh Academy in collaboration with ISESCO and Department of Arabic, University of Delhi, organized three days Seminar on the topic of “Sharia and Fundamental Principles of Dialogue with Different Religions” in the campus of Delhi University whereby more than 50 papers were presented and around 200 individuals participated.
The papers were mostly in Arabic Language and some were in English and Urdu as well. Among the scholars some were from abroad including Indian Scholars. The papers were on different topics especially dealing with central ideas such as fundamentals of dialogue and discourse in Quran & Sunnah, Sharia fundamentals of dialogue, necessity of dialogue with Indian religions and its methodology, approach of Islamic Jurisprudence as to the dialogue, reference of other religions and beliefs in Quran. Scholars and Ulema from different Indian universities especially Usmania University, Hyderabad, Maulana Azad Universit Hyderabad, Darul Uloom Hyderabad, al-Mahadul Islami Hyderabad, University of Lucknow, University of Allahabad, al-Mahadul Aali Patna, Jamia Millia Islamia, University of Mumbai, Bhopal University, Jamia Islamia Amroha, Darul Uloom Deoband, Nadwatul Ulema, Jawahar Lal University, Delhi University, Aligarh Muslim University and other academic and research organizations participated in the Seminar.
Mr. K. Rahman Khan, Minister for Minority Affairs, Mr. Hasan Sharif, Ambassador of Algeria to India, Mr. Mohammad Syedi, Acting Ambassador of Morocco, Mr. Mohammad bin Abdul Aziz Madani, Deputy of Saudi Culture Centre, Mr. Zafarul Islam Khan, Member, Founding Body of International Union for Islamic Scholars, Mr. Atiq Ahmad Bastavi, Founder and Director of Mahad al-Sharia at Lucknow, Ubaidullah Asadi Qasmi, Head Teacher of Jamia Islamia Banda honored the inauguration session of the Seminar by their participation and expressed their views. Professor of Arabic Literature in Darul Uloom Deoband, Maulana Shaukat Qasmi and Maulana Sajid Qasmi also presented their papers.
Mr. Abdul Ilah bin Arafa, Head of Department of Culture at ISESCO delivered his inaugural speech in inaugural session and also presented his detailed paper chairing the last session.
The inclusive, thoughtful and very important key address of the Secretary General of the Academy, Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani was read over as well as distributed in the Seminar. The distinguishing feature of the Seminar was that Ulema and Intellectuals got together and they openly discussed on the topic of dialogue and discourse with the different religions.
The writers of papers vehemently insisted upon the fact that there should be dialogue with different faiths in multi-religious country like India on the basic grounds for achieving the lager objects. They asserted also that the apostles were in continuous dialogue with their peoples. Similarly, the dialogue finds its mention in the Holy Quran. Development & advancement on human grounds, promotion of common human values, mutual collaboration for good deeds, propagation and publicity of constructive and beneficial elements in society, endeavor to become contributor and beneficial for others, all of this should be the purpose of dialogue. In addition, fundamental human rights, equality, respect and right to dignity should be available to all human beings irrespective of their caste, creed, religion and culture.
The series of dialogue together with the different religions should be initiated on all the aforesaid grounds. The writers of papers asserted that Ulema should especially prepare themselves for this task so that they can know in detail about other religions, personalities, books, language and culture to commence the first phase of dialogue that is the introduction.
At the end of Seminar, important resolutions were also passed whereby it was repeated that Ulema and Dini Leadership should further filter out the Sharia and fundamental principles of dialogue in the light of Quran, Sunnah and Islamic Jurisprudence and in this respect, they should convene sessions regularly. The resolution was also passed that one centre should be established for the purpose of training as to necessary preparations for dialogue. Also the requisite literature on the topic should be prepared and suitable measures should be taken to initiate the series of dialogue in practice.