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Two Day Seminar on the topic Arabic Language in India

2-3 November 2013, Jamia Hamdard Convention Center, New Delhi

Islamic Fiqh Academy which for the last 25 years is giving religious, educational and jurisprudential service and among them includes conducting national seminars on different new topics and training of talented people on knowledge and research topics. Thus conducting a seminar on the topic “Arabic Language in India” is a part to accomplish those targets whose inaugural session was conducted on 2nd November, Saturday at the Convention Center of Jamia Hamdard which was attended by the representatives of universities and educational institutions. This seminar was presided by Head of Nadwatul Ulema and Chancellor of Integral University Dr. Saeed-ur-Rehman Azmi. Talking on the Importance, Service and efficiency of the Arabic Language, Special Guest Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan said that Arabic has a distinction that most of the script of the regional language had been Arabic. Many Arabic words like bath, court, religion, leisure, potery, etc have entered in these languages although there meaning have changed and not only that some Arabic expressions have become so famous that they have also been used in the Indian movies like Inshaa Allah, Masha Allah, Alhamdulillah, La Haul wala quwwat illa billah, Astaghfirullah, etc.

In the same manner hoards of manuscripts in the big libraries have become their identity. Literary, educational, cultural and jurisprudential service of the Arabic language has given this country a higher level in the world of education. This is the reason why Tohfatul Mujahideen, Tafseer Rehman wa Tayseer Al-manan, Tajul Uroos, Hujatullahil Balighah and Nuzhatul Khawatir are seen and read with high respect in the whole world.

Secretary for the Seminar Maulana Mufti Mohammed Obaidullah Asadi welcomed the guests and representatives on behalf of the Islamic Fiqh Academy and thanked them on the participation and also informed of the objectives of the academy. Mentioning the books Dustoorul Ulema, Kishaaf Istalahat Al-Uloom wal Funoon, Tajul Uroos and Hujatullahil Balighah he said that the renowned scholar Late Maulana Bul Hasan Ali Nadwi used to say that these books are still unique in respect to their topics and language.

Dr. Zubair Ahmed Farooqi Former head of department of Arabic at Jamia Millia Islamia said in his speech said that India has stood outstanding among non-Arab countries on the basis of the service of the Arabic Language. The examples of the services of people of tradition, jurisprudence, poetry and Literature like Maulana Habeeb-ur-Rehman Azmi, Maulana Rasheed Ahmed Gangohi, Maulana Khaleel-ur-Rehman Saharanpuri, Faizul Hasan Saharanpuri, Zainuddin Malyabari, Allama Abdul Hai Al-Hasni, Maulana Masood Alam Nadwi, Allama Syed Abul Hasan Ali Hasni Nadwi, Ameer Khusro, Ghulam Ali Azad Balgrami, Waliullah Dehlavi and Zulfiqar Deobandi can be mentioned.

Ambassador of the Algerian Embassy Mr. Sharif Mohammed Hasan on the historical perspective of the Arabic Language commented on the cultural relations of India and Algeria and showed satisfaction on the work and service done in this field by India and put light on the development of Arabic language in Algeria since the old age till now.

Formed Head of the Arabic Department at EFLU, Prof. Mohsin Usmani Nadvi said that the main thing which he wants to say in this seminar and which is in his heart is that we should ponder as to why the scholars and writers wanted to learn this language and work on it. The answer is that the love for the language of Quran made them to do so. We should no without inferiority complex should teach our children this language as per the spirit of Religion.

President of All India Association of Arabic Teachers and Scholars, Dr. Mohammed Noman Khan said that the Islamic scholars embraced this language just because of passion of Islam and due to the official language status of the language and established organizations and seminaries and authored books on different economic, cultural, educational and political topics which due their comprehensiveness and literature have become valuable to Arabic scholars.

Seminar president Maulana Dr. Saeed Rehman Azmi said in his speech, which gave light on the history of the coming of the Arabic Language in India and the services rendered by the seminaries, that the Arab soldiers who came with Mohammed bin Qasim were not just soldiers but were actually preachers of Islam. Arabic Language came to India through them and through it Muslims got respect the world over. Nadwatul Ulema has got a distinction that it first started teaching the language and gave an impression that without this language  no one can correctly represent the religion. This is the comprehensiveness of this concept that there is a big number of people who are giving literary, educational and scientific services of Islam through this language in Asia, America and Europe.

The seminar started with the recitation of Holy Quran by Qari Abdul Basit and the seminar was managed by the academic incharge of the academy Dr. Safdar Zubair Nadvi.

The first session started after the inaugural session at 12:15 pm and ended at 2 pm. The session started by Mufti Ahmed Nadir Qasmi reading out the message of Dr. Abdul Aziz Ali Aljaboori, Representative ISESCO. It was presided Dr. Zubair Ahmed Farooqi Former Head of the department of Arabic at Jamia Millia Islamia and incharge was Dr. Habibullah Khan. In this session, following papers were presented on the central topic of “Arabic Language and Literature in India in Historical Perspective”:

  1. Arabic Journalism in Nadwatul Ulema (Dr. Saeedur Rehman Azmi)
  2. Role of India in propagating Arabic Language (Dr. Zubair Ahmed Farooqi)
  3. Arabic Language in India in Historical Perspective (Mufti Iqbal Mohammed Tankaravi)
  4. History of Arabic Language in India and Role of scholars in propagating it (Syed Widah Mohammed talib)
  5. Arabic Language in the Indian sub-continent (Syed Abdul Wahab Tweeti)
  6. Arabic Language in India in Historical Perspective ( Syed Hameed Al-Baadani)
  7. History of the spread of Arabic Language in India ( Syed Mahmood Ali Mahdi)
  8. Teaching of Arabic Language in West Bengal (Syed Muneerul Islam Bin Nizamuddin)
  9. Cultural Contact in Arab India (Dr. Khaldoon Saeed Sabah)

At the end of the session, respected president gave his precious insights which comprised of the positives and negatives aspect and precious advices of the papers.

Second session started from 3:30 pm and continued till 5:30 pm and was presided by Professor Mohammed Aslam Islahi of Jawaharlal Nehru University and the incharge was also from Jawaharlal Nehru University Dr. Qutubudin Nadvi. Below mentioned papers on the central topic of “Different arts of Literature and Arabic Language and Literature in India” were presented:

  1. Arabic journalism in India – Its past and its future (Dr. Ayub Tajuddin Nadvi)
  2. Research and papers presented in the Indian universities (Dr. Jamshed Ahmed Nadvi)
  3. Study of selected famous poets from India and their models poetry (Dr. Ghitreef Shahbaz Nadvi)
  4. Development of the science of interpretation in India (Dr.Naeemul Hasan Asri)
  5. Children’s written Arabic literature in India (Dr. Qasim Adil Nadwi)
  6. Arabic Journalism in India (Syed Zakaria Nadvi)
  7. Role of the Nadva Alumni in spreading Arabic Journalism in India (Dr. Azmatullah Nadvi)
  8. Arabic Journalism in Darul Uloom Deoband (Syed Qamruddin)
  9. Role of India in promoting Arabic Language (Syed Mohammed Asad Nadvi)
  10. Arabic Studies and Teaching in India (Dr. Suhaib Ahmed)

The president after listening to all the papers, commenting specially on the Arabic Journalism said that without Journalism there is no concept of life. It is like a double sharp ended sword. While reading a newspaper one should be alert or else there could be many problems.

Third session started the next day 3rd November 2013 Sunday at 9:30 am under the presidency of Former Head of the Department of Arabic at EFLU, Professor Mohsin Usmani Nadvi which continued till 12 noon and was incharged by Dr. Muzaffar Alam. The central theme of this session was “Arabic Educational curricula and system in India” under which the below mentioned papers were presented:

  1. Curricula of teaching Arabic Language in the Indian Universities (Professor Habibullah Khan)
  2. Spread of Arabic Language in Kashmir in the span of periods (Professor Shad Hussain Kashmiri)
  3. Beautification of Arabic words in Urdu Poetry (Dr. Abdul Majid Qazi)
  4. Methods of dictation and common mistakes in India (Dr. Naseem Akhter Nadvi)
  5. Role of the scholars of Kashmir in the service of Arabic Language (Shaikh Aijazul Hasan Qasmi)
  6. Curricula of Quranic Language Teaching in India (Dr. Mubin Saleem Azhari)
  7. Future of Arabic Language in India – Problems and Challenges (Dr. Abdul Khaliq Nadvi)
  8. ICCR and its role in spreading Indian culture in Arab (Syed Shamim Nizami)
  9. Warriors Master piece Book among the rarest and oldest Arab literature and publications in India (Professor Mohsin Usmani Nadvi)

The president gave comments on all the papers presented in the session and commended the scholars and at the end presented his own paper.

Other speakers in their papers mentioned the ways opted for the Quran language in India, The historical perspective of the educational curricula of the Arabic Language in Indian universities, The Arabic words used in the Urdu language, prose and poetry, Errors made in writing Arabic language and mistakes made by the Arabic writers, Services of the Kashimiri scholars for the Arabic language, Challenges faced by the Arabic language in India and made argumentation.

The fourth session started at 12:30 pm and continued till 2 pm. The central theme of this session was “Role of Arabic language in persistence of the cultural relations”. Dr. Abdul Qadir Khan Qasmi presided over the session and Dr. Mohammed Ayub Tajuddin Nadvi was the incharge. Following papers were presented in the session:

  1. Role of Arabic Language in bridging cultural relations between India and the Arab world (Shaikh Dr. Abdul Qadir Khan)
  2. Role of Arabic Language in building sectarianism (Dr. Muzaffar Alam)
  3. Indian cultural Arabic relation – In the light of Translation (Professor Noman Khan Nadvi)
  4. Impact of Arabic Language on the Urdu Language (Professor Shafiq Ahmed Khan Nadvi)
  5. Arabic language and its role protection of Indian idenity in India (Syed Abdus Salam Hamoud Ghalib)
  6. Jamia Salfiyyah and its role in Arabic Journalism (Dr. Fouzan Ahmed)
  7. Quranic Vocabulary for Farahi (Dr. Akram Falahi)
  8. Shaikh Abdul Aziz Dehlawi – His Life and Services (Dr. Mujeeb Akhter Nadvi)
  9. Role of Arabic Manuscripts and spread of culture in India (Syed Zafar Darak Qasmi)

The president commented on all the papers presented and also presented his own paper. All the papers were on the services related to Arabic language in India with special reference to interpretation. Services of non-Muslim writers were also present in these topics and many questions related to it were raised and answered.

Fifth session started at 3 pm and was presided by the Dr. Shad Hussain, Head of the Department of Arabic at Kashmir University and Dr. Mubin Saleem of the Quranic Nizami Center of Aligarh Muslim University was the incharge. The central theme was “Role of Indian Scholars and academicians in the services of Arabic Language” and below mentioned papers was presented:

  1. Arabic Translation to Arabic Language – Religious and cultural need (Shaikh Sajid Qasmi)
  2. Publications of Indian people from the Arab World (Shaikh Arif Jameel Qasmi)
  3. Religious Islamic books in Arabic language in India (Shaikh Ashraf Abbas Qasmi)
  4. Dr. Mohammed Nazim Nadwi and his poetic industry (D. Mohammed Ayub)
  5. Travelogue of the Middle East of Shaikh Abul Hasan (Dr. Qutbuddin)
  6. Role of Syed Siddique Hasan Khan in the development of Arabic Language in India (Dr. Obaidur Rehman)
  7. Literary side of Tajul Uroos (Syed Qamar Shaaban)
  8. Islamic Centers and their role in promotion of the Arabic language in India (Syed Abdur Rehman)
  9. Lenghtening of the poetic gardens of  Mr. Al-Masoomi (Syd Mohammed Sadrul Islam)

All the papers presented by the speakers were on the literary contribution of India. In the end the president commented on his views and hence this session came to an end.

The last session of this seminar was presided by Dr. Habibullah Khan of the Arabic Department as Jamia Milli Islamia. Some participants gave their positive feedbacks like Maulana Arif Jameel Qasmi, Dr. Muzaffar Alam, Syed Hameed Al-Badani and Maulana Inam Nadvi. The president proposed some resolutions which were accepted by the participants:

  1. It is the responsibility of the teachers of Arabic Language and Literature to play a special role in training and to develop skills of writing and reading among the students and to develop the Arabic Language so that people who can shoulder a standard Arabic Language and Literature can be formed.
  2. Teachers of Arabic Language and Literature should also pay attention to this aspect to give importance to the Arabic Language and to teach one of his children so that non-Arab section should not say that a person who is teaching Arabic Language himself does not have its importance or else would have given the same education to his children.
  3. This is also important for the teachers of Arabic language to focus on research and teaching of this language so that they can increase in the educational, intellectual, and cultural publications and materials. It is also important for them to know the Arabic Language not for professional need but the goal should be to strengthen the language deeply and to leave valuable storage for the next generation.
  4. It proposes a committee to strengthen the modern style and teaching and research of modern literature so that the language becomes attractive to people of other languages as well.
  5. The seminar proposes to include the materials related to correct Arabic writing in the educational curricula.
  6. This seminar also appeals to include “Indian Arabic Literature” permanently in the curricula so that the students get to know the work done by the Indian scholars in this field and their role.
  7. The seminar also feels the importance of opening of the doors for the to expand the field of Translation and anatomy and hence it is the responsibility of the Arabic teachers to focus on this so that the innovations that has taken place in India in the language an style does not become a stranger in the Arab culture and is taught there and society gets used to it.
  8. This seminar specially asks the Government of India to allow work in Arabic language in its departments and offices and bring up opportunities for it as was in the previous era.

After the resolutions, the president distributed certificates among participants. He thanked the Academy and expressed pleasure on all the research scholars. Mufti Ahmed Nadir Qasmi gave vote of thanks and Maulana Mufti Sajid Qasmi made Dua’a and the Seminar concluded.

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