MaulanaSyed Sharafat Ali
lecture in Bhopal
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Acquiring any knowledge be it religious or modern, for the benefit
of oneself or the society at large, is not forbidden in Islam. The
followers of Islam can gain knowledge from any source even from
un-Islamic institutions or non-Muslims for the uplift of society.
The religious knowledge in Islam is matter of faith while the
pursuit of knowledge of modern science and technology is associated
with intellect. In the Holy Quran Muslims have been exhorted a
number of times to think, ponder and reflect over His creations,
thereby to develop a scientific temperament and thinking to
recognize His presence as the Creator of the Universe.
observations were made by Maulana Syed Sharafat Ali Nadwi, a senior
faculty member of renowned local seminary Darul-Uloom Taj-ul-Masajid,
while delivering late Maulana Imran Khan Nadwi Azhari memorial
lecture here at Hameed Manzil. The topic of the lecture was
“Muslim Millat Ki Tameer Nau Mein Jadeed Taleem Ki Ahmiyat”
(the importance of modern knowledge in the rebuilding of Muslim
Ummah). The lecture was presided over by Bhopal Shahar Qazi Maulana
Abdul Lateef Khan Qasmi. The lecture was organised by local NGO
Muslim Educational & Career Promotion Society, (MECAPS). Sagheer
Baidaar, secretary of MECAPS, could not attend the lecture due to
his ill health.
Sharafat speaking at length on the topic said Islam has enjoined
upon Muslims to gain knowledge of all that is necessary for day to
day life apart from acquiring religious knowledge. The secret of
success for Muslims lies in the fact that men and women both have
command over modern science along with the knowledge of the tenets
of Islam. They should be practicing Muslims and not just for
name-sake, he remarked.
He said that
there is no conflict between the teachings of Islam and scientific
knowledge but are complimentary to each other. While Islam is a
reality for mankind for all times to come, science is a thing of
research which is an ongoing process. The Holy book of Quran over
1400 hundred years ago had mentioned the end results of many
scientific discoveries which have been made today, he remarked.
Sharafat said Quran is a book of signs and not science and Muslims
should take cue from it to unravel the mysteries of nature which
have not yet been explored up till now.
Mohammad Hassan Khan, son of late Maulana Imran Khan Nadwi Azhari,
who is the head of Arabic Department in local Barkatullah
University, threw light on the life and works of his father. He said
Maulana Imran, who had immense administrative capabilities, at a
very young age of 28 years was appointed Mohtamim (Rector) of the
Lucknow-based world famous seminary Nadwatul Ulema from where he had
graduated. Before taking over this assignment he did his
post-graduation from another world renowned Al-Azhar University of
Cairo in Egypt.
Imran started seminary Darul-Uloom Taj-ul-Masajid in Bhopal on the
orders of Bhopal rulers. He also actively took part in Tabligh
movement and was instrumental in the holding of annual Tablighi
Ijtema (congregation) which is continuing in Bhopal for last six
decades without any break.
undertook the epic task of completing the construction of half built
Taj-ul-Masajid, the largest mosque in Asia, in 1971 . The
construction of Taj-ul-Masajid which Shahjahan Begum, the ruler of
Bhopal, got started during her reign remained incomplete for several
decades due to her death. The Maulana got it completed by touring
the whole world to collect funds for Taj-ul-Masajid construction
which was nearly Rs. One crore (10 millions) at that time.
At the outset
Maulana Mohammad Soofiyan Khan Nadwi recited verses from the holy
Quran. Prof. Zaki-ur-Rahman read out the MECAPS’ condolence message
for Maulana Habib Rehan Nadwi Azhari, who passed away on August 8
last. He was the eldest son of late Maulana Imran Khan Nadwi Azhari
in whose memory the lecture was held.
proposed vote of thanks while Dr. Zafar Hasan conducted the
proceedings with aplomb. (firstname.lastname@example.org)