Maulana Nazar-ul-Hafeez Nadwi Azhari, senior member of the
teaching staff in the world famous seminary Darul Uloom
Nadwat-ul-Ulama, Lucknow, while laying stress on the need of
“Da’wah” (preaching and spreading the message of Islam) in the
21st century said there could be different channels to achieve its
objective. Whosever is working on this on whichever platform to
attain this goal should be encouraged in his endeavour and there
should be coordination among all those groups and individuals
engaged in this work.
Maulana Nazar-ul-Hafeez, who was chief guest, was speaking here at
a special programme of “Seerat” (life and works) of Hazrat
Muhammad (PBUH) organized for Ulama (Muslim clerics) and Muslim
intellectuals on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi jointly by Salman
Academy and Salman Educational & Social Welfare Society, Bhopal.
The programme was presided over by a senior Aalim (singular for
Ulama) Maulana Ahmad Saeed Nadwi. Three lectures were also
delivered by noted Ulama on different topics which were
Senior Urdu journalist Maulana Ashfaque Mashhadi Nadwi, who is
Rashtriya Sahara’s Madhya Pradesh Correspondent, was felicitated
on the occasion. He was recently conferred with Hakeem
Qamar-ul-Hasan Award for Urdu journalist by the Madhya Pradesh
Urdu Academy. While two books penned in Arabic by Maulana Dr.
Salimur Rahman Khan Nadwi of Bhopal, Visiting Professor of Arabic
, Faculty of Policy Studies, Chuo University & Director Da’wah,
Islamic Centre, Japan, were also released on the occasion by
Maulana Nazar-ul-Hafeez Nadwi Azhari on the occasion. The books
titles are: “Japan Mein Islam Ki Tareekh” (History of Islam in
Japan) and “Hindustan Mein Islami Sahafat Ki Tareekh wa Irtaqa”
(History of Islamic journalism in India and its development).
It may be mentioned here that Dr. Salim after completing his
Fazeelat degree from Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama in 1976 he
continued his studies and was granted admission in Jamiatul Imam
Muhammad Bin Sa’ud Al-Islamia in Riyadh in the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia. From here he completed his M. A. in Arabic language under
the guidance of renowned Arabic litterateur Dr. Saleh Al-Samurai.
In 1982 a branch of Jamiatul Imam Muhammad Bin Sa’ud Al-Islamia
was established in Tokyo, the capital of Japan, where Dr. Salim
was appointed as an Arabic lecturer and “Daee” by the Saudi
Government in November that year. As such Dr. Salim is settled in
Japan for nearly last three decades.
It may be noted that Prof. Maulana Barkatullah Bhopali was the
first professor of Urdu and Persian in Tokyo University in Japan.
Prof. Barkatullah was in the forefront of India’s freedom struggle
and went on to become the first Prime Minister of India when
provisional Government of India in Exile was formed on December 1,
1875 in Kabul with Raja Mahendra Pratap as its President.
Maulana Nazar-ul-Hafeez said: “Islam Tang Nazar Mazhab Nahin Jis
Mein Dawat Ke Kaam Ka Koi Khas Pahlu wa Tariqua Ho”. He quoted the
world renowned Muslim cleric late Maulana Abul Hasan Ali Hasani
Nadwi, popularly known as ‘Ali Miyan’, who had once said:
“Jistarah Bhi Ho Dawat Ka Kaam Karein. Kisi Khas Tanzeem Ya Idaare
Ki Zaroorat NahiN. Yeh Zimmedari Allah Ne Qur’an Ke Zariye Har
Momin Par Rakkhi Hai”.
The Maulana profusely quoting the example of Bhopal’s Maulana Dr.
Salimur Rahman Nadwi, said that he is engaged painstakingly in
spreading the message of Islam among the Japanese presenting a
true picture of the religion which stands for the salvation of
entire mankind. The perseverance of Dr. Salim has borne fruit as a
result of which Japanese in large numbers have embraced Islam and
continue to do so for its truthfulness without any allurement
whatsoever. Thus, the number of Masjids is increasing and a sense
of “Halaal” and “Haraam” food is developing among them, he added.
While throwing light on different means and ways to serve people
while spreading the true teachings of Islam the Maulana said that
through this degradation of moral values in the new generation can
be checked. He said it has been observed that teaching Arabic
language to educated Kashmiri youths and establishing schools and
Madaris for girls in Rae Bareli and other places have created
right climate of Islamic teachings in the masses which is free
from “Shirk” and “Bida’at” (innovations). The “Shirk” and
“Bida’at” have distorted the teachings of Islam which the Prophet
Muhammad practiced and propagated in his lifetime, he remarked.
Maulana Nazar-ul-Hafeez revealed that 50,000 Christian prisoners
in USA have embraced Islam when an Egyptian went to the USA and
worked among them, who were confined in jails, spreading the
teachings of Islam through his writings, speeches and other
conducive activities . He said that this is possible only when one
is sincere and firm in determination to achieve one’s goal and
presents Islam in a practical way by adopting the Islamic tenets
oneself in letter and spirit.
Earlier, Maulana Dr. Salimur Rahman Khan Nadwi, who is known as
Mufti-e-Aazam in Japan, spoke on the topic of “Asr-e-Hazir Mein
Dawat-e-Islam Ka Kaam Kis Tarique Se Anjaam Diya Jaae”. Shedding
light on the topic he said that it is the responsibility of all
Muslims to spread the word of Islam wherever they are in the world
as distortions in various forms such as “Shirk”, “Kufr”, “Bida’at”
etc. have entered Muslims’ homes. This can only be stopped by
undertaking the task of “Da’wah and striving to remove the social
ills in society.
Dr. Salim, who is the president of Association of Peace Message
for Humanity-Japan, lamented that despite Muslims being in power
in India for about 800 years but they ignored the work of “Da’wah”
as a result of which they are victims of their own misdeeds and
fellow countrymen. On the country Islam reached the shores of
Japan about 100 years back only. “ In 1982 when I stepped in on
Japanese soil there were only a few Muslims who could be counted
on fingers with only two Masjids. However, now 28 years later due
to proper work of “Da’wah” there are 100,000 Japanese who have
embraced Islam while there are nearly 400,000 foreign Muslims in
Japan. There are now 70 Masjids which Muslims have built by buying
lands and buildings while there are about 100 “Musallas” in
universities and other centres.
He said that if Muslims in India become true practicing Muslims
following the tenets of Islam in letter and spirit then they could
leave a lasting impression on the lives of others around them who
could later on become part of the Muslim Ummah. If non-Muslims are
informed in a most respectful manner about the Human rights, Kids
right (which was only brought in the year 1969) the rights of
neighbours and even the rights of animals in Islam together with
revealing the simple life of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) then
it would certainly stir their hearts and minds and some radical
changes may take place in their lives. The Prophet of Islam Hazrat
Muhammad (PBUH) was not just for Muslims but for whole humanity,
To engage oneself in the work of “Da’wah” the modern gadgets and
tools or any other resources available should be used in the best
possible manner to spread their message far and wide.” The use of
any gadget or tool is not forbidden in Islam but it is the use to
which it is put makes it “Haraam” or “Halaal”, the Mufti-e-Aazam
“If each of us is able to impress at least one non-Muslim who
embraces Islam then this would be enough for our salvation on the
Day of Judgement when “Qayamat” (the Day of Resurrection) will be
established, Dr. Salim remarked.
Maulana Hakeem Ahsan Ali Khan Nadwi, senior teacher of Dar-ul-Uloom,
Taj-ul-Masajid, Bhopal, delivered a lecture on “Millat-e-Islamia
Ki Qayaadat Ke Liye Ulama Aur DanishwaroN Ke Ittehad-wa-Ittefaq Ki
Zaroorat” (The need of closing of ranks between clerics and
intellectuals to lead Muslim Ummah). He said Ulama and
intellectuals should seek guidance from the Holy Qur’an and the
“Seerat” of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) to face the challenges
of the present era while leading the Muslim Ummah. They should not
waste their time and energy on minor issues but remain steadfast
on the principles which Islam propagates, he emphasized.
Another lecture was delivered by Maulana Syed Sharafat Ali Nadwi,
another senior teacher of Dar-ul-Uloom, Taj-ul-Masajid, Bhopal, on
the topic of “Ba’as Nabwi Aalam-e-Insaniyat Ke Liye
Sarchashma-e-Rashd-wa-Hidaayat”. While stressing that Hazrat
Muhammad (PBUH) was the role model for entire humanity, he said
other religions are found limited in approach and confined to
certain regions and races but the followers of Islam are found in
every nook and corner of the world with the universal message of
love, peace, brotherhood, equality, truthfulness etc. with the
Oneness of Almighty Allah (Subhanahu Ta’ala).
The Maulana emphatically stressed the need to make aware the
masses about the life and works of Prophet of Islam Hazrat
Muhammad (PBUH) in right perspective which is free from “Shirk”
and “Bida’at” so as to put a true picture of Islam before the
world at large.
At the outset Qari Hashim Ansari recited verses from the Holy
Qur’an while Qari Mohammad Qasim Nadwi rendered a Na’at. The
programme was conducted by Maulana Kaleem-ur-Rahman Nadwi
conducted the programme with aplomb while Dr. Nafees-ur-Rahman
Khan Nadwi welcomed the guests.
Qari Hashim Ansari also read out a brief report of Madarsa
Mahad-ul-Qur’an-ul-Kareem which is engaged in imparting the
knowledge of the Holy Qur’an with “Tartee”l, “Tajweed”, “Tahfeez”,
“Tafheem” etc. The Madarsa is being run by the Salman Educational
& Social Welfare Society, Bhopal under the guidance of Dr.
Nafees-ur-Rahman Khan Nadwi, who is the Director of the institute.