Wednesday, 9 March 2011
‘Spreading message of Islam thru’ different modes should be encouraged in 21st century’
Bhopal, February 21 (Pervez Bari): Maulana Nazar-ul-Hafeez Nadwi Azhari, a very 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 pre-decided. 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, he added.
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 quipped.
“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. (firstname.lastname@example.org)