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Large-Scale Interfaith Studies Are Urgently Needed To Achieve Interfaith Harmony and Prevent the Growing Hatred in the Country

Religious Madrasas Must Plan For Interfaith Harmony Courses

Main Points

1.      Freeing The Country From Prejudices And All Forms Of Hatred Is The Most Pressing Need Of Our Time.

2.      The start of the Interfaith Harmony course would provide a scholarly foundation for interfaith and sectarian tolerance.

3.      The Nizami Centre of Aligarh Muslim University convened a group of specialists to create a course in Hindi language and Indian religions for graduates of religious Madrasas.


By New Age Islam Staff Writer

24 November 2021

Interfaith dialogue is one of the most pressing global topics of our time, and it is being discussed in a variety of institutions and platforms all over the world. Although its goals differ from place to place, the challenge of finding common ground amongst religions and defining societal functions of religions has some universal appeal, and intellectuals at all levels are voicing their opinions on the subject.

Aside from this broad perspective, there is a need for religious Madrasas, teachers, and students to study current faiths in relation to Islamic teachings, which is something that Madrasas are called upon to do from time to time, and certain institutions are already doing so. However, there appears to be no indication of the seriousness and thoroughness that this subject necessitates in the current global setting.

I'm not sure if Indian leaders recognise the need for large-scale interfaith studies or what steps they've taken in that direction, but I was pleased to read today in the Inquilab Urdu Newspaper that some Muslim scholars have recognised the need of the hour and have chosen the difficult path of interfaith dialogue to free the country from prejudices and all forms of hatred, which is certainly commendable.

The Following Is The English Version Of This Report:

The Nizami Centre for the Promotion of Sciences at Aligarh Muslim University convened a group of specialists to create a course in Hindi language and Indian religions for graduates of religious Madrasas. The meeting was presided over by Prof. Ali Muhammad Naqvi, Director of the Dara Shikoh Interfaith Understanding and Dialogue. The group was asked to meet by Maulana Fazlur Rehman Mujaddidi, Superintendent of Jamia Al-Hidaya in Jaipur.

Jamia Al-Hidaya plans to prepare a two-year course for graduates of religious Madrasas who wish to specialise in the Hindi language and Indian religions, according to Fazlur Rehman Mujaddidi, who spoke at the conference. The wisdom and experience of the Faculty of Aligarh Muslim University will be utilised to create the syllabus and system. On this occasion, Muhammad Saud Alam Qasmi, Dean Faculty of Theology, stated that teaching Hindi language and Indian religions courses in Madrassas is a pressing need and that the superintendent of Jamia Al-Hidaya deserves praise for his initiative. According to him, the start of the course would provide a scholarly foundation for interfaith and sectarian tolerance. He believes that such a course should be recognized by Indian universities so that graduates can benefit from it. The study of religions is a part of the Muslim legacy, and he believes it is important to continue it.

Professor Mohsin Usmani, former Dean of the Faculty of Languages at EFL University in Hyderabad, stated that prophets have always spoken in the national language, and since Hindi is the national language of India, learning Hindi and becoming familiar with Indian religions is a social and religious responsibility of Ulama. According to Naseem Ahmad Khan, director of Bridge Course, the religion and Hindi language curriculum for Madrasa graduates should be based on the university curriculum so that students can progress more smoothly.

Maulana Arshad Jamal Nadvi, Secretary, Islamic Research and Writing Institute, spoke at the event, saying that teaching Hindi and Indian religions is a religious and social necessity. He believes that if prominent Madrasas take the lead in this area, other Madrasas will be inspired to jump on board. Dr. Abbas Raza, a professor at Women's College, believes that the study of other religions should be done sympathetically rather than demonstratively and that professional educators should be appointed to do so. Prof. Ali Muhammad Naqvi, who delivered the Presidential speech, stated that before beginning this course in Madrasas, special attention should be paid to the purpose, method, curriculum, and preparation of course books, as this effort is crucial.

In this regard, Aligarh Muslim University's Faculty of Theology, Department of Hindi, Nizami Centre, and Bridge Course Centre will provide full support and will also develop textbooks. (For Urdu Report Inquilab Urdu Newspaper)

Establishing large-scale interfaith harmony courses with the objective of promoting tolerance, humanity, and societal peace on sound grounds is unquestionably a critical necessity of our day.


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