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Dr Naseef on Islam in the 21st century
|New Delhi: ‘Islam is for all ages. It
has played a pivotal role in the development and progress of the
civilization, culture, medicine, science and technology and would continue
to do so in the future’, said Dr Abdullah Omar Naseef, deputy speaker of
the Majlis Ash-shura (Consultative Council) of Saudi Arabia. He was
speaking in a symposium on ‘Islam in the 21st Century’, organized by
Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) on 7 March at the Hamdard University.
He added that the new millennium too expected a lot from Islam, and its
adherents owned a great responsibility to fulfil it.
Agreeing with the observations of Dr Naseef, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, chief
minister of Delhi, said that the followers of Islam, constituting
one-fifth of the total world population, could definitely influence the
trend of the world. So, they have to do a lot in making the world an ideal
place, she said.
Justice PB Sawant, president, World Association of Press Councils, dwelt
on the role of Islam in the development of the world civilization and
culture and termed it a religion of peace. Dr AR Qidwai, Rajya Sabha
member and former governor of Bihar and West Bengal, too emphasized the
contribution of Islam in uplifting the humanity and urged the Muslim
community to come forward and again prove a saviour.
Saiyid Hamid, chancellor of Jamia Hamdard, said the Muslim community would
have to adopt the line of moderation and reasoning in the new millennium.
IOS chairman, Dr M Manzoor Alam, said the message of Islam was for the
whole of humanity and for all the times. He further said that Islam did
not preach hatred and malice towards other religions. ‘Whether it was
the demolition of Babri Masjid in the past or the destruction of Buddhist
heritage in Afghanistan and the reported burning of the Holy Qur’an by
some fanatic Hindu bodies in Delhi, every such act was condemnable’, he