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Published in the 1-15 July 2004 print edition of MG; send me the print edition

14th Islamic Fiqh Academy seminar
By Ibrahim Usmani

Hyderabad: Speaking at the inauguration of the 14th Islamic Jurisprudence Seminar organized by Islamic Fiqh Academy at Darul Uloom Sabeelussalam, Hyderabad, during 20-22 June, Maulana Rabey Hasani Nadwi, president of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said in his keynote address that Islamic principles are the guide to good relations between Muslims and non-Muslims and they teach us sympathy and tolerance towards others. Human sympathy towards Muslims and non-Muslims, fulfilling obligations towards the weak and the needful and remembering the rights of the neighbours is part of Islam. He said that this spirit is the source of the message of world peace. Supporting world peace in all its forms is considered a good work in Islam. Maulana Rabey added that Islam teaches us to take action against those who want to disturb peace. Establishing world peace is part of Islamic teachings and responsibilities of Muslims. But Muslims alone do not have enough authority today to accomplish this task. Maulana said that those who use this term are exploiting it for their self-interest. The forceful measures undertaken by governments to suppress the voice of the people can also be termed as terrorism. Peace can only be established when state terrorism ends. 

Maulana Rabey said that Maulana Mujahidul Islam Qasmi had laid the foundation of Islamic Fiqh Academy (IFA) to solve the new problems of the present world. This Academy enjoys much importance and it is serving the Muslim community by guiding them to Islamic jurisprudence. Scholars from Arab countries and Central Asia praised the IFA for its fruitful progress and solving complex issues. They said that brotherly relations united all Muslims in the world.

Maulana Rizwanul Qasmi, vice-president of IFA, said in his speech that the establishment of IFA is part of the golden chapter in the Islamic and educational history of India. 

In the three day seminar about 200 distinguished scholars from India and abroad participated and presented papers on the following issues:

(a) Relations between Muslims and non-Muslims.
(b) World Peace and Terrorism.

(c) Use of Gelatin in Food.

(d) Establishment of Waqfs.

Among important scholars from Arab countries were Dr. Khalid Madkoor, Abdul Ghaffar Shareef and Dr. Khalid Shuaib from Kuwait, Jordan’s grand mufti Sheikh Saeed Abdul Hafeez Al-Hajawi and Sheikh Musfir bin Ali Qahtani from Saudi Arabia.

Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, IFA’s general secretary, said in his concluding speech on 22 June that only when oppressed get justice, there could be world peace. He said that Muslims all over the world should preserve and protect their identity and reject anything which is against Islamic principles. Relations with non-Muslims in our country should be based on humanity and brotherhood. Having cordial relations with Non- Muslims and respecting their religion is not un-Islamic. He was presenting the resolutions passed by the scholars at the seminar. He said that it is also not against Islam to participate in active politics, to vote and support secular parties in a democratic country. He felt satisfied that Muslim personal law is applied even although not completely. We should take our cases to Shariah courts.
On the use of gelatin and alcohol, Maulana said that if the form of gelatin is changed it could be used as the rule changes with the change in form. Alcohol can be used for medicines and for curative purposes when and if it is urgently required. He said that alcohol used in perfumes is of different nature and hence can be used.
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