|International Exhibition on Islam in Bangalore
By Azmathulla Shariff
Bangalore: A ten-day mega event ‘Peace Vision of Islam’ was inaugurated here by Maulana Rabey Hasani Nadwi, president of the AIMPLB, on 17 December. A series of seminars addressed by famous scholars on various aspects of Islam was the hallmark of the event. Prominent among the scholars list were Dr. Zakir Nayak (India), Dr. Jaffar Idris (Sudan), Hussain E (Malaysia), Yousuf Estes (USA), Hussain Ibn Ahmad Al-Zahrani (Saudi Arabia) and a good number of Indian scholars who were unanimous that Islam’s message is for the entire humanity, not for Muslims alone. Enthralling sessions of Dr. Zakir Nayak witnessed jampacked halls on two days. Whenever Dr. Nayak quoted verses from the Quran and Hadith with references, equating various signs and the message given in other religious scriptures closer to the teachings of Islam, he received loud applause from the audience. Karnataka Chief Minister Dhram Singh who paid a visit during one such session of Dr. Nayak, lauded the latter’s knowledge of Hinduism and his comparative religion and conveying the message of peaceful coexistence from various sacred scriptures. Dr. Nayak advised Hindu brethren to learn Sanskrit in order to understand the teachings of the Vedas, Bhagwat Gita, Upanishads, Puranas and various other scriptures. Exhibits at the venue presented a wide spectrum of subjects (photograph below). A special gallery hosted some of the rare manuscripts as old as 900 years which were brought by the Jum’a Al-Majid Center for Culture & Heritage, Dubai. Digitisation of these manuscripts using digital camera was also on display. An art gallery displayed the beautiful work bof Salwa Rasool with colorful innate work. A special stall catering the kids and teenagers selling T-shirts with appealing colours and message of Islam was set by the Islamic Research Foundation.
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