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AMU students organise Khilafah conference

Aligarh: A conference on “Khilafah & Secular Democracy in Modern Turkey” was organized by AMU students at the University’s Kennedy Auditorium on 1 April. The conference addressed the significance of Khilafah in Islam, its rise and fall, the conspiracies for its demolition and the Islamic revival in modern Turkey. The conference was attended by a large number of students and was addressed by Dr. Ishtiyaq Danish of Jamia Hamdard, Delhi and Dr. Obaidulah Fahd of AMU.

Blaming the Lawrence of Arabia for encouraging Arab Nationalism in the Arabian peninsula and Mustafa Kemal of Turkey for acting as a Zionist agent in the process of demolition of Khilafah, Ishtiyaq Danish said, “It was both the weakness of the Ottoman state and the conspiracies of the West which finally   demolished the Khilfah in Turkey in 1924. Speaking about the conflict of Islam and secularism and the Erbekan Model for Islamic revival in Turkey, Obaidulah Fahd said, “Necmuddin Erbekan chose service to the people over conflict with secular regime to meet the goals of the Islamic movement.

The occasion marked the release of two books by Dr. Obaidulah Fahd, Ihyay-e deen aur Hindustani ulama and Ikhwan-ul-Muslimoon: Tazkiya, Adab, Shahadat. The former was released by the famous Islamic scholar Dr. Nejatulla Siddiqi who appreciated the book and said that in the rapidly changing times we need to explore more dimensions for the Islamic revival. The other book was released by Dr. Ali Mohamad Naqvi, dean of Theology at AMU. Both the books have been published by Al-Qalam Publications of Kashmir.

Showkat Nanda

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2011 on page no. 20

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