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Waliullah Award presented to Maulana Salim

New Delhi: A three-day seminar on the life and works of Shah Waliullah (d. 1763 CE), the greatest scholar of Islam ever produced by the Indian Subcontinent, was held here during 21-23 November. The seminar was inaugurated at the Jamia Millia Islamia in the presence of the Lt. Gov. of Delhi, Najib Jung, VC of JMI Prof. Talat Ahmad and VC of Aligarh Muslim University Zameeruddin Shah.

Maulana Salim Qasmi accepting Shah Waliullah Award from Najib Jung on whose right is Prof Talat Ahmad and Zameeruddin Shah; below: Shiela Dixit speaking at the last day’s seminar; to her right is Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, Maulana Badrul Hasan Qasmi and Maulana Asghar Ali Imam Mahdi, while on her left is Maulana Ataur Rahman Qasmi, Muhammad Adeeb and Ilyas Malik

The highlight of the inaugural programme was the presentation of the fourth Shah Waliullah Award to Maulana Muhammad Salim Qasimi, Rector of Darul Uloom Waqf (Deoband) who is a most senior Islamic scholar and preacher of the Subcontinent.

The Shah Waliullah Institute, which was registered in 1996, is headed by Mufti Ataur Rahman Qasmi who is active in both milli and scholarly world. The Institute has since published about 30 books on various Islamic subjects including translations of Shah Waliullah’s Arabic and Persian works.

Najeeb Jung lamented the present generation’s ignorance and disinterest in the works of its great predessors. He said unlike Muslims, you will seldom find great personalities of other nations and communities neglected. Works of such personalities reprinted again and again. He said the writings of scholars like Shah Waliullah and Iqbal are very complex as they enjoyed complex minds and simultaneously lived in various worlds and cultures.

Three volumes of Shah Waliullah’s treatises were released during the inaugural function. Scholarls from various Indian universities as well as foreign scholars from Tajikistan, Egypt and Kuwait etc participated in the seminar in which dozens of papers were presented over three days. The last day of the seminar was presided over by MG editor Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan and was attended by the former chief minister of Delhi, Shiela Dixit.   

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 December 2014 on page no. 13

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