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Lecture on “The Prophet as Perfect Model”

Aligarh: AMU’s KA Nizami Centre for Quranic Studies on 18 November invited noted Islamic scholar, Professor Salman Nadwi of Durban, South Africa, to deliver a lecture on “The Prophet As Perfect Model”. The lecture, which was attended by academics, scholars and students, was held at the Conference Hall of the University’s Administrative Block. Prof Nadwi, who has studied at Lucknow’s Nadwatul Ulama and University of Chicago, has served as a Dean of Near Eastern and Middle Eastern studies in the University of Chicago. He has also been a Fullbright Fellow, Fellow of Saint Cross College and a Fellow with the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. He has authored over 40 books and contributed hundreds of articles in various journals. Quoting a verse from the Holy Quran which says “If you love Allah, then follow me; Allah will love you and forgive your sins” (3: 32), Prof Nadwi said the declaration of the Holy Book is clear. It is set with a condition which is agreeable to the ways of Allah. The Quran orders mankind to obey Allah and the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Prof. Nadwi said that the guidelines to obey Allah are found in obeying the Prophet Muhammad. Prof Nadwi pointed out that it was the holy Prophet’s character that he forgave the arch enemies of the divine message after the conquest of Makkah. The enemies of Islam, who later became Muslims and were forgiven by the Prophet, included Hinda who ordered the Prophet’s uncle Hamza’s assassination. He said that Hinda had even chewed Hamza’s liver after his assassination but the holy Prophet pardoned her and accepted her as believer. The Seminar was presided by the Aligarh Muslim University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor, Syed Ahmad Ali who said that even before the holy Prophet received the mantle of prophethood, the people of Makkah had been so much impressed by the gentleness of his disposition, his integrity, his purity of heart and his singular devotion to duty that they had conferred upon him the titles of Al-Amin (the Trustworthy) and As-Sadiq (The Truthful).

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

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