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IOS Eleventh Shah Waliullah Award to Maulana Syed Mohammad Rabey Nadwi

New Delhi: Institute of Objective Studies conferred its eleventh Shah Waliullah Award “on Education in Islamic Perspective,” upon Maulana Syed Mohammad Rabey Hasani Nadvi, President, All India Personal Law Board and Rector, the world-famous Islamic University, Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulema, Lucknow. Since Maulana Rabey could not make it to the function due to his ill-health,  the award was received by his relative, Dr. Shah Ebadur Rehman Nishat.

The award function was held at the Faculty of Engineering and Technology Auditorium, Jamia Millia Islamia here on August 1, 2015.

The former Chief Justice of India, Mr. Justice A.M. Ahmadi handed the cheque of one lakh rupees and the scroll, Maulana Abdullah Mughisi, President of the All India Milli Council, presented the memento to Dr Nishat who was deputed by  Maulana Rabey alongwith a  message which was read out at the function. In his message, the Maulana expressed his gratitude to the IOS for choosing him for the Shah Waliullah Award. He noted that the topic for the current year’s award was relevant as the Muslims had achieved excellence in the realm of knowledge by following Islamic teachings in letter and spirit during a period extending over one thousand years, which was worthy of emulation by others. He urged Muslims to understand the value of education in the Islamic perspective. He remarked that the holy Quran mandated seeking knowledge, which came through observation as well as experience.

In his presidential remarks, Maulana Abdullah Mughesi said that the contribution of Shah Waliullah was not bound by time. The movement he started to acquaint the community with the message of the Quran was equally relevant today. He called for paying special attention to the popularisation of the teachings of the Quran.

Explaining the purpose of the institution of the award, the Chairman of the IOS, Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam said that it was aimed at establishing a connect with the new generation in terms of cultural heritage as a generation which was unaware of its legacy could not progress. As the entire scholarship of Shah Waliullah was derived from the Quran, the IOS deemed it fit to prepare 150 small booklets on important topics in the light of the Quran and Hadith. Besides, the project included 25 booklets that addressed the objections raised by non-Muslims and other issues of the contemporary world. He said that these books were planned to be published in 17 different languages. The entire work on the Quran and Hadith would be compiled in two volumes with references. In addition, preparations were afoot to bring out a book on the contribution of Muslims, particularly Indian Muslims, in different fileds of life during the last 1400 years.

The General Secretary, Islamic Fiqh Academy (IFA), Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rehmani, observed that a closer look at the works of Shah Waliullah and the theory he propounded revealed that three distinct inferences could be deduced from them. These were (1) he established the relationship of the Ummah with the Quran and Hadith (2) Islam was imbued with modern knowledge, and (3) he stood for a balanced scholarship. He emphasised that all these three things were necessary to attain excellence.

Mr. Justice A.M. Ahmadi held that education was a must for Muslims, saying that education led to empowerment and empowerment could be used for progress. It pained him to see that children who should be in schools, were roaming on streets purposelessly.

He said that since education had been made free for children in the age-group of 6-14, parents should make it sure that their wards went to schools. He went to the extent of saying that the parents who failed to send their children to school should be punished.

The President of the Jamaat Islami-i-Hind, Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umri, explained the contest in which the Quranic commandment of ‘Iqra’ was revealed. He said that the Quran expressly commanded to read in the name of Allah. He maintained that education which was not imparted in the name of Allah was an exercise in futility. The Chairman of Tasmia Education Society, Syed Farooq, while referring to the life of the Prophet (SW) in the context of education said that his life was worth emulating for us. He was the finest businessman and his way of life was derived from the Quran.

Earlier, the Member-Secretary of the Board administering the Award and Finance Secretary, IOS, Prof. Ishtiyaque Danish, in his introductory remarks informed that the theme of the 12th Shah Waliullah award would be “Media, Society and Indian Muslims.”

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 August 2015 on page no. 13

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