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Darul-Musannifeen seminar on its founders and services

Azamgarh:  The principles of writing Seerat and biographies, which Allama Shibli Nomani had established, became guidelines for the writers who followed him and later Seerat writers adopted the same principles in their writings. These thoughts were expressed by Prof. Yaseen Mazhar Siddiqui, while delivering his key-note address in the opening session of a two-day seminar on “Darul-Musannifeen, its founders and services,” under the auspices of the Shibli Academy here.

Prof. Siddiqui said, “The writings of Shibli Nomani are the basis of Darul-Musannifeen. History, instead of being viewed as past events, should be studied with a view to benefit from it in the present, which was Shibli’s aim. Unfortunately, some writers coming after him didn’t follow these principles.” He said that the long series of biographies, Seerat literature and memoirs are significant achievements of Darul-Musannifeen.

In his presidential address, Prof. Mohsin Usmani Nadwi said, “When we see the hundred years of the service of the academy, we see a brilliant example of academic indulgence.”  He said the writer and the intellectual cannot remain oblivious of the environment around him. He said, “In order to remove the misgivings of our fellow-countrymen, it is necessary to popularise the literature prepared by Shibli Academy in regional languages and to create an atmosphere of unity and harmony in the country.”

The director of the academy, Prof. Ishtiaq Ahmad Zilli, said the tradition of research and writing created by this academy and the work done by it in various branches of art and literature is much in volume, but still a lot of work has to be done. He said, “We have to proceed further with a new vision, in the present century.” He appealed to the people to join this mission in order to benefit from the achievements of this age. He said, “I wish that if more funds wwre available to us, a department of Indology could be established in this academy, in which research could be conducted in a planned way on Indian history, languages, culture and religions.”

Kaleem Sifaat Islahi, fellow of the academy, submitted a report on the results of the Seerat writing competition.

In the second session, Prof. Abdul Qadir Jafry spoke in detail about the Persian works of Allama Shibli. Prof. Ali Ahmad Fatimi said with respect to Darul-Musannifeen and its founder that the academy is a distinguished institution of social awareness. Dr. Raziul-Islam Nadwi read a paper on the services of Darul-Musannifeen with regards to Qur’an. He emphasised on giving them prominence. Dr. Ehsanullah Fahd read a paper on the services of Syed Sulaiman Nadwi with respect to Qur’an. Prof. Abu Sufyan Islahi, in his critical analysis of volume III of ‘Maqalat-e-Sulaimani’, dealt with Syed Sahib’s Qur’anic thinking. Dr. Omair Manzar, in his review of the services of Darul-Musannifeen and Nadwatul-Ulama, said that these two institutions are unique examples in themselves of the institutional cooperation and coordination. He added that the Shibli Academy and the people associated with it have played an extraordinary role in the establishment of Nadwatul-Ulama, its organisation and other educational activities.                  

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 November 2015 on page no. 13

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