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Practice teachings of Hadrat Ali

New Delhi:  A conference was held at Ghalib Academy here on 26 June to commemorate the martyrdom of Hadrat Ali ibn Abi Talib by the Bazm-e-Yadgar-e-Anees. General Manager of Yamuna Express Way, Ashja Raza Zaidi, presided over the event. Speakers threw light on the exemplary protection of human rights during the tenure of Hadrat Ali as caliph. Speakers mentioned practical samples of Hadrat Ali’s exceptional conduct, character and statements.

Shahid Mehdi speaking at Ali Day

The event was organised by Bazm-e-Yadgar-e-Anees which was established by the Ghalib Academy Secretary, late Zaheen Naqvi, in 1974. This year’s was the 42nd conference of this organisation. Its purpose was to disseminate the message of humanity and equality conveyed by Hadrat Ali.

Speaking on the occasion, former Union minister Arif Muhammad Khan said that although Hadrat Ali was born in the Holy Kaabah itself and had won many wars for Islam and people recognised his valour, to show his greatness the saying of the Holy Prophet is enough: “I am the City of Knowledge and Ali is its Gate.” Is it possible that we live so close to the ‘City of Knowledge’ and the ‘Gate of Knowledge’ and yet remain devoid of ‘knowledge’? We have to understand the greatness of knowledge and its importance.

Editor of The Milli Gazette, Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, speaking on the occasion said, “We remember such a great personality of Islam and humanity only formally and on occasions. This is not sufficient. We shall have to inculcate Hadrat Ali’s teachings in our lives and shall have to give his role and actions a practical shape in our lives.” Dr. Khan referred to Hadrat Ali’s letter to the Governor of Egypt, Malik Al-Ashtar with reference to human rights which has been recognised by the United Nations as a basic document of human rights.  

Former VC of Jamia Millia Islamia, Shahid Mehdi, said, “Knowledge is related to practice and Hadrat Ali’s life was an example of knowledge and practice.” He added, “In the practical field, we have to bring students from lower level to higher level before their entry into University. We have to strengthen their educational foundation.”

Syed Nasir Ali, IRS, said, “The system of government of Hadrat Ali was such that it fully protected Christian and Jewish minorities and this was the reason why minorities also condoled the martyrdom of Hadrat Ali. The Patriarch of Jerusalem organised a condolence meeting after his martyrdom where he said, it is Hadrat Ali’s favour that he gave religious security and independence to minorities during his tenure.”

Ashja Raza Zaidi impressed upon the importance of “time”, saying, “If we do not give importance to time in our lives, we would not be able to succeed.” Speakers included Dr. Taslim Rahmani, head of the Muslim Political Conference.    

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 July 2016 on page no. 13

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