Seminar on Sirah literature

Aligarh: Inaugurating a two-day national seminar on "Biography of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in modern Arabic Literature", Dr. Ibrahim Mohammad Al-Batshan, Cultural Attaché of the Saudi Arabia Embassy, said here on February 17 that the biography of the Prophet of Islam has always been a fascinating topic for writers across the globe. He said that centuries of Islam represented a period of collection and classification of the available material on his life. He said that Ibn Ishaq and Ibn Hisham were the two Arabic biographers who had done the most marvellous job.

Dr. Ibrahim Mohd. Al-Batshan releasing the book of Prof. Abu Sufiyan Islahi, on righ AMU VC
Dr. Ibrahim Mohd. Al-Batshan releasing the book of Prof. Abu Sufiyan Islahi (centre), on right is AMU VC

In his presidential address, AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis said that the life of the Prophet of Islam is an open book and everything is documented. He urged every Muslim to follow the Sunnah of Prophet. Prof. Azis said that Syed Ahmad Khan established this institution on the pattern of Cambridge and Oxford and the medium of instruction was English to conquer the world. He said that the Department of Arabic has produced great scholars and continued the legacy.

In his introductory remarks, Dr. M. Faizan Beg, Convener of the Seminar, pointed out that after the advent of Western colonial powers in different parts of the Arab and Muslim world since late nineteenth century, there emerged a group of western writers who, motivated by their ingrained prejudice and partisan desire to belittle the personality of the Prophet, subjected his life and work to malicious criticism.

He said that the world has yet to understand the greatest reality about Muhammad (pbuh) that is his being the true and the last Prophet of God for all humanity.

Prof. M. A. Alvi, Chairman, Department of Arabic, said that the department has been a great seat of Arabic learning and research since its inception. He said that all the faculty members are playing an active role in promotion of Arabic language and literature by participating in more than 15 international and 35 national seminars and by producing and publishing more than 40 books and 300 research papers. In all, more than 150 Indian and foreign scholars completed their PhD and M. Phil theses in AMU’s Arabic department which is the only department in the country to get the prestigious status of Centre of Advanced Studies.

On this occasion, four books and Arabic journals were released by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis. Prof. S. Kafeel Ahmad Qasmi, Coordinator of the Conference, said that a large number of delegates from all parts of the country are participating in the two-day deliberations.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 7

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