Maulana Wahiduddin Khan awarded Sayyidina Imam Al Hassan Ibn Ali Award
New Delhi: The renowned Islamic scholar and peace activist Maulana Wahiduddin Khan was awarded the Sayyidina Imam Al Hassan Ibn Ali Award at the Second Annual Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies, in Abu Dhabi on April 30, 2015.
Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, Chairman of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies, presented the award to the Maulana at the closing session of the three-day conference. The peace award was given in acknowledgement of Maulana’s decades’ long efforts for promoting world peace. On the occasion Sheikh Bin Bayyah said that 90-year old Maulana Wahiduddin Khan had for over seventy years worked tirelessly for the cause of establishing peace in order that a culture of good will and tolerance may prevail all over the world. The Maulana has authored more than 200 books on various issues relating to peace in Islam, Islam in the modern age, spirituality, Islamic ethics and prophetic wisdom. In many of his books the Maulana has developed a complete ideology of peace.
Among those who graced the award’s ceremony were Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE minister of foreign affairs and Dr. Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar. About 350 distinguished Islamic scholars and thinkers from across the world participated in the three-day conference.
In his keynote address, the Maulana said that he shared the dream of Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, which is to establish peace and bring an end to the violence and bloodshed happening in the world today. Citing the dictum of UNESCO, the Maulana said, “War begins from the mind and similarly peace can begin from the mind alone.” He explained that the root cause for violence in the Muslim world was the political interpretation of Islam. Some people in the twentieth century developed this political interpretation, which gave the justification to Muslims to engage in violence in the name of religion. The need of the hour, the Maulana observed, is to develop an ideology based on peace so that the new generation of Muslims could be prevented from being misled and so that they be given a rational basis for adhering to the path of peace.
However, simply an ideology is not enough, the Maulana noted. The Muslim youths should be given a target so that their energies could be properly and positively channelized. The best target to give to Muslim youths is to engage them in the mission of dawah, or conveying the word of God to all humanity. The Maulana concluded his speech by reiterating that Muslims were duty-bound to fulfill their responsibility of dawah. Since the Quran was God’s preserved book, it is upon Muslims to communicate its message to all human beings. What is required today, according to the Maulana, is the preparation of translations of the Quran in every language of the world. These translations should then be disseminated in all regions and among all people. In this way our dawah responsibility can be fulfilled and people will come to know why they were created and what it is that God requires of them. This kind of mission for the Muslim youth will develop in them dawah thinking and will foster in them feelings of love and well-wishing toward others. Such a mission will go a long way in putting to an end the hatred, violence and bloodshed we see in the Muslim world today. (CPS Global)