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The biography of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be to him) of Islam has always been a fascinating topic for writers across the globe,” said Dr. Ibrahim Mohd. Al-Batshan, Cultural Attache of the Saudi Arabia Embassy while delivering his inaugural speech in a two-day national seminar on “Biography of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be to him) in modern Arabic Literature”, on February 17, 2011 at Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.
Dr. Al-Batshan said that centuries of Islam represented a period of collection and classification of the available material on his life.
He said that Ibne Ishaq and Ibne Hashsham were the two Arabic biographers who had done the marvellous job.
In his presidential address, AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis said that the life of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be to him) of Islam is an open book and everything is documented. He urged every Muslim to follow the Sunnah of Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be to him).
Prof. Azis mentioned that the founder of this institution, Sir 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 to different parts of the Arab and Muslim world since late nineteenth century onwards, 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 carping criticism.
He said that the world has yet to understand the greatest reality about Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be to him) 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 promoting the Arabic language and literature by participating in more than 15 international and 35 national seminars and by producing and publishing more than forty books and 300 research papers. In all, more than 150 Indian and foreign scholars completed their PhD and M. Phil theses.
Prof. Alvi said that the Department of Arabic at AMU is the only department in the whole 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 participated in the two-day deliberations. Prof. M. S. Usmani delivered the vote of thanks.
A ten-member team led by the Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis is visiting AMU Malappuram Centre for formal commencement of classes of BALLB and MBA course on February 28.
The Dean, Faculty of Management Studies and Research, Prof. Jawaid Akhtar and Dean, Faculty of Law, Prof. M. Shabbir will give an orientation to the newly appointed faculty members for Malappuram Centre. The other members of the team include AMU Registrar, Prof. V. K. Abdul Jaleel, Finance Officer, Mrs. Yasmin Jalal Beg, Controller of Examinations, Prof. Pervez Mustajab, Principal, Zakir Husain College of Engineering and Technology, Prof. Ekram Husain, Media Advisor, Prof. N. A. K. Durrani, Chairman, Department of Business Administration, Prof. Khalid Azam and Chairman, Department of Law, Prof. Iqbal Ali.
AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Azis has thanked the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Union Finance Minister, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, MHRD Minister, Mr. Kapil Sibal, former Union Water Resource Minister, Mr. Pawan Kumar Bansal, Chief Ministers of West Bengal and Kerala for their continuous support.
He said that the opening of the AMU Centre at Malappuram and Murshidabad is a fitting tribute to Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, the founder of Aligarh Muslim University.
Taking a historic initiative, the AMU Court, supreme governing body of the University had unlocked the potential of the University by passing a resolution to establish its centre across the country and this initiative has become a reality, he added. Prof. Azis said that the classes will commence on March 6, 2011 at Murshidabad Centre.
He said that a model Women’s College, Women’s Polytechnic and Engineering programmes will also start in these centres. He said that the University has already submitted a detailed proposal to MHRD to start these courses in 2011.
Bihar Govt. Initiates Land Acquisition
for AMU Centre at Kishanganj
The Department of Human Resource Development, Government of Bihar has decided to provide 250 acres contiguous land for the establishment of AMU Centre at Kishanganj. AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis has thanked the Chief Minister of Bihar, Mr. Nitish Kumar for taking a proactive role in the land allotment for the proposed centre.
Prof. Azis has requested the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India to provide the token grant for the Kishanganj Centre as well.
The news of the land allotment to AMU in Bihar was received with jubilation by the university community. It was felt that the allotment of land by the West Bengal, Kerala and Bihar governments vindicates the view that opening of these centres will bring the most deprived and excluded social segment to the mainstream educational fold.
The objective behind the idea of setting up a centre in Bihar is to provide easy access to modern education to the most educationally backward social class so that the national goal of equity, access and inclusion of the excluded is accomplished. It is indeed a national duty bestowed upon AMU to promote education among the Muslims.