Aligarh, April 4 (IANS) Islamic scholars and intellectuals, gathered here for the First Global Islamic Reconciliation Summit, are to reflect on the challenges faced by the Muslim Ummah across the world and formulate a road map for the future.
The two-day Summit, which opened on Monday at the Aligarh Muslim University in India, is dedicated to restoring confidence among the Muslims and their faith allies — and to address some of the major policy issues, said an official statement on Tuesday.
Muslims & their Faith Allies in 2030 – A Future Roadmap, the Idea of a New Aligarh: Spearheading the Second Aligarh Movement, the Future of Science Education in Madaris: Reviving the Qurtaba Model and the Muslim Personal Law as well as the major Policy Announcements are to be taken up during the summit.
Zafrul Islam Khan — well-known media personality, editor and publisher of the Milli Gazette, a reputed fortnightly journal focusing on the current issues concerning the Muslim community — advised the Muslim community to constitute a Majlis-e-Hukuma, consisting of prominent intellectuals, thinkers and religious leaders to reformulate a sustainable strategy for the Muslims.
Delivering the Presidential Address, Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah backed the idea presented by Zafrul Islam. He laid emphasis on the promotion of education among the Muslim community and asserted that Muslims must give up their sectarian hatred and work wholeheartedly for the unity of Global Muslim Ummah.
Addressing the gathering of intellectuals and delegates from all across India as well as abroad, Prof. Rashid Shaz, Director of the Centre for Promotion of Educational and Cultural Advancement of Muslims of India (CPECAMI) and Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) Ambassador said: “This is no ordinary conference but a wake-up call for all those who care about the future of humanity.”
He exhorted the Muslim community to get back to the seat of glory and guidance by getting rid of their false identities and returning to the original fold of Islam.
Renowned Islamic Scholar from Japan, Ahmed Shizaki Yuki pointed out the religious confrontations in the East Asian regions and asserted that without reconciliation with predominant religious groups, there cannot be sustainable development of the minority Muslim communities, the statement said.
Aligarh Muslim University’s Faculty of Theology’s former dean Professor Syed Mohammad Ali Naqvi stressed that “we must forego our internal sectarian differences and work unitedly to extricate the Ummah from the present difficult situation”.
Noted social activist and economist Lubna Sarwath and Dr. Kausar Fatima lamented marginalisation of Muslim women and called for a fresh look for their empowerment and upliftment in the light of Islamic injunctions.
Maulana Asghar Imam Mahadi Salafi, Secretary General of the Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind, Maulana Khalilur Rahman Laskar, General Secretary Markazul Ma’arif Assam, Ameen Usmani of Islamic Fiqh Academy, New Delhi, Saira Shah Halim and Mujtaba Farooq, former President of Welfare Party of India also addressed the inaugural session and laid emphasis on intra-religious dialogue and understanding, in order to instil confidence in the Ummah and promote a sense of bonding and cohesiveness in the true spirit of universal Islam.