23-OCT-2018: Centre for Interfaith Understanding organises symposium on 'The Role of AMU in Interfaith Movement'
Aligarh, October 23: Centre for Interfaith Understanding, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) organised a symposium on 'The role of AMU in Interfaith Movement and suggestions for the proposed grand Interfaith Conference in March 2019'.
Presenting an outline of the Centre for Interfaith Understanding (CIU), Prof Ali Mohammad Naqvi said that Sir Syed the founder of AMU was one of the pioneers of interfaith harmony and understanding.
?AMU has moulded thought of people, especially Muslims for more than hundred years, and when this message of Interfaith Understanding emanates from AMU, it is of special importance? he said.
Prof Naqvi said India is a great country with different Faiths, with a rich history of religious tolerance, and great leaders like Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Sir Syed, Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Ambedkar, all preached the gospel of inter-religious understanding and tolerance. ?Secularism has been incorporated as the cardinal principle of India?s Constitution and is the pillar of our Democracy? he said.
Talking about the mission of the CIU Prof Naqvi said our mission is to strive for National Integration by bringing Religious communities closer, to collaborate with organizations working for interfaith Dialogue and Understanding on National and International levels, to initiate Peace-Building efforts among the followers of different faiths, to promote awareness for Inter-Faith harmony especially in the sensitive areas, to start research in the field of Comparative Beliefs and Inter-Faith Understanding specially cordial Hindu-Muslim relations, conducting researches on the causes of religious discord and the ways of enhancing religious understanding in our country, to promote and undertake research and publications about the ideas of Sir Syed and contribution of Aligarh Muslim University towards the promotion of Interfaith Understanding and to create a platform for scholars of various religious faiths to come together for useful dialogues and interactions.
Prof Naqvi informed that Centre for Interfaith Understanding was formally notified by the University on 6th January 2016, but real steps towards institutionalizing the Centre as an important component of AMU were taken by Professor Tariq Mansoor, after his appointment as the Vice Chancellor.
He informed about various national and international seminars, symposia and inter-faith round table conference organised by the Centre.
He further said that the Centre intends to establish a full-fledged teaching and Research facility and undertake research and publications about ideas of Sir Syed and contribution of AMU towards promotion of interfaith understanding.
Presiding over the symposium Prof Asmer Beg (Department of Political Science) said that there can?t be peace among communities without respect for each other. He emphasized the need for fostering a culture of respect, understanding and tolerance among followers of different faiths and taking practical steps towards the same.
Mr Bhavya Srivastava, (Founder, Religion World) said that in the trouble-torn world today, Inter-faith understanding is of utmost importance because there can?t be peace in the world without peace among followers of religions. ?We may follow one religion but we should respect all? he said. He extended thanks to Vice Chancellor Prof Tariq Mansoor for giving special attention to the Centre for Inter-faith Understanding in AMU. He also talked about the aims and objectives of ?Religion World?.
Prof M Saud Alam Qasmi (Faculty of Theology) said that Quran laid the foundation of Inter-Faith understanding. He gave several examples from the life of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and emphasized on coming together for useful dialogues and interactions.
Prof Rashid Shaz (Director, Bridge Course) said that along with inter-faith dialogue we must start intra-faith dialogue also.
Dr Faiza Abbasi said we should strive for developing an eco system where followers of different faiths can talk about similarities and bear with the differences.
Prof M M Sufyan Beg (Principal, ZH College of Engineering & Technology), Dr Mufti Zahid Ali Khan, Dr Munira T (Department of English), Dr Zafar Darik, Mr Raza Abbas, Shri Jai Singh Suman, and other dignitaries were present on the occasion. Dr Shariq Aqil conducted the programme and proposed vote of thanks.
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