03-MAR-2018: Dept of Sunni Theology organises international seminar on ?Human Values in World Religions?
Aligarh, March 3: Various religious communities today are being pulled into different directions by groups who want violence, vengeance and vandalism as new norm of society. To wipe out misunderstandings and promote dialogues between various religious communities, the Department of Sunni Theology, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) invited clergies and intellectuals from various faiths in a two-day international seminar on ?Human Values in World Religions?.
?All human beings are one big family, irrespective of their faith,? said the AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor while presiding over the inaugural function at the Arts Faculty Lounge in the university.
Adding that human beings need each other for survival, Prof Mansoor pointed out that if a disaster takes place in any country, the whole world extends help.
?However, people fight in the name of religion because some people are devoid of basic human values,? said the Vice Chancellor adding that anyone attending a university, college or a school needs to become a good person before becoming a good doctor, engineer or any other professional.
He pointed out that the topic of the seminar is very relevant and a sound understanding of human values in various faiths is required to bridge the gap between religious communities.
?Diversity, large-heartedness and tolerance are essentials of any society,? said Prof Mansoor adding that changes will come gradually for an everlasting peace, but the whole human race needs to work together in understanding and implementing human values.
The chief-guest, AMU alumnus, Maulana Hasan Habib from Nepal said religions are innocent from wars being waged in their name. ?Conflicts waged under any slogan should be shouldered by individuals or parties directly related to them,? he said adding that it is only after humanity starts understanding the needs of each other?s religious, sectarian, cultural, and even intellectual conviction that the world will reach a high level of wisdom and growth.
He lamented the void in humanity, saying: ?Religious and cultural conflicts start from wrong approaches that never originally believed in the principles of diversity.?
Human solidarity is necessary for the world?s survival, stressed Maulana Habib.
Attending the function as the guest-of-honour, Swami Shri Hari Prashad Ji said that we need to find ways to make people come together.
He added that humanity needs to focus on eternal values of religion and follow Ahimsa to refrain from activities which might hurt others. Swami Prashad Ji further said that purity is required in attitudes and there is a need to be closer to God.
Swami Prashad Ji pointed out that if people start understanding each other?s religious and cultural leanings, then a high level of morality will be attained.
?All religions ensure the freedom of choice of its adherents and gives them a moral guide to follow,? he said.
Prof Abdul Baseer Khan (Former Pro Vice Chancellor, IGNOU) said that it is essential at this time in history that we establish a genuine dialogue between people of various faiths.
He added that religious values are misunderstood and quite often distorted and if mention of certain religious communities gives rise to fear or mistrust, it is urgent that learned people of the faith clarify what their religion stands for in order to dispel the idea that there is a fundamental conflict between the best values of modern civilization and the essential values of religions.
Special-guest, Prof A R Kidwai (Director, UGC HRD Centre) said that Sir Syed called Christians as the ?Ahl-e-Kitab (People of the Book)? at a time when there was a huge misunderstanding in between Muslims and Christians in the post-1857 mutiny India.
?Sir Syed Ahmad Khan had then asked common Muslims to differentiate in between Christianity and the British Empire,? said Prof Kidwai adding that Sir Syed even wrote a commentary on Bible. Prof Kidwai further said that there is Islamaphobia in some parts of the world, but not everyone wants to follow the ideology of hatred. ?Dialogues in between people of various faiths will bring people closer to each other,? said Prof Kidwai.
During the welcome address, Prof Towqueer Alam (Director of the seminar and Dean, Faculty of Theology) said that the world has come to a point, where everyone needs to understand their relationship with God. ?Human values should not be lost, while world keeps progressing in science and technology,? he added.
Prof Luqman from Bangladesh also spoke on the occasion. Prof Mohd Saleem proposed the vote of thanks, while Dr Abrar Ahmad conducted the programme.
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Related PicturesAMU Vice Chancellor, Prof Tariq Mansoor with Guest at the international seminar on Human Values in World Religions
Prof Tawqueer Alam delivering address