05-DEC-2016: The Department of Shia Theology, Aligarh Muslim University in collaboration with Al-Mustafa University, Iran today organised a National Seminar on 'Hazrat Imam Hussain: The Saviour of Humanity' at the Kennedy Hall Auditorium.
On the occasion, the Key-Speaker of the Seminar, Maulana Dr Kalbe Sadiq Sahib said that since living under oppression is wrong, Imam Hussain refused to pledge alliance to a tyrant ruler.
"Imam Hussain had said that one of the greatest Jihad is to stand up to a tyrant ruler, and say a word of truth and to live with an oppressor is a crime in itself," further said Dr Sadiq.
He further elaborated that an important lesson to be drawn from the incidents that took place in the battle of Karbala is the concept of ownership of life and giving it to the cause of the Owner.
"Our body and life belong to our Creator, and should be spent on His cause and as we do that, all we are doing is returning it to the original owner," said Dr Sadiq adding that there is a great reward for martyrdom.
He also said that by reading religious books of Hinduism, Sikhism and other religions, he realised that all faiths ask followers to be on the right path and work for humanity and so does Islam. "And this is what Imam Hussain taught people," added Dr Sadiq.
While presiding over the function, AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (Veteran) said that a galaxy of scholars and spiritual leaders from all faiths are attending this Seminar and this shows that AMU is a secular institution with Muslim ethos.
General Shah added that 'Hussainiyat' is an ideology, which symbolises struggle against corruption and injustice. "The ideology is relevant in today's world as it was earlier and we need to draw lessons from the life of Imam Hussain," said General Shah adding that we need ponder on the sacrifices made by Imam Hussain and implement principles of 'Hussainiyat' in us.
"At the same time, there are traits and characters of all faiths including Hinduism, Sikhism and Christianity, which need to be followed for making a better world," also said General Shah.
AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Brigadier S Ahmad Ali, who attended the Seminar as a Guest of Honour said that Imam Hussain did not wanted to wage a war against Yazid but instead, he wanted him to follow the righteous path of Islam in establishing peace and justice.
"However, a war was forced upon Imam Hussain, in which a huge army massacred his followers and family members," pointed out Brigadier Ali.
The Pro Vice Chancellor further said that today we can draw lessons from leadership qualities and selflessness of Imam Hussain and his companions. "We also need to draw lessons from Imam Hussain's motivational qualities as he travelled from Madinah to Makkah and to Iraq to deliver message of peace, equality, piety and truth," added Brigadier Ali.
While speaking on the theme of the seminar, Professor Ali Mohd Naqvi, Chairman, Department of Shia Thoelogy said that Imam Hussain uprooted despotism forever till the day of Judgment.
He added that Imam Hussain's martyrdom is a perfect instance of self-sacrifice and it safeguarded Islam and this move institutionalized values in society.
"If Imam Hussein had not accepted this danger, if he had not made a move, if he had not taken action, if his blood had not been shed, if those great tragedies had not happened and if this event would not have been a part of history, the world would not have known the right ways to fight inequality and injustice, "also said Prof Naqvi.
Pointing out what the world thinks about Imam Hussain, Spiritual leader, Swami Swatantranand, quoted Mahatma Gandhi, who once said that 'If India wants to be a successful country; it must follow in the footsteps of Imam Hussain.' He also quoted Rabindranath Tagore, who had once said that 'In order to keep alive justice and truth, instead of an army or weapons, success can be achieved by sacrificing lives, exactly what Imam Hussain did.'
Giani Gurbachan Singh, the 30th Jathedar of Akal Takht,who also attended the seminar recited the famous couplet, 'Qatl-e-Hussain asl main marg-e-Yazid hai, Islam zindaa hota hai har Karbala ke baad' (In the murder of Hussain, lies the death of Yazid, for Islam resurrects after every Karbala). He added that Imam Hussain showed the world that numerical superior army does not count when it comes to the truth against falsehood.
Mr Syed Sibtey Razi, former governor to the states of Assam and Jharkhand said that Imam Hussain had a choice to make as he could have endorsed the oppressing ruler for rewards and luxury, but he refused. Mr Razi added that Imam Hussain replied to Yazid saying that he will never give Yazid his hand like a man who has been humiliated, nor will he flee like a slave. He further said that Imam Hussain told the oppressive ruler of his time that he had not risen to spread evil or to show off and he only desires to enjoin good values and prevent evil.
Meanwhile, Prof Tauqeer Alam Falahi said what Imam Hussein did was an extraordinary feat as the dimensions of his action are far more than what we estimate. He added that Imam Hussain's patience was not limited to enduring thirst or seeing his companions being killed, but it was also in facing influential people of his time, who had become a part of an affluent society and were creating doubts and deviations from the right path.
Speaking on the topic of the Seminar, Prof Saud Alam Qasmi said that Imam Hussain, who has been made as the master of male youth in paradise did not had the desire nor demand for any seat or power except the safety of Islamic religion. He added that no sacrifice in this universe is of equivalent value of the sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hussain and his family in Karbala as it defined the true meaning of sacrifice for whole humanity and how to fight for rights and against oppressors.
Special Guest, Mr Hujjatul Islam Mohammad Reza Saleh, Chief Representative, Al-Mustafa International University said that people around the world including Indians have imbibed the character of Imam Hussain in their ethos. He added that the world has come to a point, where we need to think on the sacrifices made by Imam Hussain during his life time and draw lessons from Imam's Hijrat (migration) for the cause of Allah.
On the occasion, two books authored by Prof L Ahmad Kazmi and Dr Hayat Amir on Imam Hussain's life were also released.
Professor Abdul Khaliq, Dean, Faculty of Theology delivered the welcome address, while Dr Maulana Asghar Ajaz and Dr Raza Abbas conducted the programme. Mr Fayyaz from Al-Mustafa International University proposed the vote of thanks.
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Souvenir releasing ceremony at the National Seminar on Hazrat Imam Hussain
Swami Swatantranand addressing the National Seminar on Hazrat Imam Hussain