17-SEP-2016: Noted Islamic scholar and retired Brigadier Dr. Mukhtar Alam today delivered a lecture on "From darkness to Light" at the K. A. Nizami Centre for Quranic Studies, Aligarh Muslim University.
In his lecture, Brig. Alam stressed the need for attaining knowledge to get rid of the darkness of ignorance. He said that knowledge, which comes as a net result of educational pursuits, is the only remedy to bail out the society from the quagmire of ignorance and idiocy. He said only "truthfulness, determination, commitment and hard labour could take one towards light from the darkness".
Referring to the Quranic messages, Brig. Alam said that Islam aims at eliminating the darkness of ignorance from the human world and it would never sanction "hate, anger and savagery". He said Islam is a religion of peace and for a true follower of this religion, love and compassion for all is the only way of life.
In his presidential address, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah, Vice Chancellor of AMU, urged the Islamic scholars to highlight the correct meaning of Jehad in Islam so that misconceptions could be taken care of. He said that education was the only way out for Muslims to upgrade their social and economic position in society. He urged the people to strive for attaining knowledge and enlightenment and improve their condition. He said that negative criticism and accusing each other out of personal enmity were highly detrimental for the society. He said that coming of Shia and Sunni Muslims together for Eid-ul-Adha prayers at Lucknow was a welcome move and efforts should be made to bring different communities together.
Expressing his views, Brig. S. Ahmad Ali, Pro-Vice Chancellor, AMU said that by the end of the ninth century, the Islamic society plunged into the darkness of ignorance and lost the leadership position that it held in the field of science and technology. He said that scholars and scientists like Imam Ghazali, Ibne Rushd, Razi and Ibne Sina were true Muslims who not only excelled in religious education but also gave the world a rare gift of excellence in the fields of natural and medical science.
Brig. Ali pointed out that Islam had laid extra emphasis on pondering over the natural phenomena and it urges people to give extensive thought on Allah's creations. He said that understanding Quran would help people achieve the essence of human existence.
Earlier, welcoming the guests, Prof. Ahtisham A. Nizami, Director of the Quranic Studies Centre introduced the speaker Brig. Mukhtar Alam, who is also an alumnus of the AMU.
The Pro-Vice Chancellor, Brig. Ali released a Hindi book of Brig. Alam "From Darkness to Light". Prof. F. S. Sherani conducted the programme.
Related PicturesAMU Vice Chancellor Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah and PVC Brigadier S Ahmad Ali releasing the book of Brigadier M Alam
Brigadier Mukhtar Alam delivering a lecture on From Darkness to Light