02-MAR-2016: The Department of Persian, Aligarh Muslim University today started a three-day International Seminar on 'Spiritual Essence and Persian Poetry in Indian Sub-Continent' at the Faculty of Arts Lounge.
While presiding over the seminar, the Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (retd) said there is no doubt that the presence of Sufism has led to an inclusive and a composite society.
Adding that Sufi Poetry written in Persian language had left a deep impact on Indian society, he said that at a time when Islam is misinterpreted with violent acts of certain individuals, Sufism could show a peaceful image of Islam.
The Vice Chancellor also said that the Department of Persian in AMU is one of the oldest departments of Persian language and literature in India. He pointed out that the excellent research and achievements of this department can bring AMU to the number one spot in the Indian universities rankings soon.
Delivering the Keynote address, Hazrat Maulana Al-Haj Syed Shah Helal Ahmad Quadri, renowned scholar, writer, theologian and Sheikhul Hadees, Khanqah Mujibia Phulwari Sharif, Patna said Tassawwuf (Mysticism) is derived from Deen (belief), therefore it is Deen.
Maulana added that the scholars, who propagated the science of Tasawwuf, understood that a requisite for approaching Allah was abandonment of the common pursuits of the world.
He pointed out that because the scholars of Tasawwuf focused on cleansing the heart, they later became known as the Sufis.
Maulana said that Tasawwuf, when it came to India through Persian Poetry led to moral rejuvenation of society by restoring the dignity of man and inculcating respect for moral and ethical values as there was a painful realization that the moral fiber of man had weakened and that human beings were multiplying while humanity was languishing.
The Chief Guest Dr Ghareman Solemani, Educational and Cultural Deputy, the Islamic Culture and Relations Organisation (ICRO), Tehran, spoke on the ethical and moral ideas enunciated by Persian poets and how this poetry became the inspiring motive for people in Iran and Indian sub-continent.
AMU Pro-Vice Chancellor, Brigadier S Ahmad Ali (retd), who graced the inaugural function of the seminar as Guest of Honor said that Persian language with Sufi Poetry has contributed in spreading the message of love and compassion in our society.
The Pro-Vice Chancellor added that the Persian Sufi poetry had provided the platform for peaceful co-existence and love for mankind. He further said that centuries after the Mughals started ruling in India, Persian language remains as a respected language in the country.
He pointed out that Sufism was there from the time of first generation of Muslims, but the Persian poetry continues to inspire people of this region.
While inaugurating the seminar, Dr Ali Dehgahi, Cultural Counselor, Cultural Center of the Islamic Republic of Iran, New Delhi spoke about the historical cultural link in between Iran and India and the impact of Sufi poetry on the masses of the two countries. He thanked Aligarh Muslim University for inviting him to inaugurate the seminar.
Prof Azarmi Dukht Safavi, Director Institute of Persian Research, AMU, who attended the programme as a Special Guest, said the life breath of Persian Sufi Poetry was in the restless concern for humanity.
Prof Safavi pointed out that many scholars of Islamic sciences who influenced Muslim mind in South Asia belonged to Iranian land. She added that Persian became in South Asia, the transmission house for Islamic sciences including Kalâm, Fiqh, Tasawwuf and Irfan.
She further said that the Persian Sufi Poetry shaped the contour and conspectus of historiography, poetry, Tasawwuf and epistolary principles in Indian Sub-Continent among other things.
Prof Safavi said that Persian language and literature brought a linguistic homogeneity in India, which was a country of proliferate linguistic traditions.
She pointed out that the Sufi poetry of Saadi, Rumi, Hafiz and others focused on moral and ethical ideas of Islamic mysticism in bringing love and brotherhood in the society.
Professor S Kafeel Ahmad Qasmi, Dean, Faculty of Arts also attended the programme as a Special Guest.
Related PicturesAMU VC and PVC at the International Seminar on Spiritual Essence