Aligarh: Eminent Islamic scholars from all over the country participated in detailed deliberations on the Holy Quran as compelling literature expressing collective morality, equality, justice, fairness, brotherhood and mercy with guidance for all aspects of life in the recently concluded online extension lecture series of the KA Nizami Center for Quranic Studies, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).
The series began with a lecture on “How to Understand the Quran” in which Professor Saud Alam Qasmi (Sunni Theology Department) emphasized the importance of reflecting and meditating on Quranic verses.
“The Holy Quran is the final revelation to provide us with the necessary understanding. It is a source of guidance for those who are aware and aware of the existence of God,” Professor Saud said.
The more carefully you read the Quran, the more you will understand,” he added.
In the talk on “Quranic Teachings for an Ideal Society”, Professor Tauqueer Alam Falahi (Sunni Theology Department) explained the six Quranic principles for achieving an ideal society.
He talked about the principles of attaining justice and excellence, upholding the rights of relatives, and staying away from immorality, evil, and transgression.
Speaking on the “ethical and social teachings of the Quran”, Professor Obaidullah Fahad (Department of Islamic Studies) explained how the Tazkiyah (Purification) contains guidance on ethical and social aspects.
“The core of the Islamic faith is self-purification, which means that human beings should keep their body and soul clean. A godly person is not one who stands dirty and unkempt, unaware of his surroundings, dress and bodily needs. In fact, cleanliness and the concept of purity have been ingrained in the Muslim psyche, through the instructions of the Quran and the hadiths of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and his practices,” he pointed out.
Professor Zafarul Islam (Department of Islamic Studies) gave a lecture on “A Study of Exegesis and Quranic Studies in the Muslim Era”.
He discussed classic works on the Holy Quran including those of At-Tabari, At-Tusi, Ibn ‘Arabi, Al-Qurtubi, Ibn Kathir, Al-Jalalayn and At-Tabataba’i, among others.
In the talk on “Scientific Temperament and Research in the Light of the Quran,” Prof. Aslam Parvaiz (New Delhi) said, “The Holy Quran urges Muslims to study nature and seek truth. For many Muslim writers, the study of science derives from Tawhid (monotheism). There are prescient statements about scientific phenomena in the Quran which were later confirmed by scientific research, for example regarding the structure of human biology, the solar system and the creation of the universe, among others” .
Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali (Lucknow) gave a speech on “What the Quran demands of Muslims” and stressed the need for a life based on the guidance of the Quran and the “Sunnah”.
Speaking on the ‘Basic Teachings of the Quran’, Maulana Mohammad Fazlur Raheem Mujaddidi (Jaipur) discussed belief, good deeds, morality and life after death.
Professor Akhtarul Wasey (New Delhi) discussed “The Quranic and Islamic Studies Tradition at Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia”.
UMA’s Dr. Ziauddin delivered a lecture on “A Study of Urdu Exegesis in the Twentieth Century” with references from the works of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, Allama Hamid Uddin Farahi, Maulana Amin Ahsan Islahi, Maulana Abul Ala Maududi , Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Abdul Majid Daryabadi.
Dr. Ashhad Jamal Nadvi (Aligarh) spoke of the “Coranic Core Beliefs” – in which he described belief in the unity of God, belief in angels, belief in prophets, belief in scriptures and belief in final judgment.
Dr. M Tariq Ayubi Nadwi (Aligarh) deliberated on ‘Tradition of Quran study in Nadwatul –Uloom and other religious schools’.
Professor Abdur Raheem Kidwai (Honorary Director, KA Nizami Center for Quranic Studies) convened and moderated the lecture series.
Dr Arshad Iqbal (Program Coordinator) introduced the speakers.