SRINAGAR: A two-day national “Seerah” seminar on “Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and Social Justice” was organised here at Kashmir University.
The seminar was organised by Shah-I-Hamadan Institute Islamic Studies in collaboration with J&K Muslim Waqf Board. The inaugural session was presided by Vice Chancellor of Kashmir University Professor Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi.
In his address, Prof Andrabi said that justice propounded in the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is of the divine sort and not of materialistic nature. He said Islam is a system of beliefs as well as social matters and what is required by it is to surrender to the will of Allah in social matters that characterizes its social justice.
Prof Ishtiyaq Danish, former Director, Institute of Islamic Studies, Jamia Hamdard University Delhi, delivered the keynote address. While making a brief survey of the modern developments of the western civilization, from Industrial Revolution to Globalization, he highlighted their economic and political strife and explained their failure to deliver social justice in a holistic way. The speaker made it clear that the Prophet (pbuh) from the early days of his life represented the character of honesty and kindness and soon after his prophethood, he brought a deep transformation in terms of social equality, brotherhood and economic security that characterizes nature of the just social order of Islam.
Prof. Zafar Ahmad Reshi, Dean Research also spoke on the occasion and in his brief address, he mentioned that equality is being sought in social justice yet the issue of inequalities is to be also addressed. He said sometimes there are biological inequalities and we cannot force equality there and social and economic inequalities are redressed through mutual help and institutions of “Zakah” and “Waqf” in Islam.
Prof SM Tayyib Kamili, Principal Jamia Madinatul Ulum, Hazratbal and Fayaz Ahmad Lone, Chief Executive, J & K Muslim Waqf Board, also spoke about the importance of the theme.
Earlier Prof Abdul Rashid Bhat, Director of the seminar, welcomed the guests and presented a brief profile of the institute. Prof. Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, the coordinator of the seminar conducted the proceedings and DrNasir Nabi presented the vote of thanks.
On the first day six parallel sessions were held which were chaired by Prof Mohammed Ashraf Wani (former Dean Academic Affairs, KU), Prof Salah-ud-Din Tak (HOD Arabic department, KU), Prof Hamid Naseem Rafiabadi (HOD Religious Studies, CUK), Dr Shad Hussain (Arabic Department, KU), Prof. Naseem Ahmad Shah (former Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, KU) and Prof Obaidullah Fahad (Chairman Institute of Islamic Studies, AMU). In these sessions, about 48 papers were presented.