Speakers Stress The Need Of Learning English Language To Meet Contemporary Challenges And Propagate Islam Globally
NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 6 - Various speakers at the conclusion of three-day international seminar on “Ulema, Muslim Youth and Contemporary Challenges” stressed the need of learning international languages, particularly English, to meet the challenges of removing misunderstanding from among the people about Islam and propagate correct teachings of Islam with a view to built a just and equitable society.
The seminar was organised on the occasion of the silver jubilee celebrations of the Markazul Maarif Education and Research Centre(MMERC) that trains ‘madrasa’ passout boys in English language so that they can preach and propagate the message of Islam in English language that has acquired the status of a global language now. A large number of alumni of MMERC were present in the concluding function.
Speaking as chief guest, Mohammed Saleem Engineer, vice-president of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, said that the Muslims did not require to be disappointed with adverse circumstances. “Even if the circumstances are not favourable, experience has shown that those who have striven in the path of Allah, have succeeded”, said Saleem.
Referring to the current situation in the country, he said that the Indian Muslims, no doubt, were passing through very tough time at present but there was no need to lose hope. Trying to encourage and motivate them, Saleem reminded them how the Messengers of Allah, including Prophet Mohammed had faced highly adverse circumstances but they remained firm and committed to their cause of spreading the message of Allah and it were they who emerged successful. He said that the social and political climate created in the country owing to political orchestrations of some of the political parties had in fact made the atmosphere favourable for propagation of Islam and the Muslims, particularly, the Ulema must seize the opportunity and make the best use of the situation to pass on the message of Islam to the countrymen individually as well as collectively.
Stating that the Ulema had the special responsibility to carry out the talks of propagation of Islam because of the knowledge of Islam they possess, the Jamaat leader said that Ulema must learn the new and modern vocabulary to present Islam before non-Muslims within and outside the country. Emphasising the need for developing command over the English language as it had now become the language of knowledge and wisdom, he said that Ulema could not fulfil their responsibility toward preaching Islam if they failed to acquire mastery over this language.
Saleem appreciated the role of MMERC for running English language course for the `madrasa’ educated boys many of whom are currently working in 22 countries, besides India.
IIM Kashipur director K M Bahrul Islam stressed on the importance of latest technology in propagation of Islam.
Jamait-ul-Ulema Hind general secretary Mahmood Madni, speaking on the occasion, said the knowledge of language was key to promote ideas and though. “How can we solve the problems if we don’t have command over the language”, he said, adding that the knowledge of English language being imparted to ‘madrasa’ passouts by MMERC would go a long way in achieving the goals of the community.
Maulana Uma Gautam, founding director of MMERC, in his report, said that as many as 47 students of MMERC had done PhDs in different subject since the centre was founded in 1994. Many of them, he said, were teaching in foreign countries. A total of 1800 students have passed out so far from MMERC.
MMERC is also running a monthly English language magazine “Eastern Crescent” which has become a very popular literature in a very short time. It is edited by Burhanuddin Qasmi, a product of Darul Uloom Deoband.
Maulana Badruddin Ajmal, MP and chairman of the Ajmal Group of companies was given the title of Fakhlru Ulema(Pride of Ulema) and Maulana Umar Gautam as Rafeequl Ulema(Friends of Ulema) by MMERC alumni. MMERC is funded Ajmal group as a part of company’s Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR) activities.