Published On:12 February 2013
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

‘Teachings of Sir Syed even more relevant today’

By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: "It is always asked by many that whether a second Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, the founder of Aligarh Muslim University, (AMU), can be born or not, the answer to this question is NO, because nowadays neither the situation is same nor anyone can feel the situation in the way as Sir Syed did. Sir Syed felt the situation of those times and realized that it is only through modern education that one can save the Muslim community from acute backwardness".

The above views were reportedly expressed by chief guest S.M.A. Kazmi, former Advocate General of Uttar Pradesh & Senior lawyer at Allahabad High Court, while addressing a national symposium on "Relevance of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan in Post Modern Era". He also said that in the post modern era, the teachings of Sir Syed have became even more relevant. He asked the Aligarh fraternity to imbibe the values of secularism and dedication which Sir Syed taught.
According to a Press release the national symposium was organised by Sir Syed Awareness Forum, (SSAF), at MuktaKash Pavilion of Aligarh Exhibition at Aligarh on February 6 last. The symposium was presided over by Prof. NAK Durrani, former Media Advisor, AMU.

While inaugurating the symposium Prof. Jamal Ahmad, Director, Centre for Diabetes & Endocrinology, AMU, said that one should not think about the outcome of his good deeds as you are working honestly & selflessly, you are bound to get fruitful results. The live testimony to this fact is Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, he pointed out.

Keynote speaker Dr. S. Jawed Akhter, Director Finance, ACN Group of Institutions, asked the students and old boys of AMU to rise above the petty interests and dedicate themselves to the cause of Sir Syed. He said that it is the duty of every Alig to carry forward the message of Sir Syed.

President of the Forum Dr. Shakeel Samdani said that in today’s scenario the philosophy of Sir Syed has became even more relevant and applicable. He said that it is only because of the tireless efforts of Sir Syed that we are getting quality education comprising of both “Tarbiyat” & “Taleem”. He stressed upon the need of inculcating the concept of “Tarbiyat” (good upbringing) preached by Sir Syed, as it is only through this, we can achieve the pinnacle of success along with strengthening our moral Values. He congratulated the AMU Vice-Chancellor Lt. Gen. Zameeruddin Shah for enthusing a sense of confidence and pride among the students of the university and maintaining a disciplined environment in the university campus.

Dr. Samdani also asked the audience to pray to the Almighty Allah for the success of AMU special centres. He said that the proposed centres should also see the light of the day very soon as it will lead towards the attainment of Sir Syed’s dreams of spreading education among the masses and asked them to pray for strengthening the hands of those who are involved in this noble cause. At the same time he called upon the students that their conduct should not hamper the reputation of the university.

Secretary of U.P. Rabita Committee Dr. Obaid Iqbal Asim said that this symposium on Sir Syed is a unique one and holds historical importance as this is the only programme dedicated to Sir Syed which has been organized at the annual Aligarh Exhibition. The credit for this goes to Dr. Shakeel Samdani because of his tireless efforts the Aligarh exhibition got it’s first program on Sir Syed. At the same time he urged the audience to strengthen the hands of Dr. Samdani so that he can carry on this noble endeavour.

In her inspiring speech Ms Ayesha Samdani said that Sir Syed’s contribution towards the development of secularism is too large to be recounted here. He worked hard to bring Muslims and Christians closer. He also supported large hearted tolerance between Hindus and Muslims and tried to bridge the gulf between them and this philosophy of Sir Syed is widely needed in this post modern era.

Speaking on the occasion ADM of Aligarh city D.S. Sachan said that it is due to the tireless effort of Sir Syed the name of Aligarh is famous through out the World. He extended full support to Dr. Samdani and urged him to organize such programmes in future also.
On this occasion Sir Syed Awareness awards 2013 were given to Prof. Jamal Ahmad (JN Medical College) for his contributions in Medical sciences; Mohammad Shahid (Alig) for literary works; A.R. Khan, station superintendent, for Meritorious services and Pradeep Saxena for his valuable contributions in English Journalism.

Dr. Jarrar Rizvi, while conducting the programme, welcomed the guests and hoped that the symposium would be instrumental in reviving the “Aligarh Tahreek” in this post modern era. Joint convener Mansoor Ilahi proposed vote of thanks and senior member of the forum Ms Afrin Bano Khan highlighted the objectives of the forum.

The symposium was also addressed by Tousif Alam, vice-president, AMUSU; ACM II Rana, SP youth leader Sufiyan Rehman; Rubina Khanam and Sara Samdani.

The symposium was attended by the cabinet Members of AMUSU Shoeb Ali, Azam Khan, Huzaifa Sabir, Court Member Hashim Khan, Maazul Haque, Haider Ali Advocate, Dr. Sameena Khan, Ateeq Ansari, S.M Firdous Advocate High court, Syed Iqbal Ahmad Advocate High court, Mohammad Sarfaraz, Abdul Qadir Khan, Abdullah Samdani, Miss Hina Kauser, Miss Arjita Gupta, Miss Umama Zehra, Miss Aliya Rehman, Miss Ankita, Miss Yashfeen Ali, Miss Mina Khan, Mustafa Muqeet, Tarique Umar, Farhat Ali Usmani, Umruddin, Er. Parvez Ansari, Naseem Shahid, Dr. Mujeeb, Nasar Kazim, Suraj Singh, Touhid Alam, Adil Raza, Tayyeb Ansari, Afzal Abidi, S. Ateeq-ur-Raheem, Waseem, Moulana Noman Qasmi, Mukesh Kumar etc. The symposium was also attended by a large number of students, intellectuals, social workers, AMU old boys and journalists, the release added.

[Pervez Bari is a senior Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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