Eid-E-Milad-Un-Nabi’ Celebrated In AMU
The Seerat Committee, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) celebrated the ‘Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi’ with fervor and gaiety by organising a special function at the Kennedy Hall Auditorium.
Presiding over the function at the Kennedy Hall, AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor said that the life of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) is a great lesson for all humanity. He pointed out that the Holy Prophet was called the Rehmatul Aalameen (Mercy for the whole mankind) as he was sent by Allah to remove mankind from darkness and immorality.
“The life of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) is so inspiring that whoever delves into it sincerely, will have a complete transformation in conduct and character,” said the Vice Chancellor adding that the Quran is the mirror in which the full-fledged life of the Holy Prophet can be seen.
“It is therefore the Quran, we must turn to for guidance in all matters,” said Prof Mansoor. He further pointed out that the authentic Hadith (Prophet’s sayings) are the second source of knowing Prophet’s life and Seerat.
“In the apostle of Allah, is a beautiful pattern of conduct for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the last day,” said Prof Mansoor. He added that through the Hadith, we know how the Prophet walked, talked, prayed, ate and how he performed his roles as father, husband, friend, teacher, leader, warrior and statesman.
“The Holy Prophet transformed society from evils such as killing of female children, decay in human values, economic slavery, greed, unequal distribution of wealth and other sins to a morally just and equal society with human values in a period of 23 years,” said the Vice Chancellor.
Prof Mansoor further said that Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) focussed to have socio-economic relationship with Non-Muslims and gave them loans. “The Holy Prophet also focussed on the commonalities of beliefs,” said Prof Mansoor.
AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof Tabassum Shahab was also present on the occasion.
Maulana Asrar ul Haque Qasmi (Member of Parliament and noted Islamic Scholar) said that Islam came into existence to promote and propagate peace, brotherhood of mankind and justice.
“Allah has sent the last Prophet as a mercy to mankind and as a role model and through him, the final testament, ‘Holy Quran’ was revealed for providing guidance till the end of time,” said Maulana Qasmi. He added that the first Ayat (verse) of the Quran, which was revealed, started with the Arabic word, ‘Iqra’, urging people to read in the name of Allah. Maulana Qasmi further said that this Ayat shows the basic spirit of Quran inviting people to knowledge and to leave darkness and ignorance. He also pointed that Islam invites people to intellectual growth and rationality.
Maulana Naeem Abbas (Nougawan Saadaat) said that Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) laid stress on education and learning, which makes it a duty of every Muslim to seek knowledge.
While delivering the welcome address, Prof Tauqueer Alam Falahi (Dean, Faculty of Theology and convener of the programme) said that Islam urged people to seek knowledge at a time, when the rest of the world was living in ignorance during what the West calls the dark ages.
Prof Javaid Akhter (Registrar, AMU) proposed the vote of thanks. Dr M Habibullah conducted the programme. Students of various AMU schools participated in a Nath (Devotional Poetry) recitation programme during the function.
On the occasion, the Maulana Azad Library, AMU also organised a ‘Seerat Exhibition’ of books, manuscripts, and artefacts. The exhibition was organised under the guidance of AMU Librarian, Dr Nabi Hasan. An Islamic Calligraphy exhibition organised by the K A Nizami Centre, which had works of Diploma in Calligraphy students on display was a major highlight of the day.