Human civilization has touched lowest ebb of morality, humanity: V-C CUK
KU holds seminar to mark Iqbal (RA) Day
Srinagar, Nov 15: Central University of Kashmir, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdul Wahid Qureshi Tuesday said that in today’s world, when science and technology was ruling the roost; human civilization had touched the lowest ebb of morality and humanity.
Addressing a seminar, organized by Iqbal (RA) Institute of Culture and Philosophy (IICP), University of Kashmir, to commemorate the 134th birth anniversary of the poet – philosopher, Sir Allama Muhammad Iqbal (RA), Prof. Abdul Wahid Qureshi said, “As a lover of Iqbal’s (RA) works, I feel that we need to understand it in the broader context to help address contemporary issues confronting our society at large”. Prof. Wahid who presided over the inaugural event said, “Iqbal’s (RA) message of love, brotherhood and harmony needs to be popularized as much as his dream of uplifting the youth which includes their growth, grooming and guiding them to play a proper role in the development of the society and their intellect.”
VC-CUK opined that the crisis of today’s world is that people have become mechanical as human values have lost their importance and have been forgotten. He strongly suggested that unless such values were not taken into consideration, our society will be lost in oblivion.
Earlier, in his inaugural address, Director, Iqbal (RA) Institute of Culture and Philosophy (IICP), Prof. Bashir A Nehvi dwelt at length about Allama Iqbal’s (RA) philosophy and message. “Through his 25000 verses in Persian and Urdu, Iqbal (RA) has touched almost all aspects of religion, society and human existence” he said. “Allama Muhammad Iqbal’s (RA) thought, message and works are relevant for all times” he asserted.
He opined that the Allama (RA) had spoken on a plethora of topics and areas of thought and philosophy. “Iqbal (RA) was blessed with great intellectual acumen that he utilized for social change and that till this day, people are still conducting research on various aspects of his work, various angles that can be derived from his meaning laden words” he said.
Prof. Nehvi gave references to Iqbal’s (RA) love for Kashmir and his mention of this land in his works. “From the world famous Dal Lake to the various beautiful gardens, Kashmir and its beauty was vividly mentioned by Iqbal (RA) in his works” he added.
Dr. Mushtaq A Ganai, faculty at IICP presented a paper on “Iqbal’s (RA) views on world imperialism”. “Iqbal (RA) closely observed the western society and realized its intrinsic drawbacks” he said. Dr Ganai thoroughly discussed the negative trends of the West and cautioned against blindly following them.
Senior faculty member at IICP, Dr Taskeena Fazili spoke on the depth of Allama Iqbal’s (RA) works and the need to conduct a scholarly study of his thoughts. She spoke on the concept of self as understood by Iqbal (RA) and expressed in his works.
Student of Sociology and a research scholar at IICP Aejaz A Lone stressed on the need to study works of Iqbal (RA) in a scientific manner. Iqbaliat Scholar Dr. Iqbal Quraishi faculty International Centre for Spiritual Studies Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora spoke about the relevance of Iqbal’s (RA) philosophy in contemporary times.
Publications that were released on the occasion include 3rd volume of ‘Miftah-e- Iqbal (RA)’ (Key to Iqbaliat) edited by Abdullah Khawar, ‘Iqbal (RA) ka Tasawwur-e-abadiyat’ authored by Salik Bilal Wani, and ‘Iqbal (RA) ki Sharhein’ authored by Dr. Mudassir Majid.
A review of two of the books released was presented by Director, Shah-e-Hamdan Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Kashmir Prof. Hamid Naseem Rafiabadi while a brief review of the book by Salik Wani was presented by Prof. Nehvi.
Two students - Amir Suhail, a student of B.Tech and Syed Faisal, a 9th grader from Tral also spoke on the occasion. In keeping with the serenity of the occasion, Faheem Muhammad Ramzan recited a few verses of praise for Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
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